Further proof that the American way is the only way: Brinkley signs Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Though the press release makes it sound like a clouded argument for polygamy, Grayson's Mindful Loving--and its suggestions for "new frameworks" for relationships, and "a new view of intimacy"--is an assuredly wholesome endeavor. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
LINDA GREENMUN, REBECCA LOUDON, CARLOS MARTINEZ, JOHN SANGSTER
The poets of Seattle's Floating Bridge Press come together for a busy evening of words among the deaf-eared masses of First Thursday's art walk. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
A noble translator, O'Connor presents Where the World Does Not Follow, a collection of Buddhist poetry from China. Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.
POETS AGAINST THE WAR: A SPECIAL READING
As if the pen were mightier than the power-mad, the Poets Against the War Internet phenomenon (now a published anthology) brings the likes of Sherman Alexie, Linda Bierds, Richard Kenney, and Emily Warn to an open mic this evening for a strong tongue-lashing. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.
GLENN DAVID KETCHUM
Landscape photographer Ketchum signs the books of his bibliography, packed to the brim with photos just ripe for your dentist's waiting room. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
A book specifically designed for dyslexics? Fucking comic gold. Shaywitz signs the sadistic tome titled Overcoming Dyslexia. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6 pm, free.
With Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday, Bellingham's Hemley shines a spotlight on the "primitive people" hoax that took place in the Philippines of the early '70s. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.
BRYAN JOHNSTON, J. P. PATCHES, BOB NEWMAN
J. P. Patches (!) and Gertrude (!) spoil your illusions of timeless youth with an early-morning signing of J. P. Patches: Northwest Icon. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 11 am, free.
Local film critic and 3BlackChicks.com cofounder Larsuel-Ulbricht discusses 3 Black Chicks Review Flicks, her sista-soaked "film guide with flava!" that addresses such prevalent topics as the "late-night booty-call flick," "The Black Factor," and "The Brotha Rule." Barnes & Noble, 600 Pine St, suite 107, 264-0156, 2 pm, free.
Charismatic slam poet and "radical dyke" poster girl Olson performs in support of her recent spoken-word record Built Like That. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 9 pm, $10-$13.
A POETICS OF PEACE
A wispily worded tutorial on the process of inner and outer peace, as led by Michael Meade. Nippon Kan Theater, 628 S Washington, 935-3665, 6:30 pm, free.
A rainbow of color (I will be representing "indigo") composes this unfortunately titled festival of "minority writers," featuring Shawn Wong, Kathya Alexander, Peter Bacho, and Bharti Kirchner, to name a few of the few. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 624-6600, 9 am, free.
In keeping with the revelatory rumination on the works of his father in Early Morning, Stafford returns with The Muses Among Us, a work that percolates the writer's process. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
FREDERICK SU, GARY WORTHINGTON
Authors from here writing about places over there: a "multicultural literary evening" with Su and Worthington's works on Vietnam and India, respectively. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.
SINI ANDERSON, TARA HARDY, OR-A-TRIX
In a benefit for the eternally deserving Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, Sister Spit member Anderson presents a new multimedia performance with sisters-in-script Tara Hardy and Or-A-Trix. Vera Project, 1916 Fourth Ave, 956-8372, 8 pm, $6-$7.
Ray gets all high-and-mighty, Sweet Home Alabama style, with Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir documenting the rural Georgia of her childhood. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.
Though martial arts master Stevens could probably cripple you with one blow, he won't. This is an important distinction, as Stevens practices "the way of peace" that is aikido--"the most spiritual of the martial arts." What say we test him on it? Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5 pm, free.
Fuller, a former Oberlin College president, confronts the demons of hierarchy in America with Somebodies and Nobodies, an examination of what he calls "rankism." Town Hall, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
NORA OKJA KELLER
In the first of this month's National Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (who knew?) readings, Keller discusses Fox Girl, her novel about the Korean American sex trade. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
Apparently the folks at the Seattle Public Library are getting a comfortable kickback from Lee's publisher, as they've begun their iron-fisted campaign to ensure that "all of Seattle read[s] the same book"--namely, A Gesture Life. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 386-4184, 7:30 pm, free.
Ten years is a long time. A decade even. And it took this cavernous expanse of time for Portland's Abu-Jaber to come up with a sophomore effort: this year's Crescent, a novel that had better be pretty damn good. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Woodsman Ferguson spends a few months in the isolated stretches of Yellowstone National Park, among grizzly bears, wolf packs, and other yahoos out in the middle of nowhere. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5:30 pm, free. Also Wed at 7 pm, University of Washington, Kane Hall, 634-3400, free.
A butterfly in Malaysia causes the violent eruption of Krakatoa, which causes Islamic fundamentalism--former Oxford geologist Winchester's improbable conjecture makes up Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
* REBECCA BROWN
See Stranger Suggests. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.
Celebrated debut collection of satirically insightful poems in tow, Goodman visits from his home base in Japan with Famous Americans. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Lapsed Catholic Johnson takes a look at faith from within the well-known institutions of Christianity and Buddhism in the U.S. in Keeping Faith: a Skeptic's Journey. University United Methodist Temple, 1415 NE 43rd St, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
* SUBTEXT POETRY READING
The latest installment of the excellent Subtext reading series, featuring the experimental poetry of Rae Armantrout and David Bromige. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, free.
POETRY SALON--Featuring Koon Woon and Kitty Todorovich. Wed May 7 at 7 pm. Panama Hotel Tea and Coffee House, Sixth Ave S and S Main St, 515-4000, free.
POETSWEST--Featuring Mark Rubin and Cathy Ruiz. Sun May 4 at 7 pm. Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 682-1268, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATER--Featuring Carrington McDuffie. Sun May 4 at 7:30 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 547-4585, free.
SEATTLE POETRY SLAM--Seattle's national poetry slam qualification this week! Fri May 2 at 9 pm. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1624 12th Ave, 725-1650, free.