THURSDAY 11/6



JULIE OTSUKA

When the Emperor Was Divine is a novel about "the cost and necessity of remaining brave and human even as the larger world grows more fearful and savage," according to Francine Prose. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

* LOUIS MENAND

See Stranger Suggests. University of Washington, Kane Hall 130, 616-1825, 7 pm, free.

AMIR D. ACZEL

Aczel talks about Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

AMY TAN

The author of The Joy Luck Club and other novels discusses The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, her first book of nonfiction. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 325-3554, 7:30 pm, $17.50.

FRIDAY 11/7



LAURENCE GOUGH

A Cloud of Suspects is a thriller. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.

AMANDA STERN

The Long Haul is a novel about "the selfish parts of love," says Victor LaValle. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.

ARVIND KRISHNAN MEHROTRA

The poet (The Transfiguring Places) and scholar, who resides in India, talks about his life and work. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 6 pm, free.

GREGORY MAGUIRE

The author of Wicked signs the sequel, Mirror Mirror. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3320, 6:30 pm, free.

PETER BALAKIAN

Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response is about a lesser-known massacre during World War I. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free. (Also on 11/8 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.)

SHAN SA

Sa is an award-winning Chinese novelist based in Paris. The Girl Who Played Go is her U.S. debut. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.

HEATHER WOODBURY

What Ever is a novel in dialogue form. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.

SATURDAY 11/8



RICHARD PAUL EVANS

The Christmas Box author reads from his latest (presumably cloying) effort, The Perfect Day. Borders, 505 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-990-5385, 2 pm, free.

SORAYA BITTENCOURT

My Road to Microsoft: A Success Story of Building Expedia is a memoir about the tech industry and lesbian love. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.

DAVID REES

The Get Your War On cartoonist signs his new collection, My Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 4 pm, free.

THOMAS GOLTZ

Chechnya Diary: A Correspondent's Story of Surviving War in Chechnya is about, plainly, Chechnya. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

DANIEL COYLE

Waking Samuel is a novel whose elements include descriptions of the Northwest. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave, 525-2347, 6 pm, free.

SUNDAY 11/9



LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS

Fields signs Surviving the Island of Grace: A Memoir of Alaska. Ravenna Third Place Books, 525-2347, 2 pm, free.

LISA KUSEL

Other Fish in the Sea is not about fishes or seas. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.

LEWTON THOMAS JONES, MICHELLE DeSOUSA, GRAHAM CONROY

The Portland poets read from the new anthology 100 Poems/4 Poets. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.

JAMES GRABILL & WILLIAM WITHERUP

Grabill reads from his latest collection, An Indigo Scent After the Rain. Witherup is the author of Down Wind, Down River: New & Selected Poems. Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 3 pm, free.

MONDAY 11/10



DEBORAH MORGAN

The Marriage Casket is a mystery. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free.

REBECCA BROWN, MATT BRIGGS, SCOTT DRISCOLL, ANIKA NELSON

Several accomplished local writers (Brown is the author of nine books, including, most recently, The End of Youth; Briggs is the author of two books and is the recent recipient of a Stranger Genius Award) talk about whether or not getting an MFA is worth it. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7-9 pm, free.

LEONARD A. COLE

The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story is about the powdery, mail-bound enemy. University of Washington, Kane Hall 110, 634-3400, 7 pm, free with ticket.

R. A. SALVATORE

The fantasy novelist signs The Lone Drow. Barnes & Noble, 2700 NE University Village, 517-4107, 7 pm, free.

CLYDE PRESTOWITZ

Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions is about our inevitable undoing. University of Washington, Kane Hall 120, 441-5910, 7 pm, $8.

* RENDEZVOUS READING SERIES

See Stranger Suggests. Jewel Box Theater, 2322 Second Ave, 441-5823, 7:30 pm, $5.

TUESDAY 11/11



ELLEN TADD

Tadd talks about Death and Letting Go. Barnes & Noble, 600 Pine St, 12:30 pm, free.

KRISTIN HENDERSON

Henderson's memoir is called Driving by Moonlight: A Journey Through Love, War, and Infertility. Kind of brings you up short, huh? Love, war, infertility. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

JUDITH KITCHEN

The House on Eccles Road is about the interior life of a woman. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

SIMON WINCHESTER

Winchester talks about, oh, The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary. University of Washington, Kane Hall 130, 634-3400, 7 pm, free with ticket.

DAVID BARON

The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature is about, among other things, mountain lions. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 11/12



M. DYLAN RASKIN

Neal Pollack calls M. Dylan Raskin's Little New York Bastard "the next Catcher in the Rye." Allegro Cafe, 4214 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

MOLLY CONE, JACQUELINE WILLIAMS

The authors discuss their book Family of Strangers: Building a Jewish Community in Washington State. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

IVAN DOIG

Doig signs his latest novel, Prairie Nocturne. University of Washington, Kane Hall 220, 634-3400, 7 pm, free with ticket.

DAVID LEVITHAN

Boy Meets Boy is a gay novel for teens. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.

ALBERTO FUGUET

Mario Vargas Llosa says that Fuguet's novel The Movies of My Life "stretches itself out like a bridge between the United States and Latin America." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

* MICHAEL CHABON

See Stranger Suggests. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 369-3298, 7:30 pm, free with ticket.

POETRY/OPEN MICS


HOMELAND--Words. So many words. Tuesdays at 7 pm. Caffe Vita, 1005 E Pike St, 709-4440, free.

OPEN MIKE NIGHT--Musicians, poets, etc. Thursdays at 8 pm. 15th Ave Alehouse, 7515 15th Ave NW, free.

POETSWEST--Featuring Sheri Harper, Kayt Hoch, Sarah Love, Thom Stuart on Sun Nov 9 at 7 pm. Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 682-1268, free.

RED SKY POETRY THEATER--Marion Kimes. Sundays at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 547-4585, free.

SEATTLE SPIT--Queer spoken word. First Thursdays at 8:30 pm. Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, 369-2471, free.

WOMEN'S POETRY NIGHT--Spoken word from the fairer sex. Thursdays at 8 pm. Bar, 1525 E Olive Way, 322-1788, free.