Metropolis is a novel set in New York City in the years after the Civil War. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
The Language of Baklava is a memoir that's "so funny and intelligent and sensuous it begs the distinction between reading and devouring," says Michelle Huneven. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
This afternoon at Richard Hugo House the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close gives a reading and live interview, followed by questions from the audience (this event is open to all ages). For a description of his evening reading at Chop Suey with Charles D'Ambrosio and "Awesome," see Stranger Suggests, p. 41. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 4 pm, free. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 7 pm doors/8 pm reading, free, 21+.
Guinness Book of Me is a memoir. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
She is related to Sigmund, Ernst, and Lucian. She's also a novelist. Her latest is called The Sea House. Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave, 441-5823, 7:30 pm, free, tickets required.
I'll Know It When I See It: A Daughter's Search for Home in Ireland is a memoir. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
ELIZABETH ARNSWALD DOST
Home Alone in America is about a guy who was sent to America from Germany during that whole Hitler situation. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
This event is called "A Conversation with Charles Johnson." You can ask him whatever you want. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The Italian poet and writer reads from his collection Every Afternoon Can Make the World Stand Still. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
BISHOP JOHN SHELBY SPONG
See Stranger Suggests, p. 41.
Holy Land, Whose Land? is about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5 pm, free.
PINDELDYBOZ CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS LEFT
A launch party for Pindeldyboz Volume 5. The Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 7:30 pm, $5.
Booklist describes Miller's Lost in the Forest as "one of her shortest yet richest novels." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
The author of The Bookseller of Kabul reads from her new book, A Hundred & One Days. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The guy from MTV's House of Style reads from his step-by-step instructional book Handmade Modern. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
VICTOR S. NAVASKY
The longtime editor of the Nation reads from his new book, A Matter of Opinion. E. L. Doctorow writes: "This has got to be the kinkiest love story of our time--a man in love with a magazine and the two of them in love with a nation." Town Hall Seattle, 634-3400, 7:30 pm, free.
The author of the novel Never Let Me Go (as well as The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans, etc.) is "a fabulist and an ironist, and the writers he most resembles, under the genteel mask, are Kafka and Beckett," Louis Menand writes in the New Yorker. Seattle Public Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America is about Benjamin Franklin's thing for France. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The Wall Street Journal columnist reads from her book The Breaking Point: How Female Midlife Crisis Is Transforming Today's Women. University Book Store, 624-3400, 7 pm, free.
The author and activist reads from and talks about Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, $5.
The actress, activist, work-outer, and all around goofy human reads from her book My Life So Far. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5:30 pm, free tickets required.
Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind is a follow-up to First They Killed My Father. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.