THURSDAY 2/23

MOHAMED NAJIB HACHANA, MOURAD BELHASSEN
His Excellency Mohamed Najib Hachana is Tunisia's Ambassador to the U.S., Belhassen is Washington's Tunisian cultural attaché and a poet. They will discuss art, film, and the Muslim word. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 6 pm, $10.

WILLIAM E. MERRITT
A Fool's Gold is true crime. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

recommended JUSTIN TUSSING
The Best People in the World is a novel (part of it appeared as a short story in the New Yorker last year). University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

DANA SPIOTTA
Eat the Document is "as darkly exact and thrilling as the political novels of Joan Didion," says Bret Easton Ellis. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.

FRIDAY 2/24

LILIANE KARNOUK
She discusses Modern Egyptian Art 1910–2003. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free. (Also appearing on 2/26 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.)

SATURDAY 2/25

JERRY TRAUNFELD
See Review, p. 77. Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, 283-5624, 3 pm, free.

ROBERT CRAIS
2 Minute Rule is suspense. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

recommended BRUCE BENDERSON
The first sentence of Benderson's memoir The Romanian: The Story of an Obsession is "The stranger's hands are cracked and callused, coated with something vaguely sticky." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

SUNDAY 2/26

MICHAEL LERNER
The editor of Tikkun Magazine talks about taking on the religious right. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5 pm, free. (Also appearing on 2/27 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.)

MONDAY 2/27

recommended JAY McINERNEY
The Bright Lights, Big City guy signs his new novel, The Good Life. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

TUESDAY 2/28

MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY
The Year of Yes is a memoir about dating. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

G. C. WALDREP
The poet's latest is The Batteries. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.

DANIEL C. DENNETT
The professor discusses Breaking the Spell. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.

BRIAN ATWATER
Atwater talks about The Orphan Tsunami of 1700. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

recommended AZAR NAFISI
The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran talks about her life and work. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 621-2230, 7:30 pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY 3/1

SCOTT RITTER
Iraq Confidential has an introduction by Seymour Hersh. Town Hall, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.

JONATHAN BRANNEN, ADRIANA GRANT
Poetry. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, free/donations.