Donato Mancini's fields of expertise include "poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art and cultural criticism." He has written a couple of books and now he is writing right in front of you at Pilot Books all weekend long as the writer-in-residence.

Seattle Mystery Bookshop hosts Brian Thornton. Thornton's The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals From the World of Politics and Power is a book that collects brief biographies of bastards through history. It is a good book to peruse while you are in the bathroom.

Terry Brooks reads at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble. The title of Brooks's most recent book, Legends of Shannara: Bearers of the Black Staff kind of aches for a porn version to be published under the same name.

And we have two readings at Elliott Bay Book Company today. The bookstore begins a series of talks about their new Capitol Hill home with the author of A Woman Alone: Mona Bell, Sam Hill and the Mansion on Bonneville Rock, a history of a curious house on Capitol Hill. And then later in the day, Roberta Gregory and Bruce Taylor will read. Taylor, who the press release says is sometimes known as "Mr. Magical Realism,"has written a book about hiking as a metaphor for coming through chronic illness. Gregory, the author of the wonderful comic Naughty Bits, reads from her new collection of autobiographical travel stories, Follow Your Art.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.