Meet this year’s literature Genius finalists: Neal Stephenson is a brilliant novelist of big ideas who’s been criminally underappreciated by Seattle’s literary community. Maged Zaher is one of Seattle’s funniest, smartest poets, and he effortlessly shuttles back and forth between the banality of tech work and the life-or-death situation unfolding in Cairo. And the APRIL Festival is an up-and-coming organization that exuberantly proves Seattle’s best literary days are yet to come. Tonight at the Frye Art Museum, the finalists present—SORRY, this event sold out! Please join us and all the finalists at the Genius Awards on September 28. (, $10, 21+)