* KEVIN O'BRIEN
Bailey/Coy will be hosting a publication party to celebrate the release of local author Kevin O'Brien's newest book, Make Them Cry. Kevin is the author of Only Son and Next to Die, a USA Today bestseller. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.
Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions and Heart is University of Colorado biology professor Beloff's serious study of animal thoughts and emotions. But what I want to know is, do animals have their own heaven, or do all living things go to the same place in the sky? Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
R. A. SALVATORE
Salvatore reads from and signs Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, his novelization of the Star Wars film. Has this man no sense of shame? University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free. Mr. Shameless also reads Fri May 24 at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
* KATHLEEN FLENNIKEN, JOHN SANGSTER, MATT BRIGGS, and LAURA GAMACHE
The last of three evenings of original works by Jack Straw Writers Program participants. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, 7:30 pm, $5.
Talks about Climbing Free, which is about climbing the most difficult big-wall climb in the world. Lynn will show slides and talk about how she did this. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7:30 pm, free.
Signs Triggerfish Twist, his latest Florida comic crime novel. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.
See Stranger Suggests. Odd Duck Studios, 10th & Union, 860-3568, 8 pm, $6.
Mills reads from her book Epicurean Simplicity, which, as the title implies, is about deriving lots of pleasure from the simple things in life. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Reads from and signs Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Seattle journalist Hobson reads A Parent's Guide to Seattle, which recommends locations around the city where one can hang out with his/her kids. Sadly, the Lusty Lady is not one of those places. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
* JILL STONER
Stoner's Poems for Architects: An Anthology pairs poems by Borges, Ondaatje, Strand, and others with photography (and even some architectural renderings of poetic form) to help readers appreciate how words and people interact with space. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
* TITLEWAVE READING SERIES: ANNA MOCKLER, DAVE MASSENGILL, and DAN RAPHAEL
The lineup for this month: Anna Mockler, whose fiction has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Exquisite Corpse, the Raven Chronicles, Stringtown, and Synapse; Seattle Weekly writer David Massengill, whose stories have appeared in Monocacy Valley Review, White Crane Journal, and Little Engines; and Dan Raphael, whose poems appear on www.sniffylinings.com and www.pemmicanpress.com. Titlewave Books, 7 Mercer St, 282-7687, 7:30 pm, free.
* STACEY LEVINE, KENNY JUDD, DAVIS OLDHAM, TATYANA MISHEL, PATRICK THIESSEN, CHIARA HUDDLESTON
As part of the Colloque Wheel Series, the wonderful Stacey Levine and others read poetry and fiction. Victrola Coffee & Art, 411 15th Ave E, 8 pm, free.
Seranella signs No Man Standing, which is about a woman whose parents are murdered just as she is getting out of prison. Dang! Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free. Also tonight at Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
* STELLA MARRS
The concluding event of the excellent "Save Yourself" series--curated by Richard Hugo House Writer-in-Residence Emily White--features Olympia artist Stella Marrs, who is perhaps best known for her postcards, which are sold in stores throughout the country. Marrs invented the name "Bikini Kill," and her current obsession is environmental illness, a theme she will explore tonight. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, $6.
Gilbert reads The Last American Man, which concerns a contemporary mountain man, Eustace Conway, who, at 17, left his family's suburban home to live in the Appalachians. For more information, call Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600. Zeitgeist Art & Coffee, Second & Jackson, 7 pm, free.
PETER J. GOMES
Gomes, a professor and Pusey Minister at Harvard, reads from his new book, The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need, which is about finding purpose in this meaningless life. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free. Dr. Gomes will also speak Wed May 29 at St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 323-0300, 7:15 pm.
Reads from and signs The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship, Tragedy, and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The editor of the Bellingham Review reads and signs her new book, Season of the Body. Tree of Life Judaica & Books, 2201 NE 65th St, 527-1130, 7 pm, free.
Easton's Plant Life: Growing a Garden in the Pacific Northwest inspired this haiku by the vaporous Megan Purn: "Maiden grass, weeper/Frothy foamflower, blood sedge/Rue love-in-a-mist" University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
From the calendar two weeks past: "Calvin talks about and signs A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change, which argues that climactic 'cool, crash and burn' prompted huge brain growth over millennia. That done, let's hope something in the atmosphere will, over the next millennia, promote thicker erections and bigger breasts." Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
* RED SKY POETRY THEATER--The grand diddy of open mics. Sun May 26 at 7:30 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 324-8815, $2.
* HYPOCRISY--A weekly forum for writers by writers. Mondays at 7 pm. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 208-1188 (Hypocrisy info line), free.
CATHARTICISM--Poetry, music, performance, and chaos, with host Ricki Rebel. Wednesdays at 8 pm. Coffee Messiah, 861-8233, free.
SCRATCHING POST--Poetry open mic, all ages. Thursdays at 8 pm, sign-up at 7:30 pm. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 2213 NW Market St, 297-2424, free.
CITY CHRONICLES--Featuring Cuban "ritualist, artist, writer, and shamanic healer" Flor Fernandez Barrios. Thurs May 23 at 7 pm. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, $5.
SEATTLE POETRY SLAM--This week: the wildly multiple Buddy Wakefield. Wed May 29 at 8 pm. Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, $4.
ELLIOTT BAY OPEN MIC NIGHT--Hosted by P. Dawg. Wed May 29 at 7:30 pm. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, free.
POETRY GAMES--The last show ever, featuring Buddy Wakefield and a Six Spot Slam. Fri May 24, 7:30 pm, Espresso Roma, 4201 University Ave, 632-6001, free.