THURSDAY 6/27


DEBRA PRINZING

Sasquatch Books editor Prinzing is here tonight with the Northwest Gardener's Resource Directory, a new volume of lore, tips, and sources culled from the cultish underground of horticulture. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.


JOHN SAUL

Creepy local author Saul's new novel, Midnight Voices, is described paradoxically by Booklist as "good, drafty atmospheric horror stuff unafraid to indulge in not-at-all-subtle gory bits." Oh my! Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


FRIDAY 6/28


DAVID MATHESON

Matheson's book Red Thunder is about (American) Indians in Idaho, specifically the Coeur d'Alene (Schee-tsu-umsh) tribe. "Coeur d'Alene" means "awl's heart" in French, and "Schee-tsu-umsh" means "those who are found there." So there you are. Third Place Books, 6:30 pm, free. Matheson also reads Sat June 29 at University Bookstore, 4326 University Way, 634-3400, 2 pm, free.


RUTH VANITA

There's something undeniably kinky going down in (East) India, as Professor Vanita, author of Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society, will attest after this evening of queer-themed film from South Asia. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


SATURDAY 6/29


PAUL MICHAEL GORDON

In the traditions of "inspirational literature" and books whose titles are also sentences, teenage author Gordon will read from There's Hope for America's Youth, published by Peanut Butter Press. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.


PAUL KRASSNER

Apparently Mr. Krassner chilled with Lenny Bruce, Abbie Hoffman, John Lennon, and other famous people. The New York Times says: "He is an expert at ferreting out hypocrisy and absurdism from the more solemn crannies of American culture." My computer says that "absurdism" is not a word. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


SUNDAY 6/30


JANET WONG

This afternoon Wong will read from her novel Apple Pie Fourth of July. A young Asian girl working in her parents' store is convinced no one in "apple-pie America" will want Chinese food on the Fourth of July--or will they? University Bookstore, 634-3400, 2 pm, free.


* GREGORY HISCHAK, ACE MOORE, STEVE POTTER

See review this issue. Titlewave Books, 7 Mercer St, 282-7687, 7:30 pm, free.


MONDAY 7/1


BETH TAYLOR

Ms. Taylor will talk about Fodor's Around Seattle with Kids. Those of you who are parents (or small children) may benefit from these suggestions for "family days in the city." If, on the other hand, you're a childless alcoholic like me, you may be better off with other manuals--perhaps The Stranger Guide to Seattle. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.


MIKE DAISEY

Daisey is that guy who used to work at Amazon.com and now works making fun of working at Amazon.com. His theater show (21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com) played Seattle and New York; now he's written a book of the same name. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


TUESDAY 7/2


DAVID HACKWORTH

Among the pleasures promised by Hackworth's military memoir Steel My Soldier's Heart to you, dear reader, are: sniper missions, grunt ambushes, helicopter strikes, and the quagmire of command politics. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.


KATHLEEN ALCALA

Raven Chronicles co-founder and former Hugo House writer-in-residence Alcala will read from Treasures in Heaven, her latest novel. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, $4.


WEDNESDAY 7/3


* BIRD-DOG

This month the still-excellent Subtext series plays host to writers featured in Bird-Dog, a new Seattle-based magazine. Readers will include John Olson, Roberta Olson, Sarah Mangold, Jeanne Heuving, Robert Mittenthal, and Nico Vassilakis. Open mic to follow. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, $5.


POETRY/OPEN MICS

* RED SKY POETRY THEATER--The grand diddy of open mics. This week: John Kulm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 324-8815, Sun June 30, 7:30 pm, free.

* 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. Coffee Messiah, 861-8233, free.

* SUBTEXT--The first and possibly only Subtext open mic (see above). Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, $5.

MIDNIGHT CABARET--Stories, songs, and performance with host Sylvia O'Stayformore. Saturdays at midnight. Coffee Messiah, 861-8233, free.

JET CITY POETRY SLAM--New venue combining poetry, performance, and the cruel dynamics of reality TV. Tuesdays at 8 pm. Central Saloon, 207 First Ave S, 427-2300, $3.

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.

POETSWEST--Featured poets are Diana Brement, Jeremy Sher, Ken Shiovitz. Wit's End Books & Tea, 770 N 34th St., 547-2330, Sun June 30, 7 pm, free.

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