Newfoundland's award-winning poet Crummey reads from River Thieves, his debut novel. Newfoundland is in Canada. Assume what you will. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
HUGH D. SPITZER & ROBERT F. UTTER
Join Spitzer and Utter at their publication party for The Washington State Constitution: A Reference Guide. My money says this one turns out to be a raging kegger. These guys are the undisputed bad boys of political reference. University Bookstore, Downtown Location, Sixth & University, 634-3400, 5-7 pm, free.
SUSAN CHERNAK McELROY
Heart in the Wild traces the healing power of animals in the life of this cursed author who lost job, husband and home atop her battle with cancer. It seems to me that McElroy's four-legged friends might just have a vested interest in her plight. Something to ponder. Third Place Books, 6:30 pm, free.
LAURIE WINN CARLSON
Carlson rattles the cages of bovine detractors in Cattle: An Informal Social History. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, free.
FRIENDS OF FINE MADNESS
A benefit for the 20-year-old Seattle-based literary journal's impending anthology, March Hares: Selected Poems from Fine Madness 1982-2002. Featuring poets Beth Bentley, David Edelman, Barbara Molloy Olund, and Molly Tenenbaum. Elliott Bay Book Company, 4 pm, $5.
India native and SCCC instructor Kapur reads from his debut novel, Time Is a Fire. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, free.
Puns! Puns everywhere! Morrison reads from Catching On, her new, fictional account of life with (here it comes!) a fly fisherman. "Flyfishing and writing go well together, especially this time of year." Elliott Bay Book Company, 2 pm, free.
* CHARLES MUDEDE, RONICA SANYAL, BRIAN GOEDDE, KALEB HAGAN-KERR
Readings and spoken word performances with a number of talented folks (and one hack), as part of P.A.N.'s debaucherous Butoh-A-Go-Go benefit (see Dance Listings, page 67). Fremont UnConventional Center, 160 N Canal St
, 9 pm, $10/sliding scale.
JOAN HOLDEN & MAME HUNT
Playwright Holden discusses her new work, Nickel and Dimed, a dramatic adaptation of Barbara Ehrenreich's much-talked-about book of the same name. On hand will be Mame Hunt of the Intiman Theatre, where the play will see its world premiere. Elliott Bay Book Company, noon, free.
Father Mayes is a wearer of many hats and acronyms. BBC commentator, PBS organizer, founding chair of NPR, designer of the first suicide and crisis centers in California, and now the author of Escaping God's Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest. This man may single-handedly save the church. Elliott Bay Book Company, 5:30 pm, free.
Charismatic slam poet and "radical dyke" poster girl performs in support of her recent spoken word record, Built Like That. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 9 pm, $8.
A featured author at this year's University of Washington Summer Arts Fest, Kirchner reads from Darjeeling, his cross-Atlantic account of the sibling rivalry between two Indian sisters. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free. Also University of Washington, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, Wed July 17, 7 pm, free.
Renowned editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine talks shit about Attack of the Clones. Or not. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, $3-$4.
What's the deal with culinary puns anyway? It must be in the flour. Seriously, from catering services to cookbooks, it's like chefs think puns are the new irony. Case in point: Off the Hook, a collection of essays and recipes about fish preparation. Third Place Books, 7 pm, free.
Fowler has established himself as the voice of the new generation with his hard-hitting work for Teen Beat and Metal Edge magazines. Tonight he reads from his debut novel, A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla, the story of a "wannabe rock star and his beautiful muse" in a short skirt. Zeitgeist Coffee, 171 S Jackson, 583-0497, 7 pm, free.
Prokosch discusses The Global Activists' Manual, a new collection of essays that promises to further fuel the conversations of trust-fund anarchists everywhere. Third Place Books, 7:30 pm, free.
Long returns to Seattle to plug the paperback version of last year's Juniper Tree Burning, the account of a young woman's attempt to sell out on her "counterculture childhood." Elliott Bay Book Company, 5:30 pm, free.
In the first of two featured literary events at the University of Washington's Summer Arts Festival, this poet/publisher reads from and signs Quite Monday and The Diviners. University of Washington, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Room 220, 2:45 pm, free.
CLARA OLINK KELLY
Kelly discusses The Flamboya Tree, her memoir of life in the WWII concentration camps in the islands of the Pacific. Third Place Books, 7 pm, free.
* ALICE SEBOLD
The din surrounding Sebold's debut novel, The Lovely Bones, appears to be growing ever more insistent. How's this for a premise: a murder mystery/coming-of-age novel whose main character and narrator just happens to be the murder victim. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30, free.
THROUGH A SPIDER'S EYE
An amalgam of literary readings and musical performances featuring Tamara Vining, Erica Hilario, Shelia Fox, P. J. Sheehy, and others. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, $5-$7.
* SWIRLS BEFORE PINE--A weekly forum for writers by writers. Mondays at 7 pm. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 208-1188, free.
CATHARTICISM--Poetry, music, performance, and chaos, with host Ricki Rebel. Wednesdays at 8 pm. Coffee Messiah, 861-8233, free.
MIDNIGHT CABARET--Stories, song, and performance with host Sylvia O'Stayformore. Saturdays at midnight. Coffee Messiah, 861-8233, free.
SEATTLE POETRY SLAM--Open mic, feature, and slam with Karen Finneyfrock. Wednesdays at 8 pm. Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, $4.
* IT'S ABOUT TIME--Featured writers include Ken Lang, Lisa Haynes, Mary Love, & Aura Cuevas. Seattle Public Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way NE, 684-4063, 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, 5463 Leary Ave NW, 297-2424, free.
OUT OF TUNE--Poetry and music free-for-all hosted by Jon Hogan and Jill Charles. Thursdays at 8:30 pm, sign up at 8 pm. The 15th, 7515 15th Ave NW, 706-4973, free.
POETSWEST--Featured poets TBA. Wit's End Books & Tea, 770 N 34th St., 547-2330, Sun July 14, 9 pm, free.