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, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free. Also Waldenbooks, Southcenter Mall, 248-0886, Sat Dec 7 at 1 pm, free.
JENNIFER & VICTORIA TRAIG
"If Martha Stewart were abducted by trailer park rabbis, you'd have Judikitsch! This book is the ultimate guide to a funky, festive Jewish lifestyle. Why sushi; eat Jewshi. Recipes for Hava Tequila Pie and Poi Vey... Star of David Sunglasses, anyone?" Tree of Life, 2201 NE 65th St, 527-1130, noon, free.
Host of the Food Network's Sara's Secrets, Moulton satiates the militant cookbook enthusiasts of Lake Forest Park with Sara Moulton Cooks at Home. Third Place Books, 366-3333, noon, free.
MICHAEL S. SANDERS
Sanders offers a singular glimpse into the inner workings of the provincial French village of Les Arques, an isolated community (pop. 159) in the far reaches of France, in From Here You Can't See Paris. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
A reflection on the life and work of Stafford's respected father, William, Early Morning is not quite biography, not quite dissection, but something of a revelatory rumination on his labors. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Tempting, isn't it? Former photojournalist for the Seattle Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Gay discusses his latest book of "inspirational" imagery, Everyone Has a Life to Live. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.
DAVID C. HALL
Hey Pops... why not put down that belt and buy my book? The Seattle psychiatrist Hall signs Stop Arguing and Start Understanding: Eight Steps to Solving Family Conflicts. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
"ROWDY" RODDY PIPER
One of the principal players (second only to Hulk Hogan) responsible for the modern popularity of professional wrestling, it's easy to dismiss Piper as yet another cold sore on the face of America. I'd like to shed light on a slightly more fond memory, however, in the form of the wrestler's starring role as Sam Hell in cinema's greatest achievement, Hell Comes to Frogtown. He can't be all bad. Piper signs In the Pit with Piper. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6 pm, free.
Because when it all comes down to it, every miserable path in your life leads right back to Mama's womb. Berger signs Dear Mom: Women's Letters of Love, Loss and Longing. Tree of Life, 527-1130, 11 am, free.
You drew Uncle Jerry in the gift exchange again this year, didn't you? Why does it always have to be Uncle Jerry? What the fuck are you going to buy Uncle fucking Jerry? Ah! That's it! Ross Hamilton's The Olympics--a photo collection about Sequim! Uncle Jerry loves Sequim! I mean, who doesn't, right? Everybody loves Sequim. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.
"Likely to make the case that corporate oil interests and election maneuvering--as opposed to any vital national security interests--are dictating President Bush's war cry, your Seattle U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) will speak his mind at Temple Beth Am this morning." (Josh Feit) Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th Ave, 447-9301, 11 am.
* JIM MUNROE, ANDY HEALEY, GREG HISCHAK
See review this issue. Confounded Books, 2235 Second Ave, 441-1377, 7 pm.
See Stranger Suggests. Lucky Devil Tattoo Parlor, 1720 12th Ave, 323-1637, 3 pm.
* DAN SAVAGE
I don't care what everyone around here says--I just don't like him. Paycheck be damned, and for all that is right and good with this world, do not go to Savage's reading. He's a virus, and he needs to be stopped. (Note: For practical reasons, the books editor does not share the calendar editor's opinion of Mr. Dan Savage.--Charles Mudede) Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The Seattle Times' crackerjack investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Duff Wilson reads from his first book, Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret. (Plot spoiler: Never eat anything again, ever.) Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
Popular British mystery writer Carola Dunn wins the glory of this week's coveted "Book Title That Made Zac Laugh Out Loud" prize with her latest, Mistletoe and Murder. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free. Also Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, Wed Dec 11 at noon, free.
As focused on the Jewish persecution in Spain of the 1940s, Espinosa's third novel, Incognito, explores one family's suppressed faith. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free. Also Tree of Life, 527-1130, Wed Dec 11 at 7 pm, free.
Photographer Barnbaum gets a little heady with his latest, a grandiose multimedia spectacular (book and compact disc of classical music) entitled (get this) Tone Poems: Nine Photographic Opuses: Book 1--Opus 1, 2, & 3. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.