MARGARET BULLITT-JONAS -- Food addiction in the midst of a privileged childhood sets the table for Bullit-Jonas, an Episcopal priest, in Holy Hunger: A Memoir of Desire. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
CHARLES WILKINSON -- Wilkinson's expertise in Native American law lends him an eagle's eye view of land use's spotty history in the Southwest. He covers the topic in Fire on the Plateau: Conflamesict and Endurance in the American Southwest. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5:30 pm, free.
*PAUL ROGAT LOEB -- Seattle activist Loeb has written a heartfelt and useful study of people who "get involved," with Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
GUY MADISON -- 1998 Washington Press Association award-winner Madison reads from his Tulalip reservation-centered novel, The Res: An American Novel. Barnes & Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, 425-771-2220, 7 pm, free.
JENA MACPHERSON -- Nooks and crannies of the Northwest find a place in MacPherson's guide Pacific Northwest: Travel Smart. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
DAVID A. NEIWERT -- Neiwert lets members of the "Patriot" movement tell their own story in this book that also explores his own growing up in Idaho alongside that state's reputation as a haven for militias. He reads from In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest tonight. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.
NIALL WILLIAMS -- Williams absolutely loves his mother country, Ireland, and he wants to draw you in through lovingly rendered descriptions of it in his second work of fiction, As It Is in Heaven; a magical, family-redemption sort of thing. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
*RON DAKRON, TODD MATTHEWS, JOHN OLSON, DOUG NUFER -- See Calendar Box. Titlewave Books, 7 Mercer St, 324-6379, 7:30 pm, free.
DIANA DEVERELL -- Biker gangs, drugs, Stinger missiles, and foreign settings make up Eugene mystery novelist Deverell's newest page-turner, Night on Fire. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.
RICHIE HAVENS -- Woodstock continues to define Haven's idea of what music should do, and in his co-written book They Can't Hide Us Anymore he recounts the saving power of music in his own life, along with stories about the era he helped define. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
SUSAN ZWINGER -- Zwinger swings from city to wilderness in her twelve-year study, The Last Wild Edge: One Woman's Journey from the Arctic Circle to the Olympic Rain Forest. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
GWYNETH JONES -- Clarion West presents multiple-award-winning British sci-fi writer Jones, who creates weird aliens to challenge gender conflamesict and biotechnological threats. Most recently, she published Phoenix Cafe, the final volume of her White Queen trilogy. She reads tonight from current work. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
DEREK LUNDY -- Around the world with Derek Lundy takes on swelling overtones as he recounts his lonely, dangerous, and often lovely four month sailing adventure in Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Note to regularly programmed open mics: The Stranger will list events only if we receive an announcement -- regular listings will be dropped unless we are notified that the events are in fact ongoing.
THE PEARL -- Turn irritation into beauty: bring fiction, poetry, film, or drama. Every first Thursday celebrates Dead Poets. The Pearl, 4215 University Way NE, 547-3326, 8 pm, free.
LIVINGROOM -- Every Monday about this time, people read and rant and play music. Tonight features Tart. Habitat Espresso, 222 Broadway E, 689-8661, 7:30 pm, free.
TUES-27HOMELAND -- The homiest of open mics, with espresso chocolate chip cookies. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave (at Pine), 324-8815, 7:30 pm, free.
WED-28SEATTLE POETRY SLAM -- In the ballroom of the most delectably dilapidated hotel in the city, the Slam continues to rock the foundation of performance poetry. OK Hotel, 212 Alaskan Way S, 621-7903, 9 pm, $3 (21 and over).
COFFEE MESSIAH -- Come to confess your sins, stay for a cookie. Open mic for poetry, stories, music, rants, and more. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 860-7377, 8:30 pm, free.