THURSDAY 3/4



CHARLENE ANN BAUMBICH

The author reads from her two new Dearest Dorothy books, about an 87-year-old woman in a small town. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

VICTOR CHA, DAVID KANG

The two experts discuss Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. Kane Hall, Room 110, University of Washington, 441-5910, 7 pm, $8.

NEIL BRUCE

Professor Bruce and several panelists will discuss "The Economy and the U.S. Election." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 543-0540, 7 pm, $15/$5 students.

* JOHN OLSON

See review, page 22. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.

MICHAEL SHERMER

Shermer signs The Science of Good & Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.

FRIDAY 3/5



BRENT HARTINGER

The young-adult novelist reads from his latest, The Last Chance Texaco. Barnes & Noble, 600 Pine St, 264-0489, 7 pm, free.

JANET WARNER

Other Sorrows, Other Joys is a novel about William Blake's wife. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

WILLIAM DIETRICH

According to Michael Curtis Ford, Hadrian's Wall is a novel about the "contrasts between barbarism and civilization." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

SATURDAY 3/6



JEREMI SURI

The professor and historian reads from Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.

SANDY POLISHUK

Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julie Ruuttila is a biography of the Northwest labor activist and journalist. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 6 pm, free.

WILLIS BARNSTONE

Barnstone reads from his just-published translation of Border of a Dream: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado, which Elaine Pagels calls "enormously rich." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

SUNDAY 3/7



* STEVEN SHAVIRO

Shaviro signs Connected, Or What It Means to Live in the Network Society. Ravenna Third Place Books, 525-2347, 2 pm, free.

* BENJAMIN WEISSMAN

See Stranger Suggests, page 17. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.

CHARLES MARTIN

Martin, a poet, reads from his new translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.

MONDAY 3/8



TODD BALF

The Darkest Jungle is a story of human endurance in the 1850s. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

* MARK KATZ

In Clinton & Me: A Real Life Political Comedy, Bill Clinton's former joke writer opens up about what it was like working for the best damn president we've ever had (in my lifetime). University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

GUY VANDERHAEGHE

The Last Crossing is a 19th-century frontier novel. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

TUESDAY 3/9



MICHAEL DIBDIN

Medusa is a mystery novel. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.

TIM DORSEY

Cadillac Beach is a screwball crime novel. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free. (Also Wed March 10 at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 587-5737, noon, free.)

BRIAN GREENE

The author of The Elegant Universe talks about his new book, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. Town Hall, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.

* BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM

The author of Hester Among the Ruins and other novels reads from her latest, An Almost Perfect Moment, which "captures the strange and strangely common secrets that hold families together," according to Ben Marcus. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 3/10



JOHN DUNNING

The Bookman's Promise is a caper about a book collector. A shady lot, book collectors. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

FRANKLIN ODO

Odo gives a lecture based on his book No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawaii During World War II. Northwest Asian American Theatre, 409 Seventh Ave, 320-0095, 7 pm, free, donations accepted.

LESLEY HAZLETON

Hazleton reads from Mary: A Flesh and Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

* EDWARD HIRSCH, PHILIP LEVINE

See Stranger Suggests, page 17. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave at Union St, 425-369-3298, 7:30 pm, free. POETRY/OPEN MICS

HOMELAND--Words. So many words. Tuesdays at 7 pm. Caffe Vita, 1005 E Pike St, 709-4440, free.

OPEN MIKE NIGHT--Musicians, poets, whoever. Thursdays at 8 pm. 15th Avenue Alehouse, 7515 15th Ave NW, free.

POETSWEST--Featuring Shirley Chamberlain, Murray Gordon, Lina Schreier. Sun March 7 at 7 pm. Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 682-1268, free.

RED SKY POETRY THEATER--Featured readers and an open mic. March 7: Clarice Keegan. Sundays at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 547-4585, free.

SCRATCHING POST--Poetry open mic, all ages. Thursdays at 8 pm, signup at 7:30 pm. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 5463 Leary Ave NW, 297-2424, free.

SEATTLE POETRY SLAM--Open mic and slam with Karen Finneyfrock. Wednesdays at 8 pm. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 568-0728, $5.

SEATTLE SPIT--Queer spoken word. March 4: Trisha Ready, Evalie Horner, Kristie Fleming. First Thursday of every month at 8 pm. Wildrose, 1021 E Pike St, 369-2471, free.

STAGE FRIGHT--Youth open mic. Fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, free.

TAKE A POEM INTO YOUR HEART--Poetry reading. Fourth Friday of every month at 7:15 pm. Lottie Motts Coffee Shop, 4900 Rainier Ave S, 725-8199, free.

WOMEN'S POETRY NIGHT--Spoken word from the fairer sex. Thursdays at 8 pm. Bar, 1525 E Olive Way, 322-1788, free.

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