THURSDAY 4/22



ELIZABETH BERG

The Art of Mending is a novel about secrets. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

WILLIAM CALVIN

The UW neurobiologist discusses A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

FAREED ZAKARIA

Zakaria talks about The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. Kane Hall, Room 120, UW, 634-3400, 7 pm, free, ticket required.

MICHAEL PARENTI

The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome is about elections, economics, homophobia, religion, and politics. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7:30 pm, free.

NURUDDIN FARAH

The prize-winning Somalian exile reads from and signs Links, his most recent novel. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

MAGED ZAHER

The Wholesale Approach is a chapbook. Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.

FRIDAY 4/23



MICK NAPIER

Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out is a book for actors. University Book Store, 634-3400, noon, free.

MARY DAHEIM

The Alpine Pursuit is a novel. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

HARRIET RUBIN

Rubin talks about and signs Dante in Love: The World's Greatest Poem and How It Made History. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.

ALICE WALKER, MICHAEL MEADE

Walker's latest novel is Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart. She's joined onstage for conversation by local storyteller Michael Meade. Piggott Hall, Seattle University, 12th Ave and Marion St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, $10.

SATURDAY 4/24



RAINBOW BOOKFEST

The only book festival devoted to authors of color anywhere this year. Charles Johnson will give the keynote; Octavia Butler, Bharti Kirchner, and other authors participate in panels and other events. Union Station, 505 Fifth Ave S, www.rainbowbookfest.com for schedule and other info, 10 am-6 pm, free/$40 for dinner with Johnson.

CHARI DAVENPORT

The Office Party is a mystery. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.

PAUL R. EHRLICH

The coauthor of One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future talks about scary environmental trends. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 1 pm, free.

ANTHONY EVERITT

Everitt talks about Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician. University Book Store, 634-3400, 3 pm, $3 donation.

JIM COLLINS

The Last Best League is about baseball. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

RANDALL SULLIVAN

The Miracle Detective: An Investigation of Holy Visions is totally serious. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

* SELECTED SHORTS

Readings of stories by T. C. Boyle, Dorothy Thomas, and Sherman Alexie. The Boyle story is going to be read by NPR's Isaiah Sheffer. Town Hall Seattle, www.ticketweb.com, 8 pm, $22-$25/$17-$20 students.

DAVID BESPIEL

Wild Civility is a book of poetry. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, free.

SUNDAY 4/25



SUZANNE M. WOLFE

Unveiling is about "the piercing joy of revelation," says Annie Dillard. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4 pm, free.

'KNOCK JOURNAL' DEBUT

Knock Journal is a new local journal. Contributors read. Richard Hugo House, 268-4412, 7 pm, by donation.

MONDAY 4/26



COLLOQUE WHEEL

Jay Jaworki, Dana Elkun, Kathleen Flenniken, Carlos Martinez, Louisa Peck, and Nico Vassilakis read. Victrola Coffee & Art, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520, 7 pm, free.

MEGAN CHANCE

An Inconvenient Wife is historical fiction. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

* LYNNE TRUSS

The semicolon nazi reads from her insanely popular grammar book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar is about senseless killings, bad mustaches, etc. Kane Hall, Room 110, University of Washington, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

* PAUL COLLINS

See Stranger Suggests, page 19. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

* GREG PALAST

The author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization, and High-Finance Fraudsters bitches about corporate assholes. Town Hall Seattle, 325-3554, 7:30 pm, $15. (Also 4/27 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, noon, free.)

BRUCE YAMASHITA

Yamashita, the subject of the documentary A Most Unlikely Hero, talks about his book Fighting Tradition: A Marine's Journey to Justice. University of Washington, HUB Auditorium, 543-9779, 7 pm, free.

TUESDAY 4/27



'CASH, DEBT, AND TAXES'

Zine writers read. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, workshop at 6 pm, show at 8 pm, free, donation requested.

ANDERSON FERRELL

Have You Heard? is a novel. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

NEAL BASCOMB

The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It is about that most horrifying of all sports: running. Seattle Running Company, 919 E Pine St, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

ALAN WEINER

The UW biochemistry department chair gives a lecture called "Biology Is Nanotechnology: How Our Cells Write, Read, Copy, and Store Genetic Information." Kane Hall, Room 130, UW, 543-3839, 7 pm, free.

* ANNE FADIMAN

See Stranger Suggests, page 19. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 621-2230, 7:30 pm, $23 main floor/$18 balcony/$9 students or under 25.

PICO IYER

Sun After Dark is a book of essays. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

* ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

The popular columnist talks about Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America. Town Hall Seattle, 325-3554, 7:30 pm, $15.

'LIVING COLORS'

Various spoken word artists do their spoken word thing. Town Hall Seattle, 932-5685, 7:30 pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 4/28



SHARON BUTALA

The Canadian author talks about The Perfect of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature. Faculty Club, University of Washington, 685-1090, noon, free.

POETRY ON BUSES READING

"The poets will read their work, an all-poetry bus will be parked outside the museum for viewing, and free poetry books containing the 2004 collection will be available." Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3100, 6 pm.

DIANA PRESTON

Preston talks about A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

TOVA MIRVIS

The writer reads, talks, etc. Zeitgeist Cafe, 171 S Jackson St, 425-369-3298, 7:30 pm, free.

POETRY/OPEN MICS
LAST WEDNESDAY--Literary, poetry, fun. Now with Haikurama! Wed April 28, signup at 7 pm, reading at 7:30 pm. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, free.

POETSWEST--Featuring Scott Galasso, Sharon E. Svendsen, Chris Twigg. Sun April 25 at 7 pm. Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 682-1268, free.

TAKE A POEM INTO YOUR HEART--Featuring Karyna McGlynn, Anne-Marie Hackenberger, Beth Coyote, and Negesti. Fri April 23 at 7:15 pm. Lottie Motts Coffee Shop, 4900 Rainier Ave S, 725-8199, free.

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