* ALLEGRA GOODMAN
She is the author of The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls, and her event tonight kicks off Nextbook's new season. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 888-621-2230, 7:30 pm, free (tickets required).
The Love Wife is "a smart, piquant, and far-reaching tragicomedy," according to Booklist. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
DOROTHEA GROSSMAN, MICHAEL VLATKOVICH
Grossman's a poet. Vlatkovich is a trombonist. I have no idea what this event is. Oddfellows Hall, 915 E Pine St, 8 pm, $6-10.
Hell or High Water is about mountaineering. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.
* STEPHEN ELLIOTT, NEAL POLLACK
See Stranger Suggests, page 39. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
* TED RALL
The crazy, great journalist and cartoonist signs Wake Up... You're Liberal! How We Can Take America Back from the Right. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, noon, free.
The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy is about young women who don't vote (i.e. most young women). Jackson Street Books, 2301 S Jackson St, Suite 210, 324-7000, 1 pm, free.
The Nirvana guy signs Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy, which is embarrassingly bad. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.
* DR. & MR. DORIS HAGGIS-ON-WHEY
The, um, authors of Your Disgusting Head: The Darkest, Most Moist and Sickening Secrets of Your Ears, Mouth and Nose and Giraffes? Giraffes! bear absolutely no relation to Dave and Toph Eggers. That's all I'm saying. Just come. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 6 pm, free.
EILEEN GUNN, L. TIMMEL DUCHAMP, GWYNETH JONES
The hard-to-classify but basically sci-fi writers read from new work. Third Place Books, 366-3300, 6 pm, free. (Also on 10/17, with Nicola Griffith, at University Bookstore, 634-3400, 2:30 pm, free.)
The only thing cooler, sexier, and more revolutionary (to awe-struck white college kids and intellectuals) than the constellation of leather-jacketed black men quoting Mao and carrying machine guns in the late '60s, was the female version of the same. Super-Afroed Black Panthress Angela Davis was Huey, Bobby, and Eldridge without the Y chromosome, but with plenty of righteous black estrogen in its place. She spent a few weeks in the summer of 1970 on the lam after making the FBI's most-wanted list for supposedly masterminding (and arming) a bloody Marin County courtroom attempt to spring Black Panther icon George Jackson. Now, god bless her, she's a tenured professor at UC Santa Cruz and does dinner-and-wine fundraisers like these. (Josh Feit) Fundraising Dinner for a Territory Resource at the Westin Grand Ballroom, 1900 Fifth Ave, 624-4081, 6 pm, $42-$150.
STEPHEN R. DONALDSON
The Runes of the Earth: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1 is, you know, made up. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 12:30 pm, free. (Also on Oct 18 at Third Place Books, 366-3300, 7:30 pm, free.)
* BRIAN TEARE
The Room Where I Was Born is Teare's first collection of poetry, described to me by a friend as "a gnarly mixture of gay gothic coming-of-age-in-the-rural-South with some incest and fairy-tale moments." Open Books, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 3 pm, free.
Satin reads from Radical Middle: The Politics We Need to Know. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.
Color Blind is a mystery. Third Place Books, 366-3300, 6:30 pm, free.
* STEPHEN GREENBLATT
Will in the World is a biography of a playwright who wrote some plays you might have heard of. Like Hamlet. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 634-3400 for info, 7 pm, free.
* KAY REDFIELD JAMESON
The author of The Unquiet Mind, that book about being bi-polar and, essentially, wanting to die, talks about her new book, Exuberance: The Passion for Life. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eight Ave, 652-4255, 7 pm, $5.
Chango's Fire is a novel about characters trying to get out of Spanish Harlem. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
GERALD SCHATTEN, ANNA MASTROIANNI, JEFFREY KAHN, LAWRENCE GOLDSTEIN
The scientists, law experts, and university professors discuss "Stem Cells: The Science, Policy, and Possibilities." Ross Reynolds moderates. UW Campus, Kane Hall, Room 130, www.fosep.org for info, 7 pm, free.
* AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS
The author of the memoirs Dry and Running with Scissors reads from and talks about his new book Magical Thinking: True Stories. Central Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, www.spl.org for more info, 7 pm, free.
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
The Open Spaces of Democracy is a book of essays. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard, 624-6600 for more info, 7 pm, free.
JEANNE HEUVING, RACHEL DuPLESSIS
Both are critics and poets. Heuving's new book is called Incapacity. DuPlessis' new book is a giant poem called Drafts 1-38, Toll. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The magical mystery man gets all goosey with The Book of Secrets. Third Place Books, 366-3300, 7 pm, free (tickets required).
The photographer signs copies of Juvenile, his book of images of the juvenile justice system. University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
GREG BEAR, DAVID BRIN
The sci-fi writers sign their stuff. Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave, www.sfhomeworld.org for more info, 7 pm, $4/free for members.
Flynn signs America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism. Town Hall Seattle, 652-4255, 7 pm, $5.
* MICHAEL MOORE
See preview, opposite. KeyArena, First Ave N and 305 N Harrison St, 684-7200 for info, 628-0888 for tickets, 7:30 pm, $15.
"THE HEAT IS ON 2: POETS, ESSAYISTS, NOVELISTS"
A panel discussion about writers and the war in Iraq, featuring blowhards like Charles Mudede and smart people like Adam Hyla, Migael Scherer, Kevin O. Morrison, and Christopher J. Jarmick. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, donations welcome.
* DAVID BEZMOZGIS
Jeffrey Eugenides called Bezmozgis' debut collection, Natasha and Other Stories, "captivating and impressive." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST
Griest reads from Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 6 pm, free.
The true-crime writer reads from Green River Running Red. Third Place Books, 366-3300, 7 pm, free (tickets required).
Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll is billed as "a tour-de-force history of Jews, blues, and the birth of a new industry." University Bookstore, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
JOHN MIFSUD, NANCY RAWLES, CRAIG WILLIAMS, JUDITH ROCHE
Mifsud was born on the island of Malta. Rawles is working on some historical fiction. Williams is a dancer and a spoken word man. Roche is the author of the poetry collection Myrrh/My Life as a Screamer. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way, 634-0919, 7 pm, free.
He is the author of God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the "War on Terror," and the Echoing Press. Trinity United Methodist Church, 6512 23rd Ave, 624-6600 for more info, 7 pm, $5.
The cardiologist and volunteer physician talks about Good People in an Evil Time: Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.