* JONATHAN RABAN, ANN POWERS, NICK LICATA...
...and several others discuss what's wrong with America in "Blue Gets Screwed: A Post-Election Wrangle." Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm.
The Future of Ice is a "lyrical meditation on deep cold," according to Publisher's Weekly. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Brass is a novel about sex in the UK. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5:30 pm, free.
The Buddhist reads from The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 6 pm, free.
Queer City is a mystery set in Seattle. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, 7 pm, free.
* MATTHEW STADLER
See Stranger Suggests, p. 41. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
GEOFFREY R. STONE
Stone talks about Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, $5.
Banishing Verona is an "alive and vividly engaging" novel, according to the novelist Julia Glass. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.
Alamut is Vladimir Bartol's book about prophets and terrorists. It was a bestseller in Europe. (Biggins is Bartol's translator.) University Book Store, 634-3400, 5 pm, free.
PONTOON GROUP POETRY READING
Contributors to the local Pontoon 7 read their poetry. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6 pm, free.
Verses on Bird is a collection of work by the Chinese poet. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
STEPHEN FUGITA, MARILYN FERNANDEZ
Their book is Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration. They will be interviewed on stage by Lori Matsukawa, that lady on KING 5 who drives me nuts. Town Hall Seattle, 624-6600, 1 pm, free.
SABRINA WARD HARRISON
The author and workshop teacher reads from Messy Thrilling Life: The Art of Figuring Out How to Live. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5 pm, free.
What Patients Taught Me is a medical student's memoir. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The Golden Mountain is a memoir. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The Thayers went to the Yukon and all they have to show for it is this book Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and Their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild. Elliott Bay Book Co. , 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
Wild Seattle is a book of photos. Some of them are by Donnelly. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
He is a translator. "Occasioning this visit," according to press materials, "is Gilgamesh: A New English Version." According to Stranger intern Dr. Linda K. Nix, PhD, "When I studied this ancient epic tale of a king and his quest, oh so many years ago, the lecturer said there were only two people in the world now able to read cuneitrm, which is the Sumerian script that looks like bird tracks. Guess this guy was one of them, or has since learnt. A good yarn if heroes are your thing." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.