Madame Bovary's Ovaries: A Darwinian Look at Literature sounds truly smart and fascinating. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
SIR ALAN ROY FERSHT
The chemist and molecular biologist gives a lecture called "Protein Folding, Misfolding, and Disease." University of Washington, Kane Hall 110, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative talks about the shittiest new disease of the 20th century and ongoing scientific efforts to thwart it. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-5858, 7:30 pm, $5.
The writer and Islam expert gives a lecture called "Islam and Modernity: The Problem with Paradise." University of Washington, Kane Hall 220, 7 pm, free.
Aprile reads from America and the Mythology of Greatness. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7:30 pm, free.
The humorist reads Home from the Vinyl Cafe. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5:30 pm, free.
She is the editor of Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. She's joined tonight by several contributors. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
American Ghosts is a memoir. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ, MICHAEL MEADE
Rodriguez is the author of the multi-generational family novel Music of the Mill. Meade is a storyteller and poet. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
GORDON S. BROWN
To No Nameless End is a memoir that begins in Seattle. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.
More Than Peace and Cypresses is a collection of poetry. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
SHORT STORIES LIVE!
Featuring stories by Charles Johnson, Wallace Stegner, and Tillie Olsen. Town Hall Seattle, 652-4255, 4 pm, $18/$15 members.
The UW professor talks about Mexican Americans and the Environment: Tierra y Vida. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Pretty Birds is a novel set in Sarajevo in 1992. University of Washington, Kane Hall 130, 634-3400, 7:30 pm, free, tickets required.
The journalist signs On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of World War II. UW William Gates School of Law 133, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
JENNIFER ANN KOLGER
Ruby Tuesday is a murder mystery. The author is 23 (or she was when she wrote it). Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7:00 pm, free.
The Stuart Smalley guy and commentator talks about his radio career, his books, fat idiots, etc. Town Hall Seattle, 624-6600, 9 am, $25/$50 with luncheon.
The Diezmo is a novel set in Texas. Bass is a great writer. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Kings of Infinite Space is a weird novel. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
This person's book is called Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, 634-3400, 7 pm, $3-$5 donation suggested.
WOMEN WRITERS OF THE ARAB WORLD
Tonight, Suheir Hammad, Alia Mamdouh, and Somaya Ramadan read from and talk about their work. The series continues next week and also will include Raja Alem, Choman Hardi, and Ibtihal Salem. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 621-2230 x10, 7:30 pm, $25/$12 students.
The martial-arts instructor and motivational speaker talks about his novel The Journeys of Socrates, which isn't about that Socrates. Seattle First Baptist Church, 111 Harvard Ave, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
See review, this page. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The author of A Thriving Modernism: The Houses of Wendell Lovett & Arne Bystrom talks about his book and shows slides. University of Washington, Kane Hall 110, 543-0540, 7 pm, free, registration required.
Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization is about the lengths to which people (and companies, and countries) go to rip off other people's innovations. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The author reads from her "treatise on the new-century collision between work and mothering," The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars. Ravenna Third Place Books, 525-2347, 7:30 pm, free.
C. J. BOX
Out of Range is a mystery novel. Barnes & Noble University Village, 2675 University Village St NE, 7:30 pm, free.
The Moss Gatherers is a collection of short stories, and Briggs is a fantastic short-story writer. I can't wait to read it. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATER: An open mic. And featured reader Lyn Coffin on 5/8. Sundays at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 547-4585, free.
STREET-BEAT SLAM: Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Mirabeau Room, 529 Queen Anne Ave N, 650-2869, free.
TUESDAYS AT THE CABARET: An evening of poetry, comedy, and prose on the second Tuesday of every month at 8 pm. Featuring Jack McCarthy, Rajinni Eddins, Anna Maria Hong, Koon Woon, Carol Maki on 5/10. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, $5.