The art critic reads from his book Epicenter: Essays on North American Art, a lot of which is about art in places other than New York City. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Hot Ice is a romantic action-adventure novel. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
RABBI ALEXANDER SEINFELD
The rabbi reads from and talks about The Art of Amazement: Judaism's Forgotten Spirituality. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country is a book about the author's experiences in Arizona. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of World War II is about the apparent lynching of an Italian prisoner of war in 1944 at the hands of a crowd of American soldiers. Jackson Street Books, 2301 S Jackson St, Suite 210, 324-7000, 7:30 pm, free.
ROLLING THUNDER DEMOCRACY TOUR
Workshops, music, and an "outdoor extravaganza" featuring Greg LeRoy (The Great American Job Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation), Jim Diers (Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way), and others. Magnuson Park, Sand Point, 624-6600, noon–8 pm, $10 at Elliott Bay Book Company or www.seattlethunder.net.
DORA LEVY MOSSANEN
Courtesan is a novel set in Paris, Persia, and South Africa in the 1800s. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 3 pm, free. (Also at Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.)
Several editors of and contributors to the new issue of Rosebud (a magazine of "creative prose, poetry, and visual art") read and talk about their work. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.
MIRIAM BASSUK, DONNA FRISK, MADELLE QUIRING, MILLIE RENFREW
The poets read from a chapbook they all contributed to, called Between Light and Shade. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
Ask the Dead is a detective novel. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms is a book of photos by Lommasson (a Portland photographer) and essays by Katherine Dunn, Carlo Rotella, and others. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Aschenbrand is described on the back of her debut book, The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own, as follows: "If members of the Symbionese Liberation Army had carried Prada handbags, transformed raunchy sex gossip into political protest, and designed agitprop fashion, they would be Periel Aschenbrand." The book begins: "I'm on the phone with my mother and she's like, 'I'm very upset you're waitressing. It's terrible that someone with a master's degree is waitressing.'" University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Road to Awakening is a novel about a 13-year-old living in a racist Texas town. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
The Street-Smart Naturalist is about nature and the city. Green Leaf Books, 3422 Stone Way N, 545-7465, 7 pm, free.
Clearcut is a "psychodrama" set in the Pacific Northwest. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
A sentence, chosen at random, from MacKenzie Bezos's first novel, The Testing of Luther Albright: "Belsky stabbed another meatball with his toothpick and looked at me, eyebrows raised." That's a great name, Belsky. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.