Teenage girls in the program Powerful Voices DYVAS read from work they've written this summer. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, www.powerfulvoices.org, 5:30 pm, free.
SHERMAN ALEXIE & JESS WALTER
The poets read their work and then participate in a salon. According to press materials, "Questions will be asked by the emcee and the audience to spark a witty discussion." Finn MacCool's, 4217 University Way NE, 282-2677, 7 pm, $10.
Deadly Errors is a "best of the breed medical thriller," says John J. Nance. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
CHARLES R. CROSS
The former Rocket editor and author of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain reads from his new book Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.
The music journalist reads from his new book Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story, about visiting the places where famous musicians croaked. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Losing the Garden: The Story of a Marriage is a memoir that writer Bill McKibben calls "a classic, a book that people will read for many years to come." Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
Clearcut is a novel with characters "as sharp as knives," says author Da Chen. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
"Timothy Treadwell was eaten by a bear in October of 2003. This did not come as a surprise to anyone who knew him, and it probably did not, in his final moments, come entirely as a shocker to Treadwell either. For 13 years, he'd been spending his summer on Alaska's Katmai Coast, singing and babytalking to the grizzlies, trying to become accepted as one of their own. Jans's The Grizzly Maze masterfully addresses Treadwell's life and death" (Paul Constant). Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
A staged reading of Jessica Hagedorn's play Dogeaters. Elliott Bay Book Company, 364-3283, 2 pm, $5 suggested donation.
The author reads from On American Soil. Queen Anne Library, 400 W Garfield St, 283-5624, 6:30 pm, free.
BRENDA COOPER & SYNE MITCHELL
They are the authors of Building Harlequin's Moon and End in Fire, respectively. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The Dog Lover's Companion to the Pacific Northwest features a "paw" ranking system. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
The poet reads from Map-maker, a series of dramatic monologues. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
RON C. JUDD
The Roof-Rack Chronicles is an outdoor guidebook. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7:30 pm, free.
What Goes Up... Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One is a depiction of "the inevitable downhill course of a man with bipolar disorder who denies his illness, and thus stops taking his lithium," according to E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.