READINGS

by Rick Levin


THURSDAY 10/14


ANNE E. SIMON

X-FILES SCIENCE ADVISOR ANNE E. SIMON IS THE PROFESSIONAL EGGHEAD HIRED ON BY CHRIS CARTER TO PUT THE TECHNICAL OOMPH! IN AGENT DANA SCULLY'S POSITIVIST SKEPTICISM (YOU KNOW, ALL THAT CONTRA-MULDER POO-POOING). IN HER NEW BOOK, THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND THE X-FILES, SIMON REVEALS THE AMAZING SCIENTIfiC DISCOVERIES AND ACTUAL FACTS BEHIND THE BELOVED SERIES' SPECULATIVE ZANINESS. OH MY GOD, THOSE BRAIN-SUCKING WORMS ARE REAL! BORDERS, 1501 FOURTH AVE, 622-4599, 1 PM, FREE; ALSO UW CAMPUS, KANE HALL, RM 220, 7 PM, FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE.


JIM WHITTAKER

IT USED TO SUFfiCE FOR THESE THRILL SEEKERS, WHEN ASKED "WHY?" TO ANSWER: "BECAUSE IT WAS THERE." NOW THEY'RE ALL WRITING BIG BOOKS. THE UPWARDLY MOBILE CEO OF REI AND fiRST AMERICAN TO GET TO THE TOP OF MT. EVEREST HAS ENTERED THE MOUNTAINEERING FRAY WITH A MEMOIR OF MAN-MEETS-ROCK ENTITLED, APTLY ENOUGH, A LIFE ON THE EDGE. THIRD PLACE BOOKS, 17171 BOTHELL WAY NE, 366-3300, 7 PM, FREE.


MARIAN MICHENER

MICHENER, A LOCAL WRITER WHO PLAYS WITH BOUNDARIES OF METAPHOR, SEXUAL IDENTITY, AND SOCIAL HEALTH READS FROM HER NOVEL DREAMING UNDER A TON OF LIZARDS. ELLIOTT BAY, 101 S MAIN ST, 624-6600, 7:30 PM, FREE.


SEATTLE WRITERS READ

Seattle Artist Award recipients Laurie Blauner, Nikki Nojima Louis, and Barbara Wilson read from new works. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, free.


*CLIFFORD CHASE, REBECCA BROWN,

& REBECCA ZINOVIC

SEE BIO: READINGS, PAGE 83. BAILEY/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.


FRIDAY 10/15

MARK BRYAN

WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN WHEN DAD HURLS A PLATEFUL OF STEAMING ASPARAGUS AGAINST THE DINING ROOM WALL? MR. BRYAN, WHO IS CO-AUTHOR OF THAT SELF-HELPY BESTSELLER THE ARTIST'S WAY, INVESTIGATES NON-VERBAL CODES IN THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF AMERICAN FAMILY COMMUNICATION. THIRD PLACE BOOKS, 17171 BOTHELL WAY NE, 366-3300, 7 PM, FREE.


COLLEEN MCELROY

UW PROFESSOR, POET, AND TRAVEL WRITER MCELROY -- WHO, ACCORDING TO ISHMAEL REED, DEPICTS REAL-LIFE DRAMAS "AS FABULOUS AS THOSE FOUND IN A NOVEL" -- READS FROM AND SIGNS OVER THE LIP OF THE WORLD: AMONG THE STORYTELLERS OF MADAGASCAR. UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, 4326 UNIVERSITY WAY NE, 634-3400, 7 PM, FREE.


SATURDAY 10/16


T.A. BARRON

Fantasy novels are an important mechanism of psychological maladjustment and chronic displacement during those crucially formative years from early childhood to late adolescence. The Mirror of Merlin -- a book so good it made Madeleine L'Engle want to "SHOUT about it!" -- is the fourth title in the Lost Years of Merlin series. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 11 am, free; and Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 3 pm, free, no tickets necessary.


MIGAEL SCHERER

Ahoy! Yank the mizzenmast, salty! Scherer, a local boating enthusiast, reads from her new book, Sailing to Simplicity: Life Lessons Learned at Sea. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 5 pm, advance free tickets available.


JHUMPA LAHIRI

LAHIRI -- WHO WAS CITED IN THE NEW YORKER'S RECENT fiCTION ISSUE AS ONE OF THE PRESTIGIOUS "20 WRITERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" -- HAS BEEN PRAISED BY AMY TAN AS "A DAZZLING STORYTELLER WITH A DISTINCTIVE VOICE." HER DEBUT, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES, IS A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES WITH A GREAT TITLE. ELLIOTT BAY, 101 S MAIN ST, 624-6600, 7:30 PM, ADVANCE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE.


SUNDAY 10/17


CHRISTIAN PARENTI

WHAT A WONDERFUL COUNTRY: LAND OF THE FREE-SWINGING PRISON DOOR, HOME OF THE BRAVE INCARCERATOR. PARENTI'S NEW BOOK, LOCKDOWN AMERICA: POLICE AND PRISONS IN AN AGE OF CRISIS, IS AN ANALYSIS OF THIS NATION'S OUTRAGEOUSLY PROfiTABLE AND EVER-PROLIFERATING POLICE STATE APPARATUS. DISCIPLINE! PUNISH! ELLIOTT BAY, 101 S MAIN ST, 624-6600, 3 PM, ADVANCE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE.


PETER MAYLE

THE CURRENT VOGUE IN FRENCHIE TRAVEL BOOKS IS SECOND ONLY TO THE CURRENT VOGUE IN MOUNTAINEERING MEMOIRS. MAYLE READS AND SIGNS ENCORE PROVENCE: NEW ADVENTURES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, 4326 UNIVERSITY WAY NE, 634-3400, 2 PM, ADVANCE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE.


JOHN HOGUE

YOU DON'T HAVE NEARLY ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT. "ROGUE" SCHOLAR HOGUE READS FROM HIS LATEST, 1000 FOR 2000: STARTLING PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM FROM PROPHETS ANCIENT AND MODERN. THE SEATTLE ART BELL CHAT CLUB (OH MY!), SEATTLE METAPHYSICAL LIBRARY, 1000 E MADISON #B, 329-1794, 6-9 PM, FREE.


MARION KIMES

Featured local poet, plus open mic. Red Sky Poetry Theatre, Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 633-5647, 7 pm, free.


MONDAY 10/18

THOMAS KENNEALLY

THE AUTHOR OF SCHINDLER'S LIST READS FROM AND SIGNS HIS NEW WORK OF NON-fiCTION, THE GREAT SHAME AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE IRISH IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD. UW CAMPUS, KANE HALL, RM 120, 634-3400, 7 PM, ADVANCE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE.


SAPPHIRE

This fiery, controversial poet and novelist (Push) will be reading from her new book of poetry, Black Wings & Black Angels. Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, 17th & Yesler, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


LEONARD SHLAIN

THE PREMISE OF THIS PHILOSOPHER-SURGEON'S BOOK, THE ALPHABET VERSUS THE GODDESS: THE CONflICT BETWEEN WORD AND IMAGE, IS THAT ALPHABET-BASED CULTURES GIVE RISE TO PATRIARCHAL SYSTEMS, AND IMAGE-BASED CULTURES ENGENDER MATRIARCHAL VALUES -- WHICH MEANS SESAME STREET IS A MASTERPIECE OF EGALITARIAN GENDER POLITICS. UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, 4326 UNIVERSITY WAY NE, 634-3400, 7 PM, FREE.


TUESDAY 10/19

DR. PATRICIA KUHL & DR. ANDREW MELTZKOFF

EVERY PARENT BELIEVES THEIR KID'S A FRIGGIN' GENIUS. THE SCIENTIST IN THE CRIB: MINDS, BRAINS AND HOW CHILDREN LEARN PROVIDES IRREFUTABLE PROOF. UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, 4326 UNIVERSITY WAY NE, 634-3400, 7 PM, FREE.


*DAN SAVAGE

NOT ONLY IS THE KID A GENIUS, HE'S CUTE AS A BUTTON! THE SAVAGE PUBLICITY JUGGERNAUT FOR THE KID: WHAT HAPPENED AFTER MY BOYFRIEND AND I DECIDED TO GO GET PREGNANT CONTINUES ITS ROLL THROUGH TOWN WITH THIS AUDIENCE-PARTICIPATION READ-A-LONG AND BOOK SIGNING. THIRD PLACE BOOKS, 17171 BOTHELL WAY NE, 366-3300, 7 PM, FREE.


MARIAN MICHENER

SEE THURSDAY LISTING. BEYOND THE CLOSET BOOKSTORE, 518 E PIKE, 322-4609, 7:30 PM, FREE.


WEDNESDAY 10/20

*SUSAN FALUDI

THE AUTHOR OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD-WINNING BACKLASH RETURNS WITH AN INCREDIBLY WELL-ENDOWED NEW BOOK, STIFFED: THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN MAN. ELLIOTT BAY, 101 S MAIN ST, 624-6600, 7:30 PM, ADVANCE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE.


SYLVIA EARLE

WHOO-HOO! SLIDE SHOW! NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S "EXPLORER IN RESIDENCE" READS AND SIGNS WILD OCEAN: AMERICA'S PARKS UNDER THE SEA. UW CAMPUS, KANE HALL, RM 120, 634-3400, 7 PM, ADVANCE FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE.


JAMES GURLEY & BART BAXTER

LOCAL POETS READ FROM THEIR LATEST CHAPBOOKS. UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE, 4326 UNIVERSITY WAY NE, 634-3400, 7 PM, FREE.


POETRY SLAM

FEATURED POET IS MARTA SANCHEZ, A MEMBER OF SEATTLE'S 1998 NATIONAL POETRY SLAM tEAM. RUPERT'S, 309 FIRST AVE S, 366-2280, $3.

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