THURSDAY 9/15

recommended ERIC SCIGLIANOThe journalist reads from Michelangelo's Mountain: The Quest for Perfection in the Marble Quarries of Carrara. "This is a terrific book, original in conception and exhilarating in its range," says Jonathan Raban. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main Street, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free. (Also 9/21 at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.)

CHARLES MANN1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is about how, uh, well, everything was already sort of discovered. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

CHRIS BOHJALIANThe author of Midwives (an Oprah book) reads from Before you Know Kindness. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

LAYNIE BROWNE, JULIANA SPAHRBrowne is a poet. Spahr is a critic. Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 7:30 pm, free.

MARGARET STARBIRDThe author reads from The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2700 NE University Village, 517-4107, 7 pm, free.

KEVIN O'BRIENThe local writer reads from his latest mystery The Last Victim. Plus, refreshments. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.

THE GREAT GOOD PLACEAn event featuring authors Cecile Andrews (author of the simple The Circle of Simplicity) and Ray Oldenburg (author of the mouthful The Great Good Places: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Handouts at the Heart of a Community). Santoro's Books, 7216 Greenwood Ave N, 784-2113, 7:30 pm, free.

"LEG TO STAND ON"Words and music from Steve Potter, Bill Horist, and Daniel Comiskey. Gallery of the Senses, 1402 E Pike St, 568-0291, 7:45 pm, free (donation suggested).

FRIDAY 9/16

recommended DAVID DOWNIEParis, Paris: Journey into the City of Light is a collection of essays about the city's secrets. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30, $6/8.

STEPHEN OPPENHEIMEROppenheimer reads from The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

MATTHEW KANGASThe art critic discusses William Cumming: The Image of Consequence. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

SATURDAY 9/17

MARK BIXLERThe Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience is about "human spirit" and "the most abject circumstances," says Jimmy Carter. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.

MARY FELSTINEROut of Joint is a memoir about arthritis. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

DR. ROBERT FITRAKISAn election attorney reads his book Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election? Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

"STRINGTOWN" OPENING PARTYA party for the local literary journal's new issue. Santoro's Books, 784-2113, 7 pm, free.

SUNDAY 9/18

recommended MATT BRIGGSA release party for Matt Briggs' stunning first novel, Shoot the Buffalo. The Gallery of the Senses, 568-0291, 2 pm, free (donation suggested).

MONDAY 9/19

recommended DAVID COLEThe constitutional lawyer talks about Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism. Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 386-4636, 7:30 pm, free.

recommended BARBARA EHRENREICHThe author of Nickle and Dimed reads from Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255, 7:30, free.

RICHARD HELLSee p. 51. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free. (Also on 9/21 at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, $5.)

TUESDAY 9/20

KIM ADDONIZIOLittle Beauties is the poet's first novel. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 6 pm, free.

recommended ROBERT SULLIVANThe author of Rats (great book) reads from How Not to Get Rich. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.

MARK SPRAGGAn Unfinished Life is a novel about Wyoming ranchers. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

recommended STACEY LEVINESee Stranger Suggests, p. 33. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, 7:30, free.

WEDNESDAY 9/21

DAVID V. HERLIHYBicycle is a cultural history of bikes. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

Support The Stranger

recommended CYNTHIA OZICKThe great novelist and critic talks about her life and work. Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, 621-2230, 7:30 pm, $10–25.

BETH KALIKOFFDying for a Blue Plate Special is meant literally. It's a mystery. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.