ELLEN MELOY: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE & WORK
Ivan Doig, Lyanda Lynn Houpt, Don Snow, and others read from Meloy's posthumous new book, Eating Stone. Patagonia, 2100 First Ave, 622-9700, 7 pm, free.
SIR MARK BRUBACK
Poems to Babalon is "saturated with esoteric, tantric, and kabbalistic symbolism." Confounded Books, 315 E Pine St, 382-3376, 7 pm, free.
Other People is a book of poems. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.
ELIOT WEINBERGER, MICHAEL PALMER
Weinberger's essay collection What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles begins with the still-unbelievable installment of Bush as president in 2001 and ends with Saddam Hussein eating cookies in solitary confinement. Palmer's Company of Moths is a collection of poetry. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
MARLON JAMES, TRINIE DALTON
John Crow's Devil is James's debut novel set in Jamaica in 1957. Dalton's Wide Eyed is a collection of stories set in L.A. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
Jin reads from and talks about War Trash, now in paperback. UW Campus, Parrington Hall, 634-3400, 7 pm, free. (Also 10/15, Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.)
GREG BEHRENDT, AMIIRA RUTOLA-BEHRENDT
The authors read from It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken. Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave, 448-2001, 7 pm. $10.
LILLAS BEVER, SUSAN RICH
Bever reads from her poetry collection Bellini in Istanbul. Rich reads from her collection The Cartographer's Tongue. Ravenna Third Place, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7:30 pm, free.
The commentator and New York Observer correspondent reads from and talks about Bush's "Raw Deal." Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.
REAL/FAKE: EXAMINING THE INTERSECTION OF FICTION AND REAL LIFE
Sharon Olds, Deborah Digges, Marge Piercy, Ann Powers, Frances McCue, and others read, interview one another, and riff on the topic of "Real/Fake." Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, all day, see www.hugohouse.org for full schedule, $40/$50.
Morris talks about Adventure Divas: Searching for a New Kind of Heroine. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free. (Also 10/15, Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.)
ROBERT FARRIS THOMPSON
The Yale scholar gives a lecture based on his book Tango: The Art History of Love. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3100, 2 pm, $7-$10.
KIEN NGUYEN, AIMEE PHAN
Nguyen is the author of The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood. Phan is the author of the story collection We Should Never Meet. Seattle Public Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 386-4636, 4 pm, free.
Burnt Island is a collection of poetry about tragedy. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
PAT A. FREEMAN, D. MERILEE CLUNIS, KAREN I. FREDIKSEN-GOLDSEN
Lives of Lesbian Elders is based on lots of interviews. Santoro's Books, 7216 Greenwood Ave N, 784-2113, 5 pm, free.
Word geek Garg reads from Another Word a Day. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.
Hakim talks about The Story of Science. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 2 pm, free.
MICHAEL BONACCI, TIMOTHY KELLY
The poets read new work. Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N 45th St, 633-0811, 3 pm, free.
Tony and Me is the actor's memoir about bro-ing down with Tony Randall. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, noon, free.
Untouchables is a memoir and "an indicting portrait of prejudice in modern-day India" (Kirkus Reviews). Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places is a damn heavy book. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Between Two Worlds: Escaping from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam is a memoir by the daughter of Hussein's pilot. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil reads from his new book, The City of Falling Angels, about Venice. Town Hall Seattle, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.
The astrophysicist holds forth on The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave, 443-2001, 7:30 pm, $5.
The Army vet, former Muslim chaplain, and espionage suspect reads from For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire. Seattle Public Central Library, 386-4636, 7 pm, free.
Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Disaster of 1917 is about the cataclysmic collision of two ships heading for Europe. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
The author of Stiff reads from her new book, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free (also 10/19, University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free).
River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War is an account of a really bad day in April 1864. Third Place Books, 624-6600, 7 pm, free.
Dancing in the Dark is a novel that deals with race and the performer Bert Williams. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Winchester reads from A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-2800, 7:30 pm, $10-$25.