THURSDAY 10/20

HOLLY MORRIS
Morris reads from Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine. Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, 283-5624, 6:30, free.

recommended JULIA SCHEERES
Jesus Land is a memoir about growing up white with an adopted black brother in a racist, religious Midwest. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

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DARREN SHAN
The Lord Loss is a young-adult novel about demons, a slaughtered family, etc. Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 NW Market St, 789-5006, 7 pm, free.

NINA MARIE MARTINEZ
Caramba! is "Monty Python meets One Hundred Years of Solitude," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

WILLIAM KRISTOL
Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and an architect of the neoconservative movement, speaks tonight about unpopular Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, rising gas prices, the indictment of Tom DeLay, and other topics. Then he'll be interviewed onstage by conservative radio talk-show host Michael Medved. Benaroya Hall, Illsey Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University Street, 7:30 pm, 325-2993 or www.foolproof.org, $25–$75.

recommended TRAPDOOR 62
See Stranger Suggests, p. 27. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Avenue, 7:30 pm, $13.

recommended OCTAVIA BUTLER
Fledgling is the great black sci-fi writer's new novel. It's about a 53-year-old vampire. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

KATIE FORD
Deposition is a collection of poetry. Seattle University, Wyckoff Auditorium, 296-5426, 7:30 pm, free.

PHIL GORDON
The host of Celebrity Poker Showdown talks about Phil Gordon's Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em. Pyramid Ale House, 1201 First Ave S, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

FRIDAY 10/21

PHILIP HOWARD
New Media Campaigns and Political Culture in America is about politics in the age of the internet. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

recommended PHIL CAMPBELL
Excerpted two weeks ago in The Stranger, Campbell's Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism and Madness in American Politics is a "wild and tender campaign memoir that reads like a deadpan comic novel," according to the great fiction writer Sam Lipsyte. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

JANE GANAHL, DIANE MAPES, ANNE BUELTEMAN
The editor of and two contributors to Single Woman of a Certain Age: 29 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife—Romantic Escapades, Heavy Petting, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes and Serene Independence seem to love, among other things, adjective-noun pairings. Ravenna Third Place, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7:30 pm, free.

SATURDAY 10/22

JAMES MCKEAN
The poet reads from his memoir Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.

KAY CORDELL WHITAKER
Sacred Link is a spiritual book that draws on the author's apprenticeship with shamans of the Amazon basin. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

PAUL HUNTER, JUDITH SKILLMAN
The poets read new work. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.

JIM RULAND
Big Lonesome is a book of short stories. Ruland is a Navy vet, an ad agency man, and an NPR contributor, among other labels. Confounded Books, 315 E Pine St, 382-3376, 7 pm, free.

VICTORIA VINTON
The Jungle Law is a debut novel about Rudyard Kipling. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

SUNDAY 10/23

MICHAEL PARKER
If You Want Me to Stay is a novel about a father's madness and his runaway teens. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.

VANESSA PLACE, PAM ORE, TERESA CARMODY
Place is the author of Dies, which is a 117-page sentence. Ore is the author of the poetry collection Grammar of the Cage. Carmody is the author of the story collection Requiem. Ravenna Third Place, 525-2347, 2 pm, free.

LARRY KANE
Lennon Revealed is a biography of the Beatle. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5:30 pm, free (also 10/24, University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free).

MONDAY 10/24

recommended GREGORY MAGUIRE
The author of Wicked reads from his new book, Son of a Witch. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

GREG BEAR
The science fiction author gives a talk called "The Darwin Code: Intelligent Design Without God." Ravenna Third Place, 525-2347, 7 pm, free.

WILLIAM BRYANT LOGAN
Oak: The Frame of Civilization is about oak trees and how they're the frame of civilization. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

TUESDAY 10/25

recommended MARY GAITSKILL
See p. 34. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.

MICAH GAREN
American Hostage is the story of the abduction and rescue of a journalist in Iraq. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

ROBERT KAPLAN
The journalist talks about Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

DONALD T. CRITCHLOW
The history professor talks about Phyllis Schafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman's Crusade. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $5.

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"TONGUE LASHING"
The spoken word artists Ivan Coyote, Anna Camilleri, Shira Hassen-Schiff, Tara Hardy, and Amy Mahoney speak words. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873, 7:30 pm, $7.

WEDNESDAY 10/26

KAMAU DAÁOOD
The language in The Language of Saxophones: Selected Poems of Kamau Daáood "shimmers, raging against injustice and racism," enthuses the poet Chris Abani. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, noon, free.

PETER MARAVELIS, PETER PLATE, KATE BRAVERMAN, EDDIE MULLER, ROBERT MAILER ANDERSON
Contributors to San Francisco Noir read their stuff. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.

ARLENE BLUM
Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life is a memoir. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

recommended AMY TAN
The popular author reads from her new book Saving Fish from Drowning, involving family, fate, and other standard Tan strengths. Seattle Public Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 386-4636, 7 pm, free.

CHRIS SANTELLA
The author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die reads from his new book, Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

recommended RITA DOVE
The former poet laureate talks about her work and reads from her new collection, American Smooth. UW Meany Theater, UW campus, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

recommended CHRIS ELLIOTT, WARREN ETHEREDGE
The Shroud of the Thwacker is a novel about a serial killer named Jack the Jolly Thwacker. After a reading, Elliott, who is also an actor (Cabin Boy), will be interviewed by Warren Etheredge. The Warren Report, 2026 NW Market St, second floor, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

recommended DAVY ROTHBART
The founder of Found magazine reads from his collection of stories The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

POETRY/OPEN MICS

ELLIOTT BAY OPEN MIKE NIGHT: Signup at 7, reading at 7:30 pm. Last Wednesday of the month. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, free.HOMELAND: Words. So many words. Tuesdays at 7 pm. Caffe Vita, 1005 E Pike St, 709-4440, free.POETSWEST: Featured readers and an open mic. Saturdays at 6 pm. Epilogue Books, 2005 NW Market St, 682-1268, free.RED SKY POETRY THEATER: Featured readers and an open mic. Sundays at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 547-4585, free.SCRATCHING POST: Poetry open mic, all ages. Thursdays at 8 pm, signup at 7:30 pm. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 5463 Leary Ave NW, 297-2424, free.SEATTLE POETRY SLAM: Every Tuesday at 8 pm. Mirabeau Room, 529 Queen Anne Ave N, 650-2869, $4.STAGE FRIGHT: Youth open mic. Fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, free.TAKE A POEM INTO YOUR HEART: Featured readers. Fourth Friday of every month at 7 pm, signup at 6:45 pm. Bookworm Exchange, 4860 Rainier Ave, 722-6633, free.SEATTLE SPIT: Featured readers and an open mic. First Thursday of every month at 8:30 pm. The Wild Rose, 1021 E Pike St, free.TUESDAYS AT THE CABARET: An evening of poetry, comedy, and prose on the second Tuesday of every month. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, $5.

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