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.
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.
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.
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.
See Stranger Suggests, p. 27. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Avenue, 7:30 pm, $13.
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.
Deposition is a collection of poetry. Seattle University, Wyckoff Auditorium, 296-5426, 7:30 pm, free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jungle Law is a debut novel about Rudyard Kipling. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
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.
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).
The author of Wicked reads from his new book, Son of a Witch. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
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.
See p. 34. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.
American Hostage is the story of the abduction and rescue of a journalist in Iraq. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.
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.
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.
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.
Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life is a memoir. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.