In his book Collapse, Jared Diamond tries to understand why societies like the Viking colonies, Greenland, and Rwanda collapsed. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 215-4747, 5:30 and 8 pm, $5.
CLASSIC JEWS: A STAGED READING
This should be fun. Laura Ferri directs a reading that will examine representations of Jews in 19th- and early 20th-century novels written by European gentiles. In the list of authors is the great Charles Dickens, who created a ridiculously kind and loving Jewish character in Our Mutual Friend to counter the ridiculously mean and evil Jewish character he created in Oliver Twist. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $10/$8 students.
JAYNE ANN KRENTZ
Krentz will read from a novel that contains “danger, thrills, and sexy romance.” Those who’ve had a romance that is not sexy must read this novel to see what it’s like to experience a romance that is sexy. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3316, 7 pm, free.
ENVIROMENT POETRY NIGHT
My poor Earth, first you suffer two centuries of industrial pollution, and then as you die you must listen to bad poetry. Earth, you deserve much better. Trabant Chai Lounge, 1309 NE 45th St, 675-0668, 7 pm, free.
The title of this book, Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America, and the name of its author, Rocky Barker, say it all. University of Washington, 258 Mary Gates Hall, 616-3310, 3 pm, free.
Also appearing later at REI, 222 Yale Ave N, 343-4344, 7 pm, free. Also appearing Saturday at Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Steven Horn shows photos of life in Bosnia, a country that, at the time the images were taken, 2003, was still recovering from a crazy war. Third Place Books, 366-3316, 6:30 pm, free.
BRIAN TURNER, ANDREW HIMES
Poetry can go anywhere, even to war. The only problem is this: Unlike soldiers, poetry can’t be killed. It is bulletproof. It outlives even its own self. Here, Bullet contains poetry composed by Brian Turner, a man who has served in several wars around the world. Joining the soldier will be Andrew Himes, editor of the anthology Voices in Wartime: A Collection of Narratives and Poems. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.
More poetry, for those who just can’t get enough of the damn stuff. The provider in this case is Katrina Roberts, whose book The Quick has an underwater image of a shapely naked women. I would like to fuck that woman, whoever she is. Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N 45th St, 624-6600, 3 pm, free.
In her eighth Bel Barrett mystery, Jane Isenberg, who is from Issaquah, has a murder that is somehow connected with the violent underworld of gangster rap. Third Place Books, 366-3316, 7 pm, free. Also, reading/signing Tuesday at Fremont Place Book Company, 621 N 35th St, 547-5970, 7 pm, free.
M. J. ROSE
I cannot better this press release: “[In M. J. Rose’s novel,] 12 sexually adventurous women form a secret club that becomes the center of a murder investigation when several men they’ve recruited to dominate are killed.” Third Place Books, 366-3316, 7 pm, free.
DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM
David Anthony Durham’s new novel, Pride of Carthage, tells the epic story of how Hannibal took on the USA of his day, the Roman Republic. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
If you want to learn how to eat fast, healthy, and cheap, Alica Ross is your woman. She knows how to make a mean meal for under $2. Third Place Books, 366-3316, 7 pm, free.
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.