READINGS

by Traci Vogel


SUNDAY 11/28


*TRACE FARRELL, ROBERT MITTENTHALL,

CHARLES MUDEDE, AMY DENIO

Titlewave rounds up three great local writers and one renowned musician for a Sunday evening of free entertainment--Farrell, whose 1998 novel The Ruins caused, in her words, "a meat-headed sensation" when some took it as a literal portrayal of the Seattle private supper club of the same name, will read from a novel in progress titled The Amateur; Mittenthall, who helps curate the Subtext Reading Series, crops up in journals such as Aerial, Mirage, Rizome, and Talisman; Mudede, whose writing appears regularly in these pages, recently renewed a commitment to his own fiction--hear it here. Titlewave Fine Used Books, 7 Mercer St, 324-6379, 7:30 pm, free.


MONDAY 11/29


PAUL ROGAT LOEB

You've got your choice of socially conscious readings tonight, but Mr. Loeb's approach is by far the most grounded and grass-roots. So shake the dirt off your feet and come on down to hear him address questions such as, "How can we renew the pubic participation that's the soul of democratic citizenship?" as he discusses his book, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.


ROBERT KUTTNER

As part of a series of lectures addressing trade policy, Kuttner reads from his book Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets. James Fallows, of The Atlantic Monthly, moderates the event. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 634-3400, 7:30 pm, free (tickets available at University Book Store).


PAUL HAWKEN, DAVID C. KORTEN

Natural Capitalism, written by Hawken (Growing a Business) and co-authors, presents a vision of a world where technology solves not only economic but environmental problems--essentially saying that "business can be good for the environment." Korten, the author of immediate classics such as When Corporations Rule the World and Globalizing Civil Society, returns to read from his newest, The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism. Elliott Bay Books, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.


TUESDAY 11/30


*JONATHAN RABAN

Jonathan Raban's newest book, Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings, tacks deftly from personal musing to historical portrayal of the events surrounding Captain Vancouver's exploration of the Pacific Northwest. Full of natural intelligences and decryption of metaphor and psychology, Raban's book will find its place in defining Northwest literature and the personality of our region. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.


TROY KLINE, JOE BICE

Former Chippendale Troy Klines purports to tell The Naked Truth via co-author Joe Bice's narrative of his adventures, but his story is only a mildly titillating series of blowjobs. Borders, 1501 Fourth Ave, 622-4599, noon, free.


MARTIN TEITEL

Dr. Teitel, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Genetics, addresses the issues of bioengineering in Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Name of Nature (a Ralph Nader-approved book). Elliott Bay Books, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


SCI-FI SPECTACULAR

Star-studded event featuring star studs Howard Hendrix, Julian May, William Dietz, and others, signing your star books. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


WEDNESDAY 12/1


DALE GOING, C.E. PUTNAM

Literate, liturgical poet Dale Going lends her work a rhythm of allusion, incorporating material à la James Joyce. Going visits from Mill Valley, California; her books include The View They Arrange and As/Of the Whole. C.E. Putnam recently moved to Seattle from Washington D.C.; his books include Go-Go Topless Mini-Poem Poetry and Communal Bebop Canto. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, $5.


WILLIAM DUNLOP & DAVID HOROWITZ

Two fine poets of the Seattle old guard read from ongoing work; Dunlop's Caruso for the Children & Other Poems, published via Horowitz's Rose Alley Press, celebrates formal poetry and formal themes. Queen Anne Ave Books, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N, 283-5624, 7 pm, free.


OPEN MIC

Note to regularly programmed open mics: The Stranger will list events only if we receive an announcement--regular listings will be dropped unless we are notified that the events are in fact ongoing.


THURSDAY 11/25


665

If you've been counting the days until this reading series returns, this is your lucky day. Hosted by Sarah Sharp, with featured readers adding to the mix. Four Angels Cafe, 1400 14th Ave at Union, 264-5139, 7:30 sign-up, free.


THE PEARL

Turn irritation into beauty: bring fiction, poetry, film, or drama. Every first Thursday celebrates Dead Poets. The Pearl, 4215 University Way NE, 547-3326, 8 pm, free.


SPOKEN WORD

Each and every Thursday, this venerable Pioneer Square venue spotlights music, poetry, and comedy. Pioneer Square Saloon, 73 Yesler Way, 624-6444, 8:30 pm, free.


SUNDAY 11/28


RED SKY POETRY THEATER

Seattle's longest-running reading series turns 19 this season. Celebrate with an open mic, themed "Count Yer Blessings." Globe Cafe, 1531 14th off Pine, 633-5647, 7:30 pm, donation.


THIRD PLACE BOOKS OPEN MIC

A place to share poetry; all are welcome, but swear words are discouraged (it's a family bookstore, for Christ's sake). Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3300, 7 pm, free.


TUESDAY 11/30


HOMELAND

Hosted by Circus and friends, "Seattle's own Little Bohemia" emerges from a hiatus transformed. The Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave at Pike, 264-5139, 7:30 sign-up, free.


WEDNESDAY 12/1


SEATTLE POETRY SLAM

With a new venue and a new night, Seattle's biggest poetry slam is alive and kickin'. Tonight, Alix Olson, member of 1998's Nuyorican Champion Team, heats up the stage. There will also be an open mic. Rupert's, 309 First Ave S, 628-7703, www.seattlepoetryslam.org, 9 pm, $3.


CATHARTICISM

Come to confess your sins, stay for a cookie. Open mic for poetry, stories, music, rants, and more. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 860-7377, 8:30 pm, free.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS:

WORDSCAPE--The Stranger recommends that you pick up Wordscape, Seattle's free monthly guide to literary events, to find a complete listing of opportunities for writers. Wordscape has an outstanding listing of contests, grants, and calls for writing, which we can only envy. Pick it up at most local bookstores and libraries!

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