See Stranger Suggests, page 38. Kane Hall 130, UW Campus, 282-2677, 7:30 pm, free.
Laurel Doud found a premise and ran with it: An older woman wakes up one morning in a younger woman's body-a dancer's body. This chance to live life over again drives This Body: A Novel of Reincarnation. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
*CAROLYN LEI-LANLILAU, KATHLEEN ALACALA
Mmm, delicious poetry meant to be heard; Lei-Lanlilau's book Ono Ono Girl's Hula is a collection of "chants" that cover a childhood in Hawaii, also influenced by the author's Chinese heritage. Lei-Lanlilau reads tonight from new work, alongside award-winning Seattle novelist Alacala, author of the haunting The Flower in the Skull. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
CHELSEA CAIN & FRIENDS
Cain, editor of Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture, reads alongside other contributors' fascinating narratives about growing up hippie. Whether the writers came through ecstatic or emotionally damaged, Wild Child covers it all. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Rosen has produced the best kind of historical study: one that links its subject to modern movements and contextualizes disagreements over theory. The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America is a book that promises to answer questions. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Ebershoff borrows from the story of the first man to undergo a sex change operation-in 1931-in his novel about the nature of love, titled The Danish Girl. The exploration of where real love leads is touching, and Ebershoff's debut has been hailed as "promising." Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.
Stadler, author of, most recently, Allan Stein, opens the Hugo House's Lecture Series (curated by Charles Mudede) with a discussion on "visionary projects the city has failed to build." Stadler plans to relate these failed histories through anecdote to "render a sort of negative of the city-an image of the city composed of what we have prevented." Speakers to follow in this series include Jonathan Raban, Galya Diment, Charles D'Ambrosio, and Riz Rollins. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, $12/$15 series, $3/$5 individual.
Chernow churns out biographies of high caliber; his latest, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., was described as "magnificently fascinating." Chernow will discuss the art of biography in this Seattle Arts & Lectures presentation. The 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth Ave, 621-2230, 7:30 pm, $7.50 students/$18.
Cookman cooks up historical theories about what caused the tragic demise of the 1845 British Admiralty Northwest Passage expedition in his book Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
SHERWIN B. NULAND
The National Book Award-winning author of How We Die plumbs the link between medicine and superstition in his newest, The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myths. The exploration of the slow dawning of the Enlightenment, where the spirit was believed to reside, and which organs controlled which humors is fascinating stuff. Kane Hall 120, UW Campus, 634-3400, 7 pm, free (tickets).
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.
Count the days no more-665 is back, reconfigured by Salon Productions. This open mic is hosted by Sarah Sharp, with featured readers adding to the equation. Four Angels Cafe, 1400 14th Ave at Union, 264-5139, 7:30 sign-up, free.
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.
RED SKY POETRY THEATER
Seattle's longest-running reading series livens up the tiny Globe Cafe. This week's featured reader is Julia Christiansen. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th & Pine, 633-5647, 7:30 pm, free (donation).
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.
SEATTLE POETRY SLAM
Seattle's highest-powered slam hunkers down at Dutch Ned's, with featured readers each week, plus an open mic for money. Dutch Ned's, 206 First Ave S, 340-8859, www.seattlepoetryslam.org, 9 pm, $3.