Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus is the third in Cahill's planned series of seven books on "The Hinges of History," following How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews. In this volume, Cahill investigates the social and political milieu in which Christianity arose. "[Cahill] seeks to encourage a sense of appreciation for the fights offered the present from the past," writes Juke Timothy Johnson of Commonwealth. "Each of his books offers moments of genuine insight into the workings of culture, literature and the human heart." Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 634-3400, 7 pm, tickets required (available free at University Bookstore).
Tan's latest novel, The Bonesetter's Daughter, conjures "settings with resonant detail, juxtaposing scenes of rural domestic life in a China still ruled by superstition and filial obedience, and of upscale California half a century later... [a] luminous and gripping book" (Publishers Weekly). Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, $5 (tickets available at Elliott Bay Book Company).
AN EVENING OF VIETNAMESE POETRY & MUSIC
Award-winning poet John Balban will present the poetry of 18th-century Vietnamese poet Ho Xuan Huong, whose classic work he translated in the recently published collection Spring Essence. Ngo Thanh Nhan, a Vietnamese musician, will also perform. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect, 624-6600, 7 pm, free with admission.
LAUREN GLEN DUNLAP
Slide show, reading and signing by the author of And I, Francis: The Life of Francis of Assisi in Word and Image. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
RAYMOND E. FEIST, JACK McDEVITT, & SEAN RUSSELL
A veritable feast of sci-fi talent. Feist will read from his latest, Krondor: Tear of the Gods; McDevitt will read from Deepsix; and Russell will read from The One Kingdom, book one of The Swan's War. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Reading and signing by the author of Give Me My Father's Body, the story of a young Eskimo boy brought in 1897 to the American Museum of Natural History as a "live specimen" by explorer Robert Peary. University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.
WESLEY J. SMITH
Smith, an attorney with the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force, will read from his latest book, Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America. "In Culture of Death," writes Nat Hentoff, "Wesley Smith... describes how many of us have gotten to the point of believing some lives are not worth living." Elliott Bay Book Company, 5 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Gregor, a West Seattle bookseller, will read from his new fictional memoir, Hundred Waters. "The book reminds me of Steinbeck," says Jim Heynen. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
J. A. JANCE
Booksigning by the author of Birds of Prey, a mystery. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St, 587-5737, noon, free.
Trudeull is an activist for Native American rights whose songwriting and poetry has been praised by none other than Bob Dylan. Tonight's performance is a benefit for the Northwest Leonard Peltier Support Network. Rainier Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4620 S Findlay St, 721-2063, 8 pm, $10 (tickets available at Bailey/Coy Books and Left Bank Books).
*BRIAN EVENSON, DAVE MEMMOTT & LANCE OLSEN
Literary three-way featuring readings by Evenson (author of Contagion and Other Stories), Memmott (author of the short story collection Shadow Bones) and Olson (author of the new novel Freaknest). See Stranger Suggests. Elliott Bay Book Company, 4 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
THREE POETS & OPEN MIC
Featured readers are John Burgess, J. Glenn Evans, and Carrington MacDuffie. Wit's End Bookstore & Tea Shop, 770 N 34th St, 682-1268, 7 pm, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATRE
Tonight's featured bard is Peter Pereira, plus open mic. Sign-up begins at 7 pm. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th, 633-5647, 7:30 pm, free.
Sunstein is a University of Chicago law professor and author of the wonderfully titled new book, Republic.com. Senator Ted Kennedy says Sunstein "presents insightful and far-reaching perspectives on the Internet and its impact on free speech, the marketplace of ideas, and our democracy itself." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
As part of Washington Center for the Book's "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book..." reading series, Hirshfield will read from her latest poetry collection, Given Sugar, Given Salt. "[Hirshfield's] poems have such a wonderfully obsessive personal grammar and such delicate reversals," says Michael Ondaatje, "that all objects and elements... merge, becoming, as one poem says, 'a sudden, pure democracy of being.'" Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave E, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free with admission.
EAST INDIA TRADING COMPANY
All-ages poetry, prose, and spoken word open mic, hosted by Ira Parnes. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 208-1188, 7 pm, free.
RADICAL WOMEN STUDY GROUP
Weekly meeting to discuss The Radical Women Manifesto, a new, updated edition of the women's liberation classic. Everyone welcome. School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, 722-6057, 7 pm, free.
Reading and signing by the author of Summer Island, a novel set in the San Juan Islands. University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.
Minatoya, a Seattle writer, celebrates the paperback publication of her latest novel, The Strangeness of Beauty. "She allowed me to live inside the sensibilities of three generations of aching, engaging Japanese women and I did not want to let them go," writes Robert Olen Butler. "The Strangeness of Beauty is a strange and beautiful work of art." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Shaviro, a professor of film studies at the University of Washington, discusses "film as message" as part of Consolidated Work's propaganda film series. Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave, 381-3218, 8 pm, $7/$5 members.
RICH JENSEN & STACEY LEVINE
Levine is a Stranger contributor and author of the novel Dra--. Jensen's writing has appeared in Punk Planet. Together they will discuss "Toothpicks and Marshmallows: Advancing Theoretical Seattles via Dialogue" as part of the Hugo Talk's series on "Seattle and Its Meanings." See Stranger Suggests. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, $7/$5 upstairs pass holders.
Booksigning by the author of The Glass Cocoon, an internet thriller. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, noon, free.
LAURIE R. KING
King, who was called "one of the most original talents to emerge in the '90s" by Kirkus Reviews, promotes her latest mystery, Folly, in two separate appearances. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, noon, free (booksigning only); and Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Reading and signing by the author of The Gates of the Alamo, which the Fort Worth Star-Telegram praised as "the first great novel of the 21st century." University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.