THURSDAY 5/17


ARIEL DORFMAN

Library Journal calls Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman's latest work of fiction, Blake's Therapy, "a masterly exploration of reality and dreams, power and identity." The novel charts the mental disintegration of a CEO who ends up at the Life Therapy Institute after a hostile takeover. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


FRANK BIDART

Bidart is an award-winning poet whose works include In the Western Night: Collected Poems, 1965-1990 and Desire. Mary Gates Hall, UW Campus, 616-4181, 7 pm, free.


FRANS De WAAL

Reading and signing by the author of the intriguingly titled The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.


JACK STRAW WRITERS PROGRAM

Local participants in Jack Staw's Artist Support Program read from new works. Tonight's featured readers are Judith Roche, Eric Parsons, Jared Leising, and Ann Hursey. Hosted by Nancy Rawles. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, 7:30 pm, $5.


CAROLE GLICKFELD

Reading by the author of Swimming Toward the Ocean, a novel about an immigrant family set in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn in 1953. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3311, 7 pm, free.


FRIDAY 5/18


*ANT*ONY GEIST FRIENDS

Passing the Torch: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and Its Legacy of Hope is the result of a collaboration between Spanish-born local photographer Jose Moreno and University of Washington professor Anthony Geist. The book chronicles the activism of the brigadists, from their volunteerism during the Spanish Civil War, through their work over the last decades in protesting both the Gulf War and Seattle's WTO conference. Writes Eduardo Galeano: "This book pays homage to a group of just and generous men and women. In the face of what is called globalization... let us welcome this vindication of the internationalization of human solidarity." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


ANTHONY BARRETT

Reading and signing by the author of Caligula: The Corruption of Power, an historical work that challenges the idea of Caligula as madman. Kane Hall, UW Campus, 634-3400, 7 pm, tickets required (available free at University Bookstore).


*AMY FUSSELMAN

Fusselman reads from and signs her new novel, The Pharmacist's Mate. See review this issue. University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.


SATURDAY 5/19


*MARK *ALPERIN

Halperin is an award-winning poet whose latest collection is Time as Distance. University Bookstore, 2 pm, free.


*AMY FUSSELMAN

See Friday listing. Elliott Bay Book Company, 8 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


*DR. WILLIAM SC*ULZ

Dr. Schulz is Executive Director of Amnesty International. His new book, In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits All Americans, was praised by Amitai Etzioni as "the strongest case I've ever read for support of human rights... eloquently written, well-argued." Elliott Bay Book Company, 3 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


ANN RULE

Now this is deeply weird: Best-selling true-crime author Rule (The Stranger Beside Me) presents a slide show and signs autographs aboard a cruise ship while audience members dine on Dungeness Crab Cakes and Grilled Portobello Napoleon. Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way, 623-1445, $89 adults/$61 children (call for reservations).


NOAH ADAMS

Adams is the host of All Things Considered on NPR (which, by the way, deserves to be scuttled for its support of FCC legislation that effectively killed all low-frequency radio stations), and today he reads from his latest book, Far Appalachia: Following the New River North. Third Place Books, 11 am, free.


SUNDAY 5/20


SHATOIYA & RICHARD DE LA TOUR

Slide show presentation by the creators of Dry Creek Herb Farm and authors of The Herbalist's Garden: A Guided Tour of 10 Exceptional Herb Gardens. University Bookstore, 2 pm, free.


MONDAY 5/21


ANITA RAU BADAMI

Indian author Badami (Tamarind Men) reads from her latest novel, The Hero's Walk. "Badami's portrait of a bereft and bewildered child is both restrained and heartrending... [a] poignant motif is perfectly balanced by Badami's eye for the ridiculous and her witty, pointed depiction of the contradictions of Indian society." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


DAVID BERLINSKI

Discussion and signing by the author of The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, a book that Publishers Weekly calls "an uncommon achievement of both style and substance." Kane Hall, 634-3400, 7 pm, tickets required (available free at University Bookstore).


TUESDAY 5/22


NATHANIEL PHILBRICK

Reading and signing by the National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, an exploration of the real-life shipwreck that inspired Moby Dick. University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.


*C*UCK PALA*NIUK

See Stranger Suggests. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


LORI B. ANDREWS

Andrews--a professor of law and advisor to the National Institutes of Health and Congress--discusses Future Perfect: Confronting Decisions About Genetics, a book that explores the universal implications of the "new genetics." Kane Hall, 634-3400, 7 pm, tickets required (available free at University Bookstore).


WEDNESDAY 5/23


*ET*AN CANIN

Canin reads from his latest novel, Carry Me Across the Water. "[Canin] has captured so beautifully here how people really live," says editor Kate Medina, "and how our lives unfold, the impact that quirks of personality and qualities of character have in shaping what happens to us." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).


*C*UCK PALA*NIUK

See Stranger Suggests. University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.


DANIEL L. SCHACTER

As part of the Houghton Mifflin Literature in Science Series, Schacter will discuss and sign his latest work, The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers. University Bookstore, noon, free.

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