*CAFE PACIFIC CREST
Students of Pacific Crest Middle school read from Dromme, the third and latest volume of their literary magazine. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.
Salamun, a Pushcart Prize-winning Slovenian poet whose books include Feast and The Four Questions of Melancholy, appears for the 38th Annual Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Reading. Kirkus Review writes that Salamun is "a wry fantasist with the surrealist gift for striking and unlikely juxtapositions [whose] best work shows flashes of a sardonic, almost caustic wit." Kane Hall, UW Campus, 543-2634, 8 pm, free.
Canty reads from his latest collection of short stories, Honeymoon and Other Stories, which I found to be just as dull and contrived as his last collection of short stories. Anne Beattie sure liked it, though. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
WORLD HORROR CONVENTION RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING
Meet-and-greet gathering of 36 practitioners of the spooky genre. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.
Slide show presentation and signing by the author of The Labradorians: Voices from the Land of Cain. Kane Hall, Room 120, 634-3400, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available at University Bookstore).
JACK STRAW READING SERIES
Featured readers from the 2001 Jack Straw Writers program are Alie Wiegersma Smaalders, Kathleen Alcala, Mercedes Lawry, Barbara Earl Thomas, and Peter Pereira. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, 7:30 pm, $5.
Intriguingly-named author reads from and signs new novel, Streets of Tacoma. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3311, 7 pm, free.
DAVID P. BARASH, PH.D., JUDITH EVE LIPTON, M.D.
Reading by the swinging authors of The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People, a scientific and cultural study of the entirely natural desire to be a complete slut. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Reading and signing by the author of Fury, a mystery set in the Northwest. "[Fury] is a winner," says Harlan Coben, "[it has] a wonderful sense of place, fine writing, and flesh-and-bones characters." University Bookstore, 2 pm, free.
RED SKY POETRY THEATRE
Open mic extravaganza. Sign-ups start at 7 pm sharp. Globe Cafe, 1531 14th, 633-5647, 7:30 pm, free.
*TITLEWAVE READING SERIES
Tonight's featured readers are David Lasky, a local graphic artist who will read from his new chapbook Poems for Cartoonists; femme dyke Tara Hardi, a performance artist who was a member of the Seattle Slam Team 2000; and Seattle Weekly associate editor David Massengill, whose short stories have appeared in Monocacy Valley Review, White Crane Journal, Nightfire, and Raven Chronicles. Hosted by Doug Nufer, with music provided by local bassist Reuben Radding. Titlewave Books, 7 Mercer St, 324-6379, 7:30 pm, free.
HORROR WRITERS BOOKSIGNING GALA
Boo, motherfucker! See Thursday listing. Elliott Bay Book Company, 3 pm, free.
RADICAL WOMEN STUDY GROUP
A discussion of radical politics as prescribed by The Radical Women Manifesto, a "new, updated edition of a women's liberation classic." Even if you aren't a woman, but simply a radical and a feminist, you are welcome to join in on the dialogue, because inclusiveness is the key to a healthy radical politics, as history has amply proven, if only by negative example. School of Social Work, 4101 15th Ave NE, 722-6057, 7 pm, free & open to the public.
MICHAEL DAVID KWAN
Reading by the Vancouver, BC-based award-winning author of the new memoir, Things That Must Not Be Forgotten: A Childhood in Wartime China. Jan Wong of the Toronto Globe and Mail calls it "one of the most moving and enlightening books I have ever read about China." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Reading and signing by the author of Chang and Eng, a novel about the famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker. "This novel uses the twins' story as a spring board to examine such matters as identity, selfhood, and fate," says Michiko Kakutani. University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.
McClennen was a Peace Corps volunteer in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Tales From The Jungle: A Gringa in Nicaragua is a collection of short stories based on her experience. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to support the efforts of Amigos Volunteers. Third Place Books, 7 pm, free.
SANDRA TSING LOH
Tsing Loh--an NPR commentator and Pushcart Prize-winning short story writer--reads and signs A Year in Van Nuys, a send-up of Peter Mayle's bestselling A Year in Provence. "If Oscar Wilde could be brought back to life and persuaded to visit L.A. with Hunter Thompson as his guide," writes Mark Salzman, "one wonders if even he could do satiric justice to the place the way Sandra Tsing Loh has." University Bookstore, 7 pm, free.
The former O.J. Simpson trial extra reads and signs Murder in Spokane: Catching a Serial Killer, an investigation into what went wrong in the notorious Yates murder case. Kane Hall, Room 220, 634-3400, 7 pm, tickets required (available free at University Book Store).
*ALEA ALBERT M.D.
Albert, a Seattle doctor, reads from and signs Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women, an up-really-close ethnography on the world's oldest profession. Oohlala! Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room, 634-3400, 7 pm, tickets required (available free at University Bookstore).
Reading and signing by the local author of African American Registered Nurses in Seattle: The Struggle for Opportunity and Success. University Bookstore, 4 pm, free.
Reading by the author of the memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. "With equal parts wit and wickedness," says Restaurant Business magazine, "Bourdain [does] the unthinkable by revealing trade secrets that chefs and restaurateurs cringe to reveal." Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30 pm, tickets required (available free at store).
Experimental open mic, all art forms welcome. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 9 pm, free.