The guy who will one day be the first black president of the United States talks about and signs The Audacity of Hope. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 624-6600 for info. $5. 6 pm.
ROGER SIMPSON, MIGAEL SCHERER, SCOTT NORTH
The writers/journalists talk about Covering Violence. Wessel & Lieberman, 208 First Ave S, 682-3545. Free. 7 pm.
The MacArthur "genius" talks about Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 1-888-219-5222. $6-$8. 7:30 pm.
MARTHA J LAGUARDIA-KOTITE
So Others Might Live is about Coast Guard rescues. Barnes & Noble Downtown, 600 Pine St, 264-0156. Free. 12:30 pm.
The wife of the vice-presidential candidate John Edwards reads from Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers. Kane Hall, Room 120, UW Campus, 634-3400 for info. $5 or free with purchase of book. 7 pm.
The Sicily Papers is "a series of letters Orange wrote on a trip to Italy to an anxious correspondent." University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400. Free. 7 pm.
The author of A Walk in the Woods and other books reads from The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, a memoir. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 624-6600 for info. $5. 7:30 pm.
A big mixed bag of an event, with readings and performances by the Vis-à-Vis Society, Joshua Beckman, Matthew Zapruder, and lots of others. This is the culmination of a 50-city bus tour. Space Needle, 400 Broad St, 676-5337 for info. $5 suggested donation. 8 pm.
PAUL HUNTER, JUDITH SKILLMAN
The poets read from recent work. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. Free. 4:30 pm.
He talks about Jaded Tasks, Brass Plates, Black Ops and Big Oil. Trinity Methodist Church, 6512 23rd Ave NW, 784-2227. Free. 7 pm.
ALEX STEFFEN, BRUCE STERLING
They read from Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century, a guide to "tools, models, and ideas for changing the world." Al Gore wrote the introduction. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255. $5. 7:30 pm.
His novel The Willow Field is "the shit," says David James Duncan. Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7:30 pm.
She reads from Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. Free. 4 pm.
See Stranger Suggests. Neumo's, 925 East Pike St, 634-3400 for info. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. 6 pm.
He reads from The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400. Free. 7 pm.
Thunderstruck is about two men: the inventor of wireless communication and a murderer. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. Free. 7:30 pm.
The spiritual hoohah talks about Life After Death: The Burden of Proof. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd, 634-3400 for info. $5 suggested donation. 7 pm.
The poet and Princeton professor reads from her new biography, Emma Lazarus. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 1-888-219-5222. $6-$8. 7 pm.
Ellison talks about Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Democratic Transformation. Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room, UW Campus, 634-3400 for info. Free. 7 pm.
The radio personality reads from Conservatize Me. Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park), 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333. Free. 7 pm.
Secondhand World is a novel about a Korean family. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400. 7 pm.
MEREDITH QUARTERMAIN, PETER QUARTERMAIN
They talk about poetry, and read it. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030. Free, donations accepted. 7:30 pm.
The very famous author holds forth. He's entertaining. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747. $25-35 general admission. 7:30 pm.
She reads from Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. According to the Washington Post: "In this breezy popular history, Cassidy, a former Boston Globe reporter and editor, surveys centuries of terrible childbirths around the world, attended by doctors, nurses and midwives with strange theories and, in more than a few cases, deeply sadistic streaks." Ravenna Third Place, 6504 20th Ave NE, 523-0210. 7:30 pm.