THURSDAY 12/13


EDMUND MORRIS

Morris presents Theodore Rex, the sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the racist, imperialist pig Theodore Roosevelt. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


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Authors Cynthia C. Nims and Kathy Casey will sign copies of their project and offer samples from it. Barnes & Noble, 2700 NE University Village, 517-4107, 7 pm, free.


IT'S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES

A monthly open discussion on the writer's role in society. Featured readers this month are all teachers. J. T. Stewart is a poet and teaches English at SCCC; Kelly Riggle Hower teaches first- and second-graders; Christine Eisen is from Paris and teaches ESL classes at Highline Community College; and Waverly Fitzgerald teaches writing at the Hugo House. Seattle Public Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way NE, 684-4063, 6:30 pm, free.


RICHARD HARTLAGE

Using a lifetime of experience as a garden designer and horticulturist, Richard Hartlage (who is the director of the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle) plans to impart nothing less than a grand vision of his grand craft. Indeed, the book Hartlage is pushing tonight is called Bold Visions for the Garden. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.


FRIDAY 12/14


* KITTY HARMON

The woman responsible for compiling The Pacific Northwest Landscape: A Painted History will sign and talk about it. A Painted History is a collection of reproduced works by over 125 regional artists. The images are great, but the best part of the book is the introduction written by the luminous Jonathan Raban. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6 pm, free.


ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE

The author of Wintergreen, renowned as "a classic of Pacific Northwest writing," will speak about it. Word has it that David Guterson likes Wintergreen a lot. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


SATURDAY 12/15


ALICE DERRY

Derry visits from Port Angeles to present--what else?--a collection of poems, Strangers to Their Courage. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.


SEBASTIAN JUNGER

The author of The Perfect Storm has written another blockbusting book, Fire. This time it's about rebel guerrillas, genocide in Kosovo, and other dramatic events. Tickets available via University Bookstore, 634-3400. UW campus, Kane Hall, Room 110, 7 pm, free.


TOM DOUGLAS

Chef extraordinaire Douglas stages a signing of his book and a tasting of something he recommends we learn how to cook from the instructions in his book. Barnes & Noble, University Village, 517-4107, 1 pm, free.


DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES

Haitian-born poet Georges addresses issues of exile, the beauty of nature, and, of course, love in her first book of poetry, Maroon. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


ART WOLF

Wolf presents a talk about the boring Himalayas. He also has slides to accompany this talk about the boring Himalayas. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 5:30 pm, free.


SUNDAY 12/16


JACK CANFIELD

The author of those Chicken Soup books has a new one about Christmas, which purports to warm hearts with its romantic slosh. Kind of like chicken soup. Barnes & Noble, University Village, 517-4107, 7 pm, free.


BOB SHIMABUKURO

Bob Shimabukuro's book, called Born in Seattle, is about the discrimination nonwhite families face in America. Fittingly, the reading will take place five blocks away from Barakat Wire Transfer service and Maka Mini-Mart, which were stormed under the auspices of the new PATRIOT act. Take Another Look Books, 5023 Rainier Ave S, 721-1022, 1 pm, free.


MONDAY 12/17


RITA GOLDEN GELMAN

This children's author shares her 15 years' experience as an "adventurer" in Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World, which explains how her mid-life crisis started (she realized she was a soccer mom) and its consequence (a nomadic lifestyle). Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


WEDNESDAY 12/19


SHERMAN ALEXIE

See Stranger Suggests. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.


Poetry/Open Mics

@HYPOCRISY--Formerly known as East India Trading Co. Mon at 7:30 pm; sign-up at 7 pm, Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 208-1188, free.

POETRY ANDANTE--Thurs at 7:30 pm, Cafe Allegro, 4002 University Way NE, 634-2310, free.

SCRATCHING POST--Poetry open-mic, all ages. Thurs at 8 pm; sign-up at 7:30 pm. Mr. Spot's Chai House, 2213 NW Market St, 297-2424, free.

RE-BIRTH--Thurs at 7:30 pm. Zodiac Cafe, 605 E Broadway, 720-4502, free.

RED SKY POETRY THEATER--The granddaddy of poetry open mics. Sun at 7 pm, Globe Cafe, 1531 14th Ave, 324-8815, free.

STAGEFRIGHT--Youth open mic. Come express yourself to the masses, for aspiring writers and performers ages 14-24. Second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 7-9 pm in the cafe of Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, free.

SEATTLE POETRY SLAM--Wed at 9 pm. Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, $4.