THURSDAY 7/13

recommended 'WHAT SPARKS CREATIVITY?'
Ann Powers (who is brilliant) talks about Tori Amos (who is probably brilliant in her way). Greg Bear (who is a sci-fi writer) talks about Ray Bradbury (who is a sci-fi writer). Michael Klein (who knows about art) talks about Beverly Seems (artist). Experience Music Project, JBL Theater, 325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2702 for reservations, 7 pm, free.

ROBIN MEYERS
The "unapologetically liberal" Oklahoma minister talks about Why the Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag, Your Future. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 624-6600 for info, 7 pm, free.

SANDY TOLAN
The journalist reads from The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St, 634-3400 for info, 7 pm, $5 suggested donation.

ELIZABETH CRANE
All This Heavenly Glory is a book of short stories. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

SY MONTGOMERY
The Good Good Pig is a book about adopting swine. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

BRIAN MCGUIGAN
More Than I Left Behind is a book of poetry. Poets Steve Barker, Arne Pihl, and others also read. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7 pm, free.

recommended JOHN YAU, DOUG NUFER
Yau reads from his new collection Paradiso Diaspora. (See review, p. 34.) Nufer reads from his new double novel, The Mudflat Man/The River Boys. Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823, 7:30 pm, free.

NELL ALTIZER
Thin Place is a chapbook. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

FRIDAY 7/14

MICHAEL MASTRO, ROBIN MASTRO
Way of Vastu "is a guide to adapting the wisdom of ancient systems to enhance the reality of modern life," according to press materials. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

PAMELA GIEN
The playwright and novelist reads from The Syringa Tree. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 8 pm, free.

SATURDAY 7/15

POE BALLANTINE, SCOTT NADELSON
Ballantine reads from Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire, a novel. Nadelson reads from The Cantor's Daughter. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 5 pm, free.

RICK SPIER
O'Sullivan's Odyssey involves war (American) and famine (Irish). Third Place Books, 366-3333, 6:30 pm, free.

SUNDAY 7/16

TORBEN ULRICH
A band called However, of which Ulrich is a part, performs music based on Ulrich's book Terninger, Tonefald (Dice, Tone-falling: 12 Lines, 36 Off-lines). Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 2 pm, free.

GREGORY SPATZ
Fiddler's Dream is a "bluegrass-informed" novel. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 4:30 pm, free.

MONDAY 7/17

recommended LEWIS BLACK
The TV comedian (Daily Show, HBO, etc.) reads from Nothing's Sacred. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

WASHINGTON WILDERNESS COALITION
The winners of the "Words for Wilderness" contest read their writing. Richard Hugo House, 322-7030, 7 pm, free (donations accepted).

DIANE MAPES
She reads from How to Date in a Post-Dating World. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

TUESDAY 7/18

CATHERINE HANRAHAN
Lost Girls and Love Hotels is a novel involving Tokyo, airline stewardess, and pornography. University Book Store, 634-3400, 7 pm, free.

FRANZ WISNER
Honeymoon with My Brother is about what happened when Wisner's fiancée left him just before the big day. Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 624-6600 for info, 7 pm, free.

LAYNE MAHEU
Song of the Crow is a novel. Third Place Books, 366-3333, 7 pm, free.

ELLEN DATLOW
The editor of many anthologies of science fiction reads from other people's work. Science Fiction Museum, JBL Theater, 325 Fifth Ave N, 724-3428, 7:30 pm, $4 ($3 students/seniors).

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DAVID LONG
The Inhabited World is a novel involving a suicide, a ghost, and Seattle. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.

WEDNESDAY 7/19

recommended ROBERT SULLIVAN
The author of Rats, among other books, reads from Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a Lot of Bad Motels, a Moving Van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, My Wife, My Mother-in-law, Two Kids and Enough Coffee to Kill an Elephant. Elliott Bay Book Company, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free.