f379/1245431994-thenewvalley.jpgThere's a lot going on today, especially for a Saturday, so let's get into it.

Noon: At Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Adria Lang reads from For the Sake of the Vine, which is about a winery...and murder. It's a weird situation with this book: Someone came up with the concept, someone else researched a Washington winery (a winery that gets promoted in the book) and then Lang wrote the book based on the information that other people had figured out. In fact, she wrote the book in three weeks. I haven't read it, but Lang is an interesting person; she's a burlesque dancer and screenwriter and is very forthcoming about this weird process of writing, and you might want to go just for that.

1 pm: Bellevue Regional Library hosts a "meet-and-greet" with authors like Will North, Philip Marks, Deborah Schneider, Joe McDonald, Theresa Meyers, Curt Ebbesmeyer and perhaps one or two more authors that you or I have actually heard of.

2 pm: The Central Library hosts a bilingual reading of Pablo Neruda's poetry. This is a worthwhile event. Neruda in Spanish, read aloud, is lovely. Also at 2, Tim McNulty, the author of Olympic National Park: A Natural History reads and shows maps at the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Support The Stranger

3 pm: At Bailey/Coy Books, Dani Cone reads from Tall, Skinny, Bitter, "a personalized guidebook to the caffeine scene of the Great Northwest." And at the West Seattle branch of the library, Jennifer Worwick reads from Backcountry Betty Crafting with Style: 50 Nature-Inspired Projects, allegedly a "hip, snappy craft book...to bring the outdoors in!"

And then you can nap until 7 pm, when it's time for the first in what is hopefully a new Seattle reading series at Vermillion called "Debut Lit." Josh Weil's debut collection of novellas, The New Valley, is set in the Virginias. Mark Cooper is the author of a full-length comic book, The Inspectre. This is the reading of the day.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.