We have a talk about global crime, a collection of stories about imprisonment, a former Olympian talking about the Olympics, a book called The Tao of Tarot, looks at people around the Northwest of America and the Southwest of Canada, a fantasy novel titled Raven's Ladder, and much more.

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Jennifer Stuller reads at University Book Store tonight. Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology is about the superwoman in "modern mythology," which entertainment corporations refer to as "intellectual property."

At SAM tonight, it's time for SAM Word. Poets Kim-An Lieberman and Priscilla Long respond to the SAM exhibition Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act. (Here's what Jen Graves had to say about the exhibit back in November.) Lieberman is a Seattle treasure.

Matthew Simmons, who should write something new so that I can stop complimenting his debut novella A Jello Horse, will read as part of Pilot Books' Small Press Fest. Simmons is also a Seattle treasure.

And Karen Finneyfrock will read at the Hugo House tonight, as an official launch for her book Ceremony for the Choking Ghost. Of course, Finneyfrock debuted her book last week at Elliott Bay Book Company, too. But that doesn't matter. As I wrote last week, Ghost is such a good book that it deserves two debuts:

Taken as a whole, the stories in Ceremony form what Hollywood types call "a character arc," a narrative about the guilt of living when other, more worthy souls cannot. Finneyfrock's voice is confessional without the cloying exhibitionism of a memoirist, and self-assured without the cockiness you find in many modern poets.

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