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There are a lot of great events tonight. Open Books is hosting poet Don Mee Choi, SAM is inviting poets to respond to the artwork on display, and much, much more. You can read about that in the calendar.

But the big event of the day is undoubtedly Elliott Bay Book Company's Grand Opening Celebration. 10th Ave will be closed off from 4 pm to 7 pm for a big party with food, beer, and music. Yesterday, Elliott Bay had their soft opening, and I have to say: It's even more beautiful than I'd hoped. If you care about books in Seattle, you should come out for this tonight.

Following the celebration, Anchee Min will be christening Elliott Bay's new reading room. Min's Pearl of China is a novel about the life of Pearl Buck.

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Or, you could take advantage of Elliott Bay's new neighborhood and pop on over to the Hugo House tonight, too. They're having an event called Dead Poets Society. Some great local poets, including Nicole Hardy, will read the work of dead poets Richard Brautigan, Audre Lorde, Frank O'Hara and Anne Sexton, and then they will read poems based on the work of those aforementioned dead poets.

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.