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We have poets in two different locations, a self-help book, Laila Lalami continuing her tear through Seattle for the Seattle Reads program, and much more tonight.

First, I would like to point out something that didn't make it into the calendar. The Jack Straw Writers Program May Reading Series kicks off today at 7pm at Jack Straw Productions (4261 Roosevelt Way NE). The 2010 Jack Straw Writers will present new work. Tonight's readers are Brian James Barr, Katherine Grace Bond, Bill Carty, and Tara Roth. Past Jack Straw authors include John Olson and David Schmader, so they have been known to produce quality. Apologies to Jack Straw for the lack of inclusion.

Jane Smiley reads up at Third Place Books tonight. Smiley is the author of a great many fantastic novels. The Private Life is her newest one. University Book Store hosts Filipino novelist Miguel Syjuco. Ilustrado is a novel about a young man investigating his mentor's life and death.

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And then we have a new novel at Town Hall. Ralph Nader, who many people say handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000, reads from his new novel, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!. If you have anything to say to Ralph Nader, you should go and say it tonight.

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.

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