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Elliott Bay Book Company hosts two readings tonight.

Azby Brown reads first, at 6 pm. Brown is an architect, writer, and director of the KIT Future Design Institute in Tokyo. His book is Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green From Traditional Japan. While the past year has seen events for enough environmental books to fill a good-sized landfill, this book at least has a fresh angle that doesn't appear to involve rehashing An Inconvenient Truth.

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And Ava Leavell Haymon reads at 8 pm. Here is what Charles Mudede had to say about this reading in the reading calendar: "Poets write poetry books. Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread is a book of poetry, therefore Haymon is a poet." One of my favorite things about going on vacation is coming home and reading the reading calendar that Charles has written in my absence. It's always great fun.

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.