We are in the thick of October, which I'm pretty sure is the busiest readings month of the year, and so there are way too many events to list here. These are the four most promising events:

Robert K. Elder reads at Elliott Bay Book Company at 5 pm tonight. Elder's Last Words of the Executed is an eye-opening book about the last things that people say before the government puts them to death. Some of the things people say are stupid, many are funny, and some are downright depressing.

Steven Johnson reads at the Sorrento Hotel tonight. The author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation will be interviewed and wine will be served. The press release breathlessly notes that "Steven Johnson has 1.5 MILLION Twitter followers!" Well, then. He must be smart.

Town Hall hosts two readings tonight. The very funny David Rakoff reads from Half Empty, which is his memoir about being a pessimist in a bright-sided culture. If you like David Sedaris, you'll probably like this book a lot. The second, and very different, Town Hall reading is Richard Rhodes. Rhodes, who is the author of incredible, enormous books about atomic bombs returns with the latest entry in the series that has taken up the majority of his writing life, The Twilight of the Bombs.

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.