Up at Third Place Books, Armistead Maupin will be reading. The beloved Tales of the City author reads from his newest novel, Mary Ann in Autumn. He'll also be appearing at University Book Store tomorrow.
Debbie Stoller is at University Book Store tonight. Stoller is the author, most recently, of Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics. She is an expert in stitching and also, perhaps coincidentally, in bitching.
We have a rare reading at very good bar The Hideout tonight. Aaron Dietz's Super is an experimental literary novel about superheroes. I just got a copy of this book in the mail yesterday, so I have not had an opportunity to read it in advance of this reading. It looks like fun, though. You can see sample pages, which include an application process for superheroes, over here. UPDATE: Just got an e-mail from someone who organized the reading. She says "Come dressed up as a superhero, or get a superhero makeover once you arrive. It could possibly be webcast, so if you’re shy, wear a superhero mask!"
And it's apparently a night for rare bar readings: Blue Moon hosts Poetry Northwest tonight. Ed Skoog, Rebecca Hoogs, and Kate Lebo will read new work. The Oog Twins, as I will never call them again, are a perfect compliment to each other at readings. Skoog reads very thoughtful, nuanced poetry. Hoogs poetry is also nuanced, but she draws in much broader strokes, hitting your emotions first and then your brain.
And the main event tonight is Daniel Handler at Benaroya Hall. Sherman Alexie will introduce and interrogate Mr. Handler, who will give a talk titled "Why Does Lemony Snicket Keep Following Me?" Alexie is a gifted interlocutor, and both authors are very funny, so this should be a night to remember, which is why it is the reading of the night.
The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.
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