Just a reminder that John Layman is at Comics Dungeon this afternoon. You should go and get your book signed; here's why.

The next big reading is on Wednesday at Benaroya Hall. Two art historians—John Richardson and Gjis van Hensbergen—will discuss Picasso, just in time for the Picasso exhibit going on down the street at SAM. That same night at Town Hall, Wendell Potter will read from Deadly Spin, a book about how the health care industry is spending our health care premiums on lobbying.

Thursday night is another twofer. You've got a big event at University Book Store: Grace Krilanovich will read with Ryan Boudinot and Gabriel Blackwell. Krilanovich is the author of a buzz-happy book about "hobo vampire junkies" who "roam a dreamy, apocalyptic Pacific Northwest scoring drugs and attending basement punk rock shows." Boudinot will debut a piece from a much-anticipated upcoming novel. Blackwell will read new work. And at Pilot Books, Brian McGuigan will read. The Stranger Genius Shortlister reads two unpublished short stories. One is a battle between two roommates titled "Piss or Not," and the other is a story about modern marriage titled "The Homemade Flesh Light." McGuigan's wife will bring homemade cookies to this reading; she is an excellent cook. Milk will be served, too.

Friday brings two readings about Theodore Roosevelt, weirdly enough. The one to attend is Edmund Morris at Seattle Public Library. Colonel Roosevelt is the last of Morris's excellent trilogy of Theodore Roosevelt biographies. (At Elliott Bay Book Company, James Bradley reads from The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War, which is about how Roosevelt, assholishly, tried to break Asia up into countries of his own devising.)

Also on Friday, Ted Chiang reads at Pilot Books. Chiang is an excellent science fiction author. His short story collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, is being re-released. There will be other science fiction authors at this reading, making this a great little small-press sci-fi author party night.

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And Saturday, we close the week out with more comic-booky goodness. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be having their 4th Anniversary Party. With music by Zak Sally and Mark Pickerel, an exhibition of work by some Fantagraphics greats including Stranger Literature Genius Jim Woodring, and "holiday libations," as well as a big sale.

But you really should take a look at the whole readings calendar because there are a ton more events happening this week. It's right here waiting for you.