BAILEY/COY BOOKS—9/21: Seattle celeb and papa Dan Savage discusses The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant. 9/23: Marcelle Karp and Debbie Stoller read from The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order at the Showbox. 9/30: Susie Bright taps in to the G-Spot with Full Exposure: Opening up to Your Sexual Creativity & Erotic Expression. 10/6: Author of Wicked: The life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory MaGuire reads from Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. 10/7: Christian De la Huerta serves soul food with Coming Out Spiritually: The Next Step. 10/14: Clifford Chase goes back to school as he reads from the anthology Queer 13: Lesbian & Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade. Rebecca Brown reads from her piece, "Nancy Booth, Wherever You Are." 10/20: Mark Doty presents Firebird: A Memoir. 10/21: Ellen Forney reads from Monkey Food: A 7 in '75 Collection. 414 Broadway E (unless otherwise noted), 323-8842. ELLIOTT BAY BOOK CO.—Highlights include: 9/14: Travel writer/historian Robert D. Kaplan with An Empire Wilderness; award-winning journalist Philip Gourevitch presents We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families. 9/17: Thriller author Michael Blaine reads from The Desperate Season; Pam Houston goes post-cowboy with her latest nonfiction narrative, A Little More about Me. 9/20: Chuck Palahniuk with Invisible Monsters. 9/22: The genius behind Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut shares his latest, Bagombo Snuff Box. 9/23: John Ridley reads from Everybody Smokes in Hell; Ivan Doig's on Mountain Time. 9/29: Novelist Edwidge Danticat's Farming the Bones. 10/1: Susie Bright presents Full Exposure. 10/5: Irish novelist Roddy Doyle reads from A Star Called Henry. 10/8: Poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and local fave Colleen J. McElroy brings us Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar. 10/9: Robert Wrigley with Reign of Snakes. 10/12: Doctor and author Abraham Verghese discusses his memoir, The Tennis Player. 10/20: Susan Faludi speaks on men in Stiffed. 11/1: Walter Mosley's Walkin' the Dog. 11/3: Mary Dearborn reflects on Mailer: A Biography. 11/4: William Gibson reads from All Tomorrow's Parties. 11/6: Historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the Wonders of the African World and Africana. 11/8: Responsible for the breathtaking House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende brings us her latest, Daughter of Fortune. 11/9: Jonathan Raban with the Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meaning. 11/12: Novelist Sena Jeter Naslund on Ahab's Wife; Susan Kinsolving with Dailies and Rushes. 11/17: UW & Seattle writer David Shields becomes provocateur with Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season. 101 S Main, 624-6600. NORTHWEST BOOKFEST—Some people to get excited about: National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig presents his latest novel, Mountain Time. Robert Ferrigno reads from Heartbreaker. David Guterson on East of the Mountains. Acclaimed author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Pam Houston shares A Little More About Me. History will scare you with Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. William Least Heat-Moon brings us River Horse: A Voyage Across America. Paul Loeb explores the Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time. Longtime administrative assistant to Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, Christopher Matthews tells us How Politics Is Played—Told by One Who Knows the Game. Andrew Vox reads from Everybody Pays. Chuck Palahniuk exposes Invisible Monsters. John Ridley believes that Everybody Smokes in Hell. Jonathan Raban takes the Passage to Juneau. Dan Savage brings The Kid. Matthew Stadler reads from Allan Stein. Jerry Stahl presents Perv—A Love Story. Neale Donald Walsch continues his Conversations with God with Friendship with God. Climber extraordinaire Jim Whitaker presents A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond. Nelson George shows us Hip-Hop America. On the poetry front: Susan Kinsolving reads from Dailies and Rushes. Bart Baxter delivers Sonnets from the Mare Imbrium. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 378-1883. OPEN BOOKS—10/7: Idaho author Robert Wrigley reads from his latest collection, Reign of Snakes. 10/13: A reading by contributors to the locally produced electronic literary magazine, Switched-on-Gutenberg. 10/21: Pulitzer Prize winner John Ashbery discusses Girls on the Run. University of Washington, Kane Hall, Roethke Auditorium. 11/10: Poet Clifford Burke reads from Talking with Raven. 10/28: Linda Andrews, winner of this year's Governor's Award, shares her collection of poems entitled Escape of the Bird Women. 2414 N 45th (unless otherwise noted), 633-0811. RICHARD HUGO HOUSE—With Y2K's approach, it's appropriate that Richard Hugo House will be launching the cultural inquiry, Shelter: More Than a House, on 10/2 with "Shelter: A Festival": Readings, on-site writing, music, films, open mike, and a walking tour will help explore the concept of shelter, as will writers Susan Palwick, Rebecca Solnit, Laura Jensen, Koon Woon, Esther Helfgott, and Anne Pitkin. 10/6: Celebrate the fourth anniversary of Subtext Reading Series with a group reading by TBA Subtext veterans. 11/3: Poet, Professor, and Editor Kathleen Fraser shares poetry and ideas on poetics. 1634 11th, 322-7030. SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES—10/4: Heralded as the "W.H. Auden of our generation," lecturer James Fenton is the author of the poetry collections Children in Exile and Out of Danger, as well as All the Wrong Places: Adrift in the Politics of the Pacific Rim and Leonardo's Nephew: Essays on Art and Artists. Topics of his poems range from friendship and love to Tiananmen Square and religious conflict in Jerusalem. 11/1: Ursula Hegi brings us Language of the House, a companion to her Stones from the River, the award-winning novel based on the aftermath of World War II and its impact on a German town. 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth, 621-2230. SEATTLE MYSTERY BOOKSHOP—9/16: Stephen King favorite Tess Gerritson chills us with space thriller Gravity. 9/25: Alaska's Dana Stabenow signs So Sure of Death. 10/4: Linda Barnes celebrates Flashpoint, her eighth book with Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle. 10/5: Martha Grimes gives us The Lamorna Wink; 10/6: SMB favorite Vicki Hendricks sizzles the room with Iguana Love, her latest adult-rated noir thriller. 10/8: Ian Rankin signs Dead Souls. 117 Cherry, 587-5737. THIRD PLACE BOOKS—9/10: Ivan Doig's on Mountain Time. 9/16: Tess Gerritson reads from Gravity. 9/18: Pam Houston with A Little More About Me. 9/23: Much appreciated R.D. Chin makes it simple with Feng Shui Revealed. 9/29: Luann Columbo reads from How to Have Sex in the Woods. 10/14: Jim Whitaker presents A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond. 10/19: Dan Savage discusses The Kid. 10/26: Longtime Seattle bookseller Thomas Orton brings us his first novel, The Lost Glass Plates of Wilfred Eng. 17171 Bothell Wy NE, 366-3333. UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE—9/9: Jane Goodall shares her wisdom with Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey. 9/16: Richard Walter, chairman of the UCLA Graduate Film and TV Writing Program, presents Escape From Film School. 9/17: Sci fi allegory with Amy Thomson and Through Alien Eyes. 9/19: Dave Barry's in Big Trouble. 9/21: Erik Larsen takes on Isaac's Storm. 9/27: John Maclean investigates the Colorado Fire on the Mountain. 9/28: Native American poet Debbie Miranda waxes poetic with Indian Cartography. 9/29: Susan Minot signs and reads Evening. 9/29: Blair Jackson gets psychedelic with Garcia: An American Life. 9/30: Lauren Slater reminisces from her Prozac Diary; 10/1: Hugo award winner Greg Bear tunes in to Darwin's Radio. 10/6: Simon Winchester explores the dark side of the English language with The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. 10/7: As part of the Northwest Forum on Progress series, bestselling author and L.B.J. biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin shares her ideas about future years on the planet; Ivan Doig reads from Mountain Time. 10/8: Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson celebrate a sci fi birthday as they sign Dune's prequel, Dune: House Atreides. 10/10: National Book Award winner Ron Chernow maps John D. Rockefeller's life in Titan. 10/12: Northwest crime writer Ann Rule introduces us to evil with And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano, Deadly Seducer. 10/13: Dan Savage and The Kid. 10/15: Renaissance woman Colleen J. McElroy reads from Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar. 10/17: Peter Mayle knows his escargot with Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France. 10/18: Schindler's List author Thomas Kenneally reads from The Great Shame and the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World. 10/21: Pulitzer prize winner Richard Rhodes cracks crooks in Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist. 10/22: Kay Redfield explores suicide in Night Falls Fast. 10/24: Emmy Award-winner and world class climber David Breashears shows slides and reads from Last Climb: the Legendary Everest Expedition of Mallory and Irvine. 11/8: David Shields gets controversial with Black Planet. 11/9: Dana Crowley Jacks reads from Behind the Mask: Destruction and Creativity in Women's Aggression. 11/10: Cheryl Tsang strikes it rich with Microsoft First Generation. 11/11: Marian Michener reads from Dreaming under a Ton of Lizards. 11/15: Australian playwright Suneeta Peres Da Costa does her Homework. 11/16: David Guterson takes us East of the Mountains. 11/19: Noted historian and satirical novelist Gore Vidal will discuss his lifetime's work as he signs his latest novel, The Smithsonian Institution. Various venues. Call 634-3400. WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK—9/21: Storyteller Gioia Timpanelli reads from Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily; 9/22: Author of the novels Sharmila's Book and Shiva Dancing, Indian-American Bharti Kirchner presents When Cultures Meet: A Talk and Reading at Green Lake Library. 10/18: Acclaimed Korean authors Pak Wan-so and Ch'oe In-ho give bilingual readings. 10/20: Mary Alice Williams gets glamorous with Quiet Triumphs: Celebrities Share Survival Strategies That Get You Through the Hard Times. 10/26: Ernest Gaines at Queen Anne Library. Seattle Public Library (unless noted otherwise), 1000 Fourth, 386-4650. Other readings of note 9/17-9/19: Novelist, actress, playwright, and best-selling author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Rebecca Wells gives the keynote address at the National Body & Soul Conference. Westin Hotel, call 860-2843 for more information. 10/21: Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 19 books of poetry, John Ashbery reads from his latest, Girls on the Run: A Poem. University of Washington, Roethke Auditorium, 282-2677. 10/24: Playwright, radio star, and author of the hilarious Barrel Fever, Naked, and Holidays on Ice David Sedaris will read from samples of his fiction. Presented by Emerald City Arts, University of Washington, Meany Theater, 323-2992.