Dates and venues subject to change.When not otherwise specified, venue info is at end of list. Call to verify. And go to www.seattleweekly.com for more books events. SEPTEMBER 13 New in paper, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It has made author JIM WALLIS a Seattle favorite. Elliott Bay. 14 A gay man relates his difficult coming-out in KEVIN JENNINGS'Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir of Becoming a Man. University Book Store. 17 CHRIS MOONEY returns to discuss his very important The Republican War on Science (new in paper), unless you'd rather believe that evolution is a theory and global warming isn't real.Ravenna Third Place, 6500 20th Ave. N.E., 206-523-0210, www.ravennathirdplace.com. 18 NORA EPHRON See review, p. 81. 18 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur "genius" award, EDWARD P. JONES made his reputation with The Known World. Now he collects his stories in All Aunt Hagar's Children. Seattle Central Library. 20 Even if Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream (new in paper) isn't her best work, BARBARA EHRENREICH speaks the truth about our unforgiving new economy. University Book Store. 20 JAMES FALLOWS has plenty to say about the war in Blind Into Baghdad: America's War in Iraq, most of it ugly, all of it worth hearing. Town Hall. 21 You can't touch him on Jeopardy, and KEN JENNINGS explains why in Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs. Town Hall. 21 Fleeing New York after 9/11 provides no consolation for AMY WILENTZ in I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger. Elliott Bay. 22 T. Cooper and Adam Mansbach explain why things are as messed up as they are in A Fictional History of the United States (With Huge Chunks Missing). University Book Store. 23 Familiar from NPR's Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!, ADAM FELBER has written his first novel—comic, of course—Schrödinger's Ball. Jackson Street Books, 2301 S. Jackson St., 206-324-7000, www.jacksonst-books.com. 27 THOMAS HAGER chronicles the invention of the sulfa antibiotic in The Demon Under the Microscope. Town Hall. 28 The New Yorker's SEYMOUR HERSH keeps delivering devastating reporting on the Iraq War. He's also the co-author of Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein (new in paper). Town Hall. OCTOBER 3 Long a favorite of Seattle readers after Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez's most recent work is Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. Seattle Central Library. 3 One woman takes on Bush, and the war, in CINDY SHEEHAN's Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism. Town Hall. 9 Because we need to muster still more outrage than his New York Times columns can summon each week, FRANK RICH'sThe Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina will surely send you screaming into the night. How many more years until the next presidential election? Seattle Arts & Lectures at Benaroya Hall, 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. 11 Two sisters' lives take wildly divergent turns in post-9/11 Manhattan in the novel Rise and Shine, new in paper from the former New York Times columnist, ANNA QUINDLEN. Seattle Central Library. 11 Pulling himself up from his bootstraps to NPR, TAVIS SMILEY tells his life story in What I Know For Sure. Presented by Foolproof at Town Hall, www.foolproof.org. 11 Famed biologist and science writer E.O. WILSON discusses his latest work, The Creation. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu. 13 Wintersmith is the latest fantasy novel from the wildly popular TERRY PRATCHETT. UW Kane Hall, 206-634-3400, www.book store.washington.edu. 15 JONATHAN AMES hosts an evening of storytelling called "The Moth," with Sherman Alexie and other locals expected to participate. Town Hall. 16–17 He of the Nobel Prize in economics, JOSEPH STIGLITZ,is the author of Shaping Globalization: Making It Work and other dense volumes. Town Hall. UW Kane Hall (206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu). 17, 19 Don't be a jerk, says DAVID CALLAHAN in The Moral Center: How We Can Reclaim Our Country From Die-Hard Extremists, Rogue Corporations, Hollywood Hacks, and Pretend Patriots. Town Hall. University Book Store. 18 ANDY SUMMERS, former guitarist in the Police tells all, but generously, in his memoir One Train Later. Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-724-3428, www.emplive.org. 18 Local climbing hero ED VIESTURS recounts his safe and methodical approach to climbing all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen in No Shortcuts to the Top. Town Hall. 20 Staff writer for The New Yorker, ADAM GOPNIK tells tales of child-rearing in the city in Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York. University Book Store. 21 Father of the enduring children's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, ERIC CARLE will speak on children's literature. Seattle Arts & Lectures at Benaroya Hall, 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. 23 Creator of American Splendor, HARVEY PEKAR talks about The Best American Comics 2006 with his co-editor, ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE. University Book Store. 24 A Photographer's Life: 1990–2005 collects the recent work of the famed portrait artist ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. UW Kane Hall, 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu. 25 RICHARD FORD is back, and so is his character Frank Bascombe in his new novel The Lay of the Land. Town Hall. 26 DANIEL HANDLER and STEPHEN MERRIT join forces for the final installment of the Lemony Snicket series of dark, dark children's books. Town Hall. 30 You loved her in Strangers With Candy, and now AMY SEDARIS teaches you how to throw a cocktail party in I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Venue to be announced, 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu. 30 The young Scottish adventurer and diplomat RORY STEWART returns to Seattle with two timely books: The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq, and The Places in Between, in which he walks across Afghanistan shortly after the Taliban ouster. University Book Store. 20 Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West comes from Outside magazine editor Hampton Sides. Elliott Bay. 27 We just keep getting fatter and eating more unhealthily, but it's not like MARION NESTLE and What to Eat aren't trying to stop us. Elliott Bay. 30 Local author ERIK LARSON mixes murder and high technology (radio, circa 1910) in his true-crime tale Thunderstruck. Elliott Bay. NOVEMBER 1 STEPHEN KING. That's right, the bestselling horror author of all time (or close), creator of Carrie and countless other creepy tales, who's lately become a columnist for Entertainment Weekly. Scary! Seattle Arts & Lectures at Benaroya Hall, 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. 6 An occasional Seattle Weekly contributor, KUOW humorist JOHN MOE attempts to join the other team in Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty With the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky. University Book Store. 7 Seattle humor writer Brangien Davis, editor of Swivel, joins the editor and other contributors to This Is Not Chick-Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers. University Book Store. 21 His Irish childhood doesn't compare to the classrooms of New York City in FRANK MCCOURT's Teacher Man: A Memoir. Seattle Arts & Lectures at Benaroya Hall, 206- 621-2230, www.lectures.org. 30 Inés of My Soul is the latest work from acclaimed Chilean novelist ISABEL ALLENDE. Town Hall. DECEMBER 5 For those who still believe in, you know, science, The New Yorker's ELIZABETH KOLBERT returns to town to raise your blood pressure with her eco-warning Field Notes From a Catastrophe. Seattle Arts & Lectures at Benaroya Hall, 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. 6 Vanity Fair contributor David Margolick discusses his Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song, with particular reference to its most famous performer, Billie Holiday. Nextbook at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 888-219-5222, www.nextbook.org. Venue Guide Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206- 215-4747. Elliott Bay Book Co. 101 S. Main St., 206- 624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636, www.spl.org. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 206-587-5737, www.seattlemystery.com. Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333, www.thirdplacebooks.com. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu.