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Readings & Events
Kelly Braffet Her new Virginia-set suspense novel is Last Seen Leaving. Elliott Bay Books. 8 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
Richard Peck The noted children's author speaks on "Voices in an Empty Room: Five Apologies for the Narrative." Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW campus. $5. 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
Terry Tamminen This former California EPA secretary discusses the health, environmental, and economic downside of petroleum use and suggests solutions, in Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction.Elliott Bay Books. 6 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
Scott Turow A book party/reading/signing to launch his latest legal thriller, Limitations. W Seattle, 1112 Fourth Ave., 206-632-2419. $15. 6 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
Bruce Zuckermann All you ever wanted to know about preserving and restoring ancient documents in his lecture "Bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls Back to Life." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $15. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
Rebecca Apsan Owner of New York City's La Petite Coquette, and lingerie purveyor to the stars (the cast of Sex and the City, for example), she shares 30 years of wisdom on what to wear, how to wear it, and when to take it off in her Lingerie Handbook. Although the event is sold out, the Handbook's girlfriendly voice is a pleasure to read, whether Apsan's offering practical advice, like how to properly measure your bra size, or risqué tips sure to embolden, and empower, the shy. The Big Picture, Redmond Town Center, 7411 166th Ave. N.E., 425-556-0565, www.thebigpicture.net. $15 (includes a champagne reception). 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16. RACHEL SHIMP
The Evangelical Phenomenon Local religious and secular leaders (Valerie Tarico, the Rev. Rich Lang, David Domke, and Rabbi Daniel Weiner) discuss the growth of Christian fundamentalism and its increasing influence on U.S. politics. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.brownpapertickets.com. $5-$7.50. 8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16.
Jeff GromanThe Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz-Age Sport tells all about this popular early-20th-century trend. In conjunction, Maria Mason, a representative of Bikes for Education, will be on hand to accept used bicycles for shipment to Togo. Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E. (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-5332. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16.
David Kelly His work, and that of other queer cartoonists, in his book Boy Trouble. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway, 206-323-8842. 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16.
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Claire Messud Achieving Borat-levels of hype–depending on your proximity to a West Side brownstone–The Emperor's Children (Knopf) Claire Messud's satire of aimless and privileged Ivy League grads in New York circa 2001, casts a gilded sheen over intellectual and social strivers like Henry James seen through the pages of New York magazine. Murray Thwaite, a celebrity journalist in Christopher Hitchens' loafers, struggles to complete his life's work in secret, while his daughter Marina, who's moved back home, wants to write something of importance beyond the cultural history of children's clothing for which she's already spent her advance. Her best friend Danielle, a television producer, pursues the new hotshot editor launching a publication under a Murdochian Aussie media baron. Messud's fourth novel (including a book of novellas) is her first set in the United States. She's clearly at home in media-consumed Manhattan, reflecting our own anxieties just as easily as her characters. And while flashbacks are her trademark, Messud keeps this island chillingly in the present. The rest of us are forced to look back. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16. KATE SILVER
Solveig Torvik & Kirby Olson Her novel Nikolai's Fortune tells of the hardships of three generations of Finnish women; his Temping is a comedy. Finnish Lutheran Church, 8504 13th Ave. N.W. 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16.
Christianity and "The Problem of Evil" A weekend conference led by Lynn C. Bauman. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St. www.ststephens-seattle.org to register. $15 Fri./$30 Sat. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Color of Violence A panel discussion to launch Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology, writings on violence against women of color. UW Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., www.cara-seattle.org. Free. 6 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Dorothy Granada The director of the Maria Luisa Ortiz Women's Health Clinic in Nicaragua speaks on her embattled efforts in the area of rural women's health care. St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 732 18th Ave. E. 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Sarah Katherine Lewis Secrets of the sex industry in her Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl for Hire. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Pontoon Nine This anthology includes work by Annette Spaulding-Convy, Susan Landgraf, Katharine Whitcomb, Johnny Horton, and Erin Malone, who will read at Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-525-2347. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Robert Schenkkan Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony nomination for his play The Kentucky Cycle, he'll speak on his process and storytelling. Suzzallo Library 101, UW campus, 206-616-8397, firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Jill SmoloweA Love Like No Other: Stories From Adoptive Parents is her anthology of pieces by 20 writers. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Caroline Burau She "quit her job as a newspaper reporter when she became disillusioned," says the press release, and took a job as a 911 emergency dispatcher. (Less stress.) Now she's written a book, Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat, about her adventures. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Madeline DeFrees She'll read from her recently published Spectral Waves: New & Uncollected Poems, joined by Thomas Aslin (Sweet Smoke) and Gary Thompson (On John Muir's Trail). Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. 3 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Maureen Doyle McQueery The evil and the mundane clash in her new young adult novel Wolfproof. Jackson Street Books, 2301 S. Jackson St., Suite 210, 206-324-7000, www.jacksonst-books.com. 1 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Ken MochizukiBe Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee is his bio of the film icon. Wing Luke Asian Museum, 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124 x114. 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Janet Ore The story behind a revolution in domestic architecture in her The Seattle Bungalow: People and Houses, 1900-1940. Elliott Bay Book Co., 5 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18; Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.
Ann Rule & Donna Anders Authors, respectively, of No Regrets: Case Files vol. 11 and Death Waits for You. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 206-587-5737. Noon. Sat. Nov. 18.
Ted SexauerVeterans of War, Veterans of Peace is an anthology of work by participants in Maxine Hong Kingston's writing-and-meditation workshops for veterans and their families, Sexauer among them. Elliott Bay Book Co. 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
David Grant & John Kelly All about underwater archaeology in Puget Sound from this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers archaeologist and historian. Island Center Hall, Bainbridge Island, 206-842-2773. $5. 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 19.
Perpetual Motion Roadshow Ending their West Coast tour here are "comedienne zinester" Mary Van Note, poet Olatundji Akpo-Sani, and singer-songwriter Yehuda Fisher. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 19.
Willa Schneberg & Anita Feng They'll read from their poetry collections Storytelling in Cambodia (Schneberg) and Sadie & Mendel and Internal Strategies (Feng). Elliott Bay Book Co. 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 19.
Women's Holiday Fiction A signing/party with Shiela Rabe (Christmas in Carol) and Suzanne Macpherson (Sugar Plums and Scandals). Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E. (Bainbridge Island), 206-842-5332. 3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 19.
John MaedaThe Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life shares lessons he learned in his parents' tofu shop. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.
Holly Morris Risk-taking women from around the world are spotlighted in her Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for Women Who Are Changing the World, a companion to the PBS series. The Warren Report Headquarters, Carnegie Free Public Library, 2026 N.W. Market St. 7 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.
Raven Chronicles Publication Party The latest issue of this journal takes the theme "Obsessions"; we'll hear readings from contributors Rachel Harrington, John Akins, Molly Norris, and Weekly alumnus David Massengill. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 7 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.
Claudia Roden Nextbook presents this culinary writer, author of The Book of Jewish Food, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, and, most recently, Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. Benaroya Recital Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, www.nextbook.org. $6-$8. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 20.
Gregory BlackstockBlackstock's Collections is his latest anthology of drawings. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Tues. Nov. 21.
Frank McCourt Frank McCourt's memoirs dust the dark corners with bright humor. Musing on how some literary phenoms create major works in their twenties (McCourt published the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angela's Ashes, about his miserable Irish upbringing, in 1996, at 66), he writes, "At that age it's a wonder I was able to lift the pen at all." What was he doing in the meantime? Teaching–as he recounts in the new Teacher Man (Scribner), his chronicle of 30 years in New York City's public school system, trying to focus the drifting minds of kids more interested in forging excuse notes (which, he recalls, were more inventive than their term papers). McCourt's unconventional assignments–asking students to write excuses from Adam to God, their own obituaries, even those of their teachers–left an indelible mark. McCourt is a reminder of all those Melvillian minds burning the midnight oil long after the last bell rings. Sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. $10-$25. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Nov. 21. KATE SILVER
Barbara Sjoholm She recounts her days of hitchhiking around Spain in Incognito Street: How Travel Made Me a Writer. Elliott Bay Book Co. Tues. Nov. 21.
Walden Bello This sociologist speaks on "The Crisis of the Globalist Project and Civil Society's Response." Smith Hall, Room 211, UW campus. 4 p.m. Wed. Nov. 22.
Spoken Word/Open Mike
Cancer Lifeline Readings from their journals and works in progress. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-525-2347. 6 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
Jack Straw Writers Program Alumni Readings by Kent Chadwick, Kip Robinson Greenthal, Frances McCue, and Joan Swift, curated by Don Kentop. Jack Straw Studios, 4621 Roosevelt Ave. N.E., 206-634-0919. 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 15.
SoulFood Poetry Night Readings by Paul Nelson and Charles Potts, followed by open mike. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way, 425-881-5309. 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 16.
Take a Poem From Your Heart Featured poets are Jack McCarthy, R. D. Shadowbird, and Brenda Givens, followed by open mike. Bookworm Exchange, 4860 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6633. 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
Letter X Readings by contributors to this journal, to celebrate a new issue. Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., www.thelocalwriter.com. 9 p.m. Fri. Nov. 17.
PoetsWest Michael Johnsen, Terry McCarty, and Gerry McFarland are featured. Newberry Books, 561 N.E. Ravenna Blvd., 206-682-1268. 4 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Diamond Life An open-mike night for jazz artists, dancers, and vocalists as well as word-artists of all kinds. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-684-4757, www.diamondlifepresents.com. $5. 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18.
Seattle Poetry Slam Michael Dylan Welch is the featured reader, followed by "Haiku d'Etat," a head-to-head competition. ToST, 513 N. 36th St., Space E, www.poetryfestival.org/slam. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Nov. 21.
Elliott Bay Book Co. 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com.
Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333, www.thirdplacebooks.com.
University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu.