National Book Award Winner Timothy Egan Reads, and More

This week's readings.

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Readings & Events

Timothy Egan Mayor Greg Nickels and City Council member Nick Licata, among others, will be on hand to congratulate Egan for his recent National Book Award for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. Free. 5:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.

Jodi Magness The last lecture in their D.S.S. series: "The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $15. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.

Layne Maheu This Seattle author reads from his Song of the Crow, a retelling of the Noah's Ark story from the point of view of one of the vessel's nonhuman passengers. Cafe Rozella, 9434 Delridge Way SW., 763-5805, www.caferozella.com. 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.

John Moe The KUOW humorist attempts a red-state makeover in Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty With the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 12.

Screenwriters Salon SEE THE WIRE, WEDNESDAY. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.

Moacyr Scliar & Ilan Stavans Readings by two notable Latin-American Jewish authors. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 684-4710 or 888-219-5222, www.nextbook.org. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14.

Jim Whittaker This REI co-founder, and the first American to the summit of Everest, is just one of several contributors to the essay collection Himalaya: Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope who will appear at a book-launch party. (Contributors not slated to attend include the Dalai Lama, Jimmy Carter, and Sir Edmund Hillary.) REI flagship store, 222 Yale Ave N., www.rei.com. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14.

Gordon Wiltsie One of America's top adventure photographers, he'll present (via slide show) his new To The Ends Of The Earth. Parkplace Books (Kirkland), 348 Parkplace Ctr., 425-828-6546. 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14.

Gregory BlackstockBlackstock's Collections is his latest anthology of drawings; his recent show at the Garde Rail Gallery was a hit. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15.

Sharon Kramis and Julie Kramis Hearne This mother-daughter cooking team presents their Dutch Oven Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pot in Your Kitchen.Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15.

ReAct Theatre SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY. Elliott Bay Book Co. 6:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 17.

Peter Bagge & Ellen Forney SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY. Fantagraphics Bookstore, 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way), 658-0110, www.fantagraphics.com. 6 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16.

Elizabeth Falconer This koto master plays and tells stories from Japan, just for kids. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-525-2347. 11 a.m. Sat. Dec. 16.

Frederick Highland His Night Falls on Damascus is set in 1930s Syria. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 206-587-5737. Noon, Sat. Dec. 16.

David Hlavsa This local playwright, director, and teacher reveals his thoughts in An Actor Rehearses.Fremont Place Books, 621 N. 35th St., 547-5970, www.fremontplacebooks.com. 6 p.m. Sun. Dec. 17.

Spoken Word/Open Mike

Finding Our Way: Mapping Memory Readings by kids who contributed to this new anthology. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 4 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.

Jennifer Maier Reading from her newly released debut poetry collection, Dark Alphabet. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.

James the Obscure Celtic and seasonal tales for the holidays. Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, 623 Broadway E., 328-6499, www.seattlechatclub.org.Suggested donation $5. 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14.

SoulFood Poetry Night Readings by Kelli Russell Agodon and Ann Batchelor Hursey, followed by open mike. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way, 425-881-5309. 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14.

It's About Time A reading series for beginning and experienced writers, with open-mike time interspersed between featured readers Donna Frisk, Kelly Riggle Hower, Idore Anschell, and Jeannine Hall Gailey. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14.

PoetsWest Jim Ayala, Sarah Love, and Michael Schein are featured. Newberry Books, 561 N.E. Ravenna Blvd., 682-1268. 4 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16.

Rinjing Dorie This Tibetan storyteller, author and bartender reads from his new novel The Renegade Monk of Tibet. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 5:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16.

Seattle Poetry Slam This final slam before a champion (who will represent Seattle at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship in Vancouver in February) is chosen will also feature writers from the queer writing institute Bent. ToST, 513 N. 36th St., Space E, www.poetryfestival.org/slam. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19.

Stage Fright For writers 14-24. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 20.

Venue Guide

Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, www.thirdplacebooks.com, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu.

 
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