Send listings two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.Readings & EventsVendela Vida The Bay Area writer's protagonist in Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name is a young woman whose dark family secrets send her all the way to Lapland in search of her true identity. The book's a bit of a travelogue and a bit of a detective story, yet it also sits squarely in the canon of young writers investigating how parents mess up their children in so many unpredictable, interesting ways. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24. BRIAN MILLERMatt Briggs A reading from his Shoot the Buffalo, with music from Eli Moore.University Book Store at Mill Creek Center, Bothell-Everett Highway & 153rd St. S.E., 425-385-3530. 1:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.Terry Collins Exploring the link between human and ecological health, a.k.a. "green chemistry," in this lecture. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, 360-331-7904, www.iceh.org. $10-$15. 6:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24. Mary Fortino Before its fishing heyday, Ballard was the "Shingle Capital of the World." Find out how from Fortino's lecture. Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.Jayne Ann Krentz Her White Lies introduces a "level 10 para-sensitive," i.e. a human lie detector. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon. Wed. Jan. 24; Borders (Redmond), 16549 N.E. 74th St., 425-869-1907. 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27. Christopher Moore SEE THE WIRE, WEDNESDAY. Red Pine The latest in his series of translations of Buddhist texts is The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng. Third Place Books. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.Norah Vincent Like Black Like Me, only about gender: Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back recounts her 18 months as "Ned." University Book Store. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24. James Yee This Muslim chaplain tells of his Navy prison term on charges (eventually dropped) of espionage in For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire. Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., 425-450-1765. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24. Kit Bakke & Randy Sue Coburn Authors of the "epistolary bio-memoir" Miss Alcott's E-Mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds and of the novel Owl Island. Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E. (Bainbridge Island), 842-5332. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.Andrei Codrescu The NPR commentator reports on his adopted home in New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $12.50-$15. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.Ruth Wilson Gilmore This USC professor, author of Golden Gulag, discusses our prison system in a lecture, "The Politics of Abandonment: The Prison-Industrial Complex After 25 Years." Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Co. Communications (CMU) 120, UW campus. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.John Stewart No religious-studies lecture topic could be timelier than his: "The Main Event—Christianity vs. Islam." Camp Berachah, 19830 S.E. 328th Pl., Auburn, 253-939-0488. $12 (includes dinner). 6 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25. Kim Todd The life of a pioneering 18th-century naturalist recounted in her Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.Isabel Vincent The story of poor Eastern European women kidnapped into prostitution in her book White Slaves: The Trafficking of Jewish Women. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, UW campus, 888-219-5222, www.nextbook.org. $6-$8. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.Sasha Su-Ling Welland One went to the U.S., one stayed home: Welland tells their life stories in A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.Martin Amis The British author's latest fiction collection, House of Meetings, explores "Russian history and character, political intolerance, anti-Semitism, the psychology of incarcerated life, the problems of freedom, and the weight of crime on the conscience." Oh, is that all? Co-sponsored with Elliott Bay Book Co. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 624-6600. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26. Michael Collins In his Death of a Writer, a professor's novel mirrors real life in creepy ways. Sponsored by University Book Store. Room 101, Suzzallo Library, UW campus, 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26.Roger Penrose The Oxford mathematician writes about—well, everything, really, in The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Rules of the Universe. Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 634-3400. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26.Yasmine Galenorn Glossed and Found is her third mystery under the pen name India Ink. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Sat. Jan. 27.Maryane Snyder A presentation on "The History and Lore of Runes." Seattle Museum of The Mysteries, 623 Broadway E., 328-6499. 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27. Dick Weissman This former member of The Journeymen penned Which Side Are You On? An Insider's Guide to the Folk Music Revival in America. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26; Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. $7-$15. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.Leatrice Eiseman The secrets of graphic art and design revealed in her Color: Messages and Meanings: A Pantone Color Resource. Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E. (Bainbridge Island), 842-5332. 3 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Rafe Esquith The only school teacher ever to receive the president's National Medal of the Arts, his new book, Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56, recounts his adventures among fifth-graders in L.A. Co-sponsored with Elliott Bay Book Co. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., www.spl.org. Free. 12:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28. Monica Fambrough & Deborah Woodard Their new poetry collections are, respectively, Black Beauty and Plato's Bad Horse. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St. 633-0811, www.openpoetrybooks.com. 3 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Nicholas Sullivan The story of the Nobel-Prize-winning GrameenPhone program, bringing service to Bangladesh villages, in his You Can Hear Me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones are Connecting the World's Poor to the Global Economy.Elliott Bay Book Co. 4 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28. Stokley Towles The Library: A Physiological Study sounds like it'll be part lecture, part performance art. Third Place Books. 5:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28.Ellis Avery An expert in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony (she'll perform one at her reading), her novel The Teahouse Fire examines 19th-century Japan. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29.Fantastic Fiction Salon Paul Park, author of The White Tyger, reads. Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. Suggested donation $4. 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29.Stacey Levine She'll read from her novel Frances Johnson in a joint appearance with Matt Briggs (see above). University Book Store. 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29.Robin Ryan Career search advice in her 60 Seconds and You're Hired. Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., 425-450-1765. 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29.Genoa Caldwell Burton Holmes Travelogue: The Greatest of His Times, 1892-1952 is Caldwell's bio of the world traveler, with photos from his archives. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30.Kevin Craft, et al. "A dozen of Seattle's leading poets in one room!" gather to launch the anthology Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30.George Dyson A lecture on John von Neumann and the birth of the computer. Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 634-3400. $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30.Revolution Books Fundraiser Music by Marc Smason and The Chicago 7 to accompany your Italian dinner. Asteroid Cafe, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 325-7415. $30-$50. 6 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30. Vikram Chandra India's crime world examined in his novel Sacred Games. Barnes & Noble (Bellevue), 626 106th Ave. N.E., 425-451-8463. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. Frances McCue Of course there really is a Richard Hugo, and McCue's written about her interest in the poet in her new memoir/biography, Chasing Richard Hugo. (Rescheduled from Jan. 16.) Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030. $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. Jack Prelutsky Newly named the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, he presents his latest, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant. (Rescheduled from Nov. 29.) Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. 6:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. Joseph Price Examining the link between athletics and religion in his lecture, "Goal to Go: Religion and the Super Bowl." (First in a series of three.) Room 220, Kane Hall, UW campus, 543-0540, www.UWalum.com. $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Calvin Trillin Food writer, humorist, frequent Carson guest, and The Nation's poet/satirist laureate, he turns to memoir, eulogizing in About Alice the wife he recently lost. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. Spoken Word/Open MikeStage Fright For writers 14-24. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.PoetsWest An Environmental Poetry Night with John Burgess, J. Glenn Evans, Scott Galasso, Priya Keefe, and Jourdan Keith. Trabant Chai Lounge 1309 N.E. 45th St., 682-1268. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26.Seattle Poetry Slam Alvin Lau is the featured reader. TOST, 513 N. 36th St., www.poetryfestival.org. $5. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Jan. 30.PoetsWest Featured readers: Gerry McFarland, Geoff Pope, James Rodgers, Len Tews. Barnes & Noble (Woodinville), 18025 Garden Way N.E., 682-1268. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Elliott Bay Open Mike Night P. Dawg hosts. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Venue GuideElliott 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.