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  Readings & Events 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 SEE THE WIRE, WEDNESDAY. Also at Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.David Domke This UW prof explores the intersection of religion and politics, and the implications for the 2008 election, in a lecture sponsored by the Simpson Foundation. Tallmadge Hamilton House, 5225 15th Ave. N.E. 1 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Chris Hedges SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.Charles Johnson This author of Middle Passage speaks on "Whole Sight: The Intersection of Culture, Faith, and Imagination." Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Room 120, Kane Hall, UW campus, www.simpsoncenter.org. 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.John Newhouse Exposing the raw sordid underbelly of the aviation industry in his Boeing Versus Airbus: The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Neal Pollack & Dan Savage Authors of two recent books on fatherhood meet to discuss alternative parenting strategies, with music from Awesome. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St. Free. 8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Richard Ramsden A lecture on "Rare Wildflowers Above the Treeline" from this photographer and gardener. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St, 527-3210. 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Jonathan Raban Set in Seattle, his novel Surveillance examines post-9/11 paranoia. Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., 283-5624. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1; Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Cecile Andrews She'll help you reprioritize with her new lifestyle-advice book Slow is Beautiful. Third Place Books. 6:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Clayton Eshleman A reading by this Eastern Michigan University poet. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St. 633-0811, www.openpoetrybooks.com. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Jay Griffiths Ruminations on the concept of wilderness in her Wild: An Elemental Journey. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Dan Simmons An expedition to find the Northwest Passage is haunted by. . . something. . . in his thriller The Terror. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Mohamed Hashi Dhama A reading by this Somali poet. Room 120, Communications Building, UW campus. 7 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Cavalcade of Authors As part of the 17th annual Left Coast Crime Convention, the Seattle Mystery Bookshop is sponsoring two afternoons of appearances by over 70 authors. (See http://lcc2007.com for convention info.) Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. www.seattlemystery.com. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3, noon-4 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Claire Matturro Bone Valley is her latest Lilly Belle Cleary mystery. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Sat. Feb 3. Parkplace Books (Kirkland), 348 Parkplace Ctr., 425-828-6546. 3 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3. Third Place Books. 5:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Terry McAuliffe Is he laughing at them or with them in What a Party: My Life Among Democrats? Third Place Books. 6:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Maya Sonenberg This UW creative writing program director's new story collection is Voices from the Blue Hotel. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.John Taliaferro A slice of Alaska history in his In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898. Elliott Bay Book Co. 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Gabriel Thompson A look at the lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants in his book There's No José Here. Elliott Bay Book Co. 5 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3. William Dietrich Ancient mysteries, dashing adventures, and perplexing puzzles await hero Ethan Gage in Dietrich's Napoleon's Pyramids. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Michael Honey Memphis in 1968: a turbulent time and place for the Civil Rights movement. Honey's book Going Down Jericho Road tells the story. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Eric Klinenberg The dangers of media consolidation revealed in his book Fighting for Air: When a train derailed and a cloud of poisonous gas threatened Minot, N.D., the city's radio stations proved useless for broadcasting emergency warnings, because all of them were owned and remote-controlled by Clear Channel, with no actual humans on the premises. Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Earl Palmer Controversial again, thanks to Hollywood, writer C.S. Lewis is the topic of this pastor's lecture. Upper Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University campus, 281-2723. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Gilda's Club This cancer support group celebrates the launch of Intimacy After Cancer: A Woman's Guide by Dr. Sally Kydd and Dana Rowett. Gilda's Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway, 709-1400, www.gildasclubseattle.org. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Rhyme Sherman Alexie and other poets talk formal/technical matters. Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Books. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Kate Mosse Her acclaimed mystery Labyrinth is new in paper. Sponsored by Secret Garden Bookshop. Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 684-4089. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Emily Rapp A frank discussion of her life with a congenital handicap in Poster Child: A Memoir. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Joan Sewell Sex ain't all it's cracked up to be, says Sewell in I'd Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to Love My Low Libido. Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6. Pauline ChenFinal Exam: A Young Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality is her medical memoir. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7. Tom Clavin Read how weather affected military history in his Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue.University Book Store at Mill Creek Center, Bothell-Everett Highway & 153rd St. S.E., 425-385-3530. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Personal insight into a shadowy mindset in his memoir My Year Inside Radical Islam. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Thomas Graham, Jr. His lecture, "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Is It Possible?," will be followed by a panel discussion. Room 210, Kane Hall, UW campus. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Peter Himmelman Songs and stories about family, sex, Judaism, and music. Sponsored by Nextbook. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 888-219-5222, www.nextbook.org. $6-$8. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Kylie Kwong Explaining the basics in her Simple Chinese Cooking. Third Place Books. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7. Jennifer Maier Readings from her new poetry collection Dark Alphabet. Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University campus, 281-2036. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.N. Scott Momaday Restoring Native American culture is discussed in his lecture "Origins: The Reinvention of the Sacred." Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Room 130, Kane Hall, UW campus, www.grad.washington.edu/lectures/schedule.htm. 6:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Suzan-Lori Parks An appearance by the playwright who launched the 365 Days/365 Plays project, now running in Seattle and other cities across the country, sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 621-2230, www.lectures.org. $10-$25. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Subtext Hugo House's monthly experimental writing series continues with readings by Lindsay Hill and Chris Putnam. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030. Donation. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Spoken Word/ Open MikePoetsWest 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.Miz Floes' Traveling Poetry Theater "Rhythmic Rhyme" is her open-mike and music night, Thursdays through March. Joanna's Soul Café & Jazz Club, 2514 E. Cherry St., 279-7185, www.rhythmicrhyme.com. 8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Powerful Schools Writing by students from Dunlap, Graham Hill, Beacon Hill, New School, and John Muir elementary schools, every first Tuesday. Signup starts at 6 p.m. Starbucks, Columbia City, 4824 Rainier Ave. S. 721-8871. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Seattle Poetry Slam Andrea Gibson & Katie Wirsing are the featured readers. TOST, 513 N. 36th St., www.poetryfestival.org. $5. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Venues: 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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