Books •  Miranda July No, we haven’t read The First Bad Man,

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Miranda July No, we haven’t read The First Bad Man, but we expect the girls on Girls to talk about it very soon. Nobody does zeitgeist the way July does zeitgeist, and whatever turns her film-directing career has taken (as in Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future), she’s got a knack for working her way into all the right cocktail-party conversations. The novel, her first, actually describes the sort of midlife crisis that should be years away for July, and her heroine is a thwarted, unsuccessful recluse with whom the author has little in common-except, of course, a baby. July, with her artist/filmmaker husband Mike Mills (Beginners), is now a parent, and her protagonist Cheryl becomes a kind of surrogate parent in the novel. First Cheryl agrees to shelter the surly 20-year-old daughter of her boss; then that daughter, Clee, turn out to be pregnant. And by caring for one new little human, Cheryl learns to take better care of herself. July’s fans already know the plot, of course, and they’ve been buying artifacts-or possibly narrative clues?-inspired by the novel on July’s website, mirandajuly.com. Long before she started publishing, July was a successful performance artist who understood how to sell her brand. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. $31.50 (includes book). 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98105 $30 Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm

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Christine McKinley The Portland author of Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You (Perigee, $16) is a deservedly popular host on Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. (What that has to do with history we’ll leave to another day.) She’s a trained mechanical engineer who loves to explain things, which often takes the form of debunking things. And in that regard, she’s got a lot of material to work with. Superstition, poor math skills, failure to consider the evidence, stubbornly comparing apples and oranges, or insisting something is true because you read it on the Internet (or heard it on FOX News)-these are the hallmarks of our proud American intellect. We are a nation that follows our gut, while McKinley favors her cranium. If you’ve got a daughter you’re trying to get interested in the sciences (or programming or any other quant endeavor), she provides a good role model. Also, McKinley has been known to sing songs about entropy and wave/particle theory, which more musicians really ought to do. Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. 7 p.m. T. BOND Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 Free Saturday, January 24, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Ardeth DeVries She shares rescue-dog tales from Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell. Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 Free Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3 – 4pm

Julia Quinn Her latest historical romance is The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 Free Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3 – 4pm

Kathryn Keve

Beautiful Bainbridge Island collects her photos in a coffee-table album. Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Fr Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3 – 4pm

Joelle Charbonneau Her sci-fil trilogy is called The Testing. University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004 Free Monday, January 26, 2015, 6 – 7pm

Peter G. Tormey The former Husky footballer discusses his coach in The Thursday Speeches: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Football from Coach Don James. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 Free Monday, January 26, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Stephen R. Palumbi and Anthony R. Palumbi The father and son team of science writers talk about their The Extreme Life of the Sea. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 $5 Monday, January 26, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Eric Avila In Kane Hall, Room 120, the UCLA prof will discuss his The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City. Free, but RSVP to grad.washington.edu/lectures. University of Washington Campus, 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105 Free Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Richard Van Anderson The retired doctor has written a medical thriller, The Organ Takers. University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004 Free Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Marie Matsuki Mokett In the family memoir Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey, the author goes back to Fukushima, site of the recent tsunami and nuclear accident. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Seattle, 98115 Free Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Seattle Poetry Slam Local poets share their verse and spoken word compositions. 21 and over. Rebar, 1114 Howell StreetSeattle, WA $5 Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 8 – 11:30pm

Kevan Atteberry

Bunnies!!! is for new readers. University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004 Free Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6 – 7pm

Susan Adrian The author of Tunnel Vision is joined by Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood) and Lish McBride (Hold Me Closer, Necromancer). University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 Free Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7 – 8pm

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Nazila Fathi The Iranian-born author discusses her The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 Free Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Ivor Davis

The Beatles and Me on Tour is his memoir of 1964. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 Free Thursday, January 29, 2015, 1 – 2pm

M.A. Lawsom

Viking Bay is his new crime thriller. University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004 Free Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6 – 7pm

Jay Asher He’ll read from Thirteen Reasons Why. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 Free Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Sharma Shields The Spokane writer’s debut novel is The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 Free Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Tracy Weber The local writer’s yoga mystery is A Killer Retreat. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Seattle, 98115 Free Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Tom Graves From the Bay Area writer, Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea is sure to include some local vets. Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Free Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm

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Stewart O’Nan He novelizes the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life in West of Sunset. Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 Free Friday, January 30, 2015, 7 – 8pm

Wayne Pacelle Head of The Humane Society of the United States, he’s written The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98195 $20 Friday, January 30, 2015, 7 – 8pm

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James K. Galbraith He’s the author of The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 $5 Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Michael Shermer The journalist and ethicist discusses The Moral Arc. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101 $5 Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Seattle Poetry Slam Local poets share their verse and spoken word compositions. 21 and over. Rebar, 1114 Howell StreetSeattle, WA $5 Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 8 – 11:30pm

Seattle Poetry Slam Local poets share their verse and spoken word compositions. 21 and over. Rebar, 1114 Howell StreetSeattle, WA $5 Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8 – 11:30pm

Seattle Poetry Slam Local poets share their verse and spoken word compositions. 21 and over. Rebar, 1114 Howell StreetSeattle, WA $5 Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 8 – 11:30pm

Seattle Poetry Slam Local poets share their verse and spoken word compositions. 21 and over. Rebar, 1114 Howell StreetSeattle, WA $5 Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 8 – 11:30pm




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