Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Wednesday, January 28, 2009

* 6:30 PM: Comixtravaganza! continues at the Ballard Branch Library. David Lasky and Greg Stump co-teach the LAST of these workshops, before Saturday’s Comixtravaganza Finale. Go make a comic book. Then send me a picture! You know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it.
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* 7:00 PM: Normally, I would be squealing like a 12-year-old girl at a– er, okay, I don’t know what pop stars currently appeal to 12-year-old girls, these days. Is Justin Timberlake too old?—[insert age appropriate pop icon here] concert about this reading, but I’m not. I’m conflicted. The U-District UW Bookstore has Lois McMaster Bujold, author of the Miles Vorkosigan series, in-store to read and sign her newest, The Sharing Knife: Volume 4: Horizon. I really enjoyed the Vorkosigan novels, but I barely got through the first book of The Sharing Knife series, and I have absolutely no desire to read the rest of them. I feel awful about it, too. Thus, no squealing, only avoidance. Your mileage may vary.
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* 7:00 PM: We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother… Richard Hugo House hosts the (hopefully) less dire Band of Poets: John Burgess, Jed Myers, David Rizzi, and Priya Keefe. Event will be held in the ever-popular Cabaret.
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* 7:00 PM: Because misery loves company, I tell you that 2008 Nobel Laureate, NYT columnist, and all around Mr. Smarty-Go-Party, Paul Krugman, is at Town Hall Seattle tonight, to discuss economics. His brilliant and prescient The Return of Depression Economics has been updated and rereleased as The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008. A copy of the new edition is included in the price of the ticket ($55/$35 WAC members & students). Unfortunately, the event is completely SOLD OUT. Bummer. Mega, mega-bummer. In the Great Hall if you are lucky enough to have (or get) tickets.
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* 7:30 PM: Equally prescient, but less well known, Dalton Conley will also be at Town Hall, tonight. Conley is a social scientist who studies how class (socioeconomics status) is passed down through generations. His latest, Elsewhere USA, is a scary analysis of how technology and capitalism have transformed American life and devalued people. In other words, the personal is not only political, it’s also economic. I highly recommend reading the book, whether you attend tonight’s event or not. $5, downstairs.
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* 7:30 PM: Elliott Bay Book Co. hosts photojournalist David Bacon, to discuss, read, and sign his new book, Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants. Bacon is a former labor organizer, and his incisive book nails the link between human rights and economic rights. This book is another must-read.
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