Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Thursday, March 26, 2009

murder-in-the-latin-quarter212:00 PM – Cara Black: Murder in the Latin Quarter
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
To reiterate: book nine, in an excellent series, has Aimée Leduc searching for a mysterious Haitian woman who may or may not be Leduc’s half-sister.

5:30 PM – Ann Holmes Redding: Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs, $5
The Seattle Episcopal priest and practicing Muslim visits Town Hall for a lecture and panel discussion about interfaithism. A reception will follow.

6:30 PM – Steven Rinella: American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
Pan Pacific Hotel, $45
“In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds, Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia.”

7:00 PM – American Historians: The 2008 Election as History
Panel Discussion
Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall
How many on this panel will end up publishing a book about the election? In any case, it looks interesting: “The 2008 presidential election is only months behind us, but already its historic significance and initial impacts are evident. The Organization of American Historians, an Indiana-based group founded in 1907 to promote U.S. history teaching and scholarship, present a lpelnary panel chaired by Harry Rubenstein of the Smithsonian Institution. Topics and panelists include: Race and Politics, by Clayborne Carson of Stanford University; Blogging From the Center as a Historian During a Contested Campaign, by Gil Troy of McGill University; The Gallup Poll, Public Opinion, and the Presidency, by Fred L. Israel of City College of New York; and Gender and Politics by Blanche Wiesen Cook of John Jay College and City University of New York.” And, hey, free! Free is good.

7:00 PM – Cheap Wine and Poetry: Poetry Reading
Richard Hugo House, Cabaret
The reading series presents Rebecca Agiewich, Roberto Ascalon, Nicole Hardy and Sean O’Connor. Hosted by Charla Grenz.

7:00 PM – Stacey Levine: The Girl with the Brown Fur
Bailey/Coy Books
Levine’s next book, The Girl With Brown Fur: Tales and Stories (formerly The Kidney Problem) is due out this spring. And that’s all I know.
7:00 PM – Susan Jane Gilman: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
UW Bookstore, U-District
Gilman’s wacky memoir about roughing it through Communist China, way back in 1986, right after she graduated from college.

7:30 PM – David Shields: The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead
Santoro Books
I’ve been collecting morbid witticisms for decades (“Life is an STD,” “Breathing is an addiction”), which probably indicates that I have some sort of death wish. I don’t know if Shields has a death wish, too, but his book assembles personal anecdotes, quotes by famous people, and death-related trivia for our entertainment and edification.

7:30 PM – Mark von Schlegell: Mercury Station
Elliott Bay Book Co.
The sequel to Venusia, which officially makes this a series. It even has a series title: the System Series. Science fiction, obviously.

7:30 PM – Yusef Komunyakaa: Poetry Reading
Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, $20-$35
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. A Vietnam-era vet, his work is considered some of the best writing on that war. He is the editor of The Jazz Poetry Anthology (1991) and his most recent collections of poetry include Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1 (2004) and Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (2001). [Source: Seattle Arts & Lectures]

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