Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Tuesday, September 8, 2009

rising bread

7:00 PM – Katherine Whitcomb: Lamp of Letters
Richard Hugo House
Poetry reading and book signing, with guests Dennis Caswell and Sharon Cumberland.

7:30 PM – Rev. Arthur Simon: The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger
Elliott Bay Book Co.
Rev. Simon is no relation to the singer/songwriter, but is the brother of the late Senator. Which is irrelevant to this appearance. Oh, and everyone’s favorite pro-marijuana activist will also be there: “Internationally-recognized (and locally-based) travel writer and activist Rick Steves will introduce Rev. Simon here this evening, and participate in the conversation. In addition to his many insightful travel guides, he is recently the author of Travel as a Political Act.” –EBB

the healing of america

7:30 PM – T.R. Reid: The Healing of America
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs
“According to the World Health Organization, the United States, the richest country in the world, ranks 37th overall on healthcare costs, quality, and coverage. As politicians, providers and just plain folks debate how to reform America’s healthcare system, NPR commentator and author T.R. Reid took a more global view: He visited successful healthcare systems around the world, examining why other countries have better, fairer, and cheaper healthcare than we do – and looking for ideas we could use. In his new book, The Healing of America, Reid concludes that one key lesson is that most foreign countries do not use socialized medicine. Japan has 99 percent private hospitals and 5,000 health-insurance companies, for example, but provides universal coverage and excellent care for less than half what we spend per capita. Presented as part of the Future of Health Lecture Series with University Book Store.” (Town Hall)

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