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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Reading Today

posted by on June 28 at 10:00 AM


It is a packed-with-readings Saturday including an open mic, a children’s book about an elephant, and a book about utopia.

At Seattle Mystery Bookshop, James Rollins signs from his newest book, The Last Oracle. That’s not an important fact about James Rollins. An important fact about James Rollins is that he wrote the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull novelization. If, like me, you left that movie wanting to hold someone accountable, this is probably your only chance to meet someone even tangentially related to the movie. If you go, make sure to ask him if he rolled his eyes while reading the script as much as you did while watching the movie.

At Borders, Jeff Dwyer signs his newest book, the Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Seattle and Puget Sound. I’ve met several ghost hunters, and I find them to be incredibly entertaining people. This could be an amusing way to spend a half hour or so in the afternoon if you happen to be downtown.

And at Elliott Bay Book Company, Gary Vaynerchuck reads from his book 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World. I can’t read that title without assuming that ‘Thunder’ here implies ‘gas.’ What a weird title. Do you think that Vaynerchuck is always referring to things that he likes as “bringing thunder?” Maybe we should popularize it.

Full readings calendar, including the next week or so, can be found over on our books page.

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I love the readings too, but if someone hasn't already learned that the Stranger has all readings, online, every week, they never will. slog need not be a summary of the newspaper.

Recap a particularly awesome week's readings once every couple months, not every week. Same goes for the other stuff.

Posted by Hark | June 28, 2008 10:45 AM

About Gary Vaynerchuck - he really does talk like that. He does a video podcast called Wine Library TV, and it's all high energy, sports loving, wine educating east coast guy talk. It's weird and awesome.

Posted by ica | June 28, 2008 12:22 PM

I disagree, I like the daily reading announcements.

I will skim the weekly announcements, but often a name or book title doesn't jump out at me when it should. Here we get a little context, which can help a lot ("Oh, that's the book that blah blah..." or "hm, that actually sounds interesting..." or "shit, I had forgotten all about this reading", etc.).

Posted by stinkbug | June 28, 2008 12:35 PM

I disagree as well, even though I never go to readings. Paul rocks and I'm always happy to read his stuff.
People like #1 can just scrollthefuckdown.

Posted by Victoria | June 28, 2008 12:45 PM

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