Elliott Bay Book Company is hosting a couple of important non-fiction authors today. Ana Maria Spagna is the author of a memoir titled Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey. She reads this afternoon. And tonight, Kai Bird, who contributes to The Nation, reads from his memoir, Crossing the Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956 — 1978.
If you have no interest in the real world, you might want to go to the downtown Barnes & Noble, where Phoebe Kitanidis reads. Whisper is an urban fantasy novel about someone who can hear your deepest fantasies.
Balderdash Books, which is a nifty bookshop up in Greenwood, hosts Bruce Taylor and Roberta Gregory. Gregory is the cartoonist responsible for the comic series Naughty Bits, which is one of the best comic series I've ever read. Seriously, Life's a Bitch is one of my favorite comics ever. It's basically a biography of one normal—albeit kinda hateful—woman, and it's insightful, funny, and true.
And Hugo House is hosting an event later this afternoon, too. Catherine Kirkwood and Rebecca Brown will read. Kirkwood is the author of Cut Away, which is a novel about a teenage runaway, a transgendered person, and a plastic surgeon. Brown, author of American Romances, is a got-damned genius (and Stranger Genius). Brendan Kiley wrote about Romances a while back, and it's a lovely review that you should read if you're deciding whether or not to come out to this reading.
The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.