In the time since I wrote this Suggest, a few new details about tonight's Sherman Alexie reading have been released. The whole event now sounds impossibly fun, like a carnival:
The party starts at 10 pm. Beny the Balloon Guy will be creating "balloon spirit animals." Off the Rez food truck will be serving fry bread tacos in the Elliott Bay Cafe (which also serves beer and wine, if you're into that kind of thing), and there will be "rock bands" and a powwow drum group, too.
Then, Alexie will read, starting at 11 pm. He'll be signing copies of his new short story collection, Blasphemy, starting at midnight. This event is free. This looks like it could be the best Monday night of the decade.