As far as I'm concerned, the biggest reading of the weekend is tonight at Open Books, when Maged Zaher reads. Zaher is one of Seattle’s very best poets. His new book from Ugly Duckling Presse, Thank You for the Window Office, calls on his relationship with his birth nation of Egypt and his day job as a software engineer. That background might be why his poems are fingerprint-unique. Nobody in town writes quite like him. The reading starts at 7:30 and it's free.
But there are interesting events every day this weekend. Pat Thomas is over at The Project Room tomorrow night at 8. Thomas will read again from his book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975. There were a few events for this one last year that were well-attended, so if you miss this opportunity, you are officially a loser.
And Sunday afternoon at the downtown library, editors Vicki Halper and Lawrence Fong discuss their new book, Morris Graves: Selected Letters. The book spans the Northwest painter's whole life, from his teenage years through his death. The letters cover topics like art, architecture, and spirituality. This event is free.