1. If you care about the literature scene in Seattle, you should think about attending this event: Tonight at the Hugo House at 7 pm, Ryan Boudinot will "present an overview of the UNESCO City of Literature program," and then "discuss the application process, and what to expect if UNESCO designates Seattle a City of Literature." (Here's my primer on the subject.) This is a neat idea, and even if it doesn't work out, we'll still have a hell of a time getting all of Seattle's literary community together to work on a single cause. Boudinot is hosting another of these events at the Central Library on September 23rd if you can't make this one, but you should definitely attend at least one of the two. This event is free, naturally.
2. Meanwhile, at Town Hall, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is reading. Pang's new book The Distraction Addiction is about the way human beings feel the need to be on their technological items at all times, even when another goddamned human being is right in front of them. ARE YOU EVEN LISTENING TO ME?
3. And at Lucid in the U District, Found Magazine founder Davy Rothbart reads from his collection of essays, My Heart Is an Idiot. Rothbart knows how to throw an event; this should be fun.
4. Last but maybe not least: Lee Child reads at Third Place Books tonight. I read one of Child's Reacher mysteries and I absolutely hated it. Reacher is a perfect man with a perfect brain who fights people who are always inferior to him. There's no reason to read the book to see if he solves the mystery and wins in the end; of course he does. He's perfect. There's no drama to the thing, and it's written in plain, monotonous language. But! Child's books are of course tremendously popular, so if you're one of his two-billion fans, you should go and bask in his glow. Tell him Paul Bobby sent you.
5. For more information about all these events and to see what's coming up for the fall, visit our readings calendar.