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Readings & Events

Walden Bello This sociologist speaks on "The Crisis of the Globalist Project and Civil Society's Response." Smith Hall, Room 211, UW campus. 4 p.m. Wed. Nov. 22.

Ann Nichols Roulac She reveals ancient paths to revitalization in Power, Passion & Purpose: Seven Steps to Energizing Your Life and How to Create the Life You Want. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-525-2347. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 24.

Michael Donnelly SEE THE WIRE. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 206-587-5737. Noon. Sat. Nov. 25.

Jen Marlowe SEE THE WIRE. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 25.

Science on Tap A new presentation topic each month in this informal series. This month, "Stress, Aging, and the Effects on Our Body." Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 206-525-2347, www.scienceontap.org. 7 p.m. Mon. Nov. 27.

John Keeble & Kathleen Flenniken Winners in fiction and poetry of this year's Prairie Schooner Awards. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Tues. Nov. 28.

Julia ScheeresJesus Land is her memoir of the (very) dark side of a fundamentalist childhood. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Tues. Nov. 28.

Stokley TowlesThe Library: A Physiological Study sounds like it'll be part lecture, part performance art. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, 206-366-3333. 7 p.m. Tues. Nov. 28.

Weston Fields The latest in Town Hall's Dead Sea Scrolls lecture series discusses "Discovery, Purchase, and Reconstruction." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $15. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29.

Mary Fortino Before its fishing heyday, Ballard was the "Shingle Capital of the World." Find out how from Fortino's lecture. Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29.

Elizabeth GeorgeWhat Came Before He Shot Her is the latest in her Inspector Lynley series. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29.

William C. GordonDuelo en Chinatown is his Spanish-language debut novel. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. 6 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29.

Jack Prelutsky Newly named the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, he presents his latest, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant. Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. 6:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29.

David Walker The U.S. Comptroller General chairs a panel titled "A Fiscal Wake-Up Call for America." City Club, 1904 Third Ave., 206-682-7395, www.seattlecityclub.org. Noon. Wed. Nov. 29.

Spoken Word/Open Mike

Real Life Tonight Poetry by students from the John Marshall Alternative High School. JoAnna'a Soul Café and Jazz Club, 2514 E. Cherry St., 206-568-6300. Suggested donation $5. 7 p.m. Tues. Nov. 28.

Seattle Poetry Slam With featured reader Barbara Adler. ToST, 513 N. 36th St., Space E, www.poetryfestival.org/slam. $5. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Nov. 28.

PoetsWest Lyn Coffin, Michael Johnsen, Jack McCarthy, and RD Shadowbyrd are featured. Barnes & Noble (Woodinville), 18025 Garden Way N.E., 206-682-1268. 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 29.

Stage Fright Slam $100 cash prize at stake. For writers 14-24. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. Time TBA, Wed. Nov. 29.

Venue Guide

Elliott Bay Book Co. 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com

Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333, www.thirdplacebooks.com

University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu.

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