Ancient History and the Future of Cities

  Send listings two weeks in advance to Readings & EventsJosh Bernstein The History Channel host recounts his adventures researching ancient mysteries in Digging for the Truth. Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10.Book-It Repertory Book Club A discussion of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, in anticipation of Book-It's upcoming stage production (Feb. 9-March 4). University Book Store. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10.Joan Burbick A question that baffles the rest of the world: Why are Americans so obsessed with guns? Burbick, author of Gun Show Nation, will offer some insight. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10.Carol Kay Green I Want Out of Here! is her memoir of mental illness. Parkplace Books (Kirkland), 348 Parkplace Ctr., 425-828-6546. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10.Rae Meadows In her new novel, Calling Out, a New Yorker flees to Utah and takes up work as a phone dispatcher for a Mormon-endorsed escort service. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 10.Barbara Taylor Bradford Queen of the thick-trade-paperbacks-with-their-titles-printed-in-foil genre, she'll read from her new The Ravenscar Dynasty. Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., 425-646-3340. 12:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11; Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11. Cheap Wine and Poetry SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.Earl Emerson & Mary Daheim Two authors lead a discussion of the topic "Mysteries: What keeps readers coming back?" Counterbalance Arts, 208 First Ave. S., 282-2677, $10. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.Allan Folsom Machiavelli Covenant is his new conspiracy thriller. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.Mare Nostrum Readings by writers from the fourth annual edition of this travel anthology. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.Kevin O'Brien Killing Spree is this Seattle author's latest mystery. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway Ave. E., 323-8842. 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.Robert Michael Pyle Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place is his memoir of small-town Washington life. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.Matthew Stadler The Portland-based novelist and journalist, former Stranger contributor and 2006 Genius Award winner, examines the question "What Has Become of Cities?" Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.John Van Wyck Gould & Stuart Franklin Platt Two Bainbridge Island authors and Navy veterans read from their latest: respectively, The Last Dog in France: A Tale of the French Resistance and Their Escape Line in WWII and Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan.Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E. (Bainbridge Island), 842-5332. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11.Juliet McMains The seamy underbelly of "DanceSport" is exposed in her Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12.Shawna Ryan Destiny's Damned is the opening novel in her planned trilogy set during the Roman Empire. Third Place Books, 6:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12. Genoa Caldwell Burton Holmes Travelogue: The Greatest of His Times, 1892–1952 is Caldwell's bio of the world traveler, with photos from his archives. Elliott Bay Book Co., 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13.Yasmine Galenorn Glossed and Found is her third mystery under the pen name India Ink. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Sat. Jan. 13.Maureen McQuerry Reading from hew new young-adult fantasy novel, Wolfproof. Third Place Books, 6:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13. Carol O'Connell In Find Me, a serial killer dispatches his victims along Route 66. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13.Anthony Swofford Exit A is the first novel by this acclaimed author of Jarhead. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13.Barbara Ehrenreich SEE THE WIRE, MONDAY.Martin Luther King Speech SEE THE WIRE, MONDAY.Colum McCann Zoli is his novel of a girl raised by Gypsies amid the tumult of mid-20th-century Europe. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 15.Margit Crane She offers parenting advice in her lecture, "HELP! My Teen Has Been Abducted by Aliens!" Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., 425-450-1765. 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Charlie Huston No Dominion is his second crime novel with vampire Joe Pitt. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Tues. Jan. 16.Susan Kleiner Advice from the author of The Good Mood Diet.Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., 425-822-2459. 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16. Laura Leist Make a New Year's resolution to de-clutter your life with the help of her Eliminate Chaos. University Book Store at Mill Creek Center, Bothell-Everett Highway & 153rd St. S.E., 425-385-3530. 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Jari Love Fitness advice from the creator of the popular "Get RIPPED!™" series. Borders Books and Music (downtown), 1501 Fourth Ave., 622-4599. 12:15 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16. David Lynch SEE THE WIRE, TUESDAY. Alice Marshall Her story "By Any Other Name" was included in the anthology Best New American Voices 2007. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Mark Matthews Not all members of the Greatest Generation served their country by fighting; read how in Matthews' Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line: Conscientious Objectors During World War II.University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., 425-646-3340. 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Frances McCue Of course there really is a Richard Hugo, and McCue's written about her interest in the poet in her new memoir/biography, Chasing Richard Hugo. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030. $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16. Paul Nelson & Michael Dylan Welch An interview as prelude to Nelson's six-week "Organic Poetry" course, starting Jan. 23. Parkplace Books (Kirkland), 348 Parkplace Ctr., 425-828-6546. 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Comic Book Jam See comics created before your eyes by members of "Friends of the Nib." Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., 658-0110, 6 p.m. Wed. Jan. 17.Gilda's Club This cancer support group presents the latest findings on the topic in a lecture "What Scientists Know—and Don't Know—About the Causes of Cancer." Gilda's Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway, 709-1400, 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 17.David Hlavsa This local playwright, director, and teacher reveals his thoughts in An Actor Rehearses. Third Place Books. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 17. Dana Stabenow A Deeper Sleep is the 15th in her Alaska-based Kate Shugak mystery series. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Wed. Jan. 17; Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 17.Spoken Word/Open MikeIt's About Time A reading series for beginning and experienced writers, with open-mike time and featured reader Kay Mullen Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 11. SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAYProseWest David Horowitz, Chris Jarmick, and Tamara Sellman are featured. Newberry Books, 561 N.E. Ravenna Blvd., 682-1268. 4 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13.Take a Poem from Your Heart Curated and usually hosted by Christopher J. Jarmick, every second Saturday. Featured this week: Pesha Joyce Gertler, Judith Roche, and J.T. Stewart. The Ugly Mug Coffee House, 11425 Rainier Ave. S., 772-3751, 7 p.m. (open-mike sign-up 6:45) Sat. Jan. 13. Seattle Poetry Slam Mic Crenshaw is the featured reader. TOST, 513 N. 36th St., $5. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Jan. 16.Venue GuideElliott Bay Book Co. 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600,; Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333,; University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400,

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