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  Readings & Events Vikram Chandra India's crime world examined in his novel Sacred Games. Barnes & Noble (Bellevue), 626 106th Ave. N.E., 425-451-8463. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. 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. (Rescheduled from Jan. 16.) Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030. $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. Jack Prelutsky Newly named the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate, he presents his latest, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant. (Rescheduled from Nov. 29.) Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. 6:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31. Joseph Price Examining the link between athletics and religion in his lecture, "Goal to Go: Religion and the Super Bowl." (First in a series of three.) Room 220, Kane Hall, UW campus, 543-0540, $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Calvin Trillin SEE THE WIRE, WEDNESDAY. Also at Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.David Domke This UW prof explores the intersection of religion and politics, and the implications for the 2008 election, in a lecture sponsored by the Simpson Foundation. Tallmadge Hamilton House, 5225 15th Ave. N.E. 1 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Chris Hedges SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.Charles Johnson This author of Middle Passage speaks on "Whole Sight: The Intersection of Culture, Faith, and Imagination." Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Room 120, Kane Hall, UW campus, 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.John Newhouse Exposing the raw sordid underbelly of the aviation industry in his Boeing Versus Airbus: The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Neal Pollack & Dan Savage Authors of two recent books on fatherhood meet to discuss alternative parenting strategies, with music from Awesome. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St. Free. 8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Richard Ramsden A lecture on "Rare Wildflowers Above the Treeline" from this photographer and gardener. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St, 527-3210. 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Jonathan Raban Set in Seattle, his novel Surveillance examines post-9/11 paranoia. Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., 283-5624. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1; Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Cecile Andrews She'll help you reprioritize with her new lifestyle-advice book Slow is Beautiful. Third Place Books. 6:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Clayton Eshleman A reading by this Eastern Michigan University poet. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St. 633-0811, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Jay Griffiths Ruminations on the concept of wilderness in her Wild: An Elemental Journey. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Dan Simmons An expedition to find the Northwest Passage is haunted by. . . something. . . in his thriller The Terror. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Mohamed Hashi Dhama A reading by this Somali poet. Room 120, Communications Building, UW campus. 7 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Cavalcade of Authors As part of the 17th annual Left Coast Crime Convention, the Seattle Mystery Bookshop is sponsoring two afternoons of appearances by over 70 authors. (See for convention info.) Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3, noon-4 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Claire Matturro Bone Valley is her latest Lilly Belle Cleary mystery. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Sat. Feb 3. Parkplace Books (Kirkland), 348 Parkplace Ctr., 425-828-6546. 3 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3. Third Place Books. 5:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4.Terry McAuliffe Is he laughing at them or with them in What a Party: My Life Among Democrats? Third Place Books. 6:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Maya Sonenberg This UW creative writing program director's new story collection is Voices from the Blue Hotel. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.John Taliaferro A slice of Alaska history in his In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898. Elliott Bay Book Co. 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.Gabriel Thompson A look at the lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants in his book There's No José Here. Elliott Bay Book Co. 5 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3. William Dietrich Ancient mysteries, dashing adventures, and perplexing puzzles await hero Ethan Gage in Dietrich's Napoleon's Pyramids. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Michael Honey Memphis in 1968: a turbulent time and place for the Civil Rights movement. Honey's book Going Down Jericho Road tells the story. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Eric Klinenberg The dangers of media consolidation revealed in his book Fighting for Air: When a train derailed and a cloud of poisonous gas threatened Minot, N.D., the city's radio stations proved useless for broadcasting emergency warnings, because all of them were owned and remote-controlled by Clear Channel, with no actual humans on the premises. Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Earl Palmer Controversial again, thanks to Hollywood, writer C.S. Lewis is the topic of this pastor's lecture. Upper Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University campus, 281-2723. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5.Gilda's Club This cancer support group celebrates the launch of Intimacy After Cancer: A Woman's Guide by Dr. Sally Kydd and Dana Rowett. Gilda's Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway, 709-1400, 6:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Rhyme Sherman Alexie and other poets talk formal/technical matters. Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Books. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, 7:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Kate Mosse Her acclaimed mystery Labyrinth is new in paper. Sponsored by Secret Garden Bookshop. Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 684-4089. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Emily Rapp A frank discussion of her life with a congenital handicap in Poster Child: A Memoir. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Joan Sewell Sex ain't all it's cracked up to be, says Sewell in I'd Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to Love My Low Libido. Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6. Pauline ChenFinal Exam: A Young Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality is her medical memoir. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7. Tom Clavin Read how weather affected military history in his Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue.University Book Store at Mill Creek Center, Bothell-Everett Highway & 153rd St. S.E., 425-385-3530. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Personal insight into a shadowy mindset in his memoir My Year Inside Radical Islam. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Thomas Graham, Jr. His lecture, "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons: Is It Possible?," will be followed by a panel discussion. Room 210, Kane Hall, UW campus. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Peter Himmelman Songs and stories about family, sex, Judaism, and music. Sponsored by Nextbook. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 888-219-5222, $6-$8. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Kylie Kwong Explaining the basics in her Simple Chinese Cooking. Third Place Books. 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7. Jennifer Maier Readings from her new poetry collection Dark Alphabet. Art Center Gallery, Seattle Pacific University campus, 281-2036. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.N. Scott Momaday Restoring Native American culture is discussed in his lecture "Origins: The Reinvention of the Sacred." Co-sponsored by University Book Store. Room 130, Kane Hall, UW campus, 6:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Suzan-Lori Parks An appearance by the playwright who launched the 365 Days/365 Plays project, now running in Seattle and other cities across the country, sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 621-2230, $10-$25. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Subtext Hugo House's monthly experimental writing series continues with readings by Lindsay Hill and Chris Putnam. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030. Donation. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.Spoken Word/ Open MikePoetsWest Featured readers: Gerry McFarland, Geoff Pope, James Rodgers, Len Tews. Barnes & Noble (Woodinville), 18025 Garden Way N.E., 682-1268. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Elliott Bay Open Mike Night P. Dawg hosts. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 624-6600, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31.Miz Floes' Traveling Poetry Theater "Rhythmic Rhyme" is her open-mike and music night, Thursdays through March. Joanna's Soul Café & Jazz Club, 2514 E. Cherry St., 279-7185, 8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1.Powerful Schools Writing by students from Dunlap, Graham Hill, Beacon Hill, New School, and John Muir elementary schools, every first Tuesday. Signup starts at 6 p.m. Starbucks, Columbia City, 4824 Rainier Ave. S. 721-8871. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Seattle Poetry Slam Andrea Gibson & Katie Wirsing are the featured readers. TOST, 513 N. 36th St., $5. Signup starts at 8 p.m. Tues. Feb. 6.Venues: Elliott Bay Book Co. 101 S. Main St., 624-6600,; Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333,; University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,

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