Ann Jones Teaching English in Afghanistan, and the plight of women there after 9/11, recounted in her Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan. Co-sponsored with Elliott Bay Book Co. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636. 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 14.
Amy Stewart Everything you ever wanted to know about FTD in her industry exposé Flower Confidential. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 14.
Monica Drake Circus-flavored surrealism in her Clown Girl. Ravenna Third Place, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 15.
John Mifsud This Seattle playwright recalls his Maltese upbringing, and immigration therefrom, in All Clear: From Resisting Nazi Aggression to Life in the New World. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 15.
# Jonathan Raban SEE REVIEW, FEB. 7. Set in Seattle, his novel Surveillance examines post-9/11 paranoia. Third Place Books. 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 15.
Deborah Crombie Water Like a Stone is her eleventh novel featuring Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 587-5737. Noon, Fri., Feb. 16. Third Place Books, 6:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16.
Anthony Signorelli Of his Call to Liberty: Bridging the Divide Between Liberals and Conservatives, Eric Utne writes, "In a time of extreme polarization, Anthony Signorelli is building bridges. May Allah and Yahweh join together to bless his work and have mercy on us all." Jeez, don't you just want to slap him sometimes? Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16.
Stephen Hartnett Another take on what Lewis Lapham calls "the Bush Administration's imbecile dream of empire" in Hartnett's Globalization and Empire: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq, Free Markets, and the Twilight of Democracy. Elliott Bay Book Co. 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18.
Pet Noir Cartoonists Shannon O'Leary, John Isaacson, and Trevor Alixopulos contributed to this "comic book anthology of strange but true pet crimes." Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., 658-0110, www.fantagraphics.com/blog. 1 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18.
Bich Minh Nguyen From the fall of Saigon to Grand Rapids. Mich.: her Stealing Buddha's Dinner examines this immigrant culture clash through the lens of food. Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 19.
Ishmael Beah A Long Way Gone is his memoir of life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Starbucks Coffee, University Village, 4634 26th Ave. N.E. 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 20.
Gayle Brandeis In her Self Storage, the discovery of a box leads her curious heroine, Amelie-like, to follow unexpected paths. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 20.
Kevin Craft Annual travel anthology Mare Nostrum turns its attention Romeward; editor Craft and contributors read from it. University Book Store, 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 20.
Walter Kirn Mission to America is this novelist's latest satire. Elliott Bay Book Co., 6 p.m. Tues., Feb. 20.
Ariel Meadow Stallings If her Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides means the death of the Chicken Dance, count me in. University Book Store (Bellevue), 990 102nd Ave. N.E., 425-646-3340. 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 20.
Chris Abani: The Virgin of Flames is this acclaimed Nigerian-born author's latest. Elliott Bay Book Co. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21.
Elizabeth de la Vega A federal prosecutor's view of the case against Dubya in United States v. George W. Bush, et al. Elliott Bay Book Co. 5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21.
Mattilda & Jennifer Blowdryer Little boxes and how to subvert them, from these co-contributors to Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E., 323-8842. 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21.
Warren Moon This former Husky and Seahawk was also one of the NFL's first black quarterbacks; he'll sign Third and a Mile, William H. Rhoden's account of this chapter in sports history. University Book Store. 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21.
# Krist Novoselic The benefits of instant runoff voting explained, as Novoselic is interviewed by former Clinton advisor Eric Liu. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21.
Venues: Elliott Bay Book Co. 101 S. Main St., 624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com; Third Place Books 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, www.thirdplacebooks.com; University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, www.bookstore.washington.edu