Books Calendar


26 Steven Pinker This Harvard prof presents The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature. Town Hall.

27 Dale Chihuly The glass artist you love to hate signs his new coffee-table book. Barnes & Noble, Pacific Place.

27 James Watson Yes, as in Watson & Crick, the DNA guys from biology class. Avoid Boring People and Other Lessons From a Life in Science is his memoir. Pacific Science Center.

27 Greil Marcus The intersection of American history and American art is discussed in his The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice. Experience Music Project.

27 Amy Bloom Her latest, Away, is sure to anchor many a book group. Elliott Bay Book Co.


4 Lauren Weedman See Picks.

6 Jonathan Kozol This educator offers advice to the next generation in Letters to a Young Teacher. Seattle Public Library.

8 Garrison Keillor Pontoon is his new Lake Wobegon chronicle. Town Hall.

10 Walter Mosley Blonde Faith is his new Easy Rawlins mystery. Seattle Public Library.

11 Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is his first young adult novel. Or second, if you count Flight. Seattle Public Library.

12 Ann Patchett Run is the Bel Canto author's follow-up. Seattle Public Library.

12–13 Hugo House Literary Series Three new works by Mike Daisey, Randall Kenan, and Lesley Hazleton on the theme "Lost in Translation." Richard Hugo House.

13 Jay Inslee This Washington state representative lays out his energy plan in Apollo's Fire. (Also Nov. 4 at Town Hall.) Eagle Harbor Books.

15 Orhan Panuk Seattle Arts & Lectures presents this Turkish author, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize. Benaroya Hall.

17 Carl Bernstein The intrepid reporter sets his sights on our next president in A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Elliott Bay Book Co.

17 Edwidge Danticat Brother, I'm Dying is the Haitian-born author's latest. Elliott Bay Book Co.

17 Adam Gopnik Who can get enough of this memoirist and New Yorker writer? Benaroya Recital Hall.

17 Elizabeth Kolbert Is it getting warmer in here? Yes, says the author of Field Notes From a Catastrophe. UW "Hec" Edmundson Pavilion.

18 Susan Faludi The Backlash author addresses "America After 9/11." Town Hall.

19 Oliver Sacks Musicophilia is the latest exploration of the human mind from this author/physician. Seattle Public Library.

19, 22 Ursula K. LeGuin The high priestess of science fiction's latest is Powers. University Book Store, Elliott Bay Book Co.

23 Alex Ross The Rest Is Noise is this New Yorker critic's history of 20th-century classical music. University Book Store.

24 Nick Hornby Slam is his first young adult novel. Seattle Public Library.

25 Shalom Auslander See Picks.

26 Alice Sebold The Almost Moon is The Lovely Bones author's follow-up. Seattle Public Library.

26 David Sedaris Acclaimed, adored, not to say worshiped, humorist. Benaroya Hall.

30 Will Self See Picks.


1 Ehud Havazelet & Joshua Henkin Bearing the Body and Matrimony, respectively, are their new novels. Presented by Nextbook (and emceed by our own Mark D. Fefer). Conor Byrne Pub.

1 Paul Krugman The fervently liberal economist and New York Times columnist has a new book out, appropriately titled The Conscience of a Liberal. Town Hall.

7 Meir Shalev Nextbook presents the author of A Pigeon and a Boy. Henry Art Gallery.

8 826 Seattle Benefit Patton Oswald, Sasha Frere-Jones, and, yes, Dave Eggers himself will be on hand for an evening of "People Talking and Singing." Town Hall.

12 Adrian Tomine See Picks.

13 Lou Dobbs The feisty CNN anchor sets us on a smarter economic path in A New America. Town Hall.

15 Peter Cole Nextbook presents this poet and translator. Seattle Art Museum.

16 J. Craig Venter The genome mapper's memoir is A Life Decoded. Town Hall.

16–17 Hugo Literary Series Jack Hitt, Ellen Forney, and Brian Turner explore the theme "We Could Be Heroes." Richard Hugo House.

19 Diane Ackerman Seattle Arts & Lectures presents this author of A Natural History of the Senses. Benaroya Hall.


6 Ruth Behar An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba is this writer and filmmaker's memoir. Henry Art Gallery.

18 J.A. Jance The prolific local mystery writer reads from Hand of Evil in a cancer benefit fund-raiser. Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

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