Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from May 18 - May 24

Wednesday May 18: The Furnace

The Furnace reading series features a local writer reading a single story with audio effects from the good folks at Hollow Earth Radio. This month, Christine Texeria reads “Immanent Ghosthood,” the story of a father, a daughter, and Mortal Kombat. Chapbooks of the story will be available for sale at this live broadcast. Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 E. Union St., 617-1683, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday May 19: Where the House Was

Hugo House co-founder Frances McCue reads from a long poem about the House that will be incorporated into a documentary about the writing center’s closure, transition, and eventual reopening. She’ll be joined by Rebecca Brown, cellist Lori Goldston, and former House students Cali Kopczick and Jack Chelgren. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday May 20: Writing on the Wall

Here it finally is: the final event at the Richard Hugo House in its current incarnation is an outing of their Literary Series, in which novelists Jenny Offill, Laura van den Berg, artist Dawn Cerny, and poet Maged Zaher all produce new work on the theme “Writing on the wall.” Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, $25. All ages. 7 p.m.

Saturday May 21: Seward Park Third Place Books Grand Opening

See our Event of the Week column. Seward Park Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave S., Free. All ages.

Sunday May 22: Word Works

Memoirist Domingo Martinez offers a craft talk on the topic of “Fearlessness.” Fans of Martinez’s two books, The Boy Kings of Texas and My Heart Is a Drunken Compass, often ask him if he’s afraid to hurt people in his life by writing about them. Tonight, he provides a comprehensive answer. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, . Free. All ages. 3 p.m.

Monday May 23: Flip a Coin at Town Hall

Upstairs at Town Hall tonight, Siddhartha Mukkherjhee, who is best known for his biography of cancer The Emperor of All Maladies, reads from his latest: The Gene: An Intimate History. Downstairs, Nathaniel Philbrick reads from Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. Can’t decide which to attend? Flip a coin. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 24: Thunder Boy Jr Reading

Sherman Alexie is probably Seattle’s best-known author, and hands-down our most entertaining reader. Tonight, he debuts his very first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr, which is about the trouble with being a junior, of not even owning your own name. (Alexie’s full name is Sherman Alexie Jr., so he knows what he’s talking about. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St., 634-3400, $17.99. All ages. 7 p.m.