Your Week in Readings: The Best Literary Events from July 20th - July 26th

Wednesday July 20: Remembering Healing Celebrating

Five Seattle-area poets — Priscilla Long, Jack Remick, Holly Hughes, John Wright, and Bethany Reid — read new work about “the past, lost poets, extinct birds, lost loves, and extending and expanding the meanings of elegy.” One of the top three best uses of poetry is remembering. (The other two? Sex and jokes.) Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday July 21: You'll Grow Out Of It Reading

Inside Amy Schumer head writer Jessi Klein’s memoir addresses what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Tonight, beloved Seattle author Lindy West will join Klein in a far-reaching conversation about femininity, the idea of being a tomboy, and whether or not it’s biologically possible for men to be funny. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, $27.50. All ages. 8 p.m.

Friday July 22: Welcome to Night Vale

The horror/comedy podcast Welcome to Night Vale gets credit for being hilarious and inventive, but it’s also an impressive serial writing achievement: installment by installment, and in tonight’s live show, Welcome to Night Vale is building a mythology on the backs of American horror legends like Poe and Lovecraft. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4747, $27.50. All ages. 8 p.m.

Saturday July 23: Rainier BAAMFest

Today’s Rainier Beach Arts and Music Fest features visual arts, crafts, dance, and music. But because I’m a book guy, let’s focus on the literary offerings, including spoken word, graphic novel-making workshops, Coast Salish storytelling, and a performance by Seattle-area spoken word dynamo Reagan Jackson. Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave S., 386-1925, Free. All ages. 11 a.m.

Sunday July 24: Alice & Lucy Will Work for Bunk Beds Reading

You know who loves going to readings? Kids. This is because kids are better than adults, who waste all their time binge-watching Law & Order and reading hot takes about Pokémon Go. Seattle author Jaime Temairik debuts her new kids’ book with a reading and a literal cake walk at her neighborhood bookstore. Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market St., 789-5006,, free, all ages, 1 p.m.

Monday July 25: The Heavenly Table Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, . Free. All ages. 7 p.m

Tuesday July 26: Clarion West Presents Geoff Ryman

Geoff Ryman is probably one of the most underappreciated living legends of sci-fi. Perhaps best-known for his multi-tiered Oz-centric fantasia Was, Ryman also created a hyperlinked online novel called 253 that was decades ahead of its time. This should be a rare peek inside the mind of a singular genius. Seattle Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.