Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from February 15th - February 21st

Wednesday February 15th: WordsWest

The ongoing West Seattle reading series features two very good Seattle-area poets: Ann Teplick and Sierra Nelson. Teplick’s knockout poem “MOON, in ten parts,” is readily available on the internet. Nelson has written a choose-your-own-adventure poetry book and her eagerly awaited next collection, The Lachrymose Report. C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Thursday February 16th: This Is How It Always Is and The Guineveres Reading

Seattle author Laurie Frankel’s This Is How It Always Is is an excellent novel about the family of a young trans girl. Georgia novelist Sarah Domel’s The Guineveres is about four rootless young women named Guinevere who wind up at a convent and have to care for four comatose men. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

Friday February 17th: Hugo Literary Series: Exile

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. $10-25. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday February 18th: Seattle’s Fremont and the Centerless Universe

Seattle memoirist Elissa Washuta was selected as the very first Fremont Bridge Writer-in-Residence, meaning last summer she kept a writing office in one of Seattle’s most beautiful bridges. This afternoon, she’ll give a presentation on her experience and be interviewed by Seattle author Anca Szilagyi. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, Free. All ages. 2 p.m.

Sunday February 19th: Nothing to See Here: The Slippery Slope Away from A Free Press

Hugo House event coordinator and novelist Peter Mountford will talk with Sri Lankan journalist Frederica Jansz and Seattle University professor Sonora Jha about “exercising free speech during times of political and social upheaval.” Hm. I wonder if that subject has any practical applications for our current moment in history? Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Free. All ages. 2 p.m.

Monday February 20th: Universal Harvester Reading

Mountain Goats lead singer John Darnielle’s debut novel, Wolf in White Van, was an incredibly affecting story of a wounded soul trying to come to terms with society. Darnielle’s second novel is about a video store clerk in 1990s Iowa who discovers a bizarre secret hidden on the films in his store. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday February 21st: Chain Letter

Poet Jeremy Springsteed, one of the organizers of the late, lamented Breadline reading series, debuts a new concept. Chain Letter features performances from local writers and musicians who will then become the curator of the next event in the series. Tonight’s readers: Springsteed, Evalynne McLaughlin, and Amber Nelson. Tonight’s music: Tarsier Eyes. Come get in on the ground floor. Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.