Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from November 6th - November 12th

Monday, November 6th: Patty Schemel

Schemel is best-known for her years playing with Courtney Love’s band Hole. Her memoir Hit So Hard is about addiction and punk rock and what it’s like to play with a thousand different bands but to only get questions about the one with Courtney Love. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, November 7th: Cycling the Pacific Coast Reading

Bill Thorness is a Seattle author, but he gets around on his bicycle. In fact, he’s traveled the entire 2000-mile journey from Canada down to Mexico. His new book offers tips and tricks and itineraries for aspiring Pacific Coast bicyclists. If you’re not looking to travel the whole 2000-mile trek yourself, Thorness also offers shorter trips of a few days or weeks. Basically, the book covers any level of bicycling proficiency, from beginner to expert. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, November 8th: Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, November 9th: Images of the West Reading

Down from Edmonds, photographer Randall Hodges shares photographs he has taken while wandering around the western portion of North America. Hodges will share tricks of the trade and explain why the west is his muse, and not the east. (Though that last one is pretty obvious to anyone who lives in Seattle: the west is dramatic and beautiful; the east is worn-down and exhausted.) Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333,, 7 pm, free.

Friday, November 10th: Fresh Complaint Reading

Jeffrey Eugenides is a stone-cold genius writer of novels. If you haven’t read Middlesex, you’re missing one of the finest American novels of the last twenty years; you’ll likely be hooked from the very first description of a fire tearing along a waterfront. Tonight, Eugenides breaks a long silence with a short story collection titled Fresh Complaint. He appears in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn, who is no longer the Seattle Times book editor but who is still one of the city’s foremost literary experts. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 652-4255,, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, November 11th: Open Studios 2017

Once a year, 1426 Studios, an art studio in the International District with three floors full of artists, opens up its space to anyone who wants to be a lookie-loo. This time around, they celebrate their annual event with a new storefront gallery. This is especially noteworthy because Seattle Review of Books columnist Clare Johnson will be showing work. Go and check out her stuff in person and tell her how much you enjoy her Post-It project.

1426 Studios, 1426 S Jackson St,, 3 pm, free.

Sunday, November 12th: It Devours! Reading

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast that revives some of the old-timey thrill of radio serials. Tonight, co-creator Joseph Fink will put on a little show to celebrate his latest Night Vale novel, It Devours!. This book, it must be said, has a FANTASTIC cover. University Temple, 1415 NE 43rd St,634-3400,, 7 pm, $21.99.