Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from April 16th - April 22nd

Monday, April 16: Subcontinental Drift

The local open mic night "celebrating South Asian culture" celebrates spring with new work on the theme "Transitions." Event copy says "Our performers come to a safe-space to share comedy sketches, prose they've written, spoken-word they're inspired by, music they want to perform, and of course, dance." Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,,, $10.

Tuesday, April 17: Love and Trouble Reading

Seatte Times columnist Nicole Brodeur joins memoirist Claire Dederer in conversation to celebrate the paperback publication of her midlife memoir, Love and Trouble. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 7 pm, free.*

Wednesday, April 18: Sandra O'Dell and Cat Rambo

Two sci-fi authors, Sandra Odell and Cat Rambo, talk about their most recent books. Odell's short story collection is titled Godfall and Other Stories. Rambo is the author of Hearts of Tabat, which is the second book in a series about a city that is going through tremendous societal upheaval.
.University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, April 19: Dock Street Salon

Two local authors who have published new novels in the last few months, Anca Szilágyi (author of Daughters of the Air) and Ross McMeekin (author of The Hummingbirds), will read and discuss what it's like to publish a new book. Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N, 297-2665,, 7 pm, free.

Friday, April 20: Look Alive Out There Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, April 21: Cats Vs. Dogs

Seattle Review of Books contributor Ivan Schneider will combat writer Zack Davisson on a topic that has plagued mankind for thousands of years: which is better - dogs or cats? This is a debate and an examination of two of our most-loved mammals. The Grocery, 3001 21st Ave S, 7 pm, $5-20.

Sunday, April 22: Poetry y tTaducción: A Bilingual Reading

Poets Eugenia Toledo and Francisco Aragón will read poems in English and Spanish and discuss the pitfalls and pleasures of translation. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811,, 5 pm, free.