Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from May 7th - May 13th

Monday, May 7: The Book Reading

Amaranth Borsuk teaches at University of Washington Bothell, and her latest book is nothing less than a history of the book as an object, an examination of what the book has meant for society, and a consideration of what the book might become. If you're on this site, you care about this book. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, May 8: Offbeat Ada's

This is a conversation about the "fantasies and realities of feminist romance novels." Seattle author Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of The Offbeat Bride, talks with Seattle-area feminist romance author Jasmine Silvera about her new book Dancer's Flame. They'll also discuss diversity in romance, which is a thorny issue. Ada's Technical Books, 425 15th Ave, 322-1058,, 6 pm, free.

Wednesday, May 9: Castalia

The ongoing UW MFA program reading series continues with readings from students Alex Moni-Sauri and Jordyn Murray. Joining the students are UW MFA alumni Gabrielle Bates and UW professors David Bosworth and Pimone Triplett. As always, I feel duty-bound to point out that "Pimone Triplett" is the best name ever for a poet. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030,, 7:45 pm, free.

Thursday, May 10: Side Life Reading

See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 7 pm, free.

Friday, May 11: Hugo Literary Series

An amazing array of writers - Portland novelist Lidia Yuknavitch, poet Tarfia Faizullah, and the indefatigable Ijeoma Oluo - present new work, along with singer-songwriter Nick Droz, on the theme "There Goes the Neighborhood." Northwest Film Forum, $25 Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 7 pm, $25.

Saturday, May 12: Two Sci-fi Writers

Two Seattle-area sci-fi writers team up to present one humdinger of a reading. Kat Richardson is debuting a new series under the sneaky pseudonym "K.R. Richardson." Blood Orbit is the first in a series of sci-fi police procedural novels. What will forensics be like in the future? Richardson will be in conversation with Rhiannon Held, who is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels, which just concluded with the release of Death-Touched. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 6 pm, free.

Sunday, May 13: Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling Reading

Elliott Bay Book Company reading coordinator Rick Simonson regularly attends a huge book festival in India, and his knowledge of works in translation is nigh-encyclopedaic. This afternoon, Elliott Bay welcomes someone who falls into both those areas of interest: Arshia Sattar is a world-class translator, and she's translated some of the finest Indian classics of literature into English. For this trip, she's reading from her latest book, which is an adaptation of a classic further adapted for children.

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 3 pm, free.