I've already told you why you should read Rebecca Brown’s new collection, Not Heaven, Somewhere Else: A Cycle of Stories. But if you're still not convinced, you should attend this reading, and hear the work in the author's own words. Find out why I am 100 percent positive that Brown is the smartest writer in Seattle — and also find out why she's often the most joyful reader in town on any given night. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
Everyone should know that Ted Chiang, author of the story that was the basis for the excellent film Arrival, is from the Seattle area. he's one of the best-loved writers within the sci-fi community, and for a great reason: he's smart, he's kind, and he loves to be generous with his knowledge. Tonight, Chiang will be in conversation with nationally loved sci-fi writer Karen Joy Fowler. This should be a sci-fi conversation for the ages. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, $10.
Walter Mosley is an iconic author — one of the few writers left who draw a massive audience on the strength of his name alone. (And he always dresses like a star for his readings.) His latest book, John Woman, is about a man with a mysterious past. Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000. http://naamnw.org, 7 pm, free.
Local author Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, who contributed to the excellent This Is the Place anthology, reads from her new award-winning short story collection, What We Do with the Wreckage. It's about rising above the horrors of the past. *Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 6 pm, free.
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Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St, 725-7517, http://www.rainierartscenter.org/, 2 pm, free.