Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from February 4th - February 10th

Monday, February 4: The Seattle General Strike Reading

This year is the 100th anniversary of a citywide strike that helped make Seattle a center of labor in the United States. This is a release of a revised reissue of a book written by Robert L. Friedheim and published in 1964. University Book Store,  4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 6 pm, free.

Tuesday, February 5: Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum and Sarah Cannon Reading

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of the brand-new short story collection What We Do With the Wreckage. Sarah Cannon is a memoirist who wrote the very good The Shame of Losing. They are both Seattle writers. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, February 6: Dragon Gate Press Party

Seattle writer Marlene Blessing was for years a senior editor at Dragon Gate Press. Tonight, with the help of local writers Sharon Bryan and Laura Jensen, they will celebrate an important press in local history. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, February 7: Lake City Reading

As I wrote in my review of Seattle author Thomas Khonstamm's debut novel Lake City, the book "makes a pretty compelling case for the titular neighborhood as the place where 'real' Seattle has dug in and stubbornly refused to give up." It's a story about a side of Seattle that rarely gets any attention anymore. Tonight, I'll be in conversation onstage with Khonstamm. We'll talk about what it's like to recreate a certain time and place, why Lake City is so evocative, and what writing a debut novel after publishing a successful nonfiction book is like. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, February 7: Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected Poems of Madeline DeFrees Release Party

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030,, 7:30 pm, free.

Friday, February 8: Unapologetically Black

Unapologetically Black is an anthology reading of true stories about "what it means to be black in America." According to press materials, "Each story a profound display of humanity and triumph amid racial and ethnic division across a variety of topics including mental health, law enforcement, education, relationships, identity and more." Center Theatre, Seattle Center, 684-7200,, 7 pm, $22.

Saturday, February 9: Sierra Golden and Laura Da'

I've had the pleasure of interviewing both Laura Da’ and Sierra Golden in the last few months. They're both brilliant poets at different points in their careers. Golden is relatively new to life as a poet, while Da' has been at it for a few years. Together, they're an interesting pairing. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811,, 7 pm, free.

Sunday, February 10: Citizen Jean Reading

Jean Godden whas been a journalist and a columnist and a Seattle City Councilmember. Her memoir, Citizen Jean: Riots, Rogues, Rumors, and Other Inside Seattle Stories, documents a large chunk of history in 20th century Seattle from her perspective. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 3 pm, free.