Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from February 11th - February 17th


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Monday, February 11: Solmaz Sharif

Seattle Arts and Lectures brings one of our most exciting young poets to town. Solmaz Sharif only has one book to her name — LOOK, published by Graywolf — but she's also written beautiful essays about erasure and the distance and closeness of language. She is a serious thinker about the capacity of language and if you care about words you should be at this event tonight. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 934-3052,, 7:30 pm, $20.

Tuesday, February 12: Postracial Resistance Reading

Using case studies including Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, UW Professor Ralina Joseph's new book examines what it means to be black and female and a celebrity in a culture that too often considers itself to be postracial. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, February 13: The Cassandra Reading

Spokane author Sharma Shields, whose debut novel The Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac was a worthy (and hilarious) addition to the Northwest canon of bigfoot literature, reads from her newest book — a novel that updates the Cassandra story for the 20th century. To celebrate her book launch on this side of the mountains, Shields is joined by authors Katrina Carrasco and Anca Szilágyi. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, February 14: American Sutra Reading

Subtitled A Story of Faith and Freedom, American Sutra is Duncan Ryūken Williams's investigation of the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Williams is an ordained Buddhist priest and a Buddhist scholar, so he brings that perspective to the story, focusing specifically on what the incarceration of Japanese-Americans means for religious freedom in this country. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Friday, February 15: Tacoma Stories Reading

Richard Wiley's latest book, Tacoma Stories, is a linked collection of short stories that follows a number of characters through Tacoma on strange, stressful, and mysterious days in their lives. Tacoma is underrepresented in literature, so this book presents a tremendous opportunity for our sister city to the south. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, February 16: LOVEFEST

See our Event of the Week column for more details. South Park Hall, 1253 S Cloverdale St,, 8 pm, $7.

Sunday, February 17: Two Poets

Rusty Morrison is the author of poetry collections including After Urgency. Martha Ronk is the author, most recently, of the collection Vertigo. Together, they will read and discuss poetry. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811,, 7 pm, free.