Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from February 18th - February 24th

Monday, February 18: Isako Isako Reading

Seattle poet Mia Ayumi celebrates the launch of her first poetry collection from Alice James Books with two amazing local talents: Gabrielle Bates and Jane Wong. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, February 19: Nothing Good Can Come from This Reading
Kristi Coulter's essay collection is full of funny, feminist, and interesting stories about what happened when she decided to quit drinking. Celebrate the book's publication with some mocktails and a little bit of a reading. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, 474-2200,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, February 20: WordsWest

West Seattle's biggest reading series presents Seattle poets Tara Hardy and Michele Bombardier, along with a favorite poem shared by a local high school student.
C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave SW,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, February 21: Sketchtasy Reading

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

Friday, February 22: The Last Romantics Luncheon

Third Place Books has been hosting intimate luncheons with popular authors for some time in their Ravenna location. If you prefer your events to be up close and personal, this is the best way to get access to a beloved author. Today's reader is Tara Conklin, whose The Last Romantics is a family epic. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE,, 1 pm, call 525-2347 for tickets.

Saturday, February 23: ROPOS and the Underwater Volcano Reading

Seattle author Dana Manalang's book for children tells the story of a robot who is sent to investigate underwater geography, including the titular volcano.
Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 3 pm, free.

Sunday, February 24: Octavia Butler: Necessity's Daughter

Seattle Review of Books columnist Nisi Shawl will discuss the life and work of Octavia Butler. If you've ever heard Shawl discuss Butler, you should know you're in for a treat. And if you haven't visited the Renton Library, it is absolutely beautiful and well worth the trip on its own. Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave S, 425-226-6043,, 1 pm, free.