Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from February 25th - March 3rd

Monday, February 25: Inheritance Reading

You know those DNA tests that everyone has been taking for the last couple of years? Dani Shapiro took one, and she discovered that her father was not her biological father. Her book Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love is about that experience. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333,, 7 pm, free.

Tuesday, February 26: Warlight Reading

Michael Ondaatje's latest novel is being praised as a return to form for the author — Warlight, about siblings who are broken apart at the end of World War II, is receiving the kind of attention that, say, The English Patient used to pick up. That's saying something. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, February 27: Zadie Smith

How is this not sold out yet? Zadie Smith is one of our best living novelists, and one of the most brilliant cultural critics working today. Seattle Arts and Lectures is bringing her to Seattle and putting her in conversation with Valerie Curtis-Newton a UW professor of theatrical arts. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747,, 7 pm, $35.

Thursday, February 28: Shortest Way Home Reading

Maybe you didn't know that South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is running for president as a Democrat. That's okay. You don't even have to vote for him. But you should definitely learn more about the man, who has an impressive resume: a married millennial gay man who served in the military and who is garnering bipartisan support in a time when people don't stray outside their party. Buttigieg is unlikely to be our next president, but you certainly haven't heard the last of him. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636,, 7 pm, free.

Friday, March 1: Kiyonuk Reading

Sandy Mazen's memoir Kiyonuk: An Arctic Alaska Boyhood is about growing up in a pair of small northern Alaska villages. Expect to read a lot about snow. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, March 2: Word Play

See our Event of the Week column for more details.

Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030,, 7:30 pm, $10.

Sunday, March 3: Gravity Assist Reading

Seattle Review of Books's March Poet in Residence, Martha Silano, celebrates her new poetry collection at Seattle's temple of poetry. Local poets Kelli Russell Agodon, Molly Tenenbaum, and Rick Barot will help bring Gravity Assist into the world. It's Silano's fifth poetry collection, and it may be her best.

Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811,, 5 pm, free.