I don't focus much on sports in this column because, well, I hate professional sports. But it's hard to deny the connection between bookishness and baseball. There's something about reading and baseball that go really well together — maybe this is just as simple as the fact that it's not uncommon to see people reading to pass the time at ballparks. So to celebrate this link, maybe attend this reading from Almost Yankees, a study of one season in the life of a Yankees minor-league farm team. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, 525-2347 http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Laura Eve Engel is a musician and poet whose most recent book is titled Things That Go. Bill Carty is a Seattle poet who has been published at a ton of places. His upcoming book is titled Huge Cloudy, and he edits at Poetry Northwest. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Soniah Kamal's second novel is a Pakistani twist on Pride and Prejudice. For the Seattle part of her tour, she'll be in conversation with Seattle University professor Nalini Iyer. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
Promotional materials describe Morgan Parker's new book as "funny exploration of Black American womanhood" and "an archive of black everydayness." It's a collection of smart and raw poems about grief and anger and joy and disbelief and everything else that it means to be a black woman in America today. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, free.
Rachel Cusk has long been celebrated as a great author, but now that she's completed her Outline Trilogy — three novels capturing the experiences and encounters of a British author — the word "masterpiece" is starting to be thrown around. Come find out why, before you're paying a lot of money to see Cusk read in the very near future. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
See our Event of the Week column for more details. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, https://nwfilmforum.org.
All weekend long, authors including Anastacia-Renée, Keetje Kuipers, Rick Barot, Donna Miscolta, Sonora Jha, and Kristen Millares Young will be participating in a literary festival on scenic Orcas Island. Why aren't you there right now? Orcas Island, https://oilf.org/2019-festival-program.