Black on Craft is brand-new reading series curated by Hugo House writer in residence Amber Flame to discuss what it means to be a Black writer. Tonight's event is a conversation between Flame, musician/writer Gabriel Teodros, and poet Nikkita Oliver. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, $10.
Director John Waters comes to town with his second career as a public figure: he's a raconteur and a memoirist with a seemingly bottomless well of stories. To celebrate the release of his book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, he'll be in conversation with the one and only Mr. David Schmader. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org, 7:30 pm, $10.
Birds of the West is a book that collects Molly Hashimoto's drawings of almost one hundred different bird species. Tonight, she'll discuss what it's like to be a birder. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Magazine The Seventh Wave celebrates its ninth issue with a theme of "What We Lose." This event will include improv, a reading from contributors to the magazine, and "small group exercises to help break down barriers of formality."
Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, free.
Local poet Shankar Narayan, who has been featured by Kundiman, Hugo House, and Jack Straw, celebrates the publication of a chapbook with other Seattle poets Doyali Islam and the mighty Azura Tyabji. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 7 pm, free.
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Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St, 633-0811, http://openpoetrybooks.com, 5 pm, free.