Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from July 8th - July 14th

Monday, July 8th: Flash Count Diary Reading

If you like Maggie Nelson and you haven't read Darcey Steinke, what are you doing with your life? Her latest book is an exploration of menopause, on a personal level, but also expanding outward to a societal and even philosophical level. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255,, 7:30 pm, $5.

Tuesday, July 9th: Clarion West Presents Amal El-Mohtar

The sci-fi writing organization brings an exciting young author to town. El-Mohtar's brand-new novel (which she cowrote with Max Gladstone) is titled This Is How You Lose the Time War, and it's about two time-travelers from warring futures who eventually fall in love. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, July 10th: Shadowlands Reading

Poet Anthony McCann turns his attention to the right-wing militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in his book Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff. Please note that this is not poetry, but McCann is a poetic writer, so expect some beautifully written non-fiction. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333,, 7 pm, free.

Thursday, July 11th: The Media Is Dying

I'm hosting a panel with several experts discussing what to do when local news organizations lose their voice, local television stations are bought by right-wing propagandists, and other media organizations are going out of business. I hope you'll join us. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255,, 7:30 pm, $5.

Thursday, July 11th: Bad Gateway Reading

See our Event of the Week column for more details. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, 425-519-0770,, 7 pm, $5.

Friday, July 12th: Three Women Reading

Lisa Taddeo's new non-fiction book is a frank exploration of sex in the lives of real American women. It's the buzziest new book of the summer, by my estimation, and nothing else even comes close. Taddeo was inspired by the journalism of Gay Talese, and Three Women reads like that, only without the creepy patrician vibe of Talese's books. The author will be in conversation with Seattle writer Claire Dederer. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600,, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, July 13th: Hot Off the Press Book Fair

Dozens of local cartoonists gather for Fantagraphics Books's annual Georgetown street festival/book fair, with music and books and performance and much more. Contributors include Zak Sally, Peter Hoey, Kelly Froh, Marc Palm, Max Clotfelter, David Lasky, Megan Kelso, Sarah Romano Diehl, Brandon Lehmann, Patrick Moriarity, and Tom Van Deusen. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110,, 5 pm, free.

Sunday, July 14th: Queer Press Fest

Queer cartoonists and zinemakers bring their latest and greatest work to Ballard's greatest art gallery/zine shop. Participants include Kassandra Davis (Mockery & Vodka), Craig Hurd-McKenney (Headless Shakespeare Press), Hayden Stern (Bioluminator Studios), and Anne Bean from Emerald Comics Distro, who is cosponsoring the event. Push/Pull, 5484 Shilshole Ave NW, 789-1710,, noon, free.