J.A. Jance is, quite possibly, the most popular living Northwest author. Her books are beloved by legions of fans. The latest mystery in the J.P. Beaumont series, Sins of the Fathers, sees the detective coming out of retirement to solve a crime. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
After a long hiatus, this literary happy hour returns — this time at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill. The rules are simple: show up with the book you're currently reading. Be prepared to talk about the book. Be prepared to ask other people about their books. That's it! And as a bonus, "Optimism will donate $1 per pint to local non-profit Literacy Source to help promote adult literacy in our community." Optimism Brewing, 1158 Broadway, 206-651-5429, 6 pm
Portland poet Julia Wohlstetter has made the long trek up to Seattle to read new work at Capitol Hill's newest reading series. She'll be joined by Seattle poet (and Babel/Salvage founder, and Hollow Earth Radio host) Bryan Edenfield. This one will also feature music by Bill Horist, a local guitarist who "is on over 70 recordings and has been in over 1000 concerts." Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, http://vermillionseattle.com, 7 pm, free.
Kenji C. Liu's newest book of poetry is Monsters I Have Been.Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic. These two poets are not from around these parts — they're from California and Texas, respectively, last time I checked — so Seattle should do its best to make them feel welcome. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, free.
You really know it's fall when Hugo House's Literary Series kicks off. Like every edition of the Literary Series, three authors and one musical act will present new work around a theme. This time writers Jayne Anne Phillips, Mira Jacob, and Ruth Joffre, will join musician Sarah Paul Ocampo in creating new work on the idea of "The Great Divide." In the hands of a lesser writer, that theme could inspire some real hackneyed writing about Thanksgiving dinner with Trumpy relatives. Good thing these aren't hackneyed writers! Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, $25
See our Literary Event of the Week column for more details. Greenwood Elementary School, 144 NW 80th St, 11 am, https://www.seattlechildrensbookfestival.com/
Jenny Brown is here to celebrate the release of her new book Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now. Brown should know; she's been an outspoken proponent of reproductive rights for years. She'll be joined onstage by local activist and Shout Your Abortion firebrand Amelia Bonow. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org, 7:30 pm, $5.