Your Week in Readings: The best literary events from September 30th - October 6th

Monday, September 30th: For the Love of Men Reading

Vox journalist Liz Plank's new book investigates what kind of a future men have in a world of toxic masculinity. It's subtitled *A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity*. Those braying ninnies online who intrude into every conversation about feminism with cries of "but what about the meeeeeeen?" might want to tune in to this author conversation with *YES! Magazine*'s editorial director, Lauren Bohn. Impact HUB Seattle, 220 Second Ave S, 430-6007, 6 pm, free.

Tuesday, October 1st: Assassin's Apprentice Reading

The greatest sci-fi bookstore in town welcomes author Robin Hobb to celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of her first novel, Assassin's Apprentice. This is a hardcover deluxe edition of the fantasy novel, with illustrations by Magali Villeneuve and other bonus features. University Book Store,  4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,, 7 pm, free.

Wednesday, October 2nd: So You Want to Talk About Race Reading

Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo will be onstage in conversation with Seattle author and director Charles Mudede to celebrate the paperback publication of her amazing first book, So You Want to Talk About Race. If you know someone who complains about people talking too much about race in America these days, you should give them this book; it's literally intended for them. It's a straightforward primer intended for curious people who want answers but were too afraid to ask in a public forum. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255,, 7:30 pm, $5.

Thursday, October 3rd: The World That We Knew Reading

Alice Hoffman is a leading American novelist. Her latest book is about three women in Berlin in 1941 who stand against the Nazis. Hmmmmm. Whyever would Hoffman choose to write about this subject right now, I wonder? Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333,, 7 pm, $28 for a book and admission for two.

Friday, October 4th: Silhouettes of Ebony

La Sala Latinx Arts Collective presents three artists — Milvia Pacheco, Mirta Wymerszberg, and Leo Carmona — who will present a multi-disciplinary storytelling event honoring Black women from the Caribbean and Latin America. (Not to nitpick, but press materials call this a "pop-up event," which is a little precious. Aren't most literary events pop-up events?) Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030,, 7 pm, free.

Saturday, October 5th: Seattle Urban Book Expo

See our event of the week column for more details. Northwest African American Museum 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144 206-518-6000, 12 pm, free.

Sunday, October 6th: No Right Way Reading

Michael Niemann presents the fourth in his series of thrillers starring the character Valentin Vermeulen. It's set in the Middle East and focuses on ISIS in Turkey and Syria in late 2015.

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333,, 6 pm, free.