Nicole Chung's memoir about being born to Korean parents, adopted by white people, and raised in rural Oregon has been recognized by almost every major book review publication as a tremendous achievement, and it's been long- or short-listed for many great awards besides. Here's your chance to hear part of the story from the author herself. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
Marc Brackett is "Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University." His new book is about developing emotional intelligence in adults and in children. It's rapidly becoming a major text for educators around the country. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org, 6 pm, free.
Dao Strom's book of four novellas centers around young Vietnamese women in America. Strom is a poet and a memoirist and she's definitely going to win a major literary award one day. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
You likely know Saeed Jones from BuzzFeed, where he covered books and culture in such a way that even the mainstream had to pay attention. Jones is also an accomplished poet, and now he's the author of How We Fight for Our Lives, a memoir about his coming of age. Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000. http://naamnw.org, 7 pm, free.
Maybe you have to work all day on Saturday and you can't get to Short Run. It happens! People often have to work on weekends, and there's no shame in it. But if you can't make it to Saturday and Sunday Short Run events — see our Event of the Week column for more details — you should definitely come for the kickoff party at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Georgetown. The Marathon Art Show and Reception features artwork from a number of Short Run heroes, including Marc Bell, Jasjyot Singh Hans, Malaka Gharib, Seattle Walk Report, Mike Centeno, Chloë Perkis, and Rumi Hara. Fantagraphics knows how to do these art openings right, so this is going to be a good one. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, http://fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore, 6 pm, free.
See our Event of the Week column for more details. Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center, 11 am - 6 pm, free.
See our Event of the Week column for more details. Various locations and times.