Erin Morgenstern's novel The Night Circus was a bestselling crowd-pleaser of a novel. Her newest is a love story involving pirates, a secret book, mysterious organizations, and lots of adventure. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
This is a reading to celebrate a new anthology about the beloved sea mammals. Contributors to the anthology, including Sarah DeWeerdt, Bob Friel, Paula MacKay, Brenda Miller, Adrienne Ross Scanlon, and Jill McCabe Johnson will all read.
Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, free.
Marvel Comics editor Danny Fingeroth has written a new biography of Stan Lee that examines Stan Lee's legacy in full, including his controversies and his failures. Lee has been praised to the heavens, so it's nice to get a little perspective on the man in full. Fingeroth will appear in conversation with local cartooning expert Paul C Tumey Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
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Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
Johanna Stoberock's much-praised new surrealistic novel is about four children who live on an island that contains all the world's garbage. They live in a kind of harmony on the island with trash-eating pigs, but then things get weird. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
To celebrate an environmental installation by architectural artist Oscar Tuazon, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna presents a poetry workshop to discuss and consider water in all its forms. Poems written in this workshop might be included in the Tuazon exhibition. Henry Art Gallery, http://www.henryart.org/, 2 pm, $10.
In this free workshop, Seattle sci-fi author (and Seattle Review of Books columnist) Nisi Shawl teaches how to write fiction about people who have different gender, race, and abilities than you.
Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave S, 684-4711, http://www.spl.org/, 2 pm, free.