Peter Lippman's Surviving the Peace is about the twenty years following the war in Bosnia. It's an account of what happens after war and after genocide, and how a region tries to come to terms with the unthinkable human cost. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
Two local Filipinx writers — Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, author of short story collection The Foley Artist and Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy — discuss culture and identity and creativity. Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030, http://hugohouse.org, 7 pm, free.
A panel of historians and city archivists discuss the new book Seattle at 150, which chronicles the history of Seattle through 150 totemic objects.
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave., 386-4636, http://spl.org, 7 pm, free.
David Guterson's latest is a collection of poems about the pleasures and peculiarities of hiking in the Northwest woods. I enjoyed it! Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 7 pm, free.
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Nathan Vass, The Lines That Make Us. Susanna Ryan, Seattle Walk Report Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE, 366-3333, http://thirdplacebooks.com, 6 pm, free.
Sci-fi maestro Jeff VanderMeer brings his latest novel, Dead Astronauts, to Seattle with a rare visit. I'll be interviewing him onstage, and he'll be reading and taking questions from the audience. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free.
The Washington Fair Trade Coalition hosts a retrospective on this, the 20th anniversary of the WTO protests. Topics for discussion include how "trade policy affects labor rights, environmental protections, public health, immigration, food security, indigenous sovereignty, people-powered movements, data and e-commerce, and militarism." Later in the evening, Lori Wallach and Joseph Stiglitz will speak. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, http://townhallseattle.org, 3:30 pm, $20.
This year's Youth Poet Laureate cohort will read, including our Youth Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei Lee. I attended the Youth Poet Laureate reading at Lit Crawl, and it was a lively and entertaining reading by some very promising young poets. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, http://elliottbaybook.com, 3 pm, free.