Every once in a while, one of those weeks comes around that makes a book-lover’s heart palpitate. Not sure if it’s excitement or stress — the feeling that you’ll never get to everything and you don’t want to miss a potentially life-changing evening in the company of genius.
The two real giants are Art Spiegelman and Khaled Hosseini. Spiegelman, arguably, can be credited (blamed?) for the explosion of graphic novels over the past two decades, since publication of his searing, personal, two-volume depiction of the holocaust, “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale.” He’s back with “Meta Maus,” which takes you inside the thinking and process that led to the original. And in Seattle, he’s talking publicly with Nancy Pearl — is this heaven? No, it’s The Seattle Public Library at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Speaking of searing books: Hosseini is the author “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” — two novels about the Afghan experience that you have to wait and wait and wait to get out of the library, because they’re so popular here. Seattle Arts and Lectures brings him to Benaroya at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Not impressed yet? Add in Erik Larson (“In the Garden of Beasts“) at Federal Way Library on Saturday; Isabel Wilkerson (“The Warmth of Other Suns“) at Town Hall on Sunday; and Stephen Greenblatt (“Swerve: How the World Became Modern”) at Town Hall on Oct. 13 and check your calendar to see what else could possibly be more interesting. Oh, and Wednesday night, Hugo House throws a party for Washington State Book Award winners Karl Marlantes, Frances McCue, Doug Merlino, David Laskin, Erik Brooks, Patrick Jennings and Lish McBride.
(Khaled Hosseini photo: AP/Jeff Chiu.)