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September 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Weekend edition: actors who write books descend on Seattle

Why do so many actors become authors? I cannot answer that question – if I had as much money in the bank as, say, Steve Martin does, I would probably content myself with counting it.

And yet, in his copious free time, Martin writes books (“Shopgirl”). And he’s not alone – the honor roll of author/actors includes James Franco (“Palo Alto”) and Carrie Fisher (“Postcards from the Edge”) and, casting even further back, Marlon Brando (“Fan-Tan”). And this weekend two more pass through Seattle:

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Molly Ringwald, star of movies (“The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink”) and television (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) appears at 7 p.m. Friday at Seattle’s Elliiott Bay Book Co., 1521 Tenth Ave (206-624-6600;elliottbaybook.com). Ringwald reads from her new “novel,” a thematically linked collection of stories, “When It Happens to You.”

And (my personal favorite), Canadian actor William B. Davis, comes to town. Diehard fans of the “X-Files” television series will never forget Davis’s portrayal of “The Smoking Man,” the shadowy figure who was basically the personification of evil, conspiratorial thinking and execrable health habits. Davis will read from his memoir, “Where There’s Smoke: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.”

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Davis is actually a highly regarded thespian who has been the artistic director of the National Theatre School of Canada. He has worked as an actor, director, and acting teacher for over forty years. Catch him at 7 p.m. Saturday at Elliott Bay.

photo of Molly Ringwald by Dan Steinberg.

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