Sometimes I just roll my eyes at everything that goes in a single week during the fall literary season in Seattle. How could anyone keep up? Easy for some good stuff to get lost.
Next week is such a week. Here are some events that will raise your eyebrows, and maybe your IQs:
Tuesday: David Quammen, an award-winning science writer, discusses his new book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.” This book is about diseases that jump from animals to humans. And you thought you only had the election to worry about! 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
Friday: Bedtime Stories Literary Gala, the annual fundraiser for Humanities Washington. For $175 you get to rub elbows with Nancy Pearl, Charles Johnson, Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken and, I’m told, a special surprise guest at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel. A few tickets are still available: go to humanities.org or call 206-682-1770 for more information.
Also Friday: Antiquarian Book Fair Dinner with Andrei Codrescu. Social hour and dinner with guest speaker Codrescu, plus an opportunity to purchase his prepublication, signed “Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes).” 6 p.m., McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside, 1200 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; $58, reservations required (206-323-3999). Codrescu also reads his poetry Wednesday at Town Hall Seattle – go to the Town Hall website for more information.
Saturday and Sunday Oct. 13: The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The 25th anniversary of the Northwest’s premier rare book event! Rare books, prints, maps, photographs and ephemera for sale. Tickets are $5 – for more information go to seattlebookfair.com.