Need a break from the mundane? The Seattle Public Library offers "Thrilling Tales: A Story Time for Grown Ups" where you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings during your lunch or evening.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.


Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, May 6 – "The Apex Predator" by William Dylan Powell. He knew his way around the swamp, but there was nothing like stealing a suitcase full of money to help him learn his place in the food chain. Also, "We Spy" by Clark Howard. Something fishy is going on at the house on 1810 Heather Street, and government intelligence is on the case!
  • 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday, May 20 – "Dilemma" by Dorothy Sayers. The path to puzzling perplexity is paved with good intentions. Also "The Day of the Execution," by Henry Slesar. A murderer gets the chair, and a prosecutor rejoices, but something's not quite right.

Third Place Books: Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S., 206-474-2200.

  • 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Sunday, May 19 – "The Edge of the Sea" by Algis Budrys. He wasn't sure just what it was that had washed ashore, but it was his now and nothing on earth - or from beyond earth - was going to take it back.

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