A portrayal of TR
Nov. 24, Noon
Perhaps no president, outside of Abraham Lincoln, continues to fascinate like Teddy Roosevelt. Humanities scholar, author and NPR host Clay Jenkins will appear as TR in this time travel to the past as part of his “Rushmore Speaks” series, in which Roosevelt offers commentary on Mount Rushmore mates George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Free, presented by the Seattle Public Library. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.
The path to safe streets
Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.
The National Complete Streets Coalition has a dream: for bikers, bus riders and citizens of all types commute in safety and harmony. Barbara McCann’s “Complete Our Streets,” offers an inside look at the movement and how it has changed the transportation cultures of the communities that have embraced it. She’ll be joined by Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, Futurwise director Hilary Franz and Transportation communications director America David Goldberg. Tickets: $5 at the door. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.
Amy Tan and her new novel
Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
The author of “The Joy Luck Club” and a half-dozen other books has a new one: “The Valley of Amazement,” a chronicle that spans 50 years and two continents and explores the mysteries of love and inheritance, cultural identity, illusion and truth through compelling characters and settings. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St. Tickets: $28.99, which includes one copy of the book and admission for two. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Poet David Biespiel
Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Much-honored poet and former editor of Poetry Northwest, David Biespiel will read from “Charming Gardeners,” his fifth collection of poems and the latest addition to the Pacific Northwest Poetry series from the University of Washington Press. Biespiel is a learned and erudite poet who can also hit you where you live. Free. Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N. 45th St.