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Bumbershoot picks: Literary doings include Ken Jennings, Adam Mansbach

"Jeopardy!" whiz Ken Jennings and Adam Mansbach, author of "Go the F**k to Sleep," are among the bookish types appearing on the Bumbershoot Words & Ideas stage.

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Bumbershoot 2012

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 1-3, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Advance tickets: single-day $45, any-day $50, three-day $125, single-day Gold Pass (VIP perks) $125, three-day Gold Pass $300, single-day Platinum Pass (more perks) $200, three-day Platinum Pass $475. Day-of tickets: $55 per day general, $25 seniors; children 10 and younger do not need a ticket. Info and tickets:

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Bumbershoot's literary lineup this year features a smorgasbord of offerings. Think "literary" as in writing all over the map — trivia masters, cartoonists and even a paean to parent frustration are on offer.

The festival groups all its quasi-

literary offerings under the rubric "Words & Ideas."

Visit for a complete schedule; here are some highlights:

Modernist Cuisine: The chefs who brought you the James Beard award-winning über-cookbook of the same title talk about their work. Maybe there will be bar snacks? Not bloody likely. 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Words & Ideas stage, Leo K. Theatre.

Adam Mansbach: The author of "Go the F**k! to Sleep" talks about his very funny and profane book/lullaby for sleep-deprived parents. The Bushwick Book Club, the local theater group that uses books as inspiration for musical performances, will chime in. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Words & Ideas stage, Leo K. Theatre.

Writers of "Futurama": "Futurama," the Emmy-winning animated sci-fi comedy series produced by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, follows the story of Phillip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy accidentally cryogenically frozen in 1999 who wakes up in the year 3000. Writers discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing an animated program, and present "a world premiere clip" of a 2013 episode. 7 p.m. Sunday, Words & Ideas stage, Leo K. Theatre.

The Bushwick Book Club performs "A Wrinkle in Time": The theater troupe returns to discuss, take inspiration from and sing about Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's book "A Wrinkle in Time." Noon Monday, Words & Ideas stage, Leo K. Theatre.

Triva night with Ken Jennings: The "Jeopardy" champ, geography geek and author of "Maphead" hosts a live trivia contest. "In honor of Seattle Center's anniversary," says the program, "questions will cover the past half-century of arts, music and letters. Jennings will personally select prizes for the winners and whisper words of comfort and understanding for the losers." Oh, sure. 7 p.m. Monday, Words & Ideas stage, Leo K. Theater.

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or

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