Bumbershoot’s “Words and Ideas” program features everything from literary fortunetelling to the writers of the Emmy-winning TV series “Transparent.”

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Bumbershoot’s “Words and Ideas” programming offers the usual mashup of literary events, pop culture and sheer goofiness. Here are some events worth checking out Friday-Sunday (Sept. 2-4) — for more information, go to bumbershoot.com.

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The Oracle: Need answers to life’s vexing questions? This panel of writers will consult books (who knows, maybe even their own books) to get you answers. Featured authors include Ijeoma Oluo, Kristiana Kahakauwila and Garth Stein. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Center Theatre.

Battle of the Word: Four of Seattle’s poetry-slam organizations compete against one another for the Battle of the Word title. Wear your helmet. 8 p.m. Friday, Exhibition Hall.

Writers of “Transparent”: Some of Bumbershoot’s most interesting writers’ programming has featured writers for television. That tradition continues this year with writers for the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series “Transparent,” the Amazon series about a man (Jeffrey Tambor) who, late in life, comes out as a woman. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Center Theatre.

The Seattle Review of Books with Sherman Alexie: The Seattle Review of Books, an online review located in “the greatest book city in the world,” presents three poets talking about poetry and related matters — EJ Koh, Robert Lashley and Alexie. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Center Theatre.