September 2017

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09/02/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for September with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin! Please join us!
 
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09/04/2017 - 10:00am to 9:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Labor Day Special Hours
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closing early today, at 9pm due to Labor Day.
 

09/05/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Richard Russo's enduringly popular Everybody's Fool (Vintage).   learn more  
 

09/05/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Peter Di Campo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our fall readings series begins with a presentation based on the photographs which have appeared on “Everyday Africa,” a collective Instagram feed of images taken by African photographers, most of whom are native to the continent. The images, which are meant to “shift perception from sensationalized extremes to a more textured, familiar reality,”  have been compiled into touring exhibitions and a selection appear in the  book,  Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent (Kehrer Verlag). Edited by Peter Di Campo with Austin Merritt and Nana Kofi Acquah, Everyday Africa also includes essays by Maaza Mengeste, Stephen Mayes, Nan Kofi Acquah and Peter Di Campo. Documentary photographer Peter Di Campo, a co-founder of Everyday Africa, will speak about the project, which has sparked a global movement of partner Everyday projects elsewhere in the world, including in the Middle East, Asian and Latin America.
 

09/06/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime Resumes!
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library, who do song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

09/06/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Langdon Cook
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer and foraging expert Langdon Cook weighs in on the fate of wild salmon (and those who make their living from the salmon industry) this evening. His book, Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (Ballantine), takes readers from the Alaska spawning grounds to the local dinner table. Given the shifting political landscape, it’s likely that he’ll be speaking about recent developments affecting this vulnerable natural resource. “Upstream introduces the next generation of conservationists, more focused on science and collaboration as a pathway toward recovery than on lawsuits. In the process, Cook takes the reader on a thrilling adventure through the mountains, rivers, farmlands, and kitchens where progress, against all odds, is being made.”--Zeb Hogan, biologist and host of National Geographic's Monster Fish. Langdon Cook’s previous books include The Mushroom Hunters and Fat of the Land.
 

09/06/2017 - 7:30pm

The Bathouse Theatre
Sam Kean
The Bathouse Theatre
7312 West Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, WA 98103
This evening we welcome popular science author Sam Kean, here for his new book, Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us (Little, Brown). “A witty book that turns the science of stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Kean, an award-winning science writer…has done it again, using his free-wheeling style to translate hard scientific facts into lively stories.” —Kirkus Reviews. “Sam Kean has done it again—this time clearly and entertainingly explaining the science of the air around us. He is a gifted storyteller with a knack for finding the magic hidden in the everyday.” —Daniel H. Pink. Sam Kean’s other books include the bestselling The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb.   Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE INSIDE/OUT Science Series. While Town Hall itself undergoes renovations, they will be holding programs at various venues around the city. Click for Tickets
 

09/07/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Duane Niatum
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle poet Duane Niatum, who has been writing poems, essays, and stories for over fifty years - and publishing for over forty - reads here this evening from a long-awaited new collection of poems, Earth Vowels (Mongrel Empire Press). An enrolled member of the Jamestown/S’Klallam tribe, he has also played a significant role in Native American letters, both with his own work, and with such anthologies as Carriers of the Dream World and Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry. “For more than four decades, Duane Niatum has proven himself to be one of this nation’s most lyrical voices - but with a difference. His work consistently reminds us of the power of story, the strength that can be drawn from Native roots. Whether it is a poem dedicated to his son, an elegy for Plains Indians prisoners at Fort Marion in Florida, a eulogy for the vanished Duwamish salmon, or a love poem, there is never less in anything he writes than his entire heart.” - Joseph Bruchac.
 

09/08/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elise Hooper
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Eclipsed by her sister’s literary triumph in 1868, May Alcott, the youngest of the Alcott sisters, sets out to pursue her own career as a painter. May’s quest for her own identity and success takes her from Boston to Rome, London, and Paris and eventually puts her on a collision course with her famous older sister, Louisa. Seattle author (and history teacher), Elise Hooper’s novel The Other Alcott (William Morrow) places the story of the Alcott sister known to readers as “Amy” and we’re excited to host a launch for the book this week.   "More than ever, we need books like this - in celebration of a woman overlooked by history, one whose story helps shed light on our own contemporary search for love, identity and meaning."--Tara Conklin.
 

09/08/2017 - 7:00pm

Frye Art Museum
Kelly Link
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Hugo House’s 2017-18 Words Work series, devoted to the writer’s craft, begins with writer and publisher (Small Beer Press) Kelly Link discussing  “A Vampire is a Flexible Metaphor.” Her books include the story collections Get in Trouble, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. She has also edited and co-edited numerous anthologies, and co-edits the ‘zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Get Tickets
 

09/08/2017 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s novel, Harmless Like You (W.W. Norton), takes us into the lives of a Japanese woman and of the son she abandoned as a toddler 30 years earlier. Well received both in the U.K., where it was originally published, and in the U.S., this book addresses issues of intergenerational pain with frankness and artistry. “The kind of novel our century deserves a brilliantly conceived, beautifully written transnational novel about multiracial identity, motherhood, the struggle to be an artist, and the struggle to belong to your family. This marks the debut of an important new voice in fiction.”--Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, Electric Literature, Paris Review and elsewhere. She is the editor of Go Home! (forthcoming in March 2018), an anthology of writing produced by the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Feminist Press. Hugo House is located at 1021 Columbia St (at Boren) Seattle,. Free/no tickets are needed.
 

09/08/2017 - 7:30pm

The Summit
Ann Powers with Riz Rollins
The Summit
420 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening finds Town Hall’s roaming stage near its original home and ours, on Capitol Hill, as acclaimed journalist, author, and NPR critic Ann Powers returns to her onetime home city to discuss her newest music book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music (Dey Street). “With precision and wit, and across multiple musical genres, Powers contextualizes the complicated interplay of gender, sex, and race inherent in popular music within and against the backdrop of America’s puritanical founding.” — Library Journal. “A revelatory road trip through the erotic fever dreams of American culture . . . tells the whole epic saga of how music became the confessional where we go to share our deepest secrets and desires . . . Only Ann Powers could make this story so head-spinning—and often heartbreaking.” — Rob Sheffield. Esteemed Seattle musical figure Riz Rollins, aka DJ Riz, will be on hand to moderate and help make this an even more pleasurable evening. Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE INSIDE/OUT Art & Culture Series. Get Tickets
 

09/09/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks. Just go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin!
 

09/09/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rene Denfeld
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of three nonfiction books and one who has worked as an investigator with individuals in hard places - women and men on death row, innocents in prison, trafficking victims - Rene Denfeld has been striking resonant notes with her fiction writing. Her acclaimed debut, The Enchanted, received numerous honors, including France’s prestigious Prix du Premier Roman Étranger. She is here this evening from her Oregon home to read from her newest novel, The Child Finder (Harper). “A darkly luminous story of resilience and the deeply human instinct for survival, for love. Blending the magical thinking of childhood, of fairy tales, dreams, memories and nightmares, The Child Finder is a terrifying and ultimately uplifting novel that demands to be consumed and then once inside you–lingers….” — A.M. Homes. “Intense.... Innovative... Heartbreaking, surprising.... The conclusion will leave readers breathless.” — Publishers Weekly.
 
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09/11/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ariel Gore
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hip Mama founder Ariel Gore reads from her new novel, We Were Witches (Amethyst Editions/Feminist Press), a fictionalized account based on her own coming of age. A teen mother, aspiring writer, and feminist witch trying to get a college education during the first Bush administration, she combats queer scapegoating, domestic violence, and high-interest student loans.   "Ariel Gore's We Were Witches is one woman's body refusing to become property, refusing to be overwritten by law or traditions, one woman's body cutting open a hole in culture so that actual bodies might emerge. A triumphant body story. A singularly spectacular siren song." --Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children
 

09/11/2017 - 7:30pm

The Summit
John Nichols
The Summit
420 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
National affairs writer for The Nation, a contributor to numerous other publications, a frequent guest on MSNBC, the BBC, and NPR, John Nichols makes this welcome Seattle return, this for his timely new book, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America (Nation Books). "The great threat posed by Donald Trump's presidency does not begin or end with him. Trump's appointees have the power to privatize, to deregulate and to rip apart the American dream. They are already attacking our liberties, our social-safety net and our planet. With this deeply reported and profoundly honest book, John Nichols exposes them all. For citizens who seek to resist not just Trump but Trumpism, this is the essential book." - Thom Hartmann. "This is the real story of the Trump administration -- not what Trump is tweeting but what his appointees are doing to undermine civil rights, economic security and the environment. John Nichols gets behind the scenes, finds the truth and reveals it all. If you want to go beyond the 'alternative facts,' the 'fake news' and the media spin, you must read this book.” - Rev. Jesse Jackson.   Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE INSIDE/OUT Civics Series. Get Tickets 
 

09/12/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Matthew Desmond's Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Broadway Books). learn more
 

09/12/2017 - 6:30pm

Capitol Hill Seattle Public Library
S. Shankar
Capitol Hill Seattle Public Library
425 Harvard Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98102
Over from Hawai’i, where he is director of the Creative Writing program at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is S. Shankar, with his new novel, Ghost in the Tamarind (University of Hawai’i Press). “Subversions, transgressions, and transcending boundaries are at the center of Ghost in the Tamarind, and Ramu, a Brahmin with a revolutionary heart, is a fitting protagonist. One of the novel's many pleasures is its seamless weaving of historical contexts, all the more impressive for its range, from the nineteenth century to the 1970s.--Samrat Upadhyay. “S. Shankar has created an ambitious and moving novel that traverses several crucial eras in India's history. He has masterfully woven into it the lives of Ramu and Ponni, the heroic yet very human lovers who struggle against the bonds of colonialism as well as the prejudices within their own communities that threaten to destroy them.” -- Chitra Divakaruni. Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
 

09/12/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ben Blum
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A striking book with some regional connotations as it has an armed bank robbery in Tacoma. Ben Blum’s Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime (Doubleday), is the story of his cousin Alex Blum, all set to deploy to Iraq as a U.S. Army Ranger, when he up and robbed the aforementioned Tacoma bank. “On a simple level, Ranger Games is about Ben Blum’s obsessive quest to understand why his 19-year-old cousin participated in an inexplicable, ham-handed bank robbery that landed him in prison and nearly destroyed the people he loved. But there is nothing simple about Blum’s book. It turns out to be a labyrinthine, utterly engrossing meditation on matters as seemingly disparate as the perils of loyalty, the seductive force of mathematical certainty, the toxicity of “honor,” the Stanford Prison Experiment, the weirdness of daytime television, and the dangerous power of family mythology. It is an astonishing book, unlike anything else I have ever read.” – Jon Krakauer. “Ben Blum’s achievement in this relentlessly gripping book is to make an incredible story entirely  credible. If many of the serial revelations and twists are subtle and nuanced rather than spectacular that only adds to the sense of his narrative command and assurance.”– Geoff Dyer.
 

09/13/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

09/13/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kate Carroll De Gutes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Kate Carroll De Gutes’ book, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best & Worst Year of My Life (Two Sylvias Press), began as a series of (honest) social media posts about the experience of living through the deaths of  her mother and her best friend.   “This is a gorgeous, openhearted book, a pilgrim’s map to those hidden spots where authentic experiences await anyone brave enough to look for them.” — Lia Purpura. Kate Carroll de Gutes' debut book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir.
 

09/13/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Barbara Johns with Tom Ikeda
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Tonight art historian Barbara Johns speaks about the life and work of Seattle artist Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964), which is the subject of her beautiful new book, The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness (University of Washington Press). Born in Japan, Fujii settled in Seattle in 1906, was incarcerated in Minidoka during World War II, he documented his daily life in words and art, much of which has remained unseen. Barbara Johns’ talk includes images from Fujii’s work and an onstage conversation with Tom Ikeda, founding Executive Director of Densho. Barbara Johns, Ph.D., is a Seattle-based art historian and curator. She is also the  author of Signs of Home: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita. Densho’s mission is to “preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II...They offer these irreplaceable first hand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy, and promote equal justice for all.”  Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS & DENSHO.
 

09/14/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for an ongoing discussion series with no assigned books, moderated by the (teen) readers themselves, with Elliott Bay booksellers on hand to assist, and provide fun things like exclusive access to early copies of forthcoming titles. The plan is to meet the second Thursday of each month. learn more
 

09/14/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Wright
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the foremost philosophers and psychologists writing in this country today, Robert Wright’s numerous books include The Moral Animal, Nonzero, and Pulitzer finalist The Evolution of God. Also co-founder and editor of Bloggingheads, he is here this evening with a brilliant new book, Why Buddhism is True (Simon & Schuster). “Robert Wright brings his sharp wit and love of analysis to good purpose, making a compelling case for the nuts and bolts of how meditation actually works. This book will be useful for all of us, from experienced meditators to hardened skeptics who are wondering what all the fuss is about.” —Sharon Salzberg. “Regardless of their own religious or spiritual roots, many open-minded readers who accompany [Wright] on this journey will find themselves agreeing with him.” —Shelf Awareness.
 

09/15/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elizabeth Rosner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A welcome Elliott Bay return this evening for Berkeley writer Elizabeth Rosner. The author of three well-received novels and a poetry collection, she is here tonight for a powerful, significant,  new nonfiction book, Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory (Counterpoint). “Mixing the personal with the historical and the literary with the scholarly, Rosner achieves a breathtaking overview of events as varied as the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, the Rwandan genocide, and Japanese American internment. Her impressive, highly readable Survivor Café takes on important issues of atrocity, trauma, and memory, rendering them all with such great clarity and intimacy that the reader will not soon forget them, or this powerful book.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen. “Using the Holocaust as a focal point, Survivor Café renders a profound and unflinching portrait of trauma and the memory of trauma, the consequences of inhumanity, atrocities that do not end with one generation but are inherited as nightmare, memory, and affliction, passed on to the next generation and the next and the next. With vivid stories and brilliant insights, this book must be required reading for those who want to understand not just our collective history but the present moment.” —Susan Griffin.
 

09/15/2017 - 7:30pm

Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Joyce Maynard
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
901 N J Street
Tacoma, WA 98403
Novelist Joyce Maynard shares an account of her relationship with her late husband, Jim Barranger, in her memoir, The Best of Us (Bloomsbury).   "In this touching memoir, Maynard (To Die For; At Home in the World) chronicles her second marriage. She beautifully renders the joy of falling in love later in life and the pain of watching her husband die of pancreatic cancer. Maynard's heartfelt story will resonate with those who have lost loved ones." - Publishers Weekly. Tonight’s program includes a reading, booksigning and hospitality. Free and open to the public. Immanuel Presbyterian Church (www.ipctacoma.org) is located at 901 N. J St. in Tacoma. She will also appear at Island Books on September 16.
 

09/15/2017 - 7:30pm

Fred Wildlife Refuge
Meghan Daum, Solmaz Sharif & Sonora Jha
Fred Wildlife Refuge
128 Belmont Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98102
Hugo House’s popular Hugo Literary Series begins its 2017-18 season on a high note as novelist/essayist Meghan Daum (most recently the essay collection, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects for Discussion, along with the edited collection, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, both from Picador), poet Solmaz Sharif (she of the riveting National Book Award finalist nominee, Look, from Graywolf), and Seattle-based literary treasure Sonora Jha (her novel, Foreign, from Random House India) all present original material on the theme of ‘Sequels.’ Presented by HUGO HOUSE.
 

09/16/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!
 

09/16/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tina Carlson with Cass Nevada
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet Tina Carlson, a nurse practitioner with Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, reads from her debut collection, Ground, Wind, This Body: Poems (University of New Mexico Press), in which she explores the vestiges of war and the effects those can have on a family. “Ground, Wind, This Body follows the crooked river of a family history, from the first fringes of memory where war is a cradle, through poignant songs that document the emotional violence where emerges the translucent beauty of a rainbow after a storm."--Joy Harjo, author of Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems. Cass Nevada is an artist and writer living in West Seattle. In 2016, in the midst of writing an illustrated middle grade novel about a girl who discovers her unknown powers, Cass underwent an emergency craniotomy for a brain tumor. One year later, she is trying to stitch together the resulting changes and new realities, creating a visual/narrative collage with clues provided in her journals and sketchbooks from the journey.
 
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09/18/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Eleanor Henderson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of the highly lauded debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints, in 2011 (a New York Times Best Book of 2011, among other citations), Eleanor Henderson is here this evening with a new novel sure to win acclaim and the attention of readers. The Twelve-Mile Straight (Ecco) takes readers to deep South rural Georgia, 1930. How things were there then has its bearing on how things are now. This book has power and resonance, over the decades. “Lyrical...mesmerizing, disturbing, and wonderfully persuasive. The world is brutal even as the landscape is lush and seductive...Unstinting in showing us the everyday savagery of Jim Crow, of poverty, and of family abuse. A riveting, consequential story full of complex secrets and unexpected turns.” — Dana Spiotta. “This engaging, expansive novel manages to feel historical and, sadly, up to the minute as it probes the sins at the heart of the American experience...This is the kind of novel you sink into, live inside. When you’re finished, it will live inside you. A bravura performance.” — Victor Lavalle.
 

09/19/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (Knopf), as the September selection. While we await the October publication of Philip Pullman's much anticipated The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (the first book of the companion trilogy to His Dark Materials) we thought it would be a grand opportunity to read (or re-read) and discuss the book that started it all, The Golden Compass. Adults of all ages are invited to join us! Learn More
 

09/19/2017 - 6:30pm

Bellevue Arts Museum
Words on Water: Shashi Tharoor, Kanishk Tharoor & Friends
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
This evening should be an inspired one for noted Indian author and politician Shashi Tharoor’s presence alone. An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a second-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation. As an author he has written novels and works of non-fiction, the latter being his most recent, 2016’s An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (Aleph). ”In An Era of Darkness, consummate debater and author Shashi Tharoor recreates the British Raj with all its horrors and also elucidates the awe-inspiring struggle of India's freedom fighters. He gives us a valuable insight on how dark forces operate and on who are harbingers of hope—it's a valuable lesson at a time when thugs are masquerading as our saviours…at a time when debate has been reduced to a cacophony of slogans and insults by bhakts, Tharoor's writing, with its expansive case studies and citations and sustained argument, all augmented by his felicity of language, may just come as an eye-opener to us all." —Huffington Post. Quite independent of Shashi Tharoor, and yet that he is Shashi Tharoor’s son, Kanishk Tharoor will also be part of this evening, here with his acclaimed debut book of stories, Swimmer Among the Stars (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “In a time and place where immigration is a fraught political issue, these freewheeling stories appeal by disregarding conventional boundaries — they zigzag across nations, ethnic identities and linguistic traditions. Most notably, they transcend traditional notions of time.” ―San Francisco Chronicle. Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS, in association with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY and TEAMWORK ARTS. Learn More
 

09/19/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ben Loory
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Six years after coming to Seattle and utterly entrancing readers with his debut book of stories, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, Ben Loory is back to do it again, this time with Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin), stories as magic and wondrous as their predecessors, if not more so. “Who the hell is this guy? What happened to make this brain? These are the questions you’ll ask after Ben Loory’s Tales of Falling and Flying. Loory is the psychedelic Aesop of our modern age, the king of talking birds and frogs, characters named war and peace, the Apuleius of the internet generation. His words are full of swords and wings. Get ready. They’ll cut you. They’ll make you fly.” —Scott McClanahan. “To read a Ben Loory story is to slip through a portal into an adjacent dimension. To learn—with brevity and clarity—the laws of this universe next door, new rules of logic and contradiction and truth. And, in the end, to be left with the disturbing and wondrous feeling of having never left home at all.” —Charles Yu.
 

09/20/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library, which does these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers and those looking after them at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity and exploration of language, movement and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

09/20/2017 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Josh Weil with Carol Guess & Urban Waite
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
This evening brings Dayton Literary Peace Prize-winning fiction writer Josh Weil back to Seattle to read from his new story collection, The Age of Perpetual Light (Grove Atlantic), and to be joined in the reading here by Bellingham-based poet Carol Guess and Seattle novelist Urban Waite. Here at Elliott Bay for the award-winning novel, The Great Glass Sea, he shows himself to be more than adept at the short story form as well. "How much wattage does it take to illuminate the darkest corners of the human heart? In eight complex, luminous and light bearing stories, and with endless compassion for his superbly drawn characters, Josh Weil has the audacity to ask such a question, knowing full well that the answer may be: more than we have ever, or will ever have."—Pam Houston. “A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi.... engrossing, persuasively detailed and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds.”—Kirkus Reviews. Carol Guess teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University and is the author of books of prose and poetry, most recently The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press, co-written with Kelly Magee). Urban Waite’s three novels - The Terror of Living, The Carrion Birds, and Sometimes the Wolf (William Morrow) have all been highly praised, and all are spooky as all get out. Presented by HUGO HOUSE.
 

09/20/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bharti Kirchner with Curt Colbert
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We always appreciate the opportunity to welcome Seattle writer Bharti Kirchner back to Elliott Bay, and this time she’s also celebrating the launch of a new series. The first book in a mystery series featuring Seattle PI Maya Mallick, Season of Sacrifice (Severn House) begins with the self-immolation of two women (one a scientist known for her work on a malaria vaccine). Bharti Kirchner is the author of several books, including, most recently, Goddess of Fire. She will appear in conversation with Curt Colbert, who, with Waverly Fitgerald as “Waverly Curtis), is the author of Dial C for Chihuahua and other books in the Pepe Chihuahua mystery series.
 

09/21/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Madrygin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Robert Madrygin’s debut novel, The  Solace of Trees (New Europe Books), narrates the story of a Bosnian War orphan of Muslim descent who escapes the horrors of his war-torn country to the U.S., only to soon find himself, in time, plunged into more trauma here. “In Madrygin’s gripping debut, the horrors of war give way to the challenges of carving out a life in a hostile country. . . Madrygin’s stark third-person narration allows focus on the difficulties faced by immigrants and refugees, particularly children who are struggling with trauma.” — Publishers Weekly. “Using firm, quiet language to agonizing and ultimately infuriating effect, debut novelist Madrygin tells an important story, revisiting the raw and ugly violence that descended on the Balkans with the splintering of Yugoslavia while also capturing the refugee’s experience in America, trying to recover from horror…. Powerful, eye-opening reading for everyone.”  —Barbara Hoffert,  Library Journal.
 

09/21/2017 - 7:30pm

The Moore Theater
Brené Brown - SOLD OUT
The Moore Theater
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Social scientist and three-time #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In her new book, Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines our understanding of what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging. In this important and timely new book, Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism and find our way back to ourselves and to each other.  Tickets ($38) include a copy of Braving the Wilderness .  Produced in conjunction with Seattle Theatre Group.   Tickets  
 

09/22/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rebekah Demirel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rebekah Demirel is a Seattle-area acupuncturist, clinical counselor, and writer. She draws especially from her work leading trauma integration workshops, and from hardships she herself endured growing up to inform her debut book, Nothing’s for Nothing: Transformation Through Trauma (Rose Hips Books). “Not for nothing did my friend and colleague Rebekah Demirel  write Nothing’s for Nothing. The project began as a series of blogs in which Rebekah chronicled the feel of her life, feelings that came up for her day to day and the memories attached to those feelings ... In the story fragments she records in this book Rebekah evokes the memories of past miseries and struggles, but always as a way of stepping into the present with power and humor … Rebekah’s greatest gift in this charming volume is resilience. She truly is one of the most resilient people I know, and her writing conveys that effortlessly. The book is a collection of brief recollections and cogent, succinct thoughts regarding the lessons derived from those memories. The resilience resides in those lessons, but even more in the very lightness with which Rebekah touches upon her own—and the reader’s—pain…So this book is about a life, a life if not always lived consciously, then remembered consciously in a way that makes the reader more alive and aware.” - Gabor Maté M.D., from the Foreword.
 

09/23/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks! Go to the castle in the children’s section… and the stories begin!
 
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09/25/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nathan Englander
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Twenty-one years ago, Nathan Englander made a singular fiction debut with his book of stories, the unbelievably brilliant For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. He was here then, and has made return visits for The Ministry of Special Cases, his harrowing novel of Argentina during its terrors, and his more recent book of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. He is here tonight with what may be his best work yet, with his novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth (Knopf). “Equal parts political thriller and tender lamentation, the latest from Englander explores, in swirling, nonlinear fashion, Israeli-Palestinian tensions and moral conflicts… Ultimately, Englander suggests that shared humanity and fleeting moments of kindness between jailer and prisoner, spy and counterspy, hold the potential for hope, even peace.” —Booklist. “Nathan Englander’s latest is, as usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day.”   —Colson Whitehead.
 

09/26/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Becky Mandelbaum & Pam Houston
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Becky Mandelbaum, a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, reads from her debut short fiction collection, Bad Kansas: Stories (University of Georgia Press), a winner of that press’ prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. “With heart and precision, and a fresh and resilient humor, Bad Kansas reveals the lives people are living in that flyover state in a collection in which every sentence is a made thing, never merely a vehicle for conveying information to the reader. Mandelbaum's sharp eye for detail, a deep emotional intelligence, and a slightly canted--yet ultimately compassionate--worldview combine to produce complex, authentic, empathic characters, reminiscent of two of the greatest place-based collections ever: Richard Ford's Rock Springs and Annie Proulx's Close Range.” --Pam Houston.   Reading with Becky Mandelbaum tonight is her friend and teacher, Pam Houston, director of the literary nonprofit, Writing by Writers and author most recently of Contents May Have Shifted.
 

09/26/2017 - 7:30pm

Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Tina Schermer Sellers
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
901 N J Street
Seattle, WA 98403
Seattle Pacific University professor and marriage and family therapist Tina Schermer Sellers, Ph.D., discusses her book, Sex, God and the Conservative Church: Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy (Routledge) in Tacoma tonight.   “As a millennial who grew up in the conservative Christian purity culture that Sellers describes, the practices in this book lit my pathway to greater freedom from shame and more authentic connection to God, myself, and others. I hope therapists and Christian leaders— pastors, parents, and youth workers—will read this insightful book with an open mind."—Christena Cleveland, PhD, Duke Divinity School. Free and open to the public. Presented by IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
 

09/27/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!  
 

09/27/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Franklin Foer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer who had a turn working and living here back when Slate was a newly conceived ‘content’ project of Microsoft, Franklin Foer has been seen and heard from over the years. He had a strong run as editor of The New Republic, and is the author of a bestselling book that’s been published around the planet, How Soccer Explains the World. He is here tonight with a provocative, grounded study and argument about the place of tech in things, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech (Penguin Press). This book’s case is almost all that Franklin Foer’s brother, Jonathan Safran Foer, wanted to talk of when visiting here this past summer for his novel, Here I Am. “World Without Mind is an argument in the spirit of those brave democracy protestors who stand alone before tanks. Franklin Foer asks us to unplug and think. He asks us to recognize and challenge Silicon Valley’s monopoly power. His book is a vital response to digital utopianism at a time when we desperately need new ethics for social media.”—Steve Coll. “A provocative, enlightening, and above all, important book that is asking the most important question of our times. It is nothing less than an examination of the future of humanity and what we like to call ‘free will.’ It is also a good read—Foer writes with an engaging vibrancy that makes the book a page-turner.”—Tim Wu.
 

09/28/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nicole Krauss
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most accomplished novelists at work in this country today, Nicole Krauss, author of Man Walks Into a Room, The History of Love, and Great House, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for her extraordinary, deeply intelligent, deeply hearted new novel, Forest Dark (Harper). “Krauss’s elegant, provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet. Rich in profound insights and emotional resonance, it follows two characters on their paths to self-realization. In present-day Israel, two visiting Americans—one a young wife, mother, and novelist, the other an elderly philanthropist—experience transcendence…Although they never meet, similar existential crises bring them to Tel Aviv, where each is guided by a mysterious Israeli and experiences glimpses of a surreal world where they feel their true identities lie…Vivid, intelligent, and often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force.” - Publishers Weekly. “Entrancing and mysterious…Krauss reflects with singing emotion and sagacity on Jewish history; war; the ancient, plundered forests of the Middle East; and the paradoxes of being. A resounding look at the enigmas of the self and the persistence of the past.”  — Booklist.
 

09/28/2017 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Frances McCue
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Poems that invoke the house that was Richard Hugo House, the literal as well as metaphorical and operational house that was Richard Hugo House, that is Hugo House today, come from the hand and heart of Frances McCue, one of the founders and guiding presences of Hugo House’s beginnings. She reads at the temporary abode of Hugo House - while the original site, razed, is now being rebuilt - from her new book of poems, Timber Curtain (Chin Music Press). These poems, many of which will also be evident in a documentary Frances McCue is working on, Where the House Was, traces lives shaped by what happened there, by writing and by others writing, by time alone and time with others, the larger purposes of Hugo House being served along with the smaller, more individual purposes it helps make possible - this in no small measure to Frances McCue’s role. Presently a senior lecturer at the University of Washington, she is the author of four vital books, and helps cause matters of literary consequence to happen wherever she is. This should be a celebration, and it should be a great joy. Learn More!
 

09/29/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David J. Leonard
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Washington State University Professor David J. Leonard, author of Playing While White: Privilege and Power on and Off the Field (University of Washington Press), argues that whiteness matters in sports culture, both on and off the field. Offering critical analysis of athletic stars such as Johnny Manziel, Marshall Henderson, Jordan Spieth, Lance Armstrong, and Josh Hamilton, as well as the predominantly white cultures of NASCAR and extreme sports, David Leonard identifies how whiteness is central to the commodification of athletes and the sports they play. “Leonard's brilliant and thorough analysis of the institutionalized racism that is perpetrated in sport is one that we must all delve deeper into, and grapple with, as a society."-Michael Eric Dyson. "David Leonard is one of our most brutally honest truth tellers. He uses sports as a lens to understand how sports can both challenge and perpetuate institutionalized racism. It's a book for the conscious sports fan and people unafraid to discuss these issues ..with candor and clarity. I can't recommend it enough." -Dave Zirin, sports editor, The Nation.
 

09/29/2017 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Yrsa Daley-Ward
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Along with our friends and colleagues at NAAM, we are delighted to help present this evening of poetry by acclaimed writer, model, and actress Yrsa Daley-Ward. Between her work on Instagram and Twitter, she has developed an extraordinary following for her work, a following that will now get to seek her work out in the form of the striking, powerful collection of poems that is bone (Penguin). The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's collection Bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence--so clear and pared-down, they become universal. From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society's expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward's bone resonate to the core of what it means to be human. Free admission.  Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM.
 

09/29/2017 - 7:30pm

The Summit
Richard White
The Summit
420 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
MacArthur Fellow and leading American historian Prof. Richard White turns our attention to some of the most ignored and ignoble years in America’s history: Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. The nation was deeply divided across religious, racial, economic, and political lines (sound familiar?), leading to three decades (1865-1896) ridden with racial violence, bitter labor strikes, political corruption, and rapidly widening wealth disparities. In this latest installment of the award winning Oxford History of the United States series The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896, Richard White offers a fresh, unblinking look at the challenges America faced during these times and the vigorous efforts made—not from political leadership, but from grassroots coalitions—to effect real reform. With an integrated interpretation of an era that resonates with so many of us today, White casts this period as the seedbed for Modern America. "Fearless and peerless, Richard White leads us through a transformed and fragmented nation in turmoil, haunted by the slain Abraham Lincoln, where visions of freedom and equality were rapidly vanishing. In the rural South, in the urban North, and out West, from the terribly destitute to the stupendously wealthy, White brings together stories that historians have long told separately, untangling the anger and blame that grew so deeply entrenched in the Gilded Age. How did all this happen? Richard White explains everything." - Martha Hodes. Get Tickets Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT Civics Series.
 

09/30/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks...Go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin!
 

09/30/2017 - 2:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As part of a Seattle visit highlighted by the Seattle production of the Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors, to be staged in Russian with English subtitles at On the Boards, we are thrilled to help present Maria Alyokhina, here from her Moscow home. She is a founding member of Pussy Riot and an internationally renowned political activist, the recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace and the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought. She is also now author of  the book, Riot Days (Metropolitan Books), a vivid account of Pussy Riot’s performances, actions, and persecution, including her two-year prison term for ‘organized hooliganism.’ She and what she is about is as timely as it gets - for matters in her home country, and for matters here.  "Riot Days is one of the most brilliant and inspiring things I’ve read in years. This book is freedom." —Chris Kraus. The Belarus Free Theatre production of Burning Doors runs September 28 - October 1 at On the Boards. Не пропустите! Presented in association with On the Boards, with an introduction by Executive Director, Betsey Brock. 
 

09/30/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michael Hardt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Michael Hardt, widely considered one of the most articulate and creative thinkers/writers on the Left these past twenty years, has done so from a base of Duke University, where he is a professor of literature. But he is also, part of the year now, calling Seattle home. With Antonio Negri, he has written a trilogy of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth; and Declaration. He is here this evening with the newest of their joint volumes, Assembly (Oxford University Press). "Are you ready for democracy? Assembly argues: don't be scared to remake it. Disturbing the tendency of resistance struggles to become hamstrung by a poverty of organization, Hardt and Negri throw question after question at left political habits and traditions of thought, imagining a New Prince from the multitude and new tools for self-governance. Some of their many propositions may seem questionable and some viscerally right, but all are thoughtful, potentially revelatory, fuel." -- Lauren Berlant. "A smart and in-depth examination of Marxist politics for a new century... [Assembly] is a fascinating, challenging theoretical journey into a future beyond capitalism."--Publishers Weekly. Co-presented with RED MAY SEATTLE.
 
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