July 2017

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07/01/2017 - 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 July 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 the stories begin! Please join us!
 
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07/05/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Owing to the 4th of July falling on Tuesday, we have moved this meeting of the Elliott Bay Book Group back one day, to Wednesday, July 5. 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 James Baldwin’s groundbreaking novel, Giovanni’s Room (Vintage). learn more
 

07/05/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Hicks with Andrea Dunlop & Donna Miscolta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  Our July reading series begins again after our city’s 4th of July festivities and on a slightly more contemplative note. Colorado writer David Hicks reads from his novel in stories, White Plains (Conundrum Press), which is set high in the Continental Divide in the days after 9/11. “For the single man, in this case dear Flynn in White Plains, it can be a rocky road to climb toward grace; and David Hicks shows us every glorious bump on the way... in this glowing set of stories, a book that reads like late night messages sent from a friend. This is an honest look at a man moving from punishing bad faith toward something he finally hopes is good.” -Ron Carlson.    David Hicks is based in Denver, where he is a professor at Regis University and co-directs the Mile High MFA in Creative Writing.  Also on tonight’s program are two Seattle writers: Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light (Atria) and of the novella, Broken Bay (available as an ebook, including on our website) and Donna Miscolta, author of Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories (Carolina Wren Press), which just won an Independent Publisher Award Gold Medal for Regional Fiction.
 

07/06/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elaine M. Hayes with John Gilbreath
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  Co-presented with EARSHOT JAZZ. Seattle-based jazz historian Elaine Hayes celebrates the publication of her delightful new biography of the great singer Sarah Vaughan, Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan (Ecco). “Hayes brings to life the story of one of America’s most musically gifted, creative, intelligent, and productive women. An enticing and essential read for anyone drawn to the sounds of the inimitable Sarah Vaughan and what it meant to be strong, talented, beautiful, and black in 20th century America.” — Carol Ann Muller. “A lively and moving portrait of the passionate and tenacious jazz singer. Hayes gracefully narrates Vaughan’s life… a detailed look at a fearless singer who constantly moved into new musical territories and left a legacy for younger musicians.” — Publishers Weekly. With Elaine Hayes onstage tonight for conversation is John Gilbreath, executive director of the excellent, long-playing Earshot Jazz Festival, also regularly to be heard on KBCS and KEXP. This should be fun.
 

07/07/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tina Kelley & Judith Skillman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  Poet and journalist Tina Kelly returns to Elliott Bay - and Seattle - this evening to read from her new collection, Abloom & Awry (CavanKerry Press). Winner of a Washington State Book Award in 2003, for her collection, Gospel of Galore,  she has also served as a reporter at The New York Times (where she won a shared staff Pulitzer Prize for coverage of 9/11). Her previous books also include Almost Home:  Helping Kids Move from Hope, (co-authored with Kevin Ryan), a book about Covenant House. Seattle poet Judith Skillman, author of Prisoner of the Swifts, a  Washington State Book Award Finalist, also makes a most welcome return visit tonight, and she’ll  read from her new book, Kafka’s Shadow (Deerbrook Editions). Kafka’s Shadow takes the reader through Franz Kafka’s life from childhood through adulthood, as he came of age under his authoritarian father, Hermann, who desired that Franz become entrepreneurial and insensitive—in short, a replica of himself. Judith Skillman, also a fiction writer and collaborative translator, is a two time Jack Straw Fellow.
 

07/08/2017 - 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!
 

07/08/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jonathan Safran Foer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  We are delighted to host this reading by Jonathan Safran Foer, one of the most illustrious and acclaimed fiction writers at work today. He returns to Seattle for the paperback of last year’s dazzling, epic novel, Here I Am (new in paper, Picador). “Foer's intensely imagined and richly rewarding novel...is a teeming saga of members of the [Bloch] family....Throughout, his dark wit drops in zingers of dialogue, leavening his melancholy assessments of the loneliness of human relationships and a world riven by ethnic hatred. He poses several thorny moral questions, among them how to have religious faith in the modern world, and what American Jews' responsibilities are toward Israel. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” —Publishers Weekly. “Foer’s...polyphonic and boldly comedic tale of one family’s quandaries astutely and forthrightly confronts humankind’s capacity for the ludicrous and the profound, cruelty, and love.” —Booklist.
 
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07/09/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tommy Pico & Sarah Galvin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  Talk about some Sunday liveliness. Tommy Pico is here from Brooklyn where he curates the Poets with Attitude reading series with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the Food 4 Thot podcast, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub, but originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation. He has followed his debut poetry collection, IRL, with this year’s Nature Poem (Tin House). “Pico centers his second book-length poem on the trap of conforming to identity stereotypes as he ponders his reluctance to write about nature as a Native American...In making the subliminal overt, Pico reclaims power by calling out microaggressions and drawing attention to himself in the face of oppression.” - Publishers Weekly.   “The self-conscious labor of these poems explores a culture of asides, stutters, stammers, and media glitches. It's no wonder Tommy Pico manages to name and claim identity while also reminding us of his (and our!) limitlessness. Nature Poem is a book about our true nature.” - Jericho Brown. Reading with Tommy Pico here today is one of Seattle’s finest, poet Sarah Galvin. The newly launched Seattle-based Gramma Books has published her new collection, Ugly Time, as one of its first publications - making this an auspicious launch. “Sarah Galvin is my favorite poet, and Ugly Time is the most essential book of poems for These Troubled Times; through these poems is a way into the mad lantern of Galvin's imagination. Each of these poems is as bright as a thousand hilarious suns, as heartbreaking as a snow day cancelling your heart's funeral. Really: this is a holy-grail book, rigorous and and consistently challenging, chilling, and charming. And alarming.” - Ed Skoog.
 

07/10/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Julia Glass
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by Julia Glass, who has read here numerous times over the years, including 2002, when her novel, Three Junes, would eventually receive the National Book Award. She is here this evening with A House Among the Trees (Knopf). “When the celebrated children’s-book author and illustrator Mort Lear dies in a fall at his Connecticut home, complications quickly ensue ... Glass has created a compelling story with fully realized characters, though there is a whiff of the roman à clef; Lear’s work and the complications of his legacy will inevitably remind readers of Maurice Sendak, though there is much here that is different. But both real person and fictional character inhabited the world of children’s books, which Glass nicely contextualizes, demonstrating that she has done her homework. The result is a fascinating look at a world in which a creative artist becomes a hot property to be both honored and exploited.”— Michael Cart, Booklist.
 

07/11/2017 - 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 Aldon Morris’ The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. DuBois and the Birth of Modern Sociology (University of California Press). learn more
 

07/11/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jamie Harrison
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  The author, some years ago, of a well-received series of mysteries, Jamie Harrison is back over the mountains from her Montana home at last, with a powerful, much-anticipated new novel, The Widow Nash (Counterpoint). This one has been worth the wait. “Harrison paints a lovely and memorable portrait of a desperate woman’s flight to a new life… Harrison’s lead is a strong and clever woman who is easy to admire, while the rest of the heroes, villains, and ambiguous sorts are as vividly drawn as the raw and terrible scenery of Montana. Readers will treasure Harrison’s rich characterization and sharp turns of phrase.” —Publishers Weekly. “With The Widow Nash, Jamie Harrison breathes fresh life into a fascinating period of American history. Indeed, the past has not passed. The Widow Nash is an adventurous, ambitious, inventive novel by a writer to relish.” —Colum McCann.
 

07/12/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Victoria Redel with Julia Fierro
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK. In Victoria Redel’s novel, Before Everything (Viking), a group of friends who have known each other since girlhood gather as Anna, the group’s trailblazer and brightest spark, enters hospice care. Inspired by her own close friendships of over 45 years, this book explores the web of women’s friendships that develop over a lifetime.   “Victoria Redel bears witness to a remarkable group of women, weaving back and forth through time, each thread revealing the cracks and secrets of their complex lives while also drawing them closer...She proves that female friendship is the quiet, steady engine that truly runs the world.” -Hannah Tinti.   Also reading tonight is another New York author, Julia Fierro, also an alumna of Hedgebrook Writer’s Retreat. Her book, The Gypsy Moth Summer (St. Martin’s Press), involves the return of a long absent daughter, whose interracial marriage and teenage children upend a seemingly idyllic Long Island community.   “The Gypsy Moth Summer plunges the reader into a hazy, hot daydream of hidden truth, scandal, and racial prejudice. With bold strokes, Julia Fierro creates a vivid world where privilege and class are merely a veneer to distract from the cracks beneath the surface.” – Jodi Picoult.
 

07/13/2017 - 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
 

07/13/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Fiona Davis
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Fiona Davis’ debut novel, The Dollhouse (Dutton), pulls readers into the lush world of New York City’s Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to success.  Home at various times to Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath and many other mid century New York transplants, the Barbizon of The Dollhouse is the setting for two stories: that of a deadly event involving a model and a maid who became friends during the 1950s and the journalist who becomes obsessed with their story decades later.     “Rich both in twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down.”—People.   Fiona Davis is also the author of The Address, (forthcoming from Dutton on August 1st).
 

07/14/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jenny D. Williams
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Set against the backdrop of ivory smuggling and civil war in Uganda and the DR Congo, Jenny D. Williams’ debut novel, The Atlas of Forgotten Places (Thomas Dunne/St Martins) is a story of two women from different worlds, bound in a quest to save their loved ones. "Gritty and intricately plotted, Williams’ debut novel...paints the contours of the real-life conflict admirably, making the thrilling disappearance story relatable with nuanced characterizations and a wealth of strong subplots concerning reclaiming love, protecting family, and guarding hope for a new future when the present seems to be teetering on disaster."-Publishers Weekly.   Jenny D. Williams, a recent transplant to Seattle, has lived in the U.S., Uganda and Germany and received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to do research in the DR Congo for this novel. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry and illustrations have appeared in The Sun, Ethical Traveler and elsewhere.
 

07/15/2017 - 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!
 

07/15/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kaitlin Solimine & Warren Read
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight we present two authors with novels from Ig Publishing, a New York based small press known for well reviewed and award winning literary fiction (as well as for political and cultural nonfiction titles). Kaitlin Solimine, a former Fulbright Fellow, is here with Empire of Glass, an earlier version of which won a Dzanc/Disquiet International Literary Program award (judged by Colson Whitehead). “Empire of Glass is a bold and luminous book, a novel that captures the great upheavals of history and the smallest fissures in family life with equal attention, intimacy, and insight. Kaitlin Solimine has found an affecting, unexpected angle from which to understand China’s tumultuous recent past: the relationship between the American homestay student and her Chinese parents is at once tender, complicated, and moving, and her attempts at telling their story a reminder that translation can be both a baffling responsibility and a profound act of love.”— Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.   Warren Read, a graduate of Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, reads from his debut novel, Ash Falls. Set in a moss-draped, Pacific Northwest mountain town, Ash Falls is the story of a closely connected community both held together and torn apart by one man’s single act of horrific violence. As the residents of Ash Falls—which include a convicted murderer’s ex-wife and teenage son—wait on edge, wondering if and when Ernie Luntz will reappear, they come to discover that they are held prisoner not by the killer in the woods outside their town, but by the chains of their own creation. "Ash Falls is a dynamite debut: keenly observed, well-paced, and dripping with atmosphere. Read’s gritty, hard-knock characters walk off the page." -Jonathan Evison.
 
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07/16/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ila Borders
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Baseball fans won’t want to miss this special presentation by lefthander Ila Borders, who was the first female to win a scholarship to play men’s collegiate baseball (and also first female  to have a complete game victory) and, during her four years of playing professional men’s baseball in the minor leagues, the first female to get a win. She tells her story in Making My Pitch: A Woman's Baseball Odyssey (University of Nebraska Press), written with Jean Hastings Ardell. Her college and professional memorabilia is displayed in the "Women in Baseball" exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame and she has also been included in the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. Ila Borders currently works as an international baseball coach for the IBSAF and is a firefighter/paramedic in the greater Portland area.
 

07/17/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jack Straw - Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator (this year, Jourdan Keith) for Jack Straw Writers, a program featuring voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and podcasts. Live readings are recorded, and selected portions are produced for podcasts and radio broadcast. To date, the Jack Straw Writers Program has included more than 200 Pacific Northwest writers who represent a diverse range of literary genres and tonight you’ll meet a selection of this year’s writers, including: Ellie Belew, Wancy Young Cho, Steph Kesey, Hera McLeod, and the evening will be hosted by Jack Straw Board Member and Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna. More about Jack Straw’s programs can be found here.
 

07/18/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Science Fiction & 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 Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants (Del Rey) as the July selection.   Learn More
 

07/18/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Grann
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to host this visit by bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer David Grann, here tonight with his compelling recent narrative history, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday). This is a true story of oil, greed, the Osage people, theft, and injustice. Nothing new, it might be surmised - the American way, after all. Yet David Grann has unearthed startling, heretofore undisclosed information, which makes what happened then even more disturbing now. “Quite simply, this is a remarkable book, by a remarkable author—an exhumation of a shockingly brutal series of historical murders, that I for one knew nothing about. Utterly original; completely compelling.” – Erik Larson. “Killers of the Flower Moon is a magnificent book—a riveting true story of greed, serial murder, and racial injustice that exposes an extremely disturbing episode of American History. David Grann is a terrific journalist, and this is maybe the best thing he’s ever written.” – Jon Krakauer. David Grann’s other books include The Lost City of Z and The Devil and Sherlock Holmes.
 

07/19/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ian Bassingthwaighte
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In his debut novel, Live from Cairo (Scribner), Ian Bassingthwaighte has written an ambitious, wideranging account of people caught up in the turbulence of Cairo and Egypt’s recent revolution. "This brilliantly conceived and artfully detailed novel set in the Egyptian immigration bureaucracy is both a comedy and tragedy of errors... There are far too many great things about this book to list in this small space: the tension and energy of the plot; the tragic back stories of Charlie and Hana; the vignettes of Dalia's husband in Boston; the richness and subtlety of detail in the writing...The ironies of bureaucracy and wartime, à la Catch-22, meet the ironies of love and sacrifice, à la The Necklace, profoundly humanizing the global refugee crisis. Bassingthwaighte's virtuoso debut deserves the widest attention."  –Kirkus Reviews. "Ian Bassingthwaite's Live From Cairo is, as the title suggests, a living, animate, remarkable novel written with an energy rarely found in debut novels. With its sweeping eye for sizzling detail, this portrait of wanderers from different lands in a troubled Middle East is urgent and fiercely engaging." – Chigozie Obioma.
 
 

07/21/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Special Hours due to Capitol Hill Block Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We will be open shortened hours this weekend due to the 2017 Capitol Hill Block Party.   more info
 

07/22/2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Special Hours due to Capitol Hill Block Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We will be open shortened hours this weekend due to the 2017 Capitol Hill Block Party.   more info
 

07/22/2017 - 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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07/23/2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Special Hours due to Capitol Hill Block Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We will be open shortened hours this weekend due to the 2017 Capitol Hill Block Party.   more info
 

07/24/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Brooke Williams
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. A writer who has long been part of the Elliott Bay ‘family,’ with his own work (the earlier title Halflives) as well as traveling with his esteemed writer wife Terry Tempest Williams, Brooke Williams is here this evening with his excellent new book, Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet (Trinity University Press). This is a deep exploration of family history, including some links to Charles Darwin, and the landscape ancestors came to. “Brooke Williams' prose is magnificent — lyrical, evocative and encompassing. Readers will see clearly the wild beauty of southern Utah and be reminded of the spiritual nourishment that only comes through nature. Open Midnight is an expanding experience, one that will change forever how readers see life, death and those who have gone before us.” - Deseret News. “Open Midnight is a kind of prayer — for peace, for connection between land and people, and for the future of the species.” — Santa Fe New Mexican. more info
 

07/24/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alexandra Teague
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A highly regarded poet (two collections) who teaches in the MFA program at the University of Idaho, Alexandra Teague visits from ‘our’ Moscow to read from her debut novel, The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse). This coming-of-age tale should be an excellent summer read as it is itself set in summer. "Slyly funny and full of wonder, The Principles Behind Flotation sails us out on the sea of first love with heart-breaking tenderness, wile, and wit. A.Z. is a character whose frankness and courage are matched only by her moments of intimate vulnerability. Teague navigates the coming-of-age currents with intelligence and compassion, reminding us that we've all been in that strange place of metamorphoses, where nothing is as it seems." -- Kim Barnes. “Teague’s debut novel masterfully chronicles the friction, contradictions, and emotional tsunamis of being an intelligent 14-year-old girl . . . Teague’s ear for dialogue and natural poetic narrative shine . . . Teague is a strong feminist penman to watch.”—Booklist. This December should also see publication of a poetry anthology Alexandra Teague is co-editing with Brian Clements and Dean Rader, Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S. (Beacon).
 

07/25/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anastacia-Renée with Jane Wong, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore & Shankar Narayan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight Seattle poet, performance artist, and visual artist Anastacia-Reneé celebrates the publication of Forget It (Black Radish), one of three poetry collections due out this year. “Anastacia-Renée’s somber, shrewd and sensually detailed romp through a field of landmines definitively shatters both the predictability of genre and the limits of lyric...Forget It (which is all but impossible to forget) isn’t simply poetry. What it is is simply inevitable.” —Patricia Smith.   She’ll also read from (v.), the newest title from Seattle’s own Gramma Poetry. Better than we can say it, two of the finest poets at work today on what she has writ: “The poems of Anastacia-Reneé synthesize voice and body; prayer and meditation; politics and play; love and sexuality. Even poetic form is synthesized with monologues, glossaries, prose, and fragments. The lyrical, conceptual and formal experiments of (v.) are daring and breathtaking. This is a wonderful collection.” - Terrance Hayes. “Anastacia-Reneé's (v.) broils the alphabet with accents of Zora and bobby pins and tangled braids; she is busy here melding a blackgirl womansong with a backbeat of black jesus and barbie heads; she is weaving a ghosted blues of cop cars and sparrow eyes; she is translating a language of pain to a semaphore of power. Open these pages and un-fly yourself/ upward to the moonlight/ christen your feet/ within a wrecked nest ... and witness a unique voice that has come into its own.” - Tyehimba Jess. Anastacia-Reneé’s other forthcoming collection is Answer (Me) (Winged City/Argus Press) - and she is writer-in-residence at Hugo House. Reading with Anastacia-Reneé tonight are Jane Wong, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Shankar Narayan. This will be an all star evening!
 

07/26/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin O’Brien
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Co-presented with SEATTLE7WRITERS. In what has felt like a festive annual summer occasion - though thrills and chills are involved - much-loved Seattle novelist Kevin O’Brien will hold forth for his newest tale of suspense, Hide Your Fear (Pinnacle). Set on the Washington coast, in the town of Echo, a divorcée and her children have moved into an old house. Then strange things, not all seemly, start to happen. Come this evening and you will be enticed further - then to read and see what all does happen. Kevin O’Brien is a master with this - and fun to hear, to boot. Of his recent previous novel, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Suspense Magazine said, “The suspense builds from page one and ends with a climax you won’t see coming.” We would say that applies to Hide Your Fear, as well.
 

07/27/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jennie Melamed
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight we welcome another fine writer with a background in nursing. Jennie Melamed, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in working with traumatized children, reads tonight from her first novel, Gather the Daughters (Little, Brown). In Gather the Daughters, ten men and their families build a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Though only chosen male descendents are allowed to venture outside the community, some young wives-in-training begin to question and rebel against their masters.   “Melamed is a masterful writer, and she establishes a hauntingly vivid atmosphere.... This is a haunting work in the spirit of The Handmaid's Tale--but Melamed more than holds her own. Hopefully, her debut is a harbinger of more to come.  Fearsome, vivid, and raw: Melamed's work describes a world of indoctrination and revolt." - Kirkus Reviews.
 

07/27/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Inara Verzemnieks
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Award-winning nonfiction writer Inara Verzemnieks, who teaches creative nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, is here with a powerful family memoir, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe (W.W. Norton). This is a book with roots in the author’s ancestral home of Latvia, and also here in Washington, where she grew up, raised by her grandparents. “Verzemnieks does not shirk from confronting the extremities of human behavior; but she also gives us the rich textures of a world in which poetic mythology coexists with sophisticated modernity, the dead mingle with the living, and the hardships of a traumatic past are countered by the strength of memory and of lasting attachments.” — Eva Hoffman. “An exquisite book for the ages as it unfolds from its first mysterious sentence into a masterpiece about war, survival, memory, and, most movingly of all, human need.” — David Finkel. more info
 

07/28/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David MacNeal
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Given that our neighbors at Poquitos have had a hit on their hands with their chapulines (aka Oaxaca style roasted grasshopper snacks) we couldn’t resist the opportunity to join the insect-related action. Tonight journalist David MacNeal, author of Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them (St. Martins), takes us on an off-beat scientific journey, weaving together history, travel and culture to help us understand our relationship with the insects that have shaped our ecological world for over 400 million years Ratio of insects to humans: 1.4 billion to 1.   "MacNeal delivers a joy-filled dose of science, reminding readers that the strange and alien creatures in our midst are not to be feared, but celebrated." ―Publisher's Weekly. David MacNeal is a frequent contributor to Wired and his articles have appeared in Outside, Los Angeles Magazine and Vice. While this evening’s festivities are expected to include a chapuline tasting, you can also try them at Poquito’s Safeco Field stand and at their Capitol Hill restaurant (just down the street from us at 10th & Pike).
 

07/29/2017 - 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!
 

07/29/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nicole Georges
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Co-presented by SHORT RUN & FRANKIE’S FRIENDS. Tonight we are delighted to welcome acclaimed Portland graphic narrative creator Nicole Georges, her chihuahua mix, Ponyo and some special guests. The author of the Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, she is here to celebrate the release of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). “Nicole Georges makes my favorite art about love and vulnerability. More than a tribute to a canine best friend, Fetch maps Georges's journey from teen to adult with heartbreaking honesty and tender joy. I am in awe of Georges's uncanny ability to transport me right into her world of moldy crusty punk houses and glorious vegan lesbian barbecues. Funny, gorgeous, and true.” —Jill Soloway. “From feral child to leader of the pack, Nicole Georges comes to know a thing or two about dogs, and incidentally, about herself. Her luminous, lyrical drawings of animals are charged with strange insight, and add a potent nonverbal element to the narrative of Georges’ youth. Fetch combines the best qualities of diary comics—particularity and granular detail—with the zoomed out view of someone who has completed an arduous, mythic, and expansive journey.” —Alison Bechdel. Special thanks to Short Run for promotional support and to Frankie’s Friends, a local nonprofit whose work helps save pets’ lives by providing grants to help with the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment.
 
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07/31/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Moor
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most engaging, illuminating, and popular books of last year, Robert Moor’s beautiful, evocative On Trails: An Exploration (Simon & Schuster), is now in paperback. And he, whatever trail it is that gets him here, visits Elliott Bay this evening. “Stunning … a wondrous nonfiction debut. … In each chapter, Moor explores the same phenomenon in a surprising new context, from the fossilized traces of prehistoric smudges to swaths of jungle flattened by elephants, from the paths of nomadic Native Americans to the interstates that paved them over. Along the way, Moor reaches into the history of science, religion, and philosophy to trace similar lines of refinement in the amassing of knowledge and ideas. … It’s an exhilarating journey.” —Departures. “There are revelations at every turn here, from the nature of shepherding, to the vast network of ancient animal and Native American trails that underlie modern North America, to the very qualities of the best trails—durability, efficiency, and flexibility—and how we learn from them even as we move beyond them....[A] deeply informed study of nature and history of trailmaking.” —Booklist. Among On Trails’ many international accolades is the close-to-home Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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