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11/01/2017 - 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!
 

11/01/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
James Suzman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Anthropologist James Suzman has spent over twenty-five years with and among the Bushmen of the Kalahari region of southern Africa, studying how a society drawing on its ancient roots, and regarded as ‘affluent’ in that context, has been encountering modernity. His book, Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen (Bloomsbury USA), is eloquent testimony to their world. “An insightful and well-written book, describing the hard transition of foraging communities in Namibia from relative affluence during the Stone Age to contemporary poverty and misery. Avoiding both modern conceits and romantic fantasies, Suzman chronicles how economics and politics have finally conquered some of the last outposts of hunter-gatherers, and how much humankind can still learn from the disappearing way of life of the most marginalized communities on earth.” –  Yuval Noah Harari. “This beautiful book--part memoir, part ethnography--offers a window into the lives of one of the most enduring of human cultures . . . If you have ever wondered how it might be to measure wealth not by material possessions but by the strength of social relations between people, read this book.” –  Wade Davis.
 

11/02/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michelle Kuo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Michelle Kuo, the daughter of Taiwanese immigrant parents, taught for Teach for America in Helena, Arkansas, which is where she met and mentored a young African American student. Three years later, when she discovered that this once promising student was on trial for murder, they resumed their teacher/student relationship. Her book, Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship  (Random House), is both a meditation on education, race and justice and the story of the friendship between two writers, both coming of age. "This book is special and could not be more right on time. It's an absorbing, tender, and surprisingly honest examination of race and privilege in America that helps articulate what is often lost, seemingly intentionally, in national debates over criminal justice and education: the inner life and imagination of a young person." --Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore.
 

11/03/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paola Caridi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From her present home in Sicily, we are delighted to welcome journalist/author Paola Caridi. Between 2001 and 2012, she lived and worked in Cairo and Jerusalem. Author of an earlier book, Hamas: From Resistance to Government, she is here this evening with her new book, Jerusalem Without God: Portrait of a Cruel City (American University in Cairo Press). This is a look at Jerusalem beyond its historic mantle as holy city to the three Abrahamic religions, to divisions, barriers, and lines drawn by present-day governing forces, and to how daily life is lived in such a place, a city and its spaces shared but not shared. See Paola Caridi’s blog here.
 

11/03/2017 - 7:30pm

The Summit
Barry Blitt with Luke Burbank
The Summit
420 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98102
Award-winning political cartoonist Barry Blitt is here with his much-awaited first book, simply titled Blitt (Riverhead). Almost anyone who so much as passes a newstand, much less delves into The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, or New York Times will recognize his work. Donald Trump has been lending himself to a small cottage industry of smart, pithy, on-target cartoon barbs. This evening of conversation, with Luke Burbank, host of public radio’s ‘Live Wire Radio,’ and images, should be a little light in a dark time. “For nearly a generation now, Barry Blitt has been the sharpest and funniest political artist in the United States.” —David Remnick. “Indelible images from one of America’s leading political cartoonists. . . . A treasure trove for fans of the New Yorker, political satire, and graphic design.” — Kirkus. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Arts & Culture series.   get tickets  
 

11/04/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Tamara Sears
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape How are representations of water in Indian art and literature related to experiences of travel in the real world? Sears looks at religious contexts associated with pilgrimage and sacred landscape along rivers. Outside of religion, she also considers how the flow of rivers and distribution of water have influenced military campaigns, town planning, and economic development in a globalizing world. About the Presenter: Tamara Sears, Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, specializes in the art and architectural history of South Asia, with interests in how political power, religion, and sacred architecture were related in ancient and medieval India. She has also written on the continuity and reuse of Hindu temple and monastery sites during the Islamic period. Her first book, Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Early Medieval India, examines the emergence of the Hindu monastery as a new architectural type during the eighth through 12th centuries, connected with local forms of power and new forms of ritual practice. Her new project looks at architecture as an archive for mapping mobility, cultural authority, and the spread of religious knowledge and courtly culture around the turn of the first millennium. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

11/04/2017 - 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 November with this reading from picture book 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.  
 

11/04/2017 - 7:00pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
John Hodgman
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Although John Hodgman's career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now.  Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them. Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god. John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books—The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That Is All. After an appearance to promote his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show’s “Resident Expert” and “Deranged Millionaire.” This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career before the camera. He has performed comedy for the president of the United States, at a TED conference, and in a crypt in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Finally, he is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast, in which he settles serious disputes between real people, such as “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” and “Should we tell our children the TRUTH about Santa Claus?” He also contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times.  All tickets include a copy of Vacationland, (books will be distributed at the event). Doors open at 6 p.m.  Buy Tickets
 

11/04/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jodie Hollander, Suzanne Bottelli, & Jennifer Moss
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Set against the charms and vicissitudes of growing up in a family of musicians, Jodie Hollander's beautifully-structured and compelling debut collection, My Dark Horses  (Liverpool University/Oxford University Press) follows the story of a daughter's maturing relationship with her mother. Interspersed with versions of Rimbaud, and always alert to the surreal comedy of the human condition, these powerful and immediate poems chart with huge passion, musicality and insight a complex journey towards familial understanding and reconciliation. Reading with her tonight are two Seattle poets. Suzanne Bottelli’s poems have appeared in Scoundrel Time and Poetry Northwest, among others. Her chapbook The Feltville Formation (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2015. Jennifer Moss’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Witness and Image. She is the author of Beast, to Be Your Friend (New Michigan Press) and her first full-length collection, A Goat from a Distance, is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press.
 
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11/05/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mark Helprin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most celebrated novelists at work today, the author of such enduring works as Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, and In Sunlight and In Shadow, Mark Helprin is here today with his newest, Paris in the Present Tense (Overlook). This visit also marks a return to Seattle, a city Mark Helprin once called home. The new novel has characters in present-day Paris facing death and the prospect of death in loved ones both young and old - and traces some threads out of Paris’ World War II past. “It is the fluidity of Helprin’s prose that makes this novel of ideas so utterly captivating and Jules a lovable if flawed hero. Helprin’s principal achievement lies in his subtle, often profound exploration of religious intolerance, capitalism, and technological advances in stark contrast to Jules’ inspiring humanism. These themes are never didactic but instead build on the metaphor of the Seine with its treacherous current, whirlpools, and half-submerged tree trunks churning just below the surface while Jules glides skillfully along in his delicate [rowing] “shell.” - Bill Kelly, Booklist. “A modern-day story of love, music, and death . . . A masterpiece filled with compassion and humanity. Perfect for the pure pleasure of reading.”- Kirkus. “Paris in the Present Tense is a twilight novel, and its love affair, essential to any Helprin work, is a complex one, haunted by time . . . Helprin, author of the indelible Winter’s Tale and A Soldier of the Great War, has always been most comfortable in the epic mode, retaining a classicist’s eye for beauty while preserving enough of the contemporary world to speak to the present. His prose has an aching beauty.” - Saul Austerlitz, The Boston Globe. “In most of the novels written in the United States since World War II, we find characters who have little or nothing to believe in . . . Mark Helprin is one of the rare writers for whom this is not the case . . . His books are romances in the chivalric mold, in which beauty, love and bravery possess a greater reality than the characters dedicated to honoring them. This is true again in his enchanting new novel, Paris in the Present Tense . . . This passionate and uplifting book produces a kind of music that few living writers know how to create.” - Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
 

11/05/2017 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
This evening’s appearance is SOLD OUT. Two years after his National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates is back with another utterly essential book on life in this country, on life in the world, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (One World). “Ta-Nehisi Coates has published a collection of the major magazine essays he wrote throughout the Obama years. . . . But Coates adds an unexpected element that renders We Were Eight Years in Power both new and revealing. Interspersed among the essays are introductory personal reflections. . . . Together, these introspections are the inside story of a writer at work, with all the fears, insecurities, influences, insights and blind spots that the craft demands. . . . I would have continued reading Coates during a Hillary Clinton administration, hoping in particular that he’d finally write the great Civil War history already scattered throughout his work. Yet reading him now feels more urgent, with the bar set higher.”—Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES.
 

11/06/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Patty Schemel with Marco Collins
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Drummer Patty Schemel grew up in Marysville, Washington, and  though she played with The Primitives, Imperial Teen, Death Valley Girls and many other bands, she’s probably best known for hear years with Hole (with Courtney Love). This - Hit So Hard (Da Capo Press) - is a harrowing tale of surviving years of alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness, coming out and...eventually, recovery. "Patty Schemel's drums have always been a wake-up call, the punctuation that makes serious the wild streams of punk consciousness her bands have expressed. This book is a wake-up call, too: a clearly considered, deeply honest look back at a rock scene that's often been mourned but rarely truly understood. Schemel writes most honestly about herself: she spares nothing and no one as she traces the path of addiction as it intersects with the privileges and costs of young fame. A must-read about rock 'n' roll realities."-- Ann Powers, NPR Music Critic and author of Good Booty. Co-presented with KEXP at the Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

11/07/2017 - 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 Nathan Hill’s novel, The Nix (Vintage). learn more
 

11/07/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Julie Lythcott-Haims
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Author of the bestselling How to Raise an Adult, esteemed educator Julie Lythcott-Haims has written a very different, deeply personal book in her beautifully-written, newly released Real American: A Memoir (Henry Holt). “Real American is a courageous, achingly honest meditation on what it means to come to consciousness as a mixed race child and adult in a nation where Black lives weren't meant to matter.” —Michelle Alexander. “A compelling, incisive and thoughtful examination of race, origin and what it means to be called an American. Engaging, heartfelt and beautifully written, Lythcott-Haims explores the American spectrum of identity with refreshing courage and compassion.” —Bryan Stevenson.
 

11/08/2017 - 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!
 

11/08/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert W. Merry
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Historian and journalist Robert W. Merry, whose twenty two years at Congressional Quarterly included over a dozen years as CEO, speaks today about the 25th US President. His book, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century (Simon and Schuster), evokes the life of the president who established the U.S. as a global imperial power.   “Reporters, commentators and citizens alike should read Robert Merry's illuminating journey into the past to discover what made our previous presidents succeed or fail. The history is lively; the writing is graceful; the analysis is brilliant."--Doris Kearns Goodwin, writing about Robert Merry’s classic book, Where They Stand. Robert W. Merry also appears at Folio: A Seattle Athenaeum on Wednesday, November 15th for a lunchtime event.
 

11/08/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
David Buerge, Cecil Hansen, Nile Thompson, with David Brewster
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Years in the research and writing, David Buerge’s Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound (Sasquatch) stands to be a work of significance for this region, its history, its present, its future. This evening, author David Buerge will be joined by Duwamish Tribal Chair Cecile Hansen and native languages scholar Nile Thompson in discussing the research and story told in this long-awaited book. David Brewster, presently founder/director of Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, was, about two incarnations of his ago, the editor at the Seattle Weekly where David Buerge started publishing his writing on the 19th century world of the Duwamish and other tribal groups living here, and will moderate the evening. “The man known to so many as Chief Seattle has deserved a proper biography for a long, long time. This book, based on years of painstaking research, is a window not only into the life of one important Indigenous leader, but into the birth of the Northwest’s premier metropolis. A must-read for anyone interested in Seattle history.” —Coll Thrush. “In one of the many magical, epic moments in this enchanting book, Chief Seattle is depicted shouting regally from his canoe, “It is I, Seattle!” And here he is, at last, full of majesty, complexity, wisdom, and charisma. The book is an act of justice, finally bringing to life the man to whom the city owes its name and its multiracial founding.”—David Brewster. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 

11/09/2017 - 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
 

11/09/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Daniel Mendelsohn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Acclaimed professor, author, translator (C.P. Cavafy) Daniel Mendelsohn, whose books include the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million and The Elusive Embrace, is known for his undergraduate Odyssey seminar at Bard College. In An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic (Knopf), he writes movingly of what happened when his 81-year-old father, a retired research scientist, signed up for his son’s course. “Rich, vivid, a blood-warm book . . . a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading—and reliving—the Odyssey. Mendelsohn wears his learning lightly yet superbly. What catches you off guard about this memoir is how moving it is: it has many things to say not only about Homer’s epic poem, but about fathers and sons. Mendelsohn has written a book that’s accessible to nearly any curious reader. The book partakes of at least four genres: classroom drama; travel writing; biographical memoir; literary criticism. Revealing and funny . . . Mendelsohn makes Homer’s epic shine in your mind.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times. “When Daniel Mendelsohn’s mathematician father lands in his son’s Homer seminar at Bard, the older man sets in motion an odyssey both hilarious and heartfelt. Father and son start in the pages of an epic, board a ship to follow the hero’s path through the Mediterranean, and finally end where all our stories do. An Odyssey melds genius-level lit crit with gut-level moving memoir. Beautiful and wise.” —Mary Karr.
 

11/09/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Adam Gopnik
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A welcome Seattle return is made this evening by Adam Gopnik - making it hard on readers to decide where to be. Known for his work as a New Yorker writer (over thirty years) and such books as Paris to the Moon, The Table Comes First, and Through the Children’s Gate, he is here tonight with At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York (Knopf), his story of what New York was like in the 1980s when he and his future wife moved there from Montreal. “A riveting and incandescent chronicle of personal evolution vividly set within the ever-morphing, cocaine-stoked crucible of ferocious ambition that was 1980s Manhattan. [Gopnik] tells tales of the forging of a marriage; of nightmares apartment battles with verminous hordes; of fortuitous jobs at museums, men’s fashion magazines, and a book publisher; and of bonds developed with critic Robert Hughes, artist Jeff Koons, and, most profoundly, photographer Richard Avedon. Arabesque, captivating, self-deprecating, and affecting, Gopnik’s cultural and intimate reflections, in league with those of Alfred Kazin and Joan Didion, are rich in surprising moments and delving perceptions into chance, creativity, character, style, conviction, hard work, and love.” –Booklist. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT Arts & Culture.   get tickets  
 

11/10/2017 - 7:00pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Jeffrey Eugenides with Mary Ann Gwinn
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jeffrey Eugenides, for some decades now, one of our most acclaimed novelists, has written three highly praised novels. He is here tonight with Fresh Complaint (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), his very first collection of stories. “Well-off, well-intentioned people find their just-so lives upended, often in curious ways, in this first collection of short stories by Eugenides … Eugenides enjoys putting his characters into odd predicaments: “Baster” centers on a woman pursuing a pregnancy via the title’s kitchen gadget, while the writer who narrates “Great Experiment” contemplates defrauding his wealthy but stingy employer, using de Tocqueville’s writings as a rationalization. But Eugenides never holds up his characters for outright mockery, and the two fine new stories that bookend the collection gracefully navigate darker territory ...Sprightly or serious, Eugenides consistently writes about complex lives with depth and compassion.” - Kirkus. Onstage with him for conversation and to moderate is former Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
 

11/10/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tom Gauld
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
London-based cartoonist Tom Gauld, known for his work with The Guardian as well as such books as Mooncop and You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, visits tonight with Baking with Kafka (Drawn & Quarterly) newly in hand. “...there’s plenty in Baking With Kafka for both writer and reader to share [in] their love of the written word in all its permutations and possibilities. Gauld is at his sardonic best when mix-matching not just genres, but anthropomorphizing literary styles and time-skipping variations on a theme if it helps get the laugh, which are never cheap or mean-spirited; a rarity these days. Gauld shows a clear reverence for not just literature, but those who share and appreciate this funny world of pure imagination.” - Popzara.
 

11/10/2017 - 7:30pm

Fred Wildlife Refuge
Jericho Brown, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Kessler & Katie Jacobson
Fred Wildlife Refuge
128 Belmont Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98102
Award-winning poet Jericho Brown; critically acclaimed writer Porochista Khakpour; Seattle-based poet, performer, and one-half of the Vis-à-Vis Society, Rachel Kessler; and musician Katie Jacobson will present new and original work on the theme of “Area Protected by Neighborhood Watch.” Please note: This event is 21+ get tickets
 

11/11/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with David Biggs
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
History Flows from the Mekong Mud The Mekong or "mother of rivers" is one of the last great rivers yet to be extensively dammed, and a source of life for some of the world's ancient and modern civilizations. Every year, monsoon showers send floods crashing down the rapids at Stung Treng and covering much of the plains in sheets of water laden with nutrient-rich silt. Over centuries, that mud has nourished ancient cities such as Angkor Wat and today one of the world’s great rice baskets, the Mekong Delta. Travel with environmental historian David Biggs on a tour through the Mekong mud to these ancient and modern civilizations, with a discussion of art, hydraulic architecture, and water politics past and present. About the Presenter: David Biggs is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside. His 2011 book Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta won the 2012 George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

11/11/2017 - 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!
 

11/11/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
William Matson and Floyd Clown
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy (Gibbs Smith), written by William Matson and as told by the Edward Clown Family (the nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader) clarifies inaccuracies about their famous grandfather, and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it. Floyd Clown, Doug War Eagle, and Don Red Thunder are the sole administrators and spokesmen of the Crazy Horse estate and often speak at historical gatherings and national parks about their family's history. William Matson has produced and directed award-winning videos series, including The Authorized Biography of Crazy Horse and His Family. Given that we’re expecting a large crowd to attend, pre-event booksigning begins at 6 p.m. and continues after William Matson and Floyd Clown speak.
 
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11/12/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tom Batiuk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Cartoonist Tom Batiuk’s syndicated Funky Winkerbean comic stip, created over 45 years ago, runs in over 400 newspapers nationwide, including the Seattlepi.com. He was named a finalist in the cartooning category of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize awards and honored by the American Cancer Society for his Winkerbean character featured in Lisa Crawford’s story series, which includes her illness and death from breast cancer. Today he’ll speak about this story, which first appeared in the strip and is now collected in three books: Prelude: Lisa’s Story Begins; Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe and The Last Leaf: Lisa’s Story Concludes (Kent State University Press). Crankshaft, his related long running strip (with Chuck Ayers) appears in The Seattle Times and other papers, and features a bus driver, his bookstore owner friend Lillian and other characters. Roses in December: A Story of Love and Alzheimer's is a collection of strips related to Alzheimer’s Disease, collected from Crankshaft.
 

11/13/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alia Malek
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Journalist Alia Malek’s heartbreakingly beautiful memoir, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (Nation Books) is both a story of a country rent by upheaval and political turmoil and her own family’s complicated relationship to that place - Damascus. "Alia Malek has written a beautiful, nuanced account of Syria recalling its complex political and social history, its many peoples, and her own family in this vividly detailed memoir. For a deeper understanding of the past and of the present Middle East, read this book. It offers not easy answers, but the "rougher edges of truth" that allow for a more profoundly humanistic portrait of the region and the causes of the current unrest. I missed home as I read: the hospitality and customs and cuisine; the diverse inhabitants that make up the rich tapestry of the old cities and villages; the women, of all socioeconomic backgrounds, who form the backbone of family life-the way it once was.”- Micheline Aharonian Marcom. "What Alia Malek has done in The Home That Was Our Country is nothing short of extraordinary. With deep love and clear-eyed honesty, she weaves together the story of a family and the history of a country. Malek addresses the personal and the political like no other writer I have read recently. This book is an urgent and necessary read." - Laila Lalami.
 

11/13/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
Cancelled - Matthew Weiner with Maria Semple
Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We regret that the 11/13 scheduled appearance by Matthew Weiner in conversation has been cancelled. Ticket purchasers will be refunded within the next seven days. A lively night should be in the cards as Matthew Weiner, known as the creator of the award-winning Mad Men and for his work on such shows as The Sopranos, is here with his startling debut novel, Heather, The Totality (Little, Brown). "This short novel of upper-crust anomie and class-divide obsession is a scorcher! It's the classic noir construction: the short walk off the long ledge and the plummet to an indifferent Hell. Matthew Weiner demonically delivers the goods! Read this book in one gasping breath."—James Ellroy. "Heather, The Totality is a tour de force of control, tone and razor-slash insight. In its clear-eyed anatomist's gaze and its remarkable combination of empathy and pitilessness I hear echoes of Flaubert and Richard Yates, with a deeply twisted twist of Muriel Spark at her darkest. I could not put it down." —Michael Chabon. Onstage with Matthew Weiner this evening will be Seattle’s own Maria Semple, who herself knows her way around a tv show or two - and the writing of superb novels (Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Today Will Be Different). Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE INSIDE/OUT ARTS & CULTURE.   get tickets  
 

11/14/2017 - 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 Patricia Roberts-Miller's Demagoguery and Democracy (Experiment). learn more
 

11/14/2017 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Anne Fadiman
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
314 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Twenty years after The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which won numerous awards, and is still being read today, and with other books (Ex Libris, At Large and At Small) along the way, Anne Fadiman is here with a new delight, The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). This memoir of her father, her mother, and her own life is a story writ large with books, writing, and wine. The last, in her father’s case, was a passion, though to many, books would have seemed what Clifton Fadiman lived for. He was a major New York book editor and a New Yorker editor by the age of thirty. He was also a great lover of wine, as this generous, spirited narrative shows. Along with other writing, Anne Fadiman is presently the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale. Co-presented with FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM.   get tickets  
 

11/14/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Janet Fitch
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A much-praised author of contemporary novels, Janet Fitch gives readers an eyeful of richly rendered historic material in her sweeping new novel, The Revolution of Marina M. (Little, Brown). "The Revolution of Marina M. takes us deep inside the Russian Revolution and lets us witness it through a pair of remarkable eyes. Marina is a female Zhivago - a poet who uses her intelligence, her passion, and her love of language to interpret and survive the political turmoil around her. Janet Fitch is a wonderful writer and this might be her best book."—David Ebershoff. "Incandescent. Fitch has expertly drawn the world of Russia in 1916 in flurries of white, like an exquisite snow globe, and then nudged it to the edge of a precipice, until in one jarring push, it falls. It crashes and each brilliant shard lifts and swirls. Poets, artists, profiteers, soldiers, cult leaders, sadists, idealists, blood, sex, hope all piecing together in a new life, a new country. The brilliant Janet Fitch has written yet another powerful, kaleidoscopic novel."—Cynthia Bond.
 

11/14/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
Lawrence O’Donnell
Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Noted television journalist Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word,’ and formerly an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for “The West Wing,” visits with a serious book on a time that helped get us where we are today, Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics (Penguin Press). “In this delightful combination of vivid storytelling and sharp political insight, Lawrence O’Donnell brings to life the most fascinating election of modern times. His book is filled with memorable anecdotes and colorful characters, from Roger Ailes and Richard Nixon to Bobby Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. But beneath the rollicking tale is a truly profound historical truth: how the Sixties still reverberates in our nation’s soul.” —Walter Isaacson. “I love the way Lawrence thinks, I love the way he writes. Playing with Fire is him at his best — this is a thriller-like, propulsive tour through 1968, told by a man who is in love with American politics and who knows how all the dots connect.  Brilliant and totally engrossing.” ―Rachel Maddow. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS.   get tickets  
 

11/15/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98102
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!
 

11/15/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sung Yim with Frances S. Lee
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Equal parts grim and buoyant, here is an intimate portrait of trauma, family, addiction, and body--and it was Elissa Washuta who brought this extraordinary book to our attention. What About the Rest of Your Life (Perfect Day Press), by Sung Yim, “exposes the harrowing terrain where there is no boundary between love and abuse (and) reinvents the recovery narrative through an immigrant's lens.” Sung Yim is a bilingual South Korean immigrant living in Illinois. Their essays and poems have appeared in The James Franco Review, Contrary, Kweli, Crab Fat Magazine, and in a chapbook from Ghost City Press. Tonight Sung Yim appears in conversation with multidisciplinary creative scholar, Frances S. Lee, who is a graduate student in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell.
 

11/16/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paisley Rekdal and Dana Levin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle native Paisley Rekdal, widely considered one of the country’s finest poets, makes this welcome Seattle return to read both from a recent poetry collection, and a powerful, book-length essay on the still traumatic legacies of the war in Vietnam. The latter is The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam (University of Georgia), winner of the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award. “By drawing attention to the plight of all those harmed by the Vietnam War—not just American soldiers but also “Asian allies and foes, the children we left behind, and the refugees we took in”—Rekdal deepens the understanding of the far-reaching cost of war.” - Publishers Weekly.   With poet Dana Levin also here, there will be the reading of poetry, as well, both poets with recent books from Copper Canyon Press. Imaginary Vessels is Paisley Rekdal’s fifth collection. “Rekdal is a poet of observation and history, one who carefully weighs the consequences of time. She revels in detail but writes vast, moral poems that help us live in a world of contraries in which “we hold still for the camera, believing it will shore up time, knowing it won’t.”   These are some of the best lyric poems being written today.” - Craig Teicher, Los Angeles Times. Banana Palace is the third of Dana Levin’s books of poems to be publisher by Copper Canyon. "Levin digs into the relationship between mind and body at a time when technologies offer expansive powers, and physical bodies seem more inefficient and absurd than ever... The world may seem broken, but these poems don't convey doom—Levin's clear, grounded language leaves the reader hopeful in the end." — Publishers Weekly. Co-presented with COPPER CANYON PRESS.
 

11/17/2017 - 5:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alec Baldwin & Kurt Andersen Booksigning
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for a booksigning with Alec Baldwin & Kurt Andersen. They’ll both sign copies of their co-authored book, You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) (Penguin), at the Elliott Bay Book Company. This is a booksigning only; one copy of You Can't Spell America Without Me per person. No photos. You must pre-purchase a ticket to attend.   get tickets  
 

11/18/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Peter Shapinsky
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
The Pirate Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan In East Asia in the sixteenth century, sea-lanes linking Japan to the rest of the world lay mainly under the control of seafarers who were labeled pirates in both East Asia and Europe. How did the imagery used to depict pirates relate to how they represented themselves? Shapinsky will discuss how the seafarers of medieval Japan sought to legitimize and expand their dominion over the sea-lanes, especially in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan's most important maritime trade artery. About the Presenter: Peter Shapinsky is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Springfield, where he teaches East Asian history with a focus on maritime exchange, including pirates. His major interests include cartography, knowledge networks, and conceptualizations of space in 15th- and 16th-century East Asia; and early modern global networks of exchange and cross-cultural interaction. His course offerings include “From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History.” His book Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan was published in 2014. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets
 

11/18/2017 - 10:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Civic Saturday with Eric Liu & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Civic Saturday, an ongoing monthly series of meetings moving around Seattle since November 2016,  is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us (even as we argue over it). Hosted by Jená Cane and Arista Burwell-Chen. Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University will offer a sermon, people will sing together, share readings, meet and make friends. Bring your family, your neighbors and friends. More information about Citizen University.
 

11/18/2017 - 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!
 

11/18/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Margot Kahn, Kelly McMasters & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Home is a loaded word, a complex idea: it’s a place that can be comforting, difficult, nourishing, war-torn, or political. In This is the Place: Women Writing About Home  (Seal Press), edited by Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters, 30 women writers explore the theme in personal essays about neighbors, marriage, kids, sentimental objects, homelessness, domestic violence, solitude, immigration, gentrification, geography, and more. Engaging, insightful, and full of hope, This Is the Place will make you laugh, cry, and think hard about home, wherever you may find it. Joining us tonight are the editors and some of the local contributors, including Claudia Castro Luna, Tara Conklin, Elisabeth Eaves, Kate Lebo, Jane Wong & Maya Zeller.
 
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11/19/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Carina Chocano
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Up from Los Angeles is cultural critic Carina Chocano with her spot-on new book of essays, You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Mariner Books). "Pop-culture critic Carina Chocano’s smart, colorful, and compelling collection of essays, You Play the Girl, unpacks the ways movies, TV, and advertising sculpt perceptions of who and what women can and cannot be. Chocano achieves the right mix between personal essay and clear-eyed criticism, between high culture and low (discussion of Virginia Woolf leads into the 'Ghostbusters' reboot and the attendant trolls). We get a sense of her formative pop-culture experiences ('The Philadelphia Story'; 'Bewitched'; 'Flashdance') as well as dips into feminist history and the tension between being yourself and being a person people are comfortable with. 'You could choose to be a person or you could choose to be loved,' Chocano writes. It is not a pessimistic collection, but it shows that the myths and narratives of female identity are still in place and largely shaped by men." - The Boston Globe.
 

11/19/2017 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
David Sedaris
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
He’s here with a new book, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), based on the journals he has kept for the past four decades and David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium, which is based on the three-dimensional, collaged style of the original diaries (both books published by Little, Brown). The evening includes book sales and a booksigning. Presented by NWAA, The Stranger & KNKX. Get Tickets
 

11/20/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bill McKibben
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Bill McKibben, the longtime environmental activist (co-founder of Step It Up and 350.org) and author (The End of Nature, Enough, Deep Economy) as debut novelist? Bill McKibben as the author of Radio Free Vermont (Blue Rider) the novel, indeed! “Is it a surprise that the debut novel from one of our best-known environmental activists focuses on grassroots resistance? In backwoods Vermont, two radicals use an underground radio show to recruit people interested in seceding from the United States. What follows is a zany, witty, and altogether timely imagination of modern resistors.” – The Millions. “Only Bill McKibben could set out to write his first novel and produce an addictive caper loaded with craft beer, contract spies, and chase scenes on cross-country skis! This is James-Bond-meets-A-Prairie-Home-Companion and no one but McKibben could pull it off. He does it with such heart, grace, wisdom and fun that I just couldn’t put it down. A story as outrageous as our times.” –Naomi Klein. “I hope no one secedes, but I also hope that Americans figure out creative ways to resist injustice and create communities where everybody counts. We've got a long history of resistance in Vermont and this book is testimony to that fact.” —Bernie Sanders.
 

11/21/2017 - 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 N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (Orbit) as the November selection.   Learn More
 

11/21/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kij Johnson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
She is a professor of English at the University of Kansas now, but along the way Kij Johnson has worked in bookstores, in publishing, as a waitress in a strip bar, and been writing award-winning (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo, Nebula) stories which would appear in her collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. Also the author of three earlier novels, she is here with The River Bank (Small Beer, illustrations by Kathleen Jennings), her audacious, beguiling sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s long-beloved The Wind in the Willows. “If you’re going to write a sequel to one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, you’ll need to be pitch perfect, hit all the right notes and, at its end, leave your reader shouting ‘Bravo!’ Or in this case, ‘Brava!’ and ‘Encore!’ Kij Johnson has brought out an absolutely delightful book, as charming and funny and rereadable as Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows itself.” — Michael Dirda, Washington Post.
 

11/22/2017 - 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!
 
 
 

11/25/2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Meydenbauer Center
Urban Craft Uprising's Gobble Up
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
Urban Craft Uprising’s Artisanal Food Show Our friends at Urban Craft Uprising present the debut of Gobble Up, which will feature products made by some of the best artisanal and craft food makers in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring 75+ local crafty food and beverage vendors, tastings and cookbook signings (with authors and schedule to be announced). more info
 

11/25/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Holiday Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Thanksgiving holiday always brings to mind things we are grateful for, and in that spirit our first holiday storytime will share stories of gratitude. We’ll have a special guest reader to share such seasonal favorites as An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton and the vibrant Thankful Book by Todd Parr. Today we will also kick off partnering with Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program to gather contributions for a holiday book drive benefiting low-income schools in Seattle. Join us for a warm and heartfelt storytime to inspire a season of giving.
 
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11/27/2017 - 7:00pm

The Moore Theatre
Pete Souza
The Moore Theatre
1932 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. He'll speak and show images from his new book, Obama: an Intimate Portrait (Little, Brown). This book is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's historic Presidency, captured in unprecedented detail by his White House photographer—and presented in an oversize, 12"x10" exquisitely produced format, and featuring a foreword from the President himself.  Tonight's program also includes a booksigning and a performance by a special musical guest. Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.  Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president's meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C. and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. Please note that due to huge demand this event has changed venues and will now be held at The Moore Theatre.   Get Tickets  
 

11/27/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Randy Michael Signor
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to be helping welcome into the world Seattle writer Randy Michael Signor’s powerful debut novel, Osawatomie (Mill City Press). A small town in Kansas, 1854 on up to the 1960s is where this happens - which is a great deal. "Randy Michael Signor has situated this deeply moving and luminous new narrative of his along some of the most grievous and painful faultlines in the wider American story, those of race and violence, desolation and redemption, and he has done so with a continuously surprising and deft touch, suffused with grace and wonder the entire while."  —Lawrence Weschler. "Randy Michael Signor's rich, acutely observed and quietly powerful novel Osawatomie is full of American secrets, like the Kansas landscape it haunts."—Steve Erickson.
 

11/28/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Helen Benedict
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Helen Benedict’s novel, Wolf Season (Bellevue Literary Press), a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, and the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed. Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her blind daughter and the three wolves under her care. Naema, a widowed doctor who fled Iraq with her wounded son, faces life-threatening injuries. Beth, who is raising a troubled son, waits out her marine husband's deployment in Afghanistan, equally afraid of him coming home and of him never returning at all. A journalist, Columbia University professor and novelist, Helen Benedict  drew from her interviews with U.S. veterans and Iraqis in writing this book. She is a recipient of both the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
 

11/29/2017 - 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!  
 

11/29/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Amir Husain
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Technologist and inventor Amir Husain is here from his Austin home this evening with his ambitious first book, The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence (Scribner). “Should Artificial Intelligence be feared or embraced? Which industries will be transformed next? Should we allow autonomous weapons in the military? Can machines be creative? This book provides a sound, technical perspective while tackling core questions about science, society and humanity. We’re at a crossroads, and I recommend this book to anyone seeking a balanced and reasoned view of the future.” —Professor Bruce Porter. “In The Sentient Machine, Amir Husain prepares us for a brighter future; not with hyperbole about right and wrong, but with serious arguments about risk and potential.” —Dr. Greg Hyslop.
 

11/30/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Johnathan Blunk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), poet/essayist Jonathan Blunk has written a long-awaited biographical work of one of the 20th century’s major U.S. poets, one who spent formative years at the University of Washington studying with Theodore Roethke and Stanley Kunitz. “Admirable . . . Blunk gives discerning attention to Wright’s work, following individual poems from draft form to critical reception, as he traces Wright’s larger artistic trajectory . . . Unarguably the definitive work on Wright.” —Publishers Weekly. “Even though they never met, in Blunk, poet and co-editor of Wright’s Selected Letters, James Wright has found his Boswell . . . Blunk meticulously explores Wright’s years of teaching, his painful bouts of depression, his recurring alcoholism, and how his poems were crafted . . . Quoting generously from Wright’s poems throughout, Blunk carefully chronicles the ongoing development of his style . . . A much-needed, engaging, and discerning biography that should help Wright find a new generation of readers.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

11/30/2017 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Thomas Graham
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
314 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Thomas Graham Jr., a leading American diplomat on arms control, discusses his new book, America: The Founders' Vision (Butler Books).  One of the nation's most respected senior ambassadors, he was involved in all America's important arms-control and non-proliferation talks for over three decades.  His new book pulls together highly relevant quotes from the original documents of the U.S. Founders, words particularly important today in defending democracy. Thomas Graham Jr. will discuss his book as well as important issues in foreign policy today.   Tickets and more information can be found here: FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM
 

11/30/2017 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Martha Nussbaum
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of this country’s most eminent philosophers, Martha Nussbaum makes this welcome Seattle appearance for her newest work, Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations About Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret (Oxford University Press). Composed as a dialogue with University of Chicago law professor Saul Levermore, Martha Nussbaum, herself the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, in this book explores how we age psychologically, philosophically, physically, and practically. Among her many other books are The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy, Cultivating Humanity, Sex and Social Justice, Hiding from Humanity, and From Disgust to Humanity. Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE INSIDE/OUT ARTS & CULTURE.   get tickets  
 
 
 
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