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01/02/2018 - 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 Rachel Cusk's novel, Outline (Picador).   learn more  
 

01/03/2018 - 11:30am

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

01/04/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
EDGE Program Alums Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Six Seattle writers who are alumnae of the Artist Trust EDGE Program join us to present the year’s first reading. Catalina Marie Cantú,  Gabriela Denise Frank, Judith Gille, Ann Batchelor Hursey, Lynn Knight and Susan Landgraf read from new work, which includes poetry, nonfiction, prose and translation. EDGE is just one of Artist Trust’s programs for artists and writers. More information here.
 
David Sedaris 01/05/2018 - 7:00pm to 01/11/2018 - 7:00pm
Broadway Performance Hall
David Sedaris
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
For the second year in a row, Northwest favorite David Sedaris has chosen Seattle’s intimate Broadway Performance Hall for a week-long series of “workshop” readings as he puts the finishing touches on the manuscript of his next new book, Calypso (to be published 5/29/2018 by Little, Brown). With only 295 seats, these readings will give audiences the opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with the author. Q&A, booksales and signing to follow each performance.   Shows start at 7 p.m. (Matinee on Sunday, January 7 at 2 p.m.)    get tickets
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01/06/2018 - 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 the New Year 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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David Sedaris 01/05/2018 - 7:00pm to 01/11/2018 - 7:00pm
Broadway Performance Hall
David Sedaris
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
For the second year in a row, Northwest favorite David Sedaris has chosen Seattle’s intimate Broadway Performance Hall for a week-long series of “workshop” readings as he puts the finishing touches on the manuscript of his next new book, Calypso (to be published 5/29/2018 by Little, Brown). With only 295 seats, these readings will give audiences the opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with the author. Q&A, booksales and signing to follow each performance.   Shows start at 7 p.m. (Matinee on Sunday, January 7 at 2 p.m.)    get tickets
 

01/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Deborah Reed
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Oregon novelist Deborah Reed (who also writes as “Audrey Braun”) visits us today to read from, The Days When Birds Come Back (Houghton Mifflin).  “The affecting latest from Reed (Olivay) chronicles how the lives of a divorced writer and a carpenter are changed when the writer hires the carpenter to prepare her grandparents' Oregon property for sale...An emotionally satisfying novel about the lingering effects of trauma and how people deal with guilt.” -Publishers Weekly.  Deborah Reed’s previous novels include, Things We Set on Fire and Carry Yourself Back to Me.
 

01/13/2018 - 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!
 

01/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tina Schumann with Shin Yu Pai & Prageeta Sharma
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle poet Tina Schumann is the editor of Two Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press), an anthology of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry edited by the the adult child of an immigrant born and raised in the U.S. and includes work by 65 authors also raised by one or more immigrant parent. Contributors include Shin Yu Pai (who joins Tina Schumann here tonight) and also Li-Young Lee, Mary Lou Sanelli, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ocean Vuong and many others. Tina Schumann is the author of three poetry collections, including  As If (Parlor City Press, 2010), which was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize; Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues, (Diode Editions, 2017), which won the 2016 Diode Editions chapbook competition. "When you hold in your DNA two countries--the cultures, the languages, the delicious foods and stories—you embody richness. These writers know on the cellular level many layered ways to live, to struggle, to love. Here are voices we need to hear, writers we need to read. This is a brilliant, timely book, an antidote to divisiveness."—Peggy Shumaker.
 
 

01/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sasha Senderovich
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
David Bergelson (1884–1952), a Jewish novelist, short-story writer, and literary editor, was born in Ukraine and traveled throughout Europe and the United States until Hitler came to power in Germany. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1934, where he was eventually executed under Stalin’s orders. Tonight translator Sasha Senderovich reads from his new English translation (with Harriet Murov) of David Bergelson's 1929  novel Judgment (Northwestern University Press). “Set at the height of the Russian civil war, the book features an outsize cast of characters, Jewish and non-Jewish, struggling for survival as the Bolsheviks consolidate power. It's a time and place where everything is up for grabs—allegiances, ethnic identities, basic values—and madness reigns...Nearly 90 years after its original publication, this ahead-of-its-time novel by one of the best-known Yiddish writers of his era proves powerfully relevant in its first English translation.” -Kirkus. Sasha Senderovich is an assistant professor of Russian and Jewish studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Co-presented with the Stroum Center, University of Washington.
 

01/09/2018 - 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 Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury).  learn more
 

01/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Simeon Marsalis
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted that the new year brings new fiction author Simeon Marsalis in with it, he appearing with his engaging debut novel, As Lie Is to Grin (Catapult). Rich in present and historical allusion, this is a smart coming-into-adult age story - and more. “Presented as a combination of diary entries and fragments from a novel within the narrative, Marsalis’s slim, ambitious debut tackles loss and racial identity. The protagonist, David, transitions from living on Long Island with his single mother to his freshman year as a black student at the predominantly white University of Vermont … In Vermont, David becomes interested in the work and life of Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer, particularly the author’s 1923 novel Cane and his resistance to being labeled by race … As racial guilt and confusion cause David to unravel, Marsalis incisively comments on a wide range of ideas, from authenticity to architecture.” - Publishers Weekly.   “In his debut novel, Simeon Marsalis crafts a trippy and transgressive tale that bends the recognizable world in startling ways to broaden our understanding of what it means to be young, gifted, and black in America today. Simeon, I salute you. Your time to shine.” —Jeffery Renard Allen.
 

01/10/2018 - 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!
 

01/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Arellano, Nelson George & Achy Obejas
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Three excellent writers, all published by one of the finest independent presses around, Brooklyn’s Akashic Books, come to the fore here tonight. ROBERT ARELLANO, who will have a nonfiction title, Friki: Rock and Rebellion in the Cuban Revolution, later in 2018 is the author of six novels, including his most recent, Havana Libre. “This potent noir sheds light on Cuban life in the post-Soviet era . . . Building to an explosive ending, this atmospheric mix of proletarian literature and Graham Greene–style espionage informs as it entertains.” —Publishers Weekly. NELSON GEORGE makes a welcome return, having been here for both non-fiction and fiction books. He’s here tonight with his newest novel, To Funk and Die in L.A. “Ex-bodyguard D Hunter travels from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to investigate the circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s murder in the fourth entry in this series by critic and journalist George . . . read this for its passionate and unresolved argument about the still-beating heart of R&B.” —Kirkus Reviews. And ACHY OBEJAS, first known for her debut, We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?, is here with a strong new book of Cuba-set stories, The Tower of the Antilles. “By turns searing and subtly magical, the stories in Obejas’ vividly imagined collection are propelled by her characters’ contradictory feelings about and unnerving experiences in Cuba . . . For all the human tumult and deftly sketched and reverberating historical and cultural contexts that Obejas incisively creates in these poignant, alarming tales, she also offers lyrical musings on the mysteries of the sea and the vulnerability of islands and the body. Obejas’ plots are ambushing, her characters startling, her metaphors fresh, her humor caustic, and her compassion potent in these intricate and haunting stories of displacement, loss, stoicism, and realization.” —Booklist.
 

01/11/2018 - 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  
 

01/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chloe Benjamin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of 2018’s most heralded novels makes itself evident here at the get-go as Chloe Benjamin visits with her richly imagined work, The Immortalists (Putnam). Siblings in a family hear a mystic’s prophecy, circa 1969, the mystic foretelling when people will die. Based on that, how to live life?  Chloe Benjamin's first novel, The Anatomy of Dream (Atria), won the Edna Ferber Prize. “An imaginative and satisfying family saga . . . A cleverly structured novel steeped in Jewish lore and the history of four decades of American life. The four Gold siblings are wonderful creations, and in Benjamin’s expert hands their story becomes a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal.”—Publishers Weekly. “Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is the very best kind of literary thriller, its suspense deriving from characters we care about deeply and surprises that feel embedded in our shared humanity. As profound a meditation on destiny as readers are likely to encounter.”—Richard Russo.
 
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01/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mark Long & Jim Demonakos with Stan Shaw
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Silence of Our Friends (First Second) is the semi-autobiographical story of two families living in Texas in 1967 during that era’s fight for civil rights. A white family from a racist suburban neighborhood and a Black family living in Houston’s poorest ward endure humiliation, degradation and violence to win the freedom of five Black college student unjustly charged with the murder of a police officer. The story is told in graphic narrative form from the point of view of  the son of a reporter covering the story and is co-written by Mark Long and Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos and illustrated by Nate Powell (whose work includes March).   "...an engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, "other"-ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground." —Publisher's Weekly.  Tonight’s program is moderated by Stan Shaw.
 

01/16/2018 - 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, book group will be discussing Carmen Maria Machado's National Book Award finalist, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press), the January selection. Carmen Maria Machado, herself, is in an Elliott Bay co-presented reading at the Seattle Public Central Library two nights from now (January 18th!).   Learn More
 

01/16/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Shawn Wen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to this evening present noted writer, multimedia artist, and radio producer Shawn Wen, up from her San Francisco home. Her booklength essay on Marcel Marceau, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause (Sarabande Books), is a marvel both in its writing, and in how it has been reaching readers. “It isn’t easy to turn a biography into poetry. But Shawn Wen does exactly that with her portrait of mime artist Marcel Marceau, who introduced the world to this wordless art form. Wen, a radio producer and multimedia artist, has written her first book with the kind of poetic zeal that suits an artist who practically created silent cinema on stage. . . . Wen’s evocative writing invites us into the audience to watch the powdered face arch into emotional heights, the body sway against unseen wind. . . . With A Twenty Minutes Silence Followed by Applause, Wen offers an invigorating and memorable paean to Marceau’s talent and tragedies, wrapped in a melodic critique that is unafraid to show the pain of an artist who sometimes felt trapped in a box.” —The Washington Post. “Intellectually agile and tenderly imagined, Shawn Wen’s incandescent essay reminds readers that writing is gesture, that movement is a language of thought, and that the union of the two is a thing of beauty.” —Alexandra Kleeman.
 

01/17/2018 - 11:30am

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

01/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Leni Zumas
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland writer Leni Zumas, author of the well-received story collection, Farewell Navigator and a first novel, The Listeners, is here tonight with an intense, all-too-timely new novel, Red Clocks (Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown). Five women in a small Oregon town, in a near-future that seems nightmarishly possible, contemplate life, meaning, survival. “Leni Zumas here proves she can do almost anything. Her tale feels part Melvillian, part Lydia Davis, part Octavia Butler—but really Zumas’s vision is entirely her own. Red Clocks is funny, mordant, political, poetic, alarming, and inspiring—not to mention a way forward for fiction now.” - Maggie Nelson. “Move over Atwood, Leni Zumas's Red Clocks is a gender-roaring tour de force. The bodies of women in Red Clocks are each the site of resistance and revolution. I screamed out loud. I pumped my first in the air. And I remembered how hope is forged from the ground up, through the bodies of women who won't be buried.” - Lidia Yuknavitch.
 

01/17/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Jesmyn Ward
Benaroya Hall
200 University
Seattle, WA 98101
Even before she received the 2017 National Book Award for fiction - her second such honor (in three novels), Jesmyn Ward’s evening here would be an occasion of note. Author of two earlier novels - Where the Line Bleeds (being newly reissued) and the National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones - she has also edited a vital, important anthology with over twenty writers contributing, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race. This past fall saw publication of the current NBA winner, her haunting, beautifully written novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner). "While the magical element is new in Ward’s fiction, her allusiveness, anchored in her interest in the politics of race, has been pointing in this direction all along. It takes a touch of the spiritual to speak across chasms of age, class, and color ... The signal characteristic of Ward’s prose is its lyricism. “I’m a failed poet,” she has said. The length and music of Ward’s sentences owe much to her love of catalogues, extended similes, imagistic fragments, and emphasis by way of repetition ... The effect, intensified by use of the present tense, can be hypnotic. Some chapters sound like fairy tales. This, and her ease with vernacular language, puts Ward in fellowship with such forebears as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner." -The New Yorker. “Sing, Unburied, Sing is a road novel turned on its head, and a family story with its feet to the fire. Lyric and devastating, Ward's unforgettable characters straddle past and present in this spellbinding return to the rural Mississippi of her first book.  You'll never read anything like it.”—Ayana Mathis. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES.   get tickets  
 

01/18/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Carmen Maria Machado
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Carmen Maria Machado’s dazzling, genre- and gender-bending debut book of stories, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press), has not exactly come into the world unnoticed. A finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, this marvel of a book has also received top support from independent booksellers in the U.S. and been published in top anthologies and collections along the way. “Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado, is a love letter to an obstinate genre that won’t be gentrified. It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and horror...Not since Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, in 2006, has a debut collection of short stories from a relatively unknown author garnered such attention, or deserved it more.”—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times. “The stories in Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange. Her voracious imagination and extraordinary voice beautifully bind these stories about fading women and the end of the world and men who want more when they’ve been given everything and bodies, so many human bodies taking up space and straining the seams of skin in impossible, imperfect, unforgettable ways.”—Roxane Gay. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

01/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tyrell Johnson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down from his Kelowna, B.C. home is debut novelist Tyrell Johnson, who is originally from Bellingham. He is here in the heart of the coldest, darkest season with a fine, future-set novel placed  north of here, The Wolves of Winter (Scribner). "With The Wolves of Winter, Johnson has created a stark, brutal and all too believable new world. The landscape and conditions are beautifully realized, the writing is deft, sure of itself and from the first page, you know you’re in the hands of a gifted storyteller. This is a stunningly written account of a young woman’s struggle and what a woman she is. Lynn is everything I want in a character; resilient, resourceful, charming and tough, she’ll stay with me for long time. A brilliant book, I loved it." —Beth Lewis. “With elements of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and TV's “The Walking Dead,” the book gets off to a gripping start, blending visceral thrills with existential reflections...A stylishly written debut by a novelist to keep an eye on….Johnson's outdoor adventure novel is lifted by his command of natural settings and his understanding of family bonding under extreme duress.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

01/20/2018 - 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!
 

01/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Claudia Castro Luna with Hilary Field
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Along with being a wonderfully galvanizing force helping bring poetry to more people and more people to poetry here in Seattle as Seattle’s first Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, besides now becoming the Washington State Poet Laureate, has also somehow been getting her own writing done and published. 2016 saw publication of This City. 2017, late in the fall, saw release of a powerful collection, naming and memorializing, Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press). “In this epic poetry collection Killing Marías, Claudia Castro Luna, both poetically and physically, settles spaces that were unclaimed by Latinas. Her inscription of the disappeared women of Juárez is a live cartographic image of struggle and spiritual survival. Castro Luna does not allow for these dead women to lack agency; they nourish us and the earth, and they speak with their bodies, literally, positioning themselves as recovered entities with agency, in the poet’s skilled narrativizing hands.”  – Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D. Joing in on this evening's festivities will be guitarist, Hilary Field.
 
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01/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Juli Berwald
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Published this past fall to critical acclaim, Juli Berwald’s Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone (Riverhead) is what its subtitle indicates, and not a commentary on certain national legislative bodies. Such creatures are denizens of this region, making this even more germane for here and now. “In this astonishing adventure of a book, Juli Berwald takes us on a personal journey into the enchanting and mystifying aqueous world of jellyfish, and in so doing, sheds light on the vital ecological balances upon which our own survival depends.” —Ruth Ozeki. “Spineless is as mesmerizing, surprising, and beautiful as the jellyfish itself. Every page contains some astonishing treasure. If you cherish the sea, if you care about the environment, if you relish life on this sweet, blue planet, you will love this book.” —Sy Montgomery.
 

01/23/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anne Fadiman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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
 

01/23/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Laurie Frankel
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Laurie Frankel’s novel, This is How It Always Is (Flatiron) was named one of the best books of 2017 by Popsugar, Chicago Public Library, Bustle and People and others and it was one of our favorites too. It’s a warm hearted story of a family coping with their youngest child’s unexpected announcement that she is in fact a girl. “Laurie Frankel has written one of those very rare, special novels that examines the way we live―in our homes, in our families, in our bodies―with an astonishing balance of humor, complexity, and above all, kindness. This Is How It Always Is teaches us to look beyond the traditional binary oppositions of boy vs. girl, right vs. wrong, real vs. make-believe, and to find courage and beauty in the in-between.” --Ruth Ozeki.   Laurie Frankel is the author of two earlier novels and of several nonfiction essays about adoption and her experiences parenting a transgender child. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

01/24/2018 - 11:30am

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

01/24/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sarah Eltantawi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A professor of comparative religion at Evergreen State College, Sarah Eltantawi is here this evening with a well-received scholarly work on a place and people who continue to undergo travail, Shari'ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria's Islamic Revolution (University of California Press). “Shari'ah on Trial is a notable, memorable, and promising addition to literature in the field of contemporary Islamic studies. It serves to fill a significant geographical gap and excels at linking the historical, legal, and political dimensions of shari'ah law in Nigeria. Eltantawi demonstrates her skills by simultaneously weaving a coherent narrative and putting it in conversation with secondary literature and relevant theories. Even better, she tells a story, thus engaging the reader and opening up possibilities for discussion, which only the best of books will do.”—Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina. "I am impressed with how well the author has nuanced the interpretation of shari'ah in the Nigerian and global contexts in ways that take into consideration the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the institution and its practice. This interpretation displays Eltantawi’s uncommon skill as a deep thinker and her ability to produce a work that is rigorous and original. The work is provocative, creative, and compelling, confronting old orthodoxies with fresh and convincing insights …” - Jacob Olupona, Harvard University.
 
 

01/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Zoltan Grossman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Zoltan Grossman’s book, Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands (University of Washington Press), the longtime community organizer and professor of geography and Native studies at The Evergreen State College, explores the evolution of conflict to cooperation among Native American nations in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, Northern Plains and Great Lakes regions and their neighboring communities in protecting environmental resources from outside threats. "Unlikely Alliances demonstrates that our ongoing fights for climate justice are not isolated struggles, but are founded upon a legacy of collaborative resistance. This book is an essential read for all organizers, water protectors, and land defenders who wish to build healthier, more sustainable communities and native nations." -Dallas Goldtooth, national organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network.
 

01/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Thomas Graham Jr & Scott Montgomery
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
314 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Thomas Graham Jr., a leading American diplomat on arms control, returns to Folio with his co-author, Scott Montgomery, to speak about issues covered in their book, Seeing the Light: The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press). 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. “This is an accessible and well-written book that could not be more timely. Much current campaigning gives the impression that renewable sources are the full answer to the world's needs for climate safe energy. The balanced discussion in this book shows us the great environmental benefit of today's nuclear power and the potential for development and expanded use. It merits broad reading by anyone interested in the future of energy generation, from the general public to students and scientists to policymakers.” Hans Blix, Director General Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency Presented with FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM. get tickets
 

01/27/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with David Gilmartin
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan The end of the British Raj in August 1947 amidst much violence led to the partitioning of India. Two new countries, India and Pakistan, were based primarily on religious identification. But it also led to the partitioning of the Indus River basin, at that time the site of the largest integrated irrigation network in the world. This talk will explore the implications of boundaries, not only for identities of belonging, but also for how communities relate to nature. About the Presenter: David Gilmartin is Distinguished Professor History at North Carolina State University, and a scholar of Modern South Asian history who has conducted research in India and Pakistan. His interests focus on the intersections between the history of British imperialism in South Asia and the development of modern politics and forms of rule. His most recent book, Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (2015) examines the intersection between environmental and political history over the last 200 years. 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
 

01/27/2018 - 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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01/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michael Shermer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of such books as The Moral Arc and The Believing Brain, Michael Shermer makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for his newest book, Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia (Henry Holt & Co.). “This book’s theme is the one of greatest practical importance to all of us: does some heaven or afterlife await us after we die? Most Americans, and even many atheists, believe that the answer is ‘yes.’ If there is no heaven, how can we find purpose in life? Michael Shermer explores these big questions with the delightful, powerful style that made his previous books so successful—but this is his best book.” —Jared Diamond. “Heavens on Earth is absolutely brilliant, filled with profundity, startling facts, and mind-expanding ideas. Michael Shermer somehow manages to be entertaining and scientifically erudite at the same time. He also brings some of history’s greatest thinkers to life and makes their ideas accessible. This is one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a long time.” —Amy Chua.
 

01/29/2018 - 7:30pm

The Summit
David Cay Johnston
The Summit
420 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98102
Author of one of the first damning books on Donald Trump as a political figure, The Making of Donald Trump, he is here with an all-too-timely new work, It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (Simon & Schuster). ”If there’s such a genre as anti-hagiography, Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump, 2016, etc.) adds materially to it with this new polemic against the sitting president. If the Trump administration can boast of an accomplishment to date, writes the author, it is that ‘thanks to Trump the mentally ill now have virtually the same gun rights as the sane.’ One might think this a questionable contribution to the commonwealth, but, Johnston argues with a fine and steely sense of indignation, that is precisely the point ... Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading.” - Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVIC Series. get tickets
 

01/30/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ben Lynch
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Dr. Ben Lynch, a leading expert in epigenetics—how genes switch on and off—provides a revolutionary, holistic, and personalized approach to better health. His new book, Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health (HarperOne) addresses how knowledge gained from epigenetics can be used to prevent and reverse common ailments, chronic illnesses, and life-threatening diseases, including cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and more. After receiving his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, he founded Strategene and Strategic Medicine. Co-presented with BASTYR UNIVERSITY.
 

01/31/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
5121 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!
 

01/31/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Tod Marshall & Claudia Castro Luna with Anastacia-Renee
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Seattle Public Library and the Elliott Bay Book Company join forces tonight to celebrate our Washington State poets and to welcome the next Washington Poet Laureate. The evening’s festivities include readings from some of the contributors to WA129 (Sage Hill Press), a collection of poems by poets both acclaimed and emerging from around Washington State. Joining us tonight are Claudia Castro Luna, who just ended her term as Seattle’s Civic Poet and assumes the position of State Poet Laureate, Anastacia-Renee, Seattle’s current Civic Poet and more contributors to WA129, including Duane Niatum, Georgia McDade, Phillip Red Eagle, Quenton Baker, Rachel Kessler, Dawn Pichon Barron, Bill Carty, and Shankar Narayan. Free and open to the public. Book sales and signing follow the program and refreshments will be served. more info
 
 
 
 
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