December 2017

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12/01/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lauren Danner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Olympia-based writer and historian Lauren Danner’s book , Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park, (Washington State University Press), chronicles the creation of the North Cascades National Park nearly 50 years ago. The North Cascades range benefited from geographic isolation that shielded its mountains from extensive resource extraction and development. Efforts to establish a park began as early as 1892, but as the environmental movement matured, a 1950s Glacier Peak study mobilized conservationists to seek establishment of a national park that prioritized wilderness. “Lauren Danner’s engaging treatise on the North Cascade Mountain Range provides a window into the history federal land management and its impact on the West in the twentieth-century.…A highly readable book for those interested in how America’s federal landscape is shaped.” —Lincoln Bramwell, PhD, Chief Historian, Forest Service Washington Office.
 

12/02/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Naveeda Khan
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh With a focus on silt islands that accrete and erode within the Jamuna River in Bangladesh, Naveeda Khan asks how do the poor make and re-make their lives on such shifting grounds? In this talk she will explore the ways the poor have found to exist, even flourish, in such a challenging setting. She will also explore how climate change is making its presence known within these lives. About the Presenter: Naveeda Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She has published Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan (2012) and edited several books and journal issues. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Towards a Romantic Anthropology: River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh. Her new research will focus on changing notions of home in the aftermath of earthquakes with a focus on Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. 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
 

12/02/2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
St. Peter's Holiday Fair
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
1610 S. King Street
Seattle, WA 98144
We’re glad to again participate in St. Peter’s Annual Holiday Fair. The church, founded in 1932, has roots in a mission church established in 1908 by Japanese Anglicans and this holiday fair reflects its Japanese American and multicultural community. Among this year’s offerings are homemade sushi, baked goods and traditional Japanese treats, ornaments, totes, design wear, clothing, children’s crafts, glass art, jewelry and fair trade items. We’ll bring a selection of Japanese American and multicultural-themed fiction and nonfiction, bilingual books, cookbooks, and calendars for children and adults. Music, raffle prizes, visits from Father Christmas and a raffle with prizes make this a fun stop for holiday shopping. For more information, please call 206.323.5250. Free admission.  
 

12/02/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Holiday Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We meet in the children's section for a special storytime to celebrate the winter season! Join our special guest reader for some silly stories for toddlers and others. We'll be reading some of our seasonal favorites including The Mitten by Jan Brett, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho by Doreen Cronin, and of course Dream Snow by Eric Carle, to name a few. Welcome to all families!
 

12/02/2017 - 2:30pm

The Neptune Theatre
Rhett & Link - SOLD OUT
The Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
This Fall, wildly popular comedians and YouTube stars Rhett & Link publish their first-ever book, Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality, through Crown. In celebration of its release, Rhett & Link will criss-cross the country to bring their uniquely warm, weird, and always hilarious two-man act to fans nationwide. The Tour of Mythicality, their first-ever live stage show, will feature a blend of comedic yet personal storytelling, performances of their hit songs, offbeat life advice, and fan Q&A. Heartfelt and completely original, the show will be the perfect treat for anyone looking for a fresh dose of humor and fun, imbued with the classic Rhett & Link spirit of Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery. Put simply: a Mythical evening. More information
 

12/02/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Gary Rogowski
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Gary Rogowski, the Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, opened the doors of his Portland, Oregon shop to offer classes to the public in 1997.  A renowned teacher and a builder of fine furniture, he is perhaps best known for his classic book, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery (Taunton Press). Tonight he’ll speak about his  new book, Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction (Linden). “Part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living, Handmade is a book for craftspeople, artists, and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose, and creativity in their work -- and it's the perfect antidote to a modern world that thinks human labor is obsolete.”
 
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12/03/2017 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle’s Youth Poet Laureate Program identifies young writers who believe in poetry’s power to create positive change in their community. Join us as representatives from the Youth Poet Laureate cohort share new poetry on causes close to their hearts. Lily Baumgart, Seattle’s current reigning Youth Poet Laureate, will headline the evening.   More about Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Youth Poet Laureate and Writers in the Schools programs here.
 

12/03/2017 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Joe Biden
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table.  This fall, Vice President Biden will travel the nation for his American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. He will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty. Each ticket includes a copy of Joe Biden’s forthcoming memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (a $27 value, on sale November 14 from Flatiron Books).   Purchase Tickets    
 

12/04/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Litt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A young man who went straight from graduating college to working in the 2008 Obama campaign, and then, in 2011, became one of the youngest presidential speechwriters ever, David Litt takes us back to a time that feels like eons ago when a president might speak in a complete sentence in his thoroughly engaging memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Ecco). Among other things, David Litt helped President Obama light - and lighten things up - as he was the principal humorist amongst the presidential staff. “David Litt has done the impossible: written a smart, insightful, and funny White House memoir you don’t have to be a political junkie to love. Even better, he takes us back to a saner more compassionate time when our president liked to read.” — Judd Apatow. “Thanks, Obama is a wonderful book for the same reasons David Litt’s speeches for the White House were wonderful: it’s well-written, it’s funny, it tells us exactly what we’re curious about, and. . . it reminds us that a great president galvanizes not only his staff but his country.” — Anne Fadiman.
 

12/05/2017 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Kate Walbert's novel, A Short History of Women (Scribner). learn more
 

12/05/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Françoise Canter, Suzanne Botelli & Shin Yu Pai
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Three Seattle poets read work today on the subject of “Home and Place.”  Françoise Canter is the author of Les voix liminales / Liminal Voices (published in a bilingual, French/English edition by À L’Index, France). Les voix liminales / Liminal Voices acknowledges journeys back and forth between two languages, two cultures and two countries and gives voice to the poetry that emerges between languages. She is joined by Suzanne Botelli, whose poems have appeared in The Collagist, Scoundrel Time, and Poetry Northwest. Her chapbook, The Feltville Formation (Finishing Line Press), was featured in the 2015 Chapbookpalooza series for New Books in Poetry. Shin Yu Pai is Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond and Deputy  Head of the Obscura Societies for Atlas Obscura. Her books include Adamantine (White Pine Press) and Aux Arcs (La Alameda Press).
 

12/05/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Natalie Diaz & John Freeman
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Two deeply talented, engaged poets hold forth together this evening, reading from and discussing their work. Mojave poet Natalie, already a favorite with audiences in Seattle and around the country, makes a welcome return, as does John Freeman, in this first Seattle visit as a poet. Natalie Diaz is author of When My Brother Was an Aztec and John Freeman’s debut collection is Maps (both books from Copper Canyon Press). John Freeman is also here as an editor - of both the anthology, A Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (Penguin), which includes work by Natalie Diaz and others, including Seattle writer Timothy Egan. John Freeman also has a new edition of Freeman’s out, this “The Future of New Writing” (Grove Press). “This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life. In darkly humorous poems, Diaz illuminates far corners of the heart.”—Publishers Weekly on When My Brother Was an Aztec. “Indeed the collection maps love with the same fervor it does war, though the poems are drawn tight and reverent, and are studded with references to ugly externalities, as if to claim love in the singular would be to confess to a flaw of the spirit ... “ - Ru Freeman, Huffington Post. As part of this Seattle visit, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Foerester, Ydalmi Noriega, and other Native poets will present a number of programs coordinated by Hugo House, December 6 -8. These include a December 7 poetry reading, Poetry Across the Nations, December 7 at Fred Wildlife Refuge with Cedar Sigo, Celeste Adame, Casandra Lopez, Laura Da’, and Sara Ortiz joining Natalie Diaz and the others. Please see Hugo House for more information. This evening co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and COPPER CANYON PRESS. Free admission.
 

12/05/2017 - 7:30pm

Hotel Sorrento
Anca Szilágyi with Corinne Manning
Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
We help promote and support this book launch celebration by Seattle-based writer Anca Szilágyi for her debut novel, Daughters of the Air (Lanternfish Press). Joining her to read and moderate is Seattle writer Corinne Manning. “Anca L. Szilágyi writes with an elegant economy that gives her work a moving urgency and a lushness that is uplifting. Crafting characters and moments of unexpected brilliance, Anca weaves narratives imbued with an original beauty. A pure delight.” – Chris Abani. “[Daughters of the Air] offers a moving and memorable exploration of how the traumas of history burrow into individuals and fester, sprouting strange and sometimes even lovely phenomena.” — Peter Mountford. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission.
 

12/06/2017 - 11:30am

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

12/06/2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Capitol Cider
Erin James
Capitol Cider
818 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle native and devoted apple lover Erin James’ newly released book, Tasting Cider: The CIDERCRAFT Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Cider (Storey) celebrates the historic beverage with tasting notes, producer profiles and food and cocktail recipes. The book comes to life just in time for the holidays at Elliott Bay Book’s neighbor, Capitol Cider, where from 6:30-8 p.m., guests can join James and the Capitol Cider team for book-inspired cider flights, a featured cocktail and pairing recommendations, plus a discounted book and four-bottle cider package to take home for the holidays – or to gift to the cider lover in your life. Presented with CAPITOL CIDER. They feature the largest independent cider bar in the U.S., a bottle shop and a restaurant that has a 100% gluten free menu.
 

12/06/2017 - 7:00pm

Washington Hall
Jess Walters
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As part of Hugo House’s Words Work series devoted to writing and craft, Spokane novelist Jess Walters is over to talk of the subject,  “On the Clock, Time, and the Fiction Writer.” Jess Walter is the award-winning author of six novels, one book of short stories, and one nonfiction book. “As talented a natural storyteller as is working in American Fiction.” – Washington Post. “When it comes to explaining to me my own too often baffling nation, there’s no one writing today whom I trust as completely as Jess Walter.” – Richard Russo. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. get tickets
 

12/06/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David B. Williams & Kevin O’Brien with Laurie Frankel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join Seattle writers David B. Williams (an expert on hidden haunts) and Kevin O'Brien (fully acquainted with literary murder and mayhem) as they share their passions for sinister Seattle. In a lighthearted and lively conversation, they'll discuss the best places to commit fictional murder in the city, with a special focus on Capitol Hill.  And they'd like your input!   David B. Williams’ book Seattle Walks (University of Washington Press) has spent many weeks on the Elliott Bay Bestsellers display, and he is also the author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal and Too High and Too Steep. Kevin O’Brien has been scaring readers for decades, most recently with his thrillers, Hide Your Fear and You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. They are joined by their Seattle7Writers colleague, Laurie Frankel, tonight’s special guest. Co-presented with Seattle7Writers.
 

12/07/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mike Duncan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Award-winning history podcaster Mike Duncan visits with a book that is causing something of a storm, not only because its title is The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (Public Affairs). "Never has a book about history that's two millennia old been so timely. Duncan, in the sort of narrative prose that caused his podcasts to electrify history lovers everywhere, tells the story of the decay of Republican Rome-and its contemporary relevance drips off every page. The Storm Before the Storm has everything from vividly portrayed populist demagogues exploiting economic and social inequality to the failure of calcified republican institutions to adapt to changing circumstances. You'll learn as much about the problems we face today from this book as from any Newspaper.” - Benjamin Wittes.
 

12/08/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rachel Rose & Elee Kraljii Gardiner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We welcome Vancouver, BC poet laureate Rachel Rose back to Elliott Bay tonight to speak about a new (prose) book, The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World's K9 Cops (St. Martins), in which she introduces readers to police dogs and their handlers in the United States, Canada, Britain, and France (where their group's official name translates as "the dog lover unit"). "What do you get when a poet does ride-alongs with police K-9 units in four different countries? You get a unique, insightful, and well-written book like this. It is a must read for anyone interested in these dedicated police officers and their valiant canine partners." —Stanley Coren. She’ll appear in conversation with poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner, author of Serpentine Loop (Anvil Press), which was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. She is the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. And yes, poetry is expected to be part of tonight’s program. Please join us.
 

12/08/2017 - 7:00pm

Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
Khizr Khan
Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
914 E Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98122
There may have been no moment more dramatic or telling in the 2016 presidential campaign than when attorney and Gold Star father Khizr Khan challenged Donald Trump on service, sacrifice, and his knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Khan is here this evening with a newly released memoir, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice (Random House), that develops and deepens the points made at the Democratic Convention, and tells a story of how a family became an integral part of this nation. “A politically pointed immigrant success story mingled with equally pointed tragedy ...Khan, in short, charts the nuanced evolution of an American patriot, one whose son was killed by a car bomb while serving as an Army officer in Iraq. Capt. Humayan Saqib Muazzam Khan was proclaimed a hero and posthumously earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for bravery in combat …  Self-effacing, the author writes movingly of the events leading up to that moment, which he feared, correctly, might expose him to direct attack on the part of Trump himself. Khan’s aspirational memoir reminds us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands.” - Kirkus Reviews. Khizr Khan is also here with a good book for younger readers, This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father (Random House). Co-presented by Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University School of Law, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission. All guests attending this event are subject to a courteous screening and bag check before entry into the event. learn more
 

12/09/2017 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Timothy Clark
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hokusai’s Waterscapes This summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum in London was Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave, curated by Timothy Clark, head of the Japanese section at that museum. The ever-popular Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker created The Great Wave print in 1831–33, one of most widely recognized works of art in the world. This exhibition stood out as a significant contribution among the many exhibitions and publications on Katsushika Hokusai through its focus on work from Hokusai’s later years. SAM’s Gardner Center is delighted to present Clark’s lecture on Hokusai’s Waterscapes as the final talk in the fall Saturday University Series. In his talk, Clark will highlight some of the many prints and paintings by Hokusai that feature the energy and graphic power of water in its forms of ocean, rivers, snow, mist, and clouds. In addition to this recent exhibition, Clark also produced a catalogue of the exhibition (now sold out) and was featured in a BBC documentary on Hokusai. He has also organized exhibitions such as Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Prints, and published on many artists and aspects of ukiyo-e, including Kuniyoshi, Utamaro, and the painter Jakuchu. 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
 

12/09/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children’s Holiday Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Music and dance are such a wonderful tradition for the winter holidays. Today we will read from a selection of stories including a beautiful edition of The Nutcracker with illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger. And how could we not include the grand dame of dance herself with her own story in Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer (designer of Balanchine's Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet). Join us in the children's section with our fabulous guest reader Zandi Carlson.
 

12/09/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Carolyne Wright & Sarah Jones
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’re glad to welcome poet, translator and teacher Carolyne Wright tonight to read from a major new collection of her work, This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press). This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems brings together the most powerful and resonant poems of Carolyne Wright's books and chapbooks to date. "The language of Carolyne Wright's poems is as rich, diverse, and bursting with life as the natural world of the coastal Northwest she calls home; but her home is the world, much of which she has traveled. Her poems engage that larger world and the lives of its citizens, their history, turmoil, and jeopardy. Hers is a poetry both of celebration and of sober courage."-David Axelrod.   Carolyne Wright is also a contributor to a timely new collection, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press), edited by Grace Bauer & Julie Kane. Carolyne Wright's ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, received ten Pushcart Prize nominations Her work includes nine earlier poetry volumes, five books of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Reading with Carolyne Wright tonight is poet Sarah Jones, Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Entropy Magazine, The Normal School, New Ohio Review, Raven Chronicles, City Arts Magazine, Yes, Poetry, and many other places.
 
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12/11/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jonathan Sposato
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In 2015, investor and tech entrepreneur Jonathan Sposato, chair and co-founder of Geekwire.com and CEO of Picmonkey, announced that he would only back businesses that have at least one female founder. His new book, Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits (Wiley) offers some powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in businesses and workplaces. Better Together provides managers, employees, CEOs, and board members a guide to build a sustainable robust female workforce at all levels.
 

12/12/2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
SOLD OUT Hillary Rodham Clinton Booksigning
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
  This event is now SOLD OUT. We are thrilled to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Elliott Bay Book Company for a special book signing on Tuesday December 12th in honor of her extraordinary new book What Happened. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. In What Happened, Secretary Clinton, for the first time, reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Clinton takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interferences, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. Event tickets are $30.00 (plus tax and ticketing fee), and include a copy of What Happened, and a place in the signing line for one guest.  Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get Tickets  
 

12/12/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Melinda Mueller & Lori Goldston
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle poet Melinda Mueller reads here this evening from two recently published collections. Newest - and most timely, given the current season - is Mary’s Dust (from Seattle’s Entre Ríos Books). Mary’s Dust works through stories of thirty-two actual Marys. The book includes a download of original, commissioned music by acclaimed Seattle cellist Lori Goldston, “Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust.” “Melinda Mueller’s great gift is translating historical detail and scientific fact into profound human experience. Long-awaited Mary’s Dust is a tour de force, a klatch of history’s Marys speaking through a stunning array of formal constraints—much as they did in life. Each Mary emerges from Mueller’s precise and brilliant word choice and imagery to linger “with a faint ringing.” Mary’s Dust is an ambitious, awe-inspiring, marvelous collection.” — Kathleen Flenniken. Part of this evening will also be Melinda Mueller’s haunting book-length poem, The After (Entre Ríos Books).
 

12/13/2017 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This will be the final PJ Library of 2017, with a holiday break during the next few weeks. Join us once again, on January 3, 2018. Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a number of select bookstores 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!
 

12/14/2017 - 4:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Annie Leibovitz
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
It is a great delight and honor to have one of our most celebrated - and favorite - photographers here once again - we’ve had the pleasure of doing so for over twenty-five years. This afternoon Annie Leibovitz will be signing her beautiful new book, Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005 - 2016 (Phaidon) at Elliott Bay Book Company (4:00 p,m.-6 p.m.) and will follow this with a speaking appearance at Campion Ballroom (at 7 p.m.), which will also include book sales and a signing. "Iconic is an overused word, but it feels apt when describing the globally recognisable, influential, and compelling images of photographer Annie Leibovitz. Now, in a luxurious new compendium, her last decade of work is showcased in all its glory... The book is a who's who of the relevant and revered."—Red. No tickets needed for the 4:00 p.m. book signing at Elliott Bay.
 

12/14/2017 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Matthew McIntosh with Paul Constant
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Fourteen years after his bleak, powerful debut novel Well, a book set primarily in suburban Seattle, Matthew McIntosh is back with a most remarkable, audacious work. theMystery.doc (Grove Press) is an immense but light-footed novel, rich with images in sequence and blasts of text in addition to written narrative, reflective of what it is being written about. We are delighted to be hosting one of the few evenings Matthew McIntosh will be doing for this, where he’ll be joined by Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books. “Glued precariously together from the documentary fragments of a shattered culture and a fractured psyche, as with Eliot’s The Waste Land, Matthew McIntosh’s huge and riveting theMystery.doc stakes out its territory in the unbroken ground of a new and unsettling American century. Haunted the same way that contemporary life is haunted—by snapshots and forgotten emails; scraps of dialogue and movie stills—this brave and massively accomplished book is both a savage exorcism and a dazzling celebration of the novel and the human heart, each with their endless possibilities. A transfixing statement in a shimmering new language.”—Alan Moore. “theMystery.doc may seem capacious but is actually sly, shy, and precise, and Matthew McIntosh is ambitious in the good sense: he attempts something new, with new vitality, and at that, absolutely succeeds.”—Rachel Kushner.
 

12/14/2017 - 7:00pm

Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
Annie Leibovitz
Seattle University - Campion Ballroom
914 E Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Annie Leibovitz is one of the great observers of the contemporary world, capturing the personalities of the past half-century in images that are both iconic and intimate. In an exclusive Seattle event, she will present a selection of defining works from her newly published Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005–2016 (Phaidon). Leibovitz’s distinctive, wide-ranging portraits portray artists, writers, actors, politicians, athletes, royals, activists and others who have shaped the times we live in. They include Venus and Serena Williams, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cate Blanchett, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Steinem, Rihanna, Meryl Streep, Zaha Hadid, Anna Wintour, Leonard Cohen, Jasper Johns, Caitlyn Jenner, LeBron James, Jeff Koons, Joan Didion, Barack Obama, and Queen Elizabeth II. Annie Leibovitz’s astute observations of American life first appeared in Rolling Stone and have continued to have a prominent place on the cultural landscape during her long affiliation with Vanity Fair and Vogue. She has received many honors, including the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, the Wexner Prize, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. She is a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University as part of the Arts & Culture series. get tickets
 

12/15/2017 - 7:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
E.J. Koh, Mita Mahato, Montreux Rotholtz & Jane Wong
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We close out our 2017 year of store readings - taking a few-weeks break for the holidays - with this group reading by four Seattle poets, all with extraordinary debut collections out. E.J. Koh, part of a memorable reading here with Sherman Alexie and Robert Lashley a year ago, right after the election, is here with A Lesser Love (Louisiana State University Press), winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize. She has also been writing stories and receiving awards for her translation work. “Koh, whose vision fuses American and Korean culture determinedly but nonchalantly, whose distinctive voice can startle as it soothes, and whose invention is a book that delights, disrupts, razes, edifies, and refuses ever to be just one thing. In other words, A Lesser Love is first-rate, intelligent, and pure gold—a triumph.” -Timothy Donnelly Mita Mahato is here with In Between (Pleiades/Louisiana State University), a just-released volume of her unique, ‘cut paper’ poetry (see this). We hope to have her back in early 2018 for a full evening of this striking work. “Some people use pens to write poems. Mita Mahato uses a scalpel. With surgical precision she cuts into the world’s throwaway materials–newspapers, old dress patterns—and renders from them poetry comics about—what else?—loss. With this technique, Mahato returns dimension and palpability to the things we’ve lost so we can reckon with them in the real world.”   —Rich Smith, The Stranger Montreux Rotholtz’s debut collection, Unmark (Burnside Review), was selected by Mary Szybist for the Burnside Review Press Book Award. Her poems have been widely published in journals around the country. 'To mark' means many things: to stain, to sign, to correct, to celebrate. "Montreux Rotholtz's Unmark ambitiously means much more, performing and undoing those acts, correcting definitions, understandings, and then unraveling those corrections in a headlong, fearless drive toward what is 'just' ... The beautiful, sensual intensity of these poems is haunted, assured: each one leans toward us, 'feeling / for [our] fragile pressures,' to 'clarify [our] ear.'"—Mary Syzbist Jane Wong, she of Overpour (Action Books), which has been highly praised and gone into many hands since being published a year ago, now comes to the evening from her relatively new home of Bellingham, where she is a professor at Western Washington University. “Jane Wong’s powerful first book weaves together seemingly disparate topics such as war and child’s play, language and exile, debt, animals and nature … Montage-like, the poems are also a kind of philosophy by which I mean they are curious. They ask questions of the world. Not afraid of being earnest, Wong’s voice is both playful and cerebral, weaving in and out of the world—its wars and its violence, poverty and alienation—making a beautiful and smart, strange and new, word elixir.” — Cynthia Cruz.
 

12/16/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Holiday Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As we near the Winter Solstice we celebrate all the traditions of winter with selections from Shante Keys and the New Years Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah by Jane Yolen and Messy Bessey's Holidays by Patricia McKissack. Come join us in the children's section with our special guest reader Christine Longe.
 
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12/23/2017 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Holiday Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Perhaps our favorite story hour of the entire year, we revisit the classic tales of the winter season with a lovely reading by guest reader Jesica Avellone who shares Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the eternally moving story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, as well as the laugh aloud silliness of Lemony Snicket's contemporary classic The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming. We hope you and your family can join us for this very special story time in the children's section as we wish you all a joyful holiday season.
 
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