Start: 6:30 pm
Presented by TEMPLE DE HIRSCH SINAI. If you missed her Elliott Bay appearance last month, here's another opportunity to hear local author Jane Isenberg, whose historical mystery, The Bones and the Book (Oconee Spirit Press), takes an earthquake that happened almost fifty years ago (1965), and lets some intrigues it unburies take readers farther back in time to the diary of a young immigrant Yiddish-speaking woman who had been murdered. "Past and present collide in this complex, compelling historical mystery. Using the classic elements of hidden manuscript and mysterious corpse, the author builds a highly original story that is both deeply Jewish and uniquely American ... the novel deftly explores the mysteries of difference, identity, loneliness, love, betrayaland family." - Lev Raphael. Free admission. Temple De Hirsch Sinai is at 1511 E. Pike Street. For more information, please see www.tdhs-nw.org.
Start: 7:00 pm
From his Grays River home, Robert Michael Pyle has for decades been one of our most astute and eloquent chronicler of the flora and fauna of this regionand our ways of being neighbors to such. His sixteen books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Sky Time in Grays River, and authoritative volumes on butterflies, slugs, and Bigfoot. He makes this welcome day-after Election Day visit here with much needed good spirit and languageno matter the results, damage does get done to the languagewith his newest book, The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion (Oregon State University Press). "These essays, each a multifaceted gem, convey an exuberant sense of what it feels like to encounter the greater-than-human-world with senses alert and mind engaged. And what a mind! Equally at ease in science and art, in philosophy and fun, Robert Michael Pyle is curious and knowledgeable about all manner of living things, from butterflies to bats, from bioluminescent plankton to the yeast in beer." - Scott Russell Sanders.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Long considered one of the finest writers at film at work anywhere in the world, David Thomson is one of those few critical writers whose writing itself is superb artistic work. The author of many books and recipient of numerous prizes, he visits Seattle with his newest, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "David Thomson has composed a grand aesthetic, spiritual, and moral account of cinema history assembled around the movies and artists that have meant the most to him. As Thomson reconstructs film history, movies bring us close to reality and deliver us into ecstatic dreams. A pungently written, brilliant book." - David Denby. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via http://strangertickets.com. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.