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Just over twenty years ago, Portland writer Whitney Otto burst onto the literary scene with her acclaimed debut novel, How to Make an American Quilt. She has made welcome repeat visits to Elliott Bay over the years since (The Passion Dream Book, Now You See Her). She is here this evening with her newest, Eight Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner). "What makes Eight Girls Taking Pictures so remarkable is its simultaneous sharp focus and wide-angle lens. Through the lives of eight women photographers, Whitney Otto allows readers to see their own immediate worlds and the alternative, otherwise inaccessible world of women artists ... Eight Girls Taking Pictures takes us through the twentieth century in a way that immeasurably enriches our lives and our futures." - Sena Jeter Naslund.
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Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS. Drawing on seven years of travel and residence in South Asia, along with extensive research, Cheryl Colopy writes cogently and eloquently about imminent trouble in South Asia with her new book, Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis (Oxford University Press). "Dirty, Sacred Rivers provides a highly readable account of pressing concerns surrounding Himalayan rivers. Travelers and diplomats, engineers and mountaineers, politicians and climate scientists, will find striking insights and unseen perspectives. Colopy brings the clarity and tenacity of great reporting to the complex challenges raised by social change, industrialization and climate change as they interact with South Asia's and the world's greatest rivers." - Ben Crow. "Colopy's moving experiences along Asia's magical rivers from their mountainous headwaters to their broad deltas remind us that science and policy alone are not enoughwe must regain our sense of the sacred and spiritualand her fine book helps us do that." - Peter Gleick. Free admission. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is at 1400 E. Prospect Street in Volunteer Park. Please see www.seattleartmuseum.org for more information.