Start: 7:00 pm
From Denver comes noted fiction writer and creative writing teacher Laird Hunt with a powerful new novel set in the antebellum South, Kind One (Coffee House Press). "Laird Hunt's Kind One, about two slave girls who take their white mistress into captivity, is a profound meditation on the sexual and racial subconscious of America. Nothing is sacred here. Savagery begets savagery. Women commit unspeakable violence, wives are complicit in their husbands' crimes, slave girls learn to be as brutal as the masters who have raped and whipped them ... in this gorgeous and terrifying novel." - Danzy Senna. "There is always a surprise in the voice and in the heart of Laird Hunt's storieswith its echoes of habit caught in a timeless dialect, so we can see the world he gives as if new." - Michael Ondaatje.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. A working city planner, coauthor of Suburban Nation, and former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, Jeff Speck is here with a very timely, appropriate book for here and now, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "Cities are the future of the human race, and Jeff Speck knows how to make them work. In Walkable City, he persuasively explains how to create rational urban spaces and improve the quality of life by containing the number one vector of global environmental catastrophe: the automobile." - David Owen. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.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.