Start: 6:30 pm
As the literature of ideas and imagination, Science Fiction and Fantasy simply demands discussion. Our selection for November is China Mieville's Locus Award-winning novel, Kraken. In the Darwin Centre at London’s Natural History Museum, Billy Harrow, a cephalopod specialist, is conducting a tour whose climax is meant to be the Centre’s prize specimen of a rare Architeuthis duxbetter known as the Giant Squid. But Billy’s tour takes an unexpected turn when the squid suddenly and impossibly vanishes into thin air. As Billy soon discovers, this is the precipitating act in a struggle to the death between mysterious but powerful forces in a London whose existence he has been blissfully ignorant of until now, a city whose denizenshuman and otherwiseare adept in magic and murder.
Start: 7:00 pm
Along with Ivan Doig appearing at University Bookstore on November 12, Tom Robbins at Village Books in Bellingham on November 13, Jonathan Evison at Eagle Harbor Books on November 15, and Stephanie Kallos at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park on November 16, National Book Award-winning Seattle writer Tim Egan will appear here this evening for a new book celebrating independent bookstores in the U.S., My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (Black Dog & Leventhal, edited by Ronald Rice). For this nicely illustrated anthology, Tim Egan has written a gracious piece on Elliott Baywhich hosted his first reading for his first book, The Good Rain, twenty-two years ago. Writers from around the countryJohn Grisham, Isabel Allende, Pico Iyer, Abraham Verghese, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terry Tempest Williams, and many more, make for this chorus of vitality and community. Also very much being celebrated tonight is the presence of Tim Egan's own critically-acclaimed, bestselling new book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. From Greece, where is he is director of the University of Athens' Political Economy Division is Yanis Varoufakis with his book (and update) on the Greek economic crisis, and more, The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy (ZED Books). "The book is one of those exceedingly rare publications of which one can say they are urgent, timely, and absolutely necessary." – Terry Eagleton. "Yanis is one of the brightest and most innovative economists on the planet."- Steve Keen. $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.