Start: 7:00 pm
Up from the Bay Area, where she teaches at the University of San Francisco is Susan Steinberg. Author of Hydroplane and The End of Free Love, she is here with a great, intense new book of stories, Spectacle (Graywolf Press). "Beautifully cadenced, Spectacle explores the damage that accrues as we try to livedamage we both give and receiveand the way it silts around us to provide a shape for our lives. A difficult, painful, and yet wonderfully human book, and a very good read." - Brian Evenson. "Narrated entirely by women whose voices merge, divide, recur, and dissipate into one another, [Spectacle feels] novelistic in scope and ambition. Steinberg is a maestro of stylistic innovation, conducting orbits of narrative and motif, coaxing meaning and music from each line ... With its literary inventions and sharp storytelling, this is a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction." - Publishers Weekly.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. One of the most acclaimed journalists at work todayand a noted professor in the Literary Journalism program at UC IrvineAmy Wilentz was first known over twenty years ago for her writing on Haiti with The Rainy Season. Writing for both The New Yorker and The Nation, among other publications, she has also written about and been based in Jerusalem and her present home state of California. She returns to Seattleand the subject of Haitifor her newest book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti (Simon & Schuster). "In this bracing memoir, Wilentz revisits Haiti, as she describes a complex nation, following the cataclysmic 2010 earthquake ... Readers get a stimulating immersion course in Haiti's culture, history, and political machinations ... Though many pontificate on the country's unrelenting despair, poverty, and corruption, Wilentz remarkable narrative strives to alter these perceptions .. An unsentimental yet heartfelt tribute to a country possessing the power to baffle some, yet beguile others." - Publishers Weekly. $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.