Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS. Vancouver architect and urban ecologist David H.T. Wongwho helped found one of Singapore's largest design firmsand has long been a prominent Asian Canadian activist, visits with a remarkable first book. Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America (Arsenal Pulp) tells in graphic narrative form a history that is over one hundred years in the tellingand does so with a good amount of Seattle input along the way. Bettie Luke of the Luke Family Association at the Wing Luke Museum, and Dr. Connie C. So of the University of Washington, are among those with welcoming forewords in this captivating book. "This is action-packed history for new generations in which David H.T. Wong presents over 100 years of Gold Mountain stories, drawn and told with passion and a critical eye. A rousing tribute to our pioneers!" - Paul Yee. Free admission. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is at 1400 E. Prospect in Volunteer Park. For more information, also see www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the SEATTLE7WRITERS. The adventures of cooking school maven and restauranteur Lillian, sous-chef Chloe, and other beloved characters first encountered in Erica Bauermeister's fine novel, The School of Essential Ingredients, continue in her much-anticipated sequel, The Lost Art of Mixing (Putnam). "Erica Bauermeister mixes gorgeous prose, luscious detail, and heartfelt charactersnew friends and oldto reveal just how colorful and warm life in the rainy Pacific Northwest can be."- Laurie Frankel. Erica Bauermeister's other books include Joy for Beginners and 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide. Please join us.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Having just finished a commendable stint as Town Hall's first Scholar in Residence, Lesley Hazleton, self-described "accidental theologist" with such books as Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother, Jezebel, and After the Prophet, is at Town Hall tonight with her newest, The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad (Riverhead). "Hazleton sets her keen eye and her sculpted prose on one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in history ... This is a wonderful book."- Reza Aslan. "Masterful, accessible, and engaging ... An absolute delight (and indispensable) for believers and non-believers alike."- Hooman Majd. "The most readable, engaging study of Muhammad I have ever come across." - G. Willow Wilson. $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.