Start: 7:00 pm
Montague Farm, an early back-to-the-land communal experiment in Western Massachusetts, began in 1968 and was for the next 35 years an active outpost of alternative community and of countercultural, New Age living. Tom Fels' Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune (University of Massachusetts Press) is based on decades' long relationships with the farm family, as well as on interviews, academic studies, writings by those involved. Tom Fels lived at Montague Farm from 1969-73 and is now a curator, independent researcher and writer. He is also the founder of the Famous Long Ago Archive at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (More about this at scua.wordpress.com) and he is the author of Farm Friends: From the Late Sixties to the West Seventies and Beyond (RSI/Chelsea Green Press).
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Esteemed poet and professor emeritus of English and creative writing at the University of Washington, Colleen J. McElroy makes this welcome Library appearance to read from her beautiful recent poetry collection, Here I Throw Down My Heart (University of Pittsburgh Press). This is her ninth book of poetry. "In these poems, McElroy faces the loss that is not yet over, and punishingly never final, that is alive to be lost every haunted moment of the present ... Few have spoken of the price that women of today's armed forces pay in their increased involvement in the work of war. McElroy, as confessed army brat, can talk of the double-edged losses hereher vision and observation made clearer by the enduring strength of honest attention. Her voice remainseven if blues tiredultimately as smart-mouthed and straightforward as ever." – Charles Roberson. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Hailing from Metairie, Louisiana, a child of immigrant parents, Salman Khan grew up, mastering schools (MIT, Harvard Business School) along the way. Then he masterfully navigated the high tech, hedge fund, and venture capital worlds before returning to address what education isand might be. In The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (Twelve), he outlines the approach he's used in developing his passionate project, the Khan Academy, which is at the basis of what he is doing now. "I discovered Sal Khan and Khan Academy like most other peopleby using these incredible tools with my own kids. Sal Khan's vision and energy for how technology could fundamentally transform education is contagious. He's a true pioneer in integrating technology and learning. I'm happy that, through this book, even more people will be introduced to this groundbreaking innovator." – Bill Gates. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.townhallseattle.org or at 888-377-4510. 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.