Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Long considered one of the finest writers at film at work anywhere in the world, David Thomson is one of those few critical writers whose writing itself is superb artistic work. The author of many books and recipient of numerous prizes, he visits Seattle with his newest, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "David Thomson has composed a grand aesthetic, spiritual, and moral account of cinema history assembled around the movies and artists that have meant the most to him. As Thomson reconstructs film history, movies bring us close to reality and deliver us into ecstatic dreams. A pungently written, brilliant book." - David Denby. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via http://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.