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09/07/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Rajiv Mohabir and Mortada Gzar
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Noted poet and translator Rajiv Mohabir, along with Seattle-based Iraqi writer Mortada Gzar (more on him below) make this welcome September visit for the paperback of Roajiv Mohabir’s much-acclaimed prose debut, Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir. Recipient of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing (which has helped launch several excellent books), this was also a Lambda and PEN Book Book Award finalist, and received a 2021 Indies FOREWORD Award for LGBTQ+ non-fiction.  “The stakes of Indo-Guyanese poet Rajiv Mohabir’s passionate memoir Antiman are high from the start…. While the memoir richly explores an awakening to anti-colonial politics and a queer coming-of-age, its emotional core is the anguish of repeatedly being made to stand apart…. The memoir refuses genre. Instead, it invents its own radical, striking, fragmented form, which reflects Mohabir’s efforts to mend himself…. His stunning original poetry flies abreast of translated Bhojpuri songs. Anti-colonial polemic enlivens prose about his quest for a place his fluid self might move within rigid lines of identity. Antiman makes its own way in American letters. Transfused with what Mohabir calls in his author’s note, “the queerest magic” of his Aji’s songs, it’s an incomparable, hybrid account of self and family that defies expectations.  Singular, fierce: That’s the gorgeous sound of a bird taking flight.” —Anita Felicelli, The Washington Post. “Rajiv Mohabir’s Antiman is a powerful portrait of the artist as a young, brown, immigrant, queer man and is my favorite kind of book, prose written by a poet…. This book stops time to celebrate voices worth remembering.”  —Grace Talusan. Rajiv Mohabir is also author of the prize-winning and/or -nominated poetry collections Cutlish, The Cowherd’s Son, and The Taxidermist’s Cut. His translation of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (1916) received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Award and the 2020 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Also very much reading and talking tonight, added as this program was initially announced, is award-winning, Seattle-based Iraqi writer, filmmaker, journalist, and artist Mortada Gzar. His  most recent book, I’m in Seattle, Where Are You? A Memoir (Amazon Crossing, translated by William Hutchins), released last year, comes after a number of acclaimed novels, a short story collection, a children’s book, and other children’s books he’s illustrated. He has founded the Seattle Arab Film Festival, hosted by the Northwest Film Forum. “At once hilarious and truly haunting, I’m in Seattle, Where Are You? is a story of so much: war and savagery, queerness and exile, love and loss. Mortada Gzar is the rare memoirist who understands memory itself—illogical, impossible, magical.” —Rumaan Alam. “Mortada Gzar’s memoir, I’m in Seattle, Where Are You?, is a dazzling account of love, loss, and the complications of exile. This Iraqi novelist, filmmaker, and artist, a Whitman-like figure who contains multitudes in his embrace of the cosmos, understands ‘that stories, like meteors, obey the laws of physics,’ and what emerges in the stories he tells to an array of characters, including the statue of a vagrant, is proof that while ‘their energy does not fade or increase’ they will shape the lives and thinking of those who have the good luck to hear them. This is exactly the book to read in this fraught time.” —Christopher Merrill This is scheduled to be live, in-person at Elliott Bay Book Company. And it should be quite lively.  
 

09/08/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Cindy Veach and Suzanne Edison
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two Seattle-based poets, Cindy Veach and Suzanne Edison, this evening read from newly released books. For Cindy Veach, it’s with her newest collection, Her Kind (CavanKerry Press), which in a too-timely way works off the Salem Witch Trials. “Grounded with poems about the Salem Witch Trials, it moves from historical to personal to political without missing a beat. Veach chronicles women’s histories—our losses, our silences, and ultimately, our strength in what we take back. Her Kind is a stunning collection of lyrical, powerful, and poignant poems, where we aren’t at the top of a hill looking down at what happened, but immersed in the stories and “We climb with her. We climb with her.” Her Kind is a book that reminds every woman to never let anyone take her magic …” - Kelli Russell Agodon. Cindy Veach’s debut collection, Gloved Against Blood, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.  And for poet, therapist, movement educator Suzanne Edison the new book of poetry is Since the House is Burning (Moonpath Press). "Suzanne Edison's gorgeously lyrical collection Since the House Is Burning understands one of the most important principles of poetry: that it first be a pleasure in language. Of course, these are often bittersweet pleasures, if a poet is willing to tell the truth of her experience as Edison does here (in this case, as a wife, mother, daughter; as citizen of a world on fire and a caretaker to many). Musically adept, formally precise, both clear eyed and unfailingly empathetic in its worldview, it's a beautiful book-one any thoughtful reader of poetry will be glad to know." - Erin Belieu.  
 

09/09/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Mike Duncan
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Critically acclaimed historian and hugely popular history podcaster Mike Duncan visits this evening for the paperback of last year’s bestselling Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (Public Affairs). “Comprehensive and accessible…. Duncan marshals a wealth of information into a crisp and readable narrative. This sympathetic portrait illuminates the complexities of Lafayette and his revolutionary era.”—Publishers Weekly. "I first learned of Mike Duncan's work when a prominent politician told me he'd been addicted to his podcast on the French Revolution, and found it startlingly relevant in 2021. Duncan's work is a reminder that history can also be a gripping yarn full of compelling characters, and in Hero of Two Worlds he brings alive one of the great characters of American history."—Ben Smith, New York Times. Mike Duncan’s previous book was the bestselling The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic. His earlier award-winning podcast series, The History of Rome, is seen as a landmark in its field by many. His most recent, ongoing series, Revolutions, has garnered similar enthusiastic responses. This is scheduled to be live/in-person at Elliott Bay Book Company.   Registration/information  
 

09/10/2022 - 7:30pm

Casa Latina (In the Day Workers’ Center)
Javier Zamora with Claudia Castro Luna
Casa Latina (In the Day Workers’ Center)
317 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Again with our friends and colleagues at Casa Latina, following a planned program to be in Spanish, we are delighted to present acclaimed poet Javier Zamora on the occasion of his extraordinary memoir, Solito: A Memoir (Hogarth), his account of coming to the U.S. as an undocumented child, a harrowing, epic journey taking him from El Salvador eventually and ultimately to the U.S.  “Poet Zamora presents an immensely moving story of desperation and hardship in this account of his childhood migration from El Salvador to the U.S. To reunite with his parents—who left during the Salvadoran Civil War—nine-year-old Zamora was forced to rely on the help of coyotes to get to America in 1999. But, as he relates in affecting detail, the voyage for his group was perilous and trust was a rare commodity … Rendering the end of their journey in a final heartbreaking scene, Zamora writes, “I can feel my heart in my stomach... I close my eyes and take a long sniff. Their sweat, the smell of loroco and masa, is faint, but it’s them.” This sheds an urgent and compassionate light on the human lives caught in an ongoing humanitarian crisis. “ - Publishers Weekly. “What Javier Zamora has accomplished in Solito feels miraculous. This is a pitch-perfect recapturing of the voice, consciousness, and emotions of his nine-year-old self sent on what at times feels like a child hero’s fantastic adventure into the brutal adult world.”—Francisco Goldman. “An instant classic, not only of the United States of America, but of all the Americas . . . Javier Zamora has elevated the ‘child migrant story’ to new literary heights.”—Jose Antonio Vargas. We will have copies of Solito in both its English-language original and the Spanish language edition here this evening (and at Elliott Bay in the ongoing). Javier Zamora is already the author of a stunning first book of poetry, also not to be missed, Unaccompanied, from nearby Copper Canyon Press. With Javier Zamora for both programs in conversation will be esteemed Seattle poet Claudia Castro Luna, herself also originally from El Salvador. Seattle’s first Civic Poet, and a two-term Washington State Poet Laureate, she is quite recently the author of a powerful new book of poems, Cipota Under the Moon (Tia Chucha Press). This evening is co-presented with our community partners and colleagues at Casa Latina - and is presented at Casa Latina through their grace and generosity. There will also be a Spanish-language reading/program at Casa Latina, starting at 5 p.m., though the Spanish language edition of Solito won’t be available yet. A Spanish language listing for the 5 p.m. program is forthcoming. Casa Latina, a non-profit organization founded in 1994, also has its major fundraising gala on the near horizon, En Camino, on September 24 at the Westin Hotel. Information on that and much more at the Casa Latina website. Free admission, registration for this event is optional.   Informatiom/Registration -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Javier Zamora con Claudia Castro Luna Elliott Bay Book Company se complace en ayudar a presentar una lectura y conversación en español con el aclamado poeta Javier Zamora, que será seguida a las 7:30 p. m. por un programa en inglés. Zamora está visitando Seattle con su nuevo libro Solito: A Memoir (Hogarth). El libro narra sus extraordinarias memorias acerca de su llegada a los EE. UU. como niño indocumentado, un viaje angustioso y épico que lo lleva desde El Salvador, finalmente a los EE. UU. “El poeta Zamora presenta una historia inmensamente conmovedora de desesperación y penurias en este relato de migración como niño de El Salvador a los Estados Unidos para reunirse con sus padres, quienes emigraron durante la Guerra Civil Salvadoreña. Zamora, de nueve años, se vio obligado a depender de la ayuda de coyotes para llegar a los EEUU en 1999. El autor relata con detalles conmovedores, como el viaje para su grupo fue peligroso y la confianza escasa. Convirtiendo el final de su viaje en una escena final desgarradora, Zamora escribe, “Puedo sentir mi corazón en mi estómago... Cierro los ojos y tomo una larga bocanada de aire. Su sudor, el olor a loroco y masa, es débil, pero son ellos”. El libro arroja luz urgente y compasiva sobre las vidas humanas atrapadas en la actual crisis humanitaria.” - Publishers Weekly. “Lo que Javier Zamora ha logrado en Solito se siente milagroso. Esta es una recaptura perfecta de la voz, la conciencia y las emociones de su yo de nueve años enviado a lo que a veces se siente como la fantástica aventura de un niño héroe en el brutal mundo de los adultos.”—Francisco Goldman. “Un clásico instantáneo, no solo de los Estados Unidos de América, sino de todas las Américas. . . Javier Zamora ha elevado la 'historia del niño migrante' a nuevas alturas literarias.”—José Antonio Vargas. Tendremos copias de Solito en su edición original en inglés la noche de la lectura y en un futuro cercano también en español en la librería Elliott Bay. Javier Zamora ya es el autor de un impresionante primer libro de poesía, también imperdible, Unaccompanied, de la editorial de Washington, Copper Canyon Press. Para cada uno de los programas y en conversación con Javier Zamora estará la estimada poeta de Seattle Claudia Castro Luna, también originaria de El Salvador. La primera Poeta Cívica de Seattle y Poeta Laureada del Estado de Washington durante dos mandatos, es ella la autora de un nuevo y poderoso libro de poemas, Cipota Under the Moon (Tia Chucha Press). Este programa se presenta con el apoyo y generosidad de Casa Latina, socios comunitarios y colegas de Elliott Bay, y se presentará en el local de Casa Latina. La lectura tendrá lugar en el Day Workers' Center de la Casa Latina. La edición en español de Solito no estará disponible hasta el 18 de octubre, lamentamos decirlo. Se pueden hacer pedidos anticipados por medio de Vintage Español con un precio anunciado de $18.95. Para ordenar use este enlace. Para las lecturas y conversaciones tendremos disponibles copias en inglés de Solito, y el libro de poemas Unaccompanied de Javier Zamora, junto con Cipota Under the Moon de Claudia Castro Luna.  Casa Latina, es una organización sin fines de lucro fundada en 1994. Casa Latina tendrá su gran gala anual de recaudación de fondos llamada “En Camino,” el 24 de septiembre en el Hotel Westin. Información sobre En Camino y mucho más en la web de Casa Latina.  
 
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09/12/2022 - 6:00pm

Live & In-Person at Little Saigon Creative
Carolyn Huynh
Live & In-Person at Little Saigon Creative
1227 S. Weller Street, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
We are delighted to help welcome, with our friends and collaborators at Little Saigon Creative, debut novelist Carolyn Huynh back to a Seattle she has called home in formative years. Raised in Orange County, California, now living in Los Angeles, she did undergraduate studies at Seattle University, and then graduate work at the University of Washington. She is here with her just-released first novel, The Fortunes of Jaded Women (Atria), which charts the conflicted lives of a group of Vietnamese diasporic women with empathy and insight. “Sharp, smart, and gloriously extra, The Fortunes of Jaded Women pays homage to the counterfeit-Louis-Vuitton queens of the Vietnamese diaspora and West Coast witches everywhere. I laughed out loud at the familiar stubbornness, the high- and low-stakes cutthroatedness of these complex and lovable mothers and daughters." – Nancy Jooyoun Kim. "Mixing superstition, family drama, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Carolyn Huynh works magic in her debut. The Fortunes of Jaded Women is nothing short of a modern Shakespearean comedy of errors that perfectly depicts the intricate relationship between parents and their children. I can't wait for the world to meet the Duong family!" – Eric Nguyen.   Co-presented by Little Saigon Creative and Elliott Bay Book Company. Due to limited capacity, this event requires registration.   Registration/Information   
 

09/12/2022 - 7:30pm

Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
M. Margaret McKeown with Sally Jewell
Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
U.S. Federal Judge M. Margaret McKeown, who has served nearly twenty-five years in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, takes a noteworthy turn as author, reflecting both her judicial and extracurricular interests, having climbed in Tibet, with her new book,  Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas—Public Advocate and Conservation Champion (University of Nebraska Press). Also regionally germane, as Justice Douglas kept a longtime cabin in remote from electronic life, Goose Prairie, Washington, this is a brilliant, indepth account of the work and legacy of a celebrated, controversial Supreme Court justice. “From one distinguished federal judge of the twenty-first century, a revealing and inspiring look at one of the great judicial and public figures of the twentieth century. Our lives and decisions are guided by examples of what is possible. Through its story of William O. Douglas’s achievements as an environmentalist, Citizen Justice will equip others to care for the planet and their communities.”—James Fallows. “We remember Justice William O. Douglas as the brilliant, irascible, much-married Supreme Court dissenter—but this fascinating and highly readable book makes the persuasive case that this unusual man was, above all, one of the great environmentalists of the twentieth century. Those of us who love the American landscape and its remaining wild places, as he did, are in his debt.”—Linda Greenhouse. With Judge McKeown in conversation this evening will be Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior during the Obama administration, former CEO of REI, Inc., and longtime environmental activist. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Tickets/registration/information    
 

09/13/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Rio Cortez with Rachelle Cruz
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
A much-anticipated first full poetry collection is that by New York-based Rio Cortez for her brilliant book that is Golden Ax (Penguin). Much happens in this book, which includes her family’s role as ‘Afropioneers” (she is from Salt Lake City). Rio Cortez is also the author of the children’s book, The ABCs of Black History, and has the inaugural Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for I Have Learned to Define a Field As a Space Between Mountains. She has worked in publishing (including editor at Copper Canyon Press), bookselling (the Schomburg Center), and received fellowships from Cave Canem, Canto Mundo, The Jerome Foundation, and Poet’s House along the way, as well. “In Golden Ax, Rio Cortez communes with language and land on her own terms. Airy and spacious but dense in complexity and intention, this book wrestles with and falls in love with its landscape; situating itself in the plains of a new Black West tradition. These lush, inquisitive poems sing life, afterlife, and before-life. Brimming with lyricism and imagination, sensitivity and sly humor; Golden Ax is a perfectly innovative and relentlessly tender collection by a thrillingly dynamic poet.” — Morgan Parker. “Complicate your shit, I hear myself saying more and more these days, about our two-dimensional, simplifying, reductive thinking to most everything worth thinking hard about, and so imagine my delight, or something heartier than delight, my relief, my gratitude, at Rio Cortez’s beautiful book, Golden Ax, which, I love—I mean, I love this book—for its sensuous, chiseled language; for all the trees and plants (aster, bluestem, birchwood, hibiscus); for its weird and brainy sense of humor; for its palpable yearning and need; and for its entangled, complicated, unfixable, and unfixing blackness. Its unsettled and unsettling blackness. Which is really just to say: its blackness. I am so grateful for this book, and this voice, and this heart, in the world.”— Ross Gay. Appearing with Rio Cortez for this virtual program will be poet Rachelle Cruz, whose 2018 collection, God’s Will for Monsters (Inlandia Institute), received an American Book Award. “An award winner non-stop, a deeply serious, studied set of investigations, yet, playful, a Tumbler of blurred faces, light, time, space, paint, medicine, plants and plates at the hands of a spiritcaller- writer, word-levitator of the 21st Century. One of a kind.” —Juan Felipe Herrera Virtually hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company.   Registration/information    
 

09/13/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Natasha Marin with Renee Simms
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two years after her extraordinary, brilliant first book, Black Imagination was published, at the height of the pandemic, nationally-esteemed Seattle-based conceptual artist Natasha Marin should get to do a program here in person, this night for a second book she has curated, Black Powerful: Black Voices Reimagine Revolution (McSweeneys). As with Black Imagination, a generous, knowing spirit is at work in creating this new book with the voices of over one hundred Black voices of a range and breadth. If at all as with Black Imagination, we imagine a good number of those voices to be here in Seattle. This night, one to give overdue applause to Black Imagination, and to help welcome Black Powerful into the world. Renee Simms, author of Meet Behind Mars, will join Natasha in conversation and celebration. “In Black Powerful, Natasha Marin has again curated a stunning collection of stories from deep in our Black imaginations. The short pieces featured here both dare everyone to consider the ways in which a better world is possible, and celebrate how much we currently have to lavish in. These pieces are connected by the ideas of where we are rooted, what we consider home internally and externally, and the ways in which we show up for ourselves. Where we have grown—not only where we have bent or broken—is where the power stems from. Each perspective and interlude calls to you, to invite you in to claim yourself. These voices will move and captivate you, and I look forward to returning to them when I am in need of a reminder of my own power.” —Katrina Otuonye. “Natasha Marin’s Black Powerful presents a chorus of black voices that encircle the globe, a beautiful gesture to the immense breadth of the black experience. The multitude of testimonies speak to the domestic and the performative, to nations and to households, ancestry and community. What results is a stunning tapestry of the global diaspora, and through the dozens of real speakers imagined—a way of learning ourselves anew.” —Richard Georges, joined by Keith Knight, Damon Young, Monica Prince, Amber Payne, Ron Austin, Junie Désil, Derrais Carter, Jubi Arriola-Headley, and Arisa White, among others in early, welcoming praise.  Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. The City of Seattle and King County have backed Black Imagination with a series of conceptual exhibitions.  Renee Simms is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a John Gardner Fiction Fellowship at Bread Loaf, and fellowships from Ragdale and Vermont Studio Center. She’s an associate professor of African American Studies and English at University of Puget Sound and teaches with the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran’s low-residency MFA program. Her debut story collection Meet Behind Mars was a Foreword Indies Finalist for Short Stories and listed by The Root as one of 28 brilliant books by Black authors in 2018. Renee is currently at work on a book about the Black suburban space.  
 

09/14/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Kristin Beck with Elise Hooper
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Kristin Beck, schooled (University of Washington, Western Washington University) and residing in our fair part of the country, visits with her second historically-set novel, The Winter Orphans (Berkley) here this evening. As with her debut, Courage, My Love, she tells a story of harrowing endurance in Europe during World War II. “A poignant story of courage and sacrifice, The Winter Orphans is another extraordinary novel by Kristin Beck. Based on the powerful true story of the Jewish children who escaped France during the Nazi-occupation and the Red Cross workers who fought to bring them to safety, Beck’s novel is an emotional and resonant page-turner. A beautiful book!” — Chanel Cleeton. “Kristin Beck is proving herself to be an author to watch. Following in the footsteps of the wonderful Courage, My Love, her latest, The Winter Orphans, shows what a powerhouse storyteller she is. It’s an extraordinary tale of valor, sacrifice, and true heroism. Warning—tissues are required, but the book is ultimately one that warms the heart and touches the soul.” — Natasha Lester. Joining Kristin Beck in conversation here this evening will be Seattle novelist Elise Hooper, who has also worked historical ground in her well-received books, which include The Other Alcott, Learning to See, Fast Girls, and, most recently, Angels of the Pacific (William Morrow).  
 

09/15/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Megan Asaka
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Seattle from the Margins: Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of a Pacific Coast City (University of Washington Press), University of California, Riverside professor Megan Asaka has written a history of Seattle unlike any other we’ve encountered. Tracking from the beginning of Seattle’s urban beginnings in the mid-19th century on up to the beginning of World War II, this book looks at who really built and made Seattle, where they came from, what was done to them or about them by the power structures in place. “Seattle has always been a working city, and Megan Asaka's compelling account of labor, race, and migration in and around the Northwest's largest city gives us new ways of seeing and understanding this fact. Caught up in imperial networks, systems of segregation, and the logics of racial capitalism, the workers of Seattle both transformed and were transformed by their encounters with the city and surrounding spaces. A must-read for anyone interested in the region's history or in the intersections between labor and race more generally.”- Coll Thrush. “A rare comparative and relational history of race and migration in the Puget Sound area. Its rigorous examination of Native, Chinese, and Japanese experiences and their relationship to a larger history of racial contestation and displacement is truly significant.” - Shelley Lee. Co-presented by the University of Washington Press and Elliott Bay Book Company.  
 

09/16/2022 - 6:30pm

Live & In-Person at Little Saigon Creative
Susan Nguyen with Joyce Chen
Live & In-Person at Little Saigon Creative
1227 S. Weller Street, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
Poet Susan Nguyen will make a welcome Seattle visit, after giving a stellar reading virtually last September, and at and with our friends at Little Saigon Creative. Her award-winning debut collection, Dear Diaspora (University of Nebraska Press), was the recipient of the Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize and is a powerful chronicle of reckoning with personal and collective pasts, ongoing trauma, being part of refugee diaspora. “‘Last night I had the American dream,’ Nguyen writes, puncturing the dream bubble in which ‘America’ exists as the only and inevitable state of success and belonging. In this collection, diaspora, specifically Vietnamese diaspora, is verdant and lush—suffused with green light, mustard greens, grass and trees—blooming through the drought of American love for Nguyen’s speakers. The poems in Dear Diaspora offer us a lexicon we’ve needed to imagine how we might arrive at and receive one another better in land and language, in memory and touch.”—Natalie Diaz. “Dear Diaspora is a capacious and wholly felt account of a speaker’s contending with place and memory. Susan Nguyen’s gorgeous book maps out the longing of a particular Vietnamese immigrant experience… [and] also captures, through its documentary research, a collection of voices of Vietnam War refugees in the aftermath. Against a backdrop of love and desire is the search to knit together a place of belonging and origin, rooted both in the sensual world and in the realm of the imagination. Dear Diaspora is a heartbreaking and breathtaking debut.”—Cathy Linh Che. Joining Susan Nguyen in conversation is Joyce Chen, a writer, editor, and community builder who draws inspiration from many coastal cities. She has covered entertainment and human interest stories for Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest, Elle, Refinery29, the New York Daily News, and People, among others, and her creative writing credits include Poets & Writers, Lit Hub, Narratively, and Slant’d, among others. She has contributed op-eds to Paste magazine, and writes book reviews for Orion and Hyphen magazines. In 2022, she co-edited the anthology Uncertain Girls in Uncertain Times, a collection of poetry paired with essays and life lessons. She is a proud VONA alum and was a 2019-2020 Hugo House fellow. Joyce is the current Hugo House Writer-in-Residence (prose). She is also the executive director of The Seventh Wave, an arts and literary nonprofit that champions art in the space of social issues. Co-presented by Little Saigon Creative and Elliott Bay Book Company. Due to limited capacity, this event requires registration.   Registration/Information   
 

09/16/2022 - 6:30pm

Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
Siddhartha Mukherjee for Town Hall Seattle Writers Festival, Volume 1: Humble Beginnings
Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Town Hall Seattle’s initial Writers Festival, to be held September 16 & 17 and to include such writers as Lan Samantha Chang, Oscar Hokeah, AM Homes, Leila Mottley, and David Quammen, is set in motion with this welcome Seattle return of Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, The Gene, and The Laws of Medicine, he is here with his newest book, The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human (Scribner). "In Siddhartha Mukherjee’s exciting and scholarly new book, he is a portraitist of cells, illuminating their structure and function, how they know to become part of organs like the heart or a brain, how they reproduce, how they become corrupt causing disease, and how modern medicine has learned to understand and manipulate them to cure and to heal. Deeply researched, The Song of the Cell is an extraordinary journey through the history of discovery to the most innovative cellular medicine practiced today and the promise of what lies ahead." — Paul Nurse. "Part mystery, part adventure story, The Song of the Cell is an irresistible foray into the frontiers of medical science. Animated by Siddhartha Mukherjee’s lively, lucid prose, this volume is a reminder of the power of human ingenuity, and likely to leave readers both enlightened and hopeful.” — Jennifer Egan. Siddhartha Mukherjee is professor of medicine at Columbia University, and a practicing cancer physician and researcher. Presented by Town Hall Seattle in partnership with Seattle City of Literature, Hedgebrook, Hugo House, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Third Place Books, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Follow the link below to find more information regarding this program and the rest of the festival.   Tickets/registration/information  
 
 
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09/19/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at The Paramount Theatre
An Evening with Eckhart Tolle
Live & In-Person at The Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
The sixth time (!) will hopefully be the charm for this much-announced special appearance by spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle at the Paramount. First announced for May 2020 - we know what was happening and not happening then - and then attempted at other times when inside gathering wasn’t yet ready to happen, things are looking positive for this night to actually take place. Eckhart Tolle is most known for his enduringly bestselling books, The Power of Now, Stillness Speaks, and A New Earth. Elliott Bay will be present with books for sale, though no signing or signed books will be part of this evening. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.   Tickets/Information     
 

09/20/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Jeff Burnside & Gordon W. Davis
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Coauthors Jeff Burnside and Gordon W. Davis, the former a seasoned investigative journalist and researcher, the latter a publisher of educational materials, have collaborated on a lively new book of settler history in the Palouse, with Cashup Davis: The Inspiring Life of a Secret Mentor (Basalt Books/Washington State University Press). Coauthor Gordon Davis also happens to be great-grandson to his book’s subject.  British immigrant Cashup Davis first made a mark with a popular stagecoach stop, which soon gave birth to the idea of a grand hotel atop a lofty butte. “The life of Cashup Davis—pioneer, dreamer, big thinker, risk taker, and entrepreneur—whose actions and mindset influenced his great-grandson and surely will influence you.”—Dr. Kevin R. Pond. “A firsthand account of how to be an achiever against incredible obstacles… gritty and tough, just like they like it in the eastern Washington Palouse…You will be inspired.”— Mike Leach.  
 

09/20/2022 - 7:30pm

Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
Abdulrazak Gurnah with Sonora Jha
Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle Arts & Lectures’  2022-23 Literary Arts Series commences on a high note with 2021 Nobel Laureate, novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah taking the Town Hall Seattle stage. The author of such novels as Paradise, Desertion, and By the Sea, story and essay collections, and editor of numerous anthologies, he is here with his newest novel to be published in the US, Afterlives (Riverhead). “Riveting. . . . Gurnah’s spare, unvarnished prose shines a harsh but honest light on the brutality of Africa’s colonial past. . . and through his rich main characters, the impact of colonialism and other key global events truly hits home. This profound account of empire and the everyman is not to be missed.” –Publishers Weekly. “Riveting and heartbreaking. . . A compelling novel, one that gathers close all those who were meant to be forgotten, and refuses their erasure.” –Maaza Mengiste, The Guardian. “To read Afterlives is to be returned to the joy of storytelling as Gurnah takes us to the place where imagined lives collide with history.” –Aminatta Forna. In conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah this evening will be Seattle University professor and author Sonora Jha, author most recently of How to Raise a Feminist Son, with a new novel, The Laughter, due to be released in early 2023. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Elliott Bay Book Company will be present with books by Abdulrazak Gurnah for sale.   Tickets/Information  
 

09/21/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Taneum Bambrick, Paul Hlava Ceballos, and Luther Hughes
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Wow, this evening brings three poets of dynamic power and dimension, each with extraordinary new books, full-collection debuts in the case of two of them in having poets Paul Hlava Ceballos, Luther Hughes, and Taneum Bambrick read here this evening.   Seattle-born and raised poet Luther Hughes is one of the debuts, his incandescent first book being A Shiver in the Leaves (BOA Editions).  “Luther Hughes’ debut poetry collection resounds with longing—for love, for tenderness, and most of all for mercy. ‘Hunger declares itself,’ and despite his speaker’s attempts to lose himself, despite becoming, for a time, a space where others can be lost, he finds himself, and in so doing is found. Achingly vulnerable, A Shiver in the Leaves reminds us that ‘It’s never enough to love a thing, / you must do the work, too,’ and we hold some measure of our own salvation in our hands.”— Donika Kelly. Luther Hughes is founder of Shade Literary Arts, which supports queer qriters of color and is co-host, with Gabrielle Bates and Dojie Tahat, The Poet Salon podcast. Paul Hlava Ceballos gives quite a preview of his inventive, powerful first full collection, Banana [ ] (University of Pittsburgh Press) in the beautiful book from The 3rd Thing, Banana [ } / We Pilot the Blood, which also includes wok by Quenton Baker, Christina Sharpe, Torkwase Dyson, and Summer J. Hart. “Three texts exist simultaneously within Banana [ ]: one is curated and is clearly visible, a second has been strategically redacted, and a third the reader puts together in imagining the text whole again. Using this strategy, Ceballos creates a house of mirrors in which the legal, historical, anthropological, and agricultural language of violence employed by the US empire across Central America can be dissected. A master at the enthymeme, this collection’s contributions to inventive forms astounds.” - Natalie Scenters-Zapico, joined in early praise by Christina Sharpe, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Ilya Kaminsky.  In terms of work being published, Taneum Bambrick is the  ‘senior hand’ here, as she follows her APR/Honickman First Book Prize-winning collection, Vantage, with her just-released second book, Intimacies, Received (Copper Canyon Press). The largely Northwest setting of Vantage here gives way to much of it being rendered from rural southern Spain, doing so in an astonishing array of voices, forms, perspectives, a sense of ‘story’ held and beheld throughout. There is also revelation, words for life through trauma. "Set in rural southern Spain, Bambrick’s second book reveals how violence resides beneath intimacy and memory, and what is required to survive and name trauma."—Publishers Weekly Taneum Bambrick is also the author of an earlier chapbook, Reservoir, chosen by Ocean Vuong for the Yemassee Chapbook Prize.   
 

09/22/2022 - 7:30pm

Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
Bryn Nelson, PhD with Sally James
Live & In-Person at Town Hall Seattle
119 8th Ave,
Seattle, WA 98101
Award-winning science writer and onetime microbiologist who did major schooling at the University of Washington (a Ph.D. there) before shifting to a science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Bryn Nelson visits Town Hall this evening for his scintillating new book, Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure (Grand Central). "A book about poop? How gross, right? Actually, no, not at all -- and that's exactly the point Bryn Nelson makes in this smart, deeply researched book. The revulsion we feel toward an everyday bodily function is holding us back from a slew of imaginative and even ingenious responses to some of society's biggest problems. Can we find our way to a shittier and therefore happier future? Nelson thinks we can, and you will, too, after reading Flush."—Dan Fagin. "Maybe you've long been fascinated with the world-saving, paradigm-shifting power of feces. Or perhaps you're brand new to the sustainable power of poop! Either way, Flush is a taboo breaker and a fecal fantasia."—Caitlin Doughty. In conversation with Bryn Nelson will be Seattle science writer Sally James, who does an actual Seattle Science Writer website/blog.  Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Tickets/Information
 

09/23/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs with Scooter Clair & Chloe Platt
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Esteemed poet, anthology editor, and Seattle University professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs visits down the street from her campus this evening, to read from and discuss her recent work. Her newest poetry collection, of several, is ¿How Many Indians Can We Be? (FlowerSong Press). “East Indians, Mestizas, and Native peoples are the threads that weave Gutiérrez y Muhs’ lovely bilingual collection ¿How Many Indians Can we Be? What her poems seek to do is conjure the connections aligned with the suffering of the colonized familiar. By doing so Gutiérrez y Muhs develops other ways of seeing in which the connections prove resilient in the light of such violence.  More so, Gutiérrez y Muhs’ hopefulness celebrates a woman’s capacity to create under such conditions. Xochiquetzal may have been the patron of weavers, but it is Gutiérrez y Muhs whose words weave cadences of bilingualism, colorful nuances of cultural exchanges in an unforgettable fabric of poetry.” - Helena María Viramontes. “Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs’ candid prose and soulful translanguaging is a rare find. Este poemario es un caleidoscopio de paisajes, pensamientos, personas, personajes, costumbres, vestimentas, rituales, y voces que la poeta recoge a través de su viaje por India y por su memoria histórica como india, chicana, mestiza, atravesada. Gutiérrez y Muhs epitomiza el encuentro subalterno del que nos habla Spivak, ese translanguaging e intersección de códigos que alienan al sujeto occidental para darle lugar a la voz desde un espacio intersticial, desde las borderlands de Anzaldúa. This poetry collection is for los atravesados. It is una nueva palabra vieja, una voz que hace eco en las Antiguas, un huehuetlahtolli, un florecimiento de ritmos, in xóchitl in cuícatl. Sweet, melodic, audacious, and irreverent, Gutiérrez y Muhs gifts us a decolonial perspective that exemplifies our Xicanx literary tradition. ¿How Many Indians Can We Be? is an encuentro de almas, un apapacho, an embracement of the other that is us.” - José Juan Gómez-Becerra. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is also co-editor of the extraordinary bilingual, international poetry anthology, In Xochitl, In Cuícatl, published out of Madrid.  Reading with Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs this evening will be Scooter Clair and Chloe Platt, each of them poetry writing students at Seattle University.  
 

09/24/2022 - 1:00pm

Live & In-Person at Hugo House
John Whittier Treat & Felice Picano
Live & In-Person at Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two eminent queer writers, one on the ‘newer’ end of the publishing spectrum, the other one of groundbreaking, path-setting significance, appear together at Hugo House for this Saturday afternoon program. John Whittier Treat, the relative newcomer here, has a new novel out, First Consonants (Jaded Ibis), which follows his noted first novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House. “First Consonants touches on the origins of violence, of love, and what it means to find one’s way through the maze that is the world. Here is a story that is engrossing, vulnerable and wise in a way that few books are these days.”—Jim Krusoe. “A compelling, at times relentless novel that gives the term antihero a brand new spin.”—Felice Picano. It is this same Felice Picano who will also read with new work, two new books in hand - Pursued: Lillian’s Story and Pursuit: A Victorian Entertainment (both Bold Strokes Books). He played a formative role in gay/queer publishing starting in the 1970s, founding  SeaHorse Press and working as editor-in-chief at The Gay Presses of New York. He was also an editor/writer at The Advocate, Blueby, Mandate, Gaysweek, and Christopher Street, has been producing an extraordinary body of work all the while, including fiction and a particularly well-received memoir, Men Who Loved Me.  Presented by Hugo House.   Information  
 
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09/26/2022 - 7:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
May-lee Chai and Charles Yu
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
This virtual program brings to readers here esteemed fiction writer and educator (creative writing at San Francisco State University) May-lee Chai, along with National Book Award-winning fiction writer Charles Yu. May-lee Chai is the author of ten highly praised books, among them the American Book Award-winning collection of stories, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, which is now followed by her newest book, Tomorrow in Shanghai and Other Stories (Blair). "Tomorrow in Shanghai by May-lee Chai is an insightful, empathetic collection with a vast and imaginative range. These stories and narrators across the Chinese diaspora examine the complexity of familial relationships, probe our most formative experiences and memories, and ask what it means to belong."—K-Ming Chang.  “May-lee Chai's abundant gifts as a writer are on full display in this collection. In these stories we find people displaced, people who find themselves, by choice or by accident, navigating foreign lands and strange worlds, looking for the way home. With invention and nuance, Chai creates a sense of heightened awareness, of distance, both physical and emotional. Illuminating, heartbreaking, and yet also very funny, Tomorrow in Shanghai is a rewarding and entertaining read."—Charles Yu. Yes, Charles Yu. His four published books, two story collections and two novels, include Third Class Superhero, Thank You Please Sorry: Stories, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and the 2020 National Book Award-winner, Interior Chinatown (Vintage Contemporaries). He has read at Elliott Bay several times, and now he visits virtually as part of this evening. “Bold, even groundbreaking. . . . Interior Chinatown solders together mordant wit and melancholic whimsy to produce a moving exploration of race and assimilation.” —San Francisco Chronicle. “Interior Chinatown . . . recalls the humorous and heartfelt short stories of George Saunders, the metafictional high jinks of Mark Leyner, and films like The Truman Show.” —The New York Times. Charles Yu, withTaiwaneseAmerican.org, has also sponsored the Betty L. and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes for Students.   Registration/Information    
 
 

09/28/2022 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ross Gay for Pongo Poetry Project
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Pongo Poetry Project, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to helping youth heal and find voice through poetry, welcomes the inimitable Ross Gay, poet, poetic spirit, and essayist, to their virtual Speaking Volumes Fundraiser. Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle and Kingsley Tufts Award-winning collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. Then he made people take even more notice with his perennial bestselling essay collection, The Book of Delights, and now his newest essay collection, Inciting Joy (Algonquin).   “This is instantly one of my favorite books ever. A wondering-aloud to which I will be returning often, and a brilliant manifesto making a case for joy as a thing which is as complex and rigorous as it is lovely and free. In that sneaky way Ross Gay has of lovingly disarming you before getting you to dwell in rooms of your heart you’d left vacant, Inciting Joy uses its titular emotion as a window into sorrow and rage, into gifts and loss, into the tricky business of being alive.”―Eve L. Ewing.  “Ross Gay's work throws off so much light, I've often wondered if it was powered by a superior energy source. He has done something new and beautiful with Inciting Joy. He has sunk a bioluminescent depth-charge into our time, one which peers into the whole sea of experience around us: revealing it full of connection, mystery and a longing for relief.”―John Freeman. This is Ross Gay on Pongo: “What I think of as the political vision of The Book of Delights — the ethical vision — is this process of articulating and discovering how best we can de-alienate ourselves from one another. And that is also what my teaching life hopes to be: how do you make aspace that supports everyone, allows everyone to be themselves as much as possible — in a sort of joyful way — that also can hold what is painful, difficult, and often brutal. That’s the space that I’m trying to make or be with. That’s the space that I value. And to my mind, Pongo provides that same space for the youth it serves, which is why it’s such an essential, uplifting, and powerful program.” Presented by the Poetry Foundation. The program will be streamed live on YouTube, with donations to Pongo strongly encouraged. There is also a special 30-minute virtual reception with Q&A and Ross Gay held just prior to the larger program, from 6:30 - 7:00 PM PDT.    Registration   More information on Pongo and the reception below.   Pongo Information  
 

09/29/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dara Barrois/Dixon with Michael Earl Craig
Virtually Hosted by The Elliott Bay Book Company
We are pleased to virtually present two poets published by Seattle’s invaluable poetry and poetics-based press, Wave Books. Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Weir) has been one of the most esteemed poets Wave has published, with books including In the Still of the Night, You Good Thing, Reverse Rapture, and Hat on a Pond. The last two were published by Wave’s ‘ancestor’ Verse Press and date back twenty years. This body of work has received numerous awards and honors, including such from the Lannan Foundation, American Poetry Review, The Poetry Center Book Award, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. She reads from her newest collection, Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina, tonight. “The poems in this collection examine power structures, as well as what is gained, given and taken through the process of literature, both as reader and practitioner, with ideas occasionally suggesting as proxy for living and being in the world.” —Rob McLennan, Periodicities.  Reading with Daea Barrois/Dixon will be another Wave poet, Michael Earl Craig. He is the author of five books of poetry, three of them from Wave: Thin Kimono, Talkativeness, and most recently, Woods and Clouds Interchangeable. A new collection, Iggy Horse, is coming from Wave in 2023. Originally from Dayton, he has found refuge in Shields Valley of Montana, and was Montana State Poet Laureate from 2015 - 17. “Quite possibly the funniest poet writing today, Craig’s unadorned poetry tends toward the deadpan and the offbeat, with an almost David Lynch–like sense of the uncanny…” —The Believer.   Registration/Information  
 

09/30/2022 - 5:30pm

Virtually Hosted by Books & Books and co-presented by Elliott Bay Book Company
Namwali Serpell with Isaac Fitzgerald
Virtually Hosted by Books & Books and co-presented by Elliott Bay Book Company
Along with our independent bookstore colleagues at Books & Books, we are delighted to help present this virtual program with award-winning novelist Namwali Serpell, occasioned by the publication of her much-anticipated second novel, The Furrows (Hogarth). There are two children - and then there is one. How is that loss lived with? “This book reads like a ghost story, a murder mystery, a thriller, a redemptive love story that never loses its knife edge of danger. . . A daring and masterful novel about how we respond to the mystery of death.” –Kiran Desai. “Namwali Serpell’s riveting prose urges me to believe that sometimes the true work of grief is to rupture us so thoroughly, we become capable of telling—and living—another story.” –Tracy K. Smith. “In the brilliant and impressionistic latest from Serpell (The Old Drift), a young woman traverses the trenches of grief that have shaped her life … In a series of shocking twists, Serpell shatters comfortable ideas about grief and melds Cassandra’s glittering narrative shards into a searching, unforgettable story. It’s a considerable shift from the huge canvas of her previous work, and no less captivating.” –Publishers Weekly. Namwali Setpell’s previous work includes a nonfiction book, Stranger Faces, that was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and her epic debut novel, The Old Drift, set in her original country of Zambia, received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Isaac Fitzgerald is the New York Times bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts. He appears frequently on The Today Show and is also the author of the bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Guardian, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn. This program is virtually hosted by Books & Books (Florida), and co-presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.   Registration/information    
 

09/30/2022 - 7:00pm

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
David Spaner
Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down from Vancouver, where it’s labour to our labor, is journalist, writer, and cultural/political organizer David Spaner with his recent book, Solidarity: Canada’s Unknown Revolution of 1983 (Ronsdale Press). A nominee for the 2022 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, this book traces a widespread series of actions that drew united support from numerous groups and factions not known to work as allies before, especially labour and worker groups, in responding to a right-wing political/corporate power grab in western Canada. It’s in recent enough time, yet has run the risk of being ‘forgotten.’ David Spaner does much to keep that history alive and in place for inspiration/instruction for work now. “Solidarity is a compelling portrayal of the landscape that roused dozens of groups — diverse in age, culture, and beliefs — to work together. This is an essential volume.” - BC History. “His book rescues an important moment in B.C. history from mainstream amnesia and does so in stylish, effective prose. Highly recommended.” – Vancouver Sun. “It’s a story that cries out to be told. His book reminds us that there was a time when British Columbians united in common resolve to stand up for justice and human rights.”– Rod Mickleburgh, BC BookWorld.  
 
 
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