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04/01/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Edward Hirsch with Garrett Hongo
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Two revered poets, each of whom has read at Elliott Bay back in the times of in-person readings, Edward Hirsch and Garrett Hongo, give this joint virtual reading to help celebrate the release of the new poetry anthology, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Edited by Edward Hirsch, who in addition to ten award-winning books of poems (most recently, Stranger By Night) and numerous books of prose, including books about reading poetry, this wide-ranging anthology gives readers a trove of poems from around the world that quicken, enlighten, inspire in enduring ways. The poems are accompanied by insightful commentary.  Long a highly regarded teacher, as well, Edward Hirsch is presently president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Speaking of highly regarded teacher - and poet - Garrett Hongo has long been a stellar presence at the University of Oregon in Eugene, mentor to numerous poets and prose writers. His poetry collections include The River of Heaven and Corral Road, and he has written a singular memoir of his home place, Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i.   Event Registration  
 

04/01/2021 - 7:30pm

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Cass R. Sunstein
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No, it’s not that it’s April Fool’s Day that this program with noted Harvard legal scholar and former White House administrator (Obama administration) Cass R. Sunstein on liars in the public sphere taking place as a joke. It is for real that he virtually appears with his newest book, among many, Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in the Age of Deception (Oxford University Press). "An increasing amount of what we hear and read is demonstrably factually false, and the acceptance of falsity has grave consequences for democratic decision-making. Drawing on legal doctrine, psychological research, and an impressive command of the dynamics of modern media, Cass Sunstein offers a sobering explanation of why factual falsity is increasingly prevalent in contemporary public discourse and why American free speech doctrine may do more to exacerbate than alleviate the problem. This book is essential reading in the modern political and media environment." -- Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event registration  
 

04/02/2021 - 6:00pm

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Stacy D. Flood with Christina Clancy
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We are utterly delighted to be helping launch a wonderful new writer - and his memorably powerful first book into the word this evening, as Seattle’s Stacy D. Flood gives us his riveting novella, The Salt Fields (Lanternfish Press). Billed as a novella, meaning shorter in length than what are generally deemed to be novels, this book packs more story, more mythically-driven resonance and intensity than many novels several times longer than this. Back in a certain day, a man named Minister Peters boards a train in South Carolina that is bound for the north, haunted by the deaths of his nearest and dearest, and then to be haunted by what ensues over the course of his journey north. We can’t tell you how many levels this book works on - atmospherically lush, rich, evocative of sounds, rhythms, smells, tensions afoot. Time takes on strange dimension, too. This early praise is just the beginning. "The Salt Fields is a beautiful and powerful novella . . . with lyrical prose that had me spellbound from the first few sentences." —Edan Lepucki. "A riveting story that mystifies even as more and more is revealed." —Siel Ju. Originally from Buffalo, Stacy D. Flood has been writing and performing his work here in Seattle for some years. Now he gets to do so with this singular book. Joining Stacy Flood in conversation this evening is fiction writer Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home and the forthcoming (July) Shoulder Season. Of The Salt Fields, she notes, “The Salt Fields is a gem--the kind of book you'll want to underline, dog-ear, study, teach, and beg your friends to read, and Flood is a writer to watch.” Amen.   Event Registration  
 

04/03/2021 - 1:00pm

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Hamid Ismailov with Shelley Fairweather-Vega
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Let us count our blessings where and when we can. One of the countless casualties of all the sudden closures and cancellations due to Covid’s deadly arrival a year ago was a planned reading by Seattle translator Shelley Fairweather-Vega of renowned, exiled Uzbek novelist and poet Hamid Ismailov’s recent novel, Gaia, Queen of Ants (Syracuse University Press). No one was set up to do anything but cancel programs late last March a year ago. Now, lo and behold, the Age of Zoom that so many of us have been dwelling in since later last year, and we are gratefully able to now present this remarkable novel, with the author himself, Hamid Ismailov, joining us from London, in addition to Shelley Fairweather-Vega here in Seattle. Gaia, Queen of Ants is set in London, a tale of refugee exiles from Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia and eastern Europe making their way to a sense of belonging and knowing home. "Reading Uzbek author Hamid Ismailov’s latest novel, Gaia, Queen of Ants, translated by Shelley Fairweather-­Vega, is like falling head first into a cauldron filled with a rich blend of mythology, Sufi fables, politics, various cultures and humour."—The National. "The cast of characters is charming, from the elderly emigrants from the former Soviet now living in Britain, to the artists and holy men of Central Asia. Gaia is deliciously manipulative but her own history as a young woman also evokes some sympathy for her."—Bruce Pannier. Hamid Ismailov has written numerous works of fiction and English that have been published in Uzbek, Russian, French, Turkish, German, and other languages. Thanks to Shelley Fairweather-Vega, English joins the ranks of those languages.   Event Registration  
 
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04/05/2021 - 6:00pm

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Sharon A. Suh with E.J. Koh
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A year ago, Seattle poet and writer E.J. Koh’s exquisite memoir of what transpired between her mother (mostly her mother in South Korea while she and her brother, as teenagers, were on their own here), The Magical Language of Others, was published to much justifiable acclaim. The paperback, from Tin House, has just been released. Receiving a little less attention at the outset, first because of a publisher which does excellent books, but doesn’t always get word on them out to the outer precincts, and then because the pandemic really put the brakes to so many things happening, was another powerful autobiographical story - which tonight we are pleased to help celebrate. Seattle University professor of Theology and Religious Studies Sharon Suh, joined this evening by EJ Koh in conversation, will discuss her own indelibly drawn account, Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir (Sumeru Books). A daughter of a suburban, Long Island Korean immigrant mother, who herself had eating disorders, Sharon Suh had to overcome all manner of forced-feeding, emotional neglect, and body image issues to come to terms with how to be a healthier, more fully realized human being. Taking up the study and practice of Buddhism would come to play a significant part. “Occupy This Body is a must-read work for the remarkable story of its author Sharon Suh, for what it tells us about critical engagement with Buddhist tradition – its history and practices, and for so many people – women and men – who are faced with the challenges of life with food and body image as core themes of their existence. I could not put this book down. This is a story of the courage to be the artist of one's own life and to share it with others on the path, a story of skillful means that goes outside the box of Buddhist ‘tradition.’” - Mark Unno.   Event Registration  
 

04/05/2021 - 7:30pm

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Nathaniel Rich with Claire Vaye Watkins
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Two years after his well-received first book on climate change - Losing Earth: A Recent History - and novels preceding that, Nathaniel Rich is virtually back with a new work of ‘post-natural world’ ecological writing, Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade (MCD/FSG). "Rich's elegy to a planet he likens to a critical care patient is lyrical, erudite, and devastating...[His] investigation of "crimes against nature" and the people who are trying to stop them is alarming, enlightening, and necessary." —O Magazine. "[A] vividly reported survey . . . Frightening but with an undercurrent of humor, Rich's study is packed with moving insight." —Publishers Weekly. With Nathaniel Rich in conversation will be Claire Vaye Watkins, author of the brilliant book of stories, Battleborn: Stories, Gold Fame Citrus; and whose next book is eagerly awaited. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event registration  
 

04/06/2021 - 5:00pm

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Dawnie Walton with Dawn Davis
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Dawnie Walton’s glowing debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev (Simon & Schuster), is the story of a young woman come of age in 1970s Detroit and then New York, determined to carve out a place in the musical pantheon, even as she breaks barriers with her Afro-punk band and sound. How that happened then, what blew up what was becoming emergent success, and how it’s all re-viewed decades later is at the heart of this audacious, ambitious book.  “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is as musical and revolutionary in tone and structure as it is in content. It delves into the complexities of the creative life, specifically as it pertains to Black women, and instead of shying away or egg-shelling, it does what every good book does: tells the truth. A truth that bangs. That shrieks. A siren song to shatter what we’ve known of the novel. Things won’t ever be the same after this. And I’m so happy Dawnie Walton has arrived.” —  Jason Reynolds. “'Bold' doesn’t even begin to describe it. Dawnie Walton's exhilarating debut is a thrill ride into the Afro-punk 1970s complete with a central character so unforgettable, you'll almost believe you’ve heard her name before.  Innovative, sexy, edgy— I’ve never read anything like Opal & Nev, and I promise you haven't either." — Ayana Mathis. Also with ardent early praise for The Final Revival of Opal & Nev are Kiley Reid, Beverly Bond, Pat Cleveland, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Joining Dawnie Walton in conversation will be our dear friend Dawn Davis, who was the editor of this book - and has now moved on to become Editor-in-Chief at Bon Appétit. Co-presented by the Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org) and Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event registration  
 

04/06/2021 - 7:30pm

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Chris Bail
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Duke University sociology professor Chris Bail, who also directs the Polarization Lab there, and has written Terrified; How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream, is virtually here this evening with his newest, Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing (Princeton University Press). Which would seem like a good thing to have happen. "A pathbreaking book about how social media distorts our view of politics, polarization, and people, including those we define ourselves against. Breaking the Social Media Prism illuminates a path out of the echo chamber and offers new ways to see the world, going beyond the numbers to reveal the gap between the things we say online and the things we do in real life."—Eric Klinenberg. "In this important and accessible book, Chris Bail shows that if you want to understand what's going on online, don't focus on people's exposure to information. Keep your eye on their quest for status and group identity. The book is rich with insights for anyone who uses social media and is essential reading for anyone who wants to improve our democracy."—Jonathan Haidt. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event registration  
 

04/07/2021 - 6:30pm

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Diana Butler Bass with Dave Brown
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We welcome back acclaimed Christian religious scholar and author Diana Butler Bass, who has made in-person appearances at Elliott Bay and elsewhere in Seattle (Seattle University) in the past. This evening, being the time that it is, it’s by virtual means. The author of such books as Grateful, Christianity After Religion, Christianity for the Rest of Us, and A People's History of Christianity, she visits tonight with her newest, Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence (HarperOne). Joining her in conversation will be Dave Brown, recently retired pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and seminal part of the Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos. "I would not have spent nearly as much time in jail, nor enjoyed half the friendships I’ve known, if I hadn’t decided to follow the brown-skinned Palestinian Jew from Nazareth who Diana Butler Bass writes about in these pages. I’m grateful for the many ways her memoir theology resonates with my own experience of a faith that will never allow us to separate love for Jesus from work for justice in this world." - Bishop William J. Barber, II. “Diana Butler Bass is one of only a few modern Christian writers who can absolutely blow me away with both spiritual insight and beautiful writing. She is a brilliant scholar and a wonderful storyteller, charming and devout, erudite and deeply human. She speaks for me in Freeing Jesus as in all her books.” - Anne Lamott. Presented in partnership with Seattle First Baptist Church,  University of Puget Sound, and The Well Queen Anne.   Event Registration    
 

04/07/2021 - 7:30pm

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Sonora Jha with Ijeoma Oluo
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We are delighted to be helping with this publication launch of Seattle writer and professor Sonora Jha, this evening with her much-anticipated book (see Rebecca Solnit’s description below), How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch). Making this even more of an occasion is that she will be joined on conversation by award-winning, bestselling Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race and the more recent, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, and herself knowledgeable on the subject at hand in Sonora Jha’s new book. For Sonora Jha, who was raised in Mumbai and worked as a journalist in Singapore before coming to Seattle, where she is a professor of journalism at Seattle University, this also marks her U.S. publishing debut. Her excellent novel, Foreign (which Elliott Bay carries), was published to high praise in India.  “You can’t punish your way to a more feminist world, I’ve long believed; you have to create, encourage, invent that world, especially in how you raise kids, but that’s only one reason Sonora Jha’s book is exhilarating and inspiring. It’s a beautiful hybrid of memoir, manifesto, instruction manual, and rumination on the power of story and possibilities of family. I can’t wait to put it in the hands of everyone raising kids or thinking about how we do it and how it could be different.” —Rebecca Solnit. And Ijeoma Oluo, herself: “In How to Raise a Feminist Son, Jha weaves her own fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking, and always beautiful story of raising her own feminist son with careful research, insightful interviews, and helpful advice. There were countless times in reading this book where I found myself reevaluating things I had told my own sons and setting new goals for things I would teach them in the future. True love sees you for who you are, and true love holds you to account when you fall short of who you can be, because true love knows what you are capable of. This book is a true love letter, not only to Jha’s own son but also to all of our sons and to the parents–especially mothers–who raise them.” Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event Registration  
 

04/08/2021 - 12:00pm

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Susan McFadden with Keri Pollock
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The Frye Creative Aging Series this month presents Susan McFadden, author most recently of Dementia-Friendly Communities: Why We Need Them and How We Can Create Them (Jessica Kingsley). She will be joined in conversation with Keri Pollock of Aging Wisdom. “With her deep empathy, humor and vast knowledge, Susan McFadden and the people living with dementia whose words she spotlights, explore the real losses of dementia while showing that grit, spirit and personhood endure - and why our communities can make all the difference.” - Beth Soltzberg, MSW, MBA. Susan McFadden, Ph.D., co-founded Fox Valley Memory Project, and was formerly professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Presented by the Frye Art Museum’s Creative Aging Series.   Event registration  
 

04/08/2021 - 5:00pm

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Barbara Ras & Anne Marie Macari
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Now that daylight is upon us in this part of the world, this becomes a late afternoon reading, and a welcome one at that, as it virtually brings poets Barbara Ras and Anne Marie Macari here for a reading with a heavenly aspect. For many years, a highly regarded publisher, most recently as director Trinity University Press, Barbara Ras has along the way been writing and publishing poetry. Her books include the Walt Whitman- and Kate Tufts Discovery Award-winning Bite Every Sorrow, One Hidden Stuff, and The Last Skin, she is here today with her newest, The Blues of Heaven (University of Pittsburgh Press). “The sweet and dark weight of being has never been more capably measured than in The Blues of Heaven. In poems about personal and national griefs, about the world at hand and the world that must be journeyed to, and about the creatures of creation and the tender, creatural self, Barbara Ras engages in acts of vision, ecstasy, and conscience. As the speaker in one poem declares, “I will work in fields of fire.” And true, in the midst of a period in our human history that has been nearly unendurable, Ras has given us a book of extraordinary shining.” - Rick Barot. Anne Marie Macari, based in New York, is the author of five collections of poetry, including Red Deer, She Heads Into the Wilderness, and, Ivory Castle, which won the APR/Honickman first book prize. She will be reading from her newest, Heaven Beneath (Persea). “This is a book of witness and gathering. A book of mourning and wonder. A book that has its hands reaching out to you, and its soul reaching into the earth.” —Ross Gay. “Rare in contemporary poetry, the lyric of supplication encounters acute location and mesmerizing eroticism…” —Judith Vollmer. Event Registration  
 

04/09/2021 - 6:00pm

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Quiara Alegría Hudes with Jon M. Chu
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A self-described ‘writer, wife, mother of two, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, USA,’ Quiara Alegría Hudes is also an award-winning creator of musicals and playwright with the hit musical, In the Heights, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Water by the Spoonful among her credits. She is virtually here this evening with her bracing, captivating autobiography, My Broken Language: A Memoir (One World).  “Every line of this book is poetry. From North Philly to all of us, Hudes showers us with aché, teaching us what it looks like to find languages of survival in a country with a ‘panoply of invisibilities.’ Hudes paints unforgettable moments on every page for mothers and daughters and all spiritually curious and existential human beings. This story is about Latinas. But it is also about all of us.”—Maria Hinojosa. “Wise, graceful, and devastatingly beautiful, Hudes’s memoir gives voice to the complicated cultural collisions and gentle rebellions that seed a life. I was inspired and moved by the resilient spirit of Hudes and the Perez women, who through joy and great heartbreak manage to conjure a remarkable world in and beyond their Philly barrio.”—Lynn Nottage. “Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories.”—Lin-Manuel Miranda. For this program, Quiara Alegría Hudes will be joined by director/screenwriter Jon M. Chu, whose film adaptation of In the Heights is scheduled for June 18 release. (This June will also see publication of a big illustrated book, In the Heights: Finding Home, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter). Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company and The Seattle Public Library. Event Registration  
 

04/09/2021 - 6:00pm

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Melissa Febos with Ruth Joffre
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Hugo House’s Word Works Series, wherein writers hold forth on craft, this evening features Melissa Febos, in conversation with Seattle writer and author (the story collection, The Night Beast) Ruth Joffre, on the topic, ‘In Praise of the Confessional. The author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me, Melissa Febos has just had a new memoir, Girlhood (Bloomsbury) released, just days before this program. “In this book, Febos proves herself to be one of the great documenters of the terrible and exquisite depths of girlhood. Here, that terrible and beautiful aeon is dissected, sung over, explored like ancient ruins. These essays are moss and iron-hard and beautiful-and struck through with Febos' signature brilliance and power and grace. An essential, heartbreaking project.” –  Carmen Maria Machado. Presented by Hugo House. Event Registration  
 

04/10/2021 - 1:00pm

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K.S. Komireddi with Dominic Green
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Published in India and the UK last fall, journalist and commentator K.S. Komireddi’s first book, Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India (Hurst/Oxford University Press), has caused a stir, especially in India where things are and have been particularly stirred up of late. "What makes Komireddi's narrative interesting, and more importantly fair, is the care he's taken to look at all leaders from Nehru to Modi in equal light . . . The book . . . merits a wider audience. Here, for a change, is a critic of the present order who is fair-handed even if he is a bit harsh in his anger at the political evolution of independent India." -- Siddharth Singh, Open Magazine. "Kapil Komireddi is a writer of flair, originality, and, above all, an absolute independence of mind ... his ability to see through posturing and prejudice makes his work both distinctive and compelling. This book deserves to be widely read within India and beyond." -- Ramachandra Guha. Joining Kapil Komireddi in conversation will be Dominic Green, Deputy Editor of the US edition of The Spectator, a jazz guitarist and musical arranger, and the author of several works of history, with The Religious Revolution forthcoming from Farrar, Status & Giroux. Event registration  
 
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04/11/2021 - 11:00am

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Mahmood Mamdani with Gil Anidjar
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From Kampala, Uganda to Seattle, with New York City (we believe) along the way, we are honored to present this Saturday program with acclaimed author and scholar Mahmood Mamdani. Presently the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies  at Columbia University, as well as Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala, he is the author of several major works, among them Citizen and Subject, When Victims Become Killers, and Good Muslim, Bad Muslim  - the last of which he appeared for at Elliott Bay in 2004. He will be joined in conversation by Columbia University colleague Gil Anidjar, author  most recently of Semites: Race, Religion, Literature. This ten-hour time-zone-spanning program is occasioned by publication of Professor Mamdani’s Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities (Harvard University Press), which has stirred all manner of reviews and response since publication. “This book compels the reader to rethink the origin and development of the nation-state and its replication as inseparable from European colonialism, beginning with the establishment of the Spanish state through racialized ethnic cleansing and the 1492 deportations of Jews and Moors. In elegant prose with no wasted words or jargon, this original and brilliant work argues that the United States created the template for settler-colonialism, providing the model upon which the South African apartheid regime and the Israeli state were patterned, a model also used by the Nazi regime that adopted U.S. race theory and catastrophic ethnic cleansing. The book provides not only profound historical analysis but also deeply researched descriptions of the current U.S. and Israeli regimes of settler-colonialism and more.”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. “Through his own elegant contrarianism, Mamdani rejects the current focus on human rights as the means to bring justice to the victims of this colonial and postcolonial bloodshed. Instead, he calls for a new kind of political imagination, one that will pave the way for a truly decolonized future. Joining the ranks of Hannah Arendt’s Imperialism, Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, and Edward Said’s Orientalism, this book is destined to become a classic text of postcolonial studies and political theory.”—Moustafa Bayoumi.   Event Registration  
 

04/11/2021 - 2:00pm

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Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac with Brady Walkinshaw
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Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, two individuals centrally involved in helping draw up the United Nations-brokered 2015 Paris Agreement for globally taking on climate change are virtually here this evening with the recently released paperback of their book, The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis (Vintage). “This is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The book takes a hard look at the frightening realities of climate change, but concludes that humanity can still deal with this threat. Moreover, the book presents the existential challenge of climate change as a unique opportunity to build a more just world and to make ourselves better people. Most importantly, the book adopts a very practical approach, and suggests 10 concrete actions that each of us can take in order to create a better future for all the residents of planet earth. I hope we all take this message to heart.” —Yuval Harari. “Figueres and Rivett-Carnac dare to tell us how our response can create a better, fairer world.” —Naomi Klein. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event registration  
 

04/12/2021 - 5:00pm

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Brandi Carlile with Tara Westover
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We are thrilled beyond words to be helping celebrate the release of beloved singer-songwriter, producer, multiple Grammy Award winner, activist, and all-around good, cherished citizen of this part of the country and the world it is in, Brandi Carlile’s remarkable first book. Broken Horses: A Memoir (Crown) signals a voice and vision as distinct and singular as is her music. “Carlile has quite a story to tell, and she digs deep into her memories of her formative years in the Pacific Northwest: poverty, evictions, transience, familial struggles with alcoholism and depression, and the meningitis that put her into a coma and accelerated her exit from childhood. Early in her adolescence, she knew she was gay, which brought a host of other challenges … Along with lyrics and snapshots that suggest a scrapbook, the author provides crucial behind-the-scenes insight into her rise to stardom. Especially illuminating are her descriptions of the process of creating such songs as ‘The Story’ and ‘The Joke,’ showing how her personal struggles strengthened her art. The story builds to her Grammy triumphs, her role in the Highwomen supergroup, her co-production of childhood hero Tanya Tucker, and her friendships with Joni Mitchell, Elton John, and the Obamas. With plenty more likely to come, the memoir ends on a high note. An intimate, life-affirming look at a musician whose artistic journey is far from over.” - Kirkus Reviews. “One of the great memoirs of our time . . . a gift from Brandi’s soul.”—Glennon Doyle. Joining Brandi Carlile in conversation for what should be a great program is Tara Westover, whose acclaimed memoir, Educated, is its own milestone.  Each event ticket ($33 plus ticketing fee) includes a copy of Broken Horses (a limited number of signed copies will be available). Books will be mailed out via Media Mail.  (Ticket options will also be available for people who live outside the U.S.) Event Registration  
 

04/12/2021 - 6:00pm

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Willy Vlautin with Maria Semple
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Novelist and musician Willy Vlautin, always a popular draw with his ‘live’ readings at Elliott Bay, makes this virtual visit for his new novel, The Night Always Comes (Harper), to be joined in conversation by Maria Semple, herself, author of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go Bernadette. “Vlautin offers a stunning, heartbreaking study of one woman’s struggle against fate and circumstance in an America that’s left her behind… This gritty page-turner sings with pitch-perfect prose, and [protagonist] Lynette’s desperation is palpable. Vlautin has achieved a brilliant synthesis of Raymond Carver and Jim Thompson.” -Publishers Weekly. "The Night Always Comes is a masterclass of scope and scale - a nail-biting thriller of everyday survival. Relatable, terrifying, impassioned, and compassionate, Vlautin's latest will elevate you on one page and tear your heart out on the next. A marvelous novel that bleeds real, cuts deep, and offers just the right dose of hope." -Ivy Pochoda. Willy Vlautin’s other novels include The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, The Free, and Don’t Skip Out on Me. He is also the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. Event registration  
 

04/13/2021 - 6:00pm

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Shankar Vedantam with Ross Reynolds
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Shankar Vedantam, he of the wildly popular Hidden Brain podcast, NPR program (which airs on KUOW), and book of the same name, makes this virtual Town Hall appearance for his newest book, Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain (co-authored with Bill Mesler, W.W. Norton). Joining him in conversation will be Ross Reynolds of KUOW. “A lively and digestible book…Perhaps the book’s most important point advises how to combat destructive delusions.” - Matthew Hutson, Wall Street Journal. “Ingenious…A passionate, often counterintuitive, disturbingly convincing addition to the why-people-believe-stupid-things genre.” -  Kirkus Reviews. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event Registration  
 

04/13/2021 - 6:00pm

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JoAnne Tompkins with Erica Bauermeister
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We are delighted to host this virtual book publication launch with Port Townsend writer Joanne Tompkins reading from and discussing her debut novel, What Comes After (Riverhead), with Erica Bauermeister, whose most recent book, House Lessons: Renovating a Life (Sasquatch) is just out in paperback. What Comes After introduces what looks to be a distinctive new literary voice, one here steeped in layers of mystery. “What Comes After is a tender, wise debut, both grave and hopeful. In telling the story of the violent act that rocks a small community—and what emerges from the ashes—JoAnne Tompkins explores responsibility and forgiveness, connection and loss, the families we’re born into and the ones we create. What Comes After asks whether we are inevitably shaped by the wounds we inherit—and the ones we give ourselves—or whether transformation, and redemption, are possible.”—Chloe Benjamin. And Erica Bauermeister, herself: “This is a book for the ages. A powerful, compassionate page-turner, What Comes After dives deep into the best and worst of humanity and comes out singing. This is a story of families failed and made, of lives lost and found and taken, and of anger and forgiveness—elusive, precious, and overwhelming. Joanne Tompkins is a clear-eyed reader of souls, and she gives them to us in all their complicated and terrible beauty.” Event registration  
 

04/14/2021 - 6:00pm

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Cassandra Tate with John C. Hughes
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Seattle-based historian and author Cassandra Tate brings welcome scrutiny to a version of Northwest history that has long held sway, but now is undergoing revisiting to various ends, witness a change of statues representing Washington state history in the U.S. Capitol. Het book, Unsettled Ground: The Whitman Massacre and Its Shifting Legacy in the American West (Sasquatch), draws on archival sources, many not before used in rendering this new narrative of what happened with Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and their early nineteenth-century time in what is now southeastern Washington. “Unsettled Ground is both the gripping adventure story of a cross-continental journey and a cultural exploration of the collision of two very different ways of life. . . . Told with depth and insight, Tate’s account is a prism that allows us to see the multiple dimensions of a classic frontier conflict.”—Peter Stark. “In this overdue era of righting unbalanced histories, Cassandra Tate reexamines a deadly tragedy from the nineteenth-century American West. Unsettled Ground is a riveting blend of intricate research, fresh cultural perspective, and first-rate storytelling.”—Dave Boling. Cassandra Tate is a Seattle-based historian and author.  A former journalist, she earned a PhD in American history at the University of Washington in 1995. She is the author previously of Cigarette Wars: The Triumph of "The Little White Slaver." Her work has been published in Smithsonian, Columbia Journalism Review, and other national magazines, and she has contributed more than 200 articles to HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington State history. She is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. John C. Hughes is chief historian for the Secretary of State’s oral history program in Olympia.   Event registration  
 

04/14/2021 - 7:30pm

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Morris Pearl and Erica Payne
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Even though April 15 doesn’t loom on the tax return front this year as it does most years, this time of year is one where many, if not most, think about who pays what as part of our various civic and national joint undertakings, this as one is doing one’s part. The discrepancies and rifts in this have become even more visibly marked with the pandemic, and who has profited  most substantially. Morris Pearl, former managing director of BlackRock, and Erica Payne, chair and founder/president, respectively of the Patriotic Millionaires, are now co-authors of Tax the Rich! How Lies, Loopholes, and Lobbyists Make the Rich Even Richer (The New Press). “Tax the Rich! reveals the inner workings of a system designed to make rich people richer and everyone else poorer. It breaks down how the economy has been deliberately structured, in large part through the tax code, to funnel the vast majority of economic growth into the pockets of millionaires and billionaires, working people be damned. This book gives a rare insider’s view of how the system is rigged, and offers a blueprint on how to fix it, starting with an engaged and united electorate holding politicians accountable for taxing the rich.”—Robert Reich. “Tax the Rich! should be on the bookshelves of every single working person in America. In this book, Morris and Erica skillfully reveal in plain English just how rigged our economy and tax code really are … If we want to live in the kind of country where everyone, no matter what their background, has a chance at the American dream, the only way to get there is by taxing the rich.” —Abigail Disney. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event registration  
 

04/15/2021 - 6:00pm

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Nate Powell with Sara Brickman
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Nate Powell, whose illustrated artistry was part of the collaborative work that was the late John Lewis’ National Book Award-winning March trilogy, and who has authored numerous award-winning graphic narrative books, virtually visits with his newest, Save It For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Abrams ComicArts). This series of graphic essays chronicles the years we just endured with the 45th president, and much that came upon us in that time. “In a series of deeply felt comics essays, Powell chronicles his efforts to maintain and pass on progressive political beliefs in a regressive political climate, effectively summing up the conflicts and battle scars of the Trump era for those shocked by his election. As the parent of two young daughters (presented here as anthropomorphized creatures, a fox-puppy-unicorn combo), Powell strives to teach them the value and importance of activism in the face of systemic racism, the threat of white supremacy, and the devastation wrought by Covid-19 … This sincere volume carries off parenting inspiration with gravitas.” - Publishers Weekly. Sara Brickman is a queer, Jewish writer, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize and a five-time member of Seattle slam teams, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and more. Event Registration  
 

04/16/2021 - 6:00pm

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Peter Ames Carlin with Warren Zanes
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Were this a live, in-person evening, it would be a short road trip for bestelling music writer Peter Ames Carlin, as he is virtually here from his Portland home to discuss his newest book, Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince (Henry Holt). The biographer of musicians as Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beach Boys, here turns his eye to a record company that was in the thick of it all during a pivotal time in contemporary music history. “A sweeping and vital music history that stretches from Hendrix and the Kinks to Prince, Madonna and R.E.M., written by a rock geek with an eye for storytelling. . . Carlin writes with authority, joy and detail. Sonic Boom will make you pine for a time when true artists were supported, whether they sold 50 albums or 5 million.” – Geoff Edgers, The Washington Post. "Captivating. . . . What makes Sonic Boom so appealing is that it is actually three books in one. It’s a book about how music is made, but it’s also a book about how companies are run and then go off track. It’s also a biography of sorts of Mo Ostin." - Wall Street Journal. Joining Peter Ames Carlin in conversation tonight will be musician (The Del Fuegos) and music biographer (Tom Petty) Warren Zanes. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event registration  
 

04/16/2021 - 6:00pm

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Jess Zimmerman with Ijeoma Oluo
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Rescheduled from March. We are delighted to present this re-scheduled conversation, which the scheduling dance now means can be joined by Seattle’s Ijeoma Oluo, generous spirit and soul, and a telling onel, as her books, So You Want to Talk About Race, and this past December’s new Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (Seal Press) attest. She and Jess Zimmerman talk the talk covered in the latter’s new book. Through fresh analysis of eleven female monsters, including Medusa, the Harpies, the Furies, and the Sphinx, Jess Zimmerman, author of Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology (Beacon Press) takes us on an illuminating feminist journey through mythology. She guides women (and others) to reexamine their relationships with traits like hunger, anger, ugliness, and ambition, teaching readers to embrace a new image of the female hero: one that looks a lot like a monster, with the agency and power to match.   “Women and Other Monsters reconsiders and spins anew myths that have long instructed and inspired us, detailing modern and longstanding terrors women face while illuminating the monstrous powers we may yet reclaim. I started to make a list of people I wanted to give this book to, then realized the answer was just ‘everyone I know.’ Jess Zimmerman’s writing is always a gift, and this is a work of epic bravery and beauty, brimming with insights that slice to the bone.”--—Nicole Chung.   Jess Zimmerman is the editor in chief of Electric Literature. Her essays, fiction, opinion pieces, and prose poetry have appeared in publications including Vice, Slate, The Cut, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and the New Republic. She is also the co-author of Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven.    Event Registration  
 

04/17/2021 - 11:00am

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Mikael Ross
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Our friends and neighbors - virtually and actually - at Goethe Popup Seattle present this Saturday morning program with Berlin-based graphic novelist Mikael Ross, for his newly published book, The Thud (Fantagraphics). Translated by Nika Knight, this YA graphic novel is the story of a young boy with developmental disabilities whose world gets rent asunder when his mother suffers a stroke - and he must take life on his own. And does. How and where he does is told of with empathy, feeling, and striking artwork. "A masterpiece. " — Der Spiegel. Presented by the Goethe Popup Seattle Event registration  
 

04/17/2021 - 2:00pm

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Deirdre McNamer & Sue Rainsford
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This afternoon reading has aspects of the nearby and faraway, with Missoula-based novelist Deirdre McNamer cast in the ‘nearby’ role and Dublin writer Sue Rainsford joining us from over the Atlantic. This should be a delight, as it gives readers a welcome, long-anticipated return by Deirdre McNamer, she of such favorites as Rima in the Weeds (for which she visited Elliott Bay thirty years ago), now with her newest, Aviary (Milkweed Editions). “Where would we be without the always magnificent Deirdre McNamer? With Aviary, she has given us her best work yet, a novel brimming, room after room, with all our mercies and our hauntings. This is a house you want to explore forever, where the smallest acts can be as potent as revelations, and where we, on every beautiful, hilarious, and heart-heavy page, learn a little bit more about ourselves. I didn't want to leave it―a book I will return to, often, for faith, for light.”―Paul Yoon. There is mystery here. Sue Rainsford has a brand-new novel that is just out in the UK - Redder Days -but  alas, not out yet, or soon, in the US, as of this writing. Her debut  novel, Follow Me to Ground (Scribner), was published here to high praise a year ago.  “Refreshingly, the novel disregards the predilections of contemporary literary fiction and instead veers toward allegory…What’s best in the novel is its idiosyncratic vision of the meaning of girlhood and first love…The tale pulses with images of opening and entering, into the ground, into patients’ bodies, in sexual union. The suggestion is that a teenage crush is an experience of haunting and being haunted, and that maturity comes through a process of utter, ruinous self-absorption.” —New York Times Book Review. "Sue Rainsford’s Follow Me to Ground is a triumph of imagination and myth-bending—a weird, tender, haunted and deeply affecting spectacle, equal parts beauty and horror, and unlike anything you will read this year."—Téa Obreht. Event registration  
 

04/17/2021 - 5:00pm

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My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora Group Reading
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Along with our community friends and co-presenters with Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy, we are delighted to present this group reading from the recently published anthology, My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora (University of Texas Press). Edited by Katherine Whitney and Leila Emery, it is expected that both editors, along with esteemed scholar/author Persis Karim, who wrote the book’s foreword, will be part of this, along with a number of contributors including: Siamak Vossoughi, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Dena Rod and Cyrus Copeland. Danyal Lotfi will host. There are over thirty nonfiction pieces here, reflecting a wide experience of diaspora and identity, with some of the writers - Seattle’s Siamak Vossoughi, Jasmin Darznik, Poupeh Missaghi, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and Roxanne Varzi among them - known to readers. Individually, and collectively, this is a book of voice, witness, and presence. “Emotionally raw, honest, often funny and heartbreaking, these are stories that will linger with you long after you’ve read them. My Shadow Is My Skin is a testament to what binds us as Iranian-Americans, but also a poignant reminder that every one of our experiences are distinctly personal.” - Sara Saedi. “This collection includes writings by first-generation Iranian immigrants to the United States, second-generation immigrants, or diasporic Iranians, several of whom have one American parent, as well as entries by American spouses of Iranian immigrants. It thus allows for a more expansive and inclusive understanding of what it means to be Iranian American or a diasporic Iranian living in the United States. This diversity of voices is one of the strengths of the book; the time for this more generous and capacious understanding of diasporic Iranian identity is long overdue and most certainly welcome.” -Nima Naghibi. Co-presented with Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy. Event Registration  
 
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04/19/2021 - 5:00pm

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Johannes & Dorothea von Moltke
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Our friends and neighbors at Goethe Popup Seattle present this program devoted to the recent English language publication of Last Letters: The Prison Correspondence, 1944-45 (New York Review of Books Classics). These are letters between imprisoned Nazi resistance leader Helmuth James von Moltke, who would be executed in January 1945 and his wife Freya von Moltke, smuggled between them by the prison chaplain. This book is edited by their son, retired lawyer Helmuth Caspar von Moltke; their granddaughter, bookseller Dorothea von Moltke, and their grandson, professor Johannes von Moltke, translated by Shelley Frisch, and with an afterword by Rachel Seiffert. It is expected that it will be Dorothea von Moltke and Johannes von Moltke that will present this program. “Last Letters documents what the Song of Songs calls ‘love as strong as death,’ or even stronger: the unbreakable connection between two courageous people who managed to maintain faith and love in nearly unimaginable circumstances.” —Elaine Pagels. Presented by the Goethe Popup Seattle.   Event registration  
 
 

04/21/2021 - 6:00pm

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Kim Stafford with Claudia Castro Luna
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As the world goes, this evening’s singer does not come from that afar, though it is by virtual means that esteemed Oregon poet Kim Stafford ventures this way this evening - to be joined in conversation with Seattle poet Claudia Castro Luna. The author of numerous books of poetry, memoir, works on writing and craft, and a teacher of note, as well, Kim Stafford  is here this evening with his newest book of poems, Singer Come From Afar (Red Hen Press). “Poetry began as song, and in the lyrics of Kim Stafford we still hear the singing. A keen listener to voices human and wild, he writes of prisoners and refugees, toads and wrens, warriors and peacemakers, orcas and rivers. His guiding impulse is compassion. He urges us to defy ‘the camp of anger’ through acts of kindness. He assures us that Nature holds no grudges. Even ‘in the era of stormy weather,’ bees gather nectar, birds weave nests, seeds sprout, and new life emerges. Here is a bard of small creatures and gentle gestures who believes that art can help heal the wounds we’ve inflicted on Earth, our fellow species, and one another, and that conviction shines through every page of this big-hearted book.”—Scott Russell Sanders. Kim Stafford has also been vital in the literary infrastructure of the Northwest and beyond - he is founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, co-founded the annual Fishtrap Writers Gathering, and frequently teaches at Hugo House. Claudia Castro Luna, as many here know, is the author of the poetry books, This City, Killing Marías, and One River, A Thousand Voices. She also has prose writing in the forthcoming anthology, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love (Vintage Books), for which she’ll be appearing in a virtual Elliott Bay reading with Sasha LaPointe and Honoreé Fanonne Jeffers on May 14. She was Seattle’s first Civic Poet and is concluding a second term as Washington State Poet Laureate.   Event registration  
 

04/21/2021 - 6:00pm

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Larry Krasner
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A Philadelphia lawyer whose civil rights and criminal defense work over thirty years has become legendary, and who has now been serving as a progressive district attorney of national renown, Larry Krasner makes this virtual Town Hall visit for his book on social  justice reform, incarceration, his own stake in things, and more, For the People: A Story of Justice and Power (One World). “Larry Krasner’s story is astonishing and compelling because he’s flipping the script. After decades of police and prosecutors being lionized in our culture, Krasner rises to power promising to defend the lambs. This is a story not to be missed.”—Michelle Alexander. “Larry Krasner is at the forefront of a movement to disrupt a system. This is a story that needs to be read by millions.”—Bryan Stevenson. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event registration  
 

04/22/2021 - 6:00pm

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Rónán Hession with Nancy Pearl
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Leonard and Hungry Paul (Melville House)  is the story of two friends struggling to protect their understanding of what's meaningful in life. It is about the uncelebrated people of this world -- the gentle, the meek, the humble. And as they struggle to persevere, the book asks a surprisingly enthralling question: Is it really them against the world, or are they on to something? Rónán Hession is an Irish writer, musician, and social worker based in Dublin. As Mumblin' Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of songs, and his most recent album, Dictionary Crimes, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for album of the year. Leonard and Hungry Paul is his first novel, and was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year award. Bestselling author, librarian, literary critic, and devoted reader Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world. Her most recent book is The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives (HarperOne), co-written with Jeff Schwager.                       Partnership with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle City of Literature and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. This event will be pre-recorded and aired on SPL's YouTube channel, through the “Premiere” feature. Registration is encouraged but not required.   Event Registration  
 

04/22/2021 - 6:00pm

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Allison Cobb with Daniel Borzutzky
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This evening gives us two writers who take the world on in all its present tumult, and do so with unflinching, open-eyed intensity, engaging in conversation to celebrate the launch of  Allison Cobb’s Plastic: An Autobiography (Nightboat). National Book Award-winning poet Daniel Borzutzky, author of the recent Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018, will be part of this, as well. With us from Portland, where she works for the Environmental Defense Fund and co-hosts The Switch reading/performance series, Allison Cobb is also the author of After We All Died, Green-wood, and Born-2. And now this brilliant new book. “Allison Cobb is not only a dedicated environmentalist, but she is also one of America’s most original environmental writers. The form of this book embodies narrative plasticity as each chapter is molded by history, science, memory, experience, and personal travels through the plasticsphere. After reading the final page, you will never see plastic the same way again, and you will see it everywhere.”-Craig Santos Perez. “Plastic: an Autobiography is a spinning gyre of history, biology, poetry, and chemistry, gathering centripetal force through attention to such particulars as a shard of plastic from WWII found lodged in the belly of an albatross sixty years later. This is a fierce and brilliant work that perhaps could only have been written by a poet who grew up in the shadow of Los Alamos, aware that the most destructive of human inventions can seem salvific until it is almost too late. Let this book be a call to awareness and action.” -Carolyn Forché. Event registration  
 

04/23/2021 - 6:00pm

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Rikki Ducornet with Brian Evenson
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One of this country’s great, most alive and most imaginative writers (and artists) at work, Rikki Ducornet virtually joins us from her Port Townsend home to read from and talk about her dazzling new novel, Trafik (Coffee House Press). One of the most internationally acclaimed writers (poems, stories, novels, essays)  in this part of the country, with her books published in fifteen languages, her art exhibited internationally, and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Rikki Ducornet tells a singularly brilliant story, not entirely of this earth, but with deep earthward intensities, thoughts, emotions in Trafik. “A winsome space picaresque in which surreality piles upon surreality. . . . A longtime master of the extraordinary sentence, Ducornet has outdone herself here, blending SF’s penchant for invented jargon with her own queer linguistic egalitarianism. . . . in a primordial soup of possibility. This slender book captivates with its ferocious curiosity, quick wit, and ultimately tender generosity. Carried along by the bumptious rollick of its language, this tale is full of sound and fury, signifying literally everything.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Surrealism meets space opera in Trafik, Rikki Ducornet’s startlingly original look at a post-human and non-human pairing wandering through space while obsessed with the scattered fragments of a world they never knew. At once funny and absurd, Trafik peers at our own time through the lens of the future to reveal what we should regret losing and what would be better gone.” —Brian Evenson. That same Brian Evenson, himself the author of such books as Father of Lies, Feral, and Song for the Unraveling of the World, with a new book of stories, The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (Coffee House Press), due out in August, will join Rikki Ducornet in conversation. Rikki Ducornet’s other recent books include Netsuke, The Deep Zoo, and Brightfellow.   Event registration  
 

04/24/2021 - 2:00pm

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Jeff VanderMeer with Chuck Wendig
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A writer we have greatly enjoyed hosting in-person for his fabulous novels, we are now delighted to be virtually presenting for his newest fabulous novel: Jeff VanderMeer is with us tonight with his newest, Hummingbird Salamander (MCD x FSG). “Jeff VanderMeer's Hummingbird Salamander is an existential mindfuck cleverly disguised as a thriller. Though the plot never stops rocketing forward, this astonishing novel continually shifts and expands in scale, until the puzzle the narrator is tasked with solving at the outset becomes an almost Matrix-like invitation to open herself up to a new and shattering understanding of her world, and ours. Visionary, dark, beautiful, and strange, Hummingbird Salamander is that rare novel that coaxes you into imagining the unimaginable." —Kristen Roupenian. “Hummingbird Salamander is a profound and incendiary thriller hurtling backward from the end of the world. Jeff VanderMeer’s tale of ecological and personal obsession inhabits that strange, surreal space where the natural world and human ambition collide – a space almost no other writer has chronicled with as much reverence and imaginative lucidity. The result is a detective story unlike any I’ve read before, futuristic in bearing but deeply relevant to this present, dangerous moment.” —Omar El Akkad. Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. He speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change as well as urban rewilding. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, on the edge of a ravine, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cat, Neo. Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers, Star Wars: Aftermath, the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and Zer0es and Invasive, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and he served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds, and books about writing such as Damn Fine Story. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Two ticket options are available, as is usual for our events. Free event OR event bundled with a copy of Hummingbird Salamander, a signed and personalized bookplate and access to a password protected site with bonus content that includes annotated chapters, downloadable psychedelic art posters of the Unitopia from Hummingbird Salamander, behind-the-scenes tidbits and easter eggs, exclusive one-sheets about the mythic creatures created for Hummingbird Salamander, and much more. Shipping outside of the Continental U.S. (including Canada): Please place your book order here on the Elliott Bay Website as shipping charges will apply. Event registration  
 

04/24/2021 - 6:00pm

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Senator Mazie K. Hirono with Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Hawai’i’s United States Senator Mazie K. Hirono, whose service on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, if nothing else, has earned her national attention for her informed, outspoken views, is someone whose story, example, and ways of doing and serving are instructive and inspiring for all, tells quite the story in her newly publisher memoir, Heart of Fire: An Immigrant’s Story (Viking). That she is the first Asian American woman in the Senate, and its only immigrant is but part of that story. “If a life can be called implausible, Mazie Hirono has lived it. In Heart of Fire, she tells an astonishingly compelling story. As a child born in postwar Japan, she crossed an ocean with her brother and mother, grew up in poverty in paradisiacal Hawaii, and emerged as a fiery voice and agent of change in the male-dominated, rough-and-tumble worlds of American politics. Powerful, poignant, and beautifully told, Heart of Fire is her inspiring, singular story.” —George Takei. “With both ferocity and compassion, Hirono chronicles her experiences in Congress, exposing the rampant hypocrisy and illogical behavior she has witnessed. At the same time, warmth and love shine through, as she attributes her success and determination to the example set by her mother. A heartfelt and fiery political memoir and immigrant story.” —Kirkus Reviews. Joining Senator Hirono in conversation this evening will be Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and cultural historian and commentator, Viet Thanh Nguyen, who recently did an Elliott Bay virtual reading for his new novel, The Committed (Grove). Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event registration  
 
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04/26/2021 - 6:00pm

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Amit Chaudhuri with Paul Muldoon
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A program that we believe will be globe-spanning in terms of who is where - with acclaimed writer/musician Amit Chaudhuri in Kolkata and his partner in conversation, esteemed poet/lyricist/critic Paul Muldoon, and we here in Seattle - is on tap here, occasioned by the U.S. publication of Amit Chaudhuri’s new book, Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music (New York Review of Books). Adept in both Indian classical music and popular western music, as singer and instrumentalist, Amit Chadhuri has long played a distinct role in bridging the two. “A syncretic work that draws on a great variety of Western and Indian sources and genres, combines memoir and musicology, and reads like an essay . . . [Chaudhuri’s] chronicle, like a raga, is a wonderful exposition of becoming.” —Michael Autrey, Booklist. “Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight, Amit Chaudhuri’s Finding the Raga immerses us in the rigorous beauty and cosmology of Indian classical music. It is also a loving memoir about relationships and places, dedication and vocation.” —Geoff Dyer. Amit Chauduri is a professor of Contemporary Literature at Britain’s University of East Anglia, and the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, Calcutta, for which he visited Seattle, and works of literary criticism. Joining Amit Chaudhuri for this program is Irish poet, opera librettist, critic, and translator Paul Muldoon. Presently a professor at Princeton University, he is the  much-honored author of fourteen books of poetry, including Frolic and Detour and the forthcoming (August) Howdie-Skelp (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He also has a performance hand in the music world, occasionally appearing with the spoken word music group, Rogue Oliphant. This should be a delight.   Event registration  
 

04/27/2021 - 6:00pm

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Blaine Harden with Sam Howe Verhovek
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Noted Seattle journalist and author Blaine Harden has mostly written of places distant from this part of the world - three recent books on North Korea, alone, with other places stemming from his postings as a correspondent in east Africa and east Asia over the years. He has written of this part of the world, as well, A River Lost, being an excellent earlier book on the Columbia River. He is in this part of the country again, farther back in time, with his newest book, Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West (Viking). Yes, this is the second author this month, following Cassandra Tate with Unsettled Ground on April 14th, we’re hearing on Marcus and Narcisa Whitman, their role and their deaths, as part of a pivotal time in regional and national history. “In this remarkable history of dishonesty, greed, and perseverance, Harden exposes the chauvinistic and fictitious story that rests at the foundation of U.S. expansion in the Pacific Northwest. He shows how the lionizing of missionaries and mountain men created a triumphant, self-serving narrative that justified the dispossession of the region’s native inhabitants. And he describes how the Cayuse Indians survived the onslaught and are now working to rebuild their communities and restore their traditional homelands. Murder at the Mission is a riveting investigation of both American myth-making and the real history that lies beneath.” – Claudio Saunt. “Harden meticulously outlines how one bitter minister crafted an outlandish lie out of the Whitmans’ deaths, promoting a narrow vision of heroic white Christians destined to conquer the land, a vision that persisted into the twentieth century, echoing far beyond the Pacific Northwest.” —Booklist.  Blaine Harden’s other recent books include The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot and Escape from Camp 14. Blaine Harden will appear in conversation with Sam Howe Verhovek, author of Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World, and a former Seattle-based national correspondent for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is also a contributing writer for National Geographic magazine and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Event registration  
 

04/27/2021 - 7:30pm

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Kate Aronoff
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New Republic staff writer, co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a New Green Deal, and co-editor of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style, Kate Aronoff gives this virtual talk for the first book of her own writing, the more-than-timely Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet - And How We Fight Back (Bold Type Books). "Kate Aronoff is so sharp, witty and relentlessly on-target that reading her fills me with hope. Overheated is a blistering account of the many varieties of denial that have prepared the ground for climate catastrophe — and a thrilling tour of the kind of visionary politics and policies that could put the future back in our hands. Please: read this book."—Naomi Klein. “In this deep and vital analysis, Kate Aronoff subjects every flimsy pretext and prevarication for postponing the climate emergency to a forensic analysis. She uncovers the genealogy of ideas, and the flows of money behind them. And then, with a razor-sharp intellect, she eviscerates the climate deniers, one lie at a time. If we are to win the battle for a livable planet, we’ll only do so with the moral clarity and intelligence that Overheated has in abundance.”—Raj Patel. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event registration  
 

04/28/2021 - 6:00pm

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Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai with Karl Marlantes
Virtually Hosted by Seattle Public Library
Someday there will be a time when renowned Vietnamese poet and novelist Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will get to visit Seattle again as she was slated to a year ago, when the pandemic put a halt to such travels and occasions. She is not to be missed, not for this virtual program, nor in-person, as she is one of those charismatic forces of nature in the very best sense of those words. This evening’s program is for the paperback release of last year’s fabulous novel, The Mountains Sing (Algonquin). And, as scheduled a year ago, she will be joined in conversation by author Karl Marlantes, who has written powerfully of Vietnam and U.S. presence there in his debut novel, Matterhorn. “The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling. Through the travails of one family, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brings us close to the horrors of famine, war, and class struggle. But in this moving and riveting novel, she also shows us a postwar Việt Nam, a country of hope and renewal, home to a people who have never given up.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen. “Quế Mai tells the story of the war that tore apart Việt Nam, and of the generation lost to the war, by braiding around it two beautiful strands told by the older and younger generations of a family. This book is an act of love, compassion, and ultimately healing, and very much needed by all who survived the war.”—Thi Bui. “A sweeping story that positions Vietnamese life within the ​rich and luminous history of national epics like The Tale of Kiều and The Iliad. Expansive in scope and feeling, The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, an unflinchingly felt inquiry into the past, with the courageous storytelling of the present.”—Ocean Vuong. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in Vietnamese. She has had her work translated and published in more than fifteen other countries. The Mountains Sing, her first book written in English, received a Lannan Literary Awards Fellowship and made several best of year lists. A book of her poetry, The Ballad of Hoa Sen (BOA) has been translated into English by Bruce Weigl. Karl Marlantes is also the author of What It is Like to Go to War, and, most recently, his 2019 novel, Deep River. Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.   Event Registration  
 
 

04/30/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Kathleen Alcalá & Dalia Kandiyoti
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
This evening brings longtime Elliott Bay friend Kathleen Alcalá virtually over from her Bainbridge Island home to celebrate this new edition of her first novel, Spirits of the Ordinary. Published by Raven Chronicles Press, which has become a welcome presence in book publishing hereabouts, this award-winning novel tells a late 19th-century story of a man distanced from family and his Jewish origins struggling to find his way. "A fecund fable about the convergence of cultures—Mexican, American and Jewish—along the Mexico/Texas border.... Alcalá's seductive writing mixes fatalism and hope, logic and fantasy."—Publishers Weekly. "Alcalá's lyrical language soars, sweeping the reader into achingly beautiful landscapes, the rapture of spiritual experience and the madness lurking at the edge of solitude."—Claudia Castro Luna. Kathleen Alcalá is the author of five other works of fiction and non-fiction. Joining her this evening will be Dalia Kandiyoti, professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and author of The Converso’s Return: Conversion and Sephardi History in Contemporary Literature and Cinema (Stanford University), a book which traces some of the same ground Kathleen Alcalá works in her fiction. "Embedded in a sophisticated theoretical framework and a wide range of historical reference, The Converso's Return brilliantly explores and confronts questions of memory's use and representation. In creating a new literary map based on seemingly disparate texts that actually belong together, Dalia Kandiyoti is ever vigilant to the political implications of all forms of return."—Ammiel Alcalay. Event registration  
 
 
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