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01/01/2021 - 5:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closing Early
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
 
 
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01/04/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Derek Sheffield and Ellen Bass
Virtual Event
Derek Sheffield recently joined us for an exuberant post-election reading of the Terrain.org anthology Dear America, and returns to our virtual stage tonight to launch a new collection of poetry, Not For Luck (Wheelbarrow Books/Michigan State University Press). Reading with him tonight is the esteemed poet Ellen Bass, whom we had hoped to host last spring, when her most recent collection, Indigo (Copper Canyon Press) was published. In Not For Luck, Wenatchee Valley College professor and poet Derek Sheffield ushers us into the beauty and grace that comes from giving attention to the interconnections that make up our lives.  "Derek Sheffield writes with a marvelous dual vision, coalescing details of the natural and human worlds, illuminating moments that sparkle and shimmer within." - Arthur Sze. Derek Sheffield is also the author of Through the Second Skin, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and poetry editor of Terrain.org. Ellen Bass has been a vital presence as a poet, editor, writer on domestic violence, and more for several decades. In addition to her 2020 collection, Indigo, she is the author of several other notable poetry books, was co-author of the landmark 1988 title, The Courage to Heal, and co-editor of the groundbreaking 1973 poetry anthology, No More Masks! “Even as it treads through deeply difficult subject matter, [Indigo] manages to be celebratory, extravagant, and often erotic; a matrix of intense noticing that makes it possible to understand how we live through and past all the difficulties of our lives.” —World Literature Today. “Extraordinary… Indigo is in dialogue with the meat of mortal existence—birth and death, mourning and desire—and Bass holds these polarities, often within a single poem, illustrating how they link us not only to each other, but also to the inexorable revolutions of the natural world of which we are only a small part.”—The Adroit Journal. Event Registration  
 

01/05/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Jenn Shapland with Jeannie Vanasco
Virtual Event
We were among the early admirers of Jenn Shapland's extraordinary book, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: a Memoir (Tin House), which was named a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. She joins us tonight (virtually) in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco. "You do not need to be a queer woman, a lover of Carson McCuller's fiction, or interested in the mysterious junctures between our own lives and those of our favorite artists to love this book, but for those of us who are those things, Jenn Shapland's memoir is a particular trove of delights. My favorite biographies are full of historical literary gossip and interested in the shadow selves of public persons. My favorite memoirs are those that scrutinize the self as an unreliable source of narrative truth and the one we must nonetheless rely upon. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers manages to do all of this in earnest and honest and riveting vignettes. It is a detective story and a dissection of selfhood, a puzzle every piece of which pleased me as it clicked into place."— Melissa Febos.    Jenn Shapland lives in New Mexico, won the 2019 Rabkin Foundation Award for art journalism, and has a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl and The Glass Eye. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Literary Hub, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Baltimore.     Event Registration  
 

01/06/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
POSTPONED - Rebecca Walker & Lily Diamond with LaTonya Yvette
Virtual Event
This event has been postponed. We will post an update of the new date and time as soon soon as possible. In this time of global reckoning, revolution, and reinvention, Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond, the authors of What's Your Story?: A Journal for Everyday Evolution (Sounds True) invite you to excavate the narratives that have shaped your life and write a new, fulfilling story for the future. Please join us for this virtual program, which features both authors in conversation with LaTonya Yvette. Tickets are free but we are also offering an opportunity to purchase a book when you register. Event starts and Zoom opens at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. If you would like to have a book sent to an address outside the Continental U.S., there will be an additional shipping charge. Please reserve a free ticket here and order a book via our website. Consisting of 150+ questions--designed to be answered in as little as five minutes or as long as a lifetime-- What ' s Your Story?: A Journal for Everyday Evolution (Sounds True) is essential for anyone ready to begin living their most authentic, creative, and meaningful life. Now in book form, this method is based on the authors' work with workshop participants and digital subscribers around the world. - Explore by area of life: Each chapter invites you to explore a different part of life as you move through your day--from waking up and encountering your mind, to being in relationship with your body, other people, nature, and technology, to reflecting on community, identity, and mortality. - Explore by theme: Five themes, color-coded throughout each chapter, allow you to explore a particular focus from beginning to end: creativity and self-expression; self-care; activism; spirituality; and grief, loss, and the work of healing. "Finding the voice to know, write, and speak your story can mean the difference between an existence of repressed silence and a life of joyful fulfillment," write the authors. "Our stories have the power to limit or liberate us." "Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond have created a powerful workbook to rewrite your life--to transform the scripts you've inherited into the narratives you choose." --Esther Perel, New York Times bestselling author, therapist, and podcast host. "This journal is beautiful. It will help you find your voice and, finally, hold it sacred." -- Cleo Wade, author of Heart Talk and Where to Begin. REBECCA WALKER is a best-selling author, editor, and cultural critic who has contributed to the global conversation about race, gender, culture, and power for over two decades. She has spoken at over four hundred universities, conferences, literary festivals, and corporate campuses around the world, and is a co-founder of the Third Wave Fund, an organization that supports women and transgender youth working for social justice. Rebecca has won many awards, and was named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at rebeccawalker.com. LILY DIAMOND is a writer, educator, and advocate working to democratize wellness through storytelling, accessible practices for inner and outer nourishment, and revolutionary acts of self-care in relationship to our earth and human communities. Lily is author of bestselling memoir-cookbook Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, VICE, Healthyish, Women’s Review of Books, Refinery29, and more. She lives in Maui, Hawai‘i, where she grew up, on occupied native Hawaiian land. Learn more at lilydiamond.com. LATONYA YVETTE was born in Brooklyn, New York and lives there with her children and two cats. Her eponymous blog started in 2011. LaTonya was awarded Break Out Author of the Year by the African American Literary Awards in 2019. Her blog, writing career and advocacy are rooted in the intersection of style, race, motherhood and womanhood, and her first book, Woman of Color (Abrams 2019) explores these themes. She is currently working on her second book, with Dial Press.   Event Registration  
 

01/07/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Robert Jones, Jr. with Maisy Card
Virtual Event
 Please join us for a virtual program with Robert Jones, Jr., the author of an extraordinary, newly published debut novel, The Prophets (Putnam). He will be appearing in virtual conversation with novelist Maisy Card, herself author of last year’s critically acclaimed These Ghosts are Family. We've never read anything quite like The Prophets, a novel which eloquently portrays the love and intimacy between two men during a time in which relationships (and personhood) were not respected or acknowledged by those enslaving them.  Here's some of what Robert Jones, Jr. has to say about his book: “As a Black queer person who has felt so cut off from my lineage, the question I wanted to ask: Did Black queer people exist in the distant past? Of course they did, but it’s often the way of a traumatized people to erase the past, shun excavation of it, deny it ever existed, or pretend that it looked some other erroneous but glorious way. This is understandable. Who would want to explain the horrors of yesteryear with no way of stopping the pain from returning? Terrified that I might discover the answer, I went searching. I read every book about the pre-colonial African societies and the American antebellum period that I could get my hands on. In pre-colonial African historical data, queerness was often presented clinically, as convenience in the absence of the opposite sex, as custom or ritual. In the antebellum period queerness was mentioned briefly at most, and almost always as something despicable or synonymous with rape. This prompted another question: What about love? Love, in all of its permutations, is the discovery at the heart of The Prophets; hard or soft; withheld or freely given; healing or wounding, but always revealing. Love is also why I wrote this book: for the ancestors who were wiped from the record, who spoke to me when I almost didn’t listen. To give me a line to walk back to and a tree to lean against and shake when the mood strikes. Sometimes, I don’t even think of The Prophets as a book but as a prayer, a testimony, maybe even a witnessing.” “The Prophets is easily the most superb tutorial in writing and loving I have ever read. I’m convinced Morrison, Baldwin, and Bambara sat around sipping wine one night, talking about the day we’d read an offering like The Prophets. Robert Jones, Jr. is a once-in-a-generation cultural worker whose art thankfully will be imitated for generations.” –Kiese Laymon. Kiese Laymon also sang praise for Maisy Card’s splendid novel, These Ghosts Are Family: “I suspect many readers will talk about the consequences of unspoken generational trauma in These Ghosts Are Family, but I'm most amazed by the deft use of characterization, place and embodiment here. This book is a master class in writing home as a collection of odd spirits and a mobile metaphor.”   Event Registration  
 

01/08/2021 - 7:00pm

Virtual Event
Maryna Ajaja with Ileana Marin & Otilia Vieru-Baraboi
Virtual Event
A reading we ached to do live and in-person months ago, we finally go the virtual way with: Seattle poet and Seattle International Film Festival curator Maryna Ajaja reading from her stellar debut book of poems, In Deep (Wild Ocean Press). Part of the reading will also be conversation with Ileana Marin, who reviewed In Deep for the online journal Entropy, and Otilia Vieru-Baraboi, president of Seattle’s American Romanian Cultural Society. Both Ms. Marin and Ms. Vieru-Baraboi are professors of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, and colleagues of Maryna Ajaya’s in supporting Romanian films at SIFF. “Maryna Ajaja’s relationship to the world, to nature, to self and other, to culture, its tragedies, sorrows and wonders, from indifference to protest to praise to love is poetry. The cinematic quality of Ajaja’s work has its roots in the Los Angeles of her childhood; real life movies in words. From fisherwomanlover to Port Townsend, Seattle, Eastern Europe, Moscow, her embrace, however leery, is embrace of the world … We’ve waited for this book. Its roots are deep in all of us.” - Sharon Doubiago. Nancy Rawles, Lee Bassett, and William O’Daly are among the others with advance praise.   Event Registration  
 

01/09/2021 - 2:00pm

Virtual Event
Michelle Gallen with Crissy Van Meter
Virtual Event
Irish writer Michelle Gallen joins us virtually from her home in Dublin, where she'll read from her new book, Big Girl, Small Town (Algonquin), which was just shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2020 Newcomer of the Year. Majella is happiest out of the spotlight, away from her neighbors’ stares and the gossips of the small town in Northern Ireland where she grew up just after the Troubles. She lives a quiet life caring for her alcoholic mother, working in the local chip shop, watching the regular customers come and go. But underneath Majella’s seemingly ordinary life are the facts that she doesn’t know where her father is and that every person in her town has been changed by the lingering divide between Protestants and Catholics. When Majella’s predictable existence is upended by the death of her granny, she comes to realize there may be more to life than the gossips of Aghybogey, the pub, and the chip shop. In fact, there just may be a whole big world outside her small town. “A darkly comic novel... Majella is a nuanced and complicated heroine, reliant on routines and largely dismissive of change. Infused with local diction, inflection, and slang, her voice envelops readers in the sounds of small-town Ireland. Fans of Sara Baume's novels and the Irish TV series Derry Girls will adore this complex, clever, and deeply moving debut novel.”--Booklist. Michelle Gallen was born in County Tyrone in the mid 1970s and grew up during the Troubles a few miles from the border between what she was told was the "Free” State and the “United” Kingdom. Michelle Gallen will appear in conversation with Crissy Van Meter, author most recently of Creatures (Algonquin).   Event Registration  
 
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01/11/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Peter Ho Davies with Bich Minh Nguyen
Virtual Event
Peter Ho Davies' novel, A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political experiences a family can have: to have a child, and conversely, the decision not to have a child. A first pregnancy is interrupted by test results at once catastrophic and uncertain. A second pregnancy ends in a fraught birth, a beloved child, the purgatory of further tests—and questions that reverberate down the years. “There are some stories that require as much courage to write as they do art. Peter Ho Davies’s achingly honest, searingly comic portrait of fatherhood is just such a story. A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself enacts to profound effect the dark shames, fears, and absurdities that are an inescapable part of family life. The world needs more stories like this one, more of this kind of courage, more of this kind of love.”—Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend. Peter Ho Davies' previous books include The Fortunes, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is also the author of The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and two critically acclaimed collections of short stories. Bich Minh Nguyen (also known as Beth Nguyen) is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin: the memoir, Stealing Buddha's Dinner and the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl. Her awards and honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center, and best book of the year honors from the Chicago Tribune and Library Journal.   Event Registration  
 

01/12/2021 - 5:00pm

Virtual Event
Melinda Gates with Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Virtual Event
Flatiron Books and Elliott Bay Book Company are excited to present Melinda Gates for a national virtual event to launch the paperback of her New York Times bestseller, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Melinda Gates will appear in conversation with writer and podcaster Luvvie Ajayi Jones. About The Moment of Lift: For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women. In this candid and inspiring book, Melinda Gates traces her awakening to the link between women's empowerment and the health of societies. She shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right now to “turbo-charge" change. And she provides simple and effective ways each one of us can make a difference. “The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what’s possible in the world. Melinda weaves together vulnerable, brave storytelling and compelling data to make this one of those rare books that you carry in your heart and mind long after the last page.” —Brené Brown, Ph.D. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, media, and justice. Her debut book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual was released to critical acclaim, hitting the New York Times bestselling list at #5. Her new book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual (to be published on March 2 by Penguin Life) is available for preorder now. She is also co-creator of the #SharetheMicNow global movement and hosts her podcast, Professional Troublemaker. This is a virtual event hosted on Zoom Webinar. Registration on Eventbrite is required. All tickets ($23) include a paperback copy of The Moment of Lift and a signed bookplate, while supplies last. A Zoom link will be sent to you by Flatiron Books before the event. Ticket sales END on Monday, January 11 at 4 p.m. or when tickets sell out. Event Registration  
 

01/12/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Anders Morley with Barney Scout Mann
Virtual Event
A passionate skier since he was a child, Anders Morley dreamed of going on a significant adventure, something bold and of his own design. And so one year in his early thirties, he decided to strap on cross-country skis to travel across Canada in the winter alone. His book, This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter (Mountaineers Books) is about that journey and a man who must come to terms with what he has left behind, as well as how he wants to continue living after his trip is over. It is an honest, thoughtful, and humorous reckoning of an adventure filled with adrenaline and exuberance, as well as mistakes and danger. Along the way readers gain insight, both charming and fascinating, into Northern outdoor culture and modern-day wilderness living, the history of northern exploration and Nordic skiing, the right to roam movement, winter ecology, and more. Joining Anders Morley tonight is Barney Scout Mann, author of Journey's North: The Pacific Crest Trail, finalist for the 2020 Banff Mountain Book Competition. Mann is an author, long-distance hiker, and outdoor advocate. He served as the Chairman of the Board for the Pacific Crest Association for three years, and now serves as President of the Partnership for the National Trails System. His articles have appeared in Backpacker Magazine, The New York Times, the Oregonian, and more.   Event Registration  
 

01/13/2021 - 7:00pm

Virtual Event
Nicole Tsong and Irie Love
Virtual Event
Your body is made to move and is designed to adapt to a range of activity--climbing, sprinting, carrying heavy things, walking long distances. Yet today we move less than ever before. Yoga instructor and fitness expert Nicole Tsong wants to change that. She has tried hundreds of different types of movement and her book, 24 Ways to Move More (Mountaineers), she shares which of those are the most fun, accessible, and body-beneficial. Detailing two new activities for each month of the year, she describes her own experiences trying each movement, then lays out a road map for readers to embark on a similar adventure, starting at beginner level and moving up through "Reach" and "Adventure" goals. Known for a playful, accessible approach to fitness, health, and wellness, Nicole Tsong wrote the popular column "Fit for Life" in The Seattle Times, She is also the author of Yoga for Hikers and Yoga for Climbers (Mountaineers Books). Tonight she appears in conversation with Irie Love, a BIPOC, born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She spent most of her life as a full-time singer, touring, traveling and living all over the world, since 1999. She moved to Portland in November 2017 to work at CycleBar as an instructor and then Seattle in November 2018 pursuing a full-time fitness career! Now a Certified Personal Trainer, RYT 200 Rasa Yoga and Cycle Instructor, she is still making music whenever she feels inspired.   Event Registration  
 

01/14/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar with Naomi Ishisaka
Virtual Event
Amber Ruffin, writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show (streaming on Peacock) appears with her sister and co-author, Lacey Lamar, to talk about their new book, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism (Grand Central Books). They will appear in conversation with Naomi Ishisaka, columnist and assistant managing editor for diversity, inclusion and staff development at The Seattle Times. Now a writer and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, Amber Ruffin lives in New York, where she is no one's First Black Friend and everyone is, as she puts it, "stark raving normal." But Amber's sister Lacey? She's still living in their home state of Nebraska, and trust us, you'll never believe what happened to Lacey. (But maybe it's also happened to you). Their book is as funny as it is insightful. Don’t miss this. "The Ruffin sisters grew up with a mother who ‘has a bad case of the smarts...and...isn't fond of people messing with her children’—messing that comes daily from the White residents of Omaha, Nebraska, a city, Ruffin reminds us, may sound like Hicksville, USA, but is larger than New Orleans, Pittsburgh, or Minneapolis. Those White citizens think nothing of using the N-word, nor of touching Black women's hair, nor of assuming that the Black residents of Omaha are violent and thievish. The latter assumptions build in ways that the sisters find sometimes amusing, sometimes hurtful, always astonishingly awful … ‘We are not into trying to educate white America, but maybe we accidentally did,’ they conclude. The education is no accident, and white readers can certainly use the wake-up call. Both maddening and funny, an eye-opening look at how its daily targets cope with racism."—Kirkus Reviews.   Tickets are $10 event only, and $35 including a copy of the book, a signed bookplate and Media Mail Shipping in the Continental U.S. only. (Book orders shipped to addresses outside the Continental U.S. will include a shipping charge, must be placed on our website but will include event access. Find the link at the end of this listing).   Co-presented by the Elliott Bay Book Company and the Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org).   Event Registration  
 
 
 
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01/21/2021 - 4:00pm

Virtual Event
Greg Robinson
Virtual Event
Drawn primarily from Greg Robinson's popular writings in the San Francisco newspaper Nichi Bei Weekly and community website Discover Nikkei, The Unsung Great: Stories of Extraordinary Japanese Americans (University of Washington Press) offers entertaining and compelling stories that challenge one-dimensional views of Japanese Americans. This collection breaks new ground by devoting attention to Nikkei beyond the West Coast--including the vibrant communities of New York and Chicago, as well as the little-known history of Japanese Americans in the US South. Expertly researched and accessibly written, The Unsung Great brings to light a constellation of varied and incredible life stories about artistic pioneers, mixed-race families, civil rights activists and queer Japanese Americans. Greg Robinson is professor of history at l'Université du Québec à Montréal and author of After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics and By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans and other influential books. Greg Robinson will be joined by artists Tomie Arai and Sheila Hamanaka in a conversation moderated by Brian Niiya, Densho Content Director.   Event Registration   More information about Densho  
 

01/21/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Christopher Paul
Virtual Event
Join author Christopher Paul for a discussion about his latest book, Free-to-Play: Mobile Video Games, Bias, and Norms (MIT Press), an examination of free-to-play and mobile games that traces what is valued and what is marginalized in discussions of games. Free-to-play and mobile games appeal to a different kind of player, many of whom are women and many of whom prefer different genres of games than multi-level action-oriented killing fests. It's not a coincidence that some of the few free-to-play games that have been praised by games journalists are League of Legends and World of Tanks. The event is free. Please consider making a donation to the Talevich Scholarship Fund, which provides $1,000 to a Communication and Media student to offset the cost of working in a professional internship. Registrants will begin to receive the Zoom link by email beginning approximately 48 hours prior to the event. Be sure you add the Eventbrite address, noreply@order.eventbrite.com, to your Safe Senders list or check your Junk folder for the email.  Presented by the Seattle U Communication and Media Department and College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott Bay Book Company.     Event Registration  
 

01/22/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
E.J. Koh with Cathy Park Hong
Virtual Event
One of last year's highlights was the in-person launch of Seattle poet EJ Koh's extraordinary prose book, The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir (Tin House). This year we'll celebrate the paperback edition of this book in our virtual space, but the silver lining here is the availability of poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong to appear in conversation with E.J. The Magical Language of Others tells the story of Eun Ji, or E.J.’s, adolescence, left on her own with her young brother, while their parents took on work back in their home country of South Korea. Movingly narrated by the author, but with passages in Korean, and a series of translated letters from her mother, this is a singular, unforgettable, poetically-charged work. “In The Magical Language of Others, E.J. Koh writes of the boundary between anonymity and naming, between absence and abandonment, between cruelty and safety for four generations of mothers and daughters, each speaking with an occupied heart and crossing narrative borders between Korea, Japan, and America. As a reader, you give yourself over to her narrative territory and the resetting of the borders of lineage, language, and lives lost.” —Shawn Wong. “E.J. Koh’s The Magical Language of Others grapples with intergenerational loss and love between mothers and daughters across time, war, and immigration. Koh’s painful journey is bridged by her mother’s letters, which she translates, unfolding the language of mothering and tenderness. Koh remarkably and beautifully translates the language of mothers as the language of survivors.” —Don Mee Choi. E.J. Koh’s debut book of poems, A Lesser Love, is also a marvel. Cathy Park Hong is the author of another significant and well regarded 2020 publication, Minor Feelings: an Asian American Reckoning (One World). Her scheduled 2020 appearance with us was shifted to a virtual event with Seattle Public Library, and we're glad that she'll be joining us tonight for this program. Her poetry collections include Dance, Dance, Revolution and Engine Empire. Event Registration  
 
 
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01/25/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
André Aciman with Paul LeClerc
Virtual Event
André Aciman returns to the essay form in Homo Irrealis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) to explore what the present tense means to artists who cannot grasp the here and now. Irrealis is not about the present, or the past, or the future, but about what might have been but never was—but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Éric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination’s power to shape our memories under time’s seemingly intractable hold. André Aciman, who has made several memorable reading visits to Elliott Bay in-person, is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis, Harvard Square, Enigma Variations, and Find Me. He's the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Event Registration  
 
 
 

01/28/2021 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Chris Harding Thornton with Daphne Durham
Virtual Event
Nebraska writer Chris Harding Thornton, author of a "rural noir" novel, Pickard County Atlas, in conversation with Daphne Durham, Executive Editor at MCD Books. Unfolding over six tense days, Pickard County Atlas (MCD Books) sets sheriff's deputy Harley Jensen and the Reddick family on a collision course--propelling them toward an incendiary moment that will either redeem or end them. "Engrossing, darkly funny, and real, Chris Harding Thornton's debut rings with authenticity and a nuanced sense of place even as it hums with menace, introducing an astonishing new voice in suspense." "A remarkable achievement. Chris Harding Thornton reveals the soul of a region and a people haunted by the past and with only desperate hopes for the future. On every page is a detail so authentic, or an image so vivid that readers will want to pause in appreciation. An amazing debut from an author who knows her little postage stamp of Nebraska soil as well as Faulkner knew Yoknapatawpha county." --Larry Watson, author of As Good As Gone.   Chris Harding Thornton, a seventh-generation Nebraskan, holds an MFA from the University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Nebraska, where she currently teaches.   Event Registration  
 
 
 
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01/31/2021 - 1:00pm

Virtual Event
Tofik Dibi & Nicolaas P. Barr with Anu Taranath
Virtual Event
Please join us today for a special program with Moroccan-Dutch politician and writer Tofik Dibi, author of Djinn. He will appear in conversation with Nicolaas P. Barr, whose English translation of Djinn was published by SUNY Press in its Queer Politics and Cultures series. Anu Taranath, Teaching Professor in the Comparative History of Ideas at University of Washington, will moderate the program. The son of Moroccan immigrants, Tofik Dibi was elected to the Dutch Parliament in 2006 at just twenty-six years old. During his six years in office, he fought for the equal rights of Dutch Muslims against a political elite that cast them as misogynists, homophobes, and, after 9/11, terrorists. But Dibi himself never came out publicly as queer—until he wrote Djinn. A bestseller upon its publication in Dutch in 2015, it tells the poignant, at times heartbreaking, story of Dibi’s coming-of-age as a gay Muslim man with humor and grace.   Tofik Dibi is an author and playwright who served as Member of Parliament in the Netherlands from 2006 to 2012. Nicolaas P. Barr teaches in the Department of Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington. Anu Taranath is a speaker, facilitator, professor and writer, whose book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, was named a Washington State Book Award Finalist, one of Fodor’s Travels “13 Books to Inspire Your Travels," and was selected as one of Oprah Magazine's "26 Best Travel Books,"    Event Registration  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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