January 2019

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01/01/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
New Year's Day Hours: 11am-7pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Happy New Year! We're open today from 11am to 7pm.
 

01/02/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month meeting, happening on Wednesday, instead of the more usual Tuesday, has as its selection Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin). "The scariest book I’ve ever read." —Carmen Maria Machado.   learn more  
 
 
 

01/05/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for 2019 with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin! Please join us!
 

01/05/2019 - 4:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Louie Pérez
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our Readings and Events series begins with something special this year: a special appearance by poet, artist and musician Louie Pérez. Louie Pérez is a master musician and innovative visual artist who has spent the last forty years as a founding member and principal songwriter for the internationally acclaimed group Los Lobos. Working with his songwriting partner, David Hidalgo, he has written more than four hundred songs. Many of those songs, along with previously unpublished poems and short stories as well as paintings, sketches, and photos, are collected in Good Morning, Aztlán, an illustrated book published by Tia Chucha Press.
 
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01/06/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Authors Guild Meeting
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Seattle Chapter of the Authors Guild is pleased to present an afternoon with literary agents Clelia Gore and Elizabeth Wales as they reveal their insights into trends and opportunities in the traditional publishing world. Clelia Gore leads the children's and young adult division of the Seattle-based agency Martin Literary & Media Management. A former attorney originally from the suburbs of New York City, she represents picture books and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Elizabeth Wales is the owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency, established in 1990. Subjects of interest for the agency are mainstream and literary fiction, graphic novels, narrative-driven nonfiction and memoirs—with particular emphasis on science, nature, social justice, politics, health, food writing, and culture. Their discussion will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session and a social hour. All working writers, both members and non-members, are welcome. Please note: pitches are not accepted during the meeting. The Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. Click below to learn more about this event and the Guild as a whole. More info  
 

01/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Shields with Ross Reynolds
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Independently published late in 2018, Seattle writer and University of Washington professor David Shields’s new book is one of the more novel takes on the president who has been upon us for nearly two whole years now. Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump (Thought Catalog) is David Shields’s novel take on all of this—though it is not a novel. "There's no other Trump book like this. No other book approaches the man and the situation in quite this way: the problem isn't out there; it's in us. Because it's a book for those who have a bit of trouble with the left and a ton of trouble with the right, it deserves a wide readership. I love the artfully and skillfully prismatic way it gets at the man and our collective arrival here. Shields starts with the specifics of Trump, then widens his lens, then narrows in again and again. It's almost a biography, almost a mystery, a kind of investigation, an opinion, piece, a speculation, an intervention." —Whitney Otto. "Shields's most 'accessible' book and probably his best. Impossible to put down--a polyphonic bricolage that is both absolutely of this moment and deserving of a burial in a time capsule to be opened at another age. The clinical depression of our current historical circumstances is never absent from these pages, but while reading them, one does so with exultation at seeing Trump and his era so exactly skewered." —Jonathan Raban. David Shields will be interviewed by KUOW's Ross Reynolds.
 

01/08/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy (Zed Books), by Ece Temelkuran.    learn more  
 

01/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Josephine Ensign
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Josephine Ensign makes a most welcome return to our stage and to Seattle tonight to read from her new book, Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins (University of California Medical Humanities Press). Soul Stories is informed by the author’s scholarly research and her thirty years’ experience as a nurse providing health care to people marginalized by poverty and homelessness. Josephine Ensign’s previous book, Catching Homelessness, won an American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book of the Year Award for Creative Work and was read across disciplines as a “University of Washington Health Sciences Common Book.” A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s book sales and any additional cash donations will be donated to the Elizabeth Gregory Home, which serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services. More information at eghseattle.org. Co-presented with the Elizabeth Gregory Home.  
 

01/09/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

01/10/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for an ongoing discussion series with no assigned books, moderated by the (teen) readers themselves, with Elliott Bay booksellers on hand to assist, and provide fun things like exclusive access to early copies of forthcoming titles. The plan is to meet the second Thursday of each month. learn more  
 

01/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jim Rupp
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Local historian Jim Rupp shows images and discusses some of the artwork featured in his book, Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces: From Sodo to South Lake Union (University of Washington Press), a comprehensive guide to public art on display indoors, on street corners, or in public parks in downtown Seattle.  Fine art photographer Miguel Edwards’s color photographs illustrate the book, which includes images, artist information, funding source and location of all of the art (including sculpture, paintings, videos and other artworks). Some local favorites include the John T. Williams Honor Totem, Sarah Sze’s McCaw Hall lobby assemblage and Buster Simpson’s Harbor Steps Monument, but you’ll find that you have walked right by many art works in spaces you pass through every day.  
 

01/11/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Amitava Kumar, presented by Tasveer South Asian LitFest
Hugo House
1634 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
A wonderful new undertaking, a South Asian rooted literary festival brings writers from here and from distant parts for a series of readings and panels over this and the following weekend. Things begin with this welcome Seattle return by Amitava Kumar. His recent novel, Immigrant, Montanta (Knopf), has been receiving all manner of praise since publication, now making specially noted or listed for end of year by the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and more.   “Amitava Kumar’s Immigrant, Montana is a beguiling meditation on memory and migration, sex and politics, ideas and art, and race and ambiguity. Part novel, part memoir, this book is as sly, charming, and deceptive as its passionate protagonist, a writer writing himself into being.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen. “There is a buoyant energy and hilarity to this account of an Indian student seeking the wide world through the women he meets, but one laughs with growing unease as a darker undercurrent is slowly revealed. An unusual, brave twist on the migrant’s tale.” —Kiran Desai  Moderated by Alka Kumar. Free admission. Click below for more information.   More info  
 

01/12/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks...Go to the castle in the children’s section...and the stories begin!
 

01/12/2019 - 12:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Panel on Race, Gender, and U.S. Publishing, presented by Tasveer South Asian Litfest
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
With panelists Amitava Kumar, Sharmila Sen, and Pramila Venkateswaran. Presented by Tasveer South Asian Literary Festival. This nascent literary festival continues today, first with this program discussing aspects of race, gender, and publishing in the U.S. Amitava Kumar is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works published in the U.S., India, and elsewhere. Immigrant, Montana was his first book to be published by a larger U.S. publishing house. Sharmila Sen, on this panel, can speak as both author and publisher: she is executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press, where she oversees a lot of South Asia (and elsewhere) related matter, including the ambitious and vital Murty Classical Library of India project. Moderated by Radhika Govindrajan. Free admission. Click below for more information.   More info  
 

01/12/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sonora Jha, Sharmila Sen, Pramila Venkateswaran presented by Tasveer South Asian Lit Festival
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The day’s second Tasveer panel comes over to Elliott Bay for what will be a group reading that should cover fiction and nonfiction prose, and poetry. Sonora Jha, a Seattle University professor and author of the excellent novel, Foreign (Random House India), is expected to read from her novel-in-progress, The Wolf Who Cried Boy.  Sharmila Sen is in this panel as a writer, author of an excellent memoir, Not Quite White: Losing and Finding Race in America (Penguin). “Sen breaks the silence about the costs of living as a ‘not white’ American in a society where whiteness is the unspoken norm. A generation from now, ‘not white’ Americans, like Sen’s children and mine, will constitute the majority of all Americans. Yet the institutions that maintain white supremacy remain largely unreconstructed. This important book dares to call out the hypocrisies of the current racialized order and imagines another future for our children’s generation.”—Kushanava Choudhury. Pramila Venkateswaran is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Slow Ripening (Local Gems). Her work has been widely published in the U.S., Canada, and India, including anthologies such as Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry. Moderated by Nalini Iyer. Free admission. More information is at www.tasveer.org.
 

01/12/2019 - 5:00pm

Hugo House
Sasha Duttchowdhury, Minal Hajratwala, S.J. Sindu presented by Tasveer South Asian Lit Festival
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This panel presents three quite varied writers - one working primarily in fiction, one here most recently in poetry, the third in non-fiction prose - but each exploring aspects and angles of queer South Asian (American) identity. Seattle writer Aparajeeta ‘Sasha’ Duttchowdhury is the co-editor of the anthology, Moving Truth(s): Queer and Transgender Desi Writing on Family (Flying Chickadee), which addresses exactly those questions and concerns. Minal Hajratwala is most recently the author of the excellent poetry collection,  Bountiful Instructions For Enlightenment ((Great) Indian Poetry Collective).   “Electric combination of lyric poetry and theater … Minal Hajratwala charms, sears, shocks and delights us. A fresh species of enlightenment.”  — (the late, much-mourned) Meena Alexander. S.J. Sindu’s debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies (Soho) has received widespread praise since its initial 2016 publication.  “A​n important intervention in the canons of both LGBTQ and South Asian literature.​ ​​​Marriage of a Thousand Lies is not only important: it’s also a beautiful book, with fresh, tidy prose, and complex, flawed characters, a novel that is at once sad and hopeful.​” - Autostraddle. “What a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel.” - Roxane Gay. Moderated by Chandan Reddy. 
 

01/12/2019 - 6:00pm

Hugo House
Storywallahs presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This emceed pair of programs lets people, younger and ‘older’ tell tales around the notion of name and identity. Free admission. More information on the workings of all of this will be at www.tasveer.org.    Youth Storywallahs : Saturday, January 12 at 6 p.m. at Hugo House Adult Storywallahs: Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Hugo House
 

01/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
George Lakey
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer who has smartly been parsing out the lively, volatile times we are in and what might be done about them, first in his book Viking Economics, now with his new book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning (Melville House), George Lakey makes this welcome return to Elliott Bay. Published this past fall, this book has already gone into hands and been put to use. More for that in the times ahead. “George Lakey’s Manual for Direct Action was literally a life saver for many during the height of the struggle for Black freedom and dignity in the 1960s. How We Win has arrived to us at another key moment in our human journey. It is a guide for our collective liberation, informed by decades of Professor Lakey’s ongoing research and teaching since the ‘60s. Following these steps will indeed help us achieve a more just and humane society.” —Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King. “If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent 2change-maker—well, this is an awfully good place to start. George Lakey has been near the center of American resistance for decades, and so he has both remarkable stories and remarkable insights—not to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual!” —Bill McKibben.
 
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01/13/2019 - 2:00pm

Seattle Art Museum
A Throw of Dice Film Screening and Discussion presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
A classic, silent 1929 film inspired by a crucial part of the Mahabharata is screened, to be followed  by a discussion. Free admission. More information is at www.tasveer.org.
 

01/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Gillian G. Gaar
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle journalist and music writer Gillian G. Gaar has covered Seattle’s music scene for decades, serving as senior editor at The Rocket, and writing for Mojo, Rolling Stone, MoPop and other publications and organization. Her book, World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story (BMG), begins with Seattle’s Sub Pop Records founding by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman  in the late 1980s. Sub Pop released early recordings by bands such as Green River, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Mudhoney and promoted bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, the Fastbacks, Shabazz Palaces and Sleater-Kinney and is still a beloved and very  influential indie powerhouse label today.
 

01/15/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month's selection is Cory Doctorow's science fiction thriller, Walkaway (Tor Books), as the January selection.   Learn More  
 

01/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nathan Vass
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle’s 7/49 bus line takes riders from Rainier Beach to the University District and carries over 11,000 people every day.  If you’re a regular evening rider on this route, you might know bus driver Nathan Vass, who has written about his experiences in his blog, “The View from Nathan’s Bus,” since 2012.  Today he’ll speak about some of the short essays and photographs collected in his book, The Lines That Make Us (Tome Press). Nathan Vass is also a photographer and a filmmaker whose work has been shown at the Seattle Art Museum and at the Henry Art Gallery. The stories that he tells in The Lines That Make Us remind us to look around and think about who we’re riding with.
 

01/16/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

01/17/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Creative Writing Workshop with Indu Sundaresan presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
Hugo House
1634
Seattle, WA 98122
Tasveer Reads but also seeks to write. This evening features a workshop on how to craft a storyline, place characters within the action, and create a general framework. Leading this session will be esteemed Seattle-area novelist Indu Sundaresan, author of five novels and a short story collection, including the award-winning The Twentieth Wife. She has received the Light of India Award for Excellence in Literature. Moderated by Darshana Shanbhang. Free admission. For more information, please see www.tasveer.org.
 

01/17/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Huda Al-Marashi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
When Huda Al-Marashi meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California. Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he's ever loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi's mother has chosen for her son. Tonight Huda Al-Marashi shares the story told in her memoir, First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story (Prometheus). "An honest, often amusing, account of one young woman's quest to balance the traditional Muslim values she acquired from her Iraqi immigrant parents with the romantic fantasies she acquired from American media. Her story is both unique in that the devout, overachieving narrator is not the rebellious first-generation daughter we've come to expect from immigrant narratives, and universal in its instructive journey from youthful hubris and naïveté to learning how to make a marriage work." --Faith Adiele, author of The Nigerian Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems, and founder of VONA Travel Workshop for Writers of Color
 

01/18/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jeremy Smith
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Missoula based journalist Jeremy Smith’s fascinating new book, breaking/_and/entering|: the extraordinary story of a hacker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is the story of a cybersecurity expert code named “Alien,” an MIT graduate with considerable expertise with hacking (and trespassing) who now runs a boutique hacking firm that protects some of the world’s biggest banks, retailers and government agencies. “For all whose lives and connections depend on the internet--nearly everyone--this biography of the pseudonymous 'Alien' provides a fast-paced cautionary tale. Jeremy Smith has enough experience as a computer programmer to understand the technicalities of this world, but his storytelling makes it intelligible to general readers; indeed, the narrative is more character-driven than technology-driven...A page-turning real-life thriller, this is the sort of book that may leave readers feeling both invigorated and vulnerable." -- Kirkus Reviews.
 

01/18/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Young Poets Group Reading presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Expected to read this evening are these emerging Seattle-based poets for a reading and q-&-a session: Ananya Garg, Malvika NaIr, and Azura Tyyabji. This should be spirited and good. Moderated by Shankar Narayan. Free admission. More information is at www.tasveer.org.
 

01/19/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Jovino Santos Neto
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia commences with Jovino Santos Neto, a world-class Brazilian pianist and composer and biologist. His lecture topic this morning is “The Harmonic Forest: Musical Structure Heard As Trees.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.   information and tickets  
 

01/19/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks...Go to the castle in the children’s section...and the stories begin!  
 

01/19/2019 - 1:00pm

Seattle Art Museum
Sohrab Homi Fracis with Allan Marcil presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This program, which marks a welcome Seattle return by novelist Sohrab Homi Fracis, will include a reading from his novel Go Home (Knut House), as well as a discussion with Allan Marcil as to how scenes from the novel were adapted to screenplay form. "At the heart of Sohrab Homi Fracis's poignant new novel, Go Home, is the question of one's place in the world, the answer never more ambiguous or fragile than for the immigrant or exile, when a person's condition of homelessness is in transition, neither here nor there. Given the cultural moment, I'm grateful to Fracis for his highly topical reexamination of the American Dream, a still reliable but never easy remedy for all those yearning to reinvent themselves beyond the constrictions of tribe and nation. And in Go Home, assimilation, sometimes a wretched exercise, can also be a hilarious and uplifting affair." - Bob Shacochis. Moderated by Shahina Piyarali. Free admission. More information is at www.tasveer.org.
 

01/19/2019 - 3:00pm

Seattle Art Museum
A.K. Asif, Shobha Rao, Chaitali Sen presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This last full session featuring authors at this year’s debut festival bring three excellent fiction writers to the fore. A.K. Asif is the author of the newly released novel, Hell! No Saints in Paradise (HarperCollins). “Author Ismael’s debut is a psychedelic, boundary-pushing excursion into the heart of the world’s second largest religion. He does a beautiful job explaining the features of Islam to readers while also having fun ...At the end of Ismael’s tale, readers may find themselves just as enlightened as he is. An invigorating romp that surprises with every chapter.” –Kirkus Reviews. Chaitali Sen makes what we believe is her first Seattle visit with her most recent book, The Pathless Sky (Europa), still reaching readers.  “…a searingly vivid portrayal of the depths of human emotions—from the first glow of young love to the deeper strength of middle-aged commitment. A poignant and sophisticated work couched in lyrical, effervescent prose.  –Kirkus Reviews. Shobha Rao makes this very welcome Seattle return, a favorite with readers here and beyond since her first book of stories, An Unrestored Woman came along a few years ago. That was followed last year’s moving, powerful novel, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron), a book partially set in Seattle. Cited for several best of year lists, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, this is an unforgettable story of two young women, going from India to Seattle by way of being ensnared by trafficking.  “Shobha Rao writes cleanly and eloquently about women who, without their brightness, might have been left to die in their beds. She writes them into life, into existence, into the light of day.” —Los Angeles Times. Moderated by S. Charusheela. Free admission, more information at www.tasveer.org.
 

01/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sarah McColl with Molly Wizenberg
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Sarah McColl’s Joy Enough (Liveright) is an indelible tribute to the joy and pain of loving well. Even as her own marriage splinters, she drops everything when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, returning to the family farmhouse and laboring over elaborate meals in the hopes of nourishing her back to health. “Joy Enough is a diamond in book form, a beauty forged by the weight of loss and learning. It stunned me with its taut clarity, with the way it probes - quietly, gently, unflinchingly - the parts of life that a lot of us don't like to look at: death, divorce, the pleasures and pitfalls of the body. ...McColl has a rare talent, and it shines. --Molly Wizenberg. Sarah McColl appears in conversation with Seattle writer and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg, whose books include Homemade Life and Delancey.
 
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01/20/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Cabot
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Time’s Up! A Memoir of the American Century (McPherson) is a masterful personal and political saga: luminous, probing, absorbing. At constant odds with his Boston Brahmin lineage and upbringing, the acclaimed novelist Robert Cabot confronts white privilege, rejects the conventional trappings of wealth and fame, and critiques colonialism, imperialism, and perpetual war. Through his unwavering gaze, we see a family’s navigation through the sepia-toned twenties, the color-drained Great Depression, followed by the blood-red murk of ever more war through the decades. "Time's Up! is an irresistible read. Robert Cabot's penetrating insights and lyrical prose bring us along on his remarkable journey through America's century. I love the book — it's a fascinating history and an ode to the beauty of life." — Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank. Robert Cabot’s books include The Joshua Tree and The Isle of Kheria.
 

01/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Karen Thompson Walker
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of the luminous 2012 debut novel, The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker returns with her much-anticipated second novel, The Dreamers (Random House). Yes, the anticipation is merited. “What a book! I read The Dreamers in a dream of sorts myself, entirely transported into Karen Thompson Walker’s world of mysterious tragedy and infinite, if unexpected, compassion. This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one. How she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of beauty, a lesson in the human spirit, is a mystery to me, but she does exactly that, and fortunate readers will celebrate this extraordinary book.”—Robin Black. “Frighteningly powerful, beautiful, and uncanny, The Dreamers is a love story and also a horror story—a symphonic achievement, alternating intimate moments with a panoramic capture of a crisis in progress.”—Karen Russell.
 

01/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elise Hooper
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle novelist Elise Hooper returns to Elliott Bay this evening to read from a new historical novel based on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America (William Morrow) is set primarily during the Great Depression and World War II, and gives a sense of the photographer’s life. Lange, who was left to support herself and two young sons during the 1930s, took to the road to document the conditions in which the nations poor lived. During World War II, she created many photographs of Japanese Americans at Tanforan and Manzanar during the World War II Evacuation and Incarceration. "Written with grace, empathy, and bright imagination, Learning to See gives us the vivid interior life of a remarkably resilient woman. Dorothea Lange's story is about passion and art, love and family, but also about the sacrifices women make--and have always made--to illuminate the truth of the world."--Danya Kukafka, author of Girl in Snow.  Elise Hooper is also the author of The Other Alcott.
 

01/23/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

01/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tessa Hadley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from her London home is noted British novelist Tessa Hadley. The author of five critically acclaimed novels, she is here with her newest, Late in the Day (Harper). “Deliciously precise.... Built in a Chekhovian manner, handily assembling the grown members of an extended family and their offspring under one roof.... Hadley is adept at delineating the Cranes’ brand of cultured middle-class Britishness in all its generational mutations.”- New York Times Book Review.   “Perceptive, finely wrought…. Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages.”- Publishers Weekly.
 

01/24/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ha Jin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer we’ve had the honor of presenting numerous times for his award-winning fiction, including the National Book Award-winning Waiting, Ha Jin makes this welcome return to Seattle with two new books in hand. Front, center, and most recent is a beautiful narrative biography of the great Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (or Li Po),  The Banished Immortal (Pantheon). Also here will be a beautiful, recent book of poems, A Distant Center (Copper Canyon Press). “Ha Jin tells the story of how a supreme artist endures the struggles, frailties and losses that are a part of any life—for the genius Li Bai, those pervasive difficulties are compounded, as well as redeemed, by art and the artist’s awareness of his gifts. This is a fluently told story, mysterious yet familiar, tragic yet sometimes comical. Ha Jin is a master storyteller.” —Robert Pinsky. “Witty, metaphorical and imbued with tenderness, Ha Jin’s poetry collection reveals the reverberations of home for those who have left it, and the necessity to be unafraid of the world or the place one comes from, to embrace the depth of one’s roots and at the same time claim the freedom of imagination” —Jennifer Wong, Asian Review of Books.
 

01/24/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Ramon Isao, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Becky Mandelbaum, Corinne Manning, E. Lily Yu
Hugo House
1634 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Five area-based short story fiction writers—Ramon Isao, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Becky Mandelbaum, Corinne Manning, and E. Lily Yu—hold forth in this moderated panel that should shine light on their work, and help affirm the short story’s central place in the literary scheme of things. Moderated by Kristen Millares Young. Presented by Hugo House. Free admission. Click below for more information.   More info  
 

01/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Keith Scribner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of The Oregon Experiment, a 2011 novel that was, in its way prescient to much of what is going on right now, Keith Scribner makes this welcome return from Corvallis, where he teaches at Oregon State University, to read for his newest novel, Old Newgate Road (Knopf). “A man returns to his long-abandoned childhood home, stirring up memories from a traumatic boyhood in this gripping saga from Scribner (The Oregon Experiment). Set among the sweet-smelling tobacco fields of East Granby, Conn., Cole Callahan remembers his childhood home—where his parents and the Callahan children conducted unceasing restoration efforts, and where Cole’s father abused his mother, eventually killing her—as a locus of violence and thrumming fear … Scribner’s narrative draws out themes of masculinity, sublimated trauma, and physical violence—speaking to the ways people fashion narratives out of troubled pasts to survive, resulting in a probing, tightly-plotted novel.” - Publishers Weekly.
 

01/26/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Anand Yang
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia continues with the venerable Anand Yang, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Washington. His lecture topic for this morning is “The First Satyagraha: Gandhi's Campaign Against Indigo Plantations in Early 20th-Century India.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. information and tickets
 

01/26/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!    
 

01/26/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sam Lipsyte
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of three previous novels, including The Ask and The Subject Steve, and two story collections, Sam Lipsyte pays this visit to keep us up to date with the current zeitgeist, with his wondrous new novel, Hark (Simon & Schuster). “So let's read Lipsyte and rejoice; let's celebrate the laugh-producing Milo Burkes who are all too rarely brought to us by brave and bitter men--let's celebrate the canny, well-educated yet perpetually failing furtive Internet onanists, the dark, half-crippled, doughnut-gobbling man-apes of the literary world, who cast their lumpen shadows across the rest of us. These are the kind of unlikeable, lovable protagonists we miss; these are the self-loathing, mediocre secret geniuses who can set our people free.” —Lydia Millet, The New York Times Book Review. "Wonderfully moving and beautifully musical, Lipsyte has penned a dastardly hysterical take on modern day rhetoric and the eternal ridiculousness of it all. More than a 'must read,' Hark is a 'must believe!'"  —Paul Beatty.
 
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01/27/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Madhuri Vijay
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The year is young but it feels safe to say that one of 2019’s major debuts will be one of its earliest, that of Madhuri Vijay with her bracing, compelling first novel, The Far Field (Grove). The central character in this book, a determined young woman, sets out from her home in Bangalore for Kashmir, a lingering family secret prodding her to go and find out about. She comes to knowledge and realities far deeper than she bargained for. “The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically timely and morally timeless. Madhuri Vijay traces the fault lines of history, love, and obligation running through a fractured family and country. Few novels generate enough power to transform their characters, fewer still their readers. The Far Field does both.”—Anthony Marra. “Vijay intertwines her story’s threads with dazzling skill. Dense, layered, impossible to pin—or put—down, her first novel is an engrossing tale of love and grief, politics and morality. Combining up-close character studies with finely plotted drama, this is a triumphant, transporting debut.”—Booklist. Presented with assistance from TASVEER.
 

01/28/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rabeah Ghaffari
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Another significant fiction debut is that made by film editor and screenplay writer Rabeah Ghaffari with her deft, brilliant novel set in part in the time of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, To Keep the Sun Alive (Catapult). “How do we recognize the moment our future has been written for us? In To Keep the Sun Alive, as the Islamic Revolution looms just outside the gate of an Iranian family orchard, Rabeah Ghaffari has built a world so lush, so precise that you will find yourself rewriting history if only to imagine it could still exist.” —Mira Jacob. “In her lush and atmospheric debut, author Ghaffari sketches a complex portrait of a country on the brink of revolution and explores the poignant ways political unrest can bind or tear families apart …  the story’s generous emotional core [gives] it a nuanced, character-driven exploration of a formative moment in a country’s complicated history. An evocative and deeply felt narrative portrait.” - Kirkus Reviews.
 

01/29/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Helen Zia
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We have fond memories of Helen Zia’s first visit to Elliott Bay, for one of the early readings from the now classic Asian American Dreams. She returns tonight with a new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution (Ballantine), which follows the stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution. Seventy years later, journalist Helen Zia interviewed surviving members of the last generation to experience the exodus (and an uncertain future in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S.) "Zia's portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many families who leave their homeland as refugees and find less-than-welcoming circumstances on the other side. I read with a personal hunger to know the political and personal exigencies that led to those now-or-never decisions, for they mirror the story of my own mother, who also left on virtually the last boat out of Shanghai." --Amy Tan.
 

01/30/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

01/30/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Fact, Fiction, Or Both? Group Reading and Conversation Featuring: Erica Bauermeister, Jennifer Haupt, Anna Quinn, Jennie Shortridge
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for a panel discussion and readings from four authors who write fiction and memoir (sometimes simultaneously). They’ll discuss crossing the fine lines between memory and imagination, fact and story, novel and memoir, as well as read from their latest books and works in progress.  Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients. She will be reading and discussing two soon-to-be-published works, The Scent Keeper (St. Martins, May 2019) a coming of age novel set in remote British Columbia, and House Lessons, memoir-in-essays about renovating a house in Port Townsend, WA. Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006 and returned to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel exploring grace when there can be no forgiveness. She’ll be reading from her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills (Central Avenue Publishing) as well as her work-in-progress. Anna Quinn is the author of The Night Child (Blackston), the story of Nora Brown, a young mother and high-school English teacher, whose unremembered childhood trauma returns to threaten her sanity, family and career. Informed by Quinn's personal history, The Night Child examines the fragile line between past and present, as well as the persistent attempts of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, each of which employs at least a few details from her life. She'll be reading from the most autobiographical of these, Riding With the Queen, and from a memoir-in-progress, both centered largely on surviving the tumultuous relationship with her mother, who suffered from mental illness and addiction.
 

01/30/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Mary Ann Gwinn, Jim Lynch & Lane Morgan on Murray Morgan's Skid Road & Puget's Sound
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Murray Morgan’s Skid Road, the story of Seattle’s first century, was published 67 years ago. It has never been out of print and has sold more copies than any other history of Seattle. It’s the history of Seattle’s first dreamers, schemers and grifters, told from “the bottom up.” Join Seattle Times books columnist Mary Ann Gwinn, Lane Morgan (Murray’s daughter), and novelist Jim Lynch, as they discuss the enduring appeal of this classic and its relevance for today’s readers. Elliott Bay Book Company will sell copies of  Skid Road and of Morgan's Tacoma history, Puget's Sound (both recently republished in new editions by University of Washington Press). Seattle’s National Book Award winning author Timothy Egan says of Morgan’s masterpiece: “Over more than half a century, no one has written a better book about Seattle. I keep looking for something, but Skid Road has our soul down cold.”     Tickets are More information ($10)   Murray Morgan (1916-2000), a journalist and historian, was the author of more than twenty books, including the well-loved Skid Road and The Last Wilderness. He worked for Time magazine, the New York Herald Tribune, and CBS News and hosted the early morning radio show "Our Town, Our World."    About the Panelists:  Mary Ann Gwinn writes about books for the Seattle Times, Newsday and other publications. She wrote the foreword to the new edition of Skid Road. She’s a vice president of the National Book Critics Circle and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and is on the board at Folio.  Lane Morgan is the author of books including Greetings from Washington and The Winter Harvest Cookbook and co-author of Seattle, A Pictorial History, Pacific Northwest the Beautiful Cookbook, and The Miracle Planet. She is an adjunct professor of journalism at Western Washington University and a contributor to HistoryLink.org. She was born in Tacoma and lives in Bellingham.  Olympia’s Jim Lynch is the author of four novels. His latest, Before the Wind, was picked as one of the best novels of the year by the Wall Street Journal and the American Library Association and became a 2018 bestseller in France. His 2012 novel Truth Like the Sun told the story of another pivotal era in Seattle history – the 1962 World’s Fair. The Seattle Times said of Lynch that he “observes like a journalist and writes like a poet.”
 

01/31/2019 - 7:00pm

Olympic Sculpture Park, Paccar Pavilion
Hal Foster with Charlie Wright
Olympic Sculpture Park, Paccar Pavilion
2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Renowned art historian and critic Hal Foster speaks about his new book, Conversations About Sculpture (Yale University Press), which draws on talks over a 15-year period between Foster and celebrated sculptor Richard Serra—whose work, Wake, is an iconic landmark at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Conversations about Sculpture is both an intimate look at Serra’s life and work, with candid reflections on personal moments of discovery, and a provocative examination of sculptural form from antiquity to today. Hal Foster appears  in conversation is his longtime friend and SAM trustee, Charlie Wright. Be sure to visit Wake before and after the program for a unique viewing of the sculpture at night. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM.   Tickets ($8-12)  
 

01/31/2019 - 7:30pm

Moore Theatre
Howard Schultz
Moore Theatre
1932 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Howard Schultz, former CEO and chairman of Starbucks, discusses his new book, From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America. This candid memoir is “part uplifting blueprint of mutual responsibility, and part proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” Admission is free with registration. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets may be reserved here.   Doors will open at 6:30PM. Elliot Bay Book Company will provide books for purchase in the main lobby.
 
 
 
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