March 2019

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03/01/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Northwest African American Writers Alliance Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For well over twenty years now, we have helped host this annual group reading program - wherever Elliott Bay has been - with Seattle’s Northwest African American Alliance. These group readings always feature a dynamic, wide variety of genres, voices, experiences, approaches - and much spirit and enthusiasm. For more on the NW African American Writers Alliance, tonight’s reading, and other NWAAWA activities over the year, please contact Georgia McDade (206.722.0964).
 

03/02/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium
Saturday University with Nancy Lee Peluso
Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium
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 Nancy Lee Peluso, political ecologist and Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Her lecture today is “Fruit Trees, Family Trees, and Landscape Change: The Durians of West Kalimantan, Indonesia.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University and the Elliott Bay Book Company. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets
 

03/02/2019 - 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 March with this reading from picture book 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.  
 

03/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jen Beagin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Novelist Jen Beagin joins us this evening to reading from her second novel, Vacuum in the Dark (Scribner), in which 26 year old Mona—first encountered in Pretend I'm Dead—is cleaning houses in Taos, having moved there to grant the dying wish of her ex-boyfriend, aka “Mr. Disgusting.” “Beagin pulls no punches--this novel is viciously smart and morbidly funny." —Publishers Weekly. “Rare is the encounter with such a frank and unflinching voice reporting from life on the edge, and rarer still the humor and compassion that Beagin manages to locate in it.” —Joshua Ferris, on Pretend I’m Dead.
 

03/02/2019 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Bushwick Book Club: Seattle7Writers with Laurie Frankel, Michael Schmeltzer, Anca Szilágyi
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This annual collaboration with Seattle7Writers features 3 Seattle7Writers, each partnered with 3 musicians. That’s three authors and nine musicians! All twelve of them will be at the event to share their thoughts on the evening with the audience. It’s a unique look into what a “book talk” can be, and how musicians can connect with an author and with an audience. The featured writers will be Anca Szilágyi (Daughters of the Air), Michael Schmeltzer (Blood Song), and Laurie Frankel (This Is How It Always Is). Presented by Bushwick Book Club. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets
 
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03/03/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Peg Edera
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rescheduled from February event, which was cancelled due to inclement weather. Portland poet Peg Edera visits with a recent book of poems, Love Is Deeper Than Distance: Poems of Love, Death, a Little Sex, ALS, Dementia and the Widow’s Life Thereafter (Fernwood Press), a collection whose subtitle lays it all out pretty directly, even as the work is moving. “Love these poems for their magical discovery of love’s perennial voltage despite lost life. By wild honesty, here the good goes on in new forms. Our culture is filled with love songs, and equally filled with silence about loss. What’s often missing in both realms is present in these poems—detailed reporting on the enigmas of true connection: a proposal in the dark . . . a squad car filled with lilacs . . . tears saved for the right time . . . toast and honey . . . all we can do with the impossible . . . and the Temple of What Is Next. Peg Edera’s poems offer the tough tenderness it takes to live through hard times.” —Kim Stafford.
 

03/04/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Irvine Welsh
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Irvine Welsh makes a welcome return to Seattle and to Elliott Bay with his novel, Dead Men’s Trousers (Melville House), which revisits the crew from his classic novel, Trainspotting. Yes, Mark, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud are all back in town, and given their personal histories, addictions, confusion and desperation, is it surprising that one of these four is not going to survive?   “Welsh makes these amoral misadventures so propulsive, so joyfully awful, that you have to go with the flow...this roués’ romp is about as much fun as you can have between two book covers.” —The Times.
 

03/05/2019 - 6:00pm

Rhein Haus
Matt Pentz
Rhein Haus
912 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The publication of Seattle sportswriter Matt Pentz’s book on the Sounders FC occasions this festive launch in our Capitol Hill neighborhood, as he will hold forth at the Rhein Haus for The Sound and the Glory: How the Seattle Sounders Showed Major League Soccer How to Win Over America (ECW). The MLS version of the Sounders, now in their eleventh season has its story told more fully than ever before here, chronicling a team which has made the playoffs every year of its existence, and which, until recently, set league standards for attendance and support. “Sure to be snapped up by the same enthusiastic crowds that pack the stands for Sounders games, this book will also appeal to general soccer fans, as well as anyone interested in the inner workings of a successful sports franchise.” —Publishers Weekly. Free admission.
 

03/05/2019 - 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’s selection is Muriel Spark's novel, Memento Mori (New Directions).   learn more
 

03/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Richard Chiem with Rich Smith
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer Richard Chiem celebrates publication of his debut novel, the arresting King of Joy (Soft Skull Press) here this evening. A remarkable debut this is, following his well-received first book of stories, You Private Person. It’s cited by The Millions as one of the most anticipated books of the year, and Nylon as one of “50 Books You’ll Want to Read This Year.” "This experimental literary novel is the right amount of both dreamy and dark . . . Lush, packed with jarring details, and surprisingly tender . . . A delicious, demonic novel that fades through adjacent, looping worlds in the magical early 2000s. Chiem evokes a lost decade and suggests the shape of the monsters that churned beneath its surface." ―Foreword Reviews. “Richard Chiem’s wonderful new novel explores the intersections of sex and survival, sadness and friendship, making art and discovering love, short-circuiting expectations at every juncture. Casually surreal and utterly spellbinding, King of Joy is a deeply moving story about our quests for various forms of oblivion.” ―Jeff Jackson. Richard Chiem appears in conversation with Rich Smith, whose writing on books, politics and performance appears in The Stranger.
 

03/06/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
5121 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!
 

03/06/2019 - 6:00pm

Hugo House
The Zeitgeist and Me with Jeanne Heuving
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rescheduled from February because of weather. Jeanne Heuving, professor and the founder and first director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, this evening gives a talk on ‘the zeitgeist,’ investigating its meanings, and how her own work draws on it and to it. This includes her recently published book, The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics (University of Alabama Press). Presented by HUGO HOUSE in partnership with UW Bothell. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org. 
 

03/06/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Johann Hari
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depression and anxiety had increased in Britain and across the Western world. In his book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions (Bloomsbury), Johann Hari shares both some of his own struggles with depression and his findings from a journey that took him across the world to interview  leading experts about what causes depression and anxiety, and what solves them. He learned there is scientific evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety-and that this knowledge leads to a very different set of solutions: ones that offer real hope.
 

03/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mesha Maren
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Set in rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s novel, Sugar Run (Algonquin) begins as Jodi, released from prison after serving 18 years of a life sentence for manslaughter, meets and falls in love with a troubled young mother. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start.    “Sugar Run is a shining debut. This is a book that loves its wounded characters and troubled places, and in so deeply loving, it finds a terrible truth and beauty where other writers wouldn’t have found the courage to look.”-Lauren Groth. Misha Maron is the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. She is currently a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.
 

03/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
G. Willow Wilson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of our favorite writers in the near and far scheme of things - she lives here and near, and writes of far, in time and place  - award-winning G. Willow Wilson makes this welcome return for her swirling, whirling new novel, The Bird King (Grove). “Teeming with secrets, violence, and magic, G. Willow Wilson’s characters come alive in a backdrop of 15th century Spain that is at once sinister and lush. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the world held me captive and I’m haunted by it still.”—Sabaa Tahir. “The Bird King takes a time period that’s passed into cliché and makes it new and strange again. In this novel, the real runs alongside the fantastic, one informing the other, G. Willow Wilson’s eye for detail and her titanic imagination pumping together like pistons. She’s incredible. The Bird King has big things to say about states and souls, and it’s going to take you on a rollicking ride while it says them. I was fascinated and riveted and, by the end, deeply moved.”—Robin Sloan. G. Willow Wilson is also author of Alif the Unseen, The Butterfly Mosque, and the Ms. Marvel series - wonderful work, all. Co-presented with WASAT (www.wearewasat.org).
 

03/08/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Hugo Lit Jam: A Night of Words & Music
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hear these authors and musicians blur the lines between poetry, prose and the blues. Featuring poet Kim Addonizio on blues harmonica and jazz flute, novelist Sam Ligon and poet Gary Copeland Lilley on guitar and vocals, author Kristen Millares Young on vocals, and author Kate Lebo on cowbell. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org.
 

03/09/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Joe Earle
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 concludes with Joe Earle, former director of the Japan Society Gallery in New York. His lecture today is “The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity.” 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. Please see www.seattleartmuseum.org or call 206.654.3210 for information and tickets.
 

03/09/2019 - 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!
 

03/09/2019 - 4:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Treuer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
At once epic in scope, intimate in voice, acclaimed Ojibwe novelist and nonfiction prose writer David Treuer’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Riverhead) has been winning major praise since its publication, and deservedly so. This is beautiful, vital work of a very high order. “An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of ‘Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life.’ Rarely has a single volume in Native American history attempted such comprehensiveness . . . Ultimately, Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past.” —Ned Blackhawk, New York Times Book Review. “In clear and vivid prose, David Treuer positions unforgettable portraits of contemporary Indian people within a compelling narrative of the experiences of indigenous peoples in the big sweep of time. His book offers a powerful challenge to the persistent and pernicious idea of the ‘vanishing Indian,’ replacing it with a far more accurate story of Indian people’s repossession and restoration of sovereignty and  dignity.” —Patricia Limerick.
 

03/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Don Mee Choi & Stefania Heim
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi tonight reads from her newly published translation of noted Korean poet Kim Hyesoon’s work, Autobiography of Death (New Directions) being a sixth book of hers that Don Mee Choi has translated. “Questions of the agency and effects of death, in both individual and mass tragedies, are central to this extraordinary collective elegy from Kim…This is Choi’s sixth masterly translation of Kim, and it fully reveals the startling architecture Kim develops to display structural horrors, individual loss, and the links between them.” —Publishers Weekly  Don Mee Choi is a fine poet in her own right, Hardly War (Wave Books) being her most recent collection. Also reading tonight is poet and translator Stefania Heim, down from Bellingham with a new book of her own poetry, Hour Book (Ahsahta Press), which received the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Later this year should see publication of her translation of Giorgio de Chirico’s poems from the Italian, Geometry of Shadows.
 
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03/10/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Maxine Gordon
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Maxine Gordon draws on her own background as an independent jazz scholar, along with having been married to the late legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, for the rich, revelatory work she has written that is Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon (University of California Press). “What began as a solemn promise to Dexter Gordon to finish writing the story of his life is now an extraordinary gift to those of us who are the fortunate readers of Sophisticated Giant. Maxine Gordon’s rigorously researched, jazz-inflected, genre-bending account of the many dimensions of this prodigious life—from small intimacies,  musical and personal, to major social issues, such as racism, drugs, and mass incarceration—is an occasion to appreciate Dexter’s resounding musical genius as well as his wish for major social transformation.”—Angela Y. Davis. “Sophisticated Giant tells a story from Buffalo Soldier to bebop, from Madagascar to Cuba! Maxine Gordon sheds light on the remarkable career and family history of Dexter Gordon, one of America’s most unique and misunderstood talents. When you talk about ‘cool,’ Dex lived it!”—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Co-presented with EARSHOT JAZZ (www.earshot.org).
 

03/10/2019 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Samin Nosrat with Bethany Jean Clement presented by NWAA, KNKX & The Stranger
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she pursued her twin passions of food and words. She is the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon and Schuster), winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for General Cookbook of the Year, 2018 IACP Cookbook of the Year, 2018 IACP Julia Child First Book Award, and Sunday Times Food Book of the Year 2017. A hit documentary series based on the book is now streaming on Netflix and she is also one of five food columnists for the New York Times Magazine. Tonight’s conversation with Samin Nosrat is hosted by Bethany Jean Clement. We will be on hand with book sales and a book signing is expected to be part of tonight’s festivities.   Tickets   
 

03/11/2019 - 5:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jenny Durkan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for a special conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, contributor to Why I Run: 35 Progressive Candidates Who Are Changing Politics, a collection of essays from progressives across the country. After Donald Trump was elected, a striking number of first-time candidates for office, as well as more women, LGBTQ people, and people of color ran for office. This includes Seattle's own Mayor, Jenny A. Durkan, a first time candidate and the first woman elected as Mayor in nearly a century. Why I Run includes essays written by Stacey Abrams, Pramila Jayapal, Jenny Durkan, Kate Brown and others who share what encouraged them to run, what it takes to win, and what lessons can be learned in the face of a loss. This early evening event includes a moderated Q&A and book signing. “This book is exactly the kind of inspiration we need, encapsulating the energy and vision embodied by every progressive candidate who stepped up and ran for office in 2018. They believe in a big-hearted, inclusive America, and their stories are a clarion call to all Americans who believe in their country and in the work it will take to change it for the better.”  —Hillary Rodham Clinton 
 

03/11/2019 - 7:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ashton Applewhite
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks (Celadon) traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism—in history and in our own age denial—and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of olders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action.  Self-published (and on our shelves) in 2016 , this book is now available in a new edition from Celadon  and its author--named one of Forbes’ 2017 “40 Women to Watch Over 40”--receives a warm welcome from us today. “Wow. This book totally rocks. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age—62. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck. Within four or five wise, passionate pages, I had found insight, illumination and inspiration. I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me.”-Anne Lamott.
 

03/12/2019 - 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 Nadia Murad's, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State (Tim Duggan Books).   learn more
 

03/12/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Samantha Allen
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In her book, Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States (Little Brown), Samantha Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more. "Samantha Allen's America is filled with buoyant queer people in supposedly red states living their lives with resilience and joy. This moving journey starts out in Utah--but Allen's road ultimately takes the reader to the center of her heart. Surprising, inspiring, and thoughtful."―Jennifer Finney Boylan. Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. For more information, please see www.spl.org.
 

03/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Flint Taylor
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Flint Taylor has spent nearly fifty years fighting for justice, from the courtrooms of Cook County to the US Supreme Court. With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office (PLO), he has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city’s corrupt political machine. He joins us tonight to discuss his new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago (Haymarket), which takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark—and the historic, thirteen-years of litigation that followed—through the dogged pursuit of commander Jon Burge, the leader of a torture ring within the CPD that used barbaric methods, including electric shock, to elicit false confessions from suspects. Joining forces with community activists, torture survivors and their families, other lawyers, and local reporters, Taylor and the PLO gathered evidence from multiple cases to bring suit against the CPD officers and the City of Chicago. As the struggle expanded beyond the torture scandal to the ultimately successful campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois, and obtained reparations for many of the torture survivors, it set human rights precedents that have since been adopted across the United States.
 

03/13/2019 - 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, which does these song & storytimes, designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, at a few select bookstores here in the area, 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!
 

03/13/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Helen Oyeyemi with Danya Kukafka
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most compelling fiction writers at work today, a writer whose work is challenging, rewarding, and smartly  imagined in all the best ways, Helen Oyeyemi makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for her newest novel, Gingerbread (Riverhead). “In Oyeyemi’s idiosyncratically brilliant latest (following Boy, Snow, Bird), she spins a tale about three generations of women and the gingerbread recipe that is their curse and their legacy. In an effort to understand her heritage, precocious British schoolgirl Perdita Lee recreates her family’s famed gingerbread recipe—but with additional ingredients that have near-fatal consequences. When she slips into a coma, her mother, Harriet, is forced to tell her the truth of their family … Harriet’s account is an astonishing tale of rigged lotteries, girls in wells, and the mystifying and meddling Gretel Kercheval, a childhood friend of Harriet’s who seems to have an awful lot to do with Harriet’s fate ... Oyeyemi excels at making the truly astounding believable and turning even the most familiar tales into something strange and new. This fantastic and fantastical romp is a wonderful addition to her formidable canon.” - Publishers Weekly. A small correction to that review: Helen Oyeyemi’s previous, most recent book, was the dazzling book of stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Onstage with her this evening will be Seattle-based novelist Danya Kukafka, author of Girl in Snow.
 

03/14/2019 - 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
 

03/14/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Irina Reyn with Carol Cassella
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Irina Reyn, award-winning author of What Happened to Anna K and The Imperial Wife, will read from her new novel Mother Country (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s), which tackles themes of cultural division, immigration laws, and the powerful bond between a mother and the daughter she’s been separated from. She will be joined by Seattle writer Carol Cassella—bestselling author of the novels Gemini, Healer, and Oxygen—for a reading and conversation. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. For more information, please see www.hugohuose.org.
 

03/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nina Revoyr
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Novelist Nina Revoyr has read at Elliott Bay on many occasions since the publication of her debut novel, Necessary Hunger, and we welcome her back this evening to read from her latest book, A Student of History (Akashic Books). In A Student of History, Rick Nagano, a graduate student of working class Polish/Japanese descent, becomes involved in the world of a charming, elderly heiress who has hired him to document an old Los Angeles not described in his history books. Akashic Books is also publishing a new edition of her classic novel, Necessary Hunger.   “Revoyr is an edgy and spellbinding writer with an uncanny gift for aligning human struggles with nature’s glory and perils.”-Booklist.   Nina Revoyr, whose books includ Wingshooters and Southland is an Edgar Award finalist and Lambda Literary Award winner.
 

03/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Brian Fies
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Early in the morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. Brian Fies’s book, A Fire Story (Abrams ComicArts), is his honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife could not fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to burn through the area, he posted an  initial version of A Fire Story online and it immediately went viral. The video segment KQED produced about his comic went on to win a Northern California Area Emmy Award. He has expanded his original webcomic into a full novel that goes deeper into environmental insights and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is an honest account of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.  
 

03/15/2019 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Benjamin Percy, Vanessa Hua, Keetje Kuipers, Sassyblack
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Award-winning fiction writer Benjamin Percy (Red Moon, The Wilding); author and journalist Vanessa Hua, whose novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s “Best Books of 2018” lists; and well-known local poet Keetje Kuipers, whose most recent collection is Keys to the Jail, will read new work on the theme The Metamorphosis, inspired by the title of Franz Kafka’s much-loved absurdist novella. SassyBlack will also offer original music. Presented by Hugo House. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets
 

03/16/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium
Saturday University with Aarin Packard
Seattle Art Museum Plestcheeff Auditorium
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Globalizing Plants Spring Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning commences a new spring series, again on plants and culture in Asia, today with Aarin Packard, curator of the Pacific Bonsai Museum. His lecture this morning will be “A Southern Chinese Tradition of Bonsai: The Lingnan School of Penjing.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle Universities, and the Elliott Bay Book Company.  Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets    
 

03/16/2019 - 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!
 

03/16/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jean Godden
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle reporter, editor, columnist and city council member Jean Godden witnessed historic events, watched Seattle evolve into a civic and national affairs leader, worked with many city and state movers and shakers, and became a local celebrity herself.  Her account of those days-- Citizen Jean: Riots, Rogues, Rumors, and Other Inside Seattle Stories (Washington State University Press)--includes her perspectives on the World’s Fair, the citizen-led battle against freeways, the fight to keep Pike Place Market away from New York investors, the World Trade Organization protests, and more. She shares personal insights, delivers an insider’s view of the city’s newspaper strikes and rivalry, and casts a revealing look at regional politicians. “For years, those of us who love our city have taken special pleasure that Jean was there with us, notebook in hand, pencil poised, madly scribbling what would become, in print, the most clever, insightful and profound reflections on the place we call home. From her first days as a reporter, to her days on the city council and beyond, Jean Godden and her ubiquitous notebook have been the essential guide to life in Seattle.”—from the Foreword by Leonard Garfield, Executive Director, Museum of History and Industry
 

03/16/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Jesse Donaldson, Kevin O’Rourke, Rebecca Wadlinger, Ryo Yamaguchi
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two poets (Ryo Yamaguchi and Rebecca Wadlinger), an essayist (Kevin O’Rourke), and a fiction writer (Jesse Donaldson) from the Pacific Northwest read new work and discuss the joys and pains of working on second (or third) books. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org.
 

03/16/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christina Gerhardt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Christina Gerhardt, Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa travels to Seattle today to speak about two books she has recently published about the events of 1968: 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press) and Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory (Bloomsbury). Her work has appeared in Cineaste, Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, German Studies Review, The Nation, New German Critique, The Progressive and The Washington Monthly.
 
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03/17/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chris Perondi & Vinny
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Chris Perondi, Master Trainer and Founder of the Stunt Dog Academy, visits Elliott Bay this afternoon to demonstrate some ways in which positive reinforcement can be used to teach tricks that strengthen the bond between humans and dogs. His new book, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever (Workman), written with Larry Kay, features fundamentals, basic tricks and some advanced skills such as agility work, vaults and skateboarding. Canine star Vinny Valentino will also be on hand to put some of these lessons into practice. This demonstration will be held downstairs in our readings room and--given the nature of the demonstration today-- the author asks that attendees leave dogs at home.
 

03/18/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Grace Talusan with Donna Miscolta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Recipient of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan has written a powerful memoir, The Body Papers (Restless Books), chronicling her family’s move from the Philippines to the U.S., and then a series of traumatic experiences she survived, and here depicts. “Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us. Equal parts compassion and confession, The Body Papers is a stunning work by a powerful new writer who—like the best memoirists—transcends the personal to speak on a universal level.” —Celeste Ng. “There is so much to admire in this brave and fierce and deeply intimate memoir. By taking such an unsentimental and plainspoken approach to her material, Talusan simply demands that the reader pay attention. The Body Papers is told in thematic sequences in which the author and the family come continually to light, in flashes that get brighter as we read, and by the end we see everyone in their full humanity and comprehend the depths of both despair and love at their core. As a child of immigrants, I found much to relate to in the family dynamics—alternately laughing and shuddering with recognition.” —Christopher Castellani. Joining Grace in conversation this evening will be Donna Miscolta, author of Hola and Goodbye (Carolina Wren Press).
 

03/19/2019 - 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 monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Edgar Cantero’s, Meddling Kids: A Novel (Anchor Books) as the March selection.   Learn More  
 

03/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Salvatore Scibona
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Eleven years after his debut novel, The End, was a National Book Award finalist, Salvatore Scibona returns with a much-awaited, and justifiably much-heralded new novel, The Volunteer (Penguin Press). “This magnificent and deeply moving novel by Salvatore Scibona, one of our most masterful writers, has at its heart the simple and compelling tale of a small boy abandoned in a foreign airport and a mysterious ‘volunteer’ who all his life, without knowing it, is trying to find him. In stunningly inventive prose, Scibona models the world through which these two beautifully drawn lost souls stumble—an infinitely-interconnected and repeating fractal of airplane routes and inscrutable tongues, of arbitrary hubs and meaningless destinations, of escapes and hideouts, of swarming megalopoli improbably wired to pitiful ghost towns such as only America can hide in its empty middle. All this under the crosshatched shadow of the military, for Scibona’s portrait of the way we live now is also, necessarily, a novel about war. The Volunteer is so brave, tough and admirable you are on his side before you recognize what you are looking at. He is the good soldier, the man who fights America’s wars.” —Jaimy Gordon. “Salvatore Scibona is gravely, terminally, a born writer—a high artist and exquisite craftsman. Yes his sentences are perfect but not merely; a surplus of dark and tender wisdom, who knows its source, makes his language—and the world—glow with meaning.”  —Rachel Kushner.
 

03/19/2019 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Andre Dubus III
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as novelist Andre Dubus III. In this Words Work series craft lecture, “On Building Characters,” he will reveal his secrets for building characters in literary fiction and infusing them with all the complexity, nuance, and humanity that readers have come to cherish from his books. After the lecture, Andre Dubus III be interviewed on stage by the award-winning novelist Jennifer Haigh. For tickets and more information, please see www.hugohouse.org.
 

03/19/2019 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Frans de Waal
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Acclaimed scholar (Emory University) and author of books that are both critically acclaimed and find a large readership, Frans de Waal is here this evening with Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves (W.W. Norton). “Frans de Waal is one of the most influential primatologists to ever walk the earth, changing the way we think of human nature by exploring its continuity with other species. He does this again in the wonderful Mama’s Last Hug, an examination of the continuum between emotion in humans and other animals. This subject is rife with groundless speculation, ideology, and badly misplaced folk intuition, and de Waal ably navigates it with deep insight, showing the ways in which our emotional lives are shared with other primates. This is an important book, wise and accessible.” — Robert Sapolsky. “A captivating and big-hearted book, full of compassion and brimming with insights about the lives of animals, including human ones.” — Yuval Noah Harari. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT SCIENCE Series. Tickets and more information are at www.townhallseattle.org.
 

03/20/2019 - 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, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a number of select bookstores in the area, 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!
 

03/20/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jacob Tobia with Dave Wheeler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
“Sissy” was Jacob Tobia’s first gender identity, the “first word the world ever gave me.” A gender nonconforming writer, producer and performer based in Los Angeles, and a member of both the Forbes “30 Under 30” and the OUT 100, Jacob Tobia is here a new memoir, Sissy: a Coming-of-Gender Story (Putnam). “Tobia, who uses "they" and "their" as pronouns, is a gifted storyteller. Their fascinating story begins with life as a feminine little boy, whose best friends were girls, to graduation summa cum laude from Duke as a proud trans person. Along the way, it's a classic coming-of-age story that doubles as a quest to discover one's gender identity. ..Always thoughtful, Tobia writes extremely well, with insight, lucidity, occasional anger, and, when things get too serious, wit. The result is, hands down, one of the best trans narratives available.”-Booklist. Jacob Tobia appears in conversation with Dave Wheeler, Associate Editor at Shelf Awareness.
 

03/20/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
GennaRose Nethercott & Sierra Nelson
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two brilliantly imaginative poets read together here this evening. GennaRose Nethercott’s The Lumberjack Dove was selected by Louise Glück for the 2017 National Poetry Series, She is also a lyricist. Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist, the author of I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) and the forthcoming The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org. 
 

03/20/2019 - 7:30pm

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
John Lanchester
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For years and through a series of extraordinary books, John Lanchester has looked at some of what is front and center in modern, Western urban centers, looked at what is fraught, with class, with power, with appetite - and given it a brilliant fictional rendering. Such books at Capital and The Debt to Pleasure speak to this, as do non-fiction works such a I.O.U. He is here tonight with the timeliest of novels, The Wall (W.W. Norton). “A dystopian distillation of our troubled times and an allegorical glimpse at a still-grimmer future, The Wall reminds us that even as politics corrupts and destroys, the soul erupts in surprising places to act as counterpoint and resistance. This patient, direct, suspenseful novel is one such eruption, and a civilizing comfort amid the simmering bloodlust.” — Joshua Ferris. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT ARTS Series. Tickets and more information are at www.townhallseattle.org.
 

03/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kate Hope Day & Whitney Scharer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two noteworthy fiction debuts get read from here tonight, Oregon writer Kate Hope Day with If, Then (Random House), and Whitney Scharer, a graduate of the University of Washington MFA program, with The Age of Light (Little, Brown). “If, Then is a mind-bending reflection on the nature of free choice and time. What if, just for a moment, we could see the other paths we might have taken? If we collided with alternate versions of ourselves, would we, could we, change our own destinies? Kate Hope Day writes with a tender and vivid attention to the extraordinary details of ordinary lives. This is a fascinating and moving debut novel.”—Eowyn Ivey. “Rapturous and razor sharp all at once, The Age of Light fearlessly unzips anything we might know of Lee Miller as model and muse and recasts her as artist, free thinker and architect of a singular and unapologetic life. Whitney Scharer is a stunning new discovery. This novel sparks on every page.” —Paula McLain.
 

03/21/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Barry Lopez
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Over thirty years ago, in the wake of his National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez signed to write another ‘large’ book. The years since have seen striking collections of stories and knowing books of essays, among other literary endeavors. But until now, not this long awaited book. Horizon (Knopf), written with utmost  grace and attentiveness, is that book. However many journeys it’s been, how many lives lived (within a life), this one says so much.   “Revelatory. . . Attentive in the world, rigorous on the page, morally inquisitive and bracingly candid, Lopez is a writer of conscience who illuminates the nexus between natural and human history. In his most encompassing, autobiographical, passionately detailed, and reflective book—a life’s travelogue—he shares memories, stories, observations, concerns, condemnations, and hope.  ‘Each place on earth goes deep,’ writes Lopez, as does he. He poses tough questions, and shares wisdom, all while looking to the horizon, ‘the sill of the sky, separating what the eye could see from what the mind might imagine.’” —Donna Seaman, Booklist. “An essential voice in American writing. Barry Lopez’s stories of inquiry and discovery are gloriously riveting, bringing the reader into a research boat, an archaeological site, a night-tent conversation, water forty feet under the edge of an ice shelf. At each place where he turns his eye and mind, something is learned of existence’s richness and meaning. A master work. This book is a map to treasures everywhere buried.” —Jane Hirshfield.   Co-presented by ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY and SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please see www.spl.org for more information.
 

03/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Debra Gwartney with Margot Kahn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One night after Barry Lopez and his book of travels, landscape, and life lived, another evening of similar bearing, albeit with a more particular focus on the western U.S. Debra Gwartney makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her prize-winning new book, I Am a Stranger Here Myself (University of New Mexico Press). Recipient of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, this beautifully written book looks hard and deep at the lives of settler women in the U.S. west, using Narcissa Prentiss Whitman as a focal point. “For women, the West can be a two-hearted place—a place of belonging and alienation, a place of history and its erasure. In this brilliant exploration of what it means to be a woman of the West, Debra Gwartney interweaves her own story with that of Narcissa Whitman. The result is a beautiful hybrid—a genre-busting book that takes a profound, relatable, and riveting look at Western identity, then and now.”—Claire Dederer. “I Am a Stranger Here Myself is a lively memoir, half personal, half historical but intertwined and connected in surprising ways. Fascinating.”—Gretel Ehrlich. Debra will appear in conversation with Seattle writer, Margot Kahn, author of Horses that Buck, and editor of This is the Place.
 

03/22/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Catherine Barnett & Matthew Zapruder
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two excellent poets discuss the part correspondence plays in their work and lives, along with (we imagine) reading poems here this evening. Catherine Barnett is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Human Hours (Graywolf Press), a ‘Best of Poetry 2018’ selection of the New York Times. Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, Sun Bear (Copper Canyon Press) being the most recent. He also has a prose book out, Why Poetry (Ecco). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org. 
 

03/23/2019 - 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!
 

03/23/2019 - 4:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Brenda Shaughnessy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy visits today, a powerful, bracing new book of poems in hand, The Octopus Museum (Knopf). She is a poet who writes with a keenness and fiercely intelligent sensibility rare in poetry here today, whether it’s contemplating some matter of daily life with children, or larger questions of our place in the universe. Her excellent previous books - So Much Synth, Human Dark with Sugar, Our Andromeda - have been published by Copper Canyon. "Over the last two decades Shaughnessy has stripped herself down to a voice that can sing plainly about disappointment and love in hard circumstances and the lost art of the mix tape."--The Paris Review on So Much Synth.
 

03/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dana Grigorcea with Alta L. Price
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to help present this evening with noted Swiss-Romanian writer Dana Grigorcea, and her translator, Alta L. Price, on the occasion of the English language publication of her novel, published as An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence (Seagull Books). A woman living in Zurich goes back to a Bucharest she had once lived in and known - under the Ceausescu regime. That harrowing past makes itself felt - in surprising ways. “Dana Grigorcea is an admirable chronicler of a lost time and this is a wonderfully melancholic, whimsical, politically and socially completely incorrect novel.” - Nürnberger Nachrichten. “A satire on media as well as a portrait of the city of Bucharest, and a plea for political freedom.” - Süddeutsche Zeitung. Co-presented with, and made possible by PRO HELVETIA, with assistance and support from the GOETHE INSTITUTE POP UP SEATTLE.
 
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03/24/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
T Kira Madden with Kimberly King Parsons
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (Bloomsbury) is essayist T Kira Madden’s strong-voiced memoir of coming of age. “Madden perfectly captures the ache of a child trying to find her place. You may not be a competitive equestrian, a Floridian, or the mixed race child of two parents who struggle with addiction; you may have never fallen in love with another woman; but everyone who has ever longed for more love will understand.” –  Rowan Hisayo Buchanan. “Harrowing and beautiful. What seems most miraculous about Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the way T Kira Madden forges out of such achingly difficult material a memoir as frank and funny and powerful and surprising as this, her utterly gorgeous debut.” –  Lauren Groff. Joining T Kira Madden onstage in conversation is Kimberly King Parsons, whose book of stories, Black Light (Vintage) is due out this summer.
 

03/24/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Carlin, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Alvin Pang, Francesca Rendle-Short
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From various distances come David Carlin, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Alvin Pang, and Francesca Rendle-Short, hailing in some combination from Melbourne, Berlin, Kenya, Singapore, and Flagstaff, for this reading that is part of the procession this next week to Portland and the AWP Conference. DAVID CARLIN is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. His books include The After-Normal (forthcoming in June 2019 from Rose Metal Press), 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder, The Abyssinian Contortionist, and Our Father Who Wasn’t There. YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR, who was added after this went to press, is a most significant addition to things, the author of a brilliant, masterwork of a new novel, just published, The Dragonfly Sea (Knopf). Set in Kenya, China, Turkey, and the Indian Ocean this is one of the books of the year. “In this sprawling, beautiful novel from Owuor, a real-life occurrence of a Kenyan woman traveling to China after learning of her Chinese heritage forms the backdrop for a moving story of loss and discovery . . . Brilliantly capturing Ayaana’s sense of loss of her home and her family, as well as her hope for the future, Owuor’s mesmerizing prose lays bare the swirling global currents that Ayaana is trapped within. With a rollicking narrative and exceptional writing, this epic establishes Owuor as a considerable talent.”—Publishers Weekly. ALVIN PANG is an award-winning poet, editor, anthologist based in Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, and a board member of the International Poetry Studies Institute. His latest book is What Happened: Poems 1997 - 2017 (Math Paper Press). He is also co-editor of the recent anthology, Union: 50 Years of Writing from Singapore and 15 Years of Drunken Boat. FRANCESCA RENDLE-SHORT is an award-winning writer of essays, memoir and fiction. Her books include Bite Your Tongue, Imago, and the anthologies The Near and The Far and PRESS: 100 Love Letters. NICOLE WALKER, originally listed to be here, has had to cancel her appearance.
 

03/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Carolyn Forché
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are honored - and thrilled - to help present this evening with Carolyn Forché, for decades one of the most vital, essential poets at work in this country. Her collections - Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour - have been award-winning books, occasions unto themselves. She has also edited two remarkable anthologies, Against Forgetting: 20th Century Poetry of Witness and Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English 1500-2001. She is here with a long-awaited first prose book, itself a powerful, significant work of encounter and witness, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press). “Carolyn Forché asks us not only to hear, but to see, the scale of human and moral devastation in El Salvador. For those of us who are citizens and residents of the United States, Forché’s powerful, moving, and disturbing memoir also demands that we recognize our country’s responsibility for the atrocities committed by the El Salvadoran military. As is the case with her poetry, Forché’s nonfiction asserts the need for truth—in our politics, in our writing, in our witnessing.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen. “What You Have Heard Is True is as much an enthralling account of a life marked by an encounter as it is a document of a time and place. Carolyn Forché’s urgent and compelling memoir narrates her role as witness in an especially explosive and precarious period in El Salvador’s history. This incredible book shapes chaos into accountability. It marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.” —Claudia Rankine. Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK.
 

03/25/2019 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Siri Hustvedt
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
There may be no other U.S. writer presently at work writing both books of fiction and non-fiction (poetry, too) with the range, depth, and verve that Siri Hustvedt has been working with her six novels and five books of essays and non-fiction. These books include The Blindfold, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, The Delusions of Certainty, The Blazing World, and The Shaking Woman or a History of My Nerves. She is here tonight with a fabulous new novel, Memories of the Future (Simon & Schuster). “This provocative, experimental novel from Hustvedt joins several narratives to illustrate the roles of memory and perspective in making sense of a life...The many moods and flavors of this brash 'portrait of the artist as a young woman' constantly reframe and complicate the story, making for a fascinating shape-shifter of a novel.”—Publishers Weekly. "Among the many riches of Siri Hustvedt's portrait of a young woman finding her way as an artist are her reflections on how acts of remembering, if they reach deep enough, can heal the broken present, as well as on the inherent uncanniness of feeling oneself brought into being by the writing hand. Her reflections are no less profound for being couched as philosophical comedy of a Shandean variety."—JM Coetzee. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT ARTS Series. Tickets and more information are at www.townhallseattle.org.
 

03/26/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sally Wen Mao with Jane Wong
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of one of the more compelling poetry debuts we’ve seen in recent years, Sally Wen Mao with her first book, Mad Honey Symposium, Sally Wen Mao makes this welcome first Elliott Bay appearance for her just-released second collection, Oculus (Graywolf). She’ll be welcomed and joined this evening by esteemed poet Jane Wong, author of Overpour. “In her stunning second collection, Mao stages a searing ventriloquy act. . . . These depictions speak and fight back against the white gaze that has framed them.”—NPR.org.   “Hauntingly perceptive. . . . An homage to pioneering Chinese Americans and an indictment of Asian representation in American culture, which never for a moment shies away from the difficult tasks of taking on race and history and technology all at once.”—Vulture. “Anna May Wong, Afong Moy, Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, and other visions of Asian American femininity and futurity are excavated in Oculus.”—The Margins.
 

03/26/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Monica Youn with Shankar Narayan
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Noted poet Monica Youn, author of three highly praised collections, including her 2016 Williams Carlos Williams Award-winning collection, Blackacre, reads here this evening, joined by Seattle poet-activist Shankar Narayan. Both poets are also lawyers, not the most common ‘avocation’ of  poets. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org. 
 

03/27/2019 - 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, who do song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, 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!
 

03/27/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sarah Schulman with Nicola Griffith
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Novelist, playwright and cultural critic Sarah Schulman’s novel, Maggie Terry (Feminist Press), is the story of a woman who wants nothing more than to slowly rebuild her life in hopes of being reunited with her daughter. But her first day on the job as a private investigator lands her in the middle of a sensational new case: actress strangled. If Maggie is going to solve this mystery, she’ll have to shake the ghosts—dead NYPD partner, vindictive ex, steadfast drug habit—that have long ruled her life. "Traversing the personal to the sociopolitical, Schulman’s latest offers a strikingly rich portrait of lesbian identity." —Lambda Literary Review. Sarah Schulman appears in conversation with Seattle novelist Nicola Griffith, author of seven novels, including So Lucky and Hild, and founder and co-host of #CripLit.
 

03/27/2019 - 7:00pm

Neptune Theatre
Preet Bharara
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45rd Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Along with friends and colleagues at Seattle Theatre Group, we present this timely evening with former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara. His most recent position with the Southern District of New York has given him quite the vantage point for where we are now, which he chronicles in his new book, Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law (Knopf). “Bright with anecdotes from his lengthy and illustrious career, Bharara’s razor-edge judgments about punishment, procedure, outcome, and outlook address issues of governance and moral grounding that form the crux of the nature of justice. Bharara speaks with a clear, firm, and engaging voice in this essential primer about the importance of a fair and open justice system.” —Booklist. “Like the best lawyers (and writers), Preet Bharara tells a good war story. But Doing Justice is a great deal more—a vivid memoir of a critical job, a primer on the toughest questions of prosecutorial ethics, and a reminder of the drama inherent in life in the courtroom arena.” —Jeffrey Toobin. Co-presented with SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP/STG. For tickets ($34.50 plus fee, which includes a copy of Doing Justice) and more information, please see www.stgpresents.org.
 

03/28/2019 - 6:00pm

Gallery 110
Rajaa Gharbi
Gallery 110
110 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle-based Tunisian American  poet, translator, and artist Rajaa Gharbi this evening reads, in Arabic and English  from her newest book, Men Aghani Aljousoor -Selected Poems Translated to Arabic. This is in conjunction with an exhibit of her paintings, “Tell Me More,” March 7 - 30 at Gallery 110. She is a powerful reader of her work. Amidst this show of her painting, this should be quite an evening. Co-presented with GALLERY 110. Free admission.
 

03/28/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Stephanie Land with Jennie Shortridge
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Stephanie Land’s memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive (Hachette) is a thoughtful, brave and timely book about surviving homelessness, domestic violence and low wage work such as housecleaning to support herself and her young daughter. Now based in Missoula, she spent many of her young adults years in Port Townsend and the Skagit Valley, then moved to Missoula to finish her degree in Creative Writing. She is now a freelance writer, her work supported in part by Barbara Ehrenreich’s Economic Hardship Reporting Project. “If this book inspires you, which it may, remember how close it came to never being written. Stephanie might have given in to despair or exhaustion; she might have suffered a disabling injury at work. Think too of all the women who, for reasons like that, never manage to get their stories told. Stephanie reminds us that they are out there in the millions, each heroic in her own way, waiting for us to listen.” —From the Foreword to Maid, by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed. “What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systematically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people's lousy attitudes toward poor people... Land's prose is vivid and engaging... [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir... an incredibly worthwhile read.”  ─Roxane Gay. Stephanie Land appears in conversation with Seattle writer Jennie Shortridge tonight. Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory, and is at work on a memoir. A lifelong volunteer, she is the co-founder and executive director of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. Free admission. Co-presented with WeAreOneAmerica.org and HUGO HOUSE. 
 

03/28/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mallory O’Meara with Moira Macdonald
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Milicent Patrick, one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters, is the subject of screenwriter and filmmaker Mallory O’Meara’s book, The Lady of the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (Hanover Square Press/Harper). "The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of  a film pioneer whose contributions to special effects have been largely and unjustly forgotten. Inspired by Patrick's seminal contribution and frustrated by her relative obscurity, O'Meara set off on a quest to discover everything she could about her idol, resulting in this engaging, conversational, passionate biography, which details both Patrick's life and O'Meara's own research mission. Born in 1915 to a conservative structural engineer, Patrick grew up in the shadow of Hearst Castle before her family moved to Hollywood and Patrick started her Hollywood career as an actress and an animator. In an ironic twist of fate, the man responsible for hiring Patrick as a designer at Universal Pictures would also be the one who cut her career short because of his envy over the attention she got for creating the creature...there's never a dull moment in this beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a pioneering special-effects designer and animator and passionate call for change in the industry that forgot her.”- Booklist. Mallory will be joined in conversation by Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times.
 

03/29/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Wade & Heather Dundas
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade (1940-2017)—ostensibly to guest-lecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor, but in truth to explore what he called the Valley of Death. Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman, Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time. Foucault in California (Heyday) is the late Simeon Wade’s firsthand account of that long weekend. Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers. Joining us today are Simeon Wade’s brother David Wade and novelist Heather Dundas, who wrote the foreword to Foucault in California.
 

03/30/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Jerome Silbergold
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University TRANS PLANTS: COLLECTING, GATHERING, AND GLOBALIZING PLANTS Spring Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning continues its spring series on plants and culture in Asia, today with Jerome Silbergold, formerly professor of art history at the University of Washington, now at Princeton.  He is the author of several books. His lecture today is “What Kind of Collection Is a Chinese Garden?” 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. Please see www.seattleartmuseum.org or call 206.654.3210 for information and tickets.
 

03/30/2019 - 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. Just go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin!
 

03/30/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Peter Bagge & James Sturm with Paul Constant
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Joining us this evening are two graphic novelists published by Drawn and Quarterly. Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, who most recently visited us to speak about two previous biographical portraits of groundbreaking 20th century women: Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story and Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, returns with Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story.  Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder and champion of the Little House on the Prairie series, was a feminist, a war correspondent and a mother of American libertarianism. Also on tonight’s program is Vermont writer James Sturm, cartoonist and author of Off Season, which chronicles one couple's divisive separation during Bernie Sanders's loss to Hillary Clinton, Clinton's loss to Donald Trump, and the disorienting months that followed. James Sturm, the other of the classic graphic novel, The Golem’s Mighty Swing and of Market Day,  is one of the founders of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River junction Vermont. Peter Bagge and James Sturm appear in conversation with Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books.
 

03/30/2019 - 7:30pm

The Summit on Pike
Roger McNamee
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Roger McNamee gives an informed insider’s view of things with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and more in his new book, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (Penguin Press). “Part memoir, part indictment, Zucked chronicles Facebook’s history to demonstrate that its practices of ‘invasive surveillance, careless sharing of private data, and behavior modification in pursuit of unprecedented scale and influence,’ far from being a series of accidental oversights, were in fact foundational to the company’s astronomical success. This historical approach allows McNamee to draw valuable connections between present-day troubles and the company’s philosophical source code.” — Bookforum. “Roger McNamee is an investor with the nose of an investigator. This unafraid and unapologetic critique is enhanced by McNamee’s personal association with Facebook’s leaders and his long career in the industry. Whether you believe technology is the problem or the solution, one has no choice but to listen. It’s only democracy at stake.”  — Emily Chang. Joining Roger McNamee onstage in conversation is KUOW’s Ross Reynolds. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series. Tickets and more information are at www.townhallseattle.org.
 
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03/31/2019 - 11:00am

Herban Feast, SoDo Park
Hedgebrook Equivox 2019
Herban Feast, SoDo Park
3200 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Equivox, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat for Women’s annual fundraiser provides an opportunity to support and learn more about the retreat’s many programs for women writers of all types, including screenwriters, filmmakers and songwriters. This event includes brunch, a raffle, storytelling, a chance to meet some of the writers whose work is supported by Hedgebrook and, this year, a keynote address by activist/writer Janet Mock, the New York Times bestselling author of Surpassing Certainty and Redefining Realness. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Marie Claire, where she’s a contributing editor. She was a featured speaker at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and is currently a writer, producer, and director on the FX drama series “Pose,” for which she made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of television. Elliott Bay Book Company will be on hand with a selection of books by participating writers. Advance registration is required to attend. More information and tickets ($175) at Hedgebrook.org.
 

03/31/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mieke Eerkens
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Dutch American writer Mieke Eerkens’s moving memoir, All Ships Follow Me (Picador) moves from Indonesia to the Netherlands to the United States, and spans generations, as the author recounts her parents' lives during and just after the war, and travels with them in the present day to the sites of their childhood in an attempt to understand their experiences. In 1942, her father, then a ten-year-old boy living in the Dutch East Indies, was one of a hundred thousand Dutch interned by Japanese soldiers in a concentration camp and forced into hard labor. In the Netherlands, her mother, then five years old, was left on the street as her parents-who had ties to the Nazi occupiers--were taken away and imprisoned in the same camps where the country's Jews had recently been held. Many years later, Mieke's parents met, got married, and moved to California, where she and her siblings were born. While her parents lived far from the events of their past, the effects of the war would continue to be felt in their daily lives and in the lives of their children. All Ships Follow Me is a deeply personal, sweeping saga of the wounds of war, and the way trauma can be passed down through generations.
 

03/31/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sehba Sarwar
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer and artist born and raised in Karachi, now living in Los Angeles, Sehba Sarwar has long had work published in other countries - Pakistan, India, and Belgium, to name a few. She makes this welcome first visit here to read from a novel newly published in the U.S., Black Wings (Veliz Books). “Black Wings peels back layers of home and belonging, exploring what it means to be family from different worlds bound by shared secrets. Sehba Sarwar reveals the importance of stories, masterfully weaving the past with the present and the USA with Pakistan, in a narrative filled with love which offers us a glimpse into our shared humanity.” — Sorayya Khan. “Deeply intimate and resonating, Sehba Sarwar's Black Wings skillfully blends reality and dreams, personal stories and folklore, opening us to a world where a mother and daughter are haunted by secrets that have defined their relations and shaped them. Set in the post-911 era, it's a complex homecoming novel that takes us across time and continents to meditate on family, love, loss, identity, and what it means to forgive despite the pain.” — Fan Wu. In addition to her own writing and artmaking, Sehba Sarwar is founder/director of Voices Breaking Boundaries (www.vbarts.org).  Co-presented with TASVEER (www.tasveer.org).
 

03/31/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Erica Jong & Kim Dower
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening features readings and conversation by two poets who are longtime friends, Erica Jong and Kim Dower. Spanning over thirty years of friendship, this should be an engaging night. Erica Jong, also a well-known novelist and essayist, is most recently the author of a new book of poems, The World Began with Yes (Red Hen Press). Kim Dower, whom we’ve also worked with over the years as a book publicist, is the author of four books of poetry, including the just-released Sunbathing of Tyrone Power’s Grave (Red Hen Press). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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