July 2019

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07/02/2019 - 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’s selection for reading and discussion is Cormac McCarthy’s ‘breakout’ novel, All the Pretty Horses (Vintage), the first book in his Border Trilogy.   learn more
 

07/03/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime Summer Break
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
PJ Library will be taking a break for summer. There will be no PJ Library storytime during July and August, but don't worry, they'll be back in the fall!    
 

07/04/2019 - 5:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Holiday Hours: 10am-5pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Fourth of July holiday hours: The Elliott Bay Book Company will be open from 10am-5pm today.
 
 

07/06/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for July 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 the stories begin! Please join us.  
 
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07/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Brad Holden with Tom Heuser
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle historian and collector Brad Holden visits us today to speak about his new book, Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City (History Press). This evening’s talk is focused on the Prohibition Era history of Seattle’s Capitol Hill, a longtime center of Seattle nightlife. Tonight’s program includes slides and many stories about our city’s most notorious moonshiners and bootleggers and those trying to enforce the law.  Brad Holden will appear in conversation with Tom Heuser, co-founder of the Capitol Historical Society. This is a great opportunity to hear more about the work of the Capitol Hill Historical Society, a group working toward deepening our understanding of Capitol Hill. They have also become involved in historic preservation efforts. Find out more about our neighborhood at www.capitolhillpast.org. Co-presented with the Capitol Hill Historical Society.
 

07/09/2019 - 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 for reading and discussion is poet Gregory Pardlo’s Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Vintage).   learn more  
 

07/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Eric Barnes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Above the Ether (Arcade), a prequel to Eric Barnes's acclaimed novel, The City Where We Once Lived, six sets of characters move through a landscape and a country just beginning to show the signs of cataclysmic change. “While every night the news alternates images of tsunami destruction with the baseball scores, the characters converge on a city where the forces of change have already broken—a city half abandoned, with one part left to be scavenged as the levee system protecting it slowly fails—until, in their vehicles on the highway that runs through it, they witness the approach of what looks to be just one more violent storm.” Memphis based writer, publisher and PBS news talk show host Eric Barnes has roots in Tacoma and he is the author of two previous novels, Shimmer and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful. He is the publisher of newspapers in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga that cover business, politics, the arts, and more.
 

07/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jeff Henigson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jeff Henigson, writer and recent transplant to our city, stopped by some months ago with news of his soon-to-be-published memoir, and after reading it, we knew that we wanted to help him launch it into the world. Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World (Delacorte) is set during the Cold War of the 1980s, an era in which the threat of a nuclear war with the (then) USSR loomed. Then a teenager in treatment for a brain tumor, his goal was to meet with Mikahil Gorbachev to discuss nuclear disarmament. Thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, his wish was granted. Sort of. Though this book is suitable for teen readers, we encourage readers of all ages to come and hear his story. Jeff Henigson recovered, graduated from the London School of Economics and Columbia University and then worked for UNICEF and the United Nations in humanitarian emergencies, and for a nonprofit in human rights.
 

07/11/2019 - 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
 

07/11/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jack Straw Writers group reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Each year since the Jack Straw Writers Program’s founding in 1997, twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator out of dozens of applicants, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers. The program features voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and podcasts. Live readings are recorded, and selected portions are produced for podcasts and radio broadcast. To date, the Jack Straw Writers Program has included more than 250 Pacific Northwest writers who represent a diverse range of literary genres. The 2019 Jack Straw Writers were selected by Curator Kathleen Flenniken, who served as Washington Poet Laureate from 2012-2014.  Reading this evening are: Dianne Aprile, Josh Axelrad, Shankar Narayan, Rena Priest, Michale Schmeltzer and Suzanne Warren. More about this program at www.jackstraw.org.
 

07/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lisa Taddeo with Claire Dederer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the summer’s most anticipated books is journalist Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women (Avid Reader/Simon & Schuster). An in-depth, thoughtful account of three women’s erotic lives, this book does not shy away from exploring women’s vulnerabilities and power.   “Taddeo braids together the women’s narratives, which adds both suspense and heft as their desire-biographies echo and diverge. Her distinct proximity to her subjects shows in the intimate fantasies, scorching encounters, and profound pains they relate through her, but, the power resting fully with them, this never becomes voyeuristic. Instead, she allows them to be defined not by their jobs, kids, or, significantly, the men in their lives, but by a deep and essential part of themselves. Readers will almost certainly fly through this, and want to talk about it.”—Booklist (starred review). Lisa Taddeo appears in conversation with Seattle writer, Claire Dederer, author most recently of Love and Trouble. Don’t miss this.
 

07/13/2019 - 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!
 
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07/14/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susan Rudnick
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
When they were young, Susan and Edna, children of Holocaust refugee parents, were inseparable; Susan’s life became even more complicated when, just short of her sixteenth birthday, she learned that she’d been born without a uterus and would never menstruate or give birth to children. As she coped with this trauma, Edna continued loving her unconditionally, as she always had. In her adult years Edna lived a life of dignity in a spiritual community, becoming a model for how Susan could live hers. In her forties, Susan realized her dream of motherhood when she adopted a daughter. Throughout, Edna remained a teacher and loving presence in her sister’s life. Susan Rudnick’s memoir,  Edna’s Gift: How My Broken Sister Taught Me to Be Whole (SheWrites) celebrates a long, complicated and loving relationship between the sisters.
 

07/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chuck Wendig
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Chuck Wendig visits with his sweeping big new, genre-defying novel of a United States in the grip of epic travail, Wanderers (Del Rey). A scourge of sleepwalking takes over people in a place that seems all too familiar. “Wendig  pulls no punches in this blockbuster apocalyptic novel, which confronts some of the darkest and most divisive aspects of present-day America with urgency, humanity, and hope … Wendig challenges readers with twists and revelations that probe issues of faith and free will while crafting a fast-paced narrative with deeply real characters. His politics are unabashed—characters include a populist president brought to power by neo-Nazis, as well as murderous religious zealots—but not simplistic, and he tackles many moral questions while eschewing easy answers. This career-defining epic deserves its inevitable comparisons to Stephen King’s The Stand, easily rising above the many recent novels of pandemic and societal collapse.” - Publishers Weekly. “Wanderers is amazing—huge, current, both broad and intensely personal, blending the contemplative apocalypse of Station Eleven with the compulsive readability of the best thrillers.”—Django Wexler. Chuck Wendig is also the author of the popular Miriam Black thrillers and Star Wars: The Aftermath.
 

07/16/2019 - 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 Naomi Novik's, Uprooted (Del Rey), as the July selection.   Learn More
 

07/16/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Helen Phillips
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of award-winning fiction for adults (The Beautiful Bureaucrat, Some Possible Solutions, And Yet They Were Happy) and middle-grade readers (Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green), Helen Phillips is here this evening with a new adult novel, The Need (Simon & Schuster)  sure to garner critical praise - and readership. "An unforgettable tour de force that melds nonstop suspense, intriguing speculation, and perfectly crafted prose...Structured in brief, sharply focused segments that shift back and forth in time, the novel interrogates the nature of the self, the powers and terrors of parenting, and the illusions of chronology. Yet it’s also chock-full of small moments—some scary, some tender, some darkly witty—that ground its cerebral themes in a sharply observed evocation of motherhood. With its crossover appeal to lovers of thriller, science fiction, and literary fiction, this story showcases an extraordinary writer at her electrifying best." - Publishers Weekly. "This book held me hostage, invaded my dreams and my waking thoughts, and readjusted my brain; Phillips is, as always, doing something at once wildly her own and utterly primal. Maybe it doesn't surprise me that the strangest book I've read about motherhood is also the best, but it does thrill me." - Rebecca Makkai.
 

07/17/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alice Rothchild & Ned Rosch
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer and activist Alice Rothchild, along with Portland activist Ned Rosch read from their contributions to a new anthology edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation (Interlink), along with helping discuss the premise of the book itself.    “These powerful stories send a message about the resilience and passion of a courageous group of Jews who have come to the realization that the state of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians does not live up to the ethical standards Jewish tradition demands. Taken together, their words challenge the idea that Judaism and Zionism are inseparable. Their commitment to live a Jewish life without Zionism bodes well for the future of Judaism.” — Rebecca T. Alpert. Alice Rothchild is the author of the books, Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, On the Brink, and Condition Critical. Ned Rosch is co-founder of Jewish Voices for Peace in Portland.
 
 

07/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closing at 7pm - Capitol Hill Block Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closing early this evening, at 7pm for Capitol Hill Block Party.
 

07/20/2019 - 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!
 

07/20/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closing at 7pm - Capitol Hill Block Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closing early this evening, at 7pm for Capitol Hill Block Party.
 
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07/21/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closing at 6pm - Capitol Hill Block Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closing early this evening, at 6pm for Capitol Hill Block Party.
 

07/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tucker Malarkey with Guido Rahr
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of two highly lauded novels, An Obvious Enchantment and Resurrection, Tucker Malarkey takes on the story of Guido Rahr and his unstinting work to save wild salmon in her first non-fiction work, Stronghold: One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon (Random House). This evening should include both Tucker Malarkey and Guido Rahr, who happen to be cousins to each other. Their journeys take them to both sides of the Pacific - and more. “In this captivating narrative, Malarkey explores global salmon conservation through the prism of her enigmatic cousin Guido Rahr. A master fly fisherman, Rahr created the Wild Salmon Center nonprofit to preserve ‘stronghold’ rivers, those unspoiled by human development and found in only a few places, most notably Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Malarkey effortlessly glides among topics, making for an excellent mix of adventure, geopolitical dealmaking, and ecological and environmental reporting.”—Publishers Weekly. “This book isn’t just about fish, it’s about life itself and the fragile unseen threads that connect all creatures across this beleaguered orb we call home. Guido Rahr’s quest to save the world’s wild salmon should serve as an inspiration—and a provocation—for us all, and Tucker Malarkey’s exquisite book captures Rahr’s weird and wonderful story with poignancy, humor, and grace.”—Hampton Sides.
 

07/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kristen Arnett with Richard Chiem
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
High praise has greeted the publication of Kristen Arnett’s rollicking debut novel, Mostly Dead Things (Tin House). “... Kristen Arnett’s Mostly Dead Things, an irresistible first novel set in the hard sunshine and “juicy green” of Central Florida, featuring a family of taxidermists, suicides and ruthless intimacies. A clan after Diane Arbus’s very heart … Arnett possesses all the bravery her characters dream of. There’s none of the shyness and self-consciousness of so much American fiction that masks itself as austerity. She writes comic set pieces to make you laugh, sex scenes to turn you on. The action flips from the past to the present, swimming through first love and first grief on a slick of red Kool-Aid and vodka, suntan oil and fruity lip gloss, easy and unforced. This book is my song of the summer … Subtly, unmistakably a beautiful lineage is suggested in these echoes of the great heroines of American literature — so many tomboys, so many queer women. Their shadows flicker, trailing between the alligator jaws and deer hooves and peacock feathers in this book of inheritances, this cabinet of wonders.” - Parul Sehgal, The New York Times. “Mostly Dead Things is one of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read. A love letter to Florida and to family, to half-lit swamps and the 7/11, and to the beasts that only pretend to hold their poses inside us. In Kristen Arnett’s expert hands, taxidermy becomes a language to capture our species’ impossible and contradictory desire to be held and to be free.” —Karen Russell. With Kristen Arnett for this evening will be Seattle fiction writer Richard Chiem, he the author of the recent novel, King of Joy. This should be fun.
 

07/24/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Special Storytime (ages 2 and up) featuring Laila Taji
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for classic Arabic nursery rhyme, These Chicks with Laila Taji. We'll enjoy more stories in Arabic and English this morning so please join us in the children's section!
 

07/24/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mark Arax
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Who knows what this July holds where rain, drought, and fires are concerned. Mark Arax, the California author of several books, including The King of California, is back to Elliott Bay with his newest, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California (Knopf). “The Dreamt Land is the book Mark Arax was born to write. Nuanced, deeply researched, and profoundly personal, it offers, through its history of agriculture in California, a deep dive into the soul of the state. Arax knows the territory; he has written about rural California for many years. This is his crowning achievement, a work of reportage that is also a work of literature. It belongs on the short list of great books about the state.”—David L. Ulin. “This is a stunning book. Biblical drama played against the harsh sun and earth of California’s Central Valley. Exodus, diaspora, parting the waters, sowing and reaping, Godlike dominion: it’s all in here. The Dreamt Land calls up Steinbeck and Didion, but it rests squarely on its own words, memories, and stories beyond mere comparison.”—William Francis Deverell.
 
 
 

07/27/2019 - 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!
 
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07/29/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joy L. Wiggins
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Bellingham writer Joy Wiggins' work examines the ways social realities influence our day-to-day communications across cultures. Her work led to the creation of a program, titled “Global Peaceful Paths” which encourages participants to self-reflect before interacting with others and the world at large. Today she speaks about book, From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace (Berrett-Kohler), written with co-author, Kami J. Anderson.   “Wiggins and Anderson have written a profound book to help us understand the role of patriarchal systems and how we can move from sabotage to support. This is a must-read for white women and women of color who are interested in how we can reclaim our voice and power and develop collaborative, authentic relationships across racial lines and create a new reality of support." —Judith H. Katz, EdD, author of White Awareness.
 

07/30/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin O’Brien
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
It’s midsummer and high time to celebrate the publication of a new thriller by Seattle writer Kevin O’Brien. While he ventured to Lopez Island for his last novel, They Won’t Be Hurt, many of the twists and turns of his new book, The Betrayed Wife (Kensington), take place in Seattle, including a key scene at the Century Ballroom, just a few doors down from us. Kevin O’Brien’s many books include Tell Me You’re Sorry, Hide Your Fear, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and the classic, Only Son. “Terrifying and fast-paced … Kevin O'Brien (Unspeakable, Killing Spree) has written a thriller that ratchets the tension high. Fans of Karin Slaughter or David Baldacci are sure to find it irresistible.” —Shelf Awareness on They Won’t Be Hurt.   Kevin O’Brien was a longtime board member of the Seattle7Writers and though Seattle7 has officially folded, their projects live on at the Hugo House and elsewhere.
 

07/31/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Andrew Shaffer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The fun run that Andrew Shaffer has had with his debut “Obama Biden” Mystery, Hope Never Dies, gets to go again as he appears here for the new sequel, Hope Rides Again (Quirk). This time the action starts when Barack Obama’s prized Blackberry cell phone is stolen. All sorts of intrigue ensues, in most entertaining fashion. “While readers are sure to get a kick out of the codenames and inside jokes used playfully throughout, Hope Never Dies is an intriguing saga that doesn’t sacrifice momentum for winks and nods.”—Entertainment Weekly. “The game is afoot for Joe and Barry. This is fun, escapist fiction with enough details…to stay grounded in a kind of reality.”—Booklist.
 
 
 
 
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