February 2018

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02/01/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anna Quinn with Erica Bauermeister
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down and over from Port Townsend is debut novelist Anna Quinn, who also comes as a highly regarded writing teacher, and owner of both the Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore. Besides playing a vital role in literary life in those ways, she is now also doing so with her terrific first novel, The Night Child (Blackstone Publishing). A Seattle high school teacher is quietly living life - teaching and having a family. Reality is suddenly altered. “What I had not expected was the surprise of being so completely in character with someone experiencing the kind of disassociation Quinn portrays. I don’t think I have ever read such a strong rendition from the inside of such a dilemma, and more complexly, she made me care about Nora and identify with her. That’s a very wonderful and difficult accomplishment.” -Dorothy Allison. “I loved this book so much…I entered Quinn’s book and lost myself and exited her book changed … For me this book is about destruction and creation. It revolves around the early destruction of a child and her recreation (survival) as an adult, the destruction of an adult once her past explodes into her present tense and her recreation-tenuous but real-into the next chapter of her life…Readers will love it.” –Lidia Yuknavitch. With Anna Quinn in conversation this evening will be Seattle writer Erica Bauermeister, most recently author of The Lost Art of Mixing.
 
Crosscut Festival 02/02/2018 - 7:00pm to 02/03/2018 - 5:30pm
Seattle University
Crosscut Festival
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Crosscut Festival will bring together some of the boldest thought leaders in politics, business and social justice activism to be interviewed live on stage by some of the finest journalists in the Pacific Northwest. Organized by Crosscut and hosted by Seattle University, this programs speakers include: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Governor Jay Inslee, community activist Nikkita Oliver, presidential speechwriters David Frum (George W. Bush) and David Litt (Barack Obama) and many others. Book sales and book signing by participating authors at the Elliott Bay Book Company table at Campion Hall. click here for schedule and tickets  
 

02/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paula Carter with Carol Guess & Hannah Faith Notess
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Chicago based writer Paula Carter, author of the flash non-fiction essay collection No Relation (Black Lawrence Press) joins us today as part of a series of appearances at a variety of Pacific Northwest writing programs.   “In finely-wrought scenes as charged with meaning as images in haiku, Paula Carter tells the story of finding and then losing a lover and his two young sons. In retrospect, her separation from the boys appears to be the greater loss. For as the years tick by, she realizes that these stepchildren, although never fully her own, may be the only children she will ever have. Bittersweet, captivating, No Relation carries the burden of memory in elegant and seemingly effortless prose.” – Scott Russell Sanders.   Also reading tonight are Seattle writers Carol Guess, author with Kelly Magee of With Animal (Black Lawrence Press) and Hannah Faith Notess, author of The Multitude (Southern Indiana Review Press).
 

02/03/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Suk-Young Kim
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
DMZ Crossings: Performing Emotional Citizenship along the Korean Border The Korean Demilitarized Zone may be a small strip of land (only two miles wide and 155 miles long), but it is one of the most dramatic places on earth. It has provided passage for defectors, spies, political emissaries, separated families, war prisoners, cultural troupes, environmental activists, and tourists alike. Established as a buffer zone between the two Koreas in 1953, the DMZ helped bring about a temporary ceasefire. Since then, it has witnessed the two Koreas’ tumultuous relationship, from dangerous hostility to hopeful moments of reconciliation. This talk explores how border crossings between the two Koreas are represented in the 1965 South Korean film The DMZ. Shot in the actual DMZ, the film is a poignant vignette to evoke the contested space of the DMZ where the tragic and yet hopeful dimensions of family ties stand for splintered citizenship in Korea. About the Presenter: Suk-Young Kim is a Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Theater at UCLA where she also directs the Center for Performance Studies. She is the author of Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea (2010), and DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border (2014). Her comments on North and South Korean cultures have been featured on major media outlets, such as NPR, BBC, CNN, NYT and Billboard Magazine among others. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

02/03/2018 - 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 February with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin! Please join us!
 

02/03/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Pimone Triplett & m.nicole.r.wildhood
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two highly regarded Seattle poets give this joint reading from recently published books. Pimone Triplett, who teaches at the University of Washington and is the author of three earlier collections, is here tonight with Supply Chain (Kuhl House Poets/University of Iowa Press). “Pimone Triplett’s Supply Chain traces the imperatives of indentiture—‘supply,’ here, serving as both modifier and verb of command—from global market forces to the psychological farce of self-regulation. Few writers investigate the anthemic inversions of our collective syntax with such ferocity and nuance. ‘My grammar,’ sings this poet, hand over her reader’s heart, ‘tis of thee.’”— Srikanth Reddy. M.nicole.r.wildhood, who frequently writes and reviews for Real Change, is here with her debut collection, Long Division (Finishing Line Press). “The poems in Long Division vocalize the thoughts we have but rarely share: translating the silence between sibling and sibling, parent and child, as well as the languages between two very different people. These poems are honest and brave, acknowledging divisions and barriers while also working to heal them.” –Meg Eden.
 
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02/05/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Claudia Black, PhD
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Claudia Black, internationally renowned for her work with youth, families and addiction, makes a special appearance today to speak about the multigenerational effects of addiction and trauma. Her new book, Unspoken Legacy: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Addiction Within the Family (Central Recovery Press) addresses how addiction develops in families and provides insight for families struggling with these issues. Claudia Black’s books include It Won’t Happen to Me, a classic work that has helped generations of children of alcoholics. Her work built the foundation of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at the Meadows.
 

02/06/2018 - 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 John McPhee's Coming Into the Country (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).   learn more  
 

02/06/2018 - 7:00pm

Hotel Sorrento
Ross McMeekin
Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Hugo House hosts this book launch for debut novelist Ross McMeekin and The Hummingbirds (Skyhorse Publishing). “With sly wit and piercing intelligence, Ross McMeekin’s novel traverses the classic terrain of California noir and manages, almost miraculously, to render it anew. Echoes of Cain, echoes of West, and yet even as the lush, light-struck world of swimming pools and starlets is rendered in all its nearly sinister invitation, the book sneaks up on us with a startling and profound empathy. The Hummingbirds is truly beautiful.” –Matthew Specktor. Ross McMeekin edits the literary journal Spartan and has received fellowships from Hugo House and the Jack Straw Foundation. Free admission. For more information, please see hugo house
 

02/06/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Thisbe Nissen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Thisbe Nissen makes this welcome Elliott Bay return with a spirited novel of life getting flipped around - during the Kerry-Bush presidential election, no less - with Our Lady of the Prairie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). "Thisbe Nissen's Our Lady of the Prairie is a Midwestern fever dream, a bold and ambitious look into the roiling emotions of a woman caught between should and could, between I must and I want. I found it funny, angry, hopeful, heartfelt, and above all, honest: about marriage, family, and that old-fashioned, endlessly fascinating thing called desire.” —Joshua Ferris. "I devoured this novel. It's full of the sweet, crazed, exhausted, love-saturated, tension-flecked bustle of family, and the finely-rendered complexities of intimacy--that vexing, sublime, shape-shifting beast. So much humanity and surprise in this book. It just made my whole being vibrate and hum with the impossible, inevitable business of loving other people." —Leslie Jamison.
 

02/07/2018 - 11:30am

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

02/07/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ken Armstrong
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The roots of False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (Crown), written by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, are in the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning article,  “An Unbelievable Story of Rape," published ProPublica and The Marshall Project. The story of the young Seattle woman whose account of having been raped at knifepoint, was at first disbelieved. After the woman, who had spent years in foster care, later broken down under interrogation and said she had lied, she was prosecuted as having given a “false report.”  However, Stacy Galbraith, a Colorado Detective investigating a similar sexual assault, compared the Seattle woman’s case with that of other cases. Joining forces with Det. Edna Hendershot, she uncovered evidence that lead to the truth: a serial rapist was responsible for multiple attacks and later blackmailing his victims with compromising photographs. Ken Armstrong, who joined ProPublica in 2017, previously worked at The Marshall Project and Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the Illinois governor to suspend executions and empty death row. His first book, Scoreboard, Baby, with Nick Perry, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for non-fiction. "America has never adequately addressed sexual violence, a tragedy made worse by many who employ their own hierarchy of victimization, leaving many women and vulnerable people unaided. This meticulously researched, powerful expose eliminates ignorance as a defense. This is a devastating but necessary read, composed by masters of investigative journalism." –Bryan Stevenson.
 

02/07/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Seattle Fiction Federation with Richard Chiem
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Hugo House’s tenth installment of Seattle Fiction Federation readings this evening includes Richard Chiem, Jennifer Haupt, and Andrea Eberly. Richard Chiem’s You Private Person (Sorry House Classics) was recently named one of 10 Essential Books of the American West by Publishers Weekly. Jennifer Haupt has a novel set in post-genocide Rwanda, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills coming in April. Andrea Eberly has had stories published in numerous journals, and is here in a featured role as winner of the open mic portion of Seattle Fiction Federation #9’s evening. This evening will also include an open mic. Free admission. For more information, please see hugo house
 

02/08/2018 - 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
 

02/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Terese Marie Mailhot
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Presently a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University in Indiana, Terese Marie Mailhot has written a haunting, beautiful memoir in essays, Heart Berries (Counterpoint), limning her coming up north of here in the Seabird Island Indian Reservation. It is a coming of age of great travail - and resilience of equally great measure. "Inside Terese Mailhot's phenomenal memoir Heart Berries the truth wrestles a knot between hustle and heart. How does a woman raised on a reservation in Canada forge a lifestory in the face of a culture hell bent on keeping her quiet and calm? By and through her body, is how, and this woman's body rages, desires, screams and whispers its way into the reader's body, as if to remind us that the rest of the story will not be silenced. Terese radically reinvents language in order to surface what has been murdered by American culture: the body of a woman, the voice of a warrior, the stories of ancestral spirit jutting up and through the present tense. I am mesmerized by her lyricism because it is shot through with funny angry beautiful brutal truths. This is a writer for our times who simultaneously blows up time. Thank oceans." –Lidia Yuknavitch. "Heart Berries is an epic take – an Iliad for the indigenous. It is the story of one First Nation woman and her geographic, emotional, and theological search for meaning in a colonial world. It is disturbing and hilarious. It contains sentences of such poetry and power that you will be compelled to set the book down and walk away to recover from the tremors. Terese is a world-changing talent and I recommend this book with 100% of my soul.” –Sherman Alexie. Co-presented with the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES INSTITUTE (Seattle University). Terese Marie Mailhot is also part of an evening presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures on February 2,  along with Tommy Orange and Supaman, hosted by Jess Walters. That at 7:30 p.m. at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall. Please see SAL for more information.
 

02/08/2018 - 7:30pm

University Lutheran Church
Andrew Keen
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Andrew Keen continues his investigation into the place of technology in our lives with his newest, How to Fix the Future (Atlantic Monthly Press). “In this engaging, provocative book, [Keen] outlines five strategies – regulation, competitive innovation, consumer choice, civic responsibility, and education – that, working in collaboration, can help ensure an open, decentralized digital future . . . Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world.” –Kirkus Reviews. “After years of giddiness about the wonders of technology, a new realization is dawning: the future is broken. Andrew Keen was among the first and most insightful to see it. The combination of the digital revolution, global hyperconnectivity, and economic dysfunction has led to a populist backlash and destruction of civil discourse. In this bracing book, Keen offers tools for righting our societies and principles to guide us in the future.” –Walter Isaacson. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.   get tickets  
 

02/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Gordon Whitman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
At a time of crisis, do we stand up and speak out or retreat into our private lives? Veteran organizer Gordon Whitman’s book, Stand Up!: How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire (Berrett-Koehler), was written for those frustrated by what they see happening in the world but not sure what they can do about it. Gordon Whitman is deputy director of Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network), with a membership of 3,000 faith institutions and 2.5 million people. As a community organizer, legal services lawyer, and strategist, he helps working families build strong and effective multiracial community organizations. "Stand Up! is just the kind of book we need right now. This is a guide for working people who want to make a difference."–Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union. Co-presented with ONE AMERICA.
 

02/10/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Vicente Rafael
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing Duterte's Drug War in the Philippines A bloody border between the human and the inhuman has opened up through the relentless war on drugs under the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Seeing meth addicts as essentially inhuman and beyond redemption, Duterte has encouraged the police to kill them. Since his election in May 2016, thousands of corpses have turned up nightly in Manila's dense neighborhoods. They were victims of summary killings either by the police or by vigilante groups, or both. Please note that the presentation will include some disturbing graphic images. This talk will ask about Duterte's narco- and necro-politics. But it will also ask about the counter-politics of dedicated photojournalists who have been covering this war at great risk. Rafael will inquire into the process by which photojournalists position themselves as moral agents, serving as witnesses to injustice. About the Presenter: Vicente L. Rafael is the Giovanni and Ann Costigan Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of Contracting Colonialism (1992), White Love and Other Events in Filipino History (2000), and Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language Amid Wars of Translation (2016), both published by Duke University Press. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

02/10/2018 - 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 let the stories begin!
 

02/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tim Kreider
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
On a night that has Valentine’s Day on the near horizon, popular essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider visits with first book of essays since his very well-received We Learn Nothing, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You (Simon & Schuster). “Essayist and cartoonist Kreider returns with another incisive and cutting collection of essays, this time loosely focused on the women in his life. Over the course of the book, he recounts a trip with a close friend aboard a circus train bound for Mexico, a whirlwind affair with a sex worker, and the surreal experience of falling in love with a married friend in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This collection is noteworthy not so much for the insights into dating or women, but rather for Kreider’s humane outlook coupled with his often-wry sense of humor ... Kreider’s clever hand and philosophic – rather than solipsistic – viewpoint place him in a different realm than writers like David Sedaris and David Foster Wallace who share his affection for details, uncommon settings, and nuance.” –Publishers Weekly.
 
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02/11/2018 - 2:00pm

Montlake Seattle Public Library
Margot Kahn
Montlake Seattle Public Library
2401 24th Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Our fall event with Margot Kahn, Kelly McMasters and some of the contributors to This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home (Seal Press), was one of our season’s highlights and we’re glad to be part of another event for the book. This anthology of writing by 30 women (including Jane Wong, Jennifer Finney Boylan and others) recently received a fine review in The New York Times: “While it has always been both the birthright and burden of women to not only make and maintain a home but also attend to the physical and emotional needs of its inhabitants – often at some sacrifice to themselves – these far-reaching and compelling essays go beyond time-honored examinations of gender and motherhood.”   Co-presented with the MONTLAKE BRANCH, SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission.
 

02/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Box Brown
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Award-winning cartoonist, comic book author, and comic book publisher Box Brown, known for Andre the Giant and Tetris, is here tonight with his newest, Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman (First Second). This is an insightful inquiry, in image and text of one of the most perplexing and enduring figures of popular culture in the U.S.’s late 20th century. Andy Kaufman created fairly unlikable personas, drew people into them even as many would be repulsed, sketches that were both verbal as well as physically acted out (he took up wrestling).   "Cartoonist Box Brown has a talent for crafting nonfiction comics that use visuals to illuminate and energize real-world events... [Is This Guy For Real?] is a thorough character study that doesn’t shy away from macro topics, giving readers a comprehensive look at Kaufman’s rise to fame." —The AV Club, from their "10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2018.”
 

02/12/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Arlie Russell Hochschild with Christopher Sebastian Parker
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As people tried to make sense of what happened with the election of November 2016, one of the books most turned to was acclaimed sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press). A National Book Award finalist, it was a book that readers in the center and on the left have turned to in anger and mourning. And it’s now in paperback. She is here tonight with what will surely be an update on how things stand from her perspective — aided by University of Washington professor Christopher Parker, who will moderate. “Hochschild journeys into a far different world than her liberal academic enclave of Berkeley, into the heartland of the nation’s political right, in order to understand how the conservative white working class sees America. With compassion and empathy, she discovers the narrative that gives meaning and expression to their lives—and which explains their political convictions, along with much else. Anyone who wants to understand modern America should read this captivating book.” –Robert B. Reich. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.   GET TICKETS  
 

02/13/2018 - 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 And the Weak Suffer What They Must? (Nation), by Yanis Varoufakis.  learn more
 

02/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kim Fu
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle-based fiction writer and poet Kim Fu, who hails from Vancouver, is here tonight for the release of her brilliant, just-published second novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). This coming of age novel tells the stories of five girls who are at a sleepaway summer camp here in the Pacific Northwest, as they go on through life in the years following. “A sensitive, evocative exploration of how the past threads itself through our lives, reemerging in unexpected ways. Kim Fu skillfully measures how long and lousy one formative moment can reverberate.” - Celeste Ng. Also on hand tonight, in addition to her well-received debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy (winner of the Edmund White Award for a first novel), is her highly-praised first book of poems, How Festive the Ambulance (Nightwood Editions).   "Fu’s playful, lyrical, and cutting, debut poetry collection is a dizzying display of styles and scope. Its voice is both consistent and utterly brilliant across five distinct sections. Fu moves from discussions of the mundanity of mythological beings to the vagaries and explorations of youth, dives deep into dissections of aging and decay, and always stays grounded in the surreal, the absurd, and a most vicious wit ... Fu’s work engages contrariness of spirit in tragicomic terms, and her meditations on violence, family connection, sexual connection, and death in its myriad forms and connotations—the latter alone moving from literal to metaphorical to sexual with conjurer’s ease—are exquisite to behold. The book is eminently quotable and shockingly accomplished. Everything within warrants praise." –Publishers Weekly.
 

02/13/2018 - 7:00pm

Hotel Sorrento
Janet Buttenwieser
Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Another Hugo House launch happens at the Sorrento’s lovely Fireside Room this evening as Janet Buttenweiser, a Seattle writer and Hugo House instructor celebrates publication of her memoir, Guts (Vine Leaves Press). “You’ll be hooked from the very first scene, intrigued by the story’s promise: a woman’s decisive, tenacious journey through illness and loss. This book is about friendship, family, and the challenge to accept—and survive—the events in our lives beyond our control.” –Nicole Hardy. “Blunt, eloquent, piercing, honest, witty, heartaching, startlingly funny, and beautifully, refreshingly unique. Can you read a book about pain while grinning and trying not to cry and not being able to think of a single book that’s anything like it? Yup. This one. Guts.” –Brian Doyle. Free admission. Hotel Sorrento is at 900 Madison Street. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org.
 

02/13/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Hsiao-Ching Chou
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle food journalist and cooking instructor Hsiao-Ching Chou shares her much awaited first book, Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More (Sasquatch), which is filled with tips and techniques for home cooks who want to make their favorite Chinese dishes at home.  And yes, her famous potsticker recipe is included. Hsiao-Ching Chou is a member of the James Beard Foundation cookbook committee and Les Dames d'Escoffier. She has appeared on local and national shows, including Public Radio's The Splendid Table, the PBS documentary The Meaning of Food, and the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. In her spare time, she teaches popular everyday Chinese home cooking classes at the Hot Stove Society. Free admission, and more information here.
 

02/14/2018 - 11:30am

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

02/14/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Janel Kolby
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle poet and novelist Janel Kolby’s Winterfolk (HarperTeen), takes us into the world of a teen girl who has lived with her father in Seattle’s infamous homeless encampment for five years. When the camp is threatened by a sweep, she convinces her friend to take her into the city she lives near but doesn’t know. "Skillfully balances hard realism with hope. A thoughtful dive into a far-too-often-overlooked part of society." –Kirkus Reviews. “With its gorgeous prose, big heart, and sophisticated interplay between fantasy and reality, Winterfolk gently shows us that hope is its own kind of magic. Janel Kolby is a visionary, electrifying writer.” –Anne Ursu.
 

02/15/2018 - 6:00pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Jeremi Suri
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Six months after publication, the state of things Jeremi Suri outlines in his newest book, The Impossible Presidency:  The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office (Basic Books), probably seem as ‘impossible’ as ever. "At a time when American political institutions are in crisis and when quick assessments and soundbites often seem our best avenues of understanding, Jeremi Suri's deep and thoughtful historical perspective on the construction and destruction of the modern presidency is especially welcome.... A challenging and timely accounting, with interesting suggestions on how the presidency may be reimagined or reconfigured." –Steven Hahn.   Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.   get tickets  
 

02/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Micheline Aharonian Marcom & Elena Georgiou with Rebecca Brown
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two of the more innovative, fiercely intelligent fiction writers around - Micheline Aharonian Marcom, up from the Bay Area, and Elena Georgiou, out from Vermont, read here in Seattle this evening, both of them part of Goddard College’s creative writing program. Micheline Marcom has read here before for award-winning books such as Three Apples Fell from Heaven, The Daydreaming Boy, and A Brief History of Yes, is back with an extraordinary, beautifully illustrated - even illuminated (Fowzia Karimi) book of dreamlike prose, The Brick House (Awst Press). “Fierce, fearlessly erotic and always unforeseeable, The Brick House is charged with sumptuous storytelling and fits snugly on the shelf beside Calasso’s wondrous Ka.” - Rikki Ducornet. “The Brick House is a stunning accomplishment, a work of piercing beauty and visionary power. With spare, exquisite lyricism, Marcom lays bare the raw hungers, horrors, and joys of human life, as only the most enduring literature can. Extraordinary.” –Carolina De Robertis. Elena Georgiou, who directs the MFA creative writing program at Goddard and has had a number of poetry collections and an anthology published, is here with a first book of stories, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator (GenPop Books). “The Immigrant’s Refrigerator is a quietly devastating collection of stories about loners, craving love and connection, trying to survive in a world where war is always raging somewhere and happiness is a phantom of the future. That these loners are Americans as often as they are immigrants and refugees is this collection’s greatest strength. Elena Georgiou’s voice is quirky and surprising; her ability to turn a phrase upside down invites us to experience the world and ourselves in a new way ... Georgiou’s focus is on tipping a moment over the edge to find the broken pieces of our shared humanity.  And yet, and still, it is a celebration of life in all of its scars and joys, chance and invention, awe and longing to be seen, and, over and over, a testament to the tender, transformative power of acceptance and love.” –Rahna Reiko Rizzuto. Rebecca Brown, also longtime faculty at Goddard, is the author of 12 books published in the U.S. and abroad including American Romances and The Terrible Girls. Her book, Woman in an Ill Fitting Wig, with prose poems by Rebecca Brown and paintings by Nancy Kiefer, was translated into Japanese by Motoyuki Shibata and published by Shichosha.  Isla McKetta, author of Polska,1994 and co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art, will host a conversation with the authors.  Co-presented with GODDARD COLLEGE MFA Creative Writing Program.
 

02/15/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Steve Coll
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Immediately following Jeremi Suri’s presentation is this by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, New Yorker staff writer, and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University Steve Coll, here with his enthralling new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Penguin Press). “The most comprehensive work to date on the U.S. war in Afghanistan…Coll’s vital work provides a factual and analytical foundation for all future work on the Afghan War and U.S. policy in Central Asia.” –Publisher’s Weekly. “[A]journalistic masterpiece…Coll succeeds on all levels…Coll is masterful at plumbing the depths of agencies and sects within both Afghanistan and Pakistan…In this era of fake news, Coll remains above it all, this time delivering an impeccably researched history of “diplomacy at the highest levels of government in Washington, Islamabad, and Kabul.” –Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.   get tickets  
 

02/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Broadway Performance Hall
Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Dave Eggers, author of The Circle, What is the What, Zeitoun, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and much more, both in the literary world and out, and Mokhtar Alkanshali, the subject and ‘voice’ of his brilliant new book, The Monk of Mokha (Knopf), appear here for what should be a lively, memorable evening. This is quite a story. "Journalism is integral to Eggers' many-faceted, socially responsible literary life, and his nonfiction forte is telling the story of compelling individuals who have faced unfathomable adversity, as in Zeitoun, the story of a Syrian American in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Here Eggers portrays Yemeni American Mokhtar Alkhanshali, who, after an unruly childhood in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, a transformative stay in Yemen with his grandfather, and success as a car salesman, finally finds his calling, which proves to be quixotic and dangerous: he commits himself to restoring Yemen's long-forgotten standing as the world's first and best coffee producer. Eggers crisply recounts coffee's delectably roguish history, into which Mokhtar's Sisyphean struggles fit perfectly. Readers will never take coffee for granted or overlook the struggles of Yemen after ingesting Eggers’s phenomenally well-written, juggernaut tale of an intrepid and irresistible entrepreneur on a complex and meaningful mission, a highly caffeinated adventure story.” –Donna Seaman, Booklist.   get Tickets  
 

02/16/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Scott Freeman & Susan Leopold Freeman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land (Timber Press), Scott Freeman and Susan Leopold Freeman decide to live her grandfather Aldo Leopold’s land ethic by restoring a dilapidated salmon stream near Puget Sound’s Dabob Bay. Starting with 18 acres of badly degraded farmland, with the help of family, friends, and local conservation groups they have now restored and conserved more than 200 acres. Saving Tarboo Creek artfully blends the family’s story with powerful universal lessons about how we can live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it.
 

02/17/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Takashi Fujitani
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Racism, Vulgar and Polite: The Discriminatory Inclusion of Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during WWII Historically, Koreans in the Japanese empire and Japanese in the US empire have suffered discrimination. But how did their respective positions change as a result of wartime mobilization and a global war for hegemony in the Asia-Pacific? In this talk, Fujitani offers a challenging reinterpretation of racism and its transformations on both sides of the Pacific. About the Presenter: Takashi Fujitani is the Dr. David Chu Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (2001), and is the author of Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II (2013), and Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan (UC Press). Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

02/17/2018 - 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!
 

02/17/2018 - 12:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bryant Johnson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Bryant Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer, joins us for a Saturday booksigning, meet and greet and short demonstration this afternoon. He shared some of the fitness programs he designed for the Supreme Court icon in the popular (and very practical) book, The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too! (HMH) and we think he’ll have some great stories--and advice--to share with us. Have you ever wondered what keeps Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court's favorite octogenarians, so fit? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, a man she's called "the most important person" in her life. Now you too can work out with Justice Ginsburg's trainer in the comfort of your home with The RBG Workout. From planks to squats to (full) push-ups, this simple but challenging workout--illustrated with four-color illustrations of the justice in workout gear--will have you getting fit in no time. With tips from the bench, and sidebars with Bryant's folksy wisdom on getting fit and staying healthy, this delightful book is a perfect gift for anyone looking to emulate one of America's most admired women. Bryant Johnson has worked as a personal trainer for twenty years and has trained Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg since 1999. He counts among his clients numerous Federal Court justices, judges, attorneys, and clerks and he has trained military and civilian personnel around the world. Johnson is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a master trainer by the International Sports and Conditioning Assoiation (ISCA), and a master fitness trainer by the United States military  
 
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02/19/2018 - 2:00pm

Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion
Densho Day of Remembrance with Khizr Khan
Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated against their will for the sole crime of their Japanese ancestry. Today, American Muslims are being similarly targeted because of their faith. On February 19, we will participate in a program recognizing Japanese American service members, survivors, resisters, and upstanders of World War II and featuring  guest speaker Khizr Khan (whose new memoir, An American Family (Random House), is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what its like to risk everything you know for the promises contained in the U.S. Constitution). Musician Kishi Bashi will present a segment of his forthcoming documentary about Japanese American incarceration and will accompany it with a musical performance. We’ll be there with a pop up bookstore with relevant books, including signed copies of An American Family. Co-presented by DENSHO and CAIR-WA, the Washington Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.   free tickets  
 

02/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nancy Lord
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down from her Homer, Alaska home, making this welcome Elliott Bay return is one time Alaska writer laureate Nancy Lord. She has been here with numerous prose non-fiction books (Fishcamp, Beluga Days) and short-story collections, and now is here with her very first novel, pH (WestWinds Press/Alaska Northwest Books). “Widely respected and beloved Alaskan essayist Nancy Lord has written a dazzling novel, filled with wry, sly humor, wondrous science, and intriguing characters – all driven by some of the most significant questions of our time.  How can scientists defend the truth in a university corrupted by petrochemical profiteers? How can the lovely, life-sustaining creatures of the seas survive the corporate plunder of the planet? And this – how can a book this important be such a joy to read?” –Kathleen Dean Moore. "Very few novelists remember that we live on an ocean planet, and none, as far as I know, have tracked the emerging science of ocean acidification, a threat of almost unparalleled dimension. That Nancy Lord does all that and still provides a superb story is testament to her great powers as a writer!" –Bill McKibben.
 

02/20/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month's selection is Taiyo Fujii's, Orbital Cloud (Haikasoru), as the February selection.   Learn More
 

02/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Miko Peled
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American families, arresting the five dads. The first trial of the "Holy Land Foundation Five" ended in a hung jury. The second, marked by highly questionable procedures, resulted in very lengthy sentences – for "supporting terrorism" by donating to charities that the U.S. government itself and other respected international agencies had long worked with. In 2013, human rights activist and author Miko Peled started investigating this case, interviewing the men and their families, a story he tells in his book, Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five (Just World Books).  Miko Peled’s first book The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, has been translated into eight other languages. Born into a prominent Zionist family, Peled emerged as a strong and outspoken advocate of justice and equality in Palestine. "This critically important memoir . . . is a must-read." –Naomi Wolf.
 

02/21/2018 - 11:30am

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

02/21/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Barsamian
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For years one of our most vital, essential media voices has been David Barsamian, over the radio airwaves with his Alternative Radio broadcasts of political, cultural, and social figures speaking and/or being interviewed. He has also, for nearly as long, been playing a similarly vital role in print, with a series of book-length conversations with people such as Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, and others. Foremost among these have been books done with Noam Chomsky, the newest of which, Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy, part of Metropolitan Books’ American Empire Project. In this book, Noam Chomsky, with David Barsamian as interlocutor, examines the present state of things, never losing perspective or sight of the where and when leading to here and now. David Barsamian will surely keep things even more up to date. This should be good, as David Barsamian’s past evenings here have been spirited and engaging. Co-presented with ALTERNATIVE RADIO.
 

02/21/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Samuel Harrington, MD
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Dr. Samuel Harrington, a graduate of Harvard and of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, was for over 30 years a gastroenterologist. He now concentrates on issues having to do with end of life care, and his experiences with patients, with his own parents and as a trustee of a nonprofit hospice led him to write his book, At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life (Grand Central). “Dr. Sam Harrington has provided an invaluable road map for all of us facing the challenge of critical end-of-life decisions for friends, family, and ultimately, ourselves. He demystifies medical terminology with an experienced, transparent, and literate guide for boomers like myself, and for our aging parents. How to have the conversation? When to decide that a caring choice is the decision to avoid repeated hospitalizations and over-testing? Here is a medical expert who puts patients and their welfare first. This is an invaluable addition to the literature.” –Andrea Mitchell.   Free admission. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
 

02/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Norman Finkelstein -Cancelled
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This event has been cancelled. Independent scholar and lecturer Norman Finkelstein has long been a prominent voice on Palestinian and Israeli matters. Author of such books as Method and Madness, Old Wine, Broken Bottle, Knowing Too Much, and What Gandhi Says About Nonviolence, he is here tonight with a major new work, Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom (University of California Press). "This is the voice I listen for, when I want to learn the deepest reality about Jews, Zionists, Israelis, and Palestinians. Norman Finkelstein is surely one of the forty honest humans the Scripture alludes to who can save 'Sodom' (our Earth) by pointing out, again and again, the sometimes soul-shriveling but unavoidable Truth. There is no one like him today, but in my bones I know this incredible warrior for Humanity and Justice is an archetype that has always been. And will always be. Small comfort in these dark times, perhaps, but a comfort I am deeply grateful for." –Alice Walker. “This is an exceptional, singular work that will stand as a vital contribution to the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East politics, while also securing an essential place in the fields of international and human rights law. Gaza is an indispensable resource for scholars, jurists, policy makers, and diplomats alike. A landmark.” –Sara Roy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
 

02/23/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
SJ Sindu
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
SJ Sindu’s novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies (Soho Press) is the story of Lakshmi, an American woman caught between meeting the expectations of her Tamil family and community and being true to her feelings for her lover, Nisha. At first she thinks marrying the man who is the “only other queer South Asian” on campus is the answer, but there are unexpected consequences for her.   “SJ Sindu has written an important novel about Sri Lankan immigrant culture. Here, the intersections of migration, sexuality and culture are explored in loving and heartbreaking detail. A book that reveals the secrets of a community caught between East and West." –Nayomi Munaweera. This event is co-presented with TASVEER & API CHAYA. Find out about TASVEER's programs, including the South Asian Film Festival at tasveer.org. API Chaya supports Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. More about API CHAYA at APIChaya.org.  SJ Sindu will also appear at Search for Meaning on Saturday, February 24.
 

02/23/2018 - 7:00pm

Washington Hall
Word Works with Ruth Ozeki
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Any visit by beloved writer, teacher, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki is special, but this one, prompted by her giving a craft talk for Hugo House at Washington Hall this evening should be particularly so. Her most recent novel, 2013’s A Tale for the Time Being (Penguin), was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She will also be giving a special workshop, ‘Meditation for Writers,’ information on which is on the Hugo House website. Presented by HUGO HOUSE in partnership with SEATTLE UNIVERSITY’s SEARCH FOR MEANING BOOK FESTIVAL.   get tickets  
 

02/24/2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Seattle University
2018 Search for Meaning Festival
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Search for Meaning is Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. This year’s keynote speakers include Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, Taylor Branch, Barbara Brown Taylor and Ruth Ozeki. Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria, will appear via Skype. General session authors appearing in person include Moustafa Bayoumi, SJ Sindu, Dave Boling, Jessica Bruder, Robin DiAngelo, Laurie Frankel, Alaska. Presented by SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL FOR THEOLOGY & MINISTRY in association with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, HEDGEBROOK, HUGO HOUSE, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, & SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM.   get tickets  
 

02/24/2018 - 9:00am

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Saturday University with Azeem Ibrahim
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. In his talk, Ibrahim investigates Myanmar’s marginalized and vulnerable ethnic Rohingya. Despite their centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,000 Rohingya internally displaced in refugee camps, and cast a pall on Myanmar’s peaceful democratic transition. About the Presenter: Azeem Ibrahim is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute US Army War College. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and served as an international security fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a world fellow at Yale University. Ibrahim made a number of trips to Myanmar and Bangladesh to carry out the research for his book The Rohingyas, 2016. Presented in partnership with the Search for Meaning Festival, Seattle University. A Saturday University Lecture Series ticket provides admission for this talk. Individual tickets to this talk are not available. Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

02/24/2018 - 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!  
 

02/24/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
African-American Writers' Alliance
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For twenty-six years now, we have helped host this annual group reading program - wherever Elliott Bay has been - with Seattle’s African-American Writers' Alliance. These group readings always feature a dynamic, wide variety of genres, voices, experiences, approaches - and much spirit and enthusiasm. For more on the African-American Writers' Alliance, tonight’s reading, and other AAWA activities over the year, please contact Georgia McDade (206.722.0964).
 
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02/25/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Andrew Schelling & Paul Nelson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet and translator Andrew Schelling, who has served on the faculty of Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School, speaks today about the work of Jaime de Angulo, who was much admired by William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore and others. Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime De Angulo & the Pacific Coast Culture (Counterpoint) is Schelling’s account of the life of the midcentury “cowboy linguist,” doctor, ethnographer known as the Old Coyote of Big Sur.   “Schelling’s biography of Jaime de Angulo–’cattle puncher, medical doctor, bohemian, buckeroo,’ among other things–presents a fascinating, full-bodied portrait of a man and an era, as well as delving deep into California’s Native history. De Angulo’s isn’t a household name, but in Schelling’s work the man called by Ezra Pound the ‘American Ovid’ comes blazing to life in all his singular brilliance.” –Stephen Sparks, Lithub. Poet Paul Nelson, founder of Seattle Poetics LAB and of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, also reads and serves as onstage interviewer. Paul Nelson is the author of American Sentences and of Haibun de la Serna to be published by Ranchos Press.
 

02/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
André Aciman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Good books do stand the test of time. Esteemed writer André Aciman’s Lambda Award-winning 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name (Picador), is one such book, one that has always enjoyed a readership. That has moved to another realm with the hugely acclaimed Luca Guadagnino film based on this novel sending readers to find the source.   “An extraordinary examination of longing and the complicated ways in which we negotiate the experience of attraction....It's startling that a novel so bracingly unsentimental—alert to the ways we manipulate, second-guess, forestall, and finally reach stumblingly toward one another—concludes with such emotional depths.” –Mark Doty, O, The Oprah Magazine. “If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you've come to the right place.” –Nicole Krauss. André Aciman is also known for his 1995 memoir, Out of Egypt, other nonfiction works, and then other novels, most recent being last year’s Enigma Variations. Dave Wheeler, Associate Editor at Shelf Awareness, will be moderating tonight's conversation. As part of tonight’s festivities, our friends at Queer Bar have invited attendees to a special after-reading meet and greet with the author. Queer Bar is located at 1518 11th Avenue, one block from Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

02/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robin Oliveira
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As we believe to have been the case with each of her first two novels, My Name Is Mary Sutter and I Always Loved You, Seattle writer Robin Oliveira celebrates the publication of her third novel on its publication day, as Winter Sisters (Viking) is welcomed into the world. “After two young sisters vanish in a snowstorm, the whys and hows of their disappearance quickly become a compelling and increasingly complex mystery. Robin Oliveira renders nineteenth-century Albany, New York, with exactitude and vividness, but her novel’s ultimate concerns are timeless—suffering and healing, the loyalty to family versus loyalty to justice. I’ve long been a fan of Robin Oliveira’s work, and Winter Sisters only increases my admiration.” –Ron Rash. “Equal parts exquisitely detailed historical drama and riveting literary thriller, Winter Sisters deftly explores the brutal costs of child exploitation, while elegantly demonstrating the healing power of true compassion and profound sisterly devotion.” –Kimberly McCreight.
 

02/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Brittney Cooper
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Along with our friends at the Northwest African American Museum, we are delighted to welcome one of the foremost and most forthright scholar activist voices to speak to things as they are, and have been, in having Brittney Cooper here with her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s). A professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Ebony.com, and The Root.com, among many others. "Cooper personifies what Sonia Sanchez called "homegirl and hand-grenade" -- here, like the homegirl she is, Cooper gives us the uncensored truth about how America has become what it is today, and reminds us in no uncertain terms that Black people, and particularly Black women, have the brilliance, foresight, and vision to bring a different America to fruition, should we choose to use our powers for good rather than evil." –Alicia Garza. "Brittney Cooper is not just one of the leading black feminist public intellectuals of the day, she is the Black Feminist Prophet we urgently need. Her work is the most rigorous, honest, heartfelt, compassionate, and challenging of any cultural critic out there because she does not shy away from the areas of black life too long considered taboo. In taking the lives of black women and girls seriously, Eloquent Rage succeeds where too many have failed. For those still searching for ways to discuss black women's lives with nuance and love, Brittney Cooper's fiery brilliance is ready to light your path." –Mychal Denzel Smith. Free admission. Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM.
 

02/28/2018 - 11:30am

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

02/28/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Matt Young
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A teacher of composition and literature at Centralia College, Matt Young is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War. He has written one of the testaments of that conflict, as seen by someone on the front lines, Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury USA).   “Matt Young has written the Iliad of the Iraq war--searing as the desert sun, powerful as a rocket-propelled grenade. He lived through three hard tours as a Marine and returned to tell this breathtaking tale. Read it if you love your country. Read it if you hate war. His book will strengthen your heart and soul.” –Tim Weiner. “A book unlike any I've ever read. By turns hilarious and wrenching--and shot through with moments of piercing wisdom--Eat The Apple casts a kind of hypnotic spell that holds the reader until the last page. Young has perfectly captured that crazy mix of fear and power, of ecstasy and boredom and belonging, that draws young men to soldiery and to war--and keeps them going back. If you want to understand how all that works, and be thoroughly entertained at the same time, read this book.” –Scott Anderson.
 

02/28/2018 - 7:00pm

Hotel Sorrento
Steve Almond with Peter Mountford
Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Steve Almond, who has written eight books of fiction and non-fiction, and co-hosts the ‘Dear Sugars’ podcast with Cheryl Strayed on the New York Times site, visits - to visit with Seattle writer Peter Mountford - about his newest book, Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart (Red Hen Press). This is non-fiction, alas, all written in the wake of the 2016 election. Where are we, how did we get here, where will we go - this looked at, in part, through the literary past, James Baldwin, George Orwell, and others. Free admission. Presented by HUGO HOUSE.
 
 
 
 
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