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04/01/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Barbara Brown Taylor with Mark Markuly
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Barbara Brown Taylor, beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times bestselling author, specializes in helping us find the sacred in unexpected places. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others (Harper), she continues her spiritual journey, contemplating the many ways she encountered God while teaching a college course on the world’s religions to students in rural Georgia. Throughout Holy Envy, Barbara weaves together stories from her classroom with reflections on how her own journey has been challenged and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—and by meeting God in her communion with them. Barbara Brown Taylor will appear in conversation tonight with Mark Markuly, Dean of the School for Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. Free/no tickets necessary. Seating is limited and early arrival is encouraged. Co-presented with SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY & MINISTRY. Barbara Brown Taylor will also appear in conversation with Rev. Dave Brown on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at Kilworth Chapel, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma (free/no tickets necessary).
 

04/02/2019 - 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 meeting has as its selection In the Café of Lost Youth (NYRB Classics) by Nobel Prize Laureate Patrick Modiano (translated by Chris Clarke).   learn more  
 

04/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Arthur A. Hansen with Frank Abe
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton makes a special appearance this evening two speak about his two recently published books. Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura (Stanford University Press), is based on Omura’s memoirs, as edited by Arthur A. Hansen, with contextual information. Among the fiercest opponents of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, journalist James "Jimmie" Matsumoto Omura (1912-1994) fearlessly called out leaders in the Nikkei community for what he saw as their complicity with the U.S. government's unjust and unconstitutional policies—particularly the federal decision to draft imprisoned Nisei into the military without first restoring their lost citizenship rights. He was among the first Nikkei to seek governmental redress and reparations for wartime violations of civil liberties and human rights. Arthur Hansen will also speak about Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster (University Press of Colorado), which reveals why, when, where, and how some of the 120,000 incarcerated Japanese Americans spearheaded resistance movements in the ten War Relocation Authority-administered compounds in the United States during World War II.    Art Hansen will appear in conversation with Seattle writer, Frank Abe, journalist and producer of the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution and co-editor of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy. Frank Abe also contributed a chapter to Nisei Naysayer. Co-presented with DENSHO.
 

04/02/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Laila Lalami
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
We are delighted to welcome back a favorite writer, Laila Lalami, here tonight with a much anticipated new novel, The Other Americans (Pantheon). A recipient of the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her past books - Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, and The Moor’s Account - she delves into timely territory with this story of the mysterious death of a Moroccan immigrant in the present-day U.S. “Remarkable, timely novel. Impeccably written story about a hit and run, a family that must grapple with their grief as they try to make sense of why they’ve lost Driss, the patriarch, and the slowly unraveling mystery of who is responsible for the unthinkable. I love the depth of character here for Nora and Jeremy. The narrative is good from many points of view but theirs is the heart of this story and what a beautiful beating heart it is.”  —Roxane Gay. “This deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences shows up, in its quiet way, the pressures under which ordinary Americans of Muslim background have labored since the events of 9/11.” —J.M. Coetzee. Free admission, no tickets are needed. Co-presented with the SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. More information here.
 

04/03/2019 - 11:30am

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

04/03/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Soniah Kamal with Nalini Iyer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Soniah Kamal follows up her internationally lauded debut novel, An Isolated Incident, with a delightful take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, in a Pakistani setting, in her new novel, Unmarriageable (Ballantine). “As with Austen, whose books could be read as fun and simple romances or acerbic examinations of class and women’s choices (and lack thereof), Kamal’s Unmarriageable succeeds in being both a deliciously readable romantic comedy and a commentary on class in post-colonial, post-partition Pakistan, where the effects of the British Empire still reverberate. . . . Both a fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR. “Distinctly entertaining . . . Kamal uses her comedy of manners, infused with tender humor, to comment on the sorry state of affairs for too many young women from this part of the Indian subcontinent. . . . If Jane Austen lived in modern-day Pakistan, this is the version of Pride and Prejudice she might have written.”—Shahina Piyarali, Shelf Awareness. Co-presented with TASVEER
 

04/03/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Russell Canan & Robert Alsdorf
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street, #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Superior Court judge Russell Canan speaks today about his book, Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They've Ever Made (New Press), co-edited with Gregory Mize and Frederick Weisberg. He appears in conversation with contributing author, Seattle Judge Robert Alsdorf. Judge Aldorf tells the story of his decision on I-695, the car-tabs initiative, where he found that joining the roll-back with a de-facto referendum requirement invalidated the voter-approved initiative. He survived politically and the state Supreme Court affirmed the ruling 8-1. The book also includes judges’ perspectives on cases involving Scooter Libby, Elián González and Terri Schiavo, among others. Tickets ($10) include a reception. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVPs requested at rsvp@folioseattle.org but tickets may also be available on the night of the program. More information on FOLIO, here.
 

04/03/2019 - 7:30pm

The Summit on Pike
Clive Thompson with Mónica Guzmán
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson, author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World (Penguin Press) appears in conversation with Mónica Guzmán tonight. Coders, an anthropological reckoning with the “most powerful tribe in the world today,” investigates the psychology of the invisible architects of our culture, exploring their passions and values, and wrestles with the major coding controversies of our era—from the “disruption” fetish of Silicon Valley to the struggle for inclusion by marginalized groups. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information. Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE Science Series.
 

04/04/2019 - 7:00pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Nathan Englander with Rabbi Daniel Weiner
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Twenty years after his memorable debut, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which occasioned an Elliott Bay visit, as have each of his works of fiction ever since, Nathan Englander makes this welcome Seattle return for his newest novel, Kaddish.com (Knopf). He will be joined on stage by Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, which is hosting this evening’s program. Kaddish.com tells the story of what happens when a secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews refuses to say the Kaddish for his father’s death. “Englander is mischievously hilarious, nightmarish, suspenseful, inquisitive, and deliriously tender in this concentrated tale of tradition and improvisation, faith and love.” —Booklist. “[An] excellent comic dissection of Jewish-American life…This novel reads like Chaim Potok filtered through the sensibility of Mel Brooks. Englander writes cogently about Jewish-American assimilation, and, in his practiced hands, he makes Shuli’s journey, both outer and inner, a simultaneously humorous and deeply moving one.” —Publishers Weekly. Free admission. Co-presented by TEMPLE DE HIRSCH SINAI and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

04/04/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Morgan Parker
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening should be something. Few poets have had work arrive as smart, alive, and on target as Morgan Parker has with her collections There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night. She is here at Hugo House this evening with a breath-taking new book of poems, Magical Negro (Tin House). “2019 justly belongs to Morgan Parker. Her poems shred me with their intelligence, dark humor and black-hearted vision. Parker is one of this generation’s best minds, able to hold herself and her world, which includes all of us, up to impossible lights, revealing every last bit of our hopes, failings, possibilities and raptures.”  —Danez Smith, T Magazine. “If you’re anxious for your snug perspective to be rattled and ripped asunder, for the predictable landscape you stroll to become all but unrecognizable, for things you thought you knew to slap you into another consciousness―brethren, have I got the book for you. Bey’s bestie continues her reign with this restless, fierce, and insanely inventive way of walking through the world. Once again, children―ignore Ms. Parker at your peril.” —Patricia Smith. Indeed. This, as Danez Smith hints, is but the beginning, with a young adult novel due later this year, and a nonfiction book to come in 2020.   Co-presented by HUGO HOUSE and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Additional information here.
 

04/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rachel Cusk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most requested writers in recent years, Rachel Cusk finally is here from her London home, the author of numerous award-winning novels, and memoirs that have also received high praise, A Life’s Work, Saving Agnes, In the Fold, and The Bradshaw Variations among them. She is here tonight with Kudos (newly in paper, Picador), the concluding volume of her Outline trilogy, which has also included Outline and Transit. “The [Outline] trilogy is a bravura interrogation of the social habits and assumptions that, assembled together, start to look suspiciously like a man’s world in which women just so happen to live . . . [Outline, Transit, and Kudos] stand as a landmark in 21st-century English literature, the culmination of an artist’s unshakable efforts to forge her own path.” —Andrew Anthony, The Guardian. “Cusk has glimpsed the central truth of modern life . . . She moves through it as a blasted centre full only of instinct and superhuman hearing and hackles . . . The three novels blend together, and not to their detriment. Their of-a-wholeness is why they are so often referred to as ‘a project’. And the pleasure of this project is a rare one: it is the pleasure of a person figuring out exactly what she ought to be doing.” —Patricia Lockwood, London Review of Books.
 

04/06/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Shiho Satsuka
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 Shiho Satsuka, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her lecture today is “The Charisma of Wild Mushrooms: Matsutake and the Forest Revitalization Movements in Japan.” 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. Click here for tickets and more information.
 

04/06/2019 - 10:30am

Impact Hub
Civic Saturday
Impact Hub
220 Second Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98104
Join the Civic Saturday community for our next gathering, held at Impact Hub Seattle and featuring a reading by guest poet, Marcus C. John. Civic Saturday is a salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. What happens at Civic Saturday? We'll gather as friends and strangers to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas, and hear a "civic sermon" from Eric Liu. We will be there with a pop up bookstore of salient and inspiring titles. Join us as we come together to continue nurturing a spirit of shared civic purpose. Doors open at 10:00AM. Program begins at 10:30AM. Free and open to all. Please email taneum@citizenuniversity.us if you would like to be an event volunteer or to request ASL interpretation services. More information here.
 

04/06/2019 - 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 April 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!
 

04/06/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Katie Arnold
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Outside Magazine contributing editor Katie Arnold writes about her lifelong engagement with distance running (she’s an ultramarathon champion), and its impetus from a complicated relationship with her father, a relationship she looked at in greater depth after his passing. Running Home: A Memoir is her chronicle of this marathon of life and experience. “Running Home is a lovely, big-hearted, and inspiring memoir that looks life’s challenges right in the eye. Katie Arnold writes about the curveballs and heartbreaks—as well as the joys—with a pure emotional courage that matches her physical feats on the ultramarathon trails. This is a book with soul.”—Susan Casey. “Vibrating with energy and a driving love, the writing in this book matches the cadence of running, taking you on a sprint up and down the mountains and bends of human joy and grief. I dare you to put it down. Arnold is a powerful new voice that has no limits.”—Natalie Goldberg.
 

04/06/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Steven Rowley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Steven Rowley’s novel, The Editor (Putnam) opens in New York City circa 1992 as James Smale finally gets his big break when his novel sells to an editor at a major publishing house. James develops an unexpected friendship with the editor--none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (who actually did work as an editor at Viking and Doubleday)--and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. But when a long-held family secret is revealed, he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page. "While diving deep into questions of identity, loyalty, and absolution within the bonds of family, Rowley, author of the beloved Lily and the Octopus, soars to satisfying heights in this deeply sensitive depiction of the symbiotic relationships at the heart of every good professional, and personal, partnership."-- Booklist.
 
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04/07/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Evan James
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Evan James joins us this afternoon read from Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe (Simon and Schuster), a delightful novel set very nearby. The inimitable—some might say incorrigible—Frank Widdicombe is suffering from a deep depression. Or so his wife, Carol, believes. But Carol is convinced that their new island home—Willowbrook Manor on the Puget Sound—is just the thing to cheer her husband up. And so begins a whirlwind summer as their house becomes the epicenter of multiple social dramas involving the family, their friends, and a host of new acquaintances. "Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe is shrewd as hell and hysterically funny. A summer novel, a comedy of manners, a razor-sharp satire of the idle rich...there's so much unbridled pleasure to be found in this rogue's gallery of new-age self-help gurus, aspiring screenwriters, bird-watching party-planning social climbers, lovesick assistants, despondent patriarchs, ne'er-do-well houseguests, indolent watercolorists, and loveably loathsome cads of all kinds."-- Carmen Maria Machado. Evan James,  an award-winning writer whose personal essays and fiction have appeared in such publications as the Oxford American, Travel + Leisure, and elsewhere. He was a 2017 Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow at the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat.
 

04/07/2019 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Anne Lamott
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Anne Lamott doesn’t try to sugar-coat sadness, frustration and disappointment, but tells her stories with honesty, compassion and a pureness of voice. As she says, “I have a lot of hope and a lot of faith and I struggle to communicate that.” Anne Lamott does communicate her faith; in her books and in person, she lifts, comforts, and inspires, all the while keeping us laughing. A novelist, essayist, nonfiction writer and activist, she is the author of many books, including Traveling Mercies, Bird by Bird, Small Victories, Hallelujah Anyway, and, most recently, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope (Riverhead), was published in Fall 2018.  Click here for tickets ($29-58). Presented by NWAA, KNKX & THE STRANGER.
 
 

04/09/2019 - 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 is Tim Wu's, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age (Columbia Global Reports).   learn more
 

04/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Saskia Vogel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to welcome a writer whom we first knew for her work in publishing from overseas at Granta. Now based in Berlin, Saskia Vogel is here with her own first novel, Permission (Coach House). And we may also have a new work of translation (or two) from the Swedish, as she has also been busy on that front. "Saskia Vogel's provocative debut novel, Permission, is like a trick box full of sliding panels. Her protagonist, jarred loose from her life by the accidental death of her father, finds that the boundaries she's always taken as given begin to slide open, revealing secret zones of power and sexuality within the world and within herself. Beautifully written, mysterious and compelling. " - Janet Fitch. The most imminent of Saskia Vogel’s translations are Lina Wolff’s The Polyglot Lovers (And Other Stories) and Elizabeth Åsbrink’s The Trees Are Still Standing in the Vienna Woods. (Fingers crossed that one or both will also be on hand…) This event will be held upstairs in the mezzanine.
 

04/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jacqueline Winspear
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
‘Maisie Dobbs’ makes her fifteenth appearance (!) as one of fiction’s most beloved heroines in Jacqueline Winspear’s newest, The American Agent (Harper). “Advances Maisie’s inspiring activities, highlights the bravery of an embattled people during the Second World War, and intimates that lessons from that period have yet to be learned.” - Kirkus Reviews. “The London blitz is the backdrop to Winspear’s latest as the inimitable Maisie Dobbs investigates the death of Catherine Saxon, an intrepid American journalist determined to document wartime Britain’s hardships for the folks back home. An immersive tale of wartime grit and grief.” - Booklist. This should be a real delight!  
 

04/10/2019 - 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!
 

04/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susan Choi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by acclaimed novelist Susan Choi, here for fifth novel, Trust Exercise (Henry Holt & Co.). Cited as a ‘most anticipated book of 2019’ Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Electric Literature, The Millions, PopSugar, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Publisher's Weekly, Lit Hub, Bustle, and The Huffington Post, this is a compelling coming-of-age story of two young people in a U.S. suburb in the 1980s. "What begins as the story of obsessive first love between drama students at a competitive performing arts high school in the early 1980s twists into something much darker in Choi's singular new novel . . . an effective interrogation of memory, the impossible gulf between accuracy and the stories we tell. . . . The writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi's latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive." —Kirkus Reviews. "Superb, powerful . . . Choi’s themes—among them the long reverberations of adolescent experience, the complexities of consent and coercion, and the inherent unreliability of narratives—are timeless and resonant. Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing insight, this novel is destined to be a classic." —Publishers Weekly.
 

04/11/2019 - 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  
 

04/11/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Polly Rosenwaike with Angela Garbes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer Polly Rosenwaike reads from her debut story collection, Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday), featuring 12 stories revealing pregnancy and new motherhood in all of its anxiety and absurdity, darkness and wonder. “Each story in Look How Happy I'm Making You is a lovely universe unto itself—funny, intimate, casually profound—but there is something transcendent about reading them together like this. Rosenwaike's women all have different desires, different fates, different circumstances, but each of them conquers the maddening unknown of motherhood with richness and depth.”–Meaghan O’Connell. Polly Rosenwaike has published stories, essays, and reviews in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, The New York Times Book Review and elsewhere. She is the fiction editor of the Michigan Quarterly Review. Tonight she appears in conversation with Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother.
 

04/12/2019 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Damon Young with Ijeoma Oluo
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
An evening where much that is on the line should get aired out - said - is likely in store as Damon Young, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and a frequent commentator on race and culture, is here for his first book, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays (Harper). That he will be joined by Seattle’s Ijeoma Oluo, herself the bestselling author of So You Want To Talk About Race, should make this even more of a night not to be missed. “With this absurdly trenchant, bouncy, tragicomic, expansive yet intimate book, Damon somehow, someway, made the page bend around my head and heart in a manner I honestly didn’t think the essay or memoir forms were capable of bending.” - Kiese Laymon. “Striking in its storytelling and imagery, in its honesty and humor, in its self-reflection and self-criticism, in its Blackness and humanity. Damon Young produced an unobstructed and unsanitized memoir that few people have the courage to write and all people should be encouraged to read.” - Ibram X. Kendi. “Damon Young is one of the most fearless and important young writers today. A devastatingly funny critique of racism, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a humorous and deep dive into the culture and a life lived in that precarious state we call blackness.”- Michael Eric Dyson. Free admission. Co-presented by the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Additional information here.
 

04/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joe Wilkins
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Joe Wilkins, Pushcart Prize winner and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Journalism Award and National Magazine Award, reads from Fall Back Down When I Die (Little, Brown) a dark and haunting debut novel about a Montana ranch hand who takes in the mute seven-year-old son of an incarcerated cousin. Set in the eastern Montana ranch country, this novel is a beautiful tale of love and sacrifice and bonds that can’t be broken. “In an electric narrative that busts out in a rare kind of rural poetry when you least expect it, this brilliant novel gives us hard-pressed country people trying to make a life in a beautiful but unforgiving landscape among neighbors and family who, thanks to political disinformation, have slid us from civility to slander, facts to lies, law to vigilantism, and now answer the Gospel call to compassion with their arsenals. Fall Back Down When I Die places red state zeitgeist and gray wolves squarely in its sights, then shoots both, to my grateful amazement, with profound understanding and compassion.”—David James Duncan.   Joe Wilkins’ memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, won a GLCA New Writers Award for Nonfiction.
 

04/13/2019 - 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!
 

04/13/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susan Holmes Mckagan with Duff Mckagan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A journalist (The Huffington Post, PopWrapped) who has also worked as an internationally recognized model (covers of many magazines and photo spreads), Susan Holmes McKagan is here this evening to read from and discuss her newly published first novel, The Velvet Rose (Rare Bird). This book draws from a life richly lived, in fashion capitals and in the company of one of the world’s foremost rock musicians and the band he is part of. What parts are fiction and what parts might have basis in real life, could well be forthcoming as she will be joined in conversation onstage by her husband, Duff McKagan, renowned bassist for Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. He comes by the interlocutor role with some experience, playing that role with grace and assurance onstage with Sean Penn last year. He also has been onstage for his own books, It’s So Easy (and other Lies) and How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions). “Susan writes with such a vivid authenticity in The Velvet Rose because of her history and in depth experience in the world of fashion and rock n’ roll. She offers such a unique and very rich perspective within the details of these worlds not a lot of writers can say they have.” ―Juliette Lewis.
 

04/13/2019 - 7:30pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
The Seattle Public Library’s annual Seattle Reads program, now enacted around the country, was first staged in Seattle. This year, acclaimed graphic narrative author Thi Bui and her powerful memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams) is the selection. For good reason. “Thi Bui's stark, compelling memoir is about an ordinary family, but her story delivers the painful truth that most Vietnamese of the 20th century know in an utterly personal fashion—that history is found in the marrow of one's bones, ready to be passed on through blood, through generations, through feelings. A book to break your heart and heal it.”— Viet Thanh Nguyen. "Thi Bui's book took my breath away. In a time of continuing refugee crisis, its message is necessary. The Best We Could Do expands one family's personal story into a global, historic context, while condensing generations of war in Vietnam to intimate and human proportions. Beautiful and powerful." — Craig Thompson. Free admission to all Seattle Reads programs. For more information on Thi Bui’s Seattle visit, and the other programs she is doing on April 14 and 15, please see www.spl.org. Elliott Bay will be at her April 13 evening at Seattle Public Central Library and on April 16 at the Asian Counseling & Referral Service (more information in the April 16 listings).  
 
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04/14/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Damon Krukowski
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Damon Krukowski’s new book, Ways of Hearing (MIT Press), began as a six episode podcast on Radiotopia. Inspired by John Berger’s classic, Ways of Seeing (which was based on a BBC television series on visual culture), Ways of Hearing examines the ways in which the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money and power. Damon Krukowski, a writer and musician whose projects have included an indie rock band (Galaxie 500) and a folk rock duo (Damon & Naomi), joined us most recently to speak about his book, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World as part of KEXP’s Songbook series.  
 

04/15/2019 - 7:00pm

New Hope Baptist Church
Valerie Jarrett
New Hope Baptist Church
124 21st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are thrilled to be helping present, along with our friends at the Northwest African American Museum and New Hope Baptist Church, this special evening with Valerie Jarrett, longest-serving senior adviser in the Obama White House, and someone whose history with President and Michelle Obama goes back, almost twenty years before then. She is here with her own new book, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward (Viking).   “Revisiting her illustrious career, from inner-city Chicago to the White House and beyond, Jarrett reveals the life-changing events that, though perilous at the time, enabled her to become a virtuoso corporate and philanthropic leader, and a valued presidential adviser.”–Booklist. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM and NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH. Additional information is at www.naamnw.org.
 

04/15/2019 - 7:00pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Abby Wambach with Paige Browning - Sold Out
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please note: This event is now sold out. Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together. Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As the co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, she created a culture not just of excellence, but of honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood. She helped transform a group of individual women into one of the most successful, powerful and united wolfpacks of all time. Tonight's event includes a talk and Q&A with Abby Wambach, author of Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (Celadon).  In lieu of a book signing, each ticket ($25) will include a pre-signed copy of the book.    get tickets  
 

04/16/2019 - 6:30pm

Asian Counseling & Referral Service
Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Asian Counseling & Referral Service
3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Seattle, WA 98144
This evening concludes Thi Bui’s visit for Seattle Reads, this evening devoted both to her discussing her book, and to a special staged reading by Book-It Repertory Theatre Company, adapted by Susan Lieu and directed by Kathy Hsieh. Free admission. Elliott Bay will be on hand this evening with The Best We Can Do and related titles. For more information on Thi Bui’s Seattle Reads visit and its programs, please see www.spl.org.
 

04/16/2019 - 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 month’s selection for reading and discussion is Naomi Alderman’s The Power (Back Bay).   Learn More  
 

04/16/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Hanif Abdurraqib
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the vital voices at work today, as a poet, essayist, and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraqib is here for what should be a memorable evening with a new book that is already a hit with critics and readers, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (University of Texas Press). In this, the author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (essays) and The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (poems), writes of the visionary music group that help transform rap over twenty years ago. "[R]iveting and poetic‚ Abdurraqib's gift is his ability to flip from a wide angle to a zoom with ease. He is a five-tool writer, slipping out of the timeline to deliver vivid, memoiristic splashes as well as letters he's crafted to directly address the central players, dead and living." - Washington Post. "Abdurraqib explores and exposes the power of music, of art, to not just connect with people, but to connect people, to make movements, to inspire change and revolution, on levels both large and small. In powerful, poetic language, Abdurraqib makes clear the legacy of ATCQ, both the one the group called upon for their own creation and the one they left behind." - Nylon.
 

04/17/2019 - 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 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!  
 

04/17/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Vann
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In his riveting new novel, internationally bestselling New York Times Notable author and Prix Medicis étranger-winner David Vann reimagines his father’s final days. Halibut on the Moon (Grove) traces the roots of mental illness in one man’s life as he attempts to anchor himself to the places and people that once shaped his sense of identity. Halibut on the Moon is a searing exploration of a man held captive by the dark logic of depression and struggling to wrench himself free. In vivid and haunting prose, David Vann offers us an aching portrait of a mind in peril, searching desperately for some hope of redemption. “While the subject is in some ways reminiscent of Paul Auster's The Invention of Solitude (1982), Vann's unrelentingly harrowing descriptions of Jim's depressive state recalls David Foster Wallace's darkest moments. Mixing beautiful prose with unremitting bleakness, this difficult, deeply moving work will affect all who read it.” -Booklist. David Vann’s books have been published in 23 languages, won 14 prizes, and appeared on 83 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France.
 

04/17/2019 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Valeria Luiselli presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
We can think of few other evenings where a book written with exceeding power, surprise, and nuance, a literary work, so matches a cultural and historical moment such as we are in now, as Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli’s extraordinary new novel, Lost Children Archive (Knopf). This Seattle Arts and Lectures evening will feature her in conversation with Florangela Davila of Crosscut, as the author of this novel, the essay, Tell Me How It Ends, that serves as a companion to the novel. What a novel it is. “Riveting, lyrical, virtuosic . . . There is joy in make-believe in Lost Children Archive—a novel as much about storytellers and storytelling as it is about lost children. Two texts and two journeys—one by car, meandering; the other speeding forward with the locomotive propulsion of suspenseful fiction—seem on their way to a collision; Luiselli’s most thrilling section consists of one rhythmic, delirious feat of a sentence reminiscent of Molly Bloom’s epic soliloquy in Joyce’s Ulysses. The novel bears rereading, to reveal pleasing ironies. Luiselli’s metaphors are wrought with devastating precision . . . The brilliance of the writing stirs rage and pity. It humanizes us.” —Gaiutra Bahardur, The New York Times Book Review. Tickets and more information are at www.lectures.org.
 

04/18/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Oliver Nachtwey with Niko Switek
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join German sociologist Oliver Nachtwey and German political scientist Niko Switek for a conversation on how neoliberalism is causing a social crisis in Germany and the rest of Europe. Upward social mobility represented a core promise of life under the “old” West German welfare state, in which millions of skilled workers upgraded their Volkswagens to Audis, bought their first homes, and sent their children to university. Oliver Nachtwey analyses the reasons for the political and social rupture in postwar German society and investigates the rise in popularity of right-wing populism throughout Europe. Oliver Nachtwey is Associate Professor of Social Structure Analysis at the University of Basel, and a fellow at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt. Niko Switek is DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. "A true masterpiece. Focusing on the case of Germany—which has long been mispresented and misperceived as a paragon of economic success and political stability—Oliver Nachtwey offers a detailed account of the crisis of contemporary capitalism." – Wolfgang Streeck. Co-presented by GOETHE POP UP SEATTLE and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

04/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nick Thorkelson with Leonard Rifas & Wendy Call
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Boston cartoonist Nick Thorkelson speaks about his book, Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia (City Lights), a graphic biography of the life and work of the respected modern philosopher..From his youth in Weimar Germany and early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his flight from Nazi Germany with Frankfurt School colleagues, to his rise as one of its major theorists along with Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, to his status as a countercultural icon, readers are introduced to the development of Marcuse's philosophical theories and the political realities that shaped his work. Mentor to a young Angela Davis and often referred to as the unofficial faculty advisor to the New Left, Marcuse's controversial critique of the "comfortable unfreedoms" of post-WWII capitalism entered popular consciousness with the 1964 publication of One-Dimensional Man, which sold over 100,000 copies in its first years in print. "Nick Thorkelson's exploration of the ideas and personality of Herbert Marcuse is exactly the sort of comic book I have longed to read. It is engaging, artful, and explores the world of revolutionary ideas. Books like this keep the fire going inside."  -Joe Sacco.   Also appearing on tonight’s program are Leonard Rifas, writer and historian, Educomics founder and pioneer of pedagogical comics and Wendy Call, a recent writer-in-residence at Seattle University, New College of Florida, and Harborview Medical Center who is co-editor of Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide and translator of Mexican poetry and short fiction.
 

04/20/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Pedro Machado
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 Pedro Machado, associate professor of history at Indiana University. His lecture today is ‘A Forested State: Eucalyptus, Empire, and Portuguese Landscapes.’ 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. Click here for more information and tickets.
 

04/20/2019 - 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!
 
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04/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bryce Andrews
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Montana writer and conservationist Bryce Andrews, author of Badluck Way, returns to Elliott Bay to speak about his new book, Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear (Houghton Mifflin). "Bryce Andrews' wonderful Down from the Mountain is deeply informed by personal experience and made all the stronger by his compassion and measured thoughts. He outlines clearly the core of a major problem in the rural American West--the disagreement between large predatory animals and invasive modern settlers--without disrespect and without sentimentality. His book is welcome and impressive work." -- Barry Lopez.
 

04/23/2019 - 12:00pm

Washington State Convention Center, 4th Floor
Tracy K. Smith presented by Housing Development Consortium
Washington State Convention Center, 4th Floor
705 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Appearing at this benefit luncheon for the Housing Development Consortium’s eleventh annual celebration is U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Elliott Bay will be on hand with copies of her books, which include a recent edited anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, and her own poetry collections, Wade in the Water, Life on Mars (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Duende, and The Body’s Question. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, was a National Book Award finalist. Click here for registration and more information.
 

04/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Myla Goldberg
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Nineteen years after Myla Goldberg buzzed onto the scene with her luminous debut novel, Bee Season, and almost a decade after her most recent novel, The False Friend, she is back this evening with her newest, Feast Your Eyes (Scribner). “From Bee Season onward, Goldberg has portrayed girls and young women with fluent sensitivity. In her brilliantly structured fourth novel, she revisits the theme again, in the story of photographer Lillian Preston, who, chronically shy yet determined, flees Cleveland for New York in 1953 at 17 and becomes an accidental single mother at 19… This is a novel of infinite depth, of caring authenticity both intimate and societal, of mothers and daughters, art and pain, and transcendent love.” —Booklist. “Reading Myla Goldberg’s Feast Your Eyes reminded me of other unlikely adventure stories, like Hillary’s summit of the Himalayas, or Shackleton’s return from Antarctica. Only here the human constraints are still more challenging: making art as a single mother in a twentieth century dominated, and distorted, by men. This is an unflinching, deeply moving portrait of the artist, and a bravura performance in and of itself. I loved this book.”—Joshua Ferris.
 

04/24/2019 - 11:30am

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

04/24/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Therese Oneill
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Therese Oneill, whose book, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners, was an eye opening, critical and very entertaining account of advice for 19th Century women, returns with an equally candid, funny and often frightening look at life’s next obvious stage: child rearing. Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children (Little, Brown) is based on advice the author discovered in medical books and articles from the period. “The narrator's obvious enjoyment in sharing vintage expert opinions increases as particularly horrifying facts regarding baby farms, beatings, and heroin for expectant mothers pile up, rendering the imaginary listener nearly speechless. Oneill probes each topic with a Lemony Snicket-like tone and candor, revealing how some of these beliefs eventually evolved into improved girls' education and a kinder approach to discipline. One part sauciness, one part frankness, and one part sweet relief that readers live in the present, Oneill's book provides readers with a liberal dose of medical and women's history that's well worth taking” -Publishers Weekly.
 

04/24/2019 - 7:30pm

The Forum at Town Hall
Cherríe Moraga -New Location
The Forum at Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
How do we trace the stories of our parents’ lives alongside that of our own self-discovery? Celebrated author and pioneering queer Latina feminist Cherríe Moraga presents Town Hall audiences with her own intergenerational narrative in Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), charting a personal coming-of-age alongside her mother’s decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora. Moraga charts her mother’s journey from an impressionable young girl to a battle-tested matriarch to an old woman suffering under the yoke of Alzheimer’s—while simultaneously tracing her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of her pueblo. Join Moraga for a reckoning with white American history and a piercing love letter from a fearless daughter to the mother she will never lose. Cherríe Moraga is a writer and cultural activist whose work serves to disrupt the dominant narratives of gender, race, sexuality, feminism, indigeneity, and literature in the United States. A co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Moraga co-edited the highly influential volume This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color in 1981. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Playwriting Fellowship Award and a United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.
 

04/25/2019 - 6:00pm

Rajaa Gharbi's Gallery
Rajaa Gharbi (new date)
Rajaa Gharbi's Gallery
4425 41st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Rajaa Gharbi, a longtime member of the Academy of American Poets, a member of the American Translators Association and PoetsWest, has just released a new poetry book titled Men Aghani Aljousoor (Songs of Bridges) -Selected Poems Translated to Arabic, and Related Paintings. Translated by its author, introduced with an extensive study by Tunisian writer and linguistics scholar Dr. Fatma Lakhdhar, and published in Tunisia by multiple award winner Med Ali Editions, the book was nominated for Tunisia’s 2018 National Book Translation Award. Please note, this event was originally scheduled to take place at Gallery 110 on March 28th, but has been moved to Rajaa Gharbi's Gallery on April 25th. Free admission.
 

04/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Melissa Kwasny
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear (Trinity University Press), poet and essayist Melissa Kwasny explores the age-old relationship between humans and the animals that have provided us with our clothing: leather, wool, silk, feathers, pearls, and fur. From silkworms grown on plantations in Japan and mink farms off Denmark's western coast to pearl beds in the Sea of Cortés, she offers firsthand accounts of traditions and manufacturing methods--aboriginal to modern--and descriptions of the marvel and miracle of the clothing itself. What emerges is a fresh look at the cultural history of fashion. Melissa Kwasny travels the globe to visit both large-scale industrial manufacturers and community-based, often subsistence production by people who have spent their lives working with animals--farmers, ranchers, tanners, weavers, shepherds, and artisans. She examines historical rates of consumption and efforts to move toward sustainability, all while considering animal welfare, worker safety, environmental health, product accountability, and respect for indigenous knowledge and practice. At its heart, Putting on the Dog demonstrates how what we choose to wear represents one of our most profound engagements with the natural world. Melissa Kwasny is the author of six collections of poems, including Pictograph, Reading Novalis in Montana, and The Nine Senses, which contains a series of poems that won the Poetry Society of America's 2008 Cecil Hemly Award.
 

04/25/2019 - 7:30pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Stacey Abrams (Sold Out)
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please note: This event is sold out but will be livestreamed via Town Hall Seattle's website and on YouTube. This entry a marker for an evening that was barely posted on Town Hall Seattle’s website but that it sold out: former Georgia State Representative, recent Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and rising national political figure Stacey Abrams, here to talk on the occasion of the paperback edition of her book, Lead from the Outside (Picador). Published a year ago as Minority Leader, this is a book on where we have been, and where we should be heading, as articulated by one we should be heeding. Co-presented by TOWN HALL SEATTLE, the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets are SOLD OUT, but Town Hall Seattle will have a limited number of $5 tickets available at the door as well as a standby line. Doors at 6PM. Please arrive early to allow time for extra security. Click here for more information.
 

04/26/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Aaron Bobrow-Strain with Monserrat Padilla
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Whitman College Professor Aaron Brobow-Strain, founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an activist and educator during the 1990s. Today he shares some of the stories from those facing detention centers, immigration courts and an increasingly militarized border. One of these stories is that of Aida Hernandez, a woman who with her family crossed the border at Agua Prieta, Mexico to Douglas, Arizona. Undocumented and then deported, she embarked on a harrowing journey to reunite with her son. In The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same. Also appearing on tonight’s program is Monserrat Padilla, Western Washington Coordinator of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. An organizer for LGBTQ, immigrant and communities of color on the ground for over 10 years, she was a co-founder of the Washington Dream Coalition and has led national & statewide campaigns, including the victory on the Washington State Dream Act to expand eligibility for state aid in higher education and she has worked as a the National Program Coordinator for the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project. Co-presented with WAISN
 

04/26/2019 - 7:30pm

The Summit on Pike
Nathaniel Rich
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Known as a brilliant, insightful younger novelist, Nathaniel Rich, who also writes at large for the New York Times Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and New York Review of Books, had a whole special issue of the New York Times Magazine dedicated to the material that has grown into a troubling, telling book, Losing Earth: A Recent History (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). This is an intense look at how much has been known - for forty years - on climate change, how little has been done to genuinely address it, and what that will mean for anyone who is alive. Click here for tickets and more information. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CIVICS Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

04/27/2019 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Independent Bookstore Day 2019
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. We will have fun activities and giveaways all day long in our store as well as some limited edition merchandise. This is an event you won't want to miss and lucky for you, it's happening all day. For those who visit three or more independent bookstores in our area, there is a special prize and for those of you who aspire for more, visit all participating bookstores in our Seabookstoreday partnership and earn a a special independent bookstore grand championship prize. Please visit @SEABookstoreDay on Facebook for more information, or click here.  
 

04/27/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Erik Mueggler
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 concludes its spring series on plants and culture in Asia, today with Erik Mueggler, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, and author of The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (University of California Press), among other works. His lecture today is ‘The Golden Mountain Gate: Text and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of Southwest China.’ 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. Click here for tickets and more information.
 

04/27/2019 - 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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04/28/2019 - 3:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Rochelle Riley
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Award-winning Detroit journalist Rochelle Riley visits with a powerful book she edited and also wrote for, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (Wayne State University Press). Over twenty contributors, including familiar names such as Michelle Singletary, DeWayne Wickham, Patrice Gaines, and Leonard Pitts, Jr., are included along with exciting newer voices and perspectives. “Rarely in American history has the disconnect between past and present been so obvious in our national discourse: with slavery recast as 'inconvenient' rather than devastating as the nation struggles to pretend away its legacy of racism. In this important series of essays, some of the nation's leading scholars, thinkers and artists help reframe our national dialogue to point toward real healing rather than the treacherous path of continued denial and destruction.”– Tananarive Due. “The Burden is one of the most comprehensive, enlightening, and thought-provoking books I have ever read on African-American history. The insights into how slavery affects every aspect of America today from politics to economics to culture is powerfully presented by this remarkable essay collection.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Free admission. Co-presented by the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM, the SEATTLE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Please see www.naamnw.org for more information.
 

04/29/2019 - 7:00pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
David Brooks
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1511 E Pike ST
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for an evening with David Brooks, one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. He's here to speak about his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. Tickets include a copy of The Second Mountain and admit either one person ($35) or two people ($40). In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose. David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. He is the bestselling author of The Road to Character; The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement; Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There; and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.   get tickets   
 

04/29/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Miriam Toews
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the finest writers at work in a country rich with excellent writers - Canada - Miriam Toews makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her harrowing new novel, Women Talking (Bloomsbury). This is a book with power. “An astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I've read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam Toews has written a book as close to a Greek tragedy as a contemporary Western novelist can come.” –  Lauren Groff. “Women Talking wants another world to be possible, and in the re-scripting of reality into fiction, attempts to imagine it where it has not yet grown of its own volition...The novel reminds us how difficult it is to know how to live, forgive others or ourselves, seek justice, or know freedom. No matter the depth of their solidarity, we can imagine that each individual will undoubtedly spend a lifetime coming to their own answers, seeking knowledge with their own hard-won words...” –  Madeleine Thien.
 

04/30/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Majd Mashharawi with Rania Qawasma
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This late addition to our Apil helps set out a lively May in motion as Majd Mashhawari is here from her home in Gaza, Palestine where she is an engineer, the CEO of GreenCake, a startup that manufactures bricks from recycled materials, and has also helped develop a off-the-grid solar power kit called SunBox. She will discuss developments and the situation in Gaza, and will be joined in conversation here by Rania Qawasma, Seattle architect, founder of Architecture for Refugees USA and a board member of Architects Without Borders. Fast Company cited Majd Mashhawari as one of the Most Creative People in Business for 2018. Co-presented with ARCHITECTURE FOR REFUGEES USA and ARCHITECTS WITHOUT BORDERS.
 
 
 
 
 
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