June 2018

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06/01/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elgin Baylor
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Before LeBron James, before Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Julius Erving—the first NBA player who really flew, wove grace and seemingly defied gravity was Elgin Baylor. His pro years with the Los Angeles Lakers were preceded by a star turn at Seattle University in the 1950s. His life and work off the court after playing have embraced many of sport and society’s changes and challenges. He is here on a rare Seattle visit to sign copies of his recently published memoir, Hang Time: My Life in Basketball (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, co-written with Alan Eisenstock). “Before Jordan, there was Elgin Baylor with his high-flying act and incredible scoring ability. Elgin showed the world that man could fly! Elgin paved the way for many African-American NBA players while fighting for our country and breaking down color barriers. He has always been dignified, strong and a class act.” —Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Signing Guidelines: This is a booksigning only (no talk/presentation) Elgin will sign copies of HANG TIME only – no memorabilia, etc. No personalization No posed photos, but “lean in” photos and photos taken from the line are okay  
 

06/02/2018 - 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 June 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!
 

06/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elizabeth Fournier
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Eco-mortician Elizabeth Fournier offers compassionate and thoughtful guidance for those interested in green burial, an alternative to conventional mortuary and funeral practices. The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial (New World Library) is a hands on guide to planning, legal guidelines and a variety of burial options that take into account both the environmental well-being of the planet and the economic well-being of loved ones. Elizabeth Fournier is the owner and operator of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, the first green funeral home in the Portland area. She is a member of the international board of directors for North America Natural Burial.
 
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06/03/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Hugo House Student Reading with Theo Pauline Nestor
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The writers of the Hugo House 2017/18 Yearlong Manuscript Class (for writers of memoirs) will read short excerpts from their memoirs-in-progress. Instructor Theo Pauline Nestor, whose books include Writing Is My Drink, will introduce the group and share a bit about the class, which is offered by Hugo House. Come out and cheer on this dynamic group of storytellers! Free and open to the public.
 

06/04/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ken Jennings
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle author and Jeopardy champion par excellence Ken Jennings has taken to writing books that reflect his wide-ranging knowledge. The newest such, following Brainiac, Maphead, and Because I Said So!, is Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture (Scribner). Ranging from bawdy humor on Sumerian tablets to Twitter doings, this book looks at how central a place in things humor has taken root. “Ken Jennings hops aboard our thundering avalanche of comedy and surfs it like a pro. Lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings, Planet Funny is for the comedy geek in all of us." —Maria Semple.
 

06/04/2018 - 7:30pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Khaled A. Beydoun
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
Khaled Beydoun is a professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and also Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California–Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. He is here with an impassioned, informed, all-too timely new book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear (University of California Press). “A triumphant act of moral restitution. Written with bravura flair, academic authority, and panoramic scholarly panache, American Islamophobia declares the birth of an American Muslim intellectual who wholly claims the land and envisions a bold future for it. This is no simple diagnosis of a racist pathology in a nation. It announces the brave surfacing of a subterranean voice rooted in the moral imaginary of a liberated America.” —Hamid Dabashi. “In this political climate, Beydoun is a much-needed and critical voice, analyst, commentator, and researcher. Unapologetically Muslim and Arab American, he speaks and writes truth to power, steering us away from comfort and forcing us to confront racism through our own relationships with it. Brilliant and witty, he tells it like it is.” —Linda Sarsour. Co-presented with Town Hall Inside/Out Series. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets  
 

06/05/2018 - 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 Ben Winter's novel, Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books). learn more
 

06/05/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle Escribe Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening’s group reading, in Spanish, under the auspices of Seattle Escribe, are the ten writers who won the literary contest for 2017. Their writing is being published in the anthology Puentes. Elliott Bay da la bienvenida a los 10 escritores hispanos que ganaron el 1er certamen literario en español de Seattle Escribe 2017. Los autores estarán leyendo los textos publicados en la antología Puentes. Those expected to read this evening are Leonardo Mérida, Verónica Luongo, Rita Wirkala, Jorge Chávez, Dalia Maxum, Kenneth Martínez, y Amparo Amezquita. This should be quite a night. For more on Seattle Escribe, please see their website here: Seattle Escribe.  Por favor únete a nosotros.
 

06/05/2018 - 7:30pm

University Lutheran Church
Jason M. Colby
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Over from Victoria where he is a professor of environmental and international history at the University of Victoria is Jason Colby with a major book on a being that plies the waters in this part of the world. Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean's Greatest Predator (Oxford University Press) particularly hones in on the captivity and display of these animals, the place of research and also of commercial seaquariums. Jason Colby has worked as a commercial fisherman and is also author of a book on United Fruit, The Business of Empire. "A revealing look at how the human view of orcas has changed . . . Colby persuasively contends that, despite legitimate concerns popularized by the 2013 documentary Blackfish, about the effects of captivity on orcas, the animals avoided extinction because their presence in accessible public venues enabled people to relate to them . . . Colby has produced an originally argued and accessibly jargon-free consideration of a hot-button animal conservation issue." —Publishers Weekly. Co-presented with Town Hall Science Series. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets  
 

06/06/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
5121 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

06/06/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Pamela Druckerman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé, examines the “modern 40s” in her new book, There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-Of-Age Story (Penguin Press). The American, 40-something, ex-pat mother of three is living in Paris with her British husband, and she once again finds wisdom—this time about aging well—within her adopted French community. “Half memoir and half ironic how-to guide, Druckerman's book is not only a humorous meditation on the gains and pains of a time in life ‘when you become who you are’; it is also a thought-provoking meditation on ‘what it means to be a grown-up.’ A trenchant and witty book on maturity and ‘middle-age shock.’" —Kirkus.
 

06/07/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alexandra Fuller
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of a series of remarkable non-fiction narratives—Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Scribbling the Cat, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Leaving Before the Rains Come—Alexandra Fuller didn’t skip a beat in making the move to fiction for last year’s first novel, Quiet Until the Thaw (new in paper, Penguin). “Beloved for the string of gorgeous memoirs begun with Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller here depicts the Lakota people of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, particularly two cousins in conflict. Fluidly written, with no sanctimony and plenty of dark humor” —Library Journal. “One moment I am crying in sorrow, the next laughing and on the same page I am cringing. Honest fiction that exposes the reality of the difficulties of the Lakota Way.”  —Richard B. Williams.
 

06/07/2018 - 7:00pm

Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
Roseann Lake
Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Presently the Cuba correspondent for The Economist, Roseann Lake was for five years previous based in China, writing from there for Foreign Policy, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Vice, and other publications. Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower (W.W. Norton) is her account of where many women in China find themselves today—and what it means for them, and China. “What a fascinating book. Roseann Lake captures China’s tense sociopolitical climate today, as their ancient, deeply rooted traditions, values and beliefs about sex, romance, and marriage clash with the powerful current trend toward individualism in this dedicated collectivist society. The aftershocks of the ‘one-child’ policy; Chinese women entering the market in droves; today’s antiquated Chinese courtship codes; this book depicts the profound global shift in human family life with elegance, clarity, insight, humor, and verve. It’s a great read.” —Helen Fisher. “As a Chinese woman, I can feel and hear Chinese women’s minds and voices radiating through Leftover in China. It conveys a powerful message that encapsulates and epitomizes today’s rapidly changing China.” —Xinran. Co-presented with the Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas. Free admission, but an RSVP is required. Click below to RSVP and for more information.   RSVP  
 

06/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paige Lewis & Kaveh Akbar
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A night unlike any other in our thirty-four years of presenting readings here is in store as poets Paige Lewis and Kaveh Akbar celebrate their June 9th wedding with this celebratory, pre-nuptial group reading by an amazing array of poets come to witness and celebrate the occasion. We’ve had weddings in the store, we’ve had memorial readings and ceremonies, and we’ve celebrated the start of many books, but we’ve never had a night such as this. Paige Lewis has a first chapbook, Reasons to Wake You (Tupelo), coming this year. Kaveh Akbar’s Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books) was one of the poetic books of 2017, never mind it also being a debut. Paige Lewis and Kaveh Akbar live in Tallahassee and make the excellent online poetry journal, Divedapper, happen. Thanks to them, they are also making this night happen. Among those expected to read tonight - Hanif Abdurraqib, Kaveh Akbar, Eloisa Amezcua, Fatimah Asghar, Kelly Butler, Robert Olen Butler, Richard Cardillo, Sumita Chakraborty, Jos Charles, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Safia Elhillo, Kat Finch, Steve Henn, Zaya Henn, Sara Eliza Johnson, Paige Lewis, Zach Linge, Carly Joy Miller, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Jacquelyn Pope, Jayme Ringleb, Don Share, Danez Smith, Melissa Studdard, John Taylor, David J. Thompson, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, R.A. Villaneuva, and Jane Wong. Wow. Admission is free but there is a suggested $5 donation, all proceeds going to Solid Ground Seattle.
 

06/09/2018 - 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!
 
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06/10/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Fernando Pérez with Donna Miscolta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight we help celebrate the recent release of Seattle poet and Bellevue College teacher Fernando Pérez’s excellent debut collection, A Song of Dismantling (University of New Mexico Press). "A Song of Dismantling is a marvelous debut . . . Pérez knows that for us Latinx the personal has always been political. Indeed, the speaker's abuelita, both curandera and familial warrior, will tell us how 'she shared / her pillow with a rifle.' . . . These poems bring me hope that our ancestors remain with us as we struggle ever forward. I am grateful for this book." —Jennifer Givhan. "These poems move fluidly through transnational spaces; Pérez carefully breaks apart—syllable by syllable—the stories we've been told and sutures them back together again, different. Images turn and turn again with freshness." —Jane Wong.  
 

06/11/2018 - 5:30pm

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Chloe Schwenke
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
500 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Chloe Schwenke, raised as Stephen in a Marine Corps family and educated at a military academy, ventured abroad to work in Africa, the Gaza Strip, Turkey and elsewhere around the world. In late middle age, she came out to family, transitioned and now identifies as an out transgender, Quaker woman. This story is well told in her new book, SELF-ISH: a transgender awakening (Red Hen Press). One of the first transgender political appointees in U.S. history, Chloe Schwenke served as a Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Obama Administration.  Free but pre-registration is required. Registration closes on 7 June 2018. Networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. talk and booksigning. Co-presented with Astraea and the Gates Foundation.   Register  
 

06/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Steve Toutonghi with Pauls Toutonghi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Steve Toutonghi’s novel, Side Life (Soho Press), Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur, takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion and discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets—one of which is inhabited by a woman in a state of suspended animation. Steve Toutonghi, a Seattle native who studied fiction and poetry while completing a BA in Anthropology at Stanford University, is also the author of Join. He appears in conversation with his brother, Pauls Toutonghi, author most recently of Dog Gone (Knopf ).
 

06/12/2018 - 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 Pankaj Mishra’s Age of Anger: A History of the Present (Picador).    learn more
 

06/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anya Yurchyshyn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Anya Yurchyshyn makes of a family story of parents dead at too early an age a moving, remarkable book, about her parents’ lost and hidden lives, and her own quest to find out where those lives were lived, and how. Thus, My Dead Parents: A Memoir (Crown). “Yurchyshyn’s first book, a memoir of her relationship with her parents before and after their deaths, examines the idea that children can never fully understand the depth and dimension of their parents . . . In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out—for good or ill—who her parents really were . . . An inviting debut that is highly recommended to readers with an interest in memoir, narrative nonfiction, and family history.” —Library Journal.
 

06/13/2018 - 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!
 

06/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tommy Orange
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Called “a new writer with an old heart” by Louise Erdrich, Tommy Orange comes to Elliott Bay with one of the most heralded fiction debuts we’ve seen in years, There There (Knopf). That this book is finally available is cause for celebration for those of us lucky enough to have read early copies.  “Orange’s commanding debut chronicles contemporary Native Americans in Oakland, as their lives collide in the days leading up to the city’s inaugural Big Oakland Powwow. Bouncing between voices and points of view, Orange introduces 12 characters, their plotlines hinging on things like 3D-printed handguns and VR-controlled drones . . . Time and again, the city is a magnet for these individuals. The propulsion of both the overall narrative and its players are breathtaking as Orange unpacks how decisions of the past mold the present, resulting in a haunting and gripping story.” —Publishers Weekly. “There There is a miraculous achievement, a book that wields ferocious honesty and originality in service of telling a story that needs to be told. This is a novel about what it means to inhabit a land both yours and stolen from you, to simultaneously contend with the weight of belonging and unbelonging. There is an organic power to this book—a revelatory, controlled chaos. Tommy Orange writes the way a storm makes landfall.” —Omar El Akkad, joined by Margaret Atwood, Marlon James, Claire Vaye Watkins, and others with early praise. Co-presented with SEATTLE UNIVERSITY'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' INSTITUTE.
 

06/13/2018 - 7:30pm

The Summit on Pike
Angela Garbes with Lindy West - SOLD OUT
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98102
While she is properly credited as being a writer for The Stranger and other publications, we also ‘claim’ Seattle’s Angela Garbes as a former Elliott Bay bookseller. She has made good, celebrating publication this evening of her first book, Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy (Harper Wave). She keeps good company, too, as she’ll be joined in conversation tonight by Seattle writer Lindy West, she of Shrill. Ms. West on Ms. Garbes: “Angela Garbes maps the strange void at the heart of American parenting-the ways we simultaneously deify, infantilize, and erase mothers-and then pours herself into that void with indefatigable curiosity and resounding compassion. Like a Mother is a deeply-researched history of human reproduction; it is a jewel-bright memoir; it is hard science beautifully translated; it is funny; it is intersectional; it will crack you open and fill you with awe. Required reading for mothers, and double-required for everyone else.” Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT SCIENCE Series. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets ($5).  Please note: this event is sold out, but there will be a standby line at the door. sold out   
 

06/14/2018 - 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  
 

06/14/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Heather Abel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Framed by the oil shale bust and the real estate boom, by protests against Reagan and against the Gulf War, Heather Abel’s novel, The Optimistic Decade (Algonquin), takes us into the lives of five people deeply attached to the land encompassing a rural Colorado summer camp.  "A coming-of-age story set in the age of Reagan and Bush, Heather Abel's wonderful novel asks a question that's more relevant now than ever: Amid the maddening news of the world, how do you go about living an authentic life? Perceptive, funny, and utterly original, The Optimistic Decade is a book for anyone who's navigated the twin crises of idealism and youth." —Nathan Hill, author of The Nix.
 

06/15/2018 - 6:30pm

Plymouth Congregational Church
Dr. David Ludwig, MD, PhD, and Dr. Robert Lustig, Md, MSL
Plymouth Congregational Church
1217 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
A program presented by Swedish Medical Center, “Metabolical You,” begins at 5:30 (check-in), followed by a two-part program featuring Dr. David Ludwig, author of the bestselling Always Hungry? and its new companion volume, Always Delicious: Over 175 Satisfying Recipes to Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Keep the Weight Off (Grand Central, co-authored with Dawn Lustig), and Dr. Robert Lustig, author of the recently published The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains (Avery). This should all be spirited and informative on several levels. Presented by SWEDISH MEDICAL CENTER. Free admission, but tickets are necessary. Click below for more information and to reserve tickets.   Get tickets  
 

06/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Poe Ballantine
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Nebraska writer Poe Ballantine returns to Elliott Bay to read from his novel, Whirlaway (Hawthorne), in which an ex-journalist (and recent escapee from a high security psychiatric hospital) embarks on a journey of debauchery (and possibly self transformation). “Poe Ballantine’s prose cuts right to the bone (the one that’s stuck in America’s throat), but manages to preserve not only the sweetest meat but the barbecue sauce, as well . . . Poe Ballantine is the most soulful, insightful, funny, and altogether luminous “under-known” writer in America. He knocks my socks off, even when I’m barefoot.” —Tom Robbins.
 

06/16/2018 - 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!
 

06/16/2018 - 2:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle University Student Playwrights
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This now-annual afternoon reading will feature student playwrights from Seattle University reading short, original pieces they’ve written, to help conclude the end of the school year. They’re taught, and will be emceed here today, by Ki Gottberg, professor of Theatre and Chair of Seattle University’s Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. This should be spirited and fun.
 

06/16/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Zinzi Clemmons
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to finally have novelist Zinzi Clemmons here—her debut novel, What We Lose (newly in paper, Penguin), was one of 2017’s most lauded novels (forget the debut part), cited as a Best Book of the Year by Vogue, NPR, Elle, Esquire, Buzzfeed, The San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, The Root, Harper’s Bazaar, Paste, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, LitHub, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Bust. And praised by many others, as well. “The narrator of What We Lose navigates the many registers of grief, love and injustice, moving between the death of her mother and the birth of her son, as well as an America of blacks and whites and a South Africa of Coloreds. What an intricate mapping of inner and outer geographies! Clemmons’s prose is rhythmically exact and acutely moving. No experience is left unexamined or unimagined.” —Margo Jefferson. “Zinzi Clemmons’ first book heralds the work of a new writer with a true and lasting voice—one that is just right for our complicated millennium. Bright and filled with shadows, humor, and trenchant insights into what it means to have a heart divided by different cultures, What We Lose is a win, just right for the ages.” —Hilton Als. Zinzi Clemmons was also a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree.
 

06/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Showbox SoDo
Men in Blazers
Showbox SoDo
1700 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Making their erudite way across the U.S.—an “Across America Road Trip”—Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, those illuminating, illustrious gents who keep viewers appraised of wisdom in all things soccer (or football, if you will), come to Seattle to discuss the World Cup and other good things. They now will also have readers as they are also here as authors of Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America’s "Sport of the Future" Since 1972 (Knopf). If all goes to plan, we’ll be on hand with copies of this beautifully produced book, good for the World Cup and long beyond. Presented by Showbox Presents. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets  
 
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06/18/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Eric Barnes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Eric Barnes’s novel, The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade), climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture and the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis until stories of unrest begin to spread.  "Barnes's new novel is a rare and truly original work: a hard-edged fable, tender and unflinching, in which a man's descent and renewal is mirrored by his city. An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book." —Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven. Eric Barnes, who has roots in Tacoma and in the Kenai, lives in Memphis and  is the author of two previous novels, Shimmer and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner and Best American Mystery Stories, among other publications.
 

06/18/2018 - 7:30pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Michael Bennett - SOLD OUT
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1511 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
This event is SOLD OUT. While this evening finds Michael Bennett no longer part of the Seattle Seahawk football team, it does find him here in a Seattle that esteems and will miss his presence once he is truly off and away - with this evening as a chance to show appreciation for how connected and committed to this community he and his family have been. Even more, this is the occasion to welcome Michael Bennett into a relatively new role, one he will be able to carry on in the years to come after playing - that of author. He is finally here tonight to celebrate publication of Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Haymarket Books, co-authored with Dave Zirin). This book beautifully, powerfully, insightfully says so many things about race, culture, gender, class (and football), it’s hard to know where to begin. His bows to Angela Davis - reverent, knowing, funny - alone make this book worth reading. “With vulnerability, humility, and the courage to tell the truth, Michael Bennett reminds us at the heart of every social awakening are ordinary people who choose justice and resistance over silence and comfort. In a profession where independent thought is punished, Michael Bennett lays it all on the line with this book. Bennett’s insights into everything from Black Lives Matter, to college athletics, to intersectional feminism will not only make white people uncomfortable, but it will challenge the status quo of our entire society.” —Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.   Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT CIVICS Series.  sold out  
 

06/19/2018 - 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 monthly, ongoing, book group will be discussing Drew Magary's The Postmortal (Penguin) as the June selection.   Learn More
 

06/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Adrienne Celt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Inspired by the Nabokovs' relationship, Invitation to a Bonfire (Bloomsbury) is a literary novel with a psychological thriller at its core. It tells the story of a dangerous love triangle between the fictional Russian writer Leo Orlov, his wife Vera, and the young émigré Zoya Andropov. Adrienne Celt's debut novel, The Daughters, won the PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction and was an NPR Best Book of the Year and an New York Public Library Favorite Book of the Year. "Engrossing, endearing, phenomenal—this book will set you on fire. In this brilliant novel, Adrienne Celt's lush prose and mousetrap plot deliver a wild wonder." —Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa.
 

06/19/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Michael Bennett - SOLD OUT
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
While this evening finds Michael Bennett no longer part of the Seattle Seahawk football team, it does find him here in a Seattle that esteems and will miss his presence once he is truly off and away - with this evening as a chance to show appreciation for how connected and committed to this community he and his family have been. Even more, this is the occasion to welcome Michael Bennett into a relatively new role, one he will be able to carry on in the years to come after playing - that of author. He is finally here tonight to celebrate publication of Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Haymarket Books, co-authored with Dave Zirin). This book beautifully, powerfully, insightfully says so many things about race, culture, gender, class (and football), it’s hard to know where to begin. His bows to Angela Davis - reverent, knowing, funny - alone make this book worth reading. “With vulnerability, humility, and the courage to tell the truth, Michael Bennett reminds us at the heart of every social awakening are ordinary people who choose justice and resistance over silence and comfort. In a profession where independent thought is punished, Michael Bennett lays it all on the line with this book. Bennett’s insights into everything from Black Lives Matter, to college athletics, to intersectional feminism will not only make white people uncomfortable, but it will challenge the status quo of our entire society.” —Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.   Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT CIVICS Series. sold out  
 

06/20/2018 - 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!
 

06/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Peter Rubin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Peter Rubin, a senior editor at Wired and an expert on virtual reality, speaks about his book, Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life (HarperOne). Future Presence offers a captivating, candid glimpse into the future "realities" of virtual reality: how we will use it to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connections. Heralded as the most significant technological innovation since the smartphone, virtual reality is poised to transform our very notions of life and humanity.
 

06/21/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Renee Simms
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Up from Tacoma (which she has written glowingly about), where she teaches African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound is fiction writer Renee Simms, with a true gem of a debut book of stories, Meet Behind Mars (Wayne State University Press).  “Renee Simms’s Meet Behind Mars is an eclectic, emotionally rich, funny, quirky, and grounded debut from a fresh voice. It is truly a pleasure to spend time among such a diverse roster of African American characters in settings ranging from Katrina-devastated New Orleans to the South China Sea. In these fictions that are, by turns, realist, fabulist, and satirical, women and men search out life’s meaning through work, sex, travel, and family in finely observed moments full of quiet urgency.” —Asali Solomon. “Renee Simms is an incredible storyteller gifted with both wit and wisdom. She’s not afraid of the hard questions, yet this work brims with hope and heart. Meet Behind Mars marks an exciting debut of a vibrant new voice in American literature.” —Tayari Jones.
 

06/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
William E. Glassley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Geologist William E. Glassley, an expert on geothermal energy and on the evolution of continents, traveled with two colleagues to Greenland to collect samples and observe rock formations for evidence to prove a theory that plate tectonics is a more ancient process than previously thought. His book, A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice (Bellevue Literary Press), recounts some of what he found, including unexpected and illuminating encounters with the flora and fauna that live in this extraordinary environment. "Very few people have spent as much time as Glassley in such deep wilderness. So it would behoove us to pay attention even if he had not brought back such a fascinating, lovely, and useful set of observations. This is a remarkable book." —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature.
 

06/23/2018 - 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!
 
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06/24/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Geoff Baker
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Geoff Baker, whose present sportswriting beat at The Seattle Times has him covering the Sounders and MLS soccer, visits today with his recently published book, 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books). This is a real book—well over two hundred pages of background and lore on the Sounders of yore, on-field and off-, as well as present times. No doubt the day’s talk will include consideration of how things are faring with the local FC bunch this year. This should be spirited fun.
 

06/25/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tessa Fontaine
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight we are thrilled to host Tessa Fontaine, whose astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery—through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. “Somewhere between knives and fire beats the heart of a young woman daring herself to live. In her memoir, The Electric Woman, Tessa Fontaine weaves her way through a mother-death story and a daughter-coming-alive story against the backdrop of America’s last traveling sideshow. There are so many ways to bring ourselves back to life. So many people along the way who become our secular guardian angels. This story is a breathtaking, fire-eating, heart-stopping, death-defying thrill.” —Lidia Yuknavitch. “This is a memoir like no other. One in which reinvention means starting out as a heartbroken girl and becoming a fire eater, a snake charmer, an escape artist, an electric woman. These are not metaphors, and yet again they are: expertly developed, sustained, and revealed in intensifying and sometimes terrifying complexity, as Tessa Fontaine enters, embraces, and finally allows herself to be transformed by the carnival’s World of Wonders and the unforgettable cast of characters who calls the sideshow home.” —Pam Houston.  
 

06/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christopher A. Paul
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Christopher A. Paul, an avid gamer, media critic and Associate Professor of Communications at Seattle University, takes on gaming culture in his book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst (University of Minnesota Press). Arguing that video games’ focus on meritocracy empowers a negative culture—from the deep-bred misogyny  exemplified by “GamerGate” to the endemic malice of abusive player communities, he suggests ways to ultimately foster a more diverse, accepting, and self-reflective culture that is not only good for gamers but for good for video games as well.
 

06/27/2018 - 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! After this storytime today, PJ Library will take a summer break, resuming in September, same time, same place. We’ll post notice as to exactly when. Meanwhile, we continue on Saturday mornings with our bookseller-hosted storytimes. Thank you and enjoy!
 

06/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library
Ben Rhodes
Seattle Public Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Making news even as this book is released—as an alleged object of furtive Trump administration attempts to produce political dirt on him for his part in negotiations on Iran—Ben Rhodes makes this welcome visit to help remind us, as Pete Souza in his way has, of where we’ve been—and where we might, somehow, go again. He is here with his much-anticipated new book, The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House (Random House). “The World as It Is is a page-turning, unfiltered, altogether human look at Barack Obama’s presidency. Ben Rhodes—one of Obama’s closest and most important advisors—opens up the defining issues of the presidency, from the role of race and the rise of conspiracy theories to the hunt for bin Laden, the Syria ‘red line’ debate, and the secret negotiations Ben himself led to normalize ties with Cuba. Insightful, funny, and moving, this is a beautifully observed, essential record of what it was like to be there.” —Samantha Power. “This stylish, beautifully written political memoir reminds us that the local and the universal are intimately braided. Ben Rhodes steps into the river of history and charts a course through some of the most significant and alarming landscapes of our times. In this meditation on storytelling and power, Rhodes helps make sense of the bewildering times we currently inhabit. Alongside President Obama, he shakes us out of the ruts of ordinary perception and manages to find hope in the face of most available evidence.” —Colum McCann. Co-presented with Seattle Public library. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click below for more information.   More info  
 

06/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Terrance Hayes
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
We are honored to help present this evening with one of the powerful, vital poets at work in this country today, Terrance Hayes. Winner of the National Book Award for his 2010 collection, Lighthead, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2015 for How to Be Drawn. The author of three other previous collections, he is here tonight with his astounding newest, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin).  “Hayes addresses this marvelous series of 70 free-verse sonnets to his potential assassin: a nameless, faceless embodiment of America’s penchant for racially motivated violence. The poems are redolent of his signature rhythmic artistry and wordplay . . . Inventive as ever, Hayes confronts America’s myriad ills with unflinching candor, while leaving space for love, humor, and hope.” —Publishers Weekly. In addition to acknowledging his poetry, worth citing are the many things Terrance Hayes also does to support the work of others, both younger, emerging poets, and helping draw attention to neglected elders, in particular the work he’s doing on the late poet Etheridge Knight. This fall will see publication, from Seattle’s Wave Books, of To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight. Co-presented with Langston. Free admission.
 

06/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nick Dybek
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from the Willamette Valley, where he presently teaches in the writing program at Oregon State University, is Nick Dybek, with his newly published, second historical novel, The Verdun Affair (Scribner). This, coming from the ashes of World War I. “Sometimes the true battle begins only after the fighting is over. In this case, it’s the struggle to regain feeling, memory, and love in a landscape where verdancy can flourish again over graves and trenches and bones, but not over the craters of a wounded spirit. In the end, only a story can do that, but it must be as rich and poignant and compelling as Nick Dybek’s immersive and atmospheric The Verdun Affair. The meaning in life often goes AWOL, and we look to our great writers—writers like Nick Dybek—to bring it back.” —Adam Johnson. “A haunting, beautiful, and wholly absorbing book, that is at once a gripping story of war, a poignant coming of age, and a bittersweet romance. Dybek conjures the time period with elegance and visceral detail. I didn’t want it to end!” —Madeline Miller.
 

06/28/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joseph O'Neill
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Most known for his captivating novels, Netherland and The Dog, and his memoir, Blood-Dark Track, Joseph O’Neill makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from his new book of stories, Good Trouble (Pantheon). “A thoroughly enjoyable collection . . . O’Neill treats his characters with a wry sympathy and a sense of fun, [probing] the frictions that make marriages and families fissure or fight for survival, the situations where discomfort breeds anxiety and resentment mushrooms into malaise.” —Kirkus Reviews. “Beautifully crafted short stories . . . O’Neill’s tales often echo [David Foster] Wallace’s mixture of humor and profundity, demonstrating a similar, almost preternatural eye for the absurdities of contemporary life.” —Alexander Moran, Booklist.      
 

06/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kaethe Schwehn with Kai Carlson-Wee
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Kaethe Schwehn’s novel, The Rending and the Nest (Bloomsbury UK), begins four years after 95% of the Earth’s population suddenly disappear in what the survivors of Zion community now call “The Rending.” When one of the young women of Zion becomes pregnant, she gives birth to an inanimate object and these peculiar pregnancies begin to spread. “Schwehn has created a postapocalyptic world in which why is not the main question. The Rending happened; accepting that is the first step toward recovery for the novel's multidimensional characters. This beautifully written story begs to be read again.” —starred review, Library Journal. Kaethe Schwehn's first book, Tailings: A Memoir, won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Joining Kaethe Schwehn tonight is San Francisco based poet, Kai Carlson-Wee, author of Rail (BOA).
 

06/30/2018 - 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!
 
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