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10/01/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jessica Hopper with Sharlese Metcalf
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Someone with a deep background in music and cultural journalism, with two acclaimed books to her credit - The Girls’ Guide to Rocking and The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic - Jessica Hopper is here tonight with her newest book of essay prose, Night Moves (University of Texas Press).   “Jessica Hopper's Night Moves reads like a diary—immediate and urgent. Hopper and her friends prowl the streets of Chicago on bicycles, always moving, surrounded by both the city and a cocoon of occupied affection. It's full of music and pets and friendship and made me feel as if the heating bills in Chicago would be worth it, if one could have this sort of busy, free life. The book exists in that space between fact and fiction, between novel and memoir—but I knew right away that every word was true.” - Emma Straub. “Jessica Hopper opens the window to a past that might have been my past, or your past, or the past of someone you know. It is a book of poems, it is a memoir, it is a living journal, all at once. This is the best writing—personal, but with two arms held wide open to invite you in. Night Moves is a book teeming with generosity. It gives and gives and asks only for an eager imagination in return.” - Hanif Abdurraqib. Jessica Hopper will appear in conversation with KEXP Radio Host and Producer Sharlese Metcalf.
 

10/02/2018 - 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 Clarice Lispector's novel, A Near to the Wild Heart (New Directions).   learn more
 

10/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Daniel Mason
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of those who manages to be both highly regarded for fiction writing and being a physician (we have a few of those this month, with Chaya Bhuvaneswar here October 24), Daniel Mason makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from his beautiful new novel, The Winter Soldier (Little, Brown). "Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel -- impeccably researched and totally immersive. The unsinkable Margarete is a mesmerizing character, and the book's investigation into the psychiatric toll of war on its combatants could not be more timely. This novel convinces you with every sentence." —Anthony Doerr. "So real, so rich and detailed, that the room in which I was reading vanished. I was transported to a lost world of the past. Suspenseful, thrilling, aching with emotion. Living with Lucius and Margarete, it was the First World War as I have never felt it."—Andrew Sean Greer. Daniel Mason’s earlier novels are The Piano Tuner and A Far Country.
 

10/02/2018 - 7:30pm

University Lutheran Church
Kat Holmes with Hanson Hosein
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Onetime Microsoft design executive who now has founded her own design firm, Kata, and was named “One of the Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company in 2017, Kat Holmes is here with her new book, Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (MIT Press).   “Kat Holmes's approachable book, Mismatch, calls to tech industry leaders and designers to create inclusion by making a world that invites all of us to participate and benefits everyone. Designing for the future, Holmes convinces, requires designing for human diversity. Mismatch is a manifesto, a primer, and a rousing invitation for everyone in the design and production process to become inclusion experts who will collectively make a better, more effective, and more just world for us to share. - Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. “Kat Holmes shows us how to make inclusion a source of innovation. An important read for anyone who aspires to build great products for the greatest number of people.” - Satya Nadella. Kat Holmes will be in conversation this evening with Hanson Hosein, director of the Community Leadership master’s program at the University of Washington, and president of HRH Media Group LLC. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT Arts & Culture series.   Click here for tickets ($5)  
 

10/03/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98102
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!
 

10/03/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Sarah Manguso
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hugo House’s Word Works craft series takes wing this evening with Sarah Manguso here to speak on ‘Authority.’ She is one of the most acclaimed essayist/literary nonfiction writers at work today, with 300 Arguments (Graywolf Press), being her most recent book, preceded by Ongoingness and The Guardians. Presented by HUGO HOUSE.   Get Tickets   Hugo House is back where it belongs (newly reopened, come see), at 1634 11th Avenue. Other Hugo House programs of note this week include evenings with Carolyn Forché on October 5 and Natalie Diaz on October 6. See the Hugo House website for more information.
 

10/03/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cassandra Overby
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer Cassandra Overby’s Explore Europe on Foot: Your Complete Guide to Planning a Cultural Hiking Adventure (Mountaineers) will help travelers find ways to discover Europe without depending on cars, buses and trains. A hiking vacation offers countless rewards: the time to admire the tidiness of a village farm, soak in the rugged alpine view from a rocky perch, and absorb a country through the smells of its landscape and encounters with locals. Travelers will also appreciate overviews of fifteen long-distance trails (and day hikes) in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey, with itineraries that range from one to fifteen days.
 

10/03/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
Arne Duncan
Seattle University - Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Nearly three decades of work in education (to say nothing of his own schooling), up to and including his tenure as Secretary of Education in the Obama administration inform what he brings to his new book, How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest Serving Secretaries of Education (Simon & Schuster). “Arne Duncan was one of the most powerful education secretaries in US history. Which is not to say he got his way. In this surprisingly candid chronology of his lifelong quest to fix America’s schools, Duncan reveals how he learned to run towards angry parents (not away from them), to understand the cowardice of certain national politicians (and the courage of others), and to hear the lies that get told about our education system (including a couple that he told himself).” — Amanda Ripley. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT Civics series.   Click here for Tickets ($5)  
 

10/04/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Nicole Chung with Ijeoma Oluo
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up—facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn’t see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth.  This, and more, are beautifully recounted in her book, All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir (Catapult). In conversation with her this evening will be Seattle writer Ijeoma Oluwo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race. "All You Can Ever Know is full of insights on race, motherhood, and family of all kinds, but what sets it apart is the compassion Chung brings to every facet of her search for identity and every person portrayed in these pages. This book should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family—which is to say, everyone." —Celeste Ng, Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission.   Click here For more information  
 

10/05/2018 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Carolyn Forché: 2018 Levertov Award Presentation & Reading
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for the 15th annual Denise Levertov Award presentation and reading. Named for the poet Denise Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, the award is given annually to an artist, musician, or writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with faith. This year’s event will honor poet and social activist Carolyn Forché, whose honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Following the award presentation and reading, there will be a Q&A and reception with wine and dessert. For more information on the award and Forché’s work, please visit the Image website. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP (via the ticket link) appreciated.   free ticket RSVP
 

10/06/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Christina Sunardi
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Christina Sunardi, associate professor in the Ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington, a gamelan music performer and dancer, and author of the book, Stunning Males and Powerful Females: Gender and Tradition in East Javanese Dance (University of Illinois Press). Her lecture subject is “East Javanese Dance and Female Power.” 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.   Tickets and more info  
 

10/06/2018 - 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 October 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!
 

10/06/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Natalie Diaz: Self-Portraits
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Much of the foundational imagery and contemporary, often-stereotypical understanding possessed by white America about Native Americans comes from the work of Edward S. Curtis, the Seattle-based photographer who undertook a decades-long ethnographic survey of Native culture in the turn-of-the-century. Documenting some 82-plus tribes, Curtis, a non-Native, left behind a controversial legacy. On the 150th anniversary of Curtis’ birth, award-winning poet Natalie Diaz visits Hugo House to recast the conversation around Native identity through Native voices while examining futurity and the image. Diaz’s poetry, including in her collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), is steeped in the mythology and cultural history of reservation life, often examining memory’s role in human identity. Tonight, Diaz will present a series of self-portraits and share work written in response. Throughout, she’ll discuss the process of creating both the portraits and the text, as well as the overall conversation between image and text. After the presentation, questions from the audience will be welcomed.   more info
 

10/06/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sy Montgomery
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by heralded nature writer Sy Montgomery, whose 2015 book, The Soul of an Octopus, was a National Book Award finalist. She is here this evening with a beautiful new book, How To Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Illustrations by Rebecca Green are a part of this book’s captivating appeal, along with what Sy Montgomery does in writing of thirteen animal friends. “Naturalist Sy Montgomery rekindles her dormant childhood desire to talk with animals in a narrative that shimmers with grace and wonder. Ten tales poignantly personify 13 critters both commonplace and exotic, from Tess the border collie and Chris the extroverted pig to spiders and octopuses …Other animals she writes about live farther from home, and Montgomery tells of quitting a newspaper job to shadow emus in the Australian Outback and befriending a tarantula in the jungles of South America. In the cloud forest of Papua, New Guinea, she rediscovers ‘the wildness that keeps us sane and whole, the wild, delicious hunger for life’ …  Montgomery’s lyrical storytelling and resonant lessons on how animals can enhance our humanity result in a tender, intelligent literary memoir.” —Publisher’s Weekly.
 
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10/07/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anastasia Higginbotham
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Anastasia Higginbotham, author of previous books to help children and adults have much needed conversations about death and about divorce, reads and discusses a new children’s picture book, Not My Idea: a Book About Whiteness. Not My Idea was published by Dottir Press, founded by former Feminist Press publisher Jennifer Baumgardner to give a voice to “common but silenced subjects.” Both children and adults are invited to this afternoon’s reading and discussion. "A necessary children's book about whiteness, white supremacy, and resistance.  Important, accessible, needed." —Kirkus Reviews.
 

10/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Benjamin Balint
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Benjamin Balint, a library fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, has been doing serious literary footwork on the legacy of Franz Kafka’s writing, in as much that what was published was done contrary to Kafka’s instructions. He is here this evening with his book on all of this, Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy (W.W. Norton). “Thrilling and profound, Kafka’s Last Trial shines new light not only on the greatest writer of the twentieth century and the fate of his work, but also on the larger question of who owns art or has a right to claim guardianship of it. Benjamin Balint combines the sharp eye of the courtroom journalist with the keen meditations of a literary and cultural thinker, and his research and lively intelligence deliver insights on every page.” — Nicole Krauss. “Though Benjamin Balint’s masterful hunt for Kafka’s rightful ownership begins as a local dispute in an Israeli family court, it soon thickens into modernity’s most bitterly contentious cultural conundrum. Who should inherit Franz Kafka? … Searing questions of language, of personal bequest, of friendship, of biographical evidence, of national pride, of justice, of deceit and betrayal, even of metaphysical allegiance, burn through Balint’s scrupulous trackings of Kafka’s final standing before the law.” — Cynthia Ozick.
 

10/08/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Jennifer Baker & Dennis Norris II with Anastacia-Renee & Jessica Rycheal
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
A publishing professional who has been working to foster more diversity in all aspects of the book world, Jennifer Baker and an excellent ensemble of local writers will read from and discuss a new anthology that Jennifer Baker has edited , the short-story anthology, Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria). Those to read tonight include Seattle writers Anastacia-Renee (also Seattle’s present Civic Poet), Dennis Norris II, and Jessica Rycheal. The anthology itself is a great mix of writers known and being introduced, with Mia Alvar, Alexander Chee, Mitchell Jackson, and Yiyun Li among the former. "An excellent sampling of some of the most exciting voices in literature from the past two decades and beyond that will leave readers with plenty of authors to revisit or discover."—Publishers Weekly. “A vital, riveting anthology that emphasizes the complexity and diversity of minority experience."—Kirkus Reviews. Jennifer Baker is creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast and a contributing editor to Electric Literature. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission.   Click for more info  
 

10/08/2018 - 11:45pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Midnight Release Celebration for Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for midnight fun as we celebrate publication of Haruki Murakami’s totally captivating and compelling new novel, Killing Commendatore (Knopf), with a little midnight revelry. We’ll have prizes and drawings to celebrate the body of work of one of the world’s great writers, one whose work has cast a particular readerly spell. This new book may be a hard one to put down and go to sleep. Rest up! 
 

10/09/2018 - 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 Douglas Murray's, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Bloomsbury).   learn more
 

10/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
E.J. Koh, Keegan Lester, Carly Joy Miller & Jane Wong
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A quartet of four excellent poets hold forth this evening, all reading from recent work. E. J. Koh is most recently author of A Lesser Love (Pleiades Press/Louisiana State University Press). She has had poems, translations, and stories published in over forty journals with numerous awards and fellowships. Her debut memoir The Magical Language of Others is forthcoming from Tin House. Keegan Lester’s this shouldn't be beautiful but it was & it was all I had so i drew it was selected by Mary Ruefle for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. He is presently finishing a collection of essays. Carly Joy Miller, along with Jane Wong, was part of the festive Paige Lewis-Kaveh Akbar pre-nuptial poetry reading we hosted in early June. Carl Phillips selected her collection, Ceremonial for the Orison Poetry Prize. She also has a chapbook of poems, Like a Beast, out from Anhinga, is an editor with Poetry International, and is Founding Editor of Locked Horn Press. Jane Wong comes down from Bellingham, where she presently is a professor at Western Washington University. Her collection, Overpour (Action Books), is a gem, a book that keeps going into readers’ hands, heads, hearts.
 

10/10/2018 - 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!
 

10/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliot Reed with David Shields
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From Spokane, where Elliot Reed lives, and from Portland, where Tin House publishes, come Elliot Reed’s splendid new novel, A Key to Treehouse Living (Norton). With him in conversation will be noted Seattle writer and University of Washington professor David Shields, most recently author of Other People. A Key to Treehouse Living is the story of one very particular boy, a boy growing up in the Midwest without parents. “A Key To Treehouse Living’s precocious autodidact manages his abandonment at the world’s hands by remembering that courage might be the ability to not think too long about the worst that can happen. A moving and funny and impressive debut.”  —Jim Shepard. “Disorienting, weirdly wise, indescribably transparent, impossibly recognizable. Fun, too.” —Joy Williams.
 

10/11/2018 - 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
 

10/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lacy M. Johnson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from Houston, where she teaches creative nonfiction at Rice University is Lacy M. Johnson with an extraordinary new book. The Reckonings (Scribner) is a book of essays, meditations and ruminations on what vengeance, retribution, contrition, compassion, justice, mercy, and grace are. A lot is in here, richly so. Much of her writing here was prompted by response to her acclaimed 2014 memoir, The Other Side, an account of being sexually assaulted which received widespread praise and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. “Lacy M. Johnson’s The Reckonings is breathtaking. At the heart of this book of essays is both the body of an individual woman and the body of the world, both endlessly transgressed and yet able to endure with defiance and bold beauty. Whatever we mean when we say justice, Lacy M. Johnson reminds us how love must be threaded through the everything, a love that is a fierce life-force and not an apology. Here is a woman whose voice and body have moved through violence to refuse cultural inscription. Let that be song.” —Lidia Yuknavitch. "Through prose that is at once passionate and percussive, Lacy Johnson's The Reckonings demands that we place justice and discovery at the center of our conversations, memories, imaginations, and art. I don't know that I've ever been happier to be alive after reading any book … The Reckonings is proof that caring about this place, and getting lost in the minutiae of what makes us unjust might actually be a pre-req for creating incredible, life-altering, just art." —Kiese Laymon. Co-presented as part of SEATTLE LIT CRAWL 
 

10/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Andri Snaer Magnason
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to welcome noted Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason here this evening as part of the annual ‘Taste of Iceland’ cultural festival, and in aligning his home city of Reykjavik and Seattle as UNESCO Cities of Literature. Andri Snær Magnason has a considerable body of work, having written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. He is the only writer to have received the Icelandic Literary Award in all those categories. And his work has gone beyond Iceland itself, published or performed in over thirty-five countries. LoveStar (Seven Stories), translated by Victoria Cribb is a novel of his that was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.   “While nature and the culture of Iceland enrich LoveStar, its concerns and targets are universal, its beleaguered, hapless citizen-pawns recognizable as our future selves. The imaginative power of novels like LoveStar may serve as a wake-up call, if only we read and heed them.” —World Literature Today. “Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.” —Publishers Weekly. Presented as part of TASTE OF ICELAND 2018 and co-presented with SEATTLE UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE.  Vinsamlegast taktu þátt í okkur!
 

10/13/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Van-Anh Vo
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with acclaimed composer and musician Van-Anh Vo. An artist known for her work with the Vietnamese dan tranh zither, she will present a morning program, “Breathing New Air Into Tradition.”   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.   tickets and more info  
 

10/13/2018 - 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!
 

10/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Carreyrou
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Investigative journalist John Carreyrou broke the story of the rise and fall of multi billion dollar Silicon Valley startup Theranos (the company claiming to revolutionize the technology behind blood testing)  in the Wall Street Journal. His book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (Knopf), reports the full inside story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, and tonight we expect that he’ll bring us up to date on the latest developments in the ongoing criminal prosecutions and lawsuits related to the case.   “Carreyrou blends lucid descriptions of Theranos’s technology and its failures with a vivid portrait of its toxic culture and its supporters’ delusional boosterism. The result is a bracing cautionary tale about visionary entrepreneurship gone very wrong.” —Publishers Weekly. John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Inc., Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting.
 

10/13/2018 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Poetry World Series Seattle 2018
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Emceed by the incomparable John Roderick. Two teams of award-winning poets including Bill Carty, E. J. Koh, Keetje Kuipers, Fernando Perez, and Melissa Stein take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won’t know what’s coming next. Eminently qualified umpires will score each batter’s reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Book sales and signing will follow the reading. Bring a topic to pitch to the poets!   get tickets ($5)
 
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10/14/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Zhang Er & Leonard Schwartz
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two wonderful poets, each affiliated as faculty members with The Evergreen State College, and both coming here from Olympia, read here together from newly published collections. Zhang Er has a new book of poems, First Mountain (Zephyr), published bilingually, written in Chinese and translated by Joseph Donahue and herself. This book traces a moving return to her homeland, a tracing of the cycles of birth, life, and death. Zhang Er’s previous books include Verses on Bird and So Translating Rivers. She also co-edited a landmark anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry, Another Kind of Nation. Leonard Schwartz is the author of  Salamander: A Bestiary (Chax Press), and the book of poems, Heavy Sublimation (Talisman House). "Intricate in its intelligence, lyricism, truth and intimacy, Leonard Schwartz's Heavy Sublimation offers us incandescent maps where the mind explores the nature of its own materials, its attempt and architecture of meaningfulness. Chiseled by craft and thought, the result of this collection achieves a wild, symphonic philosophy of poetics that is, at once, humorous and profound.” —Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
 

10/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rebecca Brown with Jennifer Borges Foster
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are thrilled to help welcome beloved Seattle writer and teacher Rebecca Brown’s much-awaited new work of fiction into the world this evening. Not Heaven, Somewhere Else: A Cycle of Stories, a beautiful edition from Tarpaulin Sky Press, gives us new work in the inimitable, striking voice Rebecca Brown writes in, and is known for around the world - she is one of the most internationally published writers around. She has received numerous distinctions and awards for her work, which includes American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs, The Gifts of the Body, and The Terrible Girls. “A strange and wonderful first-person voice emerges from the stories of Rebecca Brown, who strips her language of convention to lay bare the ferocious rituals of love and need.” —The New York Times. “One of the few truly original modern lesbian writers, one who constantly pushes both her own boundaries and those of her readers.” — San Francisco Chronicle. With Rebecca Brown tonight, in conversation, is Seattle poet, book-maker, and literary press editor Jennifer Borges Foster.
 

10/16/2018 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Freeman - Cancelled
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A welcome Seattle and Elliott Bay return is made this evening by John Freeman, who has now almost annually made Elliott Bay and then the Vancouver International Writers Festival a part of his (and our) October. He is here for this portion of the evening with a fabulous new edition of his journal, Freeman’s (Grove Press), this one devoted to ‘Power.’ It is power in many forms, not always the most apparent or obvious, explored by the kind of variety John Freeman is known for with his editing - getting well-known writers who are hard to get for such efforts, doing so, and then helping introduce distinct, newer and younger voices. That means writers such as Margaret Atwood, Barry Lopez, Tracy K. Smith, Julia Alvarez, David Mitchell,  and Aminatta Forna, and it also means Nicole Im, Nimmi Gowrinathan, and Jamie Cortez. John Freeman is also the author of a recent book of poems from Copper Canyon, Maps.
 

10/16/2018 - 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, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Andy Weir’s, Artemis (Beoadway Books) as the October selection.   Learn More
 

10/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Ted Chiang & Karen Joy Fowler
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two esteemed masters of science-fiction writing get together for an evening of what should be spirited talk, as Seattle area-based writer Ted Chiang and Karen Joy Fowler, up from California but with many connections in the region, get together to talk. Between them they have garnered numerous Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and PEN/Faulkner Awards, and Karen Joy Fowler has been a National Book Award finalist for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Ted Chiang has a new book of stories, Exhalation, due out next spring. Presented by HUGO HOUSE.   Get Tickets  
 

10/16/2018 - 7:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Celebrating Thom Jones and Night Train
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening marks the publication day of a much-needed book, Night Train: New and Selected Stories (Little, Brown), work from three collections along with other writing by the late Thom Jones. A longtime resident of Olympia, he came with a fury onto the literary scene (in his forties) with his debut collection of stories, The Pugilist at Rest in 1993. A finalist for the National Book Award (story collections seldom are), it was followed by two other books of stories, Cold Snap and Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine. No other books appeared in the following 17 years Thom Jones lived, as he battled poor health, passing away in 2016. Night Train marks a welcome return of his work to the public eye. This evening, it is planned that Thom Jones’ widow, Sally Jones, and others will hold forth and/or read selections from the work. "Thom Jones wrote like his hands were on fire. The stories collected in Night Train are radioactive with soul, bleak humor, and savage truth. This book affirms Jones's standing as one of short fiction's timeless masters." —Wells Tower. "A master of the form... Jones' style is characterized by compassion, surprising humor, and his characters and their determination to survive. This superb volume, richly introduced by Amy Bloom, will renew appreciation of Jones' literary power." —Booklist.
 

10/17/2018 - 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!  
 

10/18/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Elizabeth George
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hugo House keeps things hopping in this first month of being reopened in its lovely new space, tonight offering an evening of craft talk by esteemed mystery novelist Elizabeth George. A writer of excellent books, and a supporter of vital literary organizations (Hedgebrook, notably among them), she will hold forth this evening on ‘process.’ This is something she knows well as the author of over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, with The Punishment She Deserves being the most recent. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors.   Presented by HUGO HOUSE.   Get Tickets  
 

10/18/2018 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Walter Mosley
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Twenty-eight years and fifty books after Walter Mosley introduced a Los Angeles janitor named Easy Rawlins into the annals of American writing - a twenty-eight year span that has seen Walter Mosley write brilliantly at every genre and type of book he has attempted - he makes this welcome Seattle return for what is yet another distinctly new direction, in his new novel, John Woman (Atlantic Monthly Press). “Mosley is at his commanding, comfort-zone-blasting best in this heady tale of a fugitive genius. His hero’s lectures are marvels of intellectual pyrotechnics and provocative inquiries; intense sex scenes raise questions about gender roles and intimacy; and John Woman’s increasingly drastic predicament and complex moral quandary precipitate arresting insights into race, freedom, power, and the stories we tell to try to make sense of the ceaseless torrent of human conflict and desire…this collision of crime and academic jousting will incite special interest. —Booklist. Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. Free admission. For more information, please see naamnw.org.
 

10/18/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ben Fountain with Maria Semple
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Ben Fountain has written one book of stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, that received the PEN/Hemingway Award, and other honors. He has written one novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the National Book Critics Circle Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Important and lauded as those books have been, they may well be exceeded in import by his first nonfiction book, Beautiful Country, Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution (Ecco Press). He’ll be joined in conversation tonight by Seattle’s Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Today Will Be Different. Beautiful Country, Burn Again is a look at this country in the year 2016, and in its history preceding. “A masterpiece of a book, the true story of American possibility...So smart, so funny, so well-researched, so brilliantly argued, so scathing and at times shaming and, most of all, morally honest...I hope every word will find its way into the coarsening minds and hearts of every American.” —David Finkel. “The force and beauty of Fountain’s writing, his clear-eyed fury, his commitment to what is great about the American idea, make for exhilarating reading. A book for right now, and for all the fires next time.” —Alma Guillermoprieto.
 

10/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kim Sagwa with Don Mee Choi and Bruce & Ju-Chan Fulton
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of South Korea’s most heralded younger writers (or writers of any age), Kim Sagwa makes this appearance here tonight for the newly translated edition of her 2008 novel, Mina (Two Lines). Also on hand this evening will be the book’s Seattle-based translators, Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton and Seoul-born Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi. “Mina gets to the core of Korean teenagers. Kim Sagwa’s fragmented rhetoric stands for a generation that has no choice but to set imitation as its standard. The novel, which points out a universal desire for unattainable genuineness, focuses on teenagers while at the same time shining light on Korean society at large. Readers open their eyes wide to the agonizing violence of a character torn up by the inability to bear self-deception.” — Han Yujoo. “Kim Sagwa is South Korea’s young, brilliant, fearless writer. In Mina, Kim has created a frenzied language of three teenagers … Beneath the immaculately manicured middle-class affluence, chandelier glitter, free-market economy, and Western cultural hegemony runs the blood of Korea’s dictatorial conformity and historical fratricide. The trio are hollow teenagers in the age of globalization—they mirror one another, reflecting, deflecting, and signaling their helplessness and hatred for the world that has created them … Mina leads us to a place where mirrors of the self and world fold, collapse, shatter, and bleed to death. Mina is one of Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton’s finest translations.” — Don Mee Choi.
 

10/20/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, adjunct professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. Her lecture topic, “Musical Arts of Rajasthan,” dovetails nicely with the opening of the SAM exhibit, “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur.”   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.   Tickets & more Info  
 

10/20/2018 - 10:30am

Fremont Abbey
Civic Saturday with Eric Liu & Friends
Fremont Abbey
4272 Fremont Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98103
Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us. The programs include music, readings, and a civic sermon by Eric Liu, whose books include You’re More Powerful Than You Think (PublicAffairs).  We hosted the first Civic Saturday at Elliott Bay, and we’ll be at today’s gathering with a pop-up bookstore. It is free and open to all.     More information and pre-registration  
 

10/20/2018 - 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!
 

10/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Kaag
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and the author of a well-received book, American Philosophy: A Love Story, John Kaag takes his trade out for a walk of sorts, in his engaging new book, Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “I never truly appreciated Friedrich Nietzsche. I might even have been a little afraid of him. But Hiking with Nietzsche changed that. John Kaag's luminous new book provides the reader with a deep understanding of and empathy for the philosopher's thought, along with capacious and original insights into companionship, marriage, fatherhood, solitude, decadence, self-deception, self-actualization, despair, and, finally, joy.” —Eileen Pollack. "Kaag succeeds . . . through his courage to approach Nietzsche, and philosophy in general, from a personal—and not just intellectual—perspective . . . A meditative work full of self-understanding that will resonate with anyone who has ever been drawn toward the void." —Kirkus Reviews.
 
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10/21/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Natasha Kochicheril Moni & Rena Priest
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This afternoon, in what has become a fall tradition for us, we help celebrate new work published by Floating Bridge Press. Poet and prose writer Natasha Kochicheril Moni will read from A Nation (Imagined), the winner of this year’s Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Her previous books include The Cardiologist’s Daughter. Rena Priest, whose first book, Patriarchy Blues, won an American Book Award, reads from Sublime Subliminal, a Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award finalist.
 

10/21/2018 - 7:30pm

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
March for Our Lives presents: Glimmer of Hope
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Since the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the March For Our Lives movement has taken a stand against senseless gun violence. The Parkland students work together with young leaders of all backgrounds from across the country to hold politicians accountable and combat the normalization of gun violence. March For Our Lives brings survivors of the Parkland shooting to Town Hall’s stage to share Glimmer of Hope, a book by the founders of the movement that tells the story of how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action—and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history. These students bring their urgent conversation to Seattle, offering us a chance to come together and take action, refuse to remain passive, and work to create a safe and compassionate nation for our youth. Featuring Parkland Shooting survivors Alex Wind, David Hogg, and Jammal Lemy.  
 

10/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Leif Enger
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A sheer pleasure it is to welcome back Leif Enger, author of two enduring reader and bookseller favorite novels - Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome - now here with a new one, Virgil Wander (Atlantic Monthly). Wherever you the reader are, you’re made to feel, by Leif Enger’s writing, that small-town Minnesota could be home. “Virgil Wander, city clerk of Greenstone, a formerly industrious coastal Minnesota town that time forgot, has just survived a crash that sent his Pontiac screaming into snowy Lake Superior. After Virgil’s accident, his apartment above the movie theater he owns and operates feels like someone else’s home, and everyone he used to know—most of whom he remembers—wants to be sure he heard the rumor that he, in fact, died …Virgil’s narration is a joy: he lost his adjectives in the crash, making for their gleeful insertion each time he remembers one. Enger populates down-on-its-luck Greenstone with true characters—charming Virgil, his love interest, friends, and not-quite-friends, and even some wily wildlife—and gives them diverting plotlines aplenty, but the focus of his bright and breathing third novel feels mostly like life itself, in all its smallness and bigness, and what it means to live a good one.” — Annie Bostrom, Booklist.
 

10/22/2018 - 7:30pm

The Summit on Pike
Jamie Susskind
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98102
A past Fellow of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society who presently lives in London, Jamie Susskind is here with his new book, Future Politics: Living Together In a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press). "Few understand politics. Even fewer understand technology. Susskind is that rare soul who understands both-and more importantly, how the latter will change the former. Whether correct or not—and I believe he is correct—there is no better glimpse into our shared future than this book." —Lawrence Lessig. "From Arendt to artificial intelligence, from Machiavelli to machine learning, Susskind seamlessly weaves modern technology with classic theory to present a tour de force introduction to the future — explaining with erudition and humor the powerful digital systems that will govern our lives." — Beth Simone Noveck. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT Science series.   Get Tickets ($5)  
 

10/23/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia who now lives in the Bay Area, Ingrid Rojas Contreras is here with her much-praised debut novel, which should be available in both its English language original and its Spanish language edition, Fruit of the Drunken Tree (La fruta del borrachero), from Doubleday. “A beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood…You don’t need to have grown up in Bogota to be taken in by Contreras’s simple but memorable prose and absorbing storyline…I can’t help wondering what novels about Colombia 25 years from now will have to say about this current period. I can only hope they’ll be as sensitive and thoughtful as this one.” —The New York Times Book Review.   “Set against the backdrop of Pablo Escobar’s stranglehold on the fate of a nation, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a spellbinding story of two girls whose realities collide and who are forced to make nearly unbearable choices in the name of survival. The thrum of mystery and danger haunts every page, and you won’t be able to look away until you turn the last one.” — Cristina Henríquez. “Usando como trasfondo el dominio de Pablo Escobar sobre el destino de una nación, La fruta del borrachero es una historia fascinante de dos chicas cuyas realidades colisionan cuando se ven obligadas a tomar decisiones casi insoportables para supervivir. El peligro acecha en cada página, y no podrás apartar la mirada hasta que hayas terminado de leer la última.” —Christina Henríquez.
 

10/23/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Gautam Raghavan & Leah Katz-Hernandez with Pramila Jayapal
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Gautam Raghavan and Leah Katz-Hernandez, two of eighteen staffers from the Obama White House whose essays are collected in West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House (Penguin) appear in conversation with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Washington 7th District). More than an eyewitness history, West Wingers is an inspiring call to arms for public service and a powerful testament to how real change is still possible in America. Gautam Raghavan, who also edited West Wingers, served as President Obama’s liaison to the LGBTQ and Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. Leah Katz-Hernandez, a Deaf graduate from Gallaudet University, worked as a research associate and press assistant in the First Lady’s Office and later became West Wing receptionist. Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.  Free/no tickets needed. ASL Interpretation will be provided for this event.
 

10/23/2018 - 7:30pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Jill Soloway
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jill Soloway is most known as the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent and I Love Dick, as well as other film (Afternoon Delight) and television work. Jill Soloway has also been active as cofounder of 5050by2020, East Side Jews, and Sit n’ Spin, a spoken word series. Jill Soloway is about to be even better known as the author of She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy (Crown Archetype). “Jill Soloway writes with passion, fierceness, and vulnerability. In She Wants It we read an amazing story of changing worlds—both the one around them, which is forever altered by their groundbreaking series, Transparent, as well as the one dwelling deep within their own unruly heart. She Wants It tells the story of a revolution, both cultural and personal. I often had to pause to laugh, or cry, or simply catch my breath in wonder. Provocative, generous, and inspiring.” —Jennifer Finney Boylan. “Most writers hide in memoirs, sharing little real stories. With generous openhearted honesty, courage, and compassion, Soloway invites us to hear true stories. They share the difficult painful revelations, triumphs, and failures. Listening to them, readers laugh, cry, love, and most important, learn.” —bell hooks. Co-presented with TOWN HALL SEATTLE INSIDE/OUT Arts & Culture Series.   Get tickets ($5)  
 

10/24/2018 - 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, 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!
 

10/24/2018 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chelsea Clinton Booksigning
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th for a booksigning with Chelsea Clinton, author of Start Now! (Philomel Books), a new book for the next  generation of young activists. This event is a booksigning only and a ticket is needed to enter the signing line. Each ticket ($16.99) includes a copy of Start Now! and admits two family members OR one adult and one child under the age of 16. Additional copies of Start Now! and copies of Chelsea Clinton's previous books will be available for purchase by ticket holders for signing at the event. These books include: She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Made History, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?. No memorabilia and no previously purchased books or other books will be signed. Due to the number of people expected to attend, Chelsea will not be able to personalize books or pose for pictures, but photos taken in line are permitted. Additional information will be sent out one week before the event. Check in begins at 3 p.m. Please bring a copy of your ticket to check in. Booksigning starts at 6 p.m.   click here to get tickets   Information on Start Now!: For the youngest activists among us, Chelsea Clinton's new book, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference, is filled with facts, stories, and tips on how to change the world. With information on problems both large and small, Chelsea Clinton breaks down the concepts of health, hunger, climate change, endangered species and bullying, so that readers can understand the world around them, and how they can make a difference in their own lives, as well as in their communities and the world at large. With comic drawings to illustrate Clinton’s words, photographs of real live kids who are making a difference today, and lists of ways to get involved, this book is the perfect introduction to young activists who want to make the world a better place. Chelsea Clinton is the author of She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Made History, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseaclinton.
 

10/24/2018 - 7:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chaya Bhuvaneswar
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The ‘other’ physician/writer we have here this month (following Daniel Mason on 2 October) is a writer we are very excited to be helping welcome into the book world. Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a fiction writer and poet who writes with insight and verve, as is evidenced by her compelling debut book of stories, White Dancing Elephants. A recipient of Dzanc Books’ publication prize, this book is no conventional debut book of stories. Quite the array of praise for this book early on, coming from Anthony Marra, Jamie Ford, Laura van der Berg, Jeff van der Meer, Amelia Gray, Victoria Chang, Peter Rock, and Kirkus Reviews, among others.   “Bhuvaneswar’s daring mix of ancient, contemporary, and dystopic stories carries us to the heart of rarely exposed longing, loss, and the politics of violence and endurance in remarkable, elegant, heart-stopping prose.”—Jimin Han. “Chaya Bhuvaneswar's debut collection maps with great assurance the intricate outer reaches of the human heart. What a bold, smart, exciting new voice, well worth listening to; what an elegant story collection to read and savor.” —Lauren Groff. Co-presented with TASVEER.
 

10/25/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Shelley Jackson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer whose work many are eagerly anticipating is Shelley Jackson, here from her New York home with her first novel for adults in over a decade, Riddance; or, The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children (Catapult). Readers of The Melancholy of Anatomy, Half Life, and Patchwork Girl have been awaiting this. "This clever, cacophonous novel of metaphysical gothic from Jackson teems with voices of the living and the dead . . . Full of Carrollian logic and whimsical grotesquerie, the tale . . . is an illuminating allegory of fiction writing, for 'the necrocosmos is made of language; we precipitate a world with every word we speak.' Joines is a remarkable creation in a wonderful book—an imperious, otherworldly, and damaged figure who, haunted by her childhood, devises and devotes her life to a haunted philosophy." —Publishers Weekly. “Shelley Jackson is a writer of such extraordinary, uncanny power that the hair on the back of my neck stands up when I encounter her work. What an exhilarating, prickling, blistering book Riddance is! I made myself read it as slowly as possible in order to stay in as long as I could.” —Kelly Link.
 

10/25/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Barbara Kingsolver
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
A keenly awaited - and by all advance accounts -  marvelous new novel occasions this special Seattle return by one of the most cherished, vital writers at work today, Barbara Kingsolver. Recipient of numerous literary awards, the National Humanities Medal, the Orange Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize among them, and herself the founder of a vital award annually given, the Bellwether Prize, she is here with the new novel that is Unsheltered (Harper). “Exceptionally involving and rewarding…There is much to delight in and think about while reveling in Kingsolver’s vital characters, quicksilver dialogue, intimate moments, dramatic showdowns, and lushly realized milieus…An enveloping, tender, witty, and awakening novel of love and trauma, family and survival, moral dilemmas and intellectual challenges…” - Booklist. Unsheltered comes thirty years after her memorable debut novel, The Bean Trees. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Tickets and information are at lectures.org.
 

10/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
We are utterly delighted - several years and books along in the process of hoping and wishing - to see noted scholar and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah finally here in Seattle. Calling him ‘scholar and philosopher’ barely begins to hint at his range of concerns and interests. This Seattle visit comes a week after he’ll have helped preside over things in London as chair of this year’s MAN Booker Prize jury. He is here this evening for his newest book, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (Liveright), a book that brilliantly poses questions of the self and of society. “The Lies that Bind is a small volume of mighty power. In his lucid prose, Appiah elegantly dismantles the humbug, dogma, pseudo-science and propaganda that have long dogged our attempts to discuss 'identity,' and offers in their place a practical and philosophical tool-kit, as subtly radical in its aims as it is humane in application. From the illusions of 19th century ideas of biological destiny, to the late-capitalist logic of our contemporary 'cultural appropriation' debates, this book will help a lot of people think with far more clarity about some of the thorniest issues of our times. An inspiring and essential read.” — Zadie Smith. “This wonderful book unravels a tapestry of suppositions about identity. Understanding what draws us together and what tears us apart lies at the core of democracy. This is a vital book, an antidote to violent nativism, and a key to success in the human experiment.” — Louise Erdrich. Besides these two, others weighing in with early praise include Annette Gordon-Reed, Amartya Sen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Mary Karr, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Anand Giridharadas, and Atul Gawande. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

10/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tim Mohr
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
When a handful of teens living in East Berlin hear the Sex Pistols on a British military broadcast in 1980, something shifted. Courageous young people rose up, despite pushback from schools, families and the Stasi Secret Police. Punks lost their jobs, endured beatings and imprisonment...and played an important role in the underground movements that eventually  brought down the Berlin Wall. Tim Mohr’s book, Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin), is obviously not just about the music, but what it inspired.   “The true story of how teenage kicks turned into political opposition. Tim Mohr brings to life the saga of a bunch of East German punk rock kids who broke the state that wanted to break them.”—Claire Dederer.
 

10/27/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Katherine In-Young Lee
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Katherine In-Young Lee, professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA and author of the recent book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press). Her book title serves as title for her morning lecture, “Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form.”   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.     Tickets & more info  
 

10/27/2018 - 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!
 

10/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Priscilla Long
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here earlier this year for the release of her book of poems, Crossing Over, highly regarded Seattle writer and writing teacher is here tonight for the lovely new edition of her excellent book, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (University of New Mexico Press). This new edition should ensure a wider distribution for a book readers and writers at Elliott Bay and elsewhere locally have been privy to. She will give an illustrated talk on Aging and Creativity tonight. “The only travel guide you will need as you navigate what it means to be a writer. Smart, tart, wise, and energizing, Priscilla Long’s book is the writer’s best companion.”—Laura Kalpakian. “I have never seen anything quite like Priscilla Long’s book. It presents a true mentor for the advanced writer: sophisticated, demanding, and kind.”—Maya Sonenberg.  
 
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10/28/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Calvin Gimpelevich
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle author Calvin Gimpelevich reads from Invasions (Instar Books), a collection of fifteen short stories about transness, class, bodies, and power within powerlessness. Michelle Tea writes: “Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of personal apocalypses, Gimpelevich's writing is strong and sure, taking us places we really haven't been. I'm hooked.” Calvin Gimpelevich’s stories have appeared in Electric Literature, Plentitude, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of awards from Artist Trust, Jack Straw Cultural Center, and 4Culture and is a founding member of the Lion’s Main Art Collective.
 

10/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Radhika Govindrajan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening we celebrate the recent publication of a brilliant debut work of scholarship, University of Washington professor of anthropology Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas (University of Chicago Press). Drawn from extensive fieldwork and a deeply developed range of study, this book is an engaging exploration of what living and dying in proximity to the lives and deaths of other animals is - something that is becoming more fleeting for more people as ways of life adapt, transform, evolve.   “Animal Intimacies is written in a beautiful style, and the scholarship is exemplary: both rigorous and creative. Govindrajan's exceptional ethnography demonstrates the range of relationships people in the central Himalayas of India have with animals—relationships that can be described, ultimately, as ones of everyday, entangled intimacy. By showing us the textures of these intimacies, Govindrajan demonstrates that animals are not mere objects in the lives and reflections of humans, but are thinking, feeling subjects themselves, playing equal parts in human-animal cohabitation.” -  Naisargi N. Dave. Co-presented with TASVEER.
 

10/29/2018 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
James Mustich with Mary Ann Gwinn
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street #307
Seattle, WA 98101
James Mustich, author of 1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List (Workman), appears in conversation tonight with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Seattle Times Lit Life columnist Mary Ann Gwinn.   “If you’ve ever doubted that books were the greatest invention of all time, and that they carry within them our collective memories and dreams, as well as any semblance of intelligence we have as a species, pick up James Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die and start reading.” —Ken Burns. James Mustich was co-founder and guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. Co-presented with FOLIO Athenaeum. $10 at the door/$8 for Folio members.   Tickets & more info  
 

10/30/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Gary Giddins
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Noted jazz journalist, chronicler, and historian Gary Giddins visits with the second installment of his major biographical project on Spokane native son Bing Crosby. Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years 1940 - 1946 (Little, Brown) picks up where Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams 1903 -1940 left off. This volume obviously covers the World War II era, but includes creative activity such as the making of White Christmas. "A deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing biography that confirms Crosby's essential role in the history of American music and film during a crucial period of the 20th century....Impressively maintains a balanced view of Crosby's complex character: an affable, hardworking performer admired by his peers and audience but also a man with values and ideas representative of his generation and piously Catholic upbringing. Ultimately, the author establishes Crosby's relevancy as an indisputable talent worth fair consideration from future generations.: ―Kirkus Reviews on Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams. Gary Giddins has received countless awards for his writing, which was marked by a thirty-year stint at the once-great, now-late Village Voice. He is also the author of biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, among numerous other titles.
 

10/31/2018 - 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, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a number of select bookstores in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 
 
 
 
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