June 2019

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06/01/2019 - 10:30am

Hillman Collaboratory
Civic Saturday with Eric Liu & Friends
Hillman Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Civic Saturday is a salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. Civic Saturday is a gathering of friends and strangers to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas, hear a "civic sermon" from Eric Liu and and new work from Civic Saturday Poet in Residence, Naa Akua, and Musician in Residence, Michael Feldman.   We will be there with a pop up bookstore and we’ll bring copies of Eric Liu’s recently published book, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy (Sasquatch) a collection of 19 of Eric Liu's civic sermons—stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice, and civic life--delivered at Civic Saturdays in Seattle and beyond.    Doors open at 10:00AM.Program begins at 10:30AM. Free and open to all. Please email taneum@citizenuniversity.us if you would like to be an event volunteer or to request ASL interpretation services. Presented by CITIZEN UNIVERSITY   
 

06/01/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for 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 let the stories begin! Please join us!
 
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06/02/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alice Bloch
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Discovering Vashon writer Alice Bloch’s groundbreaking books, Lifetime Guarantee (Persephone Press) and The Law of Return (Alyson), was a life altering experience for many lesbians in the 1980s, as stories by and about “people like us” were largely absent from bookstores and libraries at the time. These books and their small feminist and gay publishers were part of a literary and political movement that continues today. This afternoon she will celebrate the publication of a much anticipated followup memoir, Mother Daughter Banquet (Minerva Rising). Alice Block was nine years old when her mother died, and with her grandmother, stepmother and aunt, she both becomes surrogate mother to her four younger siblings and learns something about what it is to be a mother (as well as a lesbian, a writer and a Jewish midwesterner).   “In this elegant and compelling memoir, Alice Bloch unravels a web of women’s secrets. ..Block’s work speaks to anyone who has experienced an eerie outsider feeling from family. As a Jewish American lesbian writer, she captures the lure of longing within belonging, crafting a richly textured story full of unforgettable detail.”--Carol Guess.
 

06/02/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sharma Shields, Simeon Mills, & Megan Kruse
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Spokane fiction writer Sharma Shields, author of the story collection Favorite Monster and the Washington State Book Award-winning novel, The Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac, is here tonight to read from her new, World War II-era novel, The Cassandra (Henry Holt).  Originally scheduled for last February but cancelled due to snow, we are glad to welcome her back to Seattle at last!   "The Cassandra feels powerfully—chillingly—relevant to our own political moment, even as it unfolds against the bleak splendor of the 1940s American West. It’s a harrowing story, beautifully told, of patriarchy and violence intertwining to make a combustible monster; and of the woman who speaks the truth about this monster, only to be dismissed as unhinged." --Leni Zumas. "The Cassandra is a magnificent exploration of the consequences—both incredible and devastating—of human ingenuity and human intuition. This novel is full of magic and hope, even while it brings up to the light some of our darkest past." --Ramona Ausubel. Joining her this evening are two Washington writers.   Simeon Mills, whose novel, The Obsoletes (Skybound Books), is a “thought-provoking coming-of-age novel about two human-like teen robots navigating high school, basketball, and potentially life-threatening consequences if their true origins are discovered by the inhabitants of their intolerant 1980s Michigan hometown.” Seattle writer Megan Kruse is best known for her novel, Call Me Home (Hawthorne Books). “Megan Kruse is a young writer of raw and fearless talent and Call Me Home showcases all she can do. She writes here of harrowing lives -- of a family bent and broken by violence, where each person is desperately trying to somehow grow toward light and liberation. In the process, she offers a most unlikely tale of hardness and hustle, of grace and loss, of painful love and tough breaks and the unimaginable paths we must all eventually take toward survival. -- Elizabeth Gilbert.
 

06/03/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Julia Phillips with Kira Jane Buxton
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
An utterly compelling debut novel, written by a U.S. writer and set on the Kamchatka Peninsula with a harrowing mystery unfolding that is particular to there  -and yet has larger, universal resonance - is Disappearing Earth (Knopf) by Julia Phillips. “Accomplished and gripping . . . The volcano-spiked Kamchatka Peninsula in Far East Russia, where the tundra still supports herds of reindeer and the various Native groups who depend on them, is the evocative setting of Phillips’ novel. In fresh and unpredictable scenes depicting broken friendships and failed marriages, strained family gatherings, and rehearsals of a Native dance troupe, Phillips’ spellbinding prose is saturated with sensuous nuance and emotional intensity, as she subtly traces the shadows of Russia’s past and illuminates today’s daunting complexities of gender and identity, expectations and longing.” — Donna Seaman, Booklist. “Julia Phillips is at once a careful cartographer and gorgeous storyteller. Written with passion and patience, this is the story of a people and the land that shapes them. A mystery of two missing girls burns at the center of this astonishing debut, and the complexity of ethnicity, gender, hearth and kin illuminates this question and many more.” —Tayari Jones. Seattle writer Kira Jane Buxton will join her onstage in conversation. Her own debut novel, Hollow Kingdom (Grand Central), is due out in August.
 

06/04/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Patti Smith's, M Train (Vintage).   learn more  
 

06/04/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Graeme Simsion
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Over from Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular novelists, Graeme Simison. He makes this welcome return with the third installment of the adventures of Rosie Jarman and Don Tillman, The Rosie Result (Text). This should prove popular on this side of the Pacific as its predecessors, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect have been. “Don Tillman and Rose Jarman are fiction’s most unlikely couple but Graeme Simsion’s skills with dialogue and tone make them, and their relationship, (just) believable. Hudson, too, is uncomfortably believable. Simsion has mighty intellectual confidence but behind all the steady wit, the rolling jokes, the faux innocence and the cocktail instruction, this is a thoughtful and provocative novel [with] a grand design that will have relevance in the lives of many individual readers…Accomplished novel, mission accomplished.” - Helen Elliott, Age.
 

06/04/2019 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Glory Edim
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, which started, and continues as a Brooklyn-based book group that has grown in size and scale, with both a digital platform and then through the activity she has helped generate, including this wonderful anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine). “These essays build the altars for black women to recognize and support each other’s work, not as collectibles rendered visible or easily consumed by non-black audiences, but as an acknowledgment of black women as architects of their own futures and universes. . . . Each essay can be read as a dispatch from the vast and wonderfully complex location that is black girlhood and womanhood. . . . They present literary encounters that may at times seem private and ordinary—hours spent in the children’s section of a public library or in a college classroom—but are no less monumental in their impact.”—The Washington Post. “Yes, Well-Read Black Girl is as good as it sounds. . . . [Glory Edim] gathers an all-star cast of contributors—among them Lynn Nottage, Jesmyn Ward, and Gabourey Sidibe.”—O: The Oprah Magazine.
 

06/05/2019 - 11:30am

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

06/05/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Edgar Martinez Booksigning
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for a booksigning with Edgar Martinez and his co-author Larry Stone. They will sign copies of Edgar: an Autobiography at the Elliott Bay Book Company.  Each ticket ($28) includes a copy of Edgar: an Autobriography and admits one person to the signing line.    get tickets!   No memorabilia and no previously purchased books or other books will be signed. Due to the number of people expected to attend, he will not be able to personalize books or pose for pictures.  Check in begins at 4:30 p.m. Please arrive by 6 p.m and please bring a copy of your ticket to speed check in. Booksigning starts at 6 p.m.  More on Edgar: an Autobiography: Patience, persistence, and the most unlikely of circumstances vaulted Edgar Martinez from a poor neighborhood in Dorado, Puerto Rico to the spotlight in Seattle, where he spent the entirety of his 18-year major league career with the Mariners. At last, his path appears destined for one last stop: the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Long before he cemented his status as one of the finest players of his generation, Martinez honed his batting skills by hitting rocks in his backyard and swinging for hours at individual raindrops during storms. Loyal and strong-willed from a young age, he made the difficult decision at only 11 to remain behind with his grandparents while his family relocated to New York, attending school and then working multiple jobs until a chance Mariners try-out at age 20 changed everything. In this illuminating, highly personal autobiography, Martinez shares these stories and more with candor, characteristic humility, and surprising wit. Highlights include the memorable 1995 and 2001 seasons, experiences playing with stars like Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., and Alex Rodriguez, and life after retirement as a family man, social advocate, and Mariners hitting coach. Martinez even offers practical insight into the mental side of baseball and his training regimen, detailing how he taught himself to see the ball better than so many before and after him. Interwoven with Martinez's own words throughout are those of his teammates, coaches, and contemporaries, contributing a distinctive oral history element to this saga of a remarkable career. Raised in Dorado, Puerto Rico, Edgar Martinez spent his entire major league career with the Seattle Mariners, winning the American League batting title twice across 18 seasons. He currently serves as a hitting instructor for the Mariners organization and lives with his family in the Seattle area. Larry Stone is a sports columnist for the Seattle Times, where he has covered the Mariners for over two decades.
 

06/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Fr. Patrick J. Howell
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
With our friends and neighbors at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, we present this evening with Fr. Patrick J. Howell, S.J., distinguished professor of theology at Seattle University, who will discuss his new book, Great Risks Had to Be Taken: The Jesuit Response to the Second Vatican Council, 1958 - 2018 (Cascade Books). “In this frank and highly personal account, Patrick Howell walks the reader through the twists and turns in the recent history of the Society of Jesus and artfully weaves his own story into the larger story of the Society and the Church. This is an insider's account that will often surprise you and invariably give you food for thought. I do not know of any book quite like it.” —John O’Malley, S.J. “From the Second Vatican Council to the first Jesuit pope, Fr. Patrick Howell gives an informative, engaging account of being a Catholic priest as he tells the fascinating story . . . Anyone interested in Jesuit, Catholic, or American history will find this book a great read.” —Steven Mailloux. Co-presented with the SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY.
 

06/06/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Siddharth Dube with Sonora Jha
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A public health scholar who has done research and teaching in both his native India and the U.S., Siddharth Dube visits with An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex (Atria), a personal story with larger ramifications. He will be joined onstage here this evening with Seattle writer and Seattle University professor Sonora Jha, author of Foreign. "[A] heart-stopping memoir of being gay in India and the world. . . . [A]lthough this is a personal memoir, it is also a memoir of work. Work helped Dube find himself. And work allowed him to live a life he could be proud of. It’s in combining his personal story with the ravages of AIDS he witnessed that Dube advances the genre of queer memoirs in India. . . . Dube gives his readers the substantial gift of hope. The sentiment is, in fact, the spine of his memoir." —New York Times Book Review. “An Indefinite Sentence bears witness to the long struggle against homophobia; it is also a vital, up to date record of gay rights and AIDS relief activism worldwide. Its rich perspective makes clear that anyone who still thinks criminalising sex work is an effective strategy to uphold human dignity needs to read this moving, impressive and necessary book.”— Preti Taneja.
 

06/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ryan Chapman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Sri Lankan American novelist Ryan Chapman has a Sri Lankan inmate of a U.S. prison as the central character of his spirited debut novel, Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster). “With Riots I Have Known, Ryan Chapman has delivered a keen satire of America’s criminal justice crisis. The novel is remarkable for many things, not the least of which are its wit, humor, and masterful language. I was impressed again and again, and I wager so too will readers with working hearts and brains.”—Mitchell S. Jackson. “Chapman’s Riots I Have Known joins Kushner’s Mars Room on the short list of truly remarkable American prison novels. Chapman’s debut is literally riotous: an improbably beguiling, utterly ribald provocation, something like Lenny Bruce’s 'Father Flotsky’s Triumph' as retold by Dostoyevsky’s Underground Man."—Jonathan Lethem.
 

06/08/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks...Go to the castle in the children’s section...and the stories begin!  
 

06/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Brian Jabas Smith with Maggie Smith & Tom Hansen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Brian Jabas Smith’s book Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera (Eyewear Press), has its roots in his biweekly columns in Tucson Weekly.  He’s an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has written songs with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. Tonight he’ll be joined on our stage by Seattle author, Tom Hansen, whose book American Junkie (Soft Skull Press), was recently adapted for the stage by BookIt Repertory Theatre. Tonight’s program also includes a screening of a documentary based on Tucson Salvage, directed by Maggie Smith and music performed by psych violinist (and brother Brian’s sometime bandmate) Barry Smith. “In Tucson Salvage, Brian Jabas Smith deftly delivers us a nuanced collection of field reports from the modern human condition; keenly observed, humanely considered, and unquestionably lived." —Jonathan Evison.
 
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06/09/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Angela Garbes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer (and Elliott Bay bookselling alum) Angela Garbes’ book, Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy (Harper), is out in paperback and the issues she covers in this insightful, thoughtful and absorbing book remain as timely as ever (and her article, “The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am,” retains the record at The Stranger for  most viewed and shared). She has appeared at a variety of venues around the city, on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and in the New York Times new Parenting blog. If you have questions about why “breast is best,” how the placenta functions and what’s really going on during pregnancy, please join us today for a relaxed, Sunday afternoon talk and Q&A. “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.” —Lindy West.
 

06/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alix Ohlin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down from Vancouver, where she lives and chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia is Alix Ohlin. The author of four previous books, including Inside, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, she is here this evening with a much-anticipated new novel, Dual Citizens (Knopf). “For long-time admirers of Alix Ohlin’s fiction, the psychological complexity and keen observations in this novel will come as no surprise. In Dual Citizens, Ohlin examines the conflicting desires of two sisters from Montreal with a riveting precision reminiscent of fellow Montreal native Mavis Gallant. However, unlike Gallant’s Montreal girls, Ohlin’s are not of a generation ‘trained to be patient’ but to follow their ambitions. A lifelong witness to one’s shifting longings, this wise and luminous novel shows, is a sibling.”—Idra Novey.   “This novel sneaks up on you the way life does—full of chance and yearning. It’s a precise, subtle, sad and graceful story about how we care for each other, and how we try to, and how we fail.”—Jia Tolentino.
 

06/11/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis (University of Regina Press), by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky.    learn more  
 

06/11/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michael Benanav
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A travel writer who regularly has work in The New York Times, Sierra, and Lonely Planet, Michael Benanav goes from a book on camel caravans, Men of Salt, to nomadic water buffalo herders in northern India in his new book, Himalaya Bound: One Family’s Quest to Save Their Animals - And an Ancient Way of Life (Pegasus). “For many years, Benanav has found himself irresistibly drawn to nomadic wanders in the hope that traveling in their company might enable him to grasp a set of elusive truths. Here in Himalaya Bound, Benanav chronicles an epic migration and how the Van Gujjar have preserved an intimate, touching, and vital link to the animals that sustain them―and to the land they call home. A vivid portrait and a poignant reminder that long ago, all of humanity was wild, nomadic, and free.” - Kevin Fedarko. “A powerful and moving story of travel, mountain culture and human relationships.  His writing is sensitive, insightful, and unsparing and reveals the complex and tenuous lives of migrant people and their deep connection to a forest environment. In the best tradition of writers like Bruce Chatwin and Gretel Ehrlich, Himalaya Bound recounts a multi-layered journey into uncertain terrain, where no GPS would dare to wander.” - Stephen Alter.
 

06/12/2019 - 11:30am

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

06/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Doe with Nicole Brodeur
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of our favorite 2016 events was an appearance by John Doe, legendary Los Angeles musician and co-founder of the band, X, who traveled here to speak about, Under the Big Black Sun, an oral history of the birth and beginnings of L.A.’s punk rock movement. He returns today with a follow up, More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk (DaCapo), co-written once again by Tom Desalva, which picks up the story in 1982, as punk splinters into subgenres and begins to have a wider affect art and pop culture. As with Under the Big Black Sun, the book features stories of triumph, failure, stardom, addiction, recovery, and loss as told by the people who were influential in the scene. Along with many returning voices, More Fun in the New World weaves in the perspectives of musicians Henry Rollins, Fishbone, Billy Zoom, Mike Ness, Jane Weidlin, Keith Morris, Dave Alvin, Louis Pérez, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, and Jack Grisham, among others. And renowned artist/illustrator Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Allison Anders, actor Tim Robbins, and pro-skater Tony Hawk each contribute chapters on punk's indelible influence on the artistic spirit. Yes, like Under the Big Black Sun, this book is available in print, ebook and audio versions. Ebooks and digital audio downloads are available, like most other books, via the Elliott Bay website. John Doe will appear in conversation with Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur. Don’t miss this!
 

06/12/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Rick Atkinson
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
One of the finest narrative historians at work in this country today, Rick Atkinson makes this welcome Seattle return for the first book in a major new historical trilogy. The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 - 1777 (Henry Holt), setting in motion a projected three volumes on the U.S. Revolutionary War. This follows his acclaimed trilogy on World War II, which included the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn. “This balanced, elegantly written, and massively researched volume is the first in a projected trilogy about the Revolutionary War…. Combining apt quotation (largely from correspondence) with flowing and precise original language, Atkinson describes military encounters that, though often unbearably grim, are evoked in vivid and image-laden terms…. Aided by fine and numerous maps, this is superb military and diplomatic history and represents storytelling on a grand scale.” —Booklist. Also newly on hand, and expected to be here this evening is a book Rick Atkinson has edited, the Library of America one-volume edition of Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information here.
 

06/12/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Tara Conklin with Laurie Frankel
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street, #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Tonight our friends at Folio (now located upstairs in the Pike Place Market) will present another opportunity to meet Seattle writer Tara Conklin, whose book The Last Romantics is a Today Show book club pick. She’ll appear in conversation with Laurie Frankel, whose books include This Is How It Always Is. Presented by FOLIO SEATTLE. For tickets and more information, please see www.folioseattle.org.
 

06/13/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for an ongoing discussion series with no assigned books, moderated by the (teen) readers themselves, with Elliott Bay booksellers on hand to assist, and provide fun things like exclusive access to early copies of forthcoming titles. The plan is to meet the second Thursday of each month. learn more  
 

06/13/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jorge Pech Casanova, Claudia Castro Luna, Fulgencio Lazo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening, if all goes to plan, will bring artists across borders and would-be walls, from near and far, and in varying mediums, to be presented bilingually in Spanish and English. From Oaxaca, we are delighted to host essayist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Jorge Pech Casanova for a screening of his newest documentary La marcha de los diez mil (The March of Ten Thousand), about the exodus of Central Americans through Mexico in October of 2018. He will be joined here by Seattle artist and Oaxacan native Fulgencio Lazo, who will present his beautiful new art book, Song for Migrant Children. Also part of the evening is Claudia Castro Luna, presently Washington State’s Poet Laureate, herself a native of El Salvador, the author most recently of Killing Marías (Two Sylvias). She will read newer work on borders, migration, refugees. Please join us for this special evening. Por favor únete a nosotros para esta noche especial.
 

06/14/2019 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Eve Ensler with Amy Wheeler
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Acclaimed playwright, performer, and author Eve Ensler, most known for her groundbreaking work, The Vagina Monologues, makes this welcome Seattle return with a powerful book of facing trauma and reckoning with it, The Apology (Bloomsbury). It’s expected that she’ll be joined in conversation tonight by Amy Wheeler, herself a playwright of note, and the executive director of Hedgebrook, which Eve Ensler has been quite engaged with. “This imagined voice of an abusive father from the limbo of the afterlife is as intimate as it is alarming, and in crafting a letter one survivor may yearn for, Ensler taps into a broader struggle, searching to hold perpetrators accountable . . . Those seeking a greater understanding of psychological manipulation will appreciate this potent examination.” – Kirkus Reviews. “As only she can, Eve Ensler shares the story of her father's ultimate betrayal with both unflinching candor and immeasurable grace. Through sheer creative force, she takes us on her own journey to healing. Though Ensler's story is deeply personal, its lessons are universal.” – Anita Hill. Co-presented by HUGO HOUSE, HEDGEBROOK, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission.
 

06/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Stephen Markley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Stephen Markley travels to Seattle on tour with a new paperback edition of his novel, Ohio (Simon and Schuster), which has received high praise in Time, O Magazine, and The Millions. Set during a fateful night in northeastern Ohio, this novel involves the reunion of four former classmates, each affected by economic devastation, political unrest and marginalization.   “Ohio isn't just a remarkable debut novel, it's a wild, angry and devastating masterpiece of a book. Markley's debut is a sprawling, beautiful novel that explores the aftermath of the Great Recession and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a powerful look at the tenuous bonds that hold people together at their best and at their worst. [Ohio] is intricately constructed, with gorgeous, fiery writing that pulls the reader in and never lets go.” —NPR.
 

06/14/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Robert MacFarlane
Town Hall Forum
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Through an extraordinary series of books - Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and this past year’s bestselling children’s title, The Lost Words, British writer Robert MacFarlane has been writing some of the most insightful, revelatory work on landscape and human interactions of anyone at work today, certainly in the English language. He is here tonight with a dazzlingly, brilliant new book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey (W.W. Norton). “Underland is a devastating act of witness, a clear, cogent, lyrical examination of the darknesses invisible beneath our feet, both geographical and eschatological; it is blazingly vivid about the terror and grandeur of both the natural world and the consequences of human destructiveness upon the Earth. But the book’s great power comes from Robert MacFarlane’s deliberate turn away from despair and a simple narrative of human evildoing, and toward a more deliberate, loving, and luminous sense of awe.” —Lauren Groff. “I began this book with the thrill of realizing that Robert MacFarlane has over the years and books charted the heights and breadth of human travel before plumbing the depths in this exquisite book about what lies beneath. I ended it with wonder at his ability to evoke so vividly places to which I and probably you will never go, and the sense of vast scale they restore to us at a time when it can feel like the world has shrunken around us.” —Rebecca Solnit. Co-presented by TOWN HALL SEATTLE SCIENCE Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information here.
 

06/15/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!    
 

06/15/2019 - 4:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle University Playwrights with Ki Gottberg
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.
 

06/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet, translator, teacher, and magician Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, originally from Seattle but with life-stops along the way in Oaxaca and Tamil Nadu, is over from his Vashon Island home this evening to read from his new collection of poems, The Safety of Edges (Marrowstone Press). “The Safety of Edges ponders liminal times and spaces, tracing the borders between now and then, here and there, childhood and the grown poet. The edge of anything is both a limit and a possibility, an encounter either safe or risky. Pruiksma’s poems seek what it is one awakens to in the half light between darkness and dawn, an emptiness that is not empty, a ‘saying in the silence,’ ‘a song we can’t see,’ or whatever in movement might remain still. Pondering a world waiting to be whole, they return repeatedly to home … The Safety of Edges is a work of a compassionate discreteness, a generous simplicity, in which the hours of life are not lost but found, sometimes, ‘all of it here in our hands.’ —Peter Weltner. “Pruiksma’s mysterious magic is all here. But he also shares some hallucinatory insights, those that you can only get when you are a child and you wonder. When tiny observations embrace the whole world. Even a dark world.” —Gustavo Esteva.
 

06/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Moore Theatre
Elizabeth Gilbert
The Moore Theatre
1932 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Moving masterfully between non-fiction and fiction as she has with recent books - from the scientifically rich historical novel, The Signature of All Things to the life-engaging nonfiction book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert is back with another fabulous novel, City of Girls (Riverhead). “Gilbert begins her beguiling tale of an innocent young woman discovering the excitements and pleasures of 1940 New York City with a light touch, as her heroine, Vivian Morris, romps through the city. Gradually the story deepens into a psychologically keen narrative about Vivian’s search for independence as she indulges her free spirit and sexuality … Vivian—originally reckless and selfish, eventually thoughtful and humane—is the perfect protagonist for this novel, a page-turner with heart complete with a potent message of fulfillment and happiness.” —Publishers Weekly.   “Reading City of Girls is pure bliss, thanks to its spirited characters, crackling dialogue, rollicking yet affecting story lines, genuinely erotic scenes, and sexual intelligence, suspense, and incisive truths.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist. Presented by SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP/STG with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets ($35.50 plus fees) including a copy of City of Girls. Books will be distributed in-venue at the reading. Tickets and more information here.
 

06/15/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Drew Harvell
Town Hall Forum
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Rates of infectious disease outbreaks are on the rise in our oceans. Fueled by sewage dumping, unregulated aquaculture, and drifting plastic in warming seas, ocean outbreaks are heralds of impending global environmental disaster. Renowned scientist Drew Harvell takes the stage with a daunting and urgent report of the rising risks of marine epidemics in Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease (University of California Press). Dr. Harvell shares twenty years of research and investigation of four iconic marine animals—corals, abalone, salmon, and starfish—demonstrating how these animals have been devastated by disease—and how they still have the potential to be saved. Drew Harvell is Professor of Marine Ecology at Cornell University. She has published over 170 scientific articles in leading journals and is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Her book A Sea of Glass received a National Outdoor Book Award and was recognized as one of the Smithsonian's Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016. Co-presented by TOWN HALL SCIENCE Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information here.
 
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06/16/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christine Deavel & J.W. Marshall
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Christine Deavel and J.W. Marshall, poets and co-founders of Open Books, read from and discuss their most recent project, Vicinity/Memoryall, a play published by Seattle’s Entre Rios Press. “Two characters, Del and Lee, search for a memorial to an act of violence that had an explosive cultural impact on their rapidly shifting city, a quest that finds them negotiating challenging physical and interpersonal landscapes. They share the stage with Clare, a vulnerable docent-like soul whose personal tales skirt the edges of Del and Lee’s search. At its core Vicinity/Memoryall investigates the power and purpose of memorials for individuals and the culture at large.” Free/no tickets are necessary. Vicinity/Memoryall will also be performed July 11-27 at 18th and Union: an Arts Space. Tickets and more information about the Arts Space performances on Facebook: @VicinityMemoryall.
 

06/17/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Darrel J. McLeod
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In his award-winning memoir, First Nations/Cree author Darrel J. McLeod has written a powerful chronicle of stories told within his family. Recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General Award for Literary Nonfiction, this book should find a large readership here to the south. "Mamaskatch reminded me of my childhood and the Indigenous people I love dearly. The hard and brilliant life breathing on the pages brought me to tears, to joy, and to grace. Darrel J. McLeod tells a coming-of-age tale familiar to many Indigenous people, but our histories, and our families' truths, are mostly unwritten. The work he's doing is powerful and overdue."―Terese Marie Mailhot. “A haunting and joyful ode to the resilience of an often complicated, always extraordinary mother. Intimate and affecting, Mamaskatch asks complex questions about the legacies we inherit and the way in which self-invention is a crucial act of survival.”―Esi Edugyan. ‘Mamaskatch’ translates from the Cree to “it’s a wonder.” Indeed, as this book embodies.
 

06/18/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month's selection is Chandler Klang Smith's, The Sky Is Yours (Hogarth), as the June selection.   Learn More  
 

06/19/2019 - 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!
 

06/19/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Nicole Dennis-Benn’s memorable debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, received the Lambda Literary Award and was a New York Times Notable Book Selection. She is here once again, and welcomely so, with a beautiful new novel, Patsy (Liveright). “Although she's lovingly drawn by Dennis-Benn, Patsy has done the single most-damning thing a mother can do in our society: She has abandoned her child. It's a marker of Dennis-Benn's masterful prowess at characterization and her elegant, nuanced writing that the people here—even when they're flawed or unlikable—inspire sympathy and respect. Dennis-Benn has written a profound book about sexuality, gender, race, and immigration that speaks to the contemporary moment through the figure of a woman alive with passion and regret.” — Kirkus Reviews. “A novel that splits at the seams with yearning, elegantly written and deeply felt. Dennis-Benn leads the reader through Patsy's life with empathy and grace.” — Esme Weijun Wang. Co-presented by THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information here.
 

06/19/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
James Ellroy
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
In James Ellroy’s novel, This Storm (Knopf), it is January 1942, and torrential rainstorms in L.A. unearth a body in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job—but they’re grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war. Elmer Jackson is a corrupt Vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked Navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core. They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with History. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury. James Ellroy’s books include: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover, and the L.A. Quartet novels: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz. Co-presented by TOWN HALL SEATTLE & ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets ($5) and ($32, including a copy of This Storm) are available at here.  
 

06/20/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Crocker
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer and physician John Crocker speaks about his eight months as a student studying families of wild chimpanzees with Jane Goodall in Gombe in Tanzania and how the experience influenced him as a family doctor and father. Tonight’s program, based on his book, Following Fifi: My Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees: Lessons From Our Closest Relatives (recently published in paperback by Pegasus Press), includes film clips, slides, and an audience Q&A. “A truly extraordinary book. As I read it I was transported back to those wonderful days when I lived in Gombe. It is fascinating to read how John's observations of chimpanzee children with their mothers and other family members helped him understand the problems of a human child.” -- Jane Goodall.
 

06/20/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Ocean Vuong with Jess Boyd
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
We can think of few novels in recent years, debut or otherwise, that have generated as much excitement and anticipation as there is for award-winning poet Ocean Vuong’s shatteringly beautiful novel - which is a debut - On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press). The author of the unforgettably powerful poetry collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press) has written a poetically charged work of prose. “Ocean Vuong runs up against the limits of language—this book is addressed to a mother who cannot read it—and expands our sense of what literature can make visible, thinkable, felt across borders and generations and genres. This is a courageous, embodied inquiry into the tangle of colonial and personal histories. It is also a gorgeous argument for astonishment over irony—for the transformative possibilities of love.”—Ben Lerner. “This is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. I always want my favorite poets to write novels and here it’s happened. Ocean Vuong is a master. This book a masterpiece. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is an ode to loss and struggle, to being a Vietnamese American, to Hartford, Connecticut, and it’s a compassionate epistolary ode to a mother who may or may not know how to read. I dog-eared so many pages the book almost collapsed—I almost did.”—Tommy Orange. Onstage with Ocean Vuong this evening will be writer and community organizer/activist Jess Boyd. Co-presented by THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, VIETNAMESE FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information here.
 

06/20/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Louise Aronson
Town Hall Forum
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
A physician, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and author Louise Aronson comes north to discuss her newest book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life (Bloomsbury). “Aronson's Elderhood is dazzling, rich with knowledge gleaned from her professional work as a geriatrician, her personal experience as a daughter, her common sense, and her thorough analysis of our social supports and cultural messaging. Her arguments are powerful, and her conclusions are revolutionary. I hope everyone who has a stake in older people, which is ultimately all of us, will read this book.” – Mary Pipher. “In the latter years there are possibilities for joy, transcendence, and meaning, but also for just the opposite. Aronson writes like a memoirist while giving us scientific insight, philosophical wisdom, and wise counsel for a journey and destination we all share. Elderhood is a lovely and thoughtful exploration of this voyage.” –Abraham Verghese. Co-presented by TOWN HALL SEATTLE SCIENCE Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and information here.
 

06/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Frederick L. Brown
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’ll help celebrate the paperback release of The City is More Than Human: an Animal History of Seattle (University of Washington Press) tonight by inviting Frederick L. Brown back to Elliott Bay, this time to speak on the animal history of our own Capitol Hill neighborhood. If you’re a follower of the Capitol Hill Historical Society’s Facebook page and blog, you may already know the location of the stables located near us in the pre-Auto Row days of Pike Pine, but there’s much more to find out. Or perhaps you have a story to tell? Frederick L. Brown will share stories and slides and he will be joined by Tom Heuser from the Capitol Hill Historical Society for a discussion and Q&A. Co-presented with THE CAPITOL HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
 

06/22/2019 - 11:00am

Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Iranian Festival
Seattle Center Armory
305 Harrison ST
Seattle, WA 98109
The 13th annual Seattle Iranian Festival takes place today in the Seattle Center Armory, an annual fest of programs, performances, displays, presentations, and gathered community of all ages. Among those expected to be on hand for this always lively and engaging day are Naz Deravian, author of Bottom of the Pot, along with Najmieh Batmanglij, author, most recently of the marvelous Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes & Kitchen Secrets. Elliott Bay will be there with Iranian cookbooks, literature, and more. Located at the Armory at Seattle Center from 11am-7pm. More information here.  
 

06/22/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks. Go to the castle in the children’s section…and let the stories begin!
 
 

06/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Richard Blanco with Juan Alonso-Rodriquez
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Cuban American poet Richard Blanco who was selected by Barack Obama as his second Inaugural poet, reads from How to Love a Country: Poems (Beacon Press), a new collection of his work, and appears in conversation with the Seattle Arts Commissioner and artist Juan Alonso-Rodriquez tonight. Richard Blanco, the second Inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, also appeared in Seattle in 2013 when his book, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey was selected by Seattle Public Library for Seattle Reads. He is a professional civil engineer and currently serves as the Education Ambassador for the American Academy of Poets. “Generous and deeply felt, the long prose poems in this moving new collection from presidential inaugural poet Blanco (after Looking for the Gulf Motel) help us understand what it means to cross a border. But, more universally, Blanco shows us how the struggle for identity and the need to lay claim to a place in the world can't be separated, especially today.” - Library Journal. Juan Alonso-Rodriquez is an esteemed Seattle artist and serves on the Seattle Arts Commission.
 
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06/23/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Norman Fischer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The beloved Zen priest, poet and translator Norman Fischer makes a special appearance with us today. The director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, he is the author of many books, including Taking Our Places, long a favorite of our booksellers and customers. We’re delighted that he’ll be with us this afternoon to speak about his book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path (Shambhala).    “In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or "six perfections"--generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding--can help us reconfigure the world we live in. Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.” "This book gives me hope. In times like these, when we cannot afford to indulge in hopelessness, Norman Fischer offers us a vision of the human imagination as a spiritual practice and a source of courage and love. Now, more than ever, we need his vision of ourselves and of the world."--Ruth Ozeki.
 

06/23/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Shalini Shankar
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from Chicago where she is professor of anthropology and Asian studies at Northwestern University is Shalini Shankar, with a new book on the part that spelling bees reveal about young people today. Her book is Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z's New Path to Success (Basic Books). "Shalini Shankar does a remarkable job of pulling back the curtain on the phenomenon of 'spelling bee kids.' With the careful eye of an ethnographer, she takes the reader behind the scenes to understand the cultural world of elite spellers who learn to master not just the dictionary but the complex terrain of 'brain sports.' Anyone concerned about how Generation Z is faring will appreciate the grit, determination, and savvy that these competitors display. The kids are all right." —Ben Zimmer. "Fascinating. Shalini Shankar uses the spelling bee as a lens into the world of Gen Z, illuminating its contours and giving us all a chance to reflect on what it means to grow up." —Angela Duckworth.
 

06/23/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Thom Hartmann
Town Hall Forum
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Making this welcome Seattle return is author and popular radio host Thom Hartmann. Four times the winner of Project Censored Awards and the author of over twenty books, he is here with his newest, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment (Berret-Koehler), the second book of The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series, following The Hidden History of the War on Voting. “In this riveting book, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment, Thom Hartmann exposes the searing social and human costs of a nation awash in firearms. Because it is impossible to understand the present without understanding the past, Hartmann shows how the history of genocide and slavery forms the bedrock of United States history and how the Second Amendment was ratified to preserve that racist framework. The book compellingly examines the myths at the root of modern American gun culture and how that culture emerged in reaction to social and economic changes in the United States, as well as savvy marketing and legal maneuvering by weapons manufacturers. As the humane journalist and thinker that he is, Hartmann makes sure to fuse history and the present by offering an array of realistic and ramifying solutions to ‘cure’ America of its gun violence epidemic.”  —Katrina vanden Heuvel. Co-presented by TOWN HALL SEATTLE CIVICS Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.   Get Tickets   Livestream
 

06/24/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Pete Fromm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’re glad to invite Montana writer (and five time winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award) Pete Fromm back to Elliott Bay tonight. He’ll read and discuss his new novel, A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do (Counterpoint), which features a young carpenter who must navigate the world of fatherhood while still mourning his wife, who has died in childbirth. With more than eleven books in over twenty years, Pete Fromm has become one of the West's best literary legends. A Job You Mostly Won't Know How To Do beautifully captures people who end up building a life that is both unexpected and brave. "Fromm is an artist, sifting through all the detail of the daily world to find the beautiful revealed. His characters are another life you've lived, felt that closely. Taz is overwhelmed in this novel but also enriched. The miracle of hanging a door correctly, of making it through the first year without his daughter's mother, of getting through a single day, finding resilience and a more expansive life than tragedy promised. There are no shortcuts here, everything earned." --David Vann.
 

06/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Marc Vassallo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Marc Vassallo’s book, Little House in the City: Living Small Within City Limits (Taunton) presents 37 houses (500-1800 sq. ft) from across the United States and Canada, including infill houses built on odd lots or in place of derelict houses, remodeled city houses that remain small, and backyard dwellings known as ADUs (for Accessory Dwelling Units). The featured houses showcase smart design ideas for making the most of small houses in tight quarters (and that is certainly us, whether on Capitol Hill or nearby Seattle neighborhoods). He has taken his presentation to architects at AIA and his work was featured in The Seattle Times. Tonight he’ll show slides and answer your questions about building and remodeling your little house.
 

06/26/2019 - 11:30am

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

06/27/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Amy Gulick
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Writer and photographer Amy Gulick, author of The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind (Mountaineers), is a celebration of salmon culture in Alaska, salmon preservation and all the different ways that Alaskan--and by extension Seattle and Pacific Northwestern-- identity, economy and culture is tied to salmon. She has received numerous honors including a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and the Voice of the Wild Award from the Alaska Wilderness League. She is also the author of Salmon in the Trees. “Few who read this illuminating book or see the author's awe-inspiring color photographs will fail to come away with a sense that this is a way of life well-worth preserving. A rich, compelling look at a thriving yet increasingly threatened natural resource and those who depend on it.”--Kirkus Reviews.
 

06/28/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Loreen Lilyn Lee
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer Loreen Lilyn Lee reads today from her much awaited new book, The Lava Never Sleeps: A Honolulu Memoir (Willow Books/Aquarius Press). “Quiet, understated, and effective, Lee's memoir exerts a calm but insistent pull on the reader. It clasps the reader's hand with a gentle invitation to follow her as she examines her life, telling what had been left untold for so long. As she reconstructs her Hawaiian childhood and reflects on her adult years, she considers the effect of her Chinese family's patriarchal and misogynistic traditions on both. The straightforwardness of the narrative belies the turmoil beneath the surface, her story like lava that flows gracefully while bubbling with heat. Her musings on what might have been, her reflections and analysis of her choices or lack of them, her awakening to her own needs and strength, and her appreciation of the full richness of her Chinese, American, and Hawaiian heritage make a rewarding read.” --Donna Miscolta. Loreen Lee is an alum of Hedgebrook, VONA, the “It’s About Time” reading series  and Jack Straw Writers.
 

06/29/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks.  Go to the castle in the children’s section...and the stories begin!  
 
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06/30/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Scriber Lake High School Student Writers
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Today we present a student reading by writers from Scriber Lake High School, an alternative high school in the Edmonds School District. Led by educator Marjie Bowker, the school’s groundbreaking writing program aims to foster healing, understanding, and literacy through personal storytelling. Listen: Young Writers Reflect on Chaos, Clarity, Action, Balance is compiled and edited by Marjie Bowker and Leighanne Law and is published by Steep Stairs Press (Scriber’s publishing company). Each story is followed by reflections from the writers, as well as parents and mentors. New this year is a collaborative partnership between Scriber Lake’s writing and music programs, in which student musicians have composed original songs based on the stories in Listen. All proceeds from book sales will support future student writing programs at Scriber Lake. Educators Marjie Bowker and Leighann Law (an Elliott Bay Book Company bookseller alum) will MC the program, which is free and open to the public.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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