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David Sedaris 01/05/2022 - 7:30pm to 01/11/2022 - 7:30pm
Broadway Performance Hall
David Sedaris
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Enduring Seattle favorite David Sedaris returns once again to the intimate confines of Broadway Performance Hall for this sold-out week of readings that helps him sharpen his forthcoming new book, Happy-Go-Lucky (Little, Brown & Company), due out May 31. We will be present at Broadway Performance Hall for these with David Sedaris’ many books, including his bestselling, most recent book, A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003 - 2020 (Little, Brown & Company). For more information, please see Stranger Tickets. Again, these readings are all sold-out.  
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David Sedaris 01/05/2022 - 7:30pm to 01/11/2022 - 7:30pm
Broadway Performance Hall
David Sedaris
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Enduring Seattle favorite David Sedaris returns once again to the intimate confines of Broadway Performance Hall for this sold-out week of readings that helps him sharpen his forthcoming new book, Happy-Go-Lucky (Little, Brown & Company), due out May 31. We will be present at Broadway Performance Hall for these with David Sedaris’ many books, including his bestselling, most recent book, A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003 - 2020 (Little, Brown & Company). For more information, please see Stranger Tickets. Again, these readings are all sold-out.  
 

01/12/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Alice Derry, Tess Gallagher, Kathryn Hunt, Gary Copeland Lilley
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Four excellent poets from the western side of the Salish Sea give this virtual group reading this evening. Going alphabetically, they are Alice Derry, Tess Gallagher, Kathryn Hunt, and Gary Lilley. Alice Derry, who for many years ran the wonderful Foothills Reading Series out of Peninsula College, is most recently author of Hunger (Moon Path Press) and of Tremolo (Red Hen Press). Tess Gallagher, also in and of Port Angeles, has read with us since 1985, and in December 2020, virtually with Lawrence Matsuda, has been an abiding poetic presence here. Her most recent collection is Is, Is Not (Graywolf Press). Kathryn Hunt’s newest book, Seed Wheel (Lost Horse Press), came out this past fall. "Seed Wheel is an almanac of life; of inner and outer worlds. Furnace, window, cottonwood—images rise from the page, luminous and direct. These are poems we’ll return to when we need to make sense, celebrate, mourn, and eulogize." —CMarie Fuhrman. Based in Port Townsend where he writes and teaches, Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing (Blue Horse Press). This should be a delight.   Registration/information  
 

01/13/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Joan Nockels Wilson with Timothy Nockels & Erika Schickel
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
An attorney and writer originally from Chicago, who has studied and worked her way around to her present home of Anchorage, Joan Nockels Wilson writes of a quest for justice concerning her brother Timothy in her aptly titled The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me (Red Hen Press). Joan Nockels Wilson’s ‘pursuit,’ using sisterly love and her legal background as a prosecutor to track down and ultimately confront the Roman Catholic priest who abused her brother Timothy. Along the way, there is also a close reading of St. Paul’s New Testament piece, The Book of Timothy, seeing it as part of the silencing of women within the life of the Church. “Prosecutor, marathoner, and heartbroken sister Joan Nockels Wilson combines investigatory skills, endurance, and a thirst for answers—possibly even revenge—in a harrowing quest to track down and confront the priest who molested her brother. Wilson’s stunning memoir succeeds on multiple levels, evoking a Chicago childhood steeped in firefighting lore, the Cubs and Catholic ritual, while also transporting us to modern-day Rome and the Vatican, places rich in beauty and hypocrisy. Some books are disturbing, yet should be read regardless. This one equally unnerves and uplifts, using both pathos and dark humor to illuminate the plight of a writer dedicated to family, complex faith, and the tireless pursuit of understanding.”—Andromeda Romano-Lax. Joining Joan Nockels Wilson tonight will be her brother Timothy, and Erika Schickel, herself the author of the recent memoir, The Big Hurt (Hachette).   Registration/information  
 
 

01/15/2022 - 1:00pm

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Marilyn Hacker & Karthika Naïr
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
We are thrilled to virtually project ourselves from midday in Seattle to Paris in the evening for this virtual reading by esteemed poets Marilyn Hacker and Karthika Naïr. While both live in Paris, they, as so many others, weren’t able to see each other through the most locked-down periods of the pandemic last year. This poetic correspondence, using the renga form, let two poets adept in poetry’s beauty in ways both formal and not, write each other - and cast a line of connection to we readers as well. "Two writers and friends, both translators of words, of movement, of motion itself, find themselves separate from each other in a city under lockdown, their own bodies isolated, the public world around them, the streets of Paris, emptied. In sinuous couplets they begin a correspondence, not merely a correspondence but a renga, a linking, an attempt at building a community, at recording a history, at imagining a future of touch again. Hacker's sublime handling of form, rhyme, and couplet is already legendary, and Naïr, with a subtle and dazzling choreographic sense of structure, meets her as the perfect partner." —Kazim Ali. Marilyn Hacker is the prize-winning author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Blazons: New and Selected Poems, and has translated the work of numerous French and Francophone poets over the years. Karthika Naïr came to Seattle in December 2019 to read from her magnificent work, Until the Lions, a rendering of female voices from the Mahabharata. She has written other works of poetry, fables, and librettos, working in performed works as well as on the page.   Registration/information  
 
 
 

01/11/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma with Archana Venkatesan
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, an author, poet, performer, and teacher, who read at Elliott Bay back in the seemingly old days of 2019 for his book, The Safety of Edges, is virtually here this time, with his newly published translation of the classic Tamil masterpiece, The Kural, or Tirvalluvar’s Thirukkural (Beacon Press). “This translation provides a refreshing remembrance and illustration (without the usual reprimands and dire warnings) of how to be a good steward of the planet and what it means to live a good life—a much-needed map of astonishingly humane guidance and care.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Joining Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma in conversation for this will be University of California professor and translator Archana Venkatesan, who also wrote the Introduction to this book. Co-presented by Tasveer.   Registration/information  
 

01/11/2022 - 7:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Macmillan Publishers on Crowdcast
Scotto Moore
Virtually Hosted by Macmillan Publishers on Crowdcast
Seattle writer, playwright, and all-around creative force Scotto Moore virtually launches his wildly captivating new novel, Battle of the Linguist Mages (tordotcom) this evening. Known for his earlier novella, Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You; a web-based series, The Coffee table, and plays such as H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-up Comedian, and Balconies, this new book is quite the spirited romp. “Moore takes readers on a roller coaster of weird in this wildly entertaining gonzo adventure. For the past eight years, Isobel Bailie has dominated the leaderboards of Sparkle Dungeon, a popular series of medieval rave-themed VR games. Her expertise and skill, especially with the game’s voice-based spell-casting system, earns her a job with Sparkle Dungeon’s PR firm as a senior marketing specialist … That’s just the tip of an increasingly impossible iceberg, as Isobel learns that a conceptual thunderstorm is poised to destroy reality and winds up caught between a ruthless cabal of powerful people and a group of spell-casting anarchists, each with a conflicting plan to save the world. Moore’s tale, adapted from several of his earlier plays, is audacious, ambitious, and metatextual, packed with such wild concepts as sentient punctuation marks, musical weapons, and multilayered reality …Moore never loses sight of his characters’ humanity or the underlying sense of adventure and humor. Readers will love it as much for the outlandish ideas as for the narrative complexity and sense of fun.” -  Publishers Weekly. “It reads like Snow Crash had a dance-off with Gideon the Ninth, in a world where language isn't a virus from outer space, it's a goddamn alien invasion.” —Charles Stross.   Registration/information  
 
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01/17/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Joshua Nguyen with Cathy Linh Che, Gabrielle Bates & William Nu’utupu Giles
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Originally from Houston, Joshua Nguyen has shown his poetry chops on the performance stage as a collegiate poetry slam champion. In his debut poetry collection, Come Clean (University of Wisconsin Press), which was selected by Carmen Giménez-Smith for the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, he shows he knows his way on the page, as well. “An unflinching look at how one tries to make order and sense of the messy dazzlement of life. The word ardent is from ardere—which means to burn—and that is precisely what I mean when I say I ardently admire this book, for it showcases an absurdly imaginative ear and heart. Nguyen is one of the strongest poetic debuts you’ll come across this decade.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil. “I am so deeply moved by the subdued lyric force of this collection, if only subdued could capture the elegant control Nguyen exerts on his line. Sensuously constructed, in Come Clean he looks at the vast landscape of history through the desire for Marie Kondo’s order and a cure for imposter’s syndrome, in a book that’s as current as it is timeless.”—Carmen Giménez Smith. With Joshua Nguyen tonight will be Cathy Linh Che, Executive Director of Kundiman (and the author of Split ) and two Seattle poets, Gabrielle Bates and William Nu’utupu Giles. Gabrielle Bates works at Open Books: A Poetry Emporium, and has a poetry collection, Judas Goat, coming from Tin House in 2023. William Nu’utupu Giles is a Samoan-American poet originally from Oahu. They has been an International Poetry Slam Champion and Kundiman Poetry Fellow, and presently work with young poets at Youth Speaks Seattle.   Registration/information  
 

01/18/2022 - 6:00pm

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Erin I. Kelly & Patsy Rembert
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Published this past year to great critical acclaim, Winfred Rembert’s story as written and depicted in Chasing Me To My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South (Bloomsbury), marks the story of one man’s story of being unjustly tried and imprisoned in the U.S. South, and then over time, becoming an artist of renown and importance. This book, written in collaboration with Winfred Rembert (who passed away this year at age 75) by Tufts University philosophy professor Erin Kelly, who will be part of this program, along with Patsy Rembert, who is Winfred Rembert’s widow and very much part of the story. “Chasing Me to My Grave is a brilliant reminder of where we've come from as a country. We've come to accept William Faulkner's adage, 'The past is never dead. It's not even past.' But Rembert's account reminds us that it is in the remembering of the past that we keep it from becoming prologue. From the Jim Crow South to the chain gang to a life as an artist, Rembert reminds us of the terror and the possibility of America. That he became an artist while in prison says something about the gifts we bury, that he lived to tell this harrowing tale says something about the strength of this man.” ―Reginald Dwayne Betts. “Rembert's art expresses the legacy of slavery, the trauma of lynching, and the anguish of racial hierarchy and white supremacy while illuminating a resolve to fight oppression and injustice. He has the ability to reveal truths about the human struggle that are transcendent, to evoke an understanding of human dignity that is broad and universal.” ―Bryan Stevenson.   Registration/information  
 

01/19/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Jabari Asim
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Most known for his nonfiction writing -  such books as The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why; What Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life among them, along with children’s books, Jabari Asim virtually visits with a highly anticipated new novel, Yonder (Simon & Schuster). “Exceptional. A splendid addition to the library of fiction on American slavery, which—given the centuries it existed—is not as large as it could be. Skillfully wielding a number of literary tools, including a grand way with language, Asim reveals the slaves’ everyday world away from the lash and brutality: the loves, the laughter, the age-old tussles with life. Yonder builds a permanent place in a reader’s mind. Asim is to be applauded.” —Edward P. Jones. “Jabari Asim’s masterful Yonder has no doubt set our Ancestors to dancing and rejoicing. A compelling and dazzling storyteller, Asim beautifully captures the depth of their bonds, intellect, and unwavering commitment to each other, honoring the fullness of their humanity against the backdrop of enslavement. This novel made me shout, cry, laugh, and, most of all, believe.” —Deesha Philyaw. Co-presented with the Northwest African American Museum Registration/information  
 

01/19/2022 - 7:00pm

Presented Live at the Paramount Theatre by STG
Postponed - Eckhart Tolle
Presented Live at the Paramount Theatre by STG
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
*Postponed until March 5th* Hopefully, the fourth time will be the charm, as noted author of books on personal transformation Eckhart Tolle is slated to appear on the Paramount stage this evening. Assuming all goes as scheduled, Elliott Bay will be on hand with his books, including perennial favorites The Power of Now and A New Earth. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group.   tickets/information  
 
 

01/21/2022 - 5:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Bradford Morrow with Charles Bernstein, Anelise Chen, Shelley Jackson, Tracie Morris, & Arthur Sze
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
For at least the third issue in a row, we’re pleased to host this publication group reading for the excellent literary journal Conjunction’s newest issue, Conjunctions 77: States of Play: The Games Issue. Virtually appearing from wherever they will be this evening, we are expecting Charles Bernstein, Anelise Chen, Shelley Jackson, Tracie Morris, and Arthur Sze, all reading from new work in this just-released issue. As before, Conjunctions editor Bradford Morrow will preside over the proceedings, which promise to be lively and enjoyable, as the previous readings have been. For more information on Conjunctions, click here.   Registration/information  
 
 
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01/25/2022 - 12:00pm

Virtually Hosted on William Morrow Crowdcast
Danya Kukafka with Paula Hawkins
Virtually Hosted on William Morrow Crowdcast
Along with bookselling colleagues at Murder By the Book in Houston and The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, and the publisher William Morrow, we are delighted to be helping virtually launch Seattle writer Danya Kukafka’s much-anticipated new novel, Notes on an Execution (William Morrow), on its publication day. Our midday starting time here in Seattle lets us have as a very special guest in conversation from overseas, Paula Hawkins, who is usually in London or Edinburgh. She, of course, is the author of The Girl on the Train, Into the Water, and this past year’s thrilling hit, A Slow Fire Burning. Notes on an Execution marks Danya Kukafka’s first novel since moving to Seattle, where she has become a vital part of the book community here, pandemic and all, and also is known elsewhere, for both her writing and her work as a literary agent. Notes on an Execution is the front-and-center focus here, having all kinds of advance praise helping welcome it into the world.  "A searing portrait of the complicated women caught in the orbit of a serial killer. Notes on an Execution examines a culture that romanticizes men who kill while also exploring the lives of the overlooked women altered by this violence. Compassionate and thought-provoking." -Brit Bennett. "Spellbinding and beautifully written . . .an irresistible, unbearably tense thriller; a poignant, deeply compassionate tale of resilience; and a vital intervention in the way we talk about violent crime." - Megan Abbott.  "Provocative, intelligent, thrilling, moving."— Paula Hawkins. Please join us to see what else Paula Hawkins - and author Danya Kukafka herself, have to say about this terrific new novel. Registration/information  
 

01/25/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Nadifa Mohamed with Cynthia Bond
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Even though it is virtual, we are delighted to finally be able to present a reading/talk program with Nadifa Mohamed, a writer we’ve read and followed through her first novels, Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls. Born in Hargeisa, Somaliland and then raised and educated in London, she has received the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham Awards, and in 2013 was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists - a distinction which got her to Seattle as part of a group tour. She is virtually with us tonight for her compelling, Man Booker shortlist nominated novel, The Fortune Men (Knopf). Based on a true story, the narrative centers on the unjust conviction (overturned years later) and execution of an innocent Somali immigrant, Mahmood Mattan in Cardiff, Wales in 1952. There is more to this book than that. “Equally informative and moving . . . The immediate allure of the novel is the vibrancy of Mohamed’s prose, her ability to capture the complicated culture of Cardiff and the sound of tortured optimism. . . . The horrific finale of The Fortune Men is never in doubt, but for more than 200 pages Mohamed still creates a sharp sense of suspense by pulling us right into Mahmood’s world as his life tilts and then crashes. . . . There’s a natural grandeur to her portrayal of this ordinary man caught in the city’s gears. Readers will hear echoes of Dostoevsky and Kafka in her re-creation of this nightmare. . . . With The Fortune Men, Mohamed has given us a clear vision of so many victims caught in the maw of racist legal systems.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post. “Nadifa Mohamed’s The Fortune Men is a blues song cut straight from the heart. It tells about the unjust death of an innocent Black man caught up in a corrupt system. Nadifa’s masterful evocation of the full life of Mahmood Mattan, the last man executed in Cardiff for a crime he was exonerated for forty years later, is brought alive with subtle artistry and heartbreaking humanity. In one man’s life Mohamed captures the multitudes of homelands, dialects, hopes, and prayers of Somalis, Jews, Maltese and West Indians drawn in by the ships that filled Wales’ Tiger Bay in the 1950’s, all hoping for a future that eludes Mattan.”—Walter Mosley.   Registration/information  
 

01/26/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Jonathan Smolin & Alaa Al Aswany
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Ihsan Abdel Kouddous (1919-1990) was an iconic, hugely important writer in Egypt and beyond, during his lifetime and beyond. The author of numerous major novels, his work has been too little known in English and to readers here. Thanks to translator Jonathan Smolin, professor of Asian Studies at Dartmouth and translator from the Arabic of other such writers as Abdelilah Hamdouchi and Youssef Fadel, his work is now more readily available, this in the form of I Do Not Sleep (American University of Cairo Press), a sixty-year-old novel which shocked readers when it first appeared in the 1950s. Betrayal, desire, and family drama are all part of this, the narrative being in the form of a letter written by a central protagonist. “What sets Ihsan Abdel Kouddous apart is his ability to combine, on the page, the different overlapping threads of politics and society.”―Al-Shorouk. “The novel I Do Not Sleep represents a turning point in Ihsan Abdel Kouddous’s narratorial style.”―Hafriyat. Slated to be with Jonathan Smolin to discuss I Do Not Sleep is Alaa Al Aswany, one of the most acclaimed writers - Egyptian and otherwise - working today. His novels include The Yacoubian Building, Chicago, and, most recently, The Automobile Club of Egypt. T​​he recipient of numerous international literary awards, he has had his books translated into over thirty languages. Registration/information  
 

01/27/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Bill Hayes with Dave Wheeler
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
The author of Insomniac City and The Anatomist, Bill Hayes adroitly moves to yet another subject without breaking a …. you know, what comes from much exerting, as he makes this virtual visit after having done some real ones for his newest book, Sweat: A History of Exercise (Bloomsbury). We’ll see if doing this virtually will send more people to get active while watching - or not. This entertaining and enlightening book reaches back in history and up through Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, with Bill Hayes himself engaging in all manner of huffing and puffing. Such a story would be remiss if the 1569 book, De arte gymnastics, by Italian physician Girolamo Mercuriale wasn’t mentioned - it gets big play here. “Bill Hayes' peripatetic inquiry into the history of exercise is a delight for anyone who loves a good search for a missing manuscript, as well as anyone who loves being 'so drenched in sweat as to feel amphibious.' And if those predilections happen to overlap for you, hang onto your Bosu ball-you're in for a treat. Hayes weaves his riveting findings in the archives with a revelatory memoir of physical exertion that begins to answer that most human of questions: what does the body mean?” ―Alison Bechdel. Joining Bill Hayes in conversation this evening will be Dave Wheeler, associate editor at Shelf Awareness and an Elliott Bay alum.   Registration/information  
 
 
 
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01/31/2022 - 6:00pm

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Claudia Durastanti with Jessica Bruder
Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Wherever she will be this evening - the U.S. or her home country of Italy - it’s with special pleasure that we present this evening with noted Italian writer and translator Claudia Durastanti, whose luminous novel, Strangers I Know (Riverhead) has been translated by Elizabeth Harris and is now available to English language readers. “Formally innovative and emotionally complex, this novel explores themes of communication, family, and belonging with exceptional insight. Durastanti, celebrated in Italy for her intelligent voice and her hybrid perspective, speaks to all who are outside and in-between. Strangers I Know, in a bracing translation by Elizabeth Harris, is a stunning English-language debut.”—Jhumpa Lahiri. “Brave and deeply felt… Here the novel is not only a medium of illumination, but also a buoy cast into the dark waters of memory, imagination, and boldly embodied questions. In other words, it is my favorite kind of writing, the kind that not only tells of the world—but burrows through it, alive.” —Ocean Vuong. Claudia Durastanti will appear in conversation with journalist Jessica Bruder, author most recently of Nomadland and Snowden’s Box.   Registration/information  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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