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09/02/2019 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Labor Day Hours: 10am-9pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our Labor Day hours are 10am-9pm.
 

09/02/2019 - 6:00pm

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
Alex Gallo-Brown
The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Labor Day is a laboring day for some writers with work appropriate to the occasion, as Town Hall launches it’s ‘formal’ re-opening with this one-two program on Labor Day. Leading off is Seattle writer Alex Gallo-Brown with his new book, Variations of Labor: Stories & Poems, just out from Seattle’s Chin Music Press. "Alex Gallo-Brown’s first collection, Variations of Labor, reminds us of the myriad ways, beyond physical exertion, that work happens in our daily lives. Alternating between poems and stories, Gallo-Brown guides us gently, wisely into the lives of everyday folks in the throes of labor from a woman giving birth to working people holding up against the downturns of low-wage work. Gallo-Brown argues with tenderness that to balance expectations and desires, to mourn a loved one, to grow into adulthood, is work too. One of the most joyous aspects of the book is the picture of Seattle that emerges from its pages. This is not tech and glitter Seattle, but the grit and brawn, the hum and chorus of Seattle’s working people. This Seattle is a place Gallo-Brown knows and loves, and it is through that filter that these poems and stories emerge for us lucky ones to enjoy." -- Claudia Castro Luna. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.   
 

09/02/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Robert B. Reich and and Pramila Jayapal
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Onetime U.S. Secretary of Labor, the present Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of over fifteen books, Robert Reich makes this welcome Seattle return, to be joined onstage by 7th District Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Robert Reich’s most recent book is The Common Good (Vintage), following other books such as Saving Capitalism, Aftershock, and Tales of a New America.  “Reich’s lucidly defining and empowering call for revitalized civic awareness—complete with an enticing list of recommended reading and discussion guide—is an ideal catalyst for book-group conversations.” —Booklist. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.  
 

09/03/2019 - 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 for reading and discussion is Saul Bellow’s famous novel, Herzog (Penguin).   learn more  
 

09/03/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sarah Smarsh with Mary Ann Gwinn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Also hewing to Labor Day proximity, an evening that would be timely whenever she might be here, is this visit by Kansas journalist Sarah Smarsh for her acclaimed first book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (newly in paper, Scribner). A finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, listed as a Best Book of 2018, by NPR, and many publications, this is an invaluable book for our time. "A deeply humane memoir that crackles with clarifying insight, Heartland is one of a growing number of important works – including Matthew Desmond’s Evicted and Amy Goldstein’s Janesville – that together merit their own section in nonfiction aisles across the country: America’s postindustrial decline. . . . With deft primers on the Homestead Act, the farming crisis of the ‘80s, and Reaganomics, Smarsh shows how the false promise of the ‘American dream’ was used to subjugate the poor. It’s a powerful mantra." —New York Times Book Review. “Sarah Smarsh—tough-minded and rough-hewn—draws us into the real lives of her family, barely making it out there on the American plains. There’s not a false note. Smarsh, as a writer, is Authentic with a capital A .… This is just what the world needs to hear.” —George Hodgman (George Hodgman, RIP).
 

09/04/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Back from Summer Break! 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!
 

09/04/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susan Steinberg with Joshua Mohr
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of a number of brilliant story collections - Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love - Susan Steinberg makes this welcome visit up from San Francisco to read and discuss her dazzling debut novel, Machine (Graywolf Press). She is to be joined onstage for the conversation part by Seattle writer Joshua Mohr, most recently author of a memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio). “What makes [Machine] so thrilling is Steinberg’s artistry with form; she fractures narrative into its fundamental parts. Steinberg writes prose with a poet’s sense of meter and line, and a velocity recalling the novels of Joan Didion. The result is a dizzying work that perfectly evokes the feeling of spinning out of control.”—Publishers Weekly. “After making waves with her book Spectacle, bold stylist Susan Steinberg resurfaces with her first novel, a tale of gender, class, privilege and trauma set during a summer at the shore. . . . The narrative grapples with guilt and blame while eschewing formal conventions.”—Chicago Tribune.
 

09/05/2019 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Ula Yvette Taylor
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Our friends at NAAM - the Northwest African American Museum - start the new school year off with this evening featuring University of California, Berkeley professor Ula Taylor, who visits with her award-winning recent book, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (University of North Carolina Press). Among this book’s honors: the 2018 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award (given by the Organization of American Historians) and the 2018 Letitia Woods Brown Prize, from the Association for Black Women Historians. “While much has been written about the Nation of Islam, male-centered narratives of the most controversial and high-profile leaders have predominated. And yet, as Taylor demonstrates, without the work and foresight of women, the NOI would have been a far-less-effective organization. This study moves the women of the NOI from the periphery to the center to unveil layers of insight into the politics of black intimacy. It combines compelling storytelling of individual biographies and deft analysis of the larger cultural and political forces impacting the lives of ordinary black people using a rich treasure trove of archival records and interviews. This is a stellar contribution to gender studies, African American studies, and late twentieth-century U.S. history.”--Tera W. Hunter. Presented by the Northwest African American Museum in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission. 
 

09/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin Horan & Elena Passarello
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Langley-based artist photographer Kevin Horan and Corvallis writer Elena Passarello speak today about their collaborative project, Goats and Sheep: A Portrait Farm (5 Continents). Kevin Horan, who has has served as artist in residence at Glacier National Park, currently works on projects that look at “animals as people, people as animals and the planet as a very small space". Elena Passarello is also the author of Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. “Horan's portraits of regal Isabella, goofball Stanwood, imperious Sherlock, and "excuse me" Jake, among other agreeable sitters, invite us to notice the variety, dignity, and personalities of these lowly farm creatures, who speak to us through the camera in a profile, a sideward glance, or a direct gaze. With different gestures, faces, and expressions, they are funny, fascinating, intelligent, curious, engaging "others" who command our undivided attention and respect. They remind us that we are all fellow creatures - and the camera isn't always on us”.--L'Oeil de la Photographie.
 

09/05/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
 One of the foremost activist/scholars on race and gender today, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is here this evening, likely to discuss recent and forthcoming work. The author of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, and more recently editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket), she will also have an important new book out this fall, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina Press. It’s not due out until late October, but we shall try ... "Race for Profit powerfully disrupts a standard story about racism--that it depends on discriminatory exclusion--and introduces readers to 'predatory inclusion,' an analytical gift for students of social history. Through impressive research and vivid storytelling, Taylor offers an unflinching examination of the mythology that has sustained the American dream, ultimately revealing that, for many African Americans, homeownership hasn’t resulted in the fulfillment of a dream but instead has been a nightmare--a horror story of racial capitalism."--Michelle Alexander. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.  
 

09/06/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
brian g. gilmore, Gary Copeland Lilley & Ruth Dickey
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This threesome poetry reading brings us poets here from points east, with brian gilmore visiting from Michigan, Port Townsend with Gary Copeland Lilley, and here in Seattle with Ruth Dickey. With brian gilmore it’s a matter of finally getting him here after an earlier announced visit had to be cancelled. This time a new book of poems is in hand, come see about me, marvin (Wayne State University). “In come see about me, marvin, poet gilmore’s literary toolbox is on full display, offering a poetic soundtrack rooted in the African American vernacular tradition, paying homage to the many black writers that help shape the current landscape of contemporary poetry. Through the backdrop of Michigan’s ‘cold winter streets’ and the beautifully written ‘distant lover’ series, influenced by Motown legend Marvin Gaye, the reader is escorted on a journey, exploring the social, political, and economic state of this country ... Gilmore is very aware of the literary shoulders he stands on. Be prepared to be dazzled by a poet in full bloom.” – Randall Horton. Gary Copeland Lilly’s most recent book of poems is The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press). “World, meet the Bushman, hoodoo artist of backcountry mythopoeisis at the edges of greatness and the Great Dismal Swamp … Through shore leaves and holding cells, mean-street malingerers and post-Katrina lamentations, defiance of Jim Crow and prayers for peace at the crossroads—love, trouble, and transcendence—the Bushman signifies, sanctifies, and calls forth blessings from the ancestor spirits with his tutelary “guitar that brought him home.” Reading these poems, you will enter into their exalted lowdown, and feel your soul infused with their break-bone pathos and celebration.” —Carolyne Wright. This evening is a bit of a guilty pleasure for Ruth Dickey, taking a break from her duties as executive director at Seattle Arts & Lectures, and also, quite consumingly this year, as a fiction judge for this year’s National Book Awards, as she will be reading new poems from a forthcoming collection, Mud Blooms, due later this year from Harbor Mountain Press.
 

09/06/2019 - 7:30pm

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
Ganesh Sitaraman
The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Ganesh Sitaraman, law professor at Vanderbilt University, and longtime advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, serving as policy director and senior counsel, is co-author, along with Anne Alstott, of Yale’s Law School, of The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality (Harvard University Press). “At a time of widespread debates about the role of public provision, Sitaraman and Alstott make a vibrant case for developing and preserving public options in education, health care, child care, broadband access, banking, and retirement benefits. To get beyond slogans and move toward real and practical proposals to improve the daily lives of Americans, and strengthen our commitments to others, read this book.”—Martha Minow. “Timely, important, and convincing, this book is pretty much the definition of ‘fresh thinking.’ Key reading for a political generation that is on the search for new ideas for old problems.”—Tim Wu. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.  
 

09/07/2019 - 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 September 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!
 

09/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Carolina de Robertis
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Making this welcome Elliott Bay return up from the Bay Area, where she teaches at San Francisco State University, is internationally renowned novelist Carolina de Robertis. The author of The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain, she has had books translated into seventeen languages, and has received the Stonewall Prize, Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and numerous other honors. She has also translated many works from English into Spanish, and edited a vital, to-the-streets anthology, Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. Tonight, she is here for her fabulous new novel, Cantoras (Knopf). “A lyrical, richly sensory novel about a group of renegade cantoras—slang for queer women—who claim a beach refuge during the worst years of the dictatorship in Uruguay, and beyond. Together they steal time from oppression of all kinds, unspooling the infinity of themselves. Pointedly relevant to our own dangerous age, Carolina de Robertis has gifted us a majestic work of song and imagination, a handbook to survival for us all.”— Cristina García. “Carolina’s writing, as always, blew me away. Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution—and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again—either through tears, rage, or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story.”—Jacqueline Woodson.
 
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09/08/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susanna Ryan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
After a Seattle Public Library launch that was so successful that demand was deemed for ‘more,’ Susanna Ryan, the peripatetic Seattle creator of Seattle Walk Report, an Instagram chronicle of walking in Seattle that has given seed to the lovely illustrated book that is Seattle Walk Report: An Illustrated Walking Tour through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods (Sasquatch Books) pays a Sunday afternoon visit here. "Seattle is a beautiful city...we're the country's fastest-growing big city for a reason: People really, really want to live here. On a clear day, a person in the right spot can turn their head and see Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. But it's not just our views—as Seattle Walk Report, a new collection of comics illustrating actual things seen and found while walking Seattle's streets, makes clear. All you have to do to discover the treasures of Seattle is go on a walk...Seattle Walk Report's 150-plus pages of twee, guidebook-style comics create an endearing collection of the small details that make Seattle a home." —The Stranger.
 

09/09/2019 - 7:00pm

Seattle University, Campion Ballroom
Sister Helen Prejean
Seattle University, Campion Ballroom
914 E Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (Random House) is a revelatory, intimate memoir of her childhood, her spiritual evolution, and how she became “lit” to her crusade. Sister Helen chronicles her journey from one who prayed for God to solve the world’s problems to one engaged full-tilt, hands on, in the work to transform societal injustices. Inspired by Catholic activists such as Dorothy Day in the inner city and Jesuit priests who went to prison for destroying draft files in opposition to the Vietnam war, Sister Helen started to immerse herself in the struggle of poor people in New Orleans forced to live on the margins of society. Helen Prejean is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and her books include Dead Man Walking.  Click here for tickets ($35), which admit one person to the event and include a copy of River of Fire. Co-Sponsored by Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Theology and Ministry Search for Meaning Empowerment Series, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Elliott Bay Book Company.  
 

09/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chandrahas Choudhury
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to welcome, over his Delhi home, Indian writer Chandrahas Choudhury. The author of a debut novel, Arzee the Dwarf, and editor of a well-received anthology, India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, he is here with an excellent novel just released here in the U.S., Clouds (Simon & Schuster).  “Clouds deals with a number of Big Issues — from the purpose of life to inequity to gender, but it carries its weight lithely and elegantly. The interplay of deep thoughtfulness and quirky humour never fails to engage, and remains just that little bit unpredictable, like those youknowwhats. Choudhury is a rare talent.” - Sandipan Deb, India Today. “A masterful, telling story that brings to light tribal and land rights, the destruction of a culture when land is seized, and the complexities of old age and grief…” - Urvashi Bahuguna, Open. Co-presented by Elliott Bay Book Company and Tasveer.
 

09/09/2019 - 11:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, Midnight Release
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We can think of few novels that have the anticipation going for them that Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), does, such that we will do a special midnight, on-sale opening for this sequel to her all-too-timely 1985 classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. No one has had a chance to get an early peek at this, so here, Margaret Atwood’s own words: “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood. Please join us!
 

09/10/2019 - 6:00pm

Textio
Gretchen McCulloch with Kieran Snyder & Paul Constant
Textio
920 5th Ave Suite 2300
Seattle, WA 98104
Gretchen McCulloch’s Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Riverhead) has been off to the races since its publication earlier this summer. A lot is happening for and with this book. Kieran Snyder, CEO of Seattle’s Textio joins author Gretchen McCulloch for this discussion, to be moderated by Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books. “Gretchen McCulloch is the internet’s favorite linguist, and this book is essential reading. Reading her work is like suddenly being able to see the matrix. She explains the hows and the whys of the ways we talk online with the deepest empathy, understanding, and compassion.” —Jonny Sun. “[An] effervescent study of how the digital world is transfiguring English. . . . [McCulloch’s] almost political thesis—the more voices, the better—rebukes both the élitism of traditional grammar snobs and the cliquishness of, say, Tumblr. It’s a vision of language as one way to make room for one another.” —The New Yorker. Co-presented by Textio and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission, but registration via Eventbrite is requested and space is limited (click here).
 

09/10/2019 - 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 for reading and discussion is Jill Lepore’s most recent, This America: The Case for the Nation (Liveright).   learn more
 

09/10/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
David Guterson
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Most known and celebrated for his fiction writing - the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Snow Falling on Cedars, East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest, The Other, Ed King, and story collections - Bainbridge Island’s David Guterson has in recent years been writing and publishing poems. His 2014 collection, Songs For a Summons, is now followed by his newest, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest (The Mountaineers). Beautifully illustrated by Justin Gibbens, this is companionable work for reading inside or, even better, out on a trail or at a campsite. It’s a love song, really, to the beauty and larger than human presence of what we are amidst here in this part of the planet. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

09/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Amy Waldman
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer who worked as a journalist in Afghanistan following 9/11, and who wrote a powerful first novel, The Submission, Amy Waldman makes this welcome Seattle return for her new novel, A Door in the Earth (Little, Brown). Again, timeliness. Here and there, U.S. and Afghanistan. "Waldman is an ingenious and probing situational novelist . . . In this deeply well-informed, utterly engrossing, mischievously disarming, and stealthily suspenseful tale of slow and painful realizations, she hits the mark over and over again . . . Every aspect of this complex and caustic tale of hype and harm is saturated with insight and ruefulness as Parveen wises up and Waldman considers womanhood and choice, literacy and translation, hubris and lies, unintended consequences, and the devastating chaos of war."—Donna Seaman, Booklist. "Amy Waldman brings her fierce intelligence and breathtaking descriptive powers to bear in this brilliant, unsentimental novel about what happens when Americans go adventuring abroad. The author's vast experience in the region is evident in the vividness with which she creates the social world of an Aghan mountain village. But the miracle of A Door in the Earth is that a novel which tackles such urgent and necessary questions of politics, history, and the compromises of war can also be so unflaggingly searing and gripping, and bring its characters so indelibly to life."―Nell Freudenberger.
 

09/11/2019 - 11:30am

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

09/11/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susan Straight with Laurie Frankel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
California writer Susan Straight is the author of 8 novels, including Highwire Moon, a National Book Award finalist. We warmly welcome her back to Elliott Bay today to discuss her memoir, In the Country of Women (Catapult). This book traces the author’s roots, from inland Southern California, the Rockies, Canada and Switzerland, and that of the high school sweetheart who became her husband. His female ancestors escaped violence in post-slavery Tennesse, murder in Jim Crow Missisippi and abuse at the hands of their partners. The mother of three adult daughters, she reflects on the extended family and community that helped raise them. She also writes of her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin. “Susan Straight's In the Country of Women is an American epic about what the United States could be and in fact already is for so many people like those of her extended family. Straight's kin—by blood and by choice—embody the complicated, painful history of this country and its tremendous, hopeful diversity. This is an enriching, inspiring, and moving account of how a writer chose her family and her destiny.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen. Susan Straight will appear in conversation with Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is and other books.
 

09/11/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nikkita Oliver
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, serious chronicler of Native American history, its centrality and preeminence in things of the land here, with her landmark work, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, as well as other books written over a span of forty years and more, revisits Seattle for a special, adapted edition of her most major work. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (Beacon Press), has been re-fashioned by scholars Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza into a text for middle- and young adult readers, complete with points for discussion. A good onstage discussion is more than likely this evening, as poet/activist/journalist Nikkita Oliver joins Professor Dunbar-Ortiz in discussing her books and their place in cultural actions today. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.  
 

09/12/2019 - 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  
 

09/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Englehardt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
John Englehardt’s novel Bloomland (Dzanc) opens during finals week at a fictional southern university, when a student walks into the library with his roommate’s semi-automatic rifle and opens fire. When he stops shooting, twelve people are dead. As the community wrestles with the fallout, Bloomland interrogates social and cultural dysfunction in a nation where mass violence has become all too familiar. "Englehardt's brilliant and insanely brave debut is a culturally diagnostic achievement in the same way that Don DeLillo's White Noise and Libra are culturally diagnostic achievements; his sentences are brutal and unflinching and yet mystically humane in the spirit of Denis Johnson's Angels; and his America is at once beautiful and love-swirled and a kaleidoscopic wreck--a land whose cultural geology mirrors its physical one, routinely generating the "mindless malignancy" of town-wrecking tornadoes and desperate young men with guns." --Kirkus. John Englehardt currently teaches writing classes at Hugo House.
 

09/13/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Billy Jensen with Claudia Rowe
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’re glad to announce that, thanks to many requests from Seattle fans, true-crime journalist Billy Jensen has added a Seattle date to his book tour. Readers of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, will know Billy Jensen as the friend of writer Michelle McNamara and as the co-author who helped finish her book. Tonight he’ll speak about Chase Darkness with Me (Sourcebooks), in which he tells his own story. After 17 years of reporting on hundreds of unsolved murders and missing person cases,  he decided to try to solve some of these cases and has had some success. “Gripping, complex, unforgettable, Chase Darkness with Me is an examination of the evil forces that walk among us, illustrating a novel way to catch those killers, and a true-crime narrative unlike any you've read before.” Billy Jensen served as senior producer and investigator on Crime Watch Daily and presently co-hosts The Murder Squad podcast with retired detective, Paul Holes. Billy Jensen will appear in conversation with Claudia Rowe, author of The Spider and the Fly.
 

09/13/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Marilynne Robinson
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
One of the those adept at posing moral and ethical concerns, and doing so in engaging, literary manner, drawing on past as well as present, award-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson is here for the paperback of her most recent book of essays, What Are We Doing Here? (Picador). “‘How did you end up here, Marilynne? What happened? Was it libraries?’ In 2015, President Obama sought out the novelist Marilynne Robinson, the author of the acclaimed Gilead trilogy, for a wide-ranging conversation …  Obama’s question lay at the crux of their discussion. Robinson grew up sheltered, in small-town Idaho, he noted, with every incentive to parochialism. What awakened her fierce interest in the world, and her sense of obligation to it? What shapes the kind of person who declares, as Robinson does, ‘democracy is my aesthetics and my ethics and more or less my religion’? Robinson takes up the question herself in What Are We Doing Here? … Mostly. Robinson came to the habit of self-scrutiny early … She kept at it, following the publication of Housekeeping, with one of the more interesting silences in American letters. She published no new fiction for 24 years, devoting herself instead to deep study of Marx, Darwin and the history of political thought. In many ways, What Are We Doing Here? is a response to those years of study, a repudiation of Marx and Darwin, of powerful ideologies of any stripe that simplify the world … Most of the essays in this new book were delivered as speeches, and some repetition is inevitable. But so too is our desire for more — for the refinement of her ideas instead of the rehashing — especially since the final essay, which takes an unexpectedly personal turn, delivers like no other.” - Parul Sehgal, The New York Times. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/14/2019 - 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!
 

09/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Raymond Caballero with Steve Bender
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Historian Raymond Caballero speaks today about a key Supreme Court decision pertaining to events set during the McCarthy “Red Scare” era.  Clinton Jencks, a decorated war hero who worked with Mexican Americans fighting for equal rights in New Mexico’s mining industry, was arrested and charged with “falsely denying” that he was a Communist. A leader of the Empire Zinc strike, in which wives and mothers replaced strikers on the picket line after an injunction barred the miners themselves, Jencks  was sentenced to five years in prison. In Jencks v. United States (1957), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction  in a landmark decision that mandated providing to an accused person previously hidden witness statements, thereby making cross-examination truly effective. In his book, McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks (University of Oklahoma Press), Raymond Caballero reveals for the first time that the FBI and the prosecution knew all along that Clinton Jencks was innocent. Jencks's case typified the era, exposing the injustice that many suffered at the hands of McCarthyism. Raymond Caballero will appear in conversation with Steve Bender, Associate Dean at Seattle University School of Law.
 

09/14/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Ibram X. Kendi
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This event is sold out. There will be a standby line at the door. The founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and a  professor of history and international relations there, Ibram Kendi received a 2016 National Book Award for his work on racism and history in this country, Stamped From the Beginning. He makes a welcome return for his much-anticipated new book, How To Be an Antiracist (One World). Two of note, from Seattle, weigh in with early praise, along with many others:  “Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s sociopolitical climate. As a society, we need to start treating antiracism as action, not emotion—and Kendi is helping us do that.”—Ijeoma Oluo. “Ibram Kendi is today’s visionary in the enduring struggle for racial justice. In this personal and revelatory new work, he yet again holds up a transformative lens, challenging both mainstream and antiracist orthodoxy. He illuminates the foundations of racism in revolutionary new ways, and I am consistently challenged and inspired by his analysis. How to Be an Antiracist offers us a necessary and critical way forward.”—Robin DiAngelo.  Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 
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09/16/2019 - 7:00pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Jim Mattis with Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please note: This event was previously scheduled for July 22nd, but due to a change in the publication date of, Call Sign Chaos, the event has been rescheduled for September 16th. Tonight General Jim Mattis (Ret.), the 26th U.S. Secretary of Defense (January 2017 until his resignation in December 2018) travels to Seattle to speak about his new book, Call Sign Chaos (Random House), an account of his leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, he recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. His appearance here marks a public return to the state he hails from, as he was born in Pullman, raised and educated in the Tri-Cities, and graduated from Central Washington University. Joining Mattis in conversation this evening will be Rajiv Chandrasekaran who is a veteran journalist and author who now serves as a senior advisor to former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz. Rajiv was a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he worked for two decades. During his newspaper career, he reported from more than three dozen countries and was bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia. He also served as the Post's national editor and as an assistant managing editor. In 2014, he and Howard Schultz wrote the bestselling book For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice. He joined Starbucks in 2015 as senior vice president for public affairs and executive producer of company's social impact media initiatives.   Tickets include a copy of Call Sign Chaos and admit either one person ($35) or two people ($40)    get tickets here   Presented by the ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

09/16/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Farooq Ahmed & Leland Cheuk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Farooq Ahmed, a Los Angeles based writer and biochemist whose work has appeared in Nature and in the Financial Times, reads from Kansastan (7.13), a novel set in a dystopic Kansas besieged by its neighboring state, Missouri.  “Halal fiction, blessed with an intensely stylized, lyrical syntax. The narrator's voice summons the faithful more clearly than a muezzin's call. Kansastan offers us the pure truth of divinity--or, closer to reality, a wildly intelligent caper.”-Amitava Kumar. Brooklyn writer Leland Cheuk, who last visited Elliott Bay to read from The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, returns tonight to read from No Good, Very Bad Asian (C&R Press), in which a Chinese American man dodges his parents’ expectations for him (marriage, corporate or medical career) to become a stand up comedian. “Leland Cheuck’s No Good, Very Bad Asian tears the tarp from the Asian American experience and exposes its deepest desires and fears. It articulates perfectly the amusements that make the entire room uncomfortable. Cringing never felt so good.”-Ed Lin.
 

09/17/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection for reading and discussion is P. Djèlí Clark’s The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (tor.com).   Learn More  
 

09/17/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kim Brown Seely
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle writer and literary community activist Kim Brown Seely celebrates publication of her debut book on its very publication day. Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another (Sasquatch) chronicles that change of life when all children have grown and gone on their own way into the world - leaving those who have been parents to come to grips with who and what they are, as individuals and as a couple. This Kim Brown Seely and her husband did in the form of a sailing journey, and this, now, Kim Brown Seely has done in the form of this memorable book. “Like Cheryl Strayed and M. Wylie Blanchett, Kim Brown Seely reminds us that the best travel narratives are about emotional explorations even more than physical ones. Uncharted has all the adventure you might expect when an inexperienced couple takes a too large sailboat too far north, on a quest to escape an empty nest and find a white Spirit bear. But what makes this book exceptional is the way its journey slows you down and expands your soul.” —Erica Bauermeister. “Uncharted is a marvelous journey of beauty and wonder, love and loss, loons and eagles, hemlocks and giant kelp, sea wolves, humpback whales, and bears. Kim Brown Seely celebrates it all: gale warnings, napkin-drawn maps, the luxury of slowness, the exuberance of disco dancing at the dish sink, and the hard-won grace of letting go and stepping out into the rain.” —Ana Maria Spagna.
 

09/17/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Marie Forleo with Amy Purdy
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Please join us for an evening with Marie Forleo at Town Hall Seattle's Forum Space. Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation, Marie presents her award-winning online show, Marie TV and podcast to her 1.5 million fans around the world. She is the founder of B-School, a transformative online business school and she has mentored young business owners at the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. MarieForleo.com is one of Forbes magazine's Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs and her work has appeared in Inc. magazine, Women's Health and Entrepreneur among others. Each ticket admits one person to this event and includes a copy of Marie Forleo's book, Everything Is Figureoutable. Please join us. More about  Everything Is Figureoutable:  Let's be honest - none of us were given an owner's manual at birth. If you're having trouble solving a problem or making a dream happen, the problem isn't you. It's not that you're not hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven't yet installed the one key belief that will change everything. And that belief is that everything is figureoutable. Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to salsa, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money or travel the globe, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more creatively and positively - especially in the face of setbacks. Marie Forleo will appear in conversation with Paralympic Snowboarder Amy Purdy, author of On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life (HarperCollins).    get tickets!  
 

09/18/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a 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!
 

09/18/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dina Nayeri
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the finest ‘newer’ novelists to come along in recent years, with Refuge and A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, award-winning Dina Nayeri is here this evening with a powerful, telling first non-fiction work, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult). “Dina Nayeri has written a vital book for our times. The Ungrateful Refugee gives voice to those whose stories are too often lost or suppressed. Braiding memoir, reportage and essayism, Nayeri allows those fortunate enough never to have been stateless or displaced to glimpse something of the hardships and subtleties of refugee experience. Written with compassion, tenderness and a burning anger, her book appears at the end of a decade in which division and dislocation have risen to a terrible pitch. It speaks powerfully from – and to – the heart. Please read it.” —Robert Macfarlane. “Dina Nayeri’s powerful writing confronts issues that are key to the refugee experience.”―Viet Thanh Nguyen. Herself a refugee, with her family, of revolutionary Iran, first re-located to Italy, then the U.S., Dina Nayeri has received the UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, and today lives in London. This evening should be something.
 

09/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kira Jane Buxton
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Kira Jane Buxton’s debut novel, Hollow Kingdom (Grand Central), has received many accolades and we’ve invited her to Elliott Bay to read from her work. Though this comic, dystopian novel is fiction, we’ve also invited her to discuss some of the scientific research on crows that helped inform some aspects of the story.  "Hollow Kingdom is a nature book for our own age, an exuberant, glittering, hard-hitting mashup of Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Journey. It's an adventure lit by strange myths, brand-names, television and smartphone screens, a fable with teeth and claws about animals making new lives amongst the ruins of humanity. It's transformative, poignant, and funny as hell. S.T. the irrepressible, cursing crow is my new favourite apocalyptic hero."-- Helen Macdonald.
 

09/19/2019 - 7:30pm

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
Amitav Ghosh
The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Last seen hereabouts four years ago when he was here for the concluding volume of the Ibis trilogy of novels, Flood of Fire, Amitav Ghosh makes this welcome Seattle return with two books released since that last visit. Most recent, and just released, of these is a novel assured in voice and range, Gun Island (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Not unrelated, the other recent book is a study of catastrophic climate change, and literature’s response, The Great Derangement. "[Gun Island] is an intellectual romp that traces Bengali folklore, modern human trafficking, and the devastating effects of climate change across generations and countries . . . Ghosh writes with deep intelligence and illuminating clarity about complex issues. This ambitious novel memorably draws connections among history, politics, and mythology." - Publishers Weekly.  “In The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh, an important international writer, asked why writers avoid the foremost subject in our lives—climate change. In Gun Island it is unmistakably the central issue. With sweeping exuberant style and extraordinary linguistic facility, Ghosh takes us into a world where desperate refugees trickle through borders like water from melting ice, but where massing animals find no escapes. Old legends and ancient myths take on new meaning. The difficulties of characters in the Sundarbans begin to appear the world over as the climate becomes a forcing element. Our ordinary lives with air travel, cell phones, friends in distant places, smart-mouth teenagers, life insurance, money and investment concerns intersect with forest fire, flooding, storms. This important novel is an account of our current world, the one few writers have had the courage to face.” —Annie Proulx. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/20/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lisa Congdon with Stacy Milrany
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland illustrator and author Lisa Congdon returns to Elliott Bay this evening to discuss the ways in which artists develop their own visual identities and artistic voice. Her book, Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic (Chronicle) is informed by insights from the author’s own artistic practice and wisdom and good advice from the many artists she has interviewed.  Her previous books include Art, Inc and A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives. Lisa Congdon appears in conversation with Stacy Milrany, Seattle visual artist and Creative Director.
 

09/20/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Brad Smith
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Microsoft president Brad Smith gives readers an in-depth view of things, as he sees them with regard to the world Microsoft, and others in that realm, are positing for us here in the 21st century, in his new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (Penguin Press, co-written with Carol Ann Browne). “At a time when many leaders in tech want to avoid a discussion of the social, economic, and security ramifications of the products they’ve built, it’s refreshing to see Brad Smith step up, urge the industry to take action, and acknowledge the need for smart regulation. This book offers an excellent encapsulation of some of the biggest challenges facing technologists, policymakers, and users alike.” —Senator Mark Warner. “Tools and Weapons reads like a techno-legal thriller, yet offers a thorough and eye-opening account of the major tech controversies of the last decade, from NSA spying through AI ethics and the US-China standoff. Brad Smith, a believer that “great power brings great responsibility” makes it evident that the future of humanity may depend on ethical and responsive leadership in the tech industries, and in this book he sets a high bar for his peers.” —Tim Wu. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/21/2019 - 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!
 

09/21/2019 - 2:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Paula Becker & Friends
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them -- for Hunter -- their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. Paula Becker’s memoir, A House on Stilts (University of Iowa Press) an intensely personal account of trauma and survival offers a timely exploration of a family forced to grapple with America's opioid crisis. Paula Becker, a staff historian at History Link, is also the author of Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I, and other books. This afternoon’s program will feature a talk by Paula Becker, followed by a panel discussion moderated by KUOW host Ross Reynolds and including  representatives from YouthCare and Accelerator Y, two local programs providing housing and support to homeless youth. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library, YouthCare, Accelerator Y, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission. 
 

09/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Petina Gappah
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A woman who deftly navigates several worlds as an international trade lawyer and diplomat from her home in Harare, Zimbabwe, Petina Gappah is also a fiction writer of note, the author of two story collections, an earlier novel (The Book of Memory), and, now, the masterful, historically-based novel she is here with tonight, Out of Darkness, Shining Light (Scribner). Based on some historical reality - the removal of the dead body of Dr. David Livingstone from the African interior, “Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light describes a world on the cusp of change. Her narrators, Halima and Jacob, both former slaves—along with a cohort of sixty-some Africans and Arabs—carry a dead muzungu (white person) for nine months across impossible 19th-century African terrain. While they ultimately reach their destination, delivering a wizened body to the awaiting arms of their future colonizers, the greater catastrophe is still to come. Petina Gappah knows what she writes; her historical and cultural insights add texture and veracity to every page. A powerful novel, beautifully told, Out of Darkness, Shining Light reveals as much about the present circumstances as the past that helped create them.” —Jesmyn Ward. “Engrossing, beautiful, and deeply imaginative, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it.  An incredible and important book by a masterful writer.”—Yaa Gyasi.
 
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09/22/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Carley Moore with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Carley Moore joins us this afternoon to read from The Not Wives (Feminist Press) a novel of sex-positive awakening and burgeoning political resistance, set in Occupy-era New York City. “The Not Wives is gritty, sexy, very queer, literary social realism that's up-all-night compelling—just what I want from a novel set in NYC in the time of Occupy, with its sprawling cast of adjuncts, bartenders, poets, single parents, little kids, homeless teenagers, and serious organizers embroiled in various romantic and economic complications. When we say report back, this is what we mean!” —Andrea Lawlor. Carley Moore is an essayist, novelist, and poet whose previous books include 16 Pills (Tinderbox Editions)  and The Stalker Chronicles (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux). Carley Moore also appears in conversation with Seattle writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author most recently of Sketchtacy (Arsenal Pulp) and of The Freezer Door, to be published in 2020 by Semiotext(e).
 

09/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ian Brennan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with  filmmaker John Waters, Merle Haggard, Green Day, and many others, has also taught violence prevention and conflict resolution around the world. His newest book is Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth (PM Press) features information about musicians from South Sudan to Kosovo, including the author’s experiences recording music by the Tanzania Albinism Collective, the Zomba Prison Project, a witch camp”in Ghana, the Vietnamese war veterans of Hanoi Masters, the Malawi Mouse Boys, the Canary Island whistlers, genocide survivors in both Cambodia and Rwanda, and more. Performing as part of tonight’s program are The Good Ones, a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of the outskirts of their nation's capital, Kigali. Primary songwriter Adrien Kazigira interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer, Janvier Havugimana. The Good Ones roots music is so strongly regarded that multiple respected artists have collaborated on their forthcoming third album, including members of the Grammy-nominated groups Wilco and TV on the Radio, as well as members of Sleater-Kinney, My Bloody Valentine, and Fugazi.
 

09/23/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Chase Jarvis
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Someone who has helped many others give shape to creative notions such that those others get books written or accomplish other creative feats, himself finally has a book that crystalizes this, as renowned photographer and ‘cultural creative’ Chase Jarvis this evening helps launch his inspirational book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Find Success in Work + Life (Harper Business). “There is a wild, untamed connection between our inherent creativity and our yearning for a meaningful, purpose-driven life. Chase’s experiences and his commitment to creating make him the perfect guide as we set out on our own adventures to learn how creativity has the power to change everything.” - Brené Brown, Ph.D. “Creative Calling is a trail guide for anyone stepping onto the path of creativity, whether for personal fulfillment or career aspirations. You won’t find a better resource to unlock your true potential and scale the heights of the creative economy.” - Jimmy Chin. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/24/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Jacqueline Woodson
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
An author and a new novel we are thrilled to be helping present is this Seattle return by award-winning novelist Jacqueline Woodson for her new adult novel (and what a wonderful novel it is), Red at the Bone (Riverhead). “Woodson channels deeply true-feeling characters, all of whom readers will empathize with in turn. In spare, lean prose, she reveals rich histories and moments in swirling eddies, while also leaving many fateful details for readers to divine.” –Booklist. “[A] beautifully imagined novel. . . Woodson’s nuanced voice evokes the complexities of race, class, religion, and sexuality in fluid prose and a series of telling details. This is a wise, powerful, and compassionate novel.” –Publishers Weekly. Jacqueline Woodson’s previous, recent adult novel, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She has won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature with Brown Girl Dreaming. She is the 2018-19 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and her more than two dozen books for young adults, middle readers, and children have garnered her a Coretta Scott King Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the NAACP Image Award, four Newbery Honor winners, and the Margaret A. Edwards for lifetime achievement, among her many honors and distinctions. A night not to be missed. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. See www.spl.org for more information.
 

09/24/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Naomi Klein
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
One of those who has put herself on the line in what she writes, and in her decades-long activism work, everything Naomi Klein has written has had substance, tell-tale knowing, and a knack of knowing it will take time, effort, gtit, and humor to get where things need to go. She is all about those things, and more, here tonight for her all-too-timely  new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster). This book gives substance and strategy to a concept that is being voiced and visioned by others, articulated as a galvanizing action necessary if we are to surive as a species, much less a country. A growing number of elected officials are signing on; this book should help elucidate key points, make clear the urgency, and help engage others. Naomi Klein’s other books include No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, and No Is Not Enough. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/25/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library, who do song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, 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!
 

09/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cara Wall
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Cara Wall’s debut novel, The Dearly Beloved (Simon and Schuster), we follow two couples: Charles and Lily, James and Nan, through decades of friendship and conflict as they negotiate a challenging church community in which Charles and James serve as a pastoral team.  “Writing with restrained lyricism, Wall's debut offers a kind of literary chamber music, combining the viewpoints of a quartet of characters across multiple decades and events. Finely drawn and paced and written with intense compassion...A moving, eloquent exploration of faith and its response to the refining fire of life's challenges.” --Kirkus. Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught creative writing at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, which she founded and directed.
 

09/26/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nick Flynn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Nick Flynn, one of the pre-eminent poets at work today, author of such collections as My Feelings and Some Ether, as well as some notable memoirs, including Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, is back with a powerful, loaded new collection of poems, I Will Destroy You (Graywolf Press). “Nick Flynn, that charismatic horse thief, is up to it again. Standing this close. Whatever you have or had to lose (to win), he’s already stolen and sold it. And yet you still (and so badly) want to hear from him, have him tell you how we (can) live.”—Olena Kalytiak Davis. “What is there to say when a book is such absolute perfection—beauty, grief, and redemption—that it literally takes all words and air from the mouth?”—Jacqueline Woodson.
 

09/26/2019 - 7:30pm

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
Isabella Tree
The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Based on what was seen by one of us at a literary festival in India, people here tonight are in for quite an inspiring time, as Isabella Tree, co-proprietor of what had been a failing farm in west Sussex but is now a unique ‘return’ to an English landscape that ‘was,’ is here to present and discuss her book, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm (New York Review of Books). “Wilding is one of the most exhilarating books I know. Knepp Castle is a modern marvel, a wild ancient landscape in a modern domestic country, a place filled with birds and animals leading their own independent and remarkable lives. Isabella Tree, who lives there, tells the rich, complicated story of Knepp. As a writer, Tree is both elegant and deeply informed, and the story is full of poetic awareness and scientific foundations. This story will delight anyone who’s interested in nature, wildlife and hope.”—Roxana Robinson. “Wilding is both a timely and important book.”—Tim Flannery. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/27/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jean-Baptiste del Amo avec l’Alliance Française de Seattle
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
With the aid and assistance of our friends with the French Cultural Office working out of New York, and Alliance Française de Seattle, we’re delighted to welcome French writer Jean Baptiste Del Amo, here with the English language and U.S. publication of his prize-winning novel, Animalia (Grove Press, translation by Frank Wynne). “Powerful . . . This is not a novel that says just try to recycle a bit more: it is a book that confronts a reader with a stark moral reckoning of the costs of eating meat. There are characters too, but the main character, here, troubled and chased through these pages, is the farm. Fans of Édouard Louis will find a thrilling fellow-traveler here.”—John Freeman, Literary Hub. “Del Amo’s pungent, nightmarish English-language debut describes, in a mythic, arresting style, the bleak fates of a cursed family and the pigs they rear . . . The florid prose has an incantatory power well suited to the festering enmity, inhumanity, and majestic squalor on display. This uncompromising vision will leave readers breathless, thrilled, and exhausted.”—Publishers Weekly. This bilingual program, presented in both English and French, includes a conversation with Dr. Amie Shaw, lecturer at the University of Washington and professor at the Alliance Française de Seattle. Co-presented by Alliance Française de Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company.  
 

09/27/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
W. Caleb McDaniel with Johann N. Neem
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Rice University professor Caleb McDaniel retells the heroic story of Henrietta Wood, born into slavery in 1818, freed and then kidnapped and re-enslaved and freed again at the end of the Civil War. Harrietta Wood sued for lost wages and additional years of servitude and after 10 years of litigation, won both the original court case and the appeal, receiving the “largest known (settlement) ever awarded by a U.S. court in restitution from slavery.” Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America (Oxford) is based on Dr. McDaniel research, including two interviews with Wood during the lawsuit. “Nearly a century after Wood's lawsuit, McDaniel recounts, Martin Luther King warned his supporters that the civil rights project would remain incomplete until African-Americans gained economic as well as political equality, and that any such improvements must be "demanded by the oppressed." McDaniel tells this story engrossingly and accessibly. This is a valuable contribution to Reconstruction history with clear relevance to current debates about reparations for slavery.”-Publishers Weekly. Caleb McDaniel will appear in conversation with Johann N.  Neem, Professor of History at Western Washington University and author most recently of What's the Point of College? (Johns Hopkins University Press). Co-presented by Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum and Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5 students/$10 general admission) and more information.   
 

09/28/2019 - 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!
 
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09/29/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joan Fiset and Sarah C. Townsend
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This afternoon’s reading features two Seattle writers reading newly published work about traumatic birth experiences. Poet Joan Fiset, author of Namesake (Blue Begonia Press), reads from her beautiful and devastating book, How It Was with Scotland (Ravenna Press), a collaboration with visual artist Noah Saterstrom.  “These pictures and words are like overheard whispers or something you almost see from the corner of your eye, or maybe even more intimate than that, like things you are hearing from inside someone’s head before they are words, or memories of things they cannot quite remember. Like secret inside rustlings of longing, hope, regret and quiet beauty.”-Rebecca Brown. Joining her this evening is Sarah C. Townsend, author of Setting the Wire: a Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press), a lyrical exploration of motherhood, mental illness and family ties. “Sarah Townsend’s Setting the Wire is a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages--while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”-Claire Dederer.
 

09/29/2019 - 7:30pm

The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
Jenny Brown with Amelia Bonow
The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Author and longtime activist (she was a plaintiff in the suit to bring about a morning-after pill) Jenny Brown is here with her all-too-timely new book, Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now (Verso). She’s to be joined onstage in conversation with Seattle activist and writer Amelia Bonow, co-editor of the book, Shout Your Abortion (PM Press), and active with the organization around that work. And as Amelia Bonow says of Jenny Brown and this book, “By examining the failings and triumphs of previous movements for abortion rights, Without Apology manages to make perfect sense of the current political moment. This book will turn concerned individuals into activists and help beleaguered activists remember how it feels to believe that we can win.” “Without Apology draws an exhilarating line in the sand between reformers and visionaries, between near-sighted regulation and true reproductive freedom. Jenny Brown has given us a frank, full-throated gift in an era when abortion rights are threatened by hostility and timidity both. Without Apology made me want to tweet about my abortion till the day I die.” —Nona Willis Aronowitz. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Click here for tickets ($5) and more information.
 

09/30/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Caroline Van Hemert
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Biologist and adventurer Caroline Van Hemert’s book, The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey Into the Alaskan Wilds (Little Brown Spark), tells the story of her journey with her husband across 4,000 miles of wilderness, from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic. Traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe, they explored northern landscapes so remote there were no maps or guidebooks to mark them. "A truly astounding journey, beautifully written. Caroline Van Hemert follows in the tradition of wilderness adventurers John Muir, Margaret Murie, Cheryl Strayed, and Robert Macfarlane, but she is not one to stick to well-trodden trails. Alongside her husband, she faces predatory bears, roaring rivers, and 4,000 miles of the world's most remote, wild country. She also weaves in her doubts, questions, and insights as a woman and bird biologist. An edge-of-your-seat thrilling read, but with a refreshing humility and grace. My favorite book of 2019, and one the best Alaskan books I have ever read."-- Eowyn Ivey.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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