April 2018

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04/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tara Westover with Claudia Rowe
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tara Westover’s autobiographical account of being raised by survivalists in isolated circumstances in Idaho, Educated: A Memoir (Random House), is a riveting, beautifully written story of learning about herself, and the larger world—to remarkable ends. “This remarkable memoir—one of the best I’ve ever read—is my kind of miracle. The book made me cringe, cry out, cover my eyes, shake with anger, beam with pride, and appreciate the trials that led to my own education. Tara Westover’s story will find a place alongside modern classic memoirs like Wild and The Glass Castle. It’s that special.” —Susannah Cahalan. “A punch to the gut, a slow burn, a savage indictment, a love letter . . . Rarely have I read a book that made me so uncomfortable, so enraged, and at the same time so utterly, entirely absorbed.” —Claire Dederer. Tara Westover will appear in conversation with Seattle Times Education reporter Claudia Rowe.
 

04/03/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Amor Towles' novel, A Gentleman in Moscow (Viking).   learn more
 

04/04/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98102
Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

04/04/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Shaun Scott
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Shaun Scott’s Millennials and the Moments That Made Us: A Cultural History of the U.S. from 1982-Present (Zero Books) is a cultural history of the United States as seen through the eyes of the largest, most diverse, and most “disprivileged” generation in American history. The book is a pop culture history that critiques the capitalist status quo this generation inherited—a critical tour of the music, movies, books, TV shows, and technology that have defined us and our times. Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian and filmmaker whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Jacobin. He writes a column in City Arts Magazine on popular culture in late Capitalism. 
 
 

04/06/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jennifer Haupt with Jennie Shortridge
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle journalist Jennifer Haupt celebrates the publication of her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills (Central Avenue Publishing) with a reading and live music tonight. Jennifer Haupt’s blog, One True Thing, also appears on Psychology Today’s website. She’ll be joined onstage in conversation with Seattle novelist Jennie Shortridge. “Haupt's novel touches on both the 1960s struggle for civil rights in America and the horror of the 1990s Rwandan genocide in a plot that is less about race than it is an exploration of grief, justice, family, and reconciliation. A journalist who covered Rwanda, Haupt highlights how those unrelated by blood can come together as family, offering love, strength, and understanding. There are villains and horrible atrocities with far-reaching effects, but as Haupt examines events through different perspectives, the focus is on healing rather than revenge and anger." —Booklist.  
 

04/07/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Stevan Harrell
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This morning the Saturday University Asian Textiles Across Time and Place Spring Lecture Series continues with Stevan Harrell, emeritus professor at the University of Washington and former Burke Museum curator. His lecture subject this morning is “Textiles of Southwest China: Artistry and Social Meaning.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and the Elliott Bay Book Company. Please call 206.654.3210 or click below for information and tickets. Get tickets  
 

04/07/2018 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for April with this reading from picture book favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section…and let the stories begin! Please join us.  
 

04/07/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Zachary McDermott with Christopher Poulos
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. He tells the story of his freefall into psychosis and his return to sanity in his book, Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love (Little, Brown). Zach McDermott appears in conversation with Christopher Poulos, an attorney and executive director of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council. Once a homeless teenager who spent nearly three years in a federal prison for a drug-related conviction, he later served on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Sentencing Project. "McDermott brings a vivid and unsettling degree of intimacy to his descriptions of mania's onset . . . His work as a public defender grows out of a deep sense of empathy for the stigmatized and marginalized that's evident on every page. He uses that empathy to construct a deeply compassionate portrait of his mother—a resilient woman whose love helps ground him in the real, even in moments when his reality is at its most friable." —NPR.org. Free/no tickets needed.
 
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04/08/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ana Maria Spagna
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From her home at the north end of Lake Chelan, written of so wonderfully in one of her earlier books, Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness, comes Ana Maria Spagna, with a delightful book of essays on both home and away, Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going (University of Washington Press). "I have never wielded a chainsaw, brined an elk steak, chased a wildfire or even spent a night in a tent, but I loved and devoured every sentence of Ana Maria Spagna's Uplake. Each part of the book, with scene work and wise observations, showcases what only the very best personal essays can achieve: they present a vivid life experienced far from that of the average reader in a manner that pulls the two people on either side of the page closer together, nearer to a shared understanding of what it means both to exist and to consider the wide world when doing so." —Elena Passarello. "These vivid essays are powerfully rooted in the physical landscape and the body's capacities and limitations. Nature and narrator perform a graceful dance of advance-and-retreat, a pas de deux filled with tenderness, wisdom and rueful insight." —Phillip Lopate.
 

04/08/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Anne Lamott
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Anne Lamott, always a Seattle favorite, makes her first lecture tour appearance at Benaroya Hall tonight. She is the bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway; Help, Thanks, Wow; Stitches; Grace (Eventually); Bird by Bird and many other books. We look forward to the October 2018 publication of Almost Everything (Riverhead), a new book about the place hope has in our lives.  A selection of Anne Lamott’s books will be available for purchase at the Elliott Bay Book Company table at the event and she will be signing copies of her books tonight after the program. Presented by NWAA, KNKX and The Stranger. Click below for tickets and more information. Get tickets  
 

04/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Meg Wolitzer with Maria Semple
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
An evening that should be an absolute delight is in store, as Meg Wolitzer makes this welcome Elliott Bay return visit for a terrific new novel, The Female Persuasion (Riverhead), to be joined in conversation by beloved Seattle novelist Maria Semple. Last here for her previous, encompassing novel The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer spins a story of and for our time, a story of a young woman seeking to know her way, and the part an older woman—and other women—can play in that. “Sweeping yet intimate, Wolitzer’s timely saga places her characters at the heart of a new wave of feminism, one clinging to the old paradigms of protest while encompassing current politics of personal responsibility. In a complex web of friends, lovers, mentors, and rivals, Wolitzer compassionately and artfully discerns the subtle strengths at the core of these essential connections.” —Booklist. “No novel could feel more prescient in the #MeToo movement than Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion… Wolitzer’s ultra-readable latest illuminates the oceanic complexity of growing up female and ambitious—and reveals the author’s substantial insight into the tangles of gender and power.” —Vogue. Maria Semple’s most recent novel is Today Will Be Different.
 

04/09/2018 - 7:30pm

The Connolly Center
POSTPONED - Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin - SOLD OUT
The Connolly Center
550 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98112
With great regret, Michael Bennett has had to postpone all scheduled speaking events for his new book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable at this time.   This event is SOLD OUT. While this evening finds Michael Bennett no longer part of the Seattle Seahawks football team, it does find him still here in a Seattle that esteems and will miss his presence once he is truly off and away—with this evening as a chance to show appreciation for how connected and committed to this community he and his family have been. Even more, this is the occasion to welcome Michael Bennett into a relatively new role, one he will be able to carry on in the years to come after playing—that of author. Along with his co-author, acclaimed sports and politics writer Dave Zirin, he is here tonight to celebrate the publication of Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (Haymarket Books). This book beautifully, powerfully, insightfully says so many things about race, culture, gender, class (and football), it’s hard to know where to begin. His bows to Angela Davis—reverent, knowing, funny—alone make this book worth reading. “With vulnerability, humility, and the courage to tell the truth, Michael Bennett reminds us at the heart of every social awakening are ordinary people who choose justice and resistance over silence and comfort. In a profession where independent thought is punished, Michael Bennett lays it all on the line with this book. Bennett’s insights into everything from Black Lives Matter, to college athletics, to intersectional feminism will not only make white people uncomfortable, but it will challenge the status quo of our entire society.” —Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. Dave Zirin, who has previously written or co-written such books as Game Over, Brazil’s Dance With the Devil, The John Carlos Story, and What’s My Name, Fool!, will be back out this way later in the year for his next book, Jim Brown: Last Man Standing. Co-presented with Town Hall/Inside Out Civics Series and Seattle University.   Get tickets  
 

04/10/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Viet Thanh Nguyen's Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press). learn more
 

04/10/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library
Leslie Jamison with Claire Dederer
Seattle Public Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
The author of both much-praised fiction and non-fiction, including the "surprise" national bestseller, The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison visits tonight with a major new book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown). "Leslie Jamison writes about the highs of dependency and also about the highs of recovery. Her prose is so sharp and evocative that the reader feels the thrilling trickle of alcohol down the back of the throat, and breathes the struggle for health and freedom. Jamison demonstrates great wit, penetrating intellect, and an enormous heart. This strangely exhilarating book is about recovery, but it is more resonantly a book about desire, consciousness, kindness, self-control, and love—and hence a Tolstoyan study of the human condition." —Andrew Solomon. "You don't need to be an addict to be enthralled by The Recovering. This book is for anyone interested in a dazzlingly brilliant, uncommonly compassionate, and often hilarious study of human nature. Leslie Jamison's work will definitely make you feel smarter—I'd like to borrow her brain to pick a fight with a couple of people—but The Recovering also reads like a gripping mystery as written by a subversive and deeply passionate philosopher. Her writing is unexpected, profound, and perverse—in short, a thrill to read." —Mary-Louise Parker. With her in conversation this evening is Seattle-area writer Claire Dederer, author of last year’s heralded memoir, Love and Trouble. Co-presented with the Seattle Public Library. Free admission is on a first-come, first serve basis. Click below for more information.   More info
 

04/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Charles Frazier with Mary Ann Gwinn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A little more than twenty years after his luminous debut novel, Cold Mountain, captivated readers, critics, and booksellers everywhere, and with Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods along in the years since, Charles Frazier is here with Varina (Ecco), another extraordinary novel set in the cauldron of the Civil War. “Varina Howell Davis (1826–1906), wife and widow of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, is an inspired choice as heroine for Frazier’s riveting fourth novel ... ‘Being on the wrong side of history carries consequences,’ he writes, and the events of Varina’s life propel a suspenseful narrative. A quotation from her letters, 'my name is a heritage of woe,' is an apt description of the life depicted: Varina, called 'V' throughout, is married at 18 to the much older Davis; becomes the mother of six children, only one of whom survives her; flees the collapse of the South as a desperate fugitive with a bounty on her head; and, later, is forced to earn a penurious living as a journalist. She is a flawed but fascinating woman ...Frazier’s interjection of historical detail is richly informative, and his descriptions of the natural world of the South are lyrical … this is a sharp, evocative novel.” —Publishers Weekly. Tonight Charles Frazier appears in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn of the Seattle Times.
 

04/10/2018 - 7:30pm

The Summit on Pike
Adam Winkler
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98102
In 2010, a controversial Supreme Court decision granted American corporations nearly all the same constitutional rights as ordinary citizens. In his book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright), constitutional law expert Adam Winkler chronicles a corporate civil rights movement two hundred years in the making. He presents us with a history of the battle over constitutional protections for business, and a groundbreaking portrait of a corporate seizure of political power in America. Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. Co-presented with Town Hall/Inside Out Civics Series. Click below for tickets ($5) and more information. Get tickets  
 

04/11/2018 - 11:30am

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

04/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Moore Theatre
Sean Penn
The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Academy Award-winning actor, writer, and director Sean Penn, whose work includes writing, acting, producing and directing over one hundred films and theatrical productions, speaks about his debut novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (Atria Books). The darkly humorous novel tells the story of Bob Honey, a middle-aged, divorced, disillusioned man living in a nondescript house on a nondescript street in Woodview, California. Bob Honey is a man of many trades—sewage specialist, purveyor of pyrotechnics, contract killer for a mysterious government agency that pays in small bills. As an actor, Sean Penn has been nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, I Am Sam and won his first Oscar in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and his second in 2009 for Gus Van Sant's Milk. As a filmmaker, Penn has crafted powerful dramas such as The Indian Runner, The Pledge, and Into The Wild, which garnered him nominations from the Directors Guild Awards and Writers Guild Awards. "It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it's true. I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson would love this book." —Salman Rushdie. "Bob Honey is the absurd embodiment of the high-octane American entrepreneur turned global menace...He is brethren to Terry Southern's Guy Grand and William S Burroughs's Dr. Benway, Honey is a full-bore gladiator." —Douglas Brinkley, bestselling author, professor of history, Rice University.  Tickets are $33.50 and include entry and one copy of the book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (released March 27, 2018). This event does not include a public signing. Click below to purchase tickets and for more information.   Get Tickets  
 

04/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chris Dombrowski
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Fly fishing guide and poet Chris Dombrowski’s journey to the Bahamas led him to David Pinder, a legendary Bahamian bonefishing guide whose accuracy and intuition were virtuosic. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity and no one was better at hunting them than Pinder. By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build and the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. All of this in Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish (Milkweed Editions).   “A metaphor-laced meditation on the art and practice of fly-fishing, the social and economic history of the Bahamas, the evolution of archipelago geology and the chronicle of Dombrowski's personal struggle to juggle his fishing and poetry obsessions against the financial needs of his own family... Fly-fishing mysticism at its best." —Shelf Awareness.
 

04/12/2018 - 6:30pm

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

04/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Weike Wang with Kristen Millares Young
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Cited as one of 2017’s best books by the Washington Post, NPR, Ann Patchett on PBS, and others, Weike Wang’s debut novel, Chemistry (Vintage, new in paper) is a smart, coming-into-adulthood novel with a twist. “With its limpid style, comic verve, and sensitive examination of love, need, and aspiration, this exquisitely soul-searching novel is sure to be one of the most outstanding debuts of the year.” —Sigrid Nunez. “Chemistry (appropriately enough) explodes the stereotype of the model minority. Wang’s voice is a revelation.” —Peter Ho Davies. “The most assured novel about indecisiveness you’ll ever read. . . An emotionally devastating novel about being young today.” —The Washington Post. Weike Wang will appear in conversation with Seattle writer Kristen Millares Young.
 

04/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Helene Stapinski
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Brooklyn writer Helene Stapinski’s investigation of stories about her Southern Italian family and her formidable great-grandmother, Vita, led to some unexpected revelations, some of which she will share tonight as she speaks about her book, Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy (now in paperback from Dey St Books). "This book is many things: a gripping murder story, an ancestral journey, a tender yet funny reflection on motherhood and love of country, family, and food. But mostly it's just a total page turner. Helene Stapinski is incapable of delivering a dull moment." —Meghan Daum.
 

04/14/2018 - 10:00am

The Seattle Art Museum
Susan Rodgers
The Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This morning the Saturday University morning spring series on Asian Textiles continues with Susan Rodgers, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at College of the Holy Cross, and author of such books as Telling Lives, Telling History, and Gold Cloths of Sumatra. Her lecture subject this morning is “Ikat Textiles from Indonesia and Malaysian Sarawak.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and the Elliott Bay Book Company. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets
 

04/14/2018 - 11:00am

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

04/14/2018 - 7:00pm

The Frye Art Museum
Ada Limón
The Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Hugo House’s craft lecture series continues this evening with noted poet Ada Limón, who will give a talk on “Grief and Release: Poetry as Elegy.” The author of four books of poetry which have been finalists for major book awards, she has a new collection out this summer, The Carrying. Presented by Hugo House. Click below to purchase tickets and for more information.
 
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04/15/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Lindy West
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle writer, New York Times columnist, This American Life contributor, bestselling author, and utterly vital voice for our time Lindy West holds forth this evening with a talk, “The Witches Are Coming.” Among many other things she is active with or has helped found, she is presently working on a book to follow Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. This should be quite a night. A booksigning is scheduled to follow her talk. Presented by NWAA, KNKX 88.5fm, and The Stranger. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets  
 
 

04/17/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Isaac Asimov's , Foundation (Spectra), as the April selection.   Learn More
 

04/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Seattle Art Museum
George Michell
The Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
The Gardner Center’s Asia Talks series this evening presents Dr. George Michell, a renowned historian of Indian architecture, with his newest book, Islamic Architecture of Deccan India: The Sultans of Bijapur and Golconda-Hyderabad (ACC Art Books). This is a gorgeously illustrated survey of Muslim architecture in what is now southern India. Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets  
 

04/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin M. Bailey
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Fishing Lessons: Artisanal Fisheries and Saving Our Oceans (University of Chicago Press), Kevin M. Bailey sails across the world, exploring the fast-shifting current of how we gather food from the sea, what we gain and what we lose with the shifts away from traditional fishermen and into a marketplace of large-scale fishing companies. Species depletion, ecosystem devastation and the rise of artisanal fisheries are all part of the story. Kevin M. Bailey is the founding director of the Man & Sea Institute. He is also author of Billion Dollar Fish and of The Western Flyer. “This book is less a lesson in fishing than a portrait of man at his most harmonious with the sea, when the ocean is his backyard rather than his dominion. Bailey draws on rich cultural history—from indigenous salmon fishers to the lore of Maine’s Bay of Fundy—to etch the line between sharing an ecosystem and exploiting it. His work reminds us that there are costs when that delicate boundary can’t be minded. And that the costs to humanity can run high as the costs to the fish.” —Lee van der Voo.  
 

04/18/2018 - 11:30am

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

04/18/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christopher Moore
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A thoroughly enjoyable night is in store as Christopher Moore, he of Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, Fool, A Dirty Job, and numerous other delights, is back to Elliott Bay with his newest novel, Noir (William Morrow). “Christopher Moore gives us dizzy dames and shadowy gangsters in Noir. Sammy, Moore’s comic revision of Sam Spade, will take you on a silly-thrilly ride through late-1940s San Francisco, and you’ll be laughing all the way.” —Washington Post. “[A] pedal-to-the-metal, exquisitely written comic romp through a neon-lit San Francisco that may never have actually existed, but that, in Moore’s supremely talented hands, sure feels like it could have.” —Booklist. Yes, yes, yes! Special note: to join the signing line, attendees must purchase a copy of Noir from the Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

04/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ramzy Baroud
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A journalist, editor, and author who calls Seattle home, Ramzy Baroud has written powerfully in his first book, My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story, and now in his newest, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto Press) of his Palestinian homeland. The newer book is drawn from first-hand accounts of Palestinian people and what a life of struggle for peace and independence are, as lived in everyday life. “In the finest tradition of people's history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims.” —Noam Chomsky. “A powerful tool to revive and record the human history of al Nakba, a must read for all those who want to see the concealed human dimension of the Palestinian life and suffering”' —Salman Abu Sitta.
 

04/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sloane Crosley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Whichever way she writes—fiction, the essay form—Sloane Crosley wins readers’ hearts and minds. She makes this very welcome Elliott Bay return, having last been here for her 2015 novel, The Clasp, with an engaging new book of essays, Look Alive Out There (MCD Books). "[Crosley] continues her tradition of hilarious insight into the human condition . . . [she] is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life's darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates the collection." —Publishers Weekly. "A marvel . . . The latest collection from the Manhattan-based essayist suggests she can write engagingly about nearly anything . . . All [the essays] work on multiple levels and all are sharply written, as Crosley continues to extend her impressive range.”—Kirkus Reviews.  
 

04/21/2018 - 11:00am

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

04/21/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Masatsugu Ono
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to this evening host this special U.S. appearance by major Japanese novelist Masatsugu Ono, who is over from his Tokyo home. The recipient of awards and honors—the Asahi Award for New Writers, the Mishima Prize, and Japan’s highest literary honor, the Akutagawa Award (in 2015), among them—he is here tonight for the translated version of his novel, Lion Cross Point (Two Lines Press, translation by Angus Turvill). “Masatsugu Ono’s lucid, spare novel explores the question: What is finally more mysterious than family? It is not the unraveling of a mystery, but the tangible evocation of mystery itself as it rises from anecdotes and intuitions, from the layering of the innuendos of memory with the overtones and undertones of dream and seascape, that distinguishes this hauntingly written and beautifully translated book.” —Stuart Dybek. “Masatsugu Ono’s work vibrates with the sounds of voices whose meaning has yet to be discovered. In Lion Cross Point, even those who have been deprived of their voice find their place among us.” —Yoko Tawada.
 
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04/22/2018 - 7:00pm

Campion Ballroom, Seattle University
James Comey - SOLD OUT
Campion Ballroom, Seattle University
914 East Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98122
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Details of what will be a much-anticipated visit by James Comey, former FBI director, and U.S. attorney and deputy attorney general prior to that, remain to be announced. He is scheduled to be here for his soon-to-be-released (April 17) book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron Books). In this forthcoming book, James Comey shares his experiences in some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.  Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history. Co-presented with the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, the Seattle University School of Law, and the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice. Tickets ($30) admit one person to the event and include a copy of A Higher Loyalty. Tickets are being sold through Seattle University. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets  
 

04/22/2018 - 7:00pm

Neptune Theatre
Laurie Anderson
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Laurie Anderson’s new book All the Things I Lost in the Flood (Rizzoli) is a series of essays about stories and language. In celebration of the publication of the book the artist will present a limited number of performances. The performance All the Things I Lost in the Flood includes visual images- many of them previously unpublished- as well as intimate performances with commentary of some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles and digital language. The evening also includes accounts of many of the artist’s projects, operas, installations and inventions as well as an inside look at the artist’s methods, strategies, failures and Plan B’s. A book about performance comes to life again as a performance. Copies of All the Things I Lost in the Flood will be available at the show along with her recent Nonesuch record Landfall, a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group (STG). A booksigning following the performance is expected to be part of the evening. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the show. Click below to purchase tickets and for more information.   Get tickets   
 

04/23/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Alexander Chee
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Alexander Chee makes a welcome return to Hugo House to read from his first collection of nonfiction, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (Mariner Books), named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Esquire, Book Riot, The Rumpus, Paste, and Buzzfeed. “Alex Chee explores the realm of the real with extraordinarily beautiful essays. Being real here is an ambition, a haunting, an impossibility, and an illusion. What passes for real, his essays suggest, becomes real, just as life becomes art and art, pursued this fully, becomes a life.” —Eula Biss. Alexander Chee’s novels include Edinburgh and Queen of the Night. Co-presented with HUGO HOUSE. Free/seating is limited. Click below for more information. More info  
 

04/23/2018 - 7:00pm

The Summit on Pike
Annelise Orleck with Heidi Groover
The Summit on Pike
420 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Thousands of fast food workers in 230 cities across the globe went on strike in May 2014, protesting for a living wage, workplace protections, and the right to unionize. Today that fight persists in the form of the #FightFor15 movement, whose efforts have resulted in cities around the nation (including Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles) instituting a rise to a $15 minimum wage. History professor and activist Annelise Orleck chronicles the fight for a living wage and the results of this worldwide working-class outcry in her book We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages (Beacon Press). She is joined onstage by Heidi Groover, a housing and labor journalist for The Stranger, to discuss Annelise Orleck’s interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world—including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines. Annelise Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College and she is also the author of Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty and Rethinking American Women’s Activism. Co-presented with Town Hall/Inside Out Civic Series. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets
 

04/24/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nancy Singleton Hachisu
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’ve previously hosted James Beard Award-nominated food writer Nancy Singleton Hachisu with her previous books, Japanese Farm Food and Preserving the Japanese Way, and we’re thrilled that she’ll be stopping at Elliott Bay to speak about Japan: The Cookbook (Phaidon). The definitive, home cooking recipe collection includes 400 sumptuous recipes organized by course and including her insightful notes. The dishes—soups, noodles, rices, pickles, one-pots, sweets, and vegetables—are simple and elegant. Nancy Singleton Hachisu lives on a farm in Japan with her family. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Saveur, The Art of Eating, and Lucky Peach.
 

04/24/2018 - 7:30pm

Paramount Theatre
Madeleine Albright
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Former U.S. Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright has over the years also written a number of acclaimed books: Read My Pins, Prague Winter, and Madam Secretary. She is here tonight with her most timely and urgently written book, Fascism: A Warning (Harper). She’ll be joined onstage in conversation by Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President in Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Albright outlines the warning signs of fascism and offers concrete actions for restoring America’s values and reputation. There is priceless wisdom on every page.” —Booklist. “Besides providing an overview of the careers of Mussolini and Hitler, Albright looks at leaders such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, Hungary’s Viktor Orban, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin . . . Sage advice in perilous times.” —Kirkus Reviews. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. This program will not include a booksigning. Please click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets  
 

04/24/2018 - 7:30pm

The Riveter
Nina Collins
The Riveter
1517 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two years ago Nina Collins started a closed Facebook group for women over 40. She called it “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” in an ironic nod to a brilliant and witty feminist who killed herself in her 50s. What started as a purely personal attempt to comfort and entertain herself has morphed into a group of 6000+ members, all over the world and across a diverse range of economic and racial spheres, and they talk in the group, in an unusually candid way, about all things that women over 40 care about—bodies, romantic lives, kids (if you have them), careers, literature, politics. It’s an incredibly funny, supportive, and very unusual place where women really get down quickly, to all the things that are rarely spoken of in public. Join her tonight as she discusses her book, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? And Other Questions I Ask Myself As I Attempt to Age Without Apology (Grand Central Publishers). Co-presented with Riveter. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get tickets  
 

04/25/2018 - 11:30am

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

04/25/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sonya Renee Taylor with Anastacia-Reneé
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A book that has been going into readers’ hands from the day it first landed, poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love (Berret-Kohler), is one of those books whose empowering messages are readily evident. This evening, with Seattle Civic Poet and artist Anastacia-Reneé, is a night not to be missed. “The Body Is Not an Apology is a gift, a blessing, a prayer, a reminder, a sacred text. In it, Taylor invites us to live in a world where different bodies are seen, affirmed, celebrated, and just. Taylor invites us to break up with shame, to deepen our literacy, and to liberate our practice of celebrating every body and never apologizing for this body that is mine and takes care of me so well. This book cracked me open in ways that I’m so grateful for. I know it will do the same for you.” —Alicia Garza. “The Body Is Not an Apology is a radical, merciful, transformational book that will give you deep insights, inspiration, and concrete tools for launching the revolution right inside your own beloved body. Written from deep experience, with a force of catalytic energy and so much love.” —Eve Ensler.
 

04/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jonathan Evison
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jonathan Evison makes this welcome return over from his Bainbridge Island home to read from what may be his most well-received novel yet, Lawn Boy (Algonquin). This fifth novel—after All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!—is the moving, evocative story of Mike Muñoz, fired "lawn boy," and what the future might hold for him. “A triumph from the ground up . . . finally a book that zooms in on social strata without flinching or copping out. Lawn Boy takes us into the heart, mind and body of Mike Muñoz as he makes a coming of age trek from landscaping crew to navigating the dead American dream—all the way to reimagining a future on his own terms.” —Lidia Yuknavitch. “Moving . . . Evison convincingly evokes the small disasters and humiliations that beset America’s working poor. Mike’s gradual growth into self-awareness is punctuated by moments of human kindness and grace that transpire in and among broken-down trucks, trailer parks, and strip malls. Focusing on the workers who will only ever be welcome in gated communities as hired help, Evison’s quiet novel beautifully considers the deterioration of the American Dream.” —Publishers Weekly.
 

04/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Art Museum
Dorothy Ko
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
As part of the Gardner Center’s Asia Talks series, Dorothy Ko, professor of history at Barnard College, will discuss her recent book, The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China (University of Washington Press). "Ko fires the imagination in her examination of the inkstone in its full richness, both as a writing tool and a sculptural work of art in early Qing dynasty society. These objects tell us complex stories about artistic competition, gendered values, and the many roles of craft in eighteenth-century China." —Foong Ping. Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art & Ideas. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets  
 

04/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jon Michael Varese with Dan Berger
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Jon Michael Varese’s debut novel, The Spirit Photographer (Overlook), a photographer running a successful business capturing carefully staged “images” of the deceased is startled to find a familiar face—that of the daughter of an escaped slave he knew long ago—in one of his photographs. "Varese's unique first novel is set deep in the secrets of the postwar years, when the chains of slavery have vanished but an equally sinister underside to society remains. An entertaining amalgam of history and fiction, gothic and ghost story, The Spirit Photographer is an addicting tale.” —Booklist. Jon Michael Varese is a literary historian whose focus has been the significance of the 19th-century British novel in both Britain and America, and is the Director of Public Outreach for The Dickens Project at the University of California Santa Cruz. Jon Michael Varese appears in conversation with Dan Berger, Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington at Bothell.
 

04/28/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Rachel Silberstein
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This morning the Saturday University morning spring series on Asian Textiles continues with Rachel Silberstein, a cultural historian and lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Her lecture topic this morning will be “Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th-Century China.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and the Elliott Bay Book Company. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets
 

04/28/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Independent Bookstore Day
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. We will have fun activities and giveaways all day long in our store as well as some limited-edition merchandise. This is an event you won't want to miss and lucky for you, it's happening all day. For those who visit three or more independent bookstores in our area, there is a special prize—and for those of you who aspire for more, visit all 19 bookstores in our Seabookstoreday partnership to earn a special independent bookstore grand championship prize. Please visit @SEABookstoreDay for more information.
 

04/28/2018 - 11:00am

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

04/28/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kit Bakke
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In her terrific new book, Protest on Trial: The Seattle 7 Conspiracy (Washington State University Press), Seattle writer Kit Bakke vividly recounts an important part of Seattle and Northwest history, doing important work in doing so while many of the protagonists—and many of the issues struggled over—are still with us. The Seattle 7 lived the late 1960s counterculture—young, idealistic, active organizers against racism and the Vietnam War, fond of long hair, rock’n’roll, sex, drugs, and parties. In January 1970 they founded the Seattle Liberation Front (SLF). Nationally, the FBI was practicing secret and illegal wiretapping, setting up warrantless break-ins and paying informers and provocateurs to destroy organizations like the SLF. The book follows the defendants to prison, their fight to be released, and how they have lived their lives over the almost fifty years since then. Protest then and now is explored in the Epilogue. “Kit Bakke’s case study shows how a handful of activists were put on trial, not for organizing one of the largest demonstrations Seattle had ever experienced, but rather for the more radical activities they achieved through their Seattle Liberation Front . . . Thanks to Bakke, their impact on Seattle and the nation . . . will live on to inspire every new generation to demand that we live in a real, accountable democracy.” —Nick Licata. Tonight’s festivities include a special performance by the Rejections and Trailing Spouses, Seattle7Writers band. Don’t miss this. Co-presented with Seattle7Writers.
 
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04/29/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Thomas Lowe Fleischner, Edie Dillon, Saul Weisberg, Peter Kahn Jr.
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness (Torrey House), psychologists, poets, biologists, artists, and more explore the notion that attentiveness to nature represents an essential pathway to sanity and health, for both individuals and societies. The book’s fundamental premise is that humans are—literally—born to pay attention to nature, and are physically, psychologically, and socially healthier when we do. Edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner, the contributors include Jane Hirshfield, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Gary Paul Nabhan, Lauret Savoy, and others. Thomas Fleischner is joined tonight by some of the contributors to the book: sculptor and environmental artist Edie Dillon; Peter H. Kahn, Jr., author of Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life, and editor of the journal, Ecopsychology; and poet and naturalist Saul Weisberg, executive director of North Cascades Institute. Co-presented with the Natural History Institute.
 

04/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Moore Theater
Pete Souza
The Moore Theater
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
STG Presents & Elliott Bay Book Company welcomes Pete Souza Back in Seattle at The Moore Theatre on Sunday, April 29, 2018. We regret that due to the size of the event, a booksigning is not possible. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. He'll speak and show images from his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Obama: an Intimate Portrait (Little, Brown). This book is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's historic Presidency, capturing in unprecedented detail by his White House photographer—and presented in an oversize, 12" x 10" exquisitely produced format, and featuring a foreword from the President himself. Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president's meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C. and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. Click below for tickets and more information.   Get tickets   
 

04/30/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D.
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our April closes out on an important, heartfelt note, as Dr. Hope Ferdowsian is here with her book on animals and people who undergo the trauma of war, abuse, and displacement, Phoenix Zones: Where Strength Is Born and Resilience Lives (University of Chicago Press). "Human and nonhuman animal rights activist Dr. Hope Ferdowsian has witnessed the horrific effects of brutality directed at both. Phoenix Zones are sanctuaries throughout the earth that extraordinary people have created to allow these dignified human and nonhuman victims to reclaim their lives. An acute observer of all animals, human and nonhuman, Hope's fine prose and deftly drawn portraits allow us to understand how we can not only support these Phoenix Zones, but create a world in which they become obsolete." —Steven Wise. "An extraordinary, vital book that demonstrates how trauma runs deep, not recognizing gender, race, nationality, age or species. An absorbing read that combines hard science with adventure, personal observation, and compassion." —Ingrid Newkirk. Diana Goodrich and J.B. Mulcahy from Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest will also be part of the discussion here tonight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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