August 2018

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08/01/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joanna Luloff
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Denver based novelist Joanna Luloff returns to Elliott Bay tonight to read from her debut novel, Remind Me Again What Happened (Algonquin), in which a journalist stricken by a mysterious illness awakens in a hospital room far away, with no idea how she got there. The author was inspired to write this novel after her mother, who lost much of her memory after an illness, made a striking comment: “I feel like I have to borrow memories from other people.” In exploring this idea, Luloff created what Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will, calls “a beautiful meditation on the questions of what, exactly, identity, love, and friendship are made of.” Joanna Luloff, also author of The Beach at Galle Road, teaches at the University of Colorado.
 

08/02/2018 - 7:00pm

Quest Church
Austin Channing Brown with Gail Song Bantum & Brenda Salter McNeil
Quest Church
1401 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin so that future employers would assume she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, the author “had to learn what it means to love blackness," a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (Convergent Books), is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin Channing Brown appears in conversation with Quest Church Executive Pastor Gail Song Bantum and Quest Church Teaching Pastor Brenda Salter McNeil, who is also Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Seattle Pacific University. Click below to RSVP and for more information. RSVP  
 

08/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Miriam Parker
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer who has made a name for herself in book publishing as a top New York house editor, Miriam Parker visits with her Sonoma-set debut novel, The Shortest Way Home (Dutton). “It’s nearly impossible to describe this wonderful debut without summoning the language of wine country because Miriam Parker has infused every page with an appreciation for the alchemy of character and place that can transform a cluster of grapes into a beautiful glass of wine. She turns the same keen eye on matters of the heart—exploring how and where and with whom we find happiness, declare a home—with spectacular results.” —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. “The Shortest Way Home is about love, life, and the sometimes unpredictable ways we find our place in the world. But it’s also about wine, and maybe best described as one might a great wine: the perfect balance of spice and sweetness, satisfyingly complex yet utterly refreshing.” —Rumaan Alam.
 

08/03/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Raven Chronicles Journal, Vol. 26: Last Call
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight we’ll help the editors, contributors and readers of Raven Chronicles celebrate the publication of the storied literary journal’s last issue: Vol. 26, Last Call. After chronicling the literary antics of tricksters and dreamers, the under-heard and the underserved since 1991, their regularly scheduled subscription-based magazine is “subsiding back into the northwest tree pulp from whence it came,” and their energy turns to an ongoing book publication program. This issue was produced under the auspices of founding and current managing editor Phoebe Bosché, founding editors Kathleen Alcalá and Philip Red Eagle, and guest editors Priscilla Long and Gary Copeland Lilley. Reading tonight are: Chris Buckley, T. Clear, Joan Fiset, Steve Griggs, Mare Heron Hake, Thomas Hubbard, Paul Hunter, Anna Odessa Linzer, John Mifsud, Jack Miller, Jed Myers, Vaibhav Saini, Marianne Weltmann, Carletta Carrington Wilson, Danae Wright and, from Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle: Cathy Scott, Megan McInnis, and Elliott Villarreal. Anna Bálint serves as the emcee.
 

08/04/2018 - 10:30am

Hillman City Collaboratory
Civic Saturday with Eric Liu and Friends
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us. The programs include music, readings, and a civic sermon by Eric Liu, whose books include You’re More Powerful Than You Think. (PublicAffairs).  We hosted the first Civic Saturday at Elliott Bay, and we’ll be at today’s gathering with a pop-up bookstore. It is free and open to all. Click below for more information. More Info  
 

08/04/2018 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for August 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.  
 

08/04/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sallie Tisdale with David Shields
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland writer Sallie Tisdale, author of several noted non-fiction works (from Talk Dirty to Me to Stepping Westward), brings to bear her practiced writer’s eye, her years of work as a palliative-care nurse, her Buddhist practice, and more in her new book, Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying (Touchstone). She is joined here tonight in conversation with Seattle writer David Shields, who has also addressed mortality in his work, and of Advice for Future Corpses writes, “Sallie Tisdale’s elegantly understated new book pretends to be a user’s guide when in fact it’s a profound meditation. It also pretends to be about how to die. Actually, it’s about how to live.” “Tisdale, a former nurse, offers an intimate insider’s look at dying, aimed at both caregivers and mortally ill people. By turns philosophical and pragmatic, Tisdale gently prods readers to make plans while they can . . . Tisdale’s forthright narrative voice, charmingly bossy in style (“Be very careful about odors.... You don’t want to be the most nauseating thing that happens in the day”), is so generous and kind in spirit that readers will gladly follow along.” —Publishers Weekly.  
 
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08/05/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alice Bolin in conversation with Megan Kruse
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Alice Bolin turns a critical eye to literature and pop culture, the way media consumption reflects American society, and her own place within it. The essays in her debut collection, Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession (William Morrow), takes on the hazards of  toxic masculinity and those of white womanhood. Alice Bolin’s nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker’s Page Turner Blog. She is the editor of Electric Literature's Okey-Pankey and assistant professor of creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis. Alice Bolin appears in conversation with Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home (Hawthorne Press).
 

08/05/2018 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Diana Khoi Nguyen with Prageeta Sharma and Ryo Yamaguchi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As part of a weekend that includes a workshop stint with Hugo House, Denver-based poet Diana Khoi Nguyen makes this welcome reading appearance here, with a striking debut collection in hand, Ghost Of (Omnidawn). Selected by Terrance Hayes for a publication prize, this is a powerful look at a family riven by history, exile, and loss, loss most notably in the suicide of a brother. This is a book for the page (see what is done), as well as one powerful in voice. Also reading tonight are poets Prageeta Sharma and Ryo Yamaguchi. Prageeta Sharma teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Montana, and is the acclaimed author of four collections of poetry, Undergloom (Fence Books) being the most recent. Ryo Yamaguchi works at Seattle-based Wave Books, and is the author of The Refusal of Suitors (Noemi Press). “Diana Khoi Nguyen’s Ghost Of is nothing short of an extraordinary debut. At its center is the haunting disappearance of a brother, gone by suicide. These poems are uncanny renderings of an invisibility made visible by the sheer will of candor, bemused forms, agility of lexicon, and a voice, almost noiselessly extravagant. What she gives us, she takes away; nearly impossible transformations transform . . . Nothing here is ever entirely complete—ghost of mourning, ghost of yearning, ghost of the kiln unfilled with the probable impossibility of an afterlife . . . Nguyen’s voice is both wraithlike and astonishingly frontal; this is one of the most gifted first books I’ve read.” —Terrance Hayes. Co-presented with KUNDIMAN.
 

08/06/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dunya Mikhail with Claudia Castro Luna & Tynan Kogane
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted and honored to present this evening with Michigan-based Iraqi poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail. She is the author of three extraordinary volumes of poetry that have been translated from the Arabic to English—The War Works Hard, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea, and The Iraqi Nights (all New Directions)—which she’ll begin the evening with, reading in the Arabic original with Washington Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna reading the English translations.  The evening will then proceed to Dunya Mikhail presenting her profoundly powerful non-fiction work, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq (New Directions, translated by Max Weiss). In this book, Dunya Mikhail interviews and gives voice to women who were captured, raped, tortured, and otherwise brutalized by Daesh (ISIS), and managed, one way and another, to survive and escape. She also tells stories of those who risked much to help rescue them. It is hard reading, but there is a great undercurrent of the will to live and be free, so evident in the women who speak here. “Mikhail bears witness to them and other women in war-torn Iraq, women who have scarcely known peace throughout their lives. That she is a poet is clear on each page. A powerful study.” —Kirkus Reviews. “A searing portrait of courage.” —New York Times Book Review. Of Dunya Mikhail’s poetry, Pierre Joris writes, “Here is the new Iraqi poetry: a poetry of urgency that has no time for the traditional (in Arab poetry) flowers of rhetoric; terse, unadorned, stripped & ironic, Dunya Mikhail’s lines move at the speed of events—be it war or love. Here the fierceness of the public life meshes with the hard-won tenderness of the private, in a passionate dialectic that makes her voice the inescapable voice of Arab poetry today.” The Beekeeper portion of the evening will be introduced by Tynan Kogane, who is Dunya Mikhail’s editor at New Directions for this book, as well as the editor of several other excellent New Directions books.
 

08/07/2018 - 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 Carmen Maria Machado's, Her Body and ther Parties (Graywolf Press).   learn more  
 

08/07/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Valerie Trueblood
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of our favorite writers, who happens to live here in Seattle, Valerie Trueblood this evening celebrates the publication of her newest book, Terrarium: New and Selected Stories (Counterpoint). This, her fourth collection of stories (following Search Party, Marry or Burn, and Criminals) in a body of work that also includes a novel (Seven Loves), should bring ever-more readers to work that has been shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Awards. “A new collection from one of our finest short story writers, preceded by condensed versions of her last three books . . . There are indeed some great stories here, praised for their unsettling combination of empathy and ruthlessness, for their elegant, uncommonly quick development, for their diverse, unexpected subject matter . . . She is still a cleareyed and compassionate reporter of the complexities and contradictions of human nature.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

08/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Keith Gessen with Paul Constant
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Russia-born writer, editor, and translator Keith Gessen makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for his much-anticipated new novel, A Terrible Country (Viking). Author of the earlier novel, All the Sad Young Literary Men and a founding editor of the excellent literary journal n+1, he tells the story of a young man who packs up his life in New York to return to Moscow to help look after his grandmother, with all manner of things happening as a result. To talk with him about this tonight will be Paul Constant, himself co-founding editor of the Seattle Review of Books. “In Gessen’s exceptional and trenchant novel, floundering 30-something professor Andrei Kaplan flees from New York to Russia, the country of his birth, to reassess his future and take care of his ailing grandmother . . . Andrei’s early attempts to reorient himself to post-Soviet Russian society bring about considerable insight and humor—getting rebuffed by a men’s adult hockey league, getting pistol-whipped outside a nightclub—leading him back to watching old Russian films with his grandmother . . . While poised to critique Putin’s Russia, this sharp, stellar novel becomes, by virtue of Andrei’s ultimate self-interest, a subtle and incisive indictment of the American character.” —Publishers Weekly. “A cause for celebration: big-hearted, witty, warm, compulsively readable, earnest, funny, full of that kind of joyful sadness I associate with Russia and its writers. Gessen’s particular gift is his ability to effortlessly and charmingly engage with big ideas—power, responsibility, despotism of various stripes, the question of what a country is supposed to do for the people who live in it—while still managing to tell a moving and entertaining human story. At a time when people are wondering whether art can rise to the current confusing political moment, this novel is a reassurance, from a wonderful and important writer.” —George Saunders. Also to note is that among the Russian writers Keith Gessen has translated is Nobel Prize Laureate Svetlana Alexievich.  
 

08/09/2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Washington State Convention Center
Gender Odyssey Seattle 2018
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
Gender Odyssey is an annual, multi city, international conference focused this year on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them. This annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of connection, support, and community at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, USA. More information about conference fees and specific programs (for families, children, youth and young adults, employer education and health concerns) at: Gender Odyssey   Pre-registration required to attend.
 

08/09/2018 - 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  
 

08/09/2018 - 7:00pm

Frye Art Museum
Ben Lerner presented by Hugo House
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Poet, translator, novelist, essayist, and critic Ben Lerner is at the Frye Art Museum tonight with a Hugo House craft talk on "the novel as a curatorial form." His books of poetry—The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, Mean Free Path—have come from Copper Canyon Press. His novels are Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04. He is also the author of The Hatred of Poetry. Onstage with him for the Q&A portion of the evening will be Seattle writer and critic Jessica Mooney. Presented by Hugo House. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets.   Get Tickets  
 

08/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Edgar Cantero
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hum and buzz there are for writer and cartoonist Edgar Cantero, whose exuberant, genre- and gender-defying books have included The Supernatural Enhancements and Meddling Kids. He is here tonight with his newest, This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us (Doubleday). This is detective work with a difference. “In A.Z. Kimrean, Cantero has written the funniest private investigator this side of Peter Sellers. How can you not love the warring siblings, opposites in a single body, as they outwit everyone they meet? You will. You will love them.” —Josh Malerman. “[A] winning spoof . . . Literary references (Bret Easton Ellis, John Grisham, and Ayn Rand in one sentence), clever quips (“an arrogance of college jocks”), and bad puns (a carpenter who loses his tools is a “saw loser”) keep the pages turning. Few will be able to resist Cantero’s broad, quirky humor.” —Publishers Weekly.
 

08/10/2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Washington State Convention Center
Gender Odyssey Seattle 2018
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
Gender Odyssey is an annual, multi city, international conference focused this year on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them. This annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of connection, support, and community at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, USA. More information about conference fees and specific programs (for families, children, youth and young adults, employer education and health concerns) at: Gender Odyssey   Pre-registration required to attend.
 

08/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jasmin Darznik
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As part of a Seattle visit that includes appearing at the Seattle Iranian Festival the following day, Jasmin Darznik reads here tonight from her beautiful debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird (Ballantine). Born in Tehran, now living and teaching in northern California, Jasmin Darznik is already the author of a well-received memoir, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her novel looks at Iran through the lens of a fictionalized life story legendary, groundbreaking  poet, Forough Farrokhzad.   “Farrokhzad is known as the Sylvia Plath of Iran, and the two poets were contemporaries, living lives at once starkly different and remarkably attuned, then dying young and tragically. Plath’s renown is universal; Darznik’s enthralling and illuminating novel will introduce Farrokhzad to a whole new world of readers.”—Booklist. “These are times for stories that bring one culture nearer to another, and that is exactly what Jasmin Darznik has done, pulling close the hearts of girls and women and poets to tell Forugh Farrokhzad’s remarkable story.”—Laleh Khadivi. Presented in association with the SEATTLE IRANIAN FESTIVAL.
 

08/11/2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

Washington State Convention Center
Gender Odyssey Seattle 2018
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
Gender Odyssey is an annual, multi city, international conference focused this year on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them. This annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of connection, support, and community at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, USA. More information about conference fees and specific programs (for families, children, youth and young adults, employer education and health concerns) at: Gender Odyssey   Pre-registration required to attend. ​​​​​​​
 

08/11/2018 - 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 let the stories begin!
 
 

08/11/2018 - 11:00am to 7:00pm

Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Iranian Festival
Seattle Center Armory
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
The 12th annual Seattle Iranian Festival takes place today in the Seattle Center Armory, an annual fest of programs, performances, displays, presentations, and gathered community of all ages. Author Jasmin Darznik, who will read from her debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, the evening before at Elliott Bay, will be on hand, along with many others. Also of note is a musical performance by Hamed Nikpay on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Presented by the IRANIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ALLIANCE. More information on the Seattle Iranian Festival and the Hamed Nikpay concert here: IACA
 
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08/12/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Caroline Fraser
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
However it worked out and has come to pass, we are delighted to this afternoon present Caroline Fraser, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, here for her magnificent book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Picador USA), almost literally as it becomes available in paperback. “An absorbing new biography [that] deserves recognition as an essential text.... For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder’s ‘Little House’ books as relics of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure.... Meanwhile, ‘Little House’ devotees will appreciate the extraordinary care and energy Fraser brings to uncovering the details of a life that has been expertly veiled by myth.” —The New York Times Book Review. “Unforgettable... A magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented (it contains 85 pages of notes), it is a compelling, beautifully written story.... One of the more interesting aspects of this wonderfully insightful book is its delineation of the fraught relationship between Wilder and her deeply disturbed, often suicidal daughter.”—Booklist. Prairie Fires was also one of the New York Times Book Review’s prestigious ‘10 Best Books of the Year,’ as well as the best of year lists for several other publications. Caroline Fraser is also the editor of the Library of America volume of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book and the the author of Rewilding the World and God’s Perfect Child.
 

08/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Andrew Lawler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The story of the lost colony of Roanoke, the vanished first English settlement in the New World, has baffled historians for hundreds of years. Journalist Andrew Lawler’s research into the topic took him to archives, excavations and historical records, and he shares his conclusions in his new book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Doubleday.) He does not solve the mystery, but he does address the resonance that Roanoke, and particularly Virginia Dare, still holds for Americans. Andrew Lawler, also the author of  Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, and other publications.
 

08/14/2018 - 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 T. R. Reid's, A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System (Penguin).   learn more
 

08/14/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Anthony Alvarado
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland-based writer and activist Anthony Alvarado, author of DIY Resistance: 36 Ways to Fight Back (Seven Stories Press) speaks today about successful actions people's movements use to defeat tyrants: defend free speech, look after your community, fight racism and misogyny, organize, protest, network, publish. The lessons of successful resistance are rich and they are everywhere around us. Take note, find your inspiration and your strength, and join others around you who share your commitment. Anthony Alvarado is the host of the monthly podcast The Magic Hour. His previous book, DIY Magic—originally self-published, then in a second edition from TarcherPerigee—is a collection of how-to techniques for creativity.
 

08/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Susan Froderberg
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer with Northwest roots who now splits her time between New York and Seattle, Susan Froderberg is here this evening with her new novel, Mysterium (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a book that itself has a certain rootedness in people from this region. Based to a degree on the 1976 death of Nanda Devi Unsoeld - part of the Unsoeld family that included Congresswoman Jolene Unsoeld, and Evergreen educator/mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, who himself would perish on a climb in 1979. Nanda Devi Unsoeld’s death occurred while climbing the Himalayan peak she was named for. Susan Froderberg’s novel doesn’t try and tell all of that story, rather poses various questions, along with vividly rendering that kind of landscape and people’s tenuous place in it. "Froderberg has a firm grasp on the technical aspects of climbing, as well as its many dangers . . . The book offers the unusual combination of an intellectual challenge coupled with a brutal but ecstatic story."—Publishers Weekly.
 

08/16/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dave Zirin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most active, and activist-inclined individuals writing about sports relative to society, Dave Zirin is known to many for his co-authoring role in books that make big, vital statements. The most current being Michael Bennett’s Things That Make White People Uncomfortable but notably with others such as John Carlos. This evening brings him here for one of his ‘own’ books, a fascinating account of the life and times of onetime iconic Cleveland Browns football star Jim Brown, Jim Brown: Last Man Standing (Blue Rider). “Jim Brown is heroic but no hero. Dave Zirin gives us an extraordinary life of fame, manhood and masculinity that is not always a compliment to its subject but is undeniably important. Last Man Standing confronts the three third rails of American Life—race, class and gender—through an American icon whose triumphs are matched only by his flaws.”—Howard Bryant. Dave Zirin is also sports editor at The Nation and a columnist with The Progressive. It will be a pleasure to have him here again.
 

08/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elizabeth Rush
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer and educator who lives in Rhode Island, Elizabeth Rush is here with a book that is just beginning to receive the attention it merits, a book of care and urgency. Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore (Milkweed) takes readers to places where the notion of shore is dramatically changing, sometimes as part of the widely reported storms or weather events, but also as part of what is at work now daily. “Rising is a smart, lyrical testament to change and uncertainty. Elizabeth Rush listens to both the vulnerability and resiliency of communities facing the shifting shorelines of extreme weather. These are the stories we need to hear in order to survive and live more consciously with a sharp-edged determination to face our future with empathy and resolve. Rising illustrates how climate change is a relentless truth and how real people in real places know it by name, storm by flood by fire.” —Terry Tempest Williams. “Sea level rise is not some distant problem in a distant place. As Elizabeth Rush shows, it’s affecting real people right now. Rising is a compelling piece of reporting, by turns bleak and beautiful.” —Elizabeth Kolbert.
 

08/18/2018 - 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!  
 
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08/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Patricia Hampl
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer whose work we have been ‘missing,’ as it has been over a decade since her memoir, The Florist’s Daughter, acclaimed poet/nonfiction writer Patricia Hampl makes this welcome return with her surprising and wonderful new book, The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking). Wonder is at the heart of this heartfelt book. “Vivid, passionate, bursting with ideas and insights, Patricia Hampl’s new book is a summation of a lifetime of sensitive searching and thinking.  A love story, a meditation on death, travel, Americanness, Catholicism, integrity and Montaigne, this beautiful journey is finally about the education of a soul.” —Phillip Lopate. “The art of Patricia Hampl is the art of a lyrical, contemplative self, a self as instrument attuned to the world’s vibrations. Through reflection and investigation, vignette and daydream, she roams centuries and continents in this book.” —Margo Jefferson.
 

08/21/2018 - 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 month's selection is Nnedi Okorafor’s, Lagoon  (Saga Press), as the August selection.   Learn More
 

08/21/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Michael Pyle
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer we first presented over thirty years ago, on the occasion of his landmark book, Wintergreen (which recently merited a thirtieth-anniversary reprint edition), and who has been through with numerous works of non-fiction and nature study, Robert Michael Pyle makes this welcome return on the occasion of his very first novel, Magdalena Mountain (Counterpoint). First novel it may be, but this is one of accomplished work, a vision that is earned and achieved. “Fans of Robert Michael Pyle’s nonfiction will not be surprised to find his first novel abounding in details of the natural world—lovingly described plant and animal and insect life across the changing of the seasons on a remote Colorado mountain. What they may not expect is the bold imagination he brings to these pages—an amnesiac who might be the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene, a pantheist colony of monks in cahoots with feminist antinuclear activists, a Yale graduate student on the trail of a mysterious hitchhiking lepidopterist! Magdalena Mountain is thoroughly original, and thoroughly Robert Michael Pyle. Enjoy!” —Molly Gloss. “An elegant, eccentric novel of love, loneliness, and lepidoptera...Worthy company for work by other naturalist/novelists: Nabokov, Matthiessen, Kingsolver.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

08/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paulette Perhach
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening local writing teacher Paulette Perhach provides some some worthwhile advice to aspiring writers. Her book, Welcome to the Writer’s Life: How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice (Sasquatch), has been described as a “freshman orientation for writers. "Paulette Perhach is a teacher you can trust. She knows the creative writing process from hard work and constant practice, and everything she says about it rings true. Funny and wise, filled with examples of the joys and sweet agonies of the creative process, Welcome to the Writer's Life is a book both veterans and beginners will enjoy."—Charles Johnson, author of The Way of the Writer and Middle Passage. Paulette Perhach will appear in conversation with Priscilla Long.
 

08/23/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Larison
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
John Larison is up from his Willamette Valley home, here to help launch his wonderful novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry (Viking), into the world. This is a splendid casting of what the western US was like in the late nineteenth century, especially as lived through by the young woman at the heart of this beguiling tale. “An orphan girl straight out of a Gillian Welch song, betrayed in every way imaginable by the brutality that ‘won the West,’ is left no way to hew a family or honor but to become a virtuoso cross-dressed killer of Manifest Destiny’s men. As Jessilyn Harney takes on the great lies and liars with lyrical violence, her voice takes flight, becoming a sustained, forlornly beautiful, mind-bending aria for our age.”  —David James Duncan. “A thunderclap of originality, here is a fresh voice and fresh take on one of the oldest stories we tell about ourselves as Americans and Westerners. It’s riveting in all the right ways—a damn good read that stayed with me long after closing the covers.” —Timothy Egan.
 

08/24/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Karen Piper
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Karen Piper grew up on the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, a Mojave desert outpost where her father worked on the Sidewinder and other weaponry. The Amway rallies, Evangelical Christianity, Reagan Revolution and Cold War related fears of imminent nuclear war were just part of a lifestyle that she would later begin to question. She tells the story in her memoir,  A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Viking). "Karen Piper's A Girl's Guide To Missiles reaches back into the body of American war and retrieves the heart of a girl, still beating, not beaten. Her memoir riveted me— I read it in one sitting holding my breath as she made a story braid from growing up a girl and growing up in the military industrial complex at the China Lake missile range. Gender, family, war, and American myth-making make this an unforgettable book and a radical act of truth-telling." — Lidia Yuknavitch Karen Piper is also the author of The Price of Thirst, Left in the Dust, and Cartographic Fictions.
 

08/25/2018 - 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!
 
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08/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nancy Rommelmann with Claudia Rowe
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland journalist Nancy Rommelmann’s book, To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder (Little a), examines the circumstances and aftermath of the deaths of two young children murdered by their mother, Amanda Stott-Smith, who pushed them over the railing of the Sellwood Bridge in 2009. Stott-Smith's grandmother Jackie Dreiling sums up the question on everyone's mind: "How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable?" Rommelmann employs compassion and emotional honesty in her investigation to try to comprehend the motivations behind the crime and its aftermath, helping readers understand the implications, if not the answer, to Dreiling's question. Nancy Rommelmann appears in conversation with Claudia Rowe, author of The Spider and the Fly.
 

08/28/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Somaiya Daud with Margaret Stohl
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A night of delight: a writer and onetime Washington, D.C. bookseller who is presently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, Somaiya Daud is now, as of this evening, the author of a fabulous young adult novel, her first, Mirage (Flatiron). A wondrous fantasy using Somaiya Daud’s homeland of Morocco as inspiration in setting, this is the story of a girl who gets tapped to be the body double of a princess - with marvels which then unfold. With her this evening will be bestselling young adult fantasy author Margaret Stohl.   “Somaiya Daud’s Mirage reads like the lushest of fantasies, set in an unforgettably immersive world that is both dangerous and impossibly lovely. The characters are complex and nuanced, and the story is by turns romantic, harrowing, climactic and hopeful, though the unresolved ending paves the way for an even grander sequel. I didn’t want it to end, and I can't wait to return to the world Daud has created.” —Rosalyn Eves. “Daud is a masterful storyteller. Mirage gives readers an exquisitely wrought world with deft characters, death-defying stakes, and an aching romance. Bound to linger in your dreams.” —Roshani Choksi.
 

08/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
American Chordata group reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for the first West Coast celebration of American Chordata, a Brooklyn and Seattle based biannual print and online magazine featuring bright voices in fiction, nonfiction essay, poetry, art, and photography. Tonight’s special event features readings by contributing authors from the Pacific Northwest in honor of the newly released 7th issue. Contributors reading tonight include: Maria Rosa Mills, Katelyn Kenderish, Allan Peterson, Edward Derby, and Daniel Cecil. Contributing Editor Matthew Hitchman serves as M.C. Find out more: American Chordata.
 

08/30/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kate Gavino
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We first became acquainted with the work of Filipino American cartoonist Kate Gavino through her book and blog, Last Night's Reading, a collection of annotated cartoons drawn at author events she attended in person (at our store and some others) and via Skype.  We’re excited to welcome her back to Elliott Bay in person this time to speak about her new graphic novel, Sanpaku (Archaia). In Sanpaku, Marcine, a 12-year-old Filipino American girl, becomes fascinated with a Japanese idea that seeing the white around the iris of your eyes is a bad omen. The book was inspired in part by the author’s experiences growing up in an immigrant family living in suburban Houston during the 1990s.
 

08/30/2018 - 8:00pm

The Neptune Theatre
Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen
The Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Hot Tuna is coming to the Neptune! Co-founders and core members guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady have been making music together for fifty years, playing together as teenagers, then in the iconic 60s band The Jefferson Airplane and in Hot Tuna to this day. We’ll be on hand to sell copies of Jorma Kaukonen’s new memoir, Been So Long: My Life and Music (St. Martins), in which he tells some stories about his life on the road. A booksigning is expected to follow the performance. Presented by STG/SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP.   get tickets  
 
 
 
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