August 2019

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08/01/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Caitlin Horrocks with Donna Miscolta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The month of August begins with an appearance by award winning fiction writer Caitlin Horrocks’ debut novel, The Vexations (Little, Brown), an ambitious reimagining of the life of Erik Satie. Set in La Belle Èpoque Paris, The Vexations takes readers into his life and that  of his circle of friends (and lovers) which included Claude Debussy and Suzanne Valadon. Satie both inspired and alienated many in the art scene and, eventually tests his staunchest allies, his  younger siblings, Louise and Conrad. “Genius blazes in this gorgeous and breathtakingly assured novel—sometimes center-stage, sometimes in a corner—but there are no satellites: seldom have I read a book about art that refuses so staunchly to treat any life as minor. The Vexations is a rare, engrossing, humane achievement.” —Garth Greenwell. Caitlin Horrocks is also the author of the story collection, This Is Not Your City and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an O. Henry Prize. Caitlin Horrocks will appear in conversation with Seattle writer Donna Miscolta, author most recently of Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories.
 

08/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Oyinkan Braithwaite with Kira Jane Buxton
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are thrilled to welcome, here on a U.S. tour from her home in Lagos, debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite, with her audacious, brilliant, prize-winning book, My Sister, The Serial Killer (Anchor, newly in paper). “It’s Lagos noir—pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan…This book is, above all, built to move, to hurtle forward—and it does so, dizzyingly. There’s a seditious pleasure in its momentum. At a time when there are such wholesome and dull claims on fiction—on its duty to ennoble or train us in empathy—there’s a relief in encountering a novel faithful to art’s first imperative: to catch and keep our attention…This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times. “Sly, risky, and filled with surprises, Oyinkan Braithwaite holds nothing back in this wry and refreshingly inventive novel about violence, sister rivalries and simply staying alive.” —Idra Novey. My Sister, The Serial Killer received an LA Times Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2019 Women’s Prize. Oyinkan Braithwaite appears in conversation with Seattle author Kira Jane Buxton, whose novel, Hollow Kingdom (Grand Central Publishing) will be published on August 6. This should be great fun!
 

08/03/2019 - 10:30am

El Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Event Center
Civic Saturday with Eric Liu
El Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Event Center
1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Civic Saturdays, recently profiled by Courtney Martin, Jr. in The New York Times, is now a national movement. These gatherings are a  salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. Friends and strangers gather to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas and to hear a “civic sermon” from founder Eric Liu, whose recent book, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy (Sasquatch), is a collection of many past sermons. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please email taneum@citizenuniversity.us if you would like to be an event volunteer, or for ASL/interpretation services. Free and though no tickets are required, RSVPs are encouraged, click here. Find out more about Civic Saturday here.
 

08/03/2019 - 11:00am

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

08/03/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joseph Mosconi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two Western Washington poets, Sarah Galvin and Robert Lashley, join Los Angeles based writer and curator Joseph Mosconi, in an evening celebrating new work. Seattle poet Sarah Galvin is the author of Ugly Time (Gramma/Black Ocean), The Three Einsteins and The Best Party of Our Lives (Sasquatch). A contributor to The Guardian, Vice and The Stranger, she has also worked with the Bureau of Fearless Ideas. Bellingham poet Robert Lashley, author of The Homeboy Songs (Small Doggies Press), was a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow and a nominee for a Stranger Genius Grant. His poetry has been published in Many Trails to the Summit and It Was Written, an anthology of poetry inspired by hip hop. Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and, with Andrew Maxwell, curated This Known World at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Joseph Mosconi’s book, Ashenfolk (Make Now Press) is a 10 inch box set of minimalist poetry related to “chiropteric burglary, miscast spells, sentient AI, elvish folklore, heavy metal, counter-hippie cybernetics.” We’ll hear some creative, edgy and exuberant work tonight, so don’t miss this.
 
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08/04/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David M. Skover
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Along with Ronald K.L. Collins of the University of Washington School of Law, David Skover of the Seattle University School of Law has co-authored several books on free expression and it constitutional foundations, among them The Trials of Lenny Bruce and On Dissent. Today’s program is occasioned by publication of their newest book, The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (Rowman & Littlefield). “This is the Howl story as it has never been told — riveting and reliable. It is the remarkable story of a courageous publisher and bookseller who tested the law to give voice to a poem howling to be born. With artful skill and scholarly research, the authors highlight Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s rightful place in history, not only as a great American poet but also as a fearless defender of liberty.” — Matt Theado. “Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a too little recognized one-hundred year old First Amendment hero, a poet, painter, bookseller and book publisher whose devotion to freedom of expression has been boundless. In this splendid book about Ferlinghetti, Collins and Skover combine a mastery of narrative with profound insight in a manner that inspires us all to recommit ourselves to the uniquely American experiment in free-speech freedom.” — Floyd Abrams.
 

08/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Roger Wall
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Roger Wall reads from his novel, During-the Event (University of Alaska Press), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction. “Wall’s careful characterization balances teenage growing pains with the maturity forced by scrabbling for survival, and he creates an intimate human portrait of D.E. and those he meets. Fans of literary dystopian fiction such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road will appreciate Wall’s vivid, powerful vision of the future.”-Publishers Weekly. 
 

08/06/2019 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Primary Election Day
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A reminder that this is the due-date for mail-in ballots for primary election races, and the actual voting date for ballot issues such as City of Seattle Prop. 1, which would renew support for the City of Seattle’s Public Library and its good services. See yes.seattlelibraries.org for more information.
 

08/06/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Tom Robbins' enduringly popular novel, Jitterbug Perfume (Bantam).   learn more  
 

08/06/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Andrea Dunlop
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle novelist Andrea Dunlop this evening celebrates publication of her fifth novel, We Came Here to Forget (Atria), a book cited as one of 2019’s Most Anticipated Reads by Bustle, PopSugar, Marie Claire, She Reads, and more. “Andrea Dunlop’s novels were made for book clubs. This one is a gripping story of family secrets and dangerous ambition that follows Katie Cleary, an Olympic hopeful who tries to live under a new identity when her career is ruined after dark truths about her sister come to light.”  –Bustle. "I wish Andrea Dunlop’s We Came Here to Forget could go on forever. I was riveted by the central story of an overachieving athlete who is finding her way in a world without clocks, without concrete goals. Andrea is a talented, intuitive …  storyteller, revealing details at just the right moment over and over again. There is so much genuine emotion and tension throughout the book...a lot to think about in here, and oh yes—a lot of dancing in paradise (and in hell) too." –Caroline Kepnes.
 

08/07/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime Summer Break
The Elliott Bay Book Company
5121 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please note: our friends at PJ Library, which offers these popular Wednesday morning song & storytimes, are taking a break for the summer, starting with the last storytime to happen, June 26,  to resume again come September.
 

08/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Majd Mashharawi with Rania Qawasma
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rescheduled after a planned visit earlier this year was scuttled by visa issues, community entrepreneur Majd Mashhawari is here from her home in Gaza, Palestine where she is an engineer, the CEO of GreenCake, a startup that manufactures bricks from recycled materials, and has also helped develop a off-the-grid solar power kit called SunBox. She will discuss developments and the situation in Gaza, and will be joined in conversation here by Rania Qawasma, Seattle architect, founder of Architecture for Refugees USA and a board member of Architects Without Borders. Fast Company cited Majd Mashhawari as one of the Most Creative People in Business for 2018. Co-presented with ARCHITECTURE FOR REFUGEES USA and ARCHITECTS WITHOUT BORDERS.
 

08/08/2019 - 6:30pm

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

08/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chuck Klosterman with David Shields
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Almost a summer ‘regular’ with appearances here, as his books’ release has generally been timed to summer, Chuck Klosterman makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for his newest book, Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction (Penguin Press). He’s to be joined here in conversation with David Shields, most recently author of The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Pown, and Power (Mad Creek), and director of a new film on Marshawn Lynch that’s getting a lot of buzz, Lynch: A History. For Chuck Klosterman, this visit is for a new book that straddles the line between fiction and writing that is not fiction, this coming after eight non-fiction books and two novels. “Klosterman, one the most distinctive contemporary writers of nonfiction and fiction, presents a collection of very short stories...a delightful grab-bag of ideas, characters, and fantastical plots, all in prose that jumps off the page...[T]hese vignettes, often with Twilight Zone- or Black Mirror-like premises, are both profoundly weird and weirdly profound. . . . [Raised in Captivity] is moving, funny, and ceaselessly entertaining.” —Booklist.  “A multitude of clever scenarios...In these 34 stories, most featuring a hilarious denouement, [Klosterman] takes on racism, diets, cults, white privilege, and life with Trump as president...No matter the topic, Klosterman’s gimlet eye and trenchant prose bedazzle.” —Publishers Weekly. Co-presented with Hugo House (at Elliott Bay).
 
 

08/10/2019 - 11:00am

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

08/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
William McKeever
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Ocean conservationist, filmmaker and writer William McKeever appears today to speak about the role that sharks play in maintaining balanced marine ecosystems. Tonight’s program begins with an abridged screening of his film, Emperors of the Deep. Following the screening, he will discuss the film’s companion book, Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians (HarperOne). William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. He takes his readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to Shark Week)” which claims they’re terrifying underwater predators. Sharks, who have lived on earth for over 450 million years, have so far survived five extinction level events. While humans killed 100 million sharks last year, only 4 humans died from shark related attacks. As apex predators, sharks are crucial to the ocean’s health by maintaining reef and seagrass ecosystems. 
 
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08/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michelle Peñaloza & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’re pleased to welcome poet Michelle Peñaloza back to Seattle this evening, to read from her much anticipated new collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire (Inlandia Books), which won the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize. “As an heraldic preface to her wondrous new volume, Michelle Peñaloza asks of her poetry a profound question—How do children born of empire // once removed // possess the history // of their naming?  So the poet sings in splendid particulars—of a mother almost mystic in affection, a father who works with uncommon pride in his work on an assembly line, of her sensuous own body burgeoning with erotic impulse and tenderness, of the romance of an island archipelago luminous with magical beasts but also riven by colonial decrees...The book is a colorful and complex mosaic of repossession, a repairing of an uprooted history, and Peñaloza’s own passionate monody of praise for all that was lost.”-Garrett Hongo. Reading with Michelle Peñaloza tonight are three Filipinx American writers. Robert Francis Flor is a prolific poet, playwright, prose writer and mentor to generations of Asian American writers. His work includes a chapbook Alaskero Memories and the plays Mabuhay Majesty and The FAYTS – The Filipino American Young Turks. Emily P. Lawsin, National Vice President of the Filipino American National History Society (FANHS), is a poet, essayist and short story writer whose work has appeared in Flippin’ and in Troubling Borders. Corina Zappia’s essays and reviews have appeared in Salon, Catapult and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She was formerly contributing food writer at The Stranger. 
 

08/13/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Peter Singer's, Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter (Princeton University Press).   learn more
 

08/13/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Seattle Walk Report, Paul Constant & Friends
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Discover the overlooked people, places and things that define our city’s neighborhoods with the comic artist behind the beloved Seattle Walk Report Instagram. Tonight’s program celebrates the publication of Seattle Walk Report: An Illustrated Walking Tour Through 23 Neighborhoods (Sasquatch Books), and reveals the self-taught cartoonist, illustrator and designer behind the Instagram and the book. They will appear in conversation with SeattleReviewofBooks.com founder Paul Constant, also a cartoonist and the author of the Planet of the Nerds series currently published by Ahoy Comics. Co-presented with the SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission. More information here.
 

08/13/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Richard Rapport MD
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight Dr. Richard Rapport, clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and attending physician at Harborview Medical Center, discusses his new book, Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die (History Press). In 1968, Dr. Leonard Cobb and Seattle Fire Chief Gordon Vickery, began to implement something new and daring: one of the country's first pre-hospital coronary care systems. Working with Dr. Michael Copass, they started Medic One, an emergency service unlike any other. One year later, the first vehicle equipped with a defibrillator and ten highly trained Seattle firefighters took to the streets. Medic One has since trained hundreds of paramedics, added an emergency air transport service in four neighboring states, helped build a statewide emergency transfer system and saved countless lives. Dr. Richard Rapport delivers an inside look at one of the most influential medical programs in Washington State and the country.
 

08/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Marjorie Kelly
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Social policy scholar Marjorie Kelly, Executive Vice President and a Senior Fellow with The Democracy Collaborative, is co-author, with Ted Howard, of the timely new book, The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few (Berrett-Kohler). “An insightful, moving, energizing book, just what America needs now more than ever. Kelly and Howard enable us to see that indeed there is life—good life—beyond our brutal form of capitalism, and it is already emerging. Bravo!” —Frances Moore Lappé. “It’s not enough to imagine another world is possible, we need to feel and taste it. Kelly and Howard give us the concrete stories we need to truly believe in this new world.” —Naomi Klein, from the Foreword.
 

08/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chavisa Woods with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Chavisa Woods returns to Seattle tonight to read from a memoir of personal vignettes, 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism (Seven Stories), in which she presents one hundred true, personal stories of sexism, harassment, discrimination, and assault. Recounting her experiences with gender-based discrimination, unsolicited groping, and sexual violence--beginning in childhood, through the present--the author lays out clear and unflinching vignettes that build in intensity as the number of times grows. Individually, and especially taken as a whole, these stories amount to powerful proof that sexual violence and discrimination are never just one-time occurrences, but part of a constant battle women and non-binary people face every day. She appears in conversation with Seattle writer and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, the author of Sketchtasy and the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir, The End of San Francisco, among other books. Her next book, The Freezer Door, about desire and its impossibility in this very neighborhood, will be published in 2020.   
 

08/16/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Edward Harkness & Bethany Reid
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two excellent, seasoned Seattle-area poets read here this evening, from new and recent work. Edward Harkness, recently retired from a thirty-year teaching career at Shoreline College, visits with his third full-length collection, The Law of the Unforeseen (Pleasure Boat Studio). “Suffused with tenderness for the earth and its fragile creatures, The Law of the Unforeseen contains poems - lyrical, sensual, often comic, sometimes savagely funny - that ride a current of melancholy, a certainty of loss that deepens the vitality Harkness brings to the page. This is a rich, generous-hearted collection, a moving testament by a man of passionate conscience.” - Anne Pitkin. Bethany Reid’s debut collection of poems, Sparrow, received the 2012 Gell Poetry Prize. She is here this evening with her second collection of poems, Body My House (Goldfish Press). She has published widely in journals, including Cairn, Calyx, Pontoon, and Prairie Schooner.
 

08/17/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks. Just go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin!
 
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08/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Téa Obreht
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Eight years after making waves with her electric debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht makes this most welcome return for her much-anticipated new novel, Inland (Random House). This novel, both very different than its much-honored predecessor, but also bearing signs of Téa Obreht’s unmistakable gifts and talents with language and story, is set in a drought-plagued corner of the U.S. in the late 19th-century. A story written with fierce beauty, one with mythic gravity and resonance, this is one not to be missed. “Obreht brings her extraordinarily intricate worldview, psychological and social acuity, descriptive artistry, and shrewd, witty, and zestful storytelling to another provocative inquiry into the mysteries of place, nature, and human complexities...Obreht inventively and scathingly dramatizes the delirium of the West—its myths, hardships, greed, racism, sexism, and violence—in a tornadic novel of stoicism, anguish, and wonder.”—Booklist. “A frontier tale dazzles with camels and wolves and two characters who never quite meet. Eight years after Obreht’s sensational debut, The Tiger’s Wife, she returns with a novel saturated in enough realism and magic to make the ghost of Gabriel García Márquez grin. She keeps her penchant for animals and the dead but switches up centuries and continents. Having won an Orange Prize for The Tiger’s Wife, a mesmerizing 20th-century Balkan folktale, Obreht cuts her new story from a mythmaking swatch of the Arizona Territory in 1893. The book alternates between the narratives of two complex, beset protagonists: Lurie, an orphan and outcast who killed a boy, and Nora, a prickly frontierswoman with her own guilty conscience. Both speak to the dead. Lurie sees ghosts from early childhood and acquires their “wants,” while Nora keeps up a running conversation with her daughter, Evelyn, dead of heatstroke as a baby but aging into a fine young woman in her mother’s mind. Obreht throws readers into the swift river of her imagination…A deep stoicism, flinty humor, and awe at the natural world pervade these characters. They are both treacherous and good company...The final, luminous chapter is six pages that will take your breath away.” - Kirkus Reviews. We agree.
 

08/20/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing John Langan’s, The Fisherman (Word Horde) as the August selection.   Learn More  
 

08/20/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lucy Tan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer we believe has recently moved to Seattle after spending most of the past decade split between New York City and Shanghai, Lucy Tan makes this welcome first reading visit here for the new paperback release of last year’s well-received, set-in-Shangai debut novel, What We Were Promised (Back Bay). "Winner of Ploughshares' Emerging Writer award, Lucy Tan draws an astute portrait of a staid family thrown into disarray in this assured first novel. She does not explore the Tolstoyan adage of unhappy families, but rather throws a stone into the still pool of carefully balanced domesticity. With its measuring of expectation against reality, What We Were Promised showcases Tan's sharp eye for the intricacies of human relationships."―Shelf Awareness. "What We Were Promised glows through its intimate, skillful prose. Tan's debut is a beautiful reckoning with the ever-changing definition of "home" - what it means to have, lose and find family again."―USA Today.
 

08/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Brian McDonald with Jesse Bryan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Brian McDonald’s graphic novel, Old Souls (First Second), illustrated by Les McClaine, a man’s chance encounter with a ‘grave robber’ (who has the ability to relive former lives) leads him into an exploration of a tragic episode in his past. Brian McDonald has worked in film, television, and comic books for more than thirty years. He is the writer and director of the award-winning short film White Face, and has worked as a speaker and story consultant for such clients such as Disney and Cirque du Soleil and currently serves as “Chief Storyteller” at the Belief Agency. His book Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories That Resonate is required reading at Pixar Animation Studio as well as several film studies programs. McDonald teaches for the Film School in Seattle and the Red Badge Project, which teaches veterans suffering from PTSD how to tell their stories. He appears in conversation with Jesse Bryan, founder of the Belief Agency. 
 

08/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jamel Brinkley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to finally be able to present fiction writer Jamel Brinkley here, the last time he wasn’t able to appear as scheduled being owed to a date conflict when his debut book of stories, A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the National Book Awards, and the ceremony was the date of his Elliott Bay reading. He is here from his California home for the paperback edition of his collection of nine stories, which, in total, carry a remarkable breadth and variety to them. "Among A Lucky Man’s many wonderful accomplishments — the way the length of each story affords its characters room to move; the use of linear, progressive time to knit the individual stories into a social fabric, à la Alice Munro or Wideman — one in particular is genuinely path-clearing. Brinkley offers visions of manhood and masculinity that demonstrate candor without false intensity, desire without ownership. His male characters have fictional experiences that, in the hands of the right reader, can become equipment for living." - Los Angeles Review of Books. "Jamel Brinkley writes the kind of fiction that reads like the whole truth. As his characters —from estranged siblings in Virginia to surrogate families in Brooklyn—love, hurt, challenge, and sometimes save each other, their stories vividly expose our ideas of masculinity and the fumes of racism and injustice in the American air we breathe. A Lucky Man is full of insight and music—a bold, urgent debut." —Mia Alvar.
 

08/22/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Lynda V. Mapes & David B. Williams
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Two Seattle writers with a long history of writing about the natural world celebrate new paperback editions published by University of Washington Press. Lynda V. Mapes’ The Witness Tree follows the story of a Harvard Forest oak tree studied continuously since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Known for her coverage of  the taking down of the Elwha dam in books such as Elwha: a River Reborn, Lynda Mapes writes for the Seattle Times and has covered the protests at Standing Rock, the recovery of Rialto the Sea Otter and for ongoing coverage of Orcas in the Pacific Northwest. David Williams’ Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, encourages readers to take a closer look at the geology around them on the city streets and the fossils and building materials on view on Seattle’s downtown streets are of course included. David Williams’ books include Seattle Walks (which includes a walk featuring the city’s “Downtown Rocks”),  Too High and Too Steep and Waterway.  Co-presented with Seattle Public Library and University of Washington Press. Free admission. More information here.
 

08/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jed Myers, Tina Schumann & Heidi Seaborn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Three Seattle poets hold forth here this evening, with their newest collections. Jed Myers’s fifth book of poems is The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press). “The Marriage of Space and Time is more often than not local in its concerns, even intimate. Such is the nature of this particular marriage, in which we all live. And die. This ongoing here and now … Myers aims to see as closely and accurately as he can, and in his seeing, he gives his readers a way to see as well, and thus to be genuinely alive, in our own time and space, for as long as we have it.” —Robert Wrigley. Tina Schumann’s just-published Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press) is her third collection. “Tina Schumann’s Praising the Paradox is a rich guide book for a life – a grand companion. These deeply satisfying poems with their lush images and fluid sound movements unfold in elegance, settling the spirit. In every stanza, Schumann’s honest voice feels compelling and humble...offering largeness of vision, grace, and enormous reading pleasure...Nothing forced, nothing labored. What a treat.”  –Naomi Shihab Nye. Heidi Seaborn’s emergence as a published poet is a story in itself, as is her debut full-length collection, Give a Girl Chaos (see what she can do) (Mastodon Publishing). “Heidi Seaborn’s Give a Girl Chaos (see what she can do) is  a startling first collection. Seaborn’s poetry pays homage to the chaotic world we live in - a world replete with love, divorce, death, rebirth, and family secrets - and transforms this chaos into a maelstromic feast of the senses. Give a Girl Chaos sings of hornet nests, butterfly hordes, moths in bed, and the depths of the heart.” - Jane Wong. 
 

08/24/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!
 
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08/25/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Carla Rachel Sameth
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Through meditations on race, culture, and family, Carla Rachel Sameth’s book, One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays (Black Rose Writing). tells the story of a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles. A memoir-in-essays, it examines life’s surprising changes that come through choice or circumstance, often seemingly out of nowhere, and sometimes darkly humorous—even as the situations are dire. Carla Rachel Sameth teaches creative writing at the Los Angeles Writing Project at California State University Los Angeles and she was recently selected to be a 2019 “Pride Poet” participating in the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. She is a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets who present “poetry within reach and in unexpected places.” Co-presented with MUTHAMagazine.com. 
 

08/26/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paula Becker, Priscilla Long and Shauna James Ahearn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight three Seattle-area writers whose work encompasses multiple genres discuss their methods, inspirations, the ways in which their writing projects sometimes cross-pollinate, and how they approach the process of telling stories. Seattle historian Paula Becker, known for her histories of the Seattle World’s Fair and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expedition, is the author of Looking for Betty Macdonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I (now out in paperback from University of Washington Press). Her memoir, A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction will be published by University of Iowa Press in September. Cookbook author Shauna M. Ahern, co-author of (with Daniel Ahern) of the James Beard award-winning Gluten-Free Girl Every Day and Gluten-Free Girl American Classics; and the author of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: a Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes, will speak about her memoir, Enough: Notes From a Woman Who Has Finally Found It, forthcoming from Sasquatch Books in October. Priscilla Long, who writes poetry, essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, science, and history, is the author of The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (University of New Mexico Press); Crossing Over: Poems; a collection of linked literary nonfictions entitled Fire and Stone (University of Georgia Press); and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press).
 

08/27/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sheri Salata & Nancy Hala
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was what Sheri Salata was facing as she left a twenty year career as executive producer at OprahWinfrey.com and co-president at OWN and Harper Studios. After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, she decided to produce her own life transformation, a story told in her book, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation (HarperWave). Tonight she appears in conversation with her The Sheri + Nancy Show Podcast co-host, Nancy Hala . “For years, Sheri Salata used her magical powers, work ethic, and generous spirit to make other people’s lives better. But finally she had to learn how to turn that magic inward, in order to master the ultimate challenge of improving, rescuing and loving herself. Being the generous soul she is, she took notes along the way. The Beautiful No is a roadmap for transformation — an honest, funny, and soulful look at what it really means to take stewardship over your own existence. This book will bring help and hope to so many people.” - Elizabeth Gilbert.
 

08/28/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rick Moody
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
An award-winning writer of fiction and memoir who has read here since his early books - The Ice Storm, Garden State, and Purple America - were published twenty-five and more years ago, Rick Moody makes this welcome return for a telling new nonfiction work, The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony (Henry Holt). “In unflinching, diary style . . . Moody balances emotional adversity with poignant digressions. . . . And his clever turns of phrase hint at a sense of wonder . . . recognizing that good fortune seems preordained while transcending tragedy requires something magical, namely, the power of love.” —Booklist. “Touching. . . . In heart-wrenching detail, Moody . . . weaves in [tales] of hardship. . . . A revealing, intimate memoir—and a moving love letter.” —Publishers Weekly.
 

08/29/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nilofar Shidmehr
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We ease into the Labor Day weekend here on a high note, as noted Iranian Canadian fiction writer and poet Nilofar Shidmehr visits from her Vancouver home to read from her recently published debut book of stories, Divided Loyalties (House of Anansi). “Nilofar Shidmehr’s collection of short stories is accurately titled. The divided loyalties that torment these Persian women, whether they are still living in Iran or have emigrated to Canada, is her painful subject matter, and Shidmehr examines every nuance of it in fiction that is fierce, meticulously observed, beautifully crafted, and authoritative. A stunning work.” — Keith Maillard. “Each story in Divided Loyalties is like a new window into Iran’s complex post-revolutionary history, its hardships as well as its beauties, its griefs as well its unwavering will to survive. A touching, fascinating read.” — Sahar Delijani. “Shidmehr narrates the lives of her characters with as much fluid intensity and grace as they are lived.” — Musharraf Ali Farooqi.
 
 

08/31/2019 - 11:00am

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