October 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
 
 

10/01/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Henning Mankell’s An Event in Autumn (Vintage).   learn more
 

10/02/2019 - 11:30am

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

10/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seane Corn
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn speaks today about her new book, Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action (Sounds True), in which she shares her message about the power of yoga to “heal, love bigger, and be of service to the world.”   "In this insightful and integrated book, Seane Corn journeys into the depth of essential wisdom that can be found on the yoga mat. Drawing connections from classic ancient teachings and physical practices to modern-day realities, she presents a roadmap from abstract theory to in-your-life application. She boldly confronts issues of privilege, race, and justice that yogis and meditators too often bypass, starting where it matters: from the inside out. Seane goes beyond lip service that our liberation is bound together and offers up her own journey--backsteps and all--as an invitation for each and every one of us to walk our own path of liberation, too." --Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei, author of Radical Dharma, and founder of Transformative Change. Seane Corn is a cofounder with Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling of Off the Mat, Into the World, a global humanitarian leadership training program.
 

10/02/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Ijeoma Oluo with Charles Mudede
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
The paperback release of Seattle writer Ijeoma Oluo’s vital, essential, internationally acclaimed book, So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press) is the occasion for this evening of talk with Stranger editor and writer Charles Mudede. "So You Want to Talk About Race strikes the perfect balance of direct and brutally honest without being preachy or, worse, condescending. Regardless of your comfort level, educational background, or experience when it comes to talking about race, Ijeoma has created a wonderful tool to help broach these conversations and help us work toward a better world for people of color from all walks of life."- Franchesca Ramsey. "I don't think I've ever seen a writer have such an instant, visceral, electric impact on readers. Ijeoma Oluo's intellectual clarity and moral sure-footedness make her the kind of unstoppable force that obliterates the very concept of immovable objects." - Lindy West. Coming next spring will be a much-anticipated new book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (Seal Press). Presented by TOWN HALL CIVICS Series in partnership with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information here.
 

10/03/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Balaban
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Esteemed poet and translator John Balaban makes this welcome return to Elliott Bay and the region that has published much of his work, that being Port Townsend, home of Copper Canyon Press. The author of twelve books of poetry, John Balaban is here tonight with his newest, Empires (Copper Canyon). “In a way that few poets do, John Balaban truly roams the globe—and the centuries. He has his eye on empires, yes, but also on moments when different slices of history collide... His capacious poems enlarge our eyes on the world.” —Adam Hochschild. “In these poems, John Balaban plumbs the recent and ancient past. His generous spirit and technical brilliance cast a very bright light. Empires is luminous work.” —Elizabeth Farnsworth. In addition to his own poetry, John Balaban is particularly known for his work in translating poetry and writing from the Vietnamese. Copper Canyon has published, Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong  and Ca dao Việt Nam: Vietnamese Folk Poetry.
 

10/04/2019 - 7:00pm

Benaroya Hall Nordstrom Recital Hall
Tegan & Sara Quin
Benaroya Hall Nordstrom Recital Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
As this goes to press, we believe these two programs (7pm & 10pm)  - unique from the fabulous shows Tegan and Sara Quin put on as musicians - are sold out. Up to date information is to be found at the website cited at the end of this listing. For other purposes, this to help herald the news that in addition to a new album release, Hey, I’m Just Like You, the Vancouver-based duo have co-authored a fabulous book, High School (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “This account of the pains and pleasures of dirtbag queer-girl adolescence is everything you could want from a memoir: honest and hilarious, dishy and sweet, smart and self-aware and utterly charming. What a gift to get this view of Tegan and Sara as sisters, as friends, and as artistic collaborators, as they were becoming musical icons, and—more importantly—themselves.” —Carmen Maria Machado. "To navigate the experiential landscape of high school is always an emotional minefield. To have Tegan and Sara unabashedly share the perspective of young lesbians is a rare and invaluable gift. The kind of empathetic education our society is starved for.” —k.d. Lang. That is just some of the early praise with Hanif Abdurraqib, Ivan Coyote, Abbi Jacobson, Michelle Tea, Augusten Burroughs, and Vivek Shraya among those chiming in. Presented by STG at Benaroya. More information, including admission possibilities, here.
 

10/04/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tamim Ansary
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tamim Ansary, a Bay Area-based cultural historian who was born and lived in Afghanistan until the age of sixteen, has written a series of books that look at layers, connections, and contrasts of different places, different periods, different motives - and how things affect the other. He is here this evening with a book that has a certain sweep to it, shall we say: The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection (Public Affairs). "Tamim Ansary has done it again, writing an expansive, wonderfully readable account of our present world. With deft examples drawn from across history, he skewers the idea that there's anything pure about culture or race. Ideas have blended and meshed across space and time to make the modern world what it is. Ansary is a charming guide to this blesh of civilizations, and to the world's permanent-and hopeful-capacity for change."—Raj Patel.
 

10/05/2019 - 10:30am

Impact Hub Seattle
Civic Saturday
Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98104
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. Also featured are poetry from Naa Akua and music by Shaudi Vahdat, both Artists in Residence.  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. Presented by CITIZEN UNIVERSITY. Free and though no tickets are required, RSVPs are encouraged: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/civic-saturday-at-impact-hub-tickets-70655449351. Find out more about Civic Saturday at citizenuniversity.us.
 

10/05/2019 - 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 October 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!
 

10/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nora Krug
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Along with our friends from the Goethe Institute Seattle Pop Up, we welcome prize-winning graphic narrative author Nora Krug. Her illustrated memoir and meditation on her German homeland, Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home (Scribner, newly in paper), received the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award, and was cited as a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and others. “Nora Krug has created a beautiful visual memoir of a horrific time in history. A time that torments us to this day. Asking questions and searching for the truth, she will not turn away from the legacy of her family and her country. She asks the question of how any of us survive our family history. Ultimately, the only course is not to veil the answers.”—Maira Kalman. “To belong to a place is not to be able to choose what it takes from you. But we can choose what we take from it. Nora Krug takes from her German homeland, and then gives to us, a sense of what it is like to be German today, and a guide to how a reckoning with the past can begin.” –Timothy Snyder. Presented by GOETHE INSTITUT POP UP SEATTLE and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. For more on our friends and neighbors at Goethe Seattle Pop Up, please see https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/gps.html.
 
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

10/06/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Mary Lou Sanelli
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet, prose writer and dance teacher Mary Lou Sanelli reads from her novel, The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs (Chatwin Books), the story of two dancers, determination and the struggle to forgive. Mary Lou Sanelli, also a dance teacher, has received an Artist Trust GAP Award, a Jack Straw Writers Award and a GoodReads Notable Book Award. This afternoon’s program will open with a performance by dancers from West Seattle Performing Arts, under the direction of Ballet Mistress Stephanie Cain. “This is a story that explores the wide range of human emotion as if from behind the intimate curtain of a dance studio; the meaning of family in all its diverse varieties; determination; the struggle to understand ourselves and the behavior of others; the hope that comes from compassion and acceptance; and resilience.”
 

10/06/2019 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Patti Smith
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Four years after giving a sold-out Seattle audience a memorably powerful evening of reading and song for her luminous M Train, Patti Smith returns with another beautiful work of memoir, Year of the Monkey (Knopf). “It was a year of disruption, wandering, dreams and surreal visions: this year of the monkey on the Chinese zodiac was also the year Smith turned 70, and a trickster election hurled the country into a dark looking-glass realm. Smith writes with fresh lucidity, wit, bittersweet wonder, and stoic sorrow, shifting in tone from lyrical to hallucinatory to hard-boiled as she describes her meditative and investigative meanderings along the Pacific coast and in the desert. Keenly sensitive to atmosphere, she finds herself ‘in the middle of the unexplained’ as she travels with cosmic spontaneity and ‘an almost religious simplicity’ . . . She remembers her life-saving childhood library and a cherished, then dying friend. Smith also chronicles with exquisite poignancy her last visits with her soulmate Sam Shepherd . . . Elegiac, vital, and magical.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist. “Elegiac, vital, magical,” indeed. Patti Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has received the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Tickets and more information, here.  
 

10/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Fatima Bhutto
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Along with our friends from Tasveer, and quite appropriate in the timing as they wind down this year’s 14th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (September 26 - October 6), we present this evening with noted novelist and essayist Fatima Bhutto. The author of five various works of fiction and nonfiction, including a recent novel, The Runaways, not available in the U.S., she is here from her Karachi home with a wonderful book on emerging forms of pop culture in Asia, New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop (Columbia Journalism Reports). She will be joined onstage in conversation with Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib.  “A probing look at some of the shifting tides of global culture. Having borne witness to the throes of political upheaval in her birth country of Pakistan, journalist and novelist Bhutto here explores the local roots and global impact of three contemporary pop-culture game-changers: Bollywood (India), dizi (Turkey), and K-Pop. Many American readers may be surprised to learn that what’s entertaining much of the rest of the world no longer hails from Hollywood or New York….Witty and packed with detail, this is an intercultural shot that should be heard around the world.”—Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented by TASVEER and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

10/08/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Brian Eyler’s Last Days of the Mighty Mekong (Zed).   learn more
 

10/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin Ticen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are still a couple of years away from Seattle’s new NHL professional ice hockey expansion team’s first season (2021-2022), and so it’s a good time to reflect on Seattle’s first experience with a professional hockey league. Kevin Ticen’s book, When It Mattered Most: The Forgotten Story of America's First Stanley Cup, and the War to End All Wars (Clyde Hill Publishing) is the story of the Seattle Metropolitans, the 1917 Stanley Cup champions. Based on extensive research, including columns written by journalist Royal Brougham in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, this book creates a vivid picture of players, fans and a bygone era.
 

10/09/2019 - 11:30am

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

10/10/2019 - 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  
 

10/10/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Monique Truong
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Monique Truong’s novel, The Sweetest Fruits (Viking), is a retelling of the life of Lafcadio Hearn through the eyes of three women: his Greek mother, the African American woman who was his lover and supporter and the Japanese woman who became his wife and literary collaborator. Lafcadio Hearn, a 19th Century writer best known for his interpretations of Japanese folk tales and customs for Western audiences, is still revered for his role as one of the first Westerners to try to convey his appreciation and knowledge about Japan. The Sweetest Fruits, written with careful attention to historical accounts, provides a new way of looking at and connecting with this important and beloved writer. Monique Truong’s first visit to Elliott Bay was with her debut novel, The Book of Salt.  “Truong does what she does best, painting a vivid portrait of privilege, restlessness, and tenacity through the conflicting experiences of characters grappling with their senses of love, family, and home.”—LitHub. “Globetrotting, luminous… Like [Truong’s] first novel, The Book of Salt, The Sweetest Fruits leads readers on a sweeping narrative that poses questions about belonging, existence, and storytelling.”—The Millions. Co-presented with Topo Chico Agua Mineral Water.
 

10/11/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lawrence Weschler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Long a writer with an eye for the unique, singular, and unusual, Lawrence Weschler’s extensive body of work has chronicled all manner of interesting figures not always seen in the mainstream scheme of things. His delightful new book, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is an affectionate account of someone who was perhaps seen more in the bright light of things, but who himself spent time seeking and finding examples of the unique and distinct - and who wrote beautifully himself. “The story of Lawrence Weschler’s faithful four-decade friendship with the amazing Oliver Sacks offers pleasures and amazements on every page. This loving but unblinking portrait will delight fans of Dr. Sacks as well as devotees of Weschler’s always-pathfinding nonfiction.” —Ian Frazier. “Two offbeat and complicated men step into a rowboat; a thirty-year intellectual romance ensues. No one but Lawrence Weschler could tell the story with as much polymathic perversity and emotional resonance. Oliver Sacks is such a remarkably literary character that reading this book feels like devouring a novel.” —Laura Kipnis.
 

10/11/2019 - 8:00pm

Benaroya Hall
Rachel Maddow
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
As this goes to press, it appears this evening with Rachel Maddow will be a sell-out. See the end material for information on where to find out. This in any event to also draw attention to her timely, much-awaited new book, Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown). “[Maddow] may be a popular, progressive news-and-commentary anchor on MSNBC, but it’s not to be forgotten that she holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford and seems to devour whole libraries of data before breakfast each day. . . . Expect a tweetstorm as Maddow’s indictment of a corrupt industry finds readers—and it deserves many.”—Kirkus Reviews. Rachel Maddow is also the author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Ticket possibilities and more information, here.
 

10/12/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Sanjyot Mehendale
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University Silk Roads Past and Present Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road in Asia begins with Sanjyot Mehendale, director of the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, University of California, Berkeley. She will present a lecture on “Silk Roads Revealed: The Begram Hoard of Afghanistan.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information here, or call 206.654.3210. 
 

10/12/2019 - 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!
 

10/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Augusten Burroughs
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Augusten Burroughs’ Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, This is How and other books are longtime favorites and we’re pleased to invite him back to read from his new book, Toil & Trouble (St. Martin’s).  “For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies. And that this family tree was filled with witches. It was a bond that he and his mother shared—until the day she left him in the care of her psychiatrist to be raised in his family (but that's a whole other story). After that, Augusten was on his own. On his own to navigate the world of this tricky power; on his own to either use or misuse this gift.”
 

10/12/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Washington State Book Awards Ceremony, Booksigning, and Reception
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Review of Books’ co-founder Paul Constant will host the 2019 Washington State Book Awards, which will celebrate the top writing (and illustrating, in children’s picture books) for books written by a Washington author and published during the previous year. Awards are given based on books’ literary merit and overall quality in the following categories: Fiction, Poetry, Biography/Memoir and Nonfiction for Adults and Picture Books, Young Readers, Middle Grade and Young Adult for Youth. Finalists were announced in July and winners will be announced during tonight’s ceremonies. We’ll sell books by finalists and winners, and attendees are invited to a public reception and booksigning, which follows the awards. Complete list of the 2019 finalists in all eight categories, here.  Presented by THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK, an affiliate of the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book in partnership with the Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library. Free admission. 
 
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

10/13/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Brenda Peterson & Ed Young
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for an afternoon with Seattle nature writer Brenda Peterson and Caldecott medalist Ed Young, who will read from their new children's picture book, Catastrophe by the Sea (West Margin Press). In Catastrophe by the Sea, Catastrophe, a lost cat, befriends some barnacles and sea anemones on a beach. Once a bully, the beautiful cat learns how his new friends survive in their tide pool. This captivating story celebrates some unlikely heroes (unlikely but beloved by many young visitors to Seattle Aquarium’s touch tank!)  and is illustrated in a paper collage style. Ed Young was born in Tientsin, raised in Shanghai and now lives in Westchester County in New York. He has illustrated over ninety books for children, including The Cat From Hunger Mountain, Wabi Sabi and Mighty Moby. Brenda Peterson's many books for adults and children include I Want to Be Left Behind, Wolf Nation, Leopard and Silky and Wild Orca. Both children and adults are most welcome to attend! Co-presented by WING LUKE MUSEUM OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, the SEATTLE AQUARIUM, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.
 

10/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Shauna M. Ahern with Molly Wizenberg
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
James Beard Award winning-writer Shauna M. Ahern, aka “Gluten Free Girl,” returns to Elliott Bay tonight to celebrate the release of her memoir, Enough: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It (Sasquatch Books). She--with her husband--ran a successful food blog, developed a gluten free baking mix business, wrote cookbooks, and parented two children. After having a stroke at age 48, she took time to reassess her life. What are the effects of emotional stress, traumatic childhood and decades feeling “not good enough” about one’s body and worth? Read on. "Reading Shauna [M. Ahern] is what taught me we need never be ashamed of our appetites. In Enough, she breaks open the myth that women who want are to be feared, and allows us to take up the space we were born to occupy. Plus, she's very, very funny." --Lena Dunham.
 

10/14/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Aarti Namdev Shahani
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Most known for her excellent, award-winning work as an NPR correspondent covering Silicon Valley and the vast array of issues that entails, Aarti Shahani is now about to become well-known for her writing, as her new book on identity and belonging in this country, Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares (Celadon), strikingly attests. "As it chronicles immigrant tragedy and triumph, this provocative book also reveals the dark underside of the American judicial system and the many pitfalls for people of color within a landscape of white privilege. A candid and moving memoir."—Kirkus Reviews. "Aarti Shahani’s book is destined to take its place among the finest memoirs written in recent decades—a heartbreaking, hilarious and tender love letter to the millions of people who have made their way across lands and oceans to try and find a new life in America. This book will take you on a vivid, almost cinematic journey that is both beautiful and unforgettable."—Guy Raz. Co-presented by SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission.
 

10/14/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Susan Rice
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
One of the leading figures of the Obama administration as National Security Adviser and Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice vividly tells the story of her life and a portrait of her country and the world as she has seen it in her excellent new memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For (Simon & Schuster). “Susan Elizabeth Rice is one of the most gifted, tenacious, and influential foreign policy voices of our times, and in her revelatory new memoir Tough Love, she takes us to the seats of power she’s occupied from the State Department to the United Nations to the West Wing of America’s first black president, whom she served as National Security Advisor. In reading these pages, it’s easy to see why President Obama would trust her to give him the clearest assessment of the facts on any day, at any moment, and to offer him unvarnished counsel on how best to keep the country safe. At the core of Rice’s story, and brilliant career, is a fearless commitment to the truth and an unwavering devotion to the lessons she inherited as the descendent of Jamaican immigrants in Maine and enslaved Africans in South Carolina: to prize education as the path up to the American Dream and to have the confidence to be herself. In this remarkably honest examination of the opportunities and struggles confronting those charged with national security, Rice has given us an inspiring autobiography while making a critically important addition to the history of U.S. foreign policy.­— Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presented by TOWN HALL CIVICS Series in partnership with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information, here.
 

10/15/2019 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Dan Vyleta's Smoke (Anchor). Learn More
 

10/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Clyde W. Ford
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In 1947, IBM hired accounting student John Stanley Ford to become the company’s first Black software engineer. CEO Watson used this opportunity to distract attention from IBM’s role in the Holocaust and many of IBM’s white employees-- not ready to accept a Black colleague--procceded to humilate, subverted and undermined Ford. Two decades later, Ford’s son, Bellingham writer Clyde W. Ford, began working at IBM and he, too, experienced the same types of  institutional racism. In his book, Think Black (Harper Amistad), Clyde W. Ford reflects on his life and that of his father. We’re pleased to welcome him back to Elliott Bay tonight to share his compelling story (and call-to action).  “An inspiring account of a father and son struggling to break down racial barriers inside corporate America, and beyond. A must read.” --Morgan Freeman.
 

10/15/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Timothy Egan
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Nearly thirty years after his first book, The Good Rain, which took to the road in exploration of the Northwest, beloved Seattle writer Timothy Egan, several books along the way, including the National Book Award-winning The Worst Hard Time, takes to a very particular course of travel in his beautifully-written new book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith (Viking).  “From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a pilgrimage to find religion—or truth, or the way—that pleasingly blends memoir, travelogue, and history. …Finding people and places warm and welcoming in each village and city, allowing himself to be amazed, lingering to rest blistered feet, and discovering soul-stirring spots–all this kept Egan pushing on, and readers will be thankful for his determination. A joy and a privilege to read.” —Kirkus Reviews. “What a wondrous work! Somehow Egan has pulled together what seems like the entire history of Christianity, the scenes and succulents of much of Europe and his own personal story into an engrossing narrative. This beautifully written and  totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan’s case, both.” –Cokie Roberts. Presented by ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY and SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL FOR THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY. Tickets include a copy of A Pilgrimage to Eternity ($35 admits one person, $40 admits two people to the event).   Purchase tickets here    
 

10/16/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library 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!
 

10/16/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Jeanette Winterson
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
A most welcome Seattle return is made this evening by renowned, award-winning British writer Jeanette Winterson is here with her dazzling new novel, Frankissstein (Grove Press). Last here, to our recollection, for her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? it should be a joy and pleasure to see her here tonight. And what a book she has written. “A riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment dominated by debates about Brexit, gender, artificial intelligence and medical experimentation… While the story has a gripping momentum of its own, it also fizzes with ideas.”—Financial Times. “Intelligent and inventive… Frankissstein is very funny. There has always been a fine line between horror and high camp, and this is a boundary that Winterson gleefully exploits.”—The Times. “Hilarious but serious time-travel gambol with Frankenstein: modern doubles into AI, cryogenics, and sexbots. (Hint: Mod. Byron does not come out of it well.)”—Margaret Atwood. Co-presented by SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission.
 

10/16/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Paul Theroux
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Still at it, fully on the page and in the world, decades along in writing both novels and literary travel accounts, venerable Paul Theroux makes this Seattle return for his newest book, On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Here it is the Mexico-U.S. border, back and forth and beyond, on the ground. “Paul Theroux is an undisputed master of travel literature. He has traversed Mexico with such dedication that he knows its roads as he knows the lines on the palm of his hand. His curiosity does not recognize borders. Nor is he a stranger among us: he is Don Pablo, a wise man who never stops learning.”—Juan Villoro. “[A] dark-edged but ultimately hopeful travelogue . . . Theroux’s usual excellent mix of vivid reportage and empathetic rumination is energized by a new spark of political commitment. Armchair travelers will find an astute, familiar guide in Theroux.”—Publishers Weekly. Presented by TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE Series in partnership with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information, here.
 

10/17/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jacob Paul
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jacob Paul’s novel, Last Tower to Heaven (C&R Press), grapples with what it means to derive agency and identity from collective trauma, with what it means to be at once a dream of the Holocaust and, yet, messily alive in our world. Ultimately, that struggle forces J to learn how to build a story out of love, for his love. “‘Jacob Paul,’ the protagonist of Jacob Paul’s newest experimental novel. Last Tower to Heaven asks us to consider when, and how, we can ever consider ourselves “separate” from the past. How can we be assured that, as writers and historians, we have represented history, and that history hasn’t represented, and even invented, us? Who, or what, is “Jacob Paul,” and how can we ever truly remove ourselves from the traumatic histories that inform our family narratives, our communal narratives, and our very identities?” –Paisley Rekdal, author of Nightingale and Imaginary Vessels
 

10/18/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paul C. Tumey with Paul Constant
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Eisner-award nominee Paul C. Tumey will show art from and talk about his new book, Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny (IDW Library of American Comics). Lavishly illustrated with over 600 rare cartoons and photographs, Screwball! traces the development of Screwball comics through the lives and careers of 15 extraordinary cartoonists. Before "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple throughout American culture. Screwball newspaper comics offered readers healthy doses of laughter and perspective amidst a rapidly changing society. These "funnies"--filled with disruptive, manic, and surreal comedy--kept a nation in stitches, creating humor that transcends generations and still amuses today. Screwball! features a wealth of previously un-reprinted comics, presenting fresh views of such beloved cartoonists as George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Frederick Opper (Happy Hooligan), E.C. Segar (creator of Popeye), Bill Holman (Smokey Stover), and Rube Goldberg (famous for his preposterous, overly-complex invention cartoons). Seattle writer and artist Paul Tumey, co-editor of Foolish Questions and Other Odd Observations by Rube Goldberg, appears in conversation with Paul Constant, co-founder of Seattle Review of Books and author of Planet of the Nerds (Ahoy! Comics).
 

10/18/2019 - 7:00pm

Campion Ballroom at Seattle University
SOLD OUT - Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton
Campion Ballroom at Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the women who have inspired them throughout their lives. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience (Simon & Schuster) is the first book that Secretary Clinton and Chelsea have written together, and they are excited to welcome readers into a conversation they began having when Chelsea was a little girl. Join them as they discuss the women throughout history who have had the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. Tickets ($40) include a copy of Gutsy Women and admit one person to the event. A booksigning is not part of tonight’s event. Co-presented by The Elliott Bay Book Company with Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences and School of Theology and Ministry.  This event is sold out, but more information is available, here.
 

10/18/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Eliza Reid with Juan Carlos Reyes
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Reykjavik to Seattle: on Icelandic Literature Celebrate Iceland's rich storytelling tradition with a talk by Iceland's First Lady Eliza Reid at Seattle Public Central Library. In addition to being first lady, Reid is also a Reykjavik-based writer and editor who co-founded the Iceland Writers Retreat. Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for creative minds, and Reid will focus her talk on what makes Iceland so unique and inspirational - both as a home and as a travel destination - for lovers of the written word. After her introduction to Iceland's literary traditions, Juan Reyes, Seattle writer, Seattle University professor, and board member of Seattle UNESCO City of Literature will lead a Q&A discussion. We should be on hand with an assortment of books (translated) by Icelandic writers. Co-presented by the CONSULATE OF ICELAND, SEATTLE UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE, SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Free admission.
 

10/19/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Jun Hu
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University Silk Roads Past and Present Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road in Asia continues with Jun Hu, Assistant professor of art history at the University of California, Berkeley. He will present a lecture on “Picturing the Buddha’s Last Moment.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information, here, or call 206.654.3210.
 

10/19/2019 - 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!  
 

10/19/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lawrence Lanahan with Marcus Harrison Green
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As a producer for Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR, Laurence Lanahan came to see how residential segregation in the region had created separate worlds, and how racial inequality touched seemingly every aspect of people’s lives, right down to how long they lived. The country now faces not only structural racism but the resurgence of bold-faced bigotry, which demands an active response from white Americans, especially those proclaiming to be part of the resistance. He writes: “Trump . . . may be trying to transform the GOP into a kamikaze white nationalist cult, but well-meaning white people cannot consider themselves above the fray. White supremacy never stops acting on—or benefitting—white people. Only white people can stop it. As a white man, rather than yearn for the day I am no longer racist, I must beware of the day I think I am no longer racist. America has always had this sickness. This is just what the symptoms look like right now. We must not abide it.” His book,  The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide (The New Press),  is an eye-opening account of how a city creates its black and white places, its rich and poor spaces, and reveals that these problems are not intractable; but they are designed to endure until each of us—despite living in separate worlds—understands we have something at stake.
Lawrence will appear in conversation with Marcus Harrison Green. Marcus Harrison Green is the former South King County Reporter for the Seattle Times, the co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald, a former Reporting Fellow with YES! Magazine, a past board member of the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a recipient of Crosscut’s Courage Award for Culture.
 
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

10/20/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Curt Colbert
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This event has been cancelled. Curt Colbert has most recently visited Elliott Bay with Waverly Fitzgerald as “Waverly Curtis,” authors of the set-in-Seattle Barking Detective series. His new book, All Along the Watchtower (Coffeetown/Epicenter Press), features Seattle PI Matt Rossiter, a Veteran who finds his wartime sargent’s bullet riddled body on Jimi Hendrix’s grave. Curt Colbert’s books include Rat City, a Shamus Award nominee. Rat City and other books in his Jake Rossiter series, set in 1940s Seattle, will be re-published beginning this fall. “Colbert’s cunning genius and sharp wit place him among the stars of the genre. Read him now or be square.”-Skye Moody.
 

10/20/2019 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
As with Rachel Maddow’s evening for her new Blowout, so it could well be, as this goes to press, a sellout for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ evening here with his astounding first novel, The Water Dancer (One World). He who has captivated readers around the world, especially with his most recent books, Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power, does so again, to telling effect in this rich, historically-set novel. So much is in this book in such honed, eloquent ways. Harriet Tubman is among the featured. The story, the language, all of it. “Coates brings his considerable talent for racial and social analysis to his debut novel, which captures the brutality of slavery and explores the underlying truth that slaveholders could not dehumanize the enslaved without also dehumanizing themselves. Beautifully written, this is a deeply and soulfully imagined look at slavery and human aspirations.” - Booklist. “In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly. Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. For possible tickets and more information, click here.
 

10/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christopher Ryan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Author and independent scholar Christopher Ryan, probably most known as co-author of the much-praised Sex at Dawn, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for a major new book, Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster). This book takes on ‘progress’ as a guiding ethos - and does so with gusto. "Every great once in a while, a book comes along that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew. Civilized to Death is without question one of them." —Jesse Bering, PhD. “Christopher Ryan is one of the most interesting and provocative thinkers of our time. Everyone should read him—you might well disagree but you’ll definitely think differently." —Johann Hari
 

10/22/2019 - 7:00pm

Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
Josh Campbell
Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From an FBI insider, a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of the historic investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and the president's unprecedented attacks on the bureau—and a passionate defense of the men and women who work every day to uphold democratic institutions and the rule of law. Titled after the FBI code name for the initial investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Crossfire Hurricane (Algonquin Books), chronicles President Trump's relentless attacks on the FBI. Josh Campbell, a career special agent who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump before resigning from the FBI in February 2018, takes readers behind the scenes of the Russia investigation’s earliest days and makes a compelling case that Trump's campaign of attack poses a threat to public safety. Campbell, who has twelve years' experience working on some of the FBI's highest-profile operations and is now a national security expert for CNN, was special assistant to James Comey. Using a combination of firsthand experience and reporting from sources still within the Bureau, he offers an inside perspective into the FBI that will captivate readers struggling to make sense of a news cycle careening out of control. “Josh Campbell had the ultimate insider’s perch as President Trump initiated the greatest crisis in the modern history of the F.B.I. Crossfire Hurricane is his fascinating account of those tumultuous days and a vivid reminder of the importance of honor and candor in law enforcement and politics.” - Jeffrey Toobin. Presented by the Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle University School for Theology and Ministry. Get tickets ($7) here, and at the door.
 

10/23/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library 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!
 

10/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Suyi Davies Okungbowa
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
 “The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns. Though broken and leaderless, the city endures. David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala. No problem, right?” Tonight we’re delighted to present Nigerian Science Fiction/Dark Fantasy writer Suyi Davies Okunbowa, who will read from David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon/Rebellion Books).  “In this riveting debut, Okungbowa reminds readers that home and family are not always about blood. Orisha, or gods, have fallen to Earth and now threaten Lagos, Nigeria. David Mogo takes on the task of fighting them in order to save his beloved home, even if that means confronting the demigod identity that he has pushed aside in an attempt to be more human. Along the way, he heals from his abandonment by finding allies, and eventually family, among both humans and orisha...this story is captivating, and readers who enjoy non-Western fantasy, mythpunk, and tales of found family will find it delightful.”-Publishers Weekly. Co-presented with Seventh Wave. The Seventh Wave is a 501(c)(3) arts and literary nonprofit that invites writers, artists, activists, and creators to take part in a conversation surrounding the most pressing social issues of our times. More at SeventhWave.co.
 

10/24/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lit Crawl Food Events
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're excited to host a medely of delicious food events on this Lit Crawl evening: 6 p.m. Playing with Dough The lively and talented Linda Miller Nicholson (Pasta, Pretty Please) creates rainbow-colored pasta that looks almost too good to eat. Blogger and author Aran Goyoaga (Cannelle et Vanille) crafts beautiful indulgences that also happen to be gluten-free. Host and author Jeanne Sauvage (The Gluten Free Wish Book) is on a mission to create gluten-free goods that are indistinguishable from their wheat counterparts. Each will discuss what motivates their baking and offer words (and bites) from their books.   7 p.m. Something Fishy Two food writers, two very different books about fish. Naomi Tomky will share some behind-the-kitchen-door insight into putting together her debut, The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook. Kathleen Flinn will discuss how she ended up publishing Sakana Lesson, a book about Tokyo’s shifting fish culture in Japanese, even though she doesn’t speak a word of the language. Hosted by author Nicole Aloni. 8 p.m. The Making of Seattle Cooks Julien Perry worked with the city’s most intriguing chefs to pull together Seattle Cooks, a cookbook filled with two of their favorite recipes. Although this seems straightforward, it turned out to be a complex task, one that Perry will share. This is a must-attend session for anyone who has considered penning their own cookbook or collaborating on a community-based recipe project. Hosted by Kathleen Flinn.   A $5 charge at the door helps pay for food costs. More about Seattle Lit Crawl, here.
 

10/24/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - John Freeman & Aleksandar Hemon
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
* Please note: This event has been cancelled. What should be a fabulous evening of talk (and the reading it leads to) is in store as poet, essayist, editor John Freeman and fiction/non-fiction prose writer Aleksandar Hemon hold forth here this evening. Good friends - some of us have seen these two carry on - their work should play off each other here this evening. John Freeman, whose recent book of poems, Maps, comes from Copper Canyon,  should have a brand-new prose book in hand, Dictionary of the Undoing (MCD x FSG Originals), and a new edition of Freeman’s, this on the nation-state that is California. Aleksandar Hemon is here with two-books-in-one - so  they are bound - My Parents/This Does Not Belong To You (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “All [of John Freeman’s] projects feel like an invitation to enter into a polyphonic, multi-voiced conversation with other minds. Dictionary of the Undoing is no different. It is a book that makes you think, then rethink. It invites you to engage with it, to refute it, to contribute to it.” —Valeria Luiselli, from the Afterword. “Hemon has always played with boundaries — of places, of selves — exploring how lines that can be so porous and contingent could also matter so much . . . There’s a fatalism that suffuses This Does Not Belong to You, an overwhelming sense of mortality and the suspicion that storytelling might never be enough. This despair is leavened by what Hemon so beautifully and concretely conveys in My Parents, with Hemon as a middle-aged son who is carefully and movingly trying to make sense of it all.” —Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times. Co-presented with LIT CRAWL SEATTLE 2019 (see www.litquake.org for more information).
 

10/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jim Wallis
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, wrote Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus (HarperOne) as a response to the bitterness and anger polarizing our nation. Building on "Reclaiming Jesus"--the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America's current crisis--Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator's focus isn't politics; it's faith.   "This is Jim Wallis at his best, a 'Jesus book' better than any I've seen in some time, and could not be more timely or more challenging. It offers a drink of fresh water to anyone who has felt despair at the state of the world--Christian and non-Christian alike."-- Richard Rohr.
 

10/26/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Derek Heng
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University Silk Roads Past and Present Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road  in Asia continues with Derek Heng, professor of history at Northern Arizona University. He will present a lecture on “Goods, Ships, and Cultural Diversity.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information, here, or call 206.654.3210.
 

10/26/2019 - 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!    
 

10/26/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rosalie Moffett, Bill Carty & Natalie Scenters-Zapico
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A great slate of poetry is to be heard from this evening as visiting poet Rosalie Moffett is here from Indiana with her National Poetry Series prize collection, Nervous System (Ecco Press). “Epistemology dances with ontology ... A book of heartbreaking delight and enthralling consciousness, Nervous System is an aesthetic rarity that places natural science at the service of being--through this book we are again whole with the world.” --Fady Joudah. She is joined here this evening by Seattle poet Bill Carty, who has a new collection out, Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books), and poet Natalie Scenters-Zapico, recently moved to the area (we believe), where she teaches at the University of Puget Sound, and is the author of the brilliant recent collection from Copper Canyon, Lima:: Limón. “Huge Cloudy is hugely entertaining. Reading it you will be reminded of the particular delights of highly-specialized words. These formally varied poems resemble, and move like, limber little forest creatures, and what comes next is always a surprise. Carty is at home with the satisfying little facts of nature, the frustrations of politics and its annoying little sidekick, the media, as well as human introspection and what can only be described as magic.” - Matthew Rohrer. “Her [Natalie Scenters-Zapico] poems in this collection are dark, visceral, haunting, and will echo for days in your mind … Throughout, she builds and breaks down the boundaries of love, place, identity, and memory in ways that are unexpected, and uses them to great effect to write the political and engage us in the surreal violence of our time.” ―American Literary Review.
 
27
28
29
30
31
1
2

10/27/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Laureen Nussbaum & Hendrika de Vries
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This afternoon we have invited two writers to appear in conversation about their experiences during the Holocaust.  Seattle author Laureen Nussbaum, a noted Holocaust survivor and contributor to Anne Frank: The Critical Edition, mixes biography and memoir in Shedding Our Stars (She Writes Press). The book weaves together her personal experience with the story unsung German hero Hans Calmeyer – a man who saved Laureen's family much like he saved so many others— by declaring her mother as non-Jewish and deleting her family from the deportation lists. A raw tale of courage and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Shedding Our Stars integrates Calmeyer's acts of bravery with Laureen's experience surviving such harrowing times.  When author Hendrika de Vries was growing up, Amsterdam was occupied by Nazis, and the leadership grew more powerful by forcing women to fit preconceived molds. During the war, her father was deported to a German POW Camp and her mother joined the Resistance. Hendrika is now looking back at her childhood and bringing a new voice to the discussion surrounding World War II. Her memoir When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew (She Writes Press) is a story of survival and the covert power of love, courage, and imagination during a time of violent oppression.
 

10/28/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Benjamin Percy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A writer who is adept on the stage - an excellent reader - as well on the page, Benjamin Percy makes this welcome return for a new book of stories. Suicide Woods (Graywolf  Press) comes after a sequence of big novels and an excellent craft book, Thrill Me - which takes on the distinction between literary and genre writing. Suicide Woods is, “An addictive mix of gritty crime fiction and otherworldly horror. . . . Percy's prose is exacting, finely tuning the atmospherics that give the collection such an eerie overall feeling. . . . Suicide Woods is a testament to Percy's skill as a writer. He takes no shortcuts in eliciting thrills. The collection is by turns provocative and terrifying.”—Shelf Awareness. “Percy’s haunting, well-crafted prose frequently elevates the mundanity and isolation of being human into something otherworldly in his genre-bending collection [Suicide Woods]. . . . This gripping, often unnerving collection showcases Percy’s talent as a skilled, versatile storyteller.”—Publishers Weekly.
 

10/28/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Anand Giridharadas
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
One of those books that have truly stirred and steered national conversation and exchange has been Anand Giridharadas book of last year, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (newly in paper, Vintage). Cited for numerous Best Book of Year lists, this has won an international following, as the issues addressed are global in scale. “An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.” —Bryan Stevenson. “Winners Take All is the book I have been waiting for—the most important intervention yet regarding elite-driven solutions, a vitally important problem to expose. The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about how, despite much good will and many good people, we struggle to achieve progress in twenty-first-century America. If you want to be part of the solution, you should read this book.” —Ai-jen Poo. Presented by TOWN HALL CIVICS Series in partnership with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information, here.
 

10/29/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Richard Stengel
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
A former Time magazine editor who also served as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Obama administration, Richard Stengel is here with his new book, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It (Atlantic Monthly Press). “With colorful behind-the-scenes stories and razor-sharp insights, Stengel provides the first insider report from the front lines of the disinformation wars waged by Russia and ISIS. At the heart of the struggle was the way the internet allowed people to weaponize grievances, as Donald Trump did in his campaign. Countering this trend is the most crucial challenge for our democracy and free society. Stengel shows how we’ve failed and what we can do in the future.” ―Walter Isaacson. Presented by TOWN HALL CIVICS Series in partnership with ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information, here.  
 

10/30/2019 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our friends at PJ Library 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!
 

10/30/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tom Mueller
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tom Mueller opens eyes and brings daylight to the part of what whistleblowers go through in his timely new book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud (Riverhead). “‘Unauthorized disclosures’ by whistleblowers are the lifeblood of a republic. As many of Mueller’s fascinating cases show, misplaced loyalty–exclusively to a boss or an organization or a president–can be betrayal: of the health of consumers, of an oath to the Constitution, or of a war’s worth of lives.” -Daniel Ellsberg. “An extraordinary book, both meticulously researched and a page-turner. Crisis of Conscience is a call to arms and to action, for anyone with a conscience, anyone alarmed about the decline of our democracy.” -Wendell Potter.
 

10/31/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Andrew Rea
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker, and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality. Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his cooking show Binging with Babish is enjoyed by millions of burgeoning chefs and foodies around the globe. Seattle Theatre Group brings Rea to Town Hall to celebrate the release of the Binging with Babish cookbook, sharing his passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen—which is rivaled only by his love of film and television. Rea invites us to take a look behind the scenes of his hit show, see some goofy (and mouthwatering) photos, and hear recollections of stories both happy and sad. Sit in for this essential reflection on the 100 recipes collected in this book, and a chance to hear from Rea about the highlights of Binging with Babish. Tickets and more information, here.
 
 
 
Add to My Calendar