November 2019

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11/01/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Meghan Daum with Katie Herzog
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. With Hillary Clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more. Her new book, The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars (Gallery), takes the current political realities into account. With passion, humor, and most importantly nuance, she tries to make sense of the current landscape--from Donald Trump's presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials. Meghan Daum’s books include The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction.      Meghan Daum will appear in conversation with Katie Herzog, writer for The Stranger.
 

11/02/2019 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Hseuh-Man Shen
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
This morning the Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road in Asia continues with Hseuh-Man Shen, Ehrenkranz Professor in World Art at New York University. She will present a lecture on “Authenticity and the Reproduction of Buddhist Art and Artifacts in Medieval China.” 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. More information, here.  
 

11/02/2019 - 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 November 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 let the stories begin! Please join us!
 

11/02/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dave Wyman & Bob Condotta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One-time Seattle Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman, who today is co-host of the Danny, Dave & Moore Show on KIRO-710, and longtime Seattle Times football writer Bob Condotta team up here this evening to talk about their jointly written new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Seahawks Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box (Triumph). This is a wonderful excursion through Seahawk lore past and present. Having the foreword by one of the more enduring Seahawks, quarterback Dave Krieg, says as much. Some of the highlights - and lowlights when there were those - along with the high-riding present state of things are part of the fun this welcome book provides.
 
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11/03/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Floating Bridge Press Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Floating Bridge Press, a nonprofit literary arts organization founded in 1994, promotes the diverse voices of Washington State poets through an annual poetry chapbook competition, archival-quality books, online publishing, broadsides, and community readings. Tonight we’ll feature readers whose work was published by the press this fall.   Jory Mickelson, author of Wilderness//Kingdom, winner of the inaugural Evergreen Award Tour, Floating Bridge Press' full-length poetry book competition;  Katrina Roberts, author of Lace, winner of the 2019 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition & Elizabeth Vignali, whose chapbook, Endangered [Animal], was the finalist for the 2019 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition. Floating Bridge Press is supported in part by grants from 4Culture, the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Allied Arts Foundation, and the Washington State Arts Commission.
 

11/04/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jim Tilley & Catherine Kirkwood
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet Jim Tilley reads from his debut novel, Against the Wind (Red Hen Press), the story of six characters’ efforts to make things right. “Against the Wind is a big old-fashioned novel with contemporary concerns: gender, adultery, wind energy, business acquisitions. But at its heart, Jim Tilley's debut novel is about the ageless concerns of love and loss and hope that we all share.” Jim Tilley’s previous books include Lessons from Summer Camp and Cruising from Sixty to Seventy.  Reading with him tonight is Catherine Kirkwood, whose novel Cut Away (Arktoi) examines the lives of three characters struggling to understand the meaning of identity and its seeming mutability.   This evening’s program is hosted by Kristen Millares Young, currently a Hugo House Writer in Residence. She is a prize-winning journalist and essayist who serves as board chair of InvestigateWest. Her novel, Subduction, will be published in April 2020 by Red Hen Press.
 

11/04/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
André Aciman with Dave Wheeler
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
This evening we’ll welcome acclaimed novelist André Aciman back to Seattle to read from his novel, Find Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), the much awaited sequel to Call Me By Your Name. Find Me, set twenty years after Call Me By Your Name, explores the effect of Elio and Oliver’s affair on their later lives. "Call Me By Your Name was widely praised for its treatment of the nature of love, a theme that Find Me continues with subtlety and grace. Its treatment of the characters' psychology is astute and insightful, but what will ultimately drive reader interest is the question of whether star-crossed lovers Elio and Oliver will reunite. One can only hope." --Booklist (Starred Review). Call Me By Your Name, published in 2007, was made into a film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love. André Aciman’s books include Out of Egypt, False Papers and Enigma Variations. Dave Wheeler, Associate Editor at Shelf Awareness serves as interlocutor. Co-presented by Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.    
 

11/05/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Election Day
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please make sure your ballots are mailed in or dropped off at appropriate places by this evening!
 

11/05/2019 - 6:00pm

Town Hall Seattle
Marc Brackett, Ph. D.
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Permission to Feel (Celadon/Macmillan) inspires a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives. Using science, passion, and lively storytelling, this book serves as a guide for understanding our own and others’ emotions, and provides innovative strategies for developing emotional intelligence in adults and children. Marc Brackett is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly 2,000 pre-K through high schools across the United States and in other countries. As a researcher for over 20 years, Brackett has focused on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance.  Presented by Highline School District. Free with pre-registration, here.
 

11/05/2019 - 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 John Williams’ 1973 National Book Award-winning novel, Augustus (New York Review of Books).   learn more  
 

11/06/2019 - 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!
 

11/06/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dao Strom
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
On the one hand, this is an evening that should have happened a decade ago, when Vietnam-born Portland writer Dao Strom’s marvelous book of novella-length stories, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint), should have come out in paperback, in the way such things are ‘supposed’ to happen. For reasons having nothing to do with this book’s many merits, the paperback didn’t happen - until now. Any time is a good time for a good book. And, in happening now, this evening can include two other books Dao Strom has written in the ensuing decade, each different from the other, and anything she has written before. We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People is a hybrid-form memoir, various texts and images. More recently, there has been You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, published out of Hanoi by AJAR. Dao Strom is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists and writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, co-facilitator of a PoC library collective/social engagement project, De-Canon, and the editor of diaCRITICS. She also makes music as The Sea & The Mother. Of The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys: “Small moments carry enormous weight in these four loosely linked novellas about young Vietnamese women living in present-day California and Texas . . . For Strom, the most ordinary events—eating ice cream, swatting a fly—contain minor epiphanies that can delicately convey her characters’ sense of disconnection and longing.”—Publishers Weekly. “The book is informed by the Vietnamese immigrations of the nineteen-seventies but is filled with social observation of contemporary middle-class culture and indie sensibility . . . Quietly beautiful, Strom’s stories are hip without being ironic.” —The New Yorker. This is one not to be missed.
 

11/07/2019 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Saeed Jones
Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
We are thrilled to be helping present this evening with one of the most electrifying literary voices to come along in recent years. Saeed Jones first came to readers’ attention with his award-winning debut poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise. He is here at the Northwest African American Museum this evening with one of the fall’s most anticipated books, How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster). The praise? The praise! “This memoir is a rhapsody in the truest sense of the word, fragments of epic poetry woven together so skillfully, so tenderly, so brutally, that you will find yourself aching in the way only masterful writing can make a person ache. How We Fight for Our Lives is that rare book that will show you what it means to be needful, to be strong, to be gloriously human and fighting for your life.” - Roxane Gay. “This book. Oh my goodness. It is everything everyone needs right now—both love song and battle cry, brilliant as fuck and at times, heartbreaking as hell. Every single living half-grown and grownup body needs to read this book. I’m shook. I’m changed.” - Jacqueline Woodson. “There will be little left to say, and so much left to make after the world experiences Saeed Jones's How We Fight for Our Lives. This is that rare piece of literary art that teaches us how to read and write on every page. It's so black. So queer. So subtextual, and amazingly so sincere. Saeed changes everything we thought we knew about memoir writing, narrative structure, and heart meat. All three are obliterated. All three are tended to over and over again. All three will never ever be the same after this book. It's really that good.” - Kiese Laymon. Co-presented by the Northwest African American Museum and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.
 

11/07/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
David Treuer presented by the A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Two weeks before he’s slated to put in a few evenings in New York as a finalist for this year’s National Book Award in Nonfiction, Ojibwe novelist and non-fiction writer David Treuer gives this year’s A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History. A work of American history David Treuer has surely, magnificently, tellingly written in this year’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Riverhead).  “An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of ‘Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life.’ Rarely has a single volume in Native American history attempted such comprehensiveness . . . Ultimately, Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past.” —New York Times Book Review. Presented by The Seattle Public Library and co-hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.
 

11/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tim O'Brien
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of our most honored and esteemed writers, Tim O’Brien makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for a long-anticipated non-fiction work, Dad’s Maybe Book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  “[A] stirring blend of memoir, letters to his young sons, and meditations on the humbling nature of parenthood . . . It’s a work that’s the spiritual inheritor of John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley and Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. Like those, Dad’s Maybe Book dwells on the state of America and American life. He takes absolutism to task, finds qualifications for his own pacifism and considers the paradox of a moral society that allows for forever war.” - Time Magazine. Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award for fiction forty years ago (1979) for Going After Cacciato, and is also the author of The Things They Carried and In the Lake of the Woods, among other works. In 2013, he received the Pritzker Award, a lifetime achievement honor.
 

11/08/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Adrienne Brodeur with Danya Kukafka
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Adrienne Brodeur was 14 when her mother, Malabar, began a covert affair with a close family friend. Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is her account of loving and trying to protect an imperfect mother. An extraordinary book, Wild Game is a story of survival and of facing the truth of our relationships. "A searing, indelible memoir of an extraordinary mother and her equally extraordinary daughter. Among Adrienne Brodeur's many achievements in Wild Game--beautiful prose, a riveting story, elegantly told--what I found most moving is the love threaded through every page of this unforgettable book."-- Dani Shapiro.   Adrienne Brodeur, co-founder with Francis Ford Coppola of Zoetrope, is executive director of Aspen Words. She will appear in conversation with Seattle novelist Danya Kukafka, author of Girl in Snow (Simon and Schuster).
 

11/09/2019 - 11:00am

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

11/09/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Trebor Healey & Alvin Orloff
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Lambda Literary Award winning writer Trebor Healey, travels to Seattle to read from his short story collection, Falling (University of Wisconsin Press) in which characters confront the profound displacement of modern life. “Trebor Healey has shown us in these utterly original stories how the English-speaking part of the Americas confronts the Spanish-speaking part. But in the last story, ‘The Orchid,’ he has written a masterful exploration of the inner politics of Argentina. This is a wise, brilliant story that will be read for many years to come!”—Edmund White. Also reading this evening is Alvin Orloff, whose book Disasterama: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997 (Three Rooms Press) is a memoir of the impact of HIV and AIDS, art and activism within San Francisco’s Queer community “Disasterama! takes us deep into the 80s and the daily creative resistance that saved the culture’s soul during the plague years. With wit and flair, Orloff gives us a guided tour of the era’s vibrant subcultures and glittering, pointed reactions to a cold-hearted status quo. Heartbreaking and hilarious, sexed-up and political, Disasterama is a deeply personal coming-of-age story. —Michelle Tea.
 
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11/10/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Malaka Gharib
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from the ‘other’ Washington, where she founded a food zine, The Runcible Spoon and co-founded the D.C. Art Book Fair, is Malaka Gharib with a thoroughly engaging graphic memoir, I Was Their American Dream (Clarkson Potter). This book beautifully - and literally - illustrates the ways Malaka Gharib had to navigate cultures growing up, both within the Filipino and Egyptian families she was born into, along with the larger, ‘whiter’ milieu she came of age within. “I Was Their American Dream is a pure and utter delight. With both a deft lightness and a deep poignancy, Malaka Gharib perfectly captures the feeling of growing up—of being a child of immigrants, of being a woman of color, of being thrown in the mix between cultures, of love, of family—with nostalgia, humor, and heart. Her words and illustrations are wittily observed and emotional in equal measure, able to draw a laugh and a tear over the span of a single page. I Was Their American Dream is a portrait of growing up in America, and a portrait of family, that pulls off the feat of being both intimately specific and deeply universal at the same time. I adored this book.”—Jonny Sun. Co-presented by Short Run and Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

11/10/2019 - 7:00pm

Benaroya Hall
David Sedaris
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
David Sedaris returns to Seattle for his annual reading and signing at Benaroya Hall. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he will delight the audience with twists of humor and intelligence as he shares both published stories and works-in-progress. We’ll be on hand to sell copies of all of his books, including Calypso (Little, Brown), which is now available in paperback.  His book signing lines are legendary and he always remains until the last book is signed.  The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.” Presented by NWAA, KNKS 88.5fm & The Stranger. Tickets are available, here.
 

11/11/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Casey McQuiston
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
What happens when Alex Claremont-Diaz, the multiracial son of the first female president of the United States falls in love with Prince Henry of England?  Casey McQuiston’s funny, sexy debut novel, Red White and Royal Blue (Griffin/St Martin’s) takes us into that territory and the results--well, let’s just say that we wish for a scenario that’s this much fun. “The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston's debut... The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. A clever, romantic, sexy love story.” -Kirkus. Casey McQuiston’s novel has been a hit with our booksellers and our greater community, and she joins us today from her home in Colorado, thanks to a little help from OutRight Action International, an NGO advocating for human rights for LGBTIQ persons everywhere. Co-presented by OutRight and Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

11/11/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Michael Kearns & Aaron Roth
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, both of them professors in the Computer and Information Science program at the University of Pennsylvania, have co-authored a book that is relevant to many of us, whether we like it or not, The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design (Oxford University Press). "Is the road to hell paved with well-intentioned algorithms? Many think so. For a more level-headed view, read this timely book by two leading experts: clear, concise, focused on understanding the problems and figuring out solutions, it's your perfect guide to the new science of ethical algorithms." --Dr. Pedro Domingos. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

11/12/2019 - 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 Anna Clark’s award-winning The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Picador).   learn more  
 

11/12/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Janelle Shane
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
By day, Janelle Shane is a research scientist in optics. She helps develop products that don’t yet exist, for entities like neuroscience research labs and NASA. By night, Janelle runs a successful artificial intelligence humor blog, AI Weirdness. On the blog, she does quirky experiments that show readers how AI thinks—for example, by showing it bits of pop culture and asking it to generate more. Some recent experiments have included using AI to generate ideas for new Halloween costumes (like Ruth Bader Hat Guy), ice cream flavors (praline cheddar swirl, yuck), and horror movie titles (The Haunting of Flesh Show). The title for this book was even created by AI—its idea of a great pick-up line. In her new book, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place (Voracious Books/Little Brown), she explains how AI understands our world and what it gets wrong. Janelle Shane was recently named to Fast Company’s highly regarded list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and presented on the main stage at the 2019 TED Talks Conference, which will air later this year.
 

11/12/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Azra Raza with LeRoy Hood
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
From stories we’ve heard, Azra Raza is someone who has helped many others not only in their work as medical practitioners, professors and students, as Chan Soon-Shiong professor of medicine and the director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, but helped guide a good number of  books on cancer by others into being. Now, her own book is in the world, and what a book it is. The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last (Basic Books) is a book about cancer, how it is lived with, how death still occurs all too often. It’s a book with a basis in both Dr. Raza’s distinguished career, and in her life, as her husband would succumb to leukemia, very best care notwithstanding. "When the history of cancer is eventually written, Azra Raza's book will be one of the touchstones that illuminated the path to victory." ―Amanda Foreman. "An elegantly conceived, powerfully written, and far-reaching book that will change the conversation around cancer for decades to come."―Siddhartha Mukherjee. "Azra Raza is famed as a titan in the field of oncology. Perhaps less well-known is that she is a sensitive and passionate writer as well. In The First Cell she combines the scientific and the human, medicine and the arts, to give us a unique view into something that touches all of our lives -- offering us reasons for hope, and reasons also for sorrow."―Mohsin Hamid. Also of note, in addition to her writing and teaching on oncology, Dr. Raza is a translator, with Sara Suleri Goodyear, from the Urdu, of ghazals by the great 19th-century poet Ghalib. In conversation with LeRoy Hood, MD, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder, and Professor at the Institute for Systems Biology. He has made many seminal discoveries in the fields of immunology, neurobiology, cancer biology and biotechnology, and has been a leader in the development of systems biology and its applications to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information here.
 

11/13/2019 - 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!
 

11/13/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Danny Fingeroth with Rob Salkowitz
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee (St. Martin's Press), is the first comprehensive biography of the comics legend, creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Hulk and others. Longtime Marvel Comics writer and editor Danny Fingeroth worked with comic book creator Stan Lee for over forty years, collaborating on many projects, co-editing The Stan Lee Universe, an annotated collection of rarities from Lee’s person archives and based A Marvelous Life on interviews, archival research and personal experiences with Lee. Danny Fingeroth is a pop culture critic and historian whose books include Superman on the Couch. He appears in conversation with Rob Salkowitz, founder of MediaPlant and expert in the intersection of digital media and social and business trends.
 

11/14/2019 - 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  
 

11/14/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Roland De Wolk
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Historian Roland De Wolk’s book, American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford (University of California Press) tells the story of Leland Staford, founder of the university that became the nucleus of what is now known as Silicon Valley. This robber baron, politician and early “disruptor” survived poverty and a series of failures to become one of America’s wealthiest and most powerful men.  "Deeply researched and richly detailed, American Disruptor chronicles the life of Leland Stanford and the wide-open world in which he lived. From Gold Rush days to completion of the first transcontinental railroad to the founding of Stanford University, Roland De Wolk skillfully unfolds this narrative about a bold, darkly contradictory man who, in his way, constantly made history."—Barry Siegel. Tickets ($5 students/$10 general admission) available from FolioSeattle.org and at the door.  Presented by Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum.
 

11/14/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Azure Savage
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening, Seattle writer Azure Savage will speak about his new book, You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools, an exploration of the experience that students of color have in the schools they attend around the Seattle area. It incorporates direct quotes from interviewed students, as well as the author’s own personal experiences from when they were in elementary school, to now, about to enter their senior year of high school. Digging into these experiences allows us to find meaning, and understand the factors that create them.  Azure Savage is a queer, trans, black high school student entering his senior year. He lives in Seattle with his mom, three dogs, and a cat. His main interests right now are community organizing and pushing for systematic changes within society. Azure is above all a survivor. He wants to use the painful experiences that he has in order to spread awareness and improve the lives of others. He hopes to continue work in community, and attend university for psychology.
 

11/14/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Douglas Smith
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (West Entrance)
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle-based historian Douglas Smith launches his newest work of Russian history this evening. Each of his books has told stories heretofore not widely known of this land that has quite the place in the current scheme of things internationally. The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Save the Soviet Union from Ruin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) follows Love & Conquest, The Pearl, Forgotten People, and Rasputin in informing with excellent narrative writing based on extensive research. "In July 1921, a massive humanitarian mission was initiated by American philanthropist Herbert Hoover to rescue the Russian people from a famine of cataclysmic proportions. The Russian Job pulls no punches in its brilliant, disturbing and at times horrifically graphic descriptions of people on the abyss of starvation, some of them driven to the ultimate crime of cannibalism. The sufferings witnessed by the American team were unimaginable and left an indelible impression that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is an important story that needed to be told and Douglas Smith has produced a fast moving and most compelling read." —Helen Rappaport. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

11/15/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joanna Stoberock with Nicole Hardy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Joanna Stoberock’s novel, Pigs (Red Hen), four children live on an island that serves as the repository for all the world’ garbage. Trash arrives, the children sort it and then they feed it to a herd of pigs. When a barrel washes ashore with a boy inside, the children must decide whether he is more of the world detritus or one of them.  “Powerful, metaphorical, as fantastical as it is true, Johanna Stoberock's Pigs is a masterpiece. Stoberock scrutinizes mankind's failure to tend to our planet, our children, and our fellow man, and the result is a terrifying, tremendous book, its darkness lit in unpredictable ways by campfires of compassion and hope. What a wise, searing novel for the 21st Century.”  --Sharma Shields. Joanna Stoberock, also author of City of Ghosts, will appear in conversation with Seattle writer Nicole Hardy, whose books include Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion) and This Blonde.
 

11/16/2019 - 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!  
 

11/16/2019 - 2:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Jennifer Ott
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections welcomes Jennifer Ott, environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink, who will speak about the origins of Seattle’s Olmsted Park System, the subject of her book, Olmsted in Seattle (University of Washington Press). The Olmsted parks include Seward Park, Mt. Baker Park, Woodland Park as well as Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. Jennifer Ott is also the co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal with David B. Williams and general editor and contributing author of the recently published Seattle at 150: Stories of the City Through 150 Objects from the Seattle Municipal Archives. She has served on the board of the Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks and the Volunteer Park Trust steering committee. Co-presented with Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks, HistoryLink.org, Special Collections at the Seattle Public Library. Free admission.  
 
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11/17/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Strange Fruit group reading Poems on the Death Penalty
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This afternoon’s group reading features contributors to Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty (Wildflower Press), an anthology of poetry edited by Sarah Zale and Terry Persun. “For poets of activism, compassion and empathy for individuals on death row, and for those directly affected by their crimes, is not enough. It is hoped that the emotions evoked by the poems within these pages prompt the reader to self-reflection and action for social change.”-from the Introduction. Today’s readers include Norma Bishop, Summer Brenner, Sharon Carter, Nancy Fowler, Ed Harkness, Terry Persun, Sally Hedges-Blanquez, Adria Libolt, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Bill Mawhinney, Mark Valentine, Deborah Wiese and poet/cover artist James Murphy. Co-presented with Books To Prisoners. BTP donates books to more than 10,000 people in prisons across the country every year, and the #1 request made each year is for a dictionary--over 2,000 annually.  Attendees are asked to bring a new, softcover pocket dictionary to donate to Books to Prisoners’ dictionary drive. New dictionaries will be available for purchase and donation at this event.
 

11/18/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alpa Shah
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Seattle visit made possible by the University of Washington’s South Asia Center gives readers here a chance to see renowned anthropologist and author Alpa Shah, here from London where she is professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her books include In the Shadows of the State and, most recently, the compelling Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerillas (Hurst). Embedded with a platoon of Naxalites, one of the longest-running insurgencies in the world, Alpa Shah writes of their hopes, aspirations, and contradictions, setting all in a context of a country riven with increasing disparity and injustice. "[Nightmarch] has many layers. It covers the history of the Naxalite movement in India, the motivations of its leaders, the incentives that drive adivasis to become their foot soldiers, the contradictions within the movement, the social churn among the adivasis themselves, and the many ways in which academics like Shah regard these groups." - Meena Kandasamy. “One of the most gripping, engaging, and accessible books I’ve encountered on the Naxalites. Shah fearlessly bears witness to the upheavals caused by India’s rising inequalities, while also asking many urgent, difficult questions.” - James C. Scott. Co-presented by the University of Washington South Asia Center and Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

11/19/2019 - 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 Laura Anne Gilman’s novel Silver on the Road (Saga Press/Gallery).   Learn More  
 

11/19/2019 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Richard Louv
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Richard Louv, as much, if not more, anyone else, has helped kindle awareness of the need to connect children to the natural world. He has done this through a vital series of books - Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, Vitamin N, and his newest, which he visits with tonight, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting Animals Can Transform Our Lives - and Save Theirs (Algonquin Books). “These pages weave a wondrous tapestry in which we all are crucial threads. It’s a picture of our own creation, about a future we will share, a future we can strive to make worth living for.”—Carl Safina. “Richard Louv has done it again. A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals.” —Bill McKibben. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture and North Cascades Institute in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

11/20/2019 - 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!
 

11/20/2019 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Clifford Thompson with Charles Johnson
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Clifford Thompson, author of What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues (Other Press) appears with his friend, Seattle writer Charles Johnson tonight in what will likely be a night to remember. Clifford Thompson's work has appeared in publications including The Best American Essays 2018, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Threepenny Review, and Village Voice. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award for nonfiction and teaches at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Charles Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, cartoonist, screenwriter, and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. A MacArthur fellow, his fiction includes Night Hawks, Dr. King’s Refrigerator, Dreamer, Faith and the Good Thing, and Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  What It Is begins with Clifford Thompson questioning his most deeply held convictions as the race-baiting Donald Trump ascends to the presidency.  Turning to the wisdom of writers he admires, he asks some difficult questions about what is happening in our country. “Have we thought of the essay as a blues-form? It tests limits and possibilities, faces down grief and loss, refuses easy solutions, and tackles harsh contradictions. This is exactly what Clifford Thompson does in What It Is. He moves through an America gripped by stubborn racial and social demons, thinking, listening, talking with grit and grace.” —Margo Jefferson.  Don’t miss this. Co-presented by Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.
 

11/20/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Lynda V. Mapes & David B. Williams
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street #307
Seattle, WA 98101
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. Seattle Times Lit Life columnist Mary Ann Gwinn serves as program moderator. Tickets ($5 students/$10 general admission) available from FolioSeattle.org and at the door.  Presented by Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum.
 

11/21/2019 - 7:00pm

Paramount Theatre
Gloria Steinem
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
For decades—and especially now, in these times of crisis—people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem’s gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. Tonight’s conversation will celebrate the publication of a new book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion (Random House), a collection of some of her quotes and a few from friends. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, her words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together. Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and she remained one of its editors for fifteen years. In 1968, she helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jeane, and As if Women Matter (published in India). In 2013, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group in partnership with Hedgebrook and Elliott Bay Book Company. This talk will include ASL interpretation and Open Captioning. Tickets and more information, here.
 

11/21/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Claire Rudy Foster with Richard Chiem
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Queer, non-binary trans writer Claire Rudy Foster’s writing on sex, identity, relationships and recovery have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and McSweeney’s. Recently featured on The Rumpus and The Good Man Project, they will read from Shine of the Ever (Interlude Press), a short story collection and “literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland.” “The characters in Foster’s fiction are all achingly lonely and the victims of human error, yes—but they’re also miracles of endurance whose devastations, large and small, illuminate the better parts of ourselves.” —Benjamin Percy. They are also the author of I’ve Never Done This Before. Reading with Claire Rudy Foster tonight is Seattle writer, Richard Chiem, whose debut novel, King of Joy, was published earlier this year by Soft Skull Press.
 

11/22/2019 - 7:00pm

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
Elaine Sciolino
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike Street #307
Seattle, WA 98101
Please join us at Folio tonight for an enchanting exploration of Paris and of the Seine with Elaine Sciolino, contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times. Her book, The Seine: The River That Made Paris (W.W. Norton), takes us into the river’s history and its characters, including a riverbank bookseller.  “There are rivers that are longer (Nile), deeper (Congo), wider (Amazon), and busier (Yangtze). There are rivers that are the largest in Europe (Volga), traverse more countries (Danube), and flow through major cities (Thames and Hudson). But, as Sciolino (The Only Street in Paris) points out, there are few more iconic, romantic, and beloved bodies of water in the world than the Seine. In tracing the river's geographic course from a small French village in Burgundy through Paris to the massive international port of Le Havre, the author also affectionately describes its origins in Roman antiquity to the role played by the Seine in quelling the 2019 Notre Dame cathedral fire. Written in an enjoyable journalistic style, the book is both a travelog and a cultural history of not only the river itself but the people who have lived, worked, and taken inspiration from it as it winds its way to the sea. For them, the phrase sur la Seine is the meaning of life itself.”-Library Journal. Tickets ($5 students/$10 general admission) available from FolioSeattle.org and at the door.  Co-presented by Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum and Elliott Bay Book Company.
 

11/22/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tommy Pico
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from Brooklyn by way of the Viejas Reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation is Tommy “Teebs” Pico, a poet on a mission if ever there was any. He is here with Feed (Tin House), the fourth in a linked series of works that includes IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk, all published in consecutive years. “Funny, irreverent, profound. This book is an ode to love and language and food and what right now sounds like. It’s also a meditation on what it means to belong on/to this planet/universe. Delivered in headlines, texts, conversations, song lyrics, puns, rhymes, and speculation about the possibility of life on other planets, Tommy Pico’s Feed sprawls across time and this country. It is endlessly inventive and stays fun while bringing the heat and weight of a world we’re all helplessly watching burn down. As his character/AKA Teebs says of Oakland rapper Two $hort, the same is true of Tommy Pico in this book and in general: Vigor is the art he argues for.”  —Tommy Orange. “Tommy Pico’s Feed is the poet’s most ambitious work yet. Part tour diary, part tracklist, part play, part by part Pico tops his epic run of books off with this gut-wrenching, gut-busting, gutter-mouth offering of a body in lust, in isolation, in danger, in memory, in future, and all the transits between. Feed is a feast of Pico’s signature intellect, humor, and linguistic demolition—all sharper than ever. No one corrals our day’s chaos like Pico, who serves it up to us as some of the wildest verse the world has ever seen. Bon appétit, bitches.” —Danez Smith. Tommy Pico has been a Lambda Literary Fellow, the winner of a Whiting Award, and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Literature Prize. With Morgan Park, he co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series.
 

11/23/2019 - 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!
 

11/23/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ben Lerner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A book mostly set in the heart of the country at a very particular time, but with leaps of time and locale, Ben Lerner’s new novel, The Topeka School (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is a brilliant story of formative times for a young man coming of age, finding his way and his voice. "In Ben Lerner’s riveting third novel, Midwestern America in the late nineties becomes a powerful allegory of our troubled present. The Topeka School deftly explores how language not only reflects but is at the very center of our country’s most insidious crises. In prose both richly textured and many-voiced, we track the inner lives of one white family’s interconnected strengths and silences . . . This is Lerner’s most essential and provocative creation yet."  —Claudia Rankine. "The Topeka School is what happens when one of the most discerning, ambitious, innovative, and timely writers of our day writes his most discerning, ambitious, innovative and timely novel to date … This book is a prehistory of a deeply disturbing national moment, but it’s written with the kind of intelligence, insight, and searching that makes one feel well-accompanied and, in the final hour, deeply inspired."  —Maggie Nelson. "Ben Lerner has redefined what it means for a writer to inhabit an American present by showing how a family reckons with its past. Here the personal and political are masterfully interwoven. The Topeka School is brave, furious, and, finally, a work of love." —Ocean Vuong. In addition to his other works of fiction, 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station and a polemic on poetry, Ben Lerner is also the author of three books of poems from Copper Canyon Press.  
 
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11/24/2019 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Esther Atshul Helfgott & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle poet and writing teacher Esther Atshul Helfgott produced the first “It’s About Time” Reading Series in 1990 at the Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center. Her North Seattle Community College Senior Adult Education Program students were among those who read their work; Shirley Guterson and Genevieve Beach were two of the first. Many, many Seattle poets and writers are among the series alums. It’s About Time celebrated its 361st reading earlier this month and continues each second Thursday from 6-7:45 pm at the Seattle Public Library’s Ballard Branch. Tonight readers will gather to celebrate the publication of So, Dear Writer: An It’s About Time Writer’s Reading Series Anthology (Cave Moon Press), edited by Esther Atshul Helfgott, Peggy Sturdivant and Katie Tynan. Tonight’s readers are expected to include Bethany Reid, John McFarland, Susan Rich and Esther Atshul Helfgott.
 

11/25/2019 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Barry Schneier
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Bruce Springsteen’s performance with the E Street Band opening for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square Theater on May 9, 1974, is said to have changed the trajectory of his career forever. In the audience that night was Rolling Stone music critic Jon Landau, who famously said that he’d seen rock and roll future that night, and photographer Barry Schneier, whose recollections, interviews and photos are collected in a new book: Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future (Backstreets). Barry Schneier’s tour appearances to discuss these rare photographs include stops at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Bruce Springsteen Archives and the Center for American Music.
 
 

11/27/2019 - 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!
 

11/27/2019 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closing Early at 6pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We close at 6 p.m. tonight. We're closed for the holiday on Thursday, November 28, and re-open again Friday morning, November 29. Please come visit!
 

11/28/2019 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closed for Thanksgiving
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closed for the holiday today and  will re-open again Friday morning, November 29. Please come visit!
 
 

11/30/2019 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Small Business Saturday
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Always a festive, spirited day, this being the weekend that it is, this also a day of celebrating the vital place that independent bookstores such as Elliott Bay, and many other locally-owned, independent stores and businesses play in being stakeholders in our community. Plus this is a fun day … a special edition of Children’s Storytime to wit.
 

11/30/2019 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Holiday Storytime ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Thanksgiving holiday always brings to mind things we are grateful for, and in that spirit our first holiday storytime will share stories of gratitude. We’ll have a special guest reader to share the lovely new The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray and the perennial favorite Thankful Book by Todd Parr, along with other tales of appreciation. Today we will also kick off our seasonal book donation drive. Join us for a warm and heartfelt storytime to inspire a season of giving.
 
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