January 2020

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01/01/2020 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Holiday Hours: 10am-6pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Holiday Hours today: 10am-6pm.
 
 

01/03/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Amanda Montell
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Amanda Montell, reporter and feminist linguist, deconstructs language--from insults, cursing, gossip, and catcalling to grammar and pronunciation patterns--to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women and other marginalized genders from power.  She’s here to speak about her book, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (Harper). “In her first book, Montell (features editor, Byrdie.com; host, "The Dirty Word" web series) blends academic study with pop-culture attitude to examine language usage, stereotypes inherent in our current speech, and how to apply language in ways that normalize and empower women outside the confines of patriarchal standards. Chapters such as "'Cackling' Clinton and 'Sexy' Scarjo: The Struggle of Being a Woman in Public" are especially timely in the context of the 2020 election and notable increase in women running for public office. Montell further delves into topics such as how to handle catcalling, beliefs about women and cursing, and what it means to "sound gay." At its heart, this work reflects a tenet of sociolinguistic study: language is not divorced from culture; it both reflects and creates beliefs about identity and power. Modern stylings situated within foundational research will hopefully bring a new audience to the field of language and gender studies.” - Library Journal.
 

01/04/2020 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytime commences for January - and the New Year! -  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.  
 
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01/05/2020 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kate Wisel & Lucy Tan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This afternoon, two authors read from their work and talk about their different paths to publication. Kate Wisel reads from her debut collection, Driving in Cars with Homeless Men: Stories (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize is a love letter to women moving through violence. These linked stories are set in the streets and the bars, the old homes, the tiny apartments, and the landscape of a working-class Boston. With riotous energy and rage, the women portrayed run towards the future in the hopes of untangling themselves from failure to succeed and fail again. Reading with Kate Wisel tonight is her friend, the Seattle author Lucy Tan, author of What We Were Promised (now out in paperback from Back Bay Books), a novel set in modern Shanghai.
 

01/06/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Tom Alkire
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. We look forward to spring’s approach, and more time outside, but in the meantime, it seems like the moment for an evening spent celebrating the joys of flyfishing. Tom Alkire returns to Elliott Bay tonight to read from his book, Western Waters: Fly-Fishing Memories and Lessons from Twelve Rivers (Stackpole Books). Writing about well-known (and some not-so-well-known) Western waters, he blends how-to, where-to, and natural history with lyrical prose and a deep insight that comes only with knowing a place well. From rainforest rivers to desert rivers, from tidal rivers to those along the Continental Divide, he has waded and fished those waters over the decades. Along with his fishing adventures, the book also looks at the geography, the early explorers of, and the modern-day impacts on those rivers. Tom Alkire is also the author of River Stories.
 

01/07/2020 - 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 le Carré’s enduringly popular Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Penguin).   learn more  
 

01/07/2020 - 7:00pm

Quest Church
Matthias Roberts
Quest Church
1401 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
Join author and psychotherapist Matthias Roberts and friends to celebrate the release of Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms (Fortress). Beyond Shame encourages each of us to determine our definitions of healthy sex, while avoiding the ditches of boundaryless sex positivity on the one hand and strict moralistic lines on the other. Define your sexual values on your own terms, overcome your shame, and start having great, healthy sex. This event includes book sales and a book signing. Mattias Roberts holds an MA in Theology and Culture and an MA in Counseling Psychology. He creates resources to help people “fight bad theology so that LGBTQ+ Christians and allies may live confident and fulfilling lives.” Presented by Mattias Roberts and Quest Church. Free admission. Click here for tickets.
 

01/07/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
E.J. Koh with Rich Smith
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to help launch a totally wonderful new book into the world tonight, as Seattle poet E.J. Koh is here for the release of her extraordinary prose book, The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir (Tin House). This book tells the story of Eun Ji, or E.J.’s, adolescence, left on her own with her young brother, while their parents took on work back in their home country of South Korea. Movingly narrated by the author, but with passages in Korean, and translated, a series of letters from her mother, this is a singular, unforgettable, poetically-charged work. E.J. Koh appears in conversation with Rich Smith, writer for The Stranger. “In The Magical Language of Others, E.J. Koh writes of the boundary between anonymity and naming, between absence and abandonment, between cruelty and safety for four generations of mothers and daughters, each speaking with an occupied heart and crossing narrative borders between Korea, Japan, and America.  As a reader, you give yourself over to her narrative territory and the resetting of the borders of lineage, language, and lives lost.” —Shawn Wong. “E.J. Koh’s The Magical Language of Others grapples with intergenerational loss and love between mothers and daughters across time, war, and immigration. Koh’s painful journey is bridged by her mother’s letters, which she translates, unfolding the language of mothering and tenderness. Koh remarkably and beautifully translates the language of mothers as the language of survivors.”  —Don Mee Choi. E.J. Koh’s debut book of poems, A Lesser Love, is also a marvel.   Can't make it to the event, but still want a signed book? No problem! When you order your copy, just write "signed" in the Order Comments field or "personalized" and the name you want it signed to. If it's a gift, you can also write "gift" and we'll mail you a certificate to give to the lucky recipient to act as a placeholder! Books will be shipped following our event on January 7, 2020. 
 

01/08/2020 - 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!
 

01/09/2020 - 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
 

01/09/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Shawn Wong & Tara Fickle
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We welcome those attending and presenting at the 2020 Modern Language Association’s Annual Convention this week, and as part of the festivities, we’ll help celebrate another milestone: The publication of the Third Edition of Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers (published by University of Washington Press). This groundbreaking collection of writing by Asian Americans, was originally published in 1974 by Howard University Press. Forty-five years later the radical collection continues to spark controversy. While in the seventies it helped establish Asian American literature as a serious and distinct literary tradition, today the editors’ forceful voices reverberate in contemporary discussions about American literary traditions. Now back in print with a new foreword by literary scholar Tara Fickle, this third edition reminds us how Asian Americans fought for—and seized—their place in the American literary canon.  Frank Chin, Jeffery Paul Chan, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Shawn Wong are the editors of Aiiieeeee! and The Big Aiiieeeee! As members of the Combined Asian Resources Project (CARP), they were instrumental in rediscovering many previously underappreciated works, including America Is in the Heart, No-No Boy, Nisei Daughter, and other classics. Tara Fickle is assistant professor of English at the University of Oregon, and is  the author of The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities (NYU Press). Sean Wong, author of Homebase and American Knees, is Professor of English at the University of Washington. Lauded for his work with CARP in re-publishing John Okada’s classic novel, No No Boy in 1976, he has most recently lead the charge to recognize the Okada family’s ownership of copyright of the book in 2019. You might have missed the CARP meetings and the first edition of Aiiieeeee!, but you won’t want to miss this celebration of Asian American literature.
 

01/09/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Samuel Woolley
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
University of Texas journalism professor Samuel Woolley, a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Washington, is back in town with his new book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth (Public Affairs). “Long before most of the world had ever heard the terms 'disinformation,' 'trolls,' 'bots,' or 'fake news,' Sam Woolley had begun to systematically study these new, destructive forces eroding democracy in the digital age. The Reality Game synthesizes his deep and original knowledge on this subject into a readable and compelling book. Scholars of computational propaganda, policymakers in Washington, Brussels, and the Silicon Valley, as well as all citizens of the world concerned about truth, facts, and democracy must read this book.—Michael McFaul. "While the rest of us have been processing our shock at the fake news crisis, Sam Woolley has been anticipating what's coming next. This a mind-blowing and essential book for a future that's practically already here, whether we know it or not. This book scares the hell out of me, but if we listen to Woolley's wake-up call, then I also have hope."—Jane McGonigal. Presented by Town Hall Civics Series in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and information, here.
 

01/10/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Pedro Larrea
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here in Seattle, along with many others, for this year’s meeting of the Modern Language Association is Spanish poet Pedro Larrea, who will read tonight from his recently translated book, published in English as The Wizard’s Manuscript (Valparaiso Editions). Translated by Benjamin Eldon Stevens, this is, as the title suggests, a book with spells and conjuring, albeit by surprising means and modes. The fabulistic is here, but so is a real world. We expect this reading will be in both Spanish and English. We also expect that it will be a delight. Originally from Madrid, Pedro Larrea presently teaches at University of Lynchburg, in Virginia.
 

01/11/2020 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with BuYun Chen
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First 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 BuYun Chen, professor of history at Swarthmore College, and author of the recently published book, Empire of Style: Silk and Fashion in Tang China (University of Washington Press). She will present a lecture on “Silk and the Logics of Cosmopolitan Empire in Tang 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. Please click here for information and tickets.
 

01/11/2020 - 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!
 

01/11/2020 - 2:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Viet Thanh Nguyen & Ellison Nguyen (especially for younger readers!)
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
What is sure to be a delightful bit of storytelling is this session by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen and aspiring, five-year-old author Ellison Nguyen. They provide the words and story to the illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Thi Bui and aspiring thirteen-year-old artist Hien Bui-Stafford that have resulted in the wonderful new children’s book, Chicken of the Sea (McSweeney’s). This is a story of a pirate ship and of chickens, about chickens, maybe for they who might be chickens, all of it adventurous - and fun. This should be some serious New Year’s enjoyment for all.
 

01/11/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
The Alchemysts Theatre
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight’s performance of Dreaming in American by Seattle’s Alchemysts Theatre features music and dramatic readings from three celebrated Jewish writers. Fleeing the dreadful pogroms of the late 19th century, the horrors of the Holocaust and economic privations, the Jewish people have continually emigrated from the Old World to the new, hoping for a piece of Die Goldene Medina. Here they would find religious freedom and often land and prosperity but their dreams in the Golden Land wavered and morphed as the harsh realities of life as immigrant outsiders tarnished that American glow. This performance piece affirms the lives of the ordinary Jews who scrambled to earn a living on the crowded tenement streets of New York’s Lower East Side only to see their children move uptown and quietly distance themselves from their parents’ old world sensibilities.  Anzia Yezierska, Bernard Malamud and Sholem Asch each poignantly depict dreams lost, found and mutated in circumstances that still resonate among immigrant populations today.   Get tickets   Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event. Donations are welcomed. Funding for Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  
 
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01/12/2020 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jennifer J. Wilhoit
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature (Liferich) is a collection of revelations that two Earth-loving souls have gleaned through nature exploration. The authors, Jennifer J. Wilhoit and Stephen B. Jones, are focused on how soil and birds; trees and rivers; rain, cycles, and science can inspire creativity and care for the land. The authors’ lives have taken different trails, yet they are aligned in promoting environmental stewardship through understanding, inspiration, and enjoyment of the ecological world. They share the goal of leaving the world a better place. It is by deep engagement with creatures and landscapes that one feels the interconnection with the web of all living beings and finds wisdom for everyday living. 
 

01/13/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled-Sharyn Skeeter with Donna Miscolta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This event has been cancelled. Please check our calendar for an update as we hope to reschedule this for another night. In novelist Sharyn Skeeter’s book, Dancing with Langston (Green Place Books), Carrie, a business manager who always wanted to be a dancer, has two commitments. She made a promise to her late father to move Cousin Ella, a former Paris café dancer, from her condemned Harlem apartment to a safe place. She’s also committed to catch a flight to Seattle with her husband for his new job. But Cousin Ella resists leaving the apartment where she’s had salons with Langston Hughes. She also has a mysterious gift that she wants Carrie to earn. If she does, a revelation about Carrie’s father and his cousin Langston Hughes will change her life. Sharyn Skeeter was fiction/poetry/book review editor at Essence and editor-in-chief at Black Elegance. Her grandmother’s Langston family inspired this novel.  She appears with Seattle writer Donna Miscolta, author most recently of Hola and Goodbye.
 

01/13/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Pamela Paul & Maria Russo with Maria Semple
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Published to considerable praise and attention this past fall, New York Times Book Review editors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo have collaborated on a smart, engaging book, How To Raise a Reader (Workman). Drawing on their extensive involvement with books for young people - Pamela Paul was the children’s book review editor before becoming editor of all the New York Times Book Review and the Times’ book coverage, and Maria Russo is the Times’ children’s book review editor - this is an informative guide that will likely inspire people of all ages to read. Onstage with them will be esteemed Seattle novelist Maria Semple, she of Where’d You Go Bernadette and Today Will Be Different - which should make for even more of an entertaining, enlightening evening. “New York Times Book Review editors Paul and Russo are the perfect candidates to guide us in raising children who love reading. Colorful and visually pleasing, this attractive text shares not only book lists but also “must-knows” for each age level, from toddlers to teens…Bold and bright illustrations combine with varied recommendations for instilling a love of reading in children of all ages; a must-purchase for all collections.” – Library Journal. “Rocket fuel for a lifetime of reading”—Maria Popova. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture series in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and information, here.
 

01/14/2020 - 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 Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (Liveright).   learn more  
 

01/14/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David Kessler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
David Kessler, long considered one of the foremost of those working on, and writing about grief and how it is experienced (he collaborated with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross back in the day), visits tonight with his new book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief (Scribner). “Helping others is one way to heal; that’s a message readers will find in Kessler’s new book, [which] contains many messages about the nature of grief and how society supports, or doesn’t, the basic human need to mourn…Finding Meaning is Kessler’s poignant response to society’s insensitivity, [a] how-to in the very best sense…With an accessibility reminiscent of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, Kessler writes of how our brains are wired for grief — how survivors often become trapped in guilt and relive their loved one’s final moments without remembering happier times too.” —Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times.  “Some people find meaning through belief in an afterlife; for others it comes from recalling fond memories of the loved ones they lost…The pain of grief is a natural reaction to the loss of someone you love. But, as Mr. Kessler points out, suffering ‘is what our mind does to us,’ and it can be mitigated by finding meaning in what we’ve lost.”—Jane Brody, The New York Times.
 

01/15/2020 - 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!
 

01/16/2020 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Daniel J. Levitin
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
The author of a number of acclaimed books on neuroscience and cognitive psychology, much of them infused with imaginative flair, Daniel J. Levitin makes this welcome Seattle return for his newest, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives (Dutton).  “Growing old may be the only event in life that is both desired and feared. Daniel Levitin alleviates the fear with sound advice that can tilt the balance so that we have more healthy years and fewer sick ones. The brilliance of this book is that Levitin not only tells us what to do and what not to do—he gracefully and eloquently shares the science behind how we can change our minds and brains, and how even small changes can reap large benefits. Share this book—especially with anyone you hope to grow old with.”—Diane Halpern. “This is the book I need now. This is probably the book YOU need now. Levitin beautifully weaves hard science with more subtle, subjective agents of change— compassion, friendship, the redemptive power of work—into a refreshing guide for those of us navigating the penultimate stage of life.”—Rosanne Cash. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information, here.
 

01/16/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Gabrielle Civil with Velocity Dance Center
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit. She has premiered fifty original performance art works around the world, most recently at Queertopia in Minneapolis (2019) and at the Eclipsing Festival in in Chicago (2018). She in Seattle to perform as the lead artist for Wild Beauty, an MLK ritual/ black movement intensive happening at Velocity Dance Center and while she’s here, she’ll also make a special appearance to read from her performance memoir, Experiments in Joy (Civil Coping Mechanisms). Her writing has appeared in Dancing While Black, Small Axe, Art21, Obsidian, Kitchen Table Translation and New Daughters of Africa. She teaches at the California Institute of the Arts and was named a 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist. The aim of her work is to open up space. Her talk here at Elliott Bay is free and open to the public. Information and tickets to Wild Beauty (at Velocity Dance Center, January 12-19) are available, here.
 

01/17/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Dani Boss & Marissa Korbel with Theo Nestor
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Dani Boss and Marissa Korbel, two contributors from Burn it Down: Women Writing About Anger (Seal Press) join us this evening. Burn it Down, edited by Lilly Dancyger, was one of Literary Hub’s “most recommended books” this fall.  Throughout history, angry women have been called harpies, bitches, witches, and whores. They’ve been labeled hysterical, crazy, dangerous, delusional, bitter, jealous, irrational, emotional, dramatic, vindictive, petty, hormonal; they’ve been shunned, ignored, drugged, locked up, and killed; kept in line with laws and threats and violence, and with insidious, far-reaching lies about the very nature of what it means to be a woman—that a woman should aspire to be a lady, and that ladies don’t get angry.  Millennia of conditioning is hard to unlearn. Also appearing tonight is local writing teacher and essayist, Theo Nestor.
 

01/18/2020 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with David Bachman
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First 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 concludes with David Bachman, professor of political science at the University of Washington and former chair of the China Study Program there. He will present a lecture on “The 21st Century Silk Road: China’s Belt and Road Initiative.” 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.
 

01/18/2020 - 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!
 

01/18/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Liska Jacobs with Kristi Coulter
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of a well-received fiction debut, Catalina, Liska Jacobs visits with The Worst Kind of Want (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux), an open-eyed novel of a woman who goes from the U.S. to Italy on a family mission only to find herself drawn into an entirely different world from the one she’d been living in. “The Worst Kind of Want transported me to Rome and blessed me with an addictive, sexy story about a woman who tries to turn her pain into a fleeting, forgettable recklessness. If only that were possible. Liska Jacobs has written a smart, emotionally resonant, delicious novel about a complicated woman, her complicated family, and her complicated past. I couldn’t put it down even if I tried.” ―Edan Lepucki. “Liska Jacobs’s dangerous psychological novel, about a woman caught up in the unnerving throes of middle age desire, plays out like a house on fire against its luscious Italian background. The perfect vacation read, like Under the Tuscan Sun gone darkly, desperately wrong." ―Janet Fitch. Liska Jacobs will appear in conversation with Kristi Coulter, author of Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays (MCD), which was a finalist for a 2019 Washington State Book Award.
 
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01/19/2020 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Authors’ Guild Meeting with Kathleen Ortiz & Lish McBride
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Come learn about writing for young adults, from a literary agent and an author, with the Authors Guild. Kathleen Ortiz, a Seattle-based agent with New Leaf Literary in New York, and Lish McBride, a well-published YA writer, tell us about this rapidly expanding publishing market. All are welcome, Authors Guild members or not. Kathleen Ortiz is a literary agent who has over a decade of experience in the industry, both as an agent and licensing expert. She focuses on a diverse list of picture books, young adult books, and heavily-illustrated non-fiction titles, especially titles that can make her laugh out loud (bonus points if to the point of tears or snorting!). On the nonfiction side, she’s specifically looking for prescriptive (especially geared toward parents, millennials, and generation Z), memoir, pop culture, and illustrated. Lish McBride is the author of funny and creepy young adult books such as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Necromancing the Stone, Firebug, Pyromantic, and the forthcoming Curses. She has published short stories in the Normal School, Tor.com, and the anthologies Cornered, What to Read in the Rain, Freaks & Other Family, and Kisses & Curses. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults title, Morris Award finalist, and won the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award.
 

01/20/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
From Struggle to Survival: Creating Beauty Out of Tragedy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Winter's Evening of Music, Poetry and Storytelling with Claudia Castro Luna, Michelle Dodson, Hilary Field, Merna Ann Hecht & Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. Weaving together original music and poetry, classical guitarist and composer Hilary Field with poets Claudia Castro Luna and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha will share poems about struggle and their means to survive. Storyteller Merna Ann Hecht and cellist Michelle Dodson will offer stories and music with the theme of bringing hope forth in dark times with a selection little known traditional and contemporary stories. Through music and spoken word, these writers and musicians share the nuanced beauty and vulnerability that can be found in our hearts at times of sorrow and difficulty as in times of joy, this heightened taking place as it does on the day that commemorates the life, work, and example of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is supported by a generous grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
 

01/21/2020 - 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 Ada Hoffman’s novel, The Outside (Angry Robot). Learn More
 

01/21/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
William Wheeler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Following journalist and novelist Fatima Bhutto, here a few months ago with her book on pop culture in India, the United Emirates, Turkey, and Latin America, is William Wheeler, with another in Columbia Global Reports’ books of long-form journalism. He visits with what is his first book, State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence. "In State of War, his gripping, electrifying study of the brutal Salvadoran gang culture, William Wheeler dramatizes with almost painful immediacy a vital truth: that all the fevered talk about a "crisis at the border" is really an ignorant lament about what three decades of US foreign policy have wrought. At its core, the so-called crisis is about what we as Americans have done to El Salvador and its Central American neighbors. To confront the savage violence ripping through those countries and sending their citizens on a desperate flight north is ultimately to find oneself gazing at the American face in the mirror. With his vivid prose and intrepid reporting, Wheeler has shown us the bloody consequences borne by real people -- and given us a powerful, unforgettable book." —Mark Danner. “Brisk, chilling examination of El Salvador's descent into violence and the role of notorious transnational gang MS-13. Journalist Wheeler combines a clear sense of geopolitical history and gutsy on-the-ground reporting, producing a compact tale of a slow-motion, violent societal collapse....An urgent, digestible document of a violently failing state, with clear connection to flawed American policies past and present." —Kirkus Reviews.
 

01/22/2020 - 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 number of select bookstores 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!
 

01/22/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Asma T. Uddin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Widely respected and highly regarded, Asma Uddin comes here as a religious liberty lawyer who has done work on behalf of a considerable range of religions and faiths. In her powerful new book, When Islam is Not a Religion (Pegasus), she does so through the lens of the present political climate in the U.S. around Islam, and the rights of Muslims. “Asma Uddin has written a terrific book. It is all at once a primer on the very American commitment to religious freedom, a history of the discrimination that Muslims in America have endured since 9/11 and a window into the life of a leading American Muslim intellectual. It is both deeply researched and a joy to read. I give it my highest recommendation.” - Eboo Patel.  “A bold exploration of Islam’s legal place in U.S. society, as well as a deeply personal glimpse into one American family’s Muslim faith. Uddin’s efforts to counter ignorance with grace and humility are ever-present in this well-researched first book. She presents the reader with thought-provoking examples of religious persecution that ultimately threaten to compromise the religious freedom of all Americans, not just Muslims.” - Shahina Piyarali, Shelf Awareness.
 

01/23/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
James Meyer with Catharina Manchanda
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture (University of Chicago Press) James Meyer turns to art criticism, theory, memoir, and fiction to examine the fascination with the long sixties and contemporary expressions of these cultural memories across the globe. He draws on a diverse range of cultural objects that reimagine this revolutionary era stretching from the 1950s to the 1970s, including reenactments of civil rights, antiwar, and feminist marches, paintings, sculptures, photographs, novels, and films. Many of these works were created by artists and writers born during the long Sixties who were driven to understand a monumental era that they missed. These cases show us that the past becomes significant only in relation to our present, and our remembered history never perfectly replicates time past. This, Meyer argues, is precisely what makes our contemporary attachment to the past so important: it provides us with a critical opportunity to examine our own relationship to history, memory, and nostalgia. James Meyer is a curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He was previously the Winship Distinguished Research Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University and deputy director and chief curator of the Dia Art Foundation. He will appear in conversation with Catharina Manchanda, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum.
 

01/23/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Peggy Orenstein
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Peggy Orenstein, author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter now turns her focus to the sexual lives of young men in Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity (Harper), once again offering “both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it” (Washington Post). “Masculinity doesn’t have to be toxic—but so much of what we communicate to boys about masculinity is just that. The amazing Peggy Orenstein does more than just document the atrocities. She listens to boys and bears witness to their efforts to free themselves from trap the culture sets for them. Boys & Sex is required reading for anyone who has ever loved, raised, been, or will become a boy.” - Dan Savage. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

01/24/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Yangsze Choo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This even has been cancelled - check back for reschedule information. First published a year ago to much praise, and ultimately achieving bestselling status (being selected by Reese Witherspoon for her national book club never hurting), Yangsze Choo’s riveting debut novel, The Night Tiger (Flatiron), found many readers here, and should, even more with this new paperback edition. Set in her home country of Malaysia, when it was colonial-era Malaya, is a novel of the clash of classes, of entitlement and aspiration, and of some particular quests. “Mythical creatures, conversations with the dead, lucky numbers, Confucian virtues, and forbidden love provide the backdrop to Choo’s superb murder mystery. Mining the rich setting of colonial Malaysia, Choo wonderfully combines a Holmes-esque plot with Chinese lore.” —Publishers Weekly. “A sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world…Choo weaves her research in with a feather-light touch, and readers will be so caught up in the natural and supernatural intrigue that the serious themes here about colonialism and power dynamics, about gender and class, are absorbed with equal delicacy.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

01/25/2020 - 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!
 

01/25/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join the authors of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices (North Atlantic Press) for a first Seattle reading and discussion of this groundbreaking collection, which shares many voices and experiences of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary Buddhists. Author/presenters include Aeva Black, Bk (Brian Kimmel), Michaela McCormick, Sasha Strong, & others to be announced. Transcending brings together more than thirty contributors from both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions to present a vision for a truly inclusive trans Buddhist sangha in the twenty-first century. Shining a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, this book gives voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large. While trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary practitioners have experienced empowerment and healing through their commitment to the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, they also share their experiences of isolation, transphobia, and aggression. In this diverse collection we hear the firsthand accounts, thoughts, and reflections of trans Buddhists from a variety of different lineages in an open invitation for all Buddhists to bring the issue of gender identity into the sangha, into the discourse, and onto the cushion. Only by doing so can we develop insight into our circumstances and grasp our true, essential nature.
 
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01/26/2020 - 5:30pm

Hugo House
Waverly Fitzgerald Memorial
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This memorial pays tribute to the life, work, and memory of Seattle writer and teacher Waverly Fitzgerald, who passed away on December 13th. Her daughter, Shaw Fitzgerald, is organizing and arranging this celebration. Free admission. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org. 
 

01/27/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Porsha Olayiwola
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Serious poetry here tonight. An Individual World Poetry Slam Champion who, in her own words, ‘uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas,’ and is an educator and curator, as well as writer and performer, Porsha Olayiwola is here tonight for her charged debut poetry collection, I Shimmer Sometimes, Too (Button Poetry). "Porsha Olayiwola is unlike any other poet writing today. I Shimmer Sometimes, Too further solidifies her remarkable dexterity as a writer, witness of the world, and observer of herself. Each poem is a lesson, a story, a mirror that Olayiwola holds up to ensure we pay attention to that which we may have overlooked. Put simply, I love this book. I love how it moves, how it sings, how it swings open the doors and invites all of us in." — Clint Smith. “In language that is both pungent and poignant, Porsha Olayiwola plumbs a diaspora of resilience, rich in ringshouts and inner-city blues chanted to the sky. I Shimmer Sometimes, Too is luminous indeed.” —Jabari Asim.
 

01/28/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ingrid Newkirk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening’s program features founder and president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, author with Gene Stone of Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion (Simon & Schuster). In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone present these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a range of surprising discoveries: that geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, that fish “sing” underwater, and that elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals, alerting other herds to danger miles away. “After a wide-ranging and enlightening overview of animal wonders, the authors devote several chapters to campaign against cruelty and exploitation…An impassioned plea for preserving animals' lives.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

01/29/2020 - 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 song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, 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!
 

01/29/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Stephanie Land
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Back in Seattle a year after her timely non-fiction book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive (Hachette), Stephanie Land makes this welcome return for its paperback release. “Stephanie Land strips class divisions bare in her phenomenal memoir Maid, providing a profoundly important expose on the economy of being a single mother in America. This is the warrior cry from the tired, the poor, the huddled masses, reminding us to change our lives and remember how to see each other. Standing ovation. Not since Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed has the working woman’s real life been so honestly illuminated.” —Lidia Yuknavitch. “What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people’s lousy attitudes toward poor people… Land’s prose is vivid and engaging… [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir… an incredibly worthwhile read.” ─Roxane Gay.
 

01/29/2020 - 7:00pm

Broadway Performance Hall
Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Two top Washington Post journalists, national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker hold forth here this evening for their all-too-timely, all-too-telling new book, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America (Penguin Press). These two have been at the heart of things since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, helping give context to a time and regime that has fairly shattered most ways of assessing or realizing - at least doing so. It’s expected that this book, upon release, will cause some ripples and make for new disclosures. We suspect that whatever background and depth the book provides, they’ll also be up-to-the-moment with the evening here, as things continue to develop as they do. Get Tickets  
 

01/29/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Andrea Bernstein
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein is here with a book that is also expected to cause ripples and make news, with her deeply researched new book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (W.W. Norton). Hundreds of interviews and over 100,000 pages of documents have gone into this sordid story. “A sweeping story of two American families … How did these ‘self-made men’ really get made? With donations, favors, intimidation, and other people’s money.” - David Farenthold. “Anyone concerned about American democracy should read Bernstein’s devastating exposé.” - Jane Mayer. Presented by Town Hall Civics series in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

01/30/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Crissy Van Meter
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Los Angeles writer Crissy Van Meter’s novel, Creatures (Algonquin) invites readers to contemplate what it means to “grieve, to love, to experience love informed by grief, and to love someone who isn’t always good.”  “Creatures is the kind of beautiful book that makes you want to lick the salt from its pages. It's so physically present you can feel the waves hit your body, smell the sea life, hear the roar of the ocean as your hair whips around your face in the breeze. Crissy Van Meter has written a book about the complexities of love and families, yes, but it's also a careful look at intimacy through the lens of a person learning and relearning how to love the people who continually let us down. It's inventive and surprising. The text is tactile; a punch to the heart. It’s one of the best novels I've read this year.”  —Kristin Arnett.
 

01/30/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Isabel Allende
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Please join us as Isabel Allende reads from and discusses her novel, A Long Petal of the Sea (Ballantine), or Largo pétalo de mar (Vintage Español). Each ticket ($35)  admits one person to the event and includes either a copy of A Long Petal of the Sea (in English) OR a copy of Largo pétalo de mar (in the original Spanish edition). We're sorry but this event does not include a booksigning. Additional copies of both Isabel Allende's books (both in English and in Spanish) will be sold at this event.  Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. Last year, she was awarded the 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation.    tickets and more info  
 

01/31/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Colin O'Brady
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, explorer and endurance athlete Colin O'Brady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he'd ever walk again normally. He set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge, a story he tells in his book, The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice--Crossing Antarctica Alone (Scribner). "O'Brady is a confident, crafty storyteller...This inner saga works hand in hand with the physical challenges to make for a full tapestry of remarkable experience. A brutally sublime tale of derring-do that transports as well as teaches."--Kirkus Reviews.
 
 
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