September 2018

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09/01/2018 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for September with this reading from picture book favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section…and let the stories begin! Please join us.  
 
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09/03/2018 - 9:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Labor Day Hours: 10am-9pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We will be open from 10am-9pm on Labor Day  
 

09/04/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Margaret Atwood’s novel, Cat's Eye (Anchor Books).   learn more
 

09/04/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kim Brooks with Claire Dederer
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A mother’s decision to leave her four year old son alone in a car for a few minutes led to a series of events that  would consume the next several years of her life, spurring her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In her book, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (Flatiron), she asks why our notions of what it means to be a good parent have changed so rapidly and how these changes have impacted parents, children and society.  "Small Animals is one of the most important parenting books of our generation—and a gripping read besides. At the book's heart is a harrowing story, beautifully told. But Kim Brooks goes beyond her own experience, weaving together reporting, social criticism, and personal narrative to create a troubling portrait of a nation driven mad with worry." —Claire Dederer. Tonight Kim Brooks appears in conversation with Seattle writer Claire Dederer, author of Poser and, most recently, Love and Trouble.
 

09/05/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
And so we resume, following a summer hiatus. Welcome back! 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!
 

09/05/2018 - 6:30pm

KEXP Gathering Space
Mark Andersen
KEXP Gathering Space
472 1st Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
KEXP, founders in 2013 of “International Clash Day,” seemed the fitting place to host an appearance by DC Native Mark Andersen, with the book, We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher and the Last Stand of the Band That Mattered (Akashic). Written with "Chairman" Ralph Heibutzki, it is the story of The Clash's reinvention in the band's final years as they faced down the specter of nuclear war and the rise of right-wing power (as personified by Ronald Reagan in the US and Margaret Thatcher in the UK). Mark Andersen is also the coauthor of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. Free. Co-presented with KEXP SONGBOOK Series.
 

09/05/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Drew Collins
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Drew Collins, a professional underwater and land photographer and videographer living and exploring primarily in the waters of Puget Sound, presents work from his new book, Puget Sound Underwater (Made in Puget Sound),  a collection of 120 full color photographs of the underwater wildlife found in our region.  Drew Collins’ photographs have appeared in The Salish Sea and he has produced many videos, most notably on the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, Giant Pacific Octopus and the shipwreck of the Diamond Knot.
 

09/06/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Patrick deWitt with Maria Semple
Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Up from Portland, where he lives and yet down from British Columbia, where he hails from, Patrick deWitt brings flair, wit, and novelistic verve to bear in his newest novel, French Exit (Ecco). Joined here this evening in conversation by Maria Semple, she of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette, for what should be a spirited, lively evening. “Sharply observed moments give deWitt’s well-written novel more depth than the usual comedy of manners—a depth reinforced by the exit that closes the tale, sharp object and all. Reminiscent at points of The Ginger Man but in the end a bright, original yarn with a surprising twist.”-Kirkus Reviews. “French Exit made me so happy—I feel as if I have downed a third martini, stayed up past sunrise, and still woken up refreshed. Brilliant, addictive, funny and wise, deWitt’s latest has enough charm to last you long after you’ve put it down.”- Andrew Sean Greer. Patrick deWitt’s previous books include Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

09/06/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Steve Steinberg
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We’ll be a few weeks away from the postseason when baseball historian Steve Steinberg returns to our stage to speak about The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers (St. Johann Press). This book, edited by Steve Steinberg and produced with writers and researchers from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR),  features 250 images, many unseen since publication over 100 years ago and the words of American baseball writers such as Damon Runyan, Grantland Rice and many who remain unknown.  Produced before the days of radio, this is a remarkable view of the World Series in the Deadball Era, from the first World Series in 1903 to the “Black Sox” of 1919. Co-presented with SABR.
 

09/07/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rebecca Clarren
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland journalist Rebecca Clarren reads from her debut novel, Kickdown (Arcade), about a family's struggle to save their cattle ranch when fracking comes to their rural Colorado community. Rebecca Clarren  has been writing about the rural West for nearly twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, has appeared in Mother Jones, High Country News, the Nation, and Salon.com. "Because of aridity, because of 500,000 square miles of federal land, the West is eternal. What changes are its villains and good guys. Rebecca Clarren’s Kickdown is a worthy companion to our best Western novels. Its characters live and breathe, and the land and their work on the land remain at the center of this fine first novel. Most impressive are Clarren's descriptions of the unrelenting work that makes western ranches the most beautiful of man-made landscapes." -  Ed Marston. "Kickdown is what life sounds like when we give up the search for who we thought we were supposed to be, and begin the search for our own true humanity.”- Karen Fisher.
 

09/08/2018 - 11:00am

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

09/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of Trauma Stewardship Institute, and author of the phenomenally successful Trauma Stewardship, returns with a much needed guide to help those feeling short on time, resources and capacity.  In The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul (Berrett Koehler), she shares concrete strategies to help us mitigate harm, cultivate our ability to be decent and equitable, and act with integrity. The Age of Overwhelm aims to help ease our burden of overwhelm, restore our perspective, and give us strength to navigate what is yet to come.
 
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09/10/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Maria Dahvana Headley with Nicola Griffith
Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
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Seattle, WA 98104
This month brings us at least two audacious, brilliantly accomplished recastings of old stories writ anew; one is Preti Taneja’s rendering of King Lear to present-day India in We That Are Young (see September 24). The other is Maria Dahvana Headley’s staggering retelling of Beowulf to present-day suburbia here in the U.S., in her dazzling new novel, The Mere Wife (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Maria Dahvana Headley, who used to call Seattle home, will be joined in conversation here this evening by Nicola Griffith, author most recently of So Lucky, and prior to that, Hild. "[A] stunner: a darkly electric reinterpretation of Beowulf that upends its Old English framework to comment on the nature of heroes and how we 'other' those different from ourselves... A strange tale told with sharp poetic imagery and mythic fervor." —Booklist. "The Mere Wife is an astonishing reinterpretation of Beowulf: Beowulf in suburbia—epic, operatic, and razor-sharp, a story not of a thick-thewed thegn, but of women at war, as wives and warriors, mothers and matriarchs. Their chosen weapons are as likely to be swords as public relations, and they wield both fearlessly. They rule, and they fight." —Nicola Griffith. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

09/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Gary Shteyngart
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Gary Sheyngart returns to Seattle to read from his much awaited novel, Lake Success (Random House). "Lake Success is Gary Shteyngart, so you already know it's the funniest book you'll read all year. But the surprise here is the novel's epic sweep, its melancholy resonance. What begins as a rollicking and zinger-filled road trip sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems. I was utterly floored by Shteyngart's staggeringly beautiful denouement." --Maria Semple Tickets ($35), include a copy of Lake Success.   Get tickets!
 

09/10/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
David Quammen
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avnue
Seattle, WA 98122
Over from Bozeman, where he has written fifteen books over a thirty-year-plus span (including fiction, way back), David Quammen is here tonight with his newest, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (Simon & Schuster). “A masterful history of a new field of molecular biology . . . . [An] impressive account of perhaps the most unheralded scientific revolution of the 20th century. . . . A consistently engaging collection of vivid portraits of brilliant, driven, quarrelsome scientists in the process of dramatically altering the fundamentals of evolution, illuminated by the author's insightful commentary.” – Kirkus Reviews. “David Quammen’s diligently researched and deeply considered overview of what’s been going on recently in evolutionary biology is illuminating, wondrous, and gripping. Also scary when it comes to thinking about the evolution of Homo sapiens. This is stunning, first-rate journalism.”– Barry Lopez. David Quammen’s previous books include The Song of the Dodo, Spillover, and The Reluctant Mr. Darwin. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT SCIENCE Series.   Tickets ($5)  
 

09/11/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection is Richard Rothstein's, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liverlight).   learn more
 

09/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
D. Wystan Owen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Up from the Bay Area is D. Wystan Owen with a debut book of stories, Other People’s Love Affairs (Algonquin), that is catching others’ eye. “D. Wystan Owen has a keen eye for what falls outside the spotlight and what's hidden underneath the surface. Writing in the tradition of Chekhov, William Trevor, and Alice Munro, Owen's stories remind us that the thrills and the dangers of living oftentimes go hand-in-hand with the everydayness of life. In these stories no loss is too small, each moment counts. Owen is not a trendy writer, but a classic one.” —Yiyun Li. “D. Wystan Owen’s sentences are so breath-catchingly elegant, his paragraphs so honed for gut-punching power and depth, reading him is a full body experience. The stories of Glass, as subtle as they are profound, reveal us to ourselves in all our emotional complexity, all our loneliness and striving. Think Munro, think Welty, think even, Mansfield—and understand that like the collections by those masters of the short form, this book is strong medicine for a heart-broken world.” —Pam Houston.
 

09/12/2018 - 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!
 

09/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Clementine Ford with Amelia Bonow
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Melbourne, Australia-based writer and broadcaster Clementine Ford is well known as a flamethrower, part of the new wave of feminists igniting the conversation about gender equality in the Southern Hemisphere. She visits us tonight on book tour with her feminist manifesto, Fight Like A Girl (OneWorld). Clementine Ford is a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and has written about feminism and equality for The Guardian, the Telegraph and elsewhere. Her TED Talk on rape culture, “Your Vagina is Not a Car,” has been viewed over 800,000 times. She appears tonight in conversation with Amelia Bonow, co-founder of Shout Your Abortion.
 

09/13/2018 - 6:30pm

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

09/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cindy Domingo & Michael Withey
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
On June 1, 1981, two young Filipino activists - Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes - were murdered in Seattle in what was made to appear a gang slaying. The victims’ families and friends suspected they were considered a threat to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his regime’s relationship to the United States and formed the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes to investigate. Seattle human rights attorney and close friend to the slain men, Michael Withey, dropped out of law practice to pursue the case with the committee. His book, Summary Execution: The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes (Wild Blue Press), describes the ten-year struggle for justice and subsequent legal victory against the Marcos regime - the first time a foreign head of state has been held liable for a murder of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. Cindy Domingo, sister of Silme Domingo and co-founder of the Committee for Justice, speaks about the work of KDP, the only revolutionary organization that emerged in the Filipino American community during the politically turbulent 1970s and '80s. Her book, A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) (University of Washington Press), is an intimate look into the workings of the KDP, which overcame cultural and class differences to band together in a single national organization to mobilize their community into civil rights and antiwar movements in the United States and to fight for democracy and national liberation in the Philippines and elsewhere.
 

09/13/2018 - 7:30pm

University Lutheran Church
Justin Driver
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 5oth Street
Seattle, WA 98105
A professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School who has clerked for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer, also Judge Merrick Garland, and taught high school along the way, Justin Driver visits with his timely book, The Schoolhouse Gates: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Pantheon). “Justin Driver’s extraordinary book, The Schoolhouse Gate, deeply probes the many ways in which our constitutional law, as interpreted by America’s judges, shapes the crucial world of public education—but fails the students for whom that education exists. No one who cares about our nation’s children and thus our country’s future can afford not to read this riveting work.”—Laurence Tribe. “It’s pretty unusual to be moved to tears by a closely argued book on constitutional law. But Driver’s The Schoolhouse Gate is a most unusual book. Written with elegance and passion, Driver’s account of the role of the U. S. Supreme Court in defining the rights of students in our public schools is also an uncompromising work of meticulous scholarship, which will define our understanding of its topic for years to come. But there’s something more: there’s an indefinable quality of hope and love in this book, for our flawed yet aspiring processes of constitutional adjudication, as well as for the millions of children whose futures they shape.” —Martha C. Nussbaum. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.   Tickets ($5)  
 
 

09/15/2018 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks...Go to the castle in the children’s section...and the stories begin!
 
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09/16/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
David L. Ulin with Paul Constant
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Los Angeles book critic David Ulin is here for this Sunday afternoon conversation with Seattle book critic Paul Constant (of the Seattle Review of Books). This is occasioned by the re-issue of David Ulin’s still timely The Lost Art of Reading from Seattle’s Sasquatch Books. A new introduction, afterword and subtitle - Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time - grace this edition which comes over a decade after it was first published. “I was electrified by his celebration of narrative, empathic imagination, and startling insights.”   —Joe Hill. “David Ulin’s soul is up for grabs. The digital era has sunk its hooks into him, and politics has corroded his spirit. But Ulin has found a powerful and instructive form of resistance in his lifelong love of books. The Lost Art of Reading makes us consider our own souls in this crucial moment, and reminds us why books matter. A necessary and deeply human read.” —Claire Dederer.
 

09/16/2018 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Leah Dieterich
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
How does a young couple make room for their individual desires, their evolving selves and their artistic ambitions while building a life together? Can they pursue other sexual partners, even live in separate cities, and keep their original passionate bond alive? Leah Dieterich’s unconventional memoir Vanishing Twins: A Marriage (Soft Skull) looks for answers in psychology, science, pop culture, art, architecture, Greek mythology, dance, and language to create a lucid, suspenseful portrait of a woman testing the limits and fluidities of love
 

09/17/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
PJ Library will meet today, instead of Wednesday this week! 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!
 

09/17/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle University, Campion Ballroom
John Kerry
Seattle University, Campion Ballroom
901 12th Avnue
Seattle, WA 98122
In his new book, Every Day is Extra (Simon and Schuster), former U.S. Secretary of State, and five-term U.S. Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry writes of a life in great part in service to this country, starting with his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1966, and service in Vietnam. Tracing a life that included being the son of a diplomat and schooling at Yale, this book looks at it all, a life of over seventy years, including his near-election to the presidency in 2004, and most recently his stint as Secretary of State in the second four years of the Obama administration. From then to now, this book says a lot. Co-presented with SEATTLE UNIVERSITY. Tickets ($40) admit one person and include a copy of Every Day Is Extra.   Get Tickets  
 

09/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Esi Edugyan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A book we were excited about even before hearing it would be longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize: Victoria-based writer Esi Edugyan’s powerful, historically-set novel, Washington Black (Knopf). Last here for her previous novel, Half Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was a finalist for the Booker, Governor General’s, and Orange Prizes, this is a night not to be missed. “High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean...One of the most unconventional escapes from slavery ever chronicled...Edugyan displays as much ingenuity and resourcefulness as her main characters in spinning this yarn, and the reader’s expectations are upended almost as often as her hero’s. A thoughtful, boldly imagined ripsnorter that broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel.”—Kirkus Reviews. “Washington Black is nothing short of a masterpiece. Esi Edugyan has a rare talent for turning over little known stones of history and giving her reader a new lens on the world, a new way of understanding subject matter we arrogantly think we know everything about. This book is an epic adventure and a heartfelt tale about love and morality and their many contradictions. I loved it.”—Attica Locke.
 

09/18/2018 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Colson Whitehead's, The Intuitionist (Anchor Books), as the September selection.   Learn More
 

09/18/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cristien Storm with Becky Reitzes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Cristien Storm, co-founder and former Director of Seattle’s Home Alive, is a longtime activist whose work on self-defense, boundary setting and self care is rooted in social justice and progressive liberation theology. Her new book, Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change (North Atlantic), is a much needed resource for anyone looking to challenge default social conditioning to create empowered relationships for all. A mental health therapist and co-founder of If You Don’t They Will, a Seattle based partnership providing trainings on organized hate groups and white nationalism, she has for many years helped individuals and groups work toward a safer, more equitable community. She appears in conversation with Becky Reitzes, a Home Alive instructor and Sexual Health Educator with Public Health Seattle-King County.
 

09/19/2018 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
NOT MEETING - PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
PJ Library will not meet today, in observance of Yom Kippur. See you next week at our regularly scheduled time, Wednesday at 11:30am!   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!
 

09/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sharon H. Chang & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In her book, Hapa Tales and Other Lies, Sharon H. Chang reflects critically on her Asian American, mixed race, and activist identity through the prism of returning to Hawai‘i as a tourist. While visiting O‘ahu and Kaua‘i she considers childhood trips to Maua‘i and the Big Island, pop culture and Hollywood movies of her youth that perpetuated Hawaiian stereotypes. But what begins as a journey to unpack the ways she has been perceived and treated as a multiracial woman evolves into much more as she learns the real impacts of colonization and corporate tourism on Hawai‘i and uncovers what her Asian multiracial “mainland” identity actually looks like in relationship to the land, its indigenous peoples, and the Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement. Performing at tonight’s program are Marian Macapinlac, Selena Velasco, Angel Alviar-Langeley (aka Moonyeka) and Rayann Kalei'okalani Harumi Onzuka (Kalei).
 

09/20/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Paul Souders
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For more than thirty years, Paul Souders has traveled around the world as a professional photographer. Tonight he speaks about his book, Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, a Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear (Mountaineers), the story of his quest to create the perfect polar bear photo. He spent four summers traveling  six hundred miles of a vast inland sea and exploring the unpredictable Arctic wilderness in the process. “Paul Souders's obsessive quest is weirder than his lighthearted tone would suggest. From the rim of the world, he brings back plenty of wisdom about the mania of professional photographers in this point-and-shoot age of easy adventure tourism. Also useful: tips about when to stop clicking--and start walking backwards.”—Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim's Wilderness.
 

09/20/2018 - 7:30pm

Southside Commons (Columbia City)
Anand Giridharadas
Southside Commons (Columbia City)
3518 S Edmunds St
Seattle, WA 98118
A former New York Times journalist who is presently a journalism professor at New York University and is the author of The True American and India Calling, Anand Giridharadas visits with his newest, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Knopf). “Winners Take All is the book I have been waiting for—the most important intervention yet regarding elite-driven solutions, a vitally important problem to expose. The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about how, despite much good will and many good people, we struggle to achieve progress in twenty-first-century America. If you want to be part of the solution, you should read this book.” —Ai-jen Poo. “Winners Take All boldly exposes one of the great if little-reported scandals of the age of globalization: the domestication of the life of the mind by political and financial power and the substitution of ‘thought leaders’ for critical thinkers. It not only reorients us as we lurch out of a long ideological intoxication; it also embodies the values—intellectual autonomy and dissent—that we need to build a just society.” —Pankaj Mishra. Katherine Boo, Bryan Stevenson, Isabel Wilkerson, and Michael Sandel are among others with early praise. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series.   Tickets ($5)  
 

09/21/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Neal Bascomb
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A bestselling, award-winning author of narrative historical works, Seattle’s Neal Bascomb tonight celebrates publication of his newest, The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). This is an account of downed Allied airmen and their daring escape from a German prison camp in World War I. “In the midst of history’s cruelest war, a band of Allied POWs brilliantly combined their unique talents, wit, and boundless grit to pull off the greatest breakout of the Great War. Equal parts Downton Abbey, The Great Escape, and The Shawshank Redemption –The Escape Artists is an inspiring tale of humanity’s best defeating its worst. Don’t wait for the movie. You’ll feel like you’re in one by the second page.” —John U. Bacon. “Bascomb has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism.” —David Grann. Other books by Neal Bascomb include The Winter Fortress, The Perfect Mile, and Red Mutiny.
 

09/21/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
DeRay McKesson
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Civil Rights activist, community organizer, host of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the People podcast, DeRay Mckesson visits from his Baltimore homebase, to discuss his much-anticipated first book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope (Viking). Also one of the foremost participants in Black Lives Matter, DeRay Mckesson offers cogent, incisive, inspiring analysis and strategy for where things are and how they might be built upon. Ticket includes a signed copy of DeRay Mckesson’s new book, On the Other Side of Freedom and a post-show Meet & Greet Photo with DeRay. Presented by SEATTLE SYMPHONY and CAA, with support from Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

09/22/2018 - 11:00am

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

09/22/2018 - 2:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Honoring John Okada with Frank Abe, Shawn Wong, Stephen Sumida & Friends
Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
The late John Okada, author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press) is honored today on the 95th Anniversary of his birth in Seattle with this special library program. Featured speakers include Frank Abe, editor (with Greg Robinson and Floyd Cheung) of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press) a recently published collection which both includes selections of Okada’s unpublished work and essays and articles about Okada. He will be joined by Shawn Wong, professor of English at the University of Washington who was one of those who found and republished No-No Boy in 1975 and Stephen Sumida, professor emeritus of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, as well as other special guests.   Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, WING LUKE MUSEUM, and DENSHO. Free admission. 
 

09/22/2018 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Hugo House
Hugo House Opening Celebration
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We join with others, literary cohorts, Capitol Hill neighbors, and more in celebrating Hugo House’s re-opening in a brand-new building here this evening. Among those on hand to help celebrate the opening will be Maria Semple, she of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Today Will Be Different, and also a staunch supporter of other writers (and independent bookstores).   more info here
 

09/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Contrast Collective
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Contrast Collective, a not-for-profit creative organization based in Vancouver, B.C., started as a movement to showcase the work of marginalized local authors in their community. As a collective, Contrast launched a submission based print magazine focusing on the growth and expression of artists of color. Their first issue, The Identity Issue, features exclusively local women and non-binary artists of colour and a second issue, Histories, set to launch in August, features work from “men, womxyn and non-binary artists of colour.” Tonight’s performers include Domunique Booker, Krystal Paraboo and Contrast Collective founder Molly Randhawa.   More info  
 
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09/23/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
John Jennings & Damian Duffy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Illustrator John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy are here with the newly released paperback of last year’s huge delight, Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams). Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium, this adaptation of Kindred, a literary classic written and published over thirty-five years ago, still going into readers’ hands, is a tribute to what that book is. "Duffy’s words, coupled with Jennings’ brutally jagged, disorientating, gothic, and impactful art allows their adaptation to be two things: A graphic adaptation of a beloved novel, and an amplification of said novel. Reading them together illuminates Butler’s work from angles I never thought possible.” — Nerds of Color. "Wonderful. Captures the essence of Octavia Butler’s vision even as it demonstrates the superlative skills of Duffy and Jennings."— Nalo Hopkinson.
 

09/24/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Preti Taneja with Radhika Govindrajan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are totally excited about this visit by debut novelist Preti Taneja, here from her home in England, with an astounding book that arrives on these shores having received the Desmond Elliott Prize and made the longlists for several others. Published to high praise in the U.K. and India, We That Are Young (Knopf), tells in brilliant, lacerating language the story of a prominent Indian family, a tale whose bones are transposed from King Lear to contemporary times. Assured in its writing, damning in its knowing, this is a book of great power and breadth, with a striking knack for language and story. This should be quite a night. Onstage with Preti Taneja in conversation will be Radhika Govindrajan, professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and author of the new book, Animal Intimacies.   “Shakespeare’s supreme tragedy, King Lear, is transposed to contemporary India and recast as a family drama of financial power-brokering within a transforming, culturally complex nation … Pulsing with vitality, it ranges widely across the subcontinent, delivering the familiar bones of the story mainly from the perspective of the younger generation … A long, challenging, but inspired modernization of a classic—engaging, relevant, and very dark. - Kirkus Reviews  “Misogyny, religious and caste prejudice, plus the madness of money all make for a magnificent, dark and satirical drama.” - Samira Ahmed, judge, the Desmond Elliott Prize, 2018. "In a brilliant, sharp adaptation, Preti Taneja shows her profound understanding not just of Shakespeare and India, but of human nature itself. Heartbreaking. A poetic tour de force." - Vishal Bhardwaj.  Co-presented with TASVEER.
 

09/25/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Heid E. Erdrich with Laura Da' & Cedar Sigo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A landmark anthology of poetry — the most ambitious of newer Native American poetry undertaken in decades —is celebrated tonight, as poet and editor Heid E. Erdrich is here from Minneapolis, along with poet contributors Laura Da’, and Cedar Sigo for New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press). This collection presents twenty-one poets of great range, variety, and breadth,  some writing in Native languages.   “The twenty-first century of Native poetry is marked by digital singing and storytelling, dislocated relocation, and moments of perception that float like motes in the eyes of Creation…These twenty-one new poets, like their predecessors, are emerging from the Earth or falling from the Sky, from industrial streets, boarding schools, fast cars, all-night tribal or city dances, MFA programs, and bureaucratic lines. Beauty threads with squalor. This is Earth. What a collection Heid E. Erdrich has made of so many original and fresh Native voices, from so many places, gathered here, right here: it is happening, this new Native Nations poetry.” - Joy Harjo. Heid E. Erdrich, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of five collections of poetry, including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Eastern Shawnee poet and teacher Laura Da’ lives here in the Seattle area, and is due to be reading here from her newest collection, Instruments of the True Measure, on November 1st. Suquamish poet Cedar Sigo is the author of eight books, including Royals and Language Arts from Seattle’s Wave Books.   Co-presented with the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ INSTITUTE at Seattle University.
 

09/26/2018 - 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!
 

09/26/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Writing the Personal: Neal Thompson, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Jonathan Santlofer
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A masterful memoir reveals both the specificity of a writer’s experience and its simultaneous universality. Hear from three writers on the art of writing the personal: Neal Thompson, author of Kickflip Boys (Ecco), an honest and humorous account of raising adolescent boys; Wendy C. Ortiz, author of the genre-defying “dremoir” Bruja and Excavation (Future Tense Books), a beautifully written and unflinching story of an illicit relationship between child and teacher; and Jonathan Santlofer, whose memoir The Widower’s Notebook (Penguin), on the loss of his wife, was an important addition to the literature of grief.   more info
 

09/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christian Kracht
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Swiss novelist Christian Kracht visits with the translation of his award-winning novel, The Dead (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, translated from the German by Daniel Bowles). Recipient of the Herman Hesse Literature Prize and the Swiss Book Prize, "The Dead reads like a reboot of J. G. Ballard’s Crash, in a treatment by Wes Anderson, after a weekend spent binge-watching John Schlesinger’s version of The Day of the Locust. The result draws out a comically bleak but shakily ambiguous vision of the coming image-world of fascist politics and Tinseltown productions, and of how both authorized a new power of the screen in startlingly effective ways." —Eric Banks, Bookforum. "The Dead is a story of love and sadness in times when the weak were broken by the unforgiving ideologies of fascism and National Socialism . . . I read The Dead twice in a row, first for the story and then for the beauty of the prose." —Sjón.
 

09/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Porter Fox with John Stifter
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A busy night in the bookstore here, as Porter Fox visits, reading upstairs in our Mezzanine Level (aptly near the Travel section) for his new book of exploration of the border we in this part of the U.S. know, Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border (W.W. Norton). Drawn from three years of travels and traipsing by almost every conceivable means, from our border with British Columbia on across to Maine, this book sheds light on what borders are, and are not. “Porter Fox’s wild trip across the rivers and lakes, prairies and mountains is at turns wondrous, meditative, and scary. In Fox’s patient telling, the northland is less a border than a threshold, a kind of otherworldly membrane wherein people are in conversation with the stream systems and watersheds upon which life depends and that political boundaries work to ignore.” — Robert Sullivan. “In this rip-roaring adventure story, Porter Fox illuminates every imaginable facet of the northern border: historical, natural, economic, environmental, geopolitical, and, above everything else, the human.” — Neel Mukherjee. Porter will be appearing in conversation with John Stifter of Powder Magazine.
 

09/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Arjun Singh Sethi
Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
A vital evening is here at Seattle Public Central Library as activist, lawyer, and law professor (Georgetown, Vanderbilt) Arjun Singh Sethi speaks on his timely book, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out (The New Press). “It’s one thing to talk about the sudden rise of hate in Trump’s America. It’s something else to read the stories of those whose lives have been affected by hate, and, in some cases, devastated by it. By chronicling these personal accounts, Arjun Singh Sethi has done something remarkable and necessary. He has given pain and grief a human face.”—Reza Aslan. “Arjun Singh Sethi takes us to the frontlines of today’s American backlash in this searing collection of powerful narratives about hate. American Hate is both a stark reminder of the devastating effects of hate violence and anti-immigrant policies, and an inspiring and hopeful call to action.”—Deepa Iyer.   Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CAIR-WASHINGTON, ONEAMERICA, and DENSHO. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

09/27/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bayasgalan Batsuuri, Cai Tianxin, Dan Coman & Bejan Matur for University of Iowa International Writing Program Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The University of Iowa’s renowned International Writing Program first brings writers from all  over the world to the program’s locale in Iowa City. These are writers usually well-published in their home countries, in many cases translated into other languages, occasionally into English (if not writing in English), though more often that comes after they have been here, and publishers here have ‘caught on.’ Part of the program’s intent  is also to let writers see and sample something of the U.S., beyond Iowa City. Which is how this evening’s reading, featuring four of the writers coming to Seattle, has come to be. They are part of a larger contingent, many if not all who will likely be here at this reading, over a dozen writers hailing from United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Israel, Venezuela, Argentina, and South Korea. This evening’s reading is expected to include Mongolian poet and translator Bayasgalan Batsuuri; Chinese poet and essayist (and mathematician!)  Cai Tianxin; Romanian fiction writer and poet Dan Coman; and Turkish poet and nonfiction writer Bejan Matur. Each of these writers has received awards, many have been widely translated. We are delighted and honored to be able to present them here. More information on the University of Iowa International Writing Program can be found here.
 

09/28/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
UW Bothell MFA Program Convergence Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight’s  group reading by faculty teaching in the University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics program is hosted by the program’s Senior Writer-in-Residence, Rebecca Brown, and features new work by a fabulous array of  poets and prose writers, including: Dao Strom, Pimone Triplett, Srikanth Reddy, Terri Witek, Danielle Dutton, Steven Dunn, Rebecca Brown, Anida Yoeu Ali, Jeanne Heuving and Natalie Singer. More about the MFA program here.
 

09/28/2018 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Hugo Literary Series: Jim Shepard, Cedar Sigo, Sabina Murray, and Anhayla
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For the 2018-19 season of Hugo Literary Series we’re looking back to look forward and asking the writers and musicians to create new things from the old. Each event within the series takes its theme from an iconic book — those whose titles have a resonance beyond the book itself. The gifted and versatile novelist and short story writer Jim Shepard, Pacific Northwest-based poet Cedar Sigo, and award-winning fiction writer Sabina Murray kick things off with new work on the theme Brave New World. Seattle-based musician Anhayla — most known for covering popular R&B and hip hop songs on her YouTube channel, Anhaylarene — will perform new music to the same theme.   get tickets
 

09/29/2018 - 11:00am

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

09/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Léonora Miano
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of the most prominent Francophone African writers at work today, award-winning Cameroonian novelist and essayist Léonora Miano makes this welcome first Seattle visit for the recently published translation of her extraordinary novel, Season of the Shadow, translated from the French by Gila Walker, and published by one of our favorite publishers in the world, Seagull Books of Calcutta. First published as La Saison de l’Ombre (we hope to have French copies here), this haunting novel received France’s prestigious Prix Fémina. It depicts the very earliest days of what became slavery, the mysterious abduction (here) of men from their village, this from the perspective of the people in that village, living there. The writing is beautiful, the story harrowing, the kind of mystery one wishes one didn’t know the conclusion of, giving some sense of what was and is incalculable loss. Léonora Miano is the author of seven novels (one other so far in English translation, Dark Heart of the Night, with others to come) and two collections of essays. She presently lives in France. This should be a memorable evening. Co-presented and made possible by CULTURAL SERVICES, FRENCH EMBASSY IN THE UNITED STATES and SEAGULL BOOKS.
 
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