November 2018

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11/01/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Laura Da’ with Sasha LaPointe & Casandra Lopez
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Seattle-area poet and public school teacher who recently read here for Heid Erdrich’s landmark anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, Laura Da’ reads here tonight for her second collection of poetry, Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press). This powerful book, following Tributaries, helps explore and reclaim lost aspects of her Shawnee homeland. “Laura Da’ aligns ‘cross-hatchings on a map’ with blood memory to create a cartography of resistance. Da’s vivid poems awaken startling clarity in understanding American history’s imprint upon our bodies—and that we, too, are ‘quartered’ by its wrath. Instruments of the True Measure is a necessary journey, a must-read.”—Sherwin Bitsui. Also part of this reading are two other excellent Native poets, Sasha LaPointe and Casandra Lopez. Sasha LaPointe, Coast Salish of the Nooksack Tribe, has had her work published in numerous literary journals, and  is presently working on her MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and Cahuilla/Luiseno/Tongva writer and educator who has written one chapbook, Where Bullet Breaks (Sequoyah National Research Center), and has another, After Bullet (Yellow Chair Press), forthcoming. Co-presented with the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES INSTITUTE at SEATTLE UNIVERSITY.
 

11/02/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Cave Canem Writers Showcase: Anastacia-Renee with Quenton Baker, Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux & L. Lamar Wilson
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This Hugo House evening is presented under the auspices of Cave Canem, the renowned national African American poets organization founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996, and directed by Nicole Sealey today. Helping foster work then - and today - this evening brings a range of voices from here and afar. Cave Canem fellow and present Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee has orchestrated what should be a terrific reading by other Cave Canem fellows: Seattle poet, educator, and artist Quenton Baker, author of This Glittering Republic (Willow Books); Texas poet, cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, and Cave Canem board member Amanda Johnston, author of Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press), and earlier chapbooks;  and Dante Micheaux, author of Circus (Indolent Books) and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press); Anastacia-Renee is the author of Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.) (Gramma Press), Answer Me (Argus Press), and 26 (dancing Girl Press); L. Lamar Wilson teaches creative writing and African American literature at the University of Alabama and is author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press) and co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. More information here.
 

11/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jabari Asim
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Syndicated columnist Jabari Asim, for eleven years an editor at The Washington Post (and also former editor in chief of Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture and ideas) speaks today about Black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In his new book, We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival (St. Martins), he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn't depend on a narrative steeped in oppression but rather reveals black voices telling their own stories. Jabari Asim is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts and the author of six books for adults, including The N Word, and nine books for children.
 

11/03/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Tomoko Sugawara the Eurasia Consort
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with harpist Tomoko Sugawara and members of the Eurasia Consort, presenting and performing “Music of the Tang Dynasty: Connections to Japan.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.   tickets & Information  
 

11/03/2018 - 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 November with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section...and the stories begin! Please join us!
 

11/03/2018 - 5:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nate Chinen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to co-present, with Earshot Jazz, this Seattle visit award-winning jazz critic Nate Chinen, who has written for The New York Times and Jazz Times, and directed the program “Jazz Night in America” for public radio. He is here with an excellent new book, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon). “Sharp in style and warm in feeling, Nate Chinen’s virtuoso survey dispenses with the familiar agendas and polemics that have too often boxed in writing on contemporary jazz. He follows the music where it goes and exults in its plurality of voices.”—Alex Ross. “Chinen’s passion for the art form and deep understanding and knowledge of jazz make for a fascinating read. His firm support of the music and belief that the changes taking place within it will continue to serve it well—solidifying jazz as a global mode of communication without bounds—are truly uplifting.”—Herbie Hancock. Co-presented with EARSHOT JAZZ.
 

11/03/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson & Natalie Ross
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattleness: a Cultural Atlas (Sasquatch) is an exploration of Seattle and the Puget Sound Region through maps, diagrams, visualizations and illustration. Inspired by Mercator, who in 1595 produced the first atlas, this extraordinarily creative volume invites us to take a fresh look at the city we think we know: its bridges, terra-cotta figures, machinery, totems and more. Joining us this evening are designer, geographer and public artist Jenny Kempson, design director and writer Tera Hatfield and landscape architect and geographer Natalie Ross.
 
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11/04/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nathaniel Philbrick
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Historian Nathaniel Philbrick returns to Seattle to speak about his new book, In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown (Viking), a fresh account of the year that won the Revolutionary War. “Philbrick follows up his previous popular history illuminating lesser-known aspects of the Revolutionary War (Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution) with another insightful and accessible account of its by-no-means-inevitable success. Instead, he argues, drawing extensively on primary sources, the ‘bitter truth was that by the summer of 1781 the American Revolution had failed.’...Philbrick depicts Washington warts and all, including his responsibility for the rift with Alexander Hamilton and his slave ownership, highlighting the disconnect between the ideals of the revolution and its leaders' enslavement of kidnapped Africans. This thought-provoking history will deepen readers' understanding of how the U.S. achieved its independence.”—Publishers Weekly.
 

11/05/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Katrina Carrasco with Nicola Griffith
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening celebrates the publication of Seattle writer Katrina Carrasco’s much-anticipated debut novel, The Best Bad Things (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Helping her and everyone else do so, in conversation,  is esteemed Seattle writer Nicola Griffith, most recently author of So Lucky. The Best Bad Things is crime fiction circa 1887 - and introduces readers to Alma Rosales, ‘detective, smuggler, spy.’ “Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period plausibility with an exploratory queer narrative rarely seen in the crime genre. Even readers uninterested in Alma’s identity journey will be impressed by her intelligence and social acumen, and drawn by the constantly shifting politics and well-timed reveals of the plot. Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.” —Publisher’s Weekly. “A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco’s debut will leave you thirsty for more.” —Lyndsay Faye.
 

11/06/2018 - 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 Thomas Hardy’s novel, Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics). 'The greatest tragic writer among English novelists' —Virginia Woolf.   learn more  
 

11/07/2018 - 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, 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!
 

11/07/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Suzanne Matson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Portland native, novelist, and poet Suzanne Matson, who did creative writing work at the University of Washington, is back on home terrain for her newly released second novel, following The Hunger Moon, Ultraviolet (Catapult). "From its wonderful opening in 1930s India, Suzanne Matson's beautifully accurate and illuminating Ultraviolet follows the fates of three generations of American women along the shifting borders of safety and freedom. As time carries them past risks and refuges, the reader is left with a shimmering sense of lives lived." —Joan Silber. "Fascinating and stirring. . . . Matson glides through her characters’ lives in almost self-contained chapters punctuated by explosions of burnished emotion...Readers will latch on to the unforgettable characters of this accomplished saga of the shifting personal and historical complications of American womanhood." —Publishers Weekly.
 

11/07/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Susan Orlean
Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
What better place to see and hear “national treasure” (Washington Post) Susan Orlean with her newest work, The Library Book (Simon & Schuster), than at our own Seattle Public Central Library. “This is a book only Susan Orlean could have written. Somehow she manages to transform the story of a library fire into the story of literacy, civil service, municipal infighting and vision, public spaces in an era of increasingly privatization and social isolation, the transformation of Los Angeles from small provincial hamlet to innovative colossus and model of civic engagement—and the central role libraries have always and will always play in the life and health of a bustling democracy. Beyond all that, like any good library, it’s bursting with incredible tales and characters. There could be no better book for the bookish.” —Dave Eggers.   “Mesmerizing . . . A riveting mix of true crime, history, biography, and immersion journalism. . . . Probing, prismatic, witty, dramatic, and deeply appreciative, Orlean’s chronicle celebrates libraries as sanctuaries, community centers, and open universities run by people of commitment, compassion, creativity, and resilience.” —Booklist. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

11/08/2018 - 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  
 

11/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jason Lutes with Megan Kelso
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be released at the same time as the series omnibus, Berlin (Drawn & Quarterly), this work is rich with well-researched historical detail, compassionate in its character studies, and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism. Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens—Marthe Müller, a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War I, Kurt Severing, an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns, a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters' lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart. Jason Lutes teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Jason Lutes appears in conversation with fellow comic artist Megan Kelso.  Co-presented with SHORT RUN.
 

11/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Lisa Halliday
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Lisa Halliday’s award-winning debut novel, Asymmetry (newly in paper, Simon & Schuster), was one of the most sensationally-received novels of the year, debut or otherwise. Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and recipient for its author of a Whiting Award, this novel, “is extraordinary...Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction .... Asymmetry is extraordinary, and the timing of its publication seems almost like a feat of civics. . . .Halliday’s prose is so strange and startingly smart that its mere existence seems like commentary on the state of fiction...It’s a first novel that reads like the work of an author who has published many books over many years.” —Alice Gregory, New York Times Book Review. "Asymmetry is a novel of deceptive lightness and a sort of melancholy joy.  Lisa Halliday writes with tender laugh-aloud wit, but under her formidable, reckoning gaze a world of compelling characters emerges. She steps onto the literary stage with the energy of a debut novelist and the confidence of a mature writer." —Louise Erdrich.
 

11/09/2018 - 7:30pm

The Riveter
Blair Imani
The Riveter
1517 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Founder and executive director of Equality for HER, a non-profit organization for women and non-binary people, author and activist Blair Imani lives ‘at the intersection of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity’. She is here tonight with her compelling new book, Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (Ten Speed, illustrations by Monique Le). “Through powerful storytelling and bright images, Blair Imani sends a clear message to next-generation activists and changemakers—this is their moment, they are the present, the now, and yes, the future. Instead of waiting to be passed the proverbial torch, the heroes in Imani's book claim their role as torchbearers whose lights are blazing inspiring trails for each of us to follow.” –Jamia Wilson. “Modern HERstory is an empowering and educational read, filled with the stories of activists you should know and names that should fill our history books. In these turbulent political times, Blair Imani's first book reminds us that the change we need will only come from a coalition of activists working across differences and movements.” –Sarah McBride. Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT CIVICS Series. Tickets and more information Here.
 

11/09/2018 - 7:30pm

Hugo House
Hugo Literary Series: Lauren Groff, R.O. Kwon, Kim Fu, & Shelby Earl
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
“Diving Into the Wreck,” taken from the title of Adrienne Rich’s iconic 1973 poetry collection, is the point of departure for this evening of all-new work presented by a stellar group of fiction writers - Lauren Groff, R.O. Kwon, Kim Fu - and acclaimed singer-songwriter Shelby Earl. Lauren Groff is most recently the author of the National Book Award longlist nominee (waiting for the shortlist announcement at this writing), Florida (Riverhead). R.O. Kwon’s Incendiaries (Riverhead) is one of the year’s noteworthy fiction debuts. Canadian-born Seattle writer Kim Fu has recently published poetry (How Festive the Ambulance) and, earlier this year, the striking novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Shelby Earl has received widespread praise for her two albums, Burn the Boats and Swift Arrows. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Tickets and more information here
 

11/10/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Hari Krishnan
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Hari Krishnan, Associate Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University, who will give an interactive lecture-performance presentation on “Movement and Metaphor in South Indian Court Dance.” He is to be joined by musicians Vaaraki Wijayaraj and Kajan Pararasasegaram from the inDANCE company. Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY.   information and tickets  
 

11/10/2018 - 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!
 

11/10/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Beowulf Sheehan
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
An author whose work will be familiar to many as he is widely considered the pre-eminent photographer of his (younger) generation of authors, Beowulf Sheehan is here today to present his dynamic new book, Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan (Black Dog & Leventhal). Over two hundred prominent writers, playwrights, poets, journalists, and historians are included, photographs that will be familiar and new at once.   "Beowulf Sheehan reveals authors pictured in that twilight place between how we see ourselves and how the world sees us, and in every perfect shot he takes his love for words and books and the people who make them shows through."—Neil Gaiman. "Beowulf is a visionary artist, and his work is beautiful and moving and revelatory. Like all great artists, he has the ability to see into and through his subject, and then to reveal the hidden strengths and vulnerabilities of those subjects in his portraiture. Each portrait will open a window for you to see in new ways, with new clarity, new perception."—Jesmyn Ward.
 

11/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Amelia Bonow, Lesley Hazleton, Miki Sodos, Alana Edmondson, S. Surface, Alayna Becker & Shawna Murphy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Following the U.S. Congress's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion became a viral conduit for abortion storytelling, receiving extensive media coverage and positioning real human experiences at the center of America's abortion debate for the first time. Shout Your Abortion (PM Press), edited by Seattle activists Amelia Bonow and Emily Nokes (and introduced by co-founder Lindy West) is a collection of photos, essays, and creative work inspired by the movement of the same name, a template for building new communities of healing, and a call to action. This evening we welcome co-founders and contributors to Shout Your Abortion to share their stories with us. "It's been so inspiring for me to see a woman making that stand, building the movement, bringing our stories forward... because really, this is what it's going to take. It's going to take all of us. And we will take the political revolution, with #ShoutYourAbortion and everything else we're trying to do, to the U.S. Congress. All of us together." —Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative for Washington's 7th District.
 
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11/11/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rita Wirkala
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rita Wirkala is an Argentine writer residing in Seattle. She writes novels, poetry, literary essays and textbooks for children and for adults in both English and Spanish and she teaches classes and writing workshops in Spanish for Seattle Escribe. This afternoon she’ll read from her most recent English language book, Tales for The Dreamer (Hoopoe Books), a collection of stories within a story illustrated by the Argentinean artist Mónica Acosta Rodriguez. Her previous books include El Encuentro, which was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award.  Co-presented with SEATTLE ESCRIBE.
 

11/11/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Katie Ford & Rae Armantrout
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Katie Ford, one estimable and visiting poet, and Rae Armantrout, another estimable poet, one who lives here and whose newest book is currently up for a National Book Award (longlist at this writing), give this reading together from their new books. For Katie Ford, it is her fourth collection, If You Have To Go (Graywolf Press). “Ford (Blood Lyrics) explores and performs the work of mourning in [If You Have to Go], which traces the dissolution of a relationship and a home...The emotional resonance remains constant with grief lightened by such auspicious moments as when the speaker declares, ‘I am content because before me looms the hope of love.’ Ford makes sense of sorrow by way of poetry.”—Publishers Weekly. Rae Armantrout is a past Pulitzer Prize winner, the author of fourteen previous books of poems, and a new one, Wobble (Wesleyan University Press), that is up (at this writing) for the aforementioned National Book Award. “Armantrout has always aimed at knowing life by isolating it from narrative." —Jeremy Noel-Tod, Times Literary Supplement. Co-presented with HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. For more information here.
 

11/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Two (Debuts) from Graywolf: Wayétu Moore & Kristen Tracy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to present this evening with two writers who have each had outstanding debut works published this past year, all from Graywolf Press, for years now a solid source of such debuts. There are stories to be told about Liberia-born debut novelist Wayétu Moore’s path to becoming a novelist, including her starting a children’s book publishing house for West African children, and opening a bookstore in Monrovia, to see nothing of pursuing an education here in the U.S. Remarkable as those stories are, the story of her beautiful first novel, She Would Be King, is at least as remarkable. “This compelling debut novel by Wayétu Moore blends historical fiction with magical realism in an exhilarating tale of the formation of Liberia. Moore effortlessly weaves the threads of indigenous West African tribes, American and Caribbean slavery, and British colonialism together to tell the creation story of a new nation, complete with unforgettable characters and a dynamic voice.”—Marie Claire. Los Angeles poet Kristen Tracy becomes yet another stellar Graywolf Press poetry debut with her collection Half-Hazard, though this isn’t her first foray into book publishing, she being a children’s book author of note. “[Kristen] Tracy’s prodigious talents craft a world that, once entered, you never wish to return from.”—Claudia Rankine. “What animal grace in these poems of the human stumble and dance on the road to becoming human...This first collection of poetry by Kristen Tracy is a keeper.”—Joy Harjo. Half-Hazard received the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation. A third Graywolf writer, Jamel Brinkley, author of A Lucky Man, is now a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction, and has had to postpone his visit to us. We’ve been angling to get Jamel Brinkley here since his debut book of stories, A Lucky Man, was published earlier this year and hope to see him in 2019.  “With equal parts precision and poetry, these nine audacious stories step into the minefields awaiting boys of color as they approach manhood in Brooklyn and the Bronx—testing the limits of relationships, social norms, and their own definitions of masculinity.”—O, the Oprah Magazine.
 

11/12/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Eileen Myles
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A most welcome Seattle return is made by esteemed poet, fiction and non-fiction prose writer Eileen Myles. At Elliott Bay for the well-received memoir of Eileen Myles’ dog, Afterglow, this visit over to Hugo House is occasioned by publication of a welcome new book of poems, Evolution (Grove Press). “Evolution, Eileen Myles’s first all-new collection of poetry since 2011, circles back to classic themes such as their love of dogs, loneliness, and parental loss. These poems, however, are also immediate and pressingly contemporary. Myles is conducting an intimate exchange with the government, peering into their computer and saying hello to whoever might be surveilling them.”—Lambda Literary. “Rich in vernacular and innovative line breaks, these poems ask to be read out loud...Myles crafts poems of a personal nature in Evolution. In very short lines, they are also reflective, contemporary, political, erotic and even aphoristic...In a bold collection of poems, Eileen Myles reinforces their justifiable fame as the unabashed voice of what’s left of New York’s downtown edginess.”—Shelf Awareness. Co-presented with HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. More information on Eileen Myles’ visit here.
 

11/13/2018 - 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 Gary Younge’s Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books).    learn more
 

11/13/2018 - 7:00pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Michael W. Twitty
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (Amistad Press), an illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine. Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He was the recipient of two James Beard Awards for his book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South, and was recently named one of the Root.com' s 100 most influential African Americans under 45. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free/no tickets needed. More information here.
 

11/13/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Idra Novey with Dave Wheeler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted this evening to welcome back noted novelist and translator Idra Novey. Last here for her excellent debut novel, Ways To Disappear, she is here for her stellar, timely new novel, Those Who Knew (Viking). “There’s an urgent timeliness to this story of the crimes committed by a powerful man, but Idra Novey’s riveting, formally brilliant novel transcends any particular moment. Those Who Knew is a devastating inquiry into the way lofty ideals can serve as cover for brutal impulses, the way struggles for control of the body politic wreak havoc on actual bodies. Most of all, it’s an indictment, at once fierce and compassionate, of the collective silence that implicates us all in irrevocable wrongs.” —Garth Greenwell. “Genius. That’s what I kept thinking as I read this novel that somehow combines an invented island, a political bookstore, fragments of a stage production, and a story that’s at once a damning critique of craven self-interest and a tale about our inescapable connectedness. Idra Novey has written an irreverent, magical, perfect puzzle of a book.”—Cristina Henriquez. While it is a novel she is here for, Idra Novey should also be cited and praised for her work as a translator from the Spanish and Portuguese, most recently Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Idra Novey appears in conversation with Dave Wheeler, Associated Editor at Shelf Awareness.
 

11/13/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
Adam Hochschild
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avnue
Seattle, WA 98122
Longtime journalist (a significant stint as editor of Mother Jones) and author Adam Hochschild, probably most known for his epic depiction of Belgium’s brutal reign in the Congo, King Leopold’s Ghost, visits tonight with a new collection of pieces, Lessons From a Dark Time and Other Essays (University of California Press). “Adam Hochschild’s brilliant and sprawling books on inhumanity and injustice have made him an international treasure. Now, with Lessons from a Dark Time, we have Hochschild in more bite-sized (well, meal-sized) form. His journalism ranges widely, literally around the world, but it’s always written with the same careful craft and indignant eloquence that we’ve come to admire so much.”—Jeffrey Toobin. “This book reveals Adam Hochschild’s journalism in all its glory. His facts are like jewels, luminous in their importance. As a reporter and historian, he turns facts into stories so dynamic and vivid that I couldn’t put the book down. This is important work by a gifted writer at the top of his game.”—Elizabeth Farnsworth. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT CIVICS Series. Tickets and more information here.
 

11/14/2018 - 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!
 

11/14/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jo Weldon
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jo Weldon, performer, advocate and Headmistress at the New York School of Burlesque, presents an illustrated talk on the history and enduring appeal of one of the world’s most popular fashion patterns based on her book, Fierce: The History of Leopard Print (HarperCollins). “From its inception in textile, leopard print—long used as a symbol of a warrior's power or a ruler's wealth—became a sensation, adopted by daring trendsetters and members of the avant-garde, including film stars and celebrities such as Carole Lombard and Josephine Baker, who walked her pet Cheetah, Chiquita, on a diamond-encrusted leash. The desire for leopard print continues today as Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and other stars flaunt their feline-inspired spots on film and stage, the catwalk and the red carpet.” Jo Weldon is the Vice-President of BurlyCon, as well as one of the Executive Directors of Education at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas  and is a guest instructor at Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque in Seattle. More about Seattle’s annual Burlycon at Burlycon.org.
 

11/14/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
Francis Fukuyama
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Town Hall all but sets up ‘shop’ at Pigott Auditorium on the Seattle University campus this week, as Adam Hochschild on the 13th is followed this evening by Francis Fukuyama, presently the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the author of such works as Political Order and Political Decay, The Origins of Political Order, The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He is here tonight with his newest book, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "The renowned political scientist argues persuasively, and urgently, that a desire for recognition of one's dignity is inherent in every human being—and is necessary for a thriving democracy . . . A cogent analysis of dire threats to democracy." —Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT CIVICS Series. Tickets and more information here.
 

11/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michael Hebb with Lesley Hazleton
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle cultural instigator, orchestrater, and now author Michael Hebb follows his big Town Hall Seattle launch with Chase Jarvis for his new book, Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life’s Most Important Conversation (Da Capo), with a more intimate setting here at Elliott Bay. This evening will include some real talk, as Michael Hebb will be joined by esteemed writer Lesley Hazleton, most recently author of Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto. Engaging, stimulating, and surprising this should all be, as those qualities are what much of Michael Hebb’s work with food, talk, and community have been about over the years. This book’s particular focus is on death, meaning it is also about life. “Death, is a topic we so often avoid—yet it’s one we need to discuss. With wisdom and grace, Michael Hebb shows us how to have the essential conversations we dread, fear—or just don’t know how to have. These conversations, like this book, are expansive, filled with hope, and make us more courageous, connected and honest.” —Esther Perel. “We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve.” —Arianna Huffington.
 

11/16/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Adrianne Harun
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Catch, Release (Johns Hopkins University Press), Adrianne Harun’s second story collection, loss is the driver. In diverse settings that include, among other places, a British Columbian island, a haunted Midwestern farmhouse, a London townhome, and a dementia care facility overpopulated with dangerously idle guardian angels, characters reconfigure whole worlds as they navigate states defined by absence.   “Vividly imagined, like fever dreams, haunting and original and elusive. It’s as if each story contains—to generates—a mystery that will linger long in the reader’s mind.”—Joyce Carol Oates. Adrianne Harun’s previous books include The King of Limbo and Other Stories and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain. She teaches at Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop.
 

11/17/2018 - 10:00am

Seattle Art Museum
Saturday University with Behrooz Alavi, Ali Ghaemmagham & Sarang Amirtabar
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with renowned ney flutist Behrooz Alavi who will talk and perform on “Modes and Melodies of Classical Persian Music,” to be joined in performance by musicians Ali Ghaemmagham and Sarang Amirtabar. Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information can be found: here.
 

11/17/2018 - 11:00am

Bell Harbor Conference Center
Gobble Up!
Bell Harbor Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121
Our friends at Urban Craft Uprising present a second helping of  “Gobble Up,” which will feature products made by some of the best artisanal and craft food makers in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring 100+ local crafty food and beverage vendors, tastings and cookbook sales. More information about Gobble Up and about Urban Craft Uprising’s Winter Show (December 2 and 3 at Seattle Center) and other fall and winter markets at Urban Craft Uprising. Free but pre-registration is suggested.  
 

11/17/2018 - 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 let the stories begin!
 

11/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jeanne Marie Laskas & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Among the numerous (but not too many) books coming out on, about, or by the Obama’s, Jeanne Marie Laskas’ To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope (Random House) surely is among the more unique in giving voice to some of the many people who wrote letters directly to President Obama while he was in office. He engaged with such mail more than any president to date - paying particular heed to a select number of letters that staff members helped sort and cull, letters that would receive real attention and replies. Jeanne Marie Laskas has made a moving, telling, inspiring book of this correspondence, one that should be good to hear about in this presentation. We are also hoping to have a person or two whose letter was responded to as part of this.
 

11/17/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Writers Under the Influence: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away January 22 of this year at the age of 88 was a towering figure through the body of her work, example, and indomitable spirit. She had a profound influence - and was a frequent presence a number of times - on the life of this bookstore. This evening, Hugo House in partnership with Clarion West Writers Workshop, features writers Eileen Gunn, David Naimon, and Nisi Shawl presenting stories, reflections, and more. This evening should also see a few recent releases with Ursula K. Le Guin’s hand - a fiftieth anniversary edition of The Books of Earthsea (Simon & Schuster), beautifully designed and illustrated (Charles Vess). There is also a new book of poetry, So Far So Good: Final Poems 2014 - 2018 (Copper Canyon Press). Presented by HUGO HOUSE in partnership with CLARION WEST WRITERS WORKSHOP. Free admission. More information here.
 
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11/18/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alan J. Davidson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This year our neighbors at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral celebrated their 130th anniversary with a building restoration project, the addition of a labyrinth and the publication of a new book on the cathedral’s early history. Alan J. Davidson, author of The History of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral: St. Mark’s Parish 1889-1897 (published by St. Mark’s), speaks today about the formation of St. Mark’s, Seattle’s second Episcopal parish, and of the demographic, economic, political, social and cultural context that shaped Seattle.
 

11/18/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Neil Gaiman
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
"I make things up and write them down" is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated, bestselling writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman” he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman. “He’s heaped with sci-fi and horror prizes – the Hugo, the Nebula, the Bram Stoker – but also with children’s prizes, the Newberry and more. He’s a literary rock star who also takes the stage – and mines our deep, dark veins.” — NPR’s On Point With Tom Ashbrook. This event does not include a booksigning but a limited number of signed copies of Neil Gaiman’s books will be available for purchase. We’re on the verge of a brand-new book a creative ‘call to arms’ (due out November 20), Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World (William Morrow). Presented by NORTHWEST ASSOCIATED ARTS/NWAA, KNKS88.5FM & THE STRANGER. Tickets and more information here.
 

11/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Hallgrímur Helgason
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
As part of a Seattle visit that includes the University of Washington, renowned Icelandic novelist, columnist, and artist Hallgrimur Helgason will read and discuss his work here. He is most recently the author of the novel, Woman at 1,000 Degrees (Algonquin, translated by Brian FitzGibbon). “Helgason’s sad and funny novel begins in 2009, as 80-year-old Herra Björnsson lies dying in a Reykjavík garage, still in possession of a live hand grenade from World War II...In her unsentimental, unsparing narrative, she offers insights into Icelandic culture and character, including a riff on reticence and a brief summary of Iceland’s financial meltdown. Like the Icelandic landscape, she can be both appealing and treacherous.” —Publishers Weekly. “Herra Björnsson may be dying at an advanced age in a garage but she has all her wits and a lifetime of grievances firmly in focus.  Her fierce and sardonic deathbed confession carefully unfolds a harrowing tale of family upheaval, betrayal, war, and survival at dehumanizing cost.  Hallgrímur Helgason’s audacious new novel is gripping, darkly comic, and utterly original.” —Valerie Martin. This visit made possible by the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington.
 

11/19/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
Jonathan Franzen
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Most known for his internationally-acclaimed fiction, with such novels as Freedom and The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen now has a body of non-fiction work that is significant in and of itself, with such books as Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He makes this welcome Seattle return for a new book of essays, The End of the End of the Earth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).   “A compulsive need to find order, and a love of birding, represent two of the central threads of this stimulating collection of previously published essays from novelist Franzen. In the opening essay, “The Essay in Dark Times,” Franzen self-identifies as “what people in the world of birding call a lister,” which makes him “morally inferior to birders who bird exclusively for the joy of it.” Throughout the essays that follow, Franzen muses about writing, Edith Wharton, climate change, Antarctica, the photographs of Sarah Stolfa, and birds, always birds...Whether observing the eerie beauty of Antarctica (“far from having melted,” he reports) or dispensing “Ten Rules for the Novelist,” Franzen makes for an entertaining, sometimes prickly, but always quotable companion.” - Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission. More information here.
 

11/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Neptune Theatre
Damien Echols with Eddie Vedder
The Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
STG Presents and Elliott Bay Book Company Welcomes Damien Echols in Conversation with Eddie Vedder about High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row at The Neptune on November 19, 2018. Ticket includes entry + book, to be picked up at the event (released by Sounds True on October 30). At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. "I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician," he writes. "I used magick - the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will - to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation but the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom." With High Magick, this bestselling author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row. What is High Magick? Most people either think of magic as stage illusions or an occult practice involving dark rituals. "Magick is an incredible deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty," says Echols. "It's an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation." This is a conversation only. There will be no live music played at this event. Eddie Vedder has served as Pearl Jam’s frontman since 1990. His debut solo release was the 2007 soundtrack album for the film Into the Wild for which Vedder won a Golden Globe for the song “Guaranteed.” In 2012, Vedder’s sophomore solo album, Ukulele Songs, received a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. Vedder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam on April 7, 2017.   tickets & more info  
 

11/19/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
David Sedaris
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
David Sedaris’ annual lecture tour appearances have become a Seattle tradition and this year’s event is—again—nearly sold out as we go to press.  He will delight the audience with twists of humor and intelligence as he shares both published stories and works-in-progress. In a review of his most recent, bestselling book, Calypso (Little, Brown), Entertainment Weekly says, “Through his peculiar mind, Sedaris captures biting truths, documenting with journalistic precision his quiet public indignities and milking them for all their tragicomic worth.”   We’ll be on hand to sell copies of all of David Sedaris’ books, including Calypso, Theft by Finding and Holidays on Ice.  And yes, the evening’s festivities include a booksigning, as always. Don’t miss this. Presented by NWAA, KNKS88.5FM & THE STRANGER.   Tickets and more info  
 

11/20/2018 - 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, book group will be discussing Ted Chiang's, Stories of Your Life and Others (Vintage) as the November selection.   Learn More
 

11/21/2018 - 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, 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!
 

11/21/2018 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Closing Early: 6pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closing early this evening, at 6pm and will be closed all day tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
 

11/22/2018 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Happy Thanksgiving (We're Closed)
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We're closed all day today for Thanksgiving, but we'll be open tomorrow morning at 10am!  
 
 

11/24/2018 - 10:00am

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

11/24/2018 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Children's Holiday Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The Thanksgiving holiday always brings to mind things we are grateful for, and in that spirit our first holiday storytime will share stories of gratitude. We’ll have a special guest reader to share the lovely new The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray and the perennial favorite Thankful Book by Todd Parr, along with other tales of appreciation. Today we will also kick off partnering with Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program to gather contributions for a holiday book drive benefiting low-income schools in Seattle. Join us for a warm and heartfelt storytime to inspire a season of giving.
 
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11/26/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Poética sin Fronteras / Poetics without Borders
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Bilingual Group Reading with Moises Himmelfarb, Tony Geist & more.  This special evening brings voices from a new, bilingual anthology of border (Mexico/US border) poetry. Some combination of co-editors and poetic contributors to Poética sin fronteras / Poetics Without Borders are expected to be on hand for this evening, which will be MC’d by Moises Himmelfarb, director of the Mexican Cultural Institute here in Seattle. The anthology itself, coming here from Mexico, features a mix of poets from both sides of the border, established poets and new voices both: Blanca Vázquez, Alexander Tadeuz, Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny, Orlando Carreón, Aisha Rivera, Xulio Soriano, Antonio Chavez y Sanchez, and Julieta Altamirano-Crosby.  Co-editors Julieta Altamirano, Antonio Sanchez, and Tony Geist are expected to be on hand, as is Cuban artist (for the book), Rubén Iglesias. Co-presented with the MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE/INSTITUTO CULTURAL MEXICANO. Los paso al norte son peregrinos pasos / Steps North Are Pilgrims’ Steps.
 

11/26/2018 - 7:30pm

The Paramount Theatre
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Adventures In Science Literacy
The Paramount Theatre
901 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is here at the Paramount for two evenings with two wholly different subjects. The bestselling author of such books as Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, and Death By Black Hole, he is also the author of a brand-new book, co-written with Avis Lang, Accessory to War:The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (W.W. Norton). “Fascinating....Retells the history of space exploration, and of the Cold War, excelling in bringing forth the entangled advances of science and military interests....The book’s message rings like a wake-up call.” — Marcelo Gleiser, NPR. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group/STG. Tickets and more information (including more on each evening’s different lecture) here.
 

11/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Former Made at Hugo House Fellows Showcase
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening, five former Made at Hugo House fellows will read their work, showcasing the range of talent that the long-running fellowship program has supported. They include: Steven Barker, author of Now for the Disappointing Part: A Pseudo-Adult’s Decade of Short-Term Jobs, Long-Term Relationships, and Holding Out for Something Better (Skyhorse Publishing); Bill Carty, author of the forthcoming Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books); Laura Da’, who will have read at Elliott Bay on November 1 with her newest collection, Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press); Sierra Golden, who received the 2018 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and has a debut collection, The Slow Art (Bear Star Press); and Shankar Narayan, author of the chapbook, Postcards from the New World (Paper Nautilus). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. More information here.
 

11/27/2018 - 7:30pm

The Paramount Theatre
Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Cosmic Perspective
The Paramount Theatre
901 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is here at the Paramount for two evenings with two wholly different subjects. The bestselling author of such books as Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, and Death By Black Hole, he is also the author of a brand-new book, co-written with Avis Lang, Accessory to War:The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (W.W. Norton). “Fascinating....Retells the history of space exploration, and of the Cold War, excelling in bringing forth the entangled advances of science and military interests....The book’s message rings like a wake-up call.” — Marcelo Gleiser, NPR. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group/STG. Tickets and more information (including more on each evening’s different lecture) here.  
 

11/27/2018 - 8:00pm

Benaroya Hall
Ina Garten
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Ina Garten, the country’s most beloved culinary icon, author of ten New York Times bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics show on Food Network, is coming to Seattle in celebration of her newest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro at Benaroya Hall on Tuesday, November 27th at 8pm.  Ina will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of life in the Hamptons, filming her television show, writing bestselling cookbooks and enjoying food with friends and family. An audience Q&A will directly follow the interview. From America’s favorite home cook: recipes, tips, and why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tricks for cooking your best. In her newest instant-classic cookbook, beloved author Ina Garten shares 85 never-before-published recipes that teach home cooks dependably delicious dishes along with the keys to achieving success and confidence in the kitchen. As seen on her latest television series, Cook Like a Pro, each recipe focuses on techniques, tips, insights, make-ahead guidance, and kitchen efficiency that will turn you into a better and more intuitive cook. From Red Wine Braised Short Ribs to Blue Cheese Grits and a simplified Baked Alaska that will wow your friends, this collection represents Ina’s go-to recipes and techniques that every cook wants to know.  Signed copies of Cook Like a Pro are available only to event ticketholders. Place your pre-order for up to two (2) signed copies, to be picked up at Benaroya Hall during the event.  ​Additional copies of Cook Like a Pro and of Ina Garten's ​previous books will be available for purchase at this event.  ​This event does not include a booksigning. Tickets do not include a book. We strongly urge you to pre-order your signed copy of  Cook Like a Pro as signed quantities are limited.      get tickets   Pre-order a signed book   We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets prior to purchasing an autographed book(s) as tickets for Ina’s live event are selling quickly. Tickets are required for pickup of books night of show in the venue lobby.  
 

11/28/2018 - 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, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!  
 

11/28/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Robert Spalding
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Robert Spalding takes us on a tour of Seattle’s monuments, statues, busts and plaques in his book, Monumental Seattle: The Stories Behind the City's Statues, Memorials, and Markers (Washington State University Press). The stories behind the stolen Tlingit totem pole in Pioneer Square, Seattle’s maritime and military history and its cultural heroes are all included in the book, but this evening’s talk focuses on monuments and statues in our own neighborhood and nearby. Monumental Seattle traces the history of these works, exploring their deeper meaning and the context surrounding their creation and discusses how changing societal values affect public memorials.
 

11/28/2018 - 7:30pm

The Paramount Theatre
Bob Woodward
The Paramount Theatre
901 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Bob Woodward, presently associate editor for The Washington Post, a newspaper he has worked at since 1971, the recipient of nearly every U.S. journalism award, and the author or co-author of thirteen bestselling books, starting with 1974’s All the President’s Men (with Carl Bernstein), is here with what is arguably his most important book yet, Fear: Trump in the White House (Simon & Schuster). It is certainly a book that has had a response like none since his earliest books. “A devastating reported account of the Trump Presidency that will be consulted as a first draft of the grim history it portrays... What Woodward has written is not just the story of a deeply flawed President but also, finally, an account of what those surrounding him have chosen to do about it.”—Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group/STG. Tickets and more information here.
 

11/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jonathan Lethem
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Jonathan Lethem’s much anticipated, post Thanksgiving return to Elliott Bay is with his first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn. The Feral Detective (Harper) delivers the same memorable delights: ecstatic wordplay, warm and deeply felt characters, and an offbeat sense of humor. Combined with a vision of California that is at once scruffy and magnificent, this is a transporting, comic, and absolutely unforgettable novel. “When 18-year-old Arabella disappears from Reed College, talkative Phoebe reaches out to taciturn Charles Heist, who is either a feral detective, a detective who finds feral youths, or both - it's not immediately clear. Together, they track Arabella (who is using Phoebe's name) up Mount Baldy to a Buddhist retreat and then out into the Mojave Desert where Arabella may be among the Rabbits or the Bears, two long-established communities of off-the-gridders with very different cultures. Set in the days surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration, this echoes with Phoebe's explicitly voiced outrage and sadness about the country's political right turn, yet it also feels allegorical, what with lost tribes wandering in the desert and all...Utterly unique and absolutely worthwhile.”-Booklist.
 

11/29/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Natalie Baszile
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Natalie Baszile, the author of the breakout debut novel, Queen Sugar (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin), gives this evening’s Words Work craft lecture, ‘On Place,’ something vividly evoked in her novel. Though her own writing is based in novels, this evening’s talk is directed to writers (and readers) for all genres. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Tickets and more information here.
 

11/30/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ryan Stoa
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Ryan Stoa, associate professor of Law at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, visits with a new book that speaks to the concerns of many Washingtonians, Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry (MIT Press). “Most books about the modern marijuana industry are often torn between celebrating legalization's seeming inevitability and sharpening fears about its potential effects. Ryan Stoa's Craft Weed offers something new: a smart, historically accurate, and valuable middle ground that advocates for the benefits of small-scale “craft” cannabis farming as a means of rebuilding America's agricultural heritage and preventing the rise of marijuana monopolies. By tracing the history of how cannabis has long been produced in the United States, Stoa argues against misguided fears of “Big Marijuana” and gives actionable, useful advice for the benefits of developing a local, sustainable industry. Well-written and thoroughly researched, Craft Weed is must-read for anyone who wants the best for this emerging industry's future.” - Emily Dufton.
 

11/30/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Jeffrey Yang with Don Mee Choi
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet, editor, translator: this evening brings Jeffrey Yang to Seattle for this co-presented evening occasioned by publication of a book of his own new poetry, Hey, Marfa (Graywolf Press). He will be joined by Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi, whose recent translations of Korean poet Kim Hyesoon, Autobiography of Death, Jeffrey Yang published as an editor at New Directions (he also edits poetry for the New York Review of Books’ poetry series).   His previous books of poetry include Vanishing-Line and An Aquarium. He also translated Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies. “Jeffrey Yang’s collaboration with Rackstraw Downes (painter here of substations — substations transform voltage) is a commonplace book, memoir, and hybrid obituary for things: following a trail of ‘last words’ and communal losses, here is History learning to listen with eyes and Mourning recovering the dead travelers on the road. Hey, Marfa transmits voltage or vitalized matter as words reach to words.” — Susan Howe. Co-presented with HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. More information here.
 
 
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