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05/01/2018 - 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 Joan Didion’s essay collection, The White Album (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)). learn more
 

05/01/2018 - 7:00pm

The Riveter
Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer
The Riveter
1517 12th Ave Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122
Inspired by the website hailed as "redefining mourning" by the New York Times, Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief: Beginners Welcome (Harper Wave) is a wise and irreverent collection of essays and tips on navigating grief in the modern age. Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, co-founders of the website Modern Loss, are responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they (along with over forty other contributors) offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and—above all—empathize. The Elliott Bay Book Company will be on hand to sell books at this event. Click below for tickets and more information. Get tickets
 

05/01/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner with Rep. Pramila Jayapal
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle’s Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder of MomsRising, author and activist, is here this evening for her timely new book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World (Hachette). She is due to be joined in conversation by U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who also knows the subject (and action) well. "I thank MomsRising for the work to help pass the Affordable Health Care Act. While many organizations are involved in the advocacy for this the way you at MomsRising communicate on the subject in real time was a real source of encouragement and confidence for us."—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Hats off to you (Kristin) and to MomsRising because you have been one of the most influential groups in helping people's voices being heard."—Tina Tchen.
 

05/02/2018 - 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 number of select bookstores in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!
 

05/02/2018 - 12:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Chuck Palahniuk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club, takes America beyond our darkest dreams in this timely satire, Adjustment Day (W. W. Norton & Company).   People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. In this ingeniously comic work, the author’s first novel in four years, Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates the new, disunited states. In this mind-blowing novel, Palahniuk—an equal-opportunity offender—fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche. Chuck Palahniuk is the best-selling author of more than seventeen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You, and, most recently, Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. Chuck Palahniuk will sign his new book Adjustment Day on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Elliott Bay Book Company. Each attendee will meet Chuck, who will sign their copy of Adjustment Day! This Adjustment Day appearance is a signing ONLY. Chuck will not be performing or reading. This is a ticketed event and each ticket ($26.95) will include a copy of Adjustment Day and admit ONE person to the signing line.   Click below for tickets and more information.   Get tickets  
 

05/02/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alex Prud'homme and Katie Pratt
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Alex Prud'homme, the great nephew of Paul Child and coauthor with Julia Child of My Life in France appears at the Elliott Bay Book Company to speak about his new book, France Is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child (Thames & Hudson), a revealing collection of photographs taken by Paul Child that document his and Julia Child’s years in France. Appearing with Alex Prud'homme is the co-author of France Is a Feast, photography curator Katie Pratt. Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, France is a Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life. Paul and Julia moved to Paris in 1948 where he was cultural attaché for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world. As Julia recalled, “Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for Paul.” Their wanderings through the French capital and countryside, frequently photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia’s brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television. Though Paul was an accomplished photographer (his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art), his photographs remained out of the public eye until the publication of Julia’s memoir, My Life in France, in which several of his images were included. Now, with more than 200 of Paul’s photographs and personal stories recounted by his great-nephew Alex Prud’homme, France is a Feast not only captures this magical period in Paul and Julia’s lives, but also brings to light Paul Child’s own remarkable photographic achievement. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Each ticket reserves one seat until 6:55 p.m. Additional seats may be available on the night of the event. This event, which is expected to include slides of Paul Child's photos, will take place in our Readings Room. Click below to purchase tickets.   Get tickets  
 

05/02/2018 - 7:30pm

Seattle First Baptist Church
Barbara Ehrenreich
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Long highly regarded, and now nicely awarded, as the recipient of the 2018 Erasmus Prize, Barbara Ehrenreich makes this welcome Seattle return for her new book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (Twelve). "[Ehrenreich] offers a healthy dose of reformist philosophy combined with her trademark investigative journalism. In assessing our quest for a longer, healthier life, Ehrenreich provides a contemplative vision of an active, engaged health care that goes far beyond the physical restraints of the body and into the realm of metaphysical possibilities." —Booklist. "Ehrenreich's sharp and fearless take on mortality privileges joy over juice fasts and argues that, regardless of how many hours we spend in the gym, death wins out. An incisive, clear-eyed polemic, Natural Causes relaxes into the realization that the grim reaper is considerably less grim than a life spent in terror of a fate that awaits us all." —Matthew Desmond. Co-presented with TOWN HALL/INSIDE OUT SCIENCE Series. Click below to purchase tickets and for more information.    Get tickets
 

05/03/2018 - 7:00pm

The Northwest African American Museum
Charles Johnson
The Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144
While he has in recent years been publishing excellent books on writing (The Way of the Writer) and Buddhism (Taming the Ox), National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson has all the while kept writing stories. Tonight marks the publication of his first work of fiction in over a decade, the wonderful book of stories that is Night Hawks (Scribner). There is a deep assurance and confidence here in these stories of varying genre and setting, even as there is an artistic humility also evident. The title story,  a narrative centering on his nocturnal conversations with the late August Wilson, is alone worth the price of the book. In this welcome return to the Northwest African American Museum, where he has held forth on memorable nights in the past, there is also a return to being (co-) presented by Elliott Bay, where he was one of the first writers to read in our inaugural reading series thirty-four years ago. “This is Johnson’s fourth collection, and as before, his stories can be as morally instructive as fables, as fancifully ingenious as Twilight Zone scripts, and as elegantly inscrutable as Zen riddles.” —Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented with the Northwest African American Museum. Free admission.
 

05/03/2018 - 7:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Asad Haider
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Viewpoint magazine founding editor Asad Haider visits with his new book, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump (Verso). This is a nuanced, close look at how race and class get set against each other in many present discussions and actions, and ways to see beyond what is too often too limited in perspective. “A bold, fresh, and radical critique of so-called identity politics, this book deserves a wide reading. Asad Haider proclaims another universality is possible, and it’s probably not what you think.” —Robin D. G. Kelley. “Asad Haider renews the critique of identity politics for the contemporary Left. This is a fresh and timely book, thoughtful and provocative.” —Judith Butler. Co-presented with RED MAY.
 
 

05/05/2018 - 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 May 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!
 

05/05/2018 - 7:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nikhil Pal Singh
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Presently a professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, where he has also been the founding faculty director of the NYU Prison Education Program, Nikhil Pal Singh makes this welcome return to a Seattle that was once home, having formerly taught at the University of Washington. He is here tonight with a timely, vital new book, Race and America’s Long War (Verso). "Race and America's Long War is a brilliant and lacerating account of the United States' brutal and racially inflected 'inner and outer wars.' Singh forensically diagnoses the disfigurations the United States has wrought domestically and overseas through its traffic in violence and race, in the context of ever more rapacious and dehumanizing capital accumulation." —Laleh Khalili. “In this sweeping, erudite, and much-needed book, Nikhil Singh obliterates any myth of American peace, revealing instead that the thread tying America’s past and present is long and continuous war—hot, vicious, global, and racial. Linking domestic and foreign terrains of combat, he reveals the various ways in which war and race are inextricably intertwined, whether packaged as wars on communism, terrorism, or crime.” —Robin D. G. Kelley. Co-presented with RED MAY.
 
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05/06/2018 - 2:00pm

Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Central Library
Heather C. Lindquist and Naomi Hirahara
Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Co-authors Heather C. Lindquist (editor of Children of Manzanar) and Naomi Hirahara (author of the Mas Arai mystery series) speak today about their book, Life After Manzanar (Heyday Books). This book focuses on the “resettlement” of ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, who, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody to start new lives.  Naomi Hirahara’s Edgar Award winning Mas Arai mystery series’ seventh and final installment, Hiroshima Boy (Prospect Park Books), was published earlier this year. Heather C. Lindquist grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has developed interpretive exhibits for Manzanar National Historic Site and other National Park Service venues. She is a contributing author to Freedom in My Heart, edited by Cynthia Jacobs Carter and published by the U.S. National Slavery Museum in association with National Geographic. The authors will appear in conversation with Densho’s Executive Director, Tom Ikeda. Presented with Densho and the Seattle Public Library. Free/no tickets needed.
 

05/06/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Book-It Repertory Theatre 29th Season Announcement Party
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Book-It Repertory Theatre—the company that brings books to life on stage—is launching its 29th season with an announcement party here this afternoon. Enjoy light refreshments and be the first to hear about all five shows of Book-It’s 2018-19 mainstage season. Subscriptions may be purchased at the event (save 10% off regular prices). Seating is limited. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. If you see this in time, also be sure to catch the closing show in the 2017-18 season, Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (through May 6).  Get tickets
 

05/07/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Amaranth Borsuk
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In MIT Press’s distinctive Essential Knowledge series, poet and University of Washington Bothell professor Amaranth Borsuk has taken on the subject of The Book—what it is, what it’s been, what it might be. This is a defense of the book, though not a defensive defense. Indeed, she shows in this, as she has in her previous publications and presentations, a willingness to work with extended forms and possibilities, multi-dimensional and -visioned. The familiar is and will be here, but so will things new and imagined. Among her previous books is Between Page and Screen, a digital pop-up book of poetry. ​She will appear in conversation with ​micha cárdenas, PhD, who is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell, where she directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab using inclusive design for social change.
 

05/07/2018 - 7:00pm

Kane Hall 120, University of Washington
Gary Shteyngart
Kane Hall 120, University of Washington
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies proudly announces its 2018 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lecture series with author Gary Shteyngart here for two evenings. The 2018 Stroum Lectures will look back on the first fifteen years of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s celebrated career, then look ahead to his future literary pursuits (which include a new novel, Lake Success, coming this fall). In a series of conversations with Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Gary Shteyngart will explore the questions of the role of humor and comedy in today’s world; immigration and the Jewish experience; freshly relevant issues in Russian-American political and cultural relations; and the satirist’s role in authoritarian societies. Gary Shteyngart’s novels include The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story. His memoir, Little Failure, appeared in 2014. Presented by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. Admission to the lectures is free but an RSVP is required. Click below for more information and to RSVP. RSVP
 

05/07/2018 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Viet Thanh Nguyen with Jamie Ford
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017-18 Literary Arts Series concludes on a high note, as award-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen returns to a Seattle that has been particularly keen for his work. That work in a span of just three years has included his novel, The Sympathizer; a non-fiction study, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War; and last year’s book of stories, The Refugees. Between them, these books have garnered the Pulitzer Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and shortlist nominations for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. A professor at the University of Southern California, he is also active in cultural matters, including The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) and diaCRITICS, DVAN’s blog for which Viet Nguyen is the editor. Onstage with him this evening will be Jamie Ford, celebrated author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and his more recent Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets  
 

05/08/2018 - 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 Arlie Hochschild's, Strangers in Their Own Land (New Press). learn more
 

05/08/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Janelle Hanchett
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The creator of the popular Renegade Mothering blog, Janelle Hanchett tells the larger story behind that writing, that is, her own pathway to surprise and surprising motherhood, her engaging book, I’m Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering (Hachette). "Whilst we are all fighting some sort of inner battle, few of us have the honesty, humor, and heart to describe our struggle like Janelle Hanchett. Her memoir, I'm Just Happy to Be Here, is not just for those touched by addiction, but for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, which is everyone. I could not put this book down." —Firoozeh Dumas. "Hanchett offers a startling account of her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction in this raw and riveting memoir . . . Readers will cheer Hanchett toward her triumphant recovery." —Publishers Weekly.
 

05/09/2018 - 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!
 

05/09/2018 - 7:00pm

Kane Hall 120, University of Washington
Gary Shteyngart
Kane Hall 120, University of Washington
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies proudly announces its 2018 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lecture series with author Gary Shteyngart here for two evenings. The 2018 Stroum Lectures will look back on the first fifteen years of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s celebrated career, then look ahead to his future literary pursuits (which include a new novel, Lake Success, coming this fall). In a series of conversations with Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Gary Shteyngart will explore the questions of the role of humor and comedy in today’s world; immigration and the Jewish experience; freshly relevant issues in Russian-American political and cultural relations; and the satirist’s role in authoritarian societies. Gary Shteyngart’s novels include The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story. His memoir, Little Failure, appeared in 2014. Presented by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. Admission to the lectures is free but an RSVP is required. Click below for more information and to RSVP.   RSVP  
 

05/09/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Todd Robert Petersen with Carly Slater
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
It Needs to Look Like We Tried (Counterpoint) is Utah writer Todd Robert Petersen’s audacious book of linked stories, his first written for an audience beyond his home region. “A disjointed Pulp Fiction-style narrative, hopscotching west of the Mississippi with a motley set of characters . . . The penultimate story, ‘Providence,’ is a gem . . . An engaging set of stories of broken lives, jagged in structure but smooth in the telling.” —Kirkus Reviews. “Everybody in Todd Robert Petersen’s edgy linked collection hopes their luck will hold. Every choice they make is the right one…for ten minutes. These stories start out easily, and a wildness creeps into each one. One character says, ‘No one starts out thinking they are going to jail.’ These stories brim with folks who think there is almost enough distance between towns to consider new lives. Almost. It Needs to Look Like We Tried is a smart book about what people choose and what inevitably claims them.” —Ron Carlson. He’ll be joined in conversation by Seattle cultural instigator, ‘white hat social engineer’ Carly Slater.
 

05/10/2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Robert Sapolsky
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Clergy, scholars and lay people are all invited to Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s 38th Annual Clergy Institute. This year’s speaker is acclaimed neuroendocrinologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky, whose topic will be “the Biology of Good and Evil, the Science Behind Behavior.” His latest book, Behave: the Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Penguin Press) and other books will available for purchase during today’s program. Advance tickets ($15) are necessary and include lunch. Click below for more information and to register.    Presented by Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Register  
 

05/10/2018 - 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
 

05/10/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Ruth Joffre
Hugo House
1021 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle writer and Hugo House instructor Ruth Joffre celebrates publication of her debut book, the marvelous collection, Night Beast and Other Stories (Black Cat/Grove). “Ruth Joffre turns the lights on all around her characters yet still permits them their mystery, so that beneath their sharp lines and vivid colors one senses something considerably darker and more enigmatic. They face you not like constructions on a page but like people in the world.” —Kevin Brockmeier. “What pure pleasure to recommend to you the debut collection of Ruth Joffre, whose stories are nimble, audacious, and far seeing.” –Kelly Link. Co-presented with Hugo House. Free admission. Click below for more information. More info
 

05/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sheila Heti
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Whatever she writes, Sheila Heti has been one of the most provocative, searching writers at work in this country today. The author of How Should a Person Be? and Women in Clothes, she is here with a compelling new novel, Motherhood (Henry Holt). “This inquiry into the modern woman’s moral, social and psychological relationship to procreation is an illumination, a provocation, and a response—finally—to the new norms of femininity, formulated from the deepest reaches of female intellectual authority. It is unlike anything else I’ve read. Sheila Heti has broken new ground, both in her maturity as an artist and in the possibilities of the female discourse itself.” —Rachel Cusk. “The book Sheila Heti’s Motherhood reminds me of the most is Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, except that the agonizing decision is whether to create a child, and not whether to destroy one—but it’s that good, and that crazy-making. I’ve never seen anyone write about the relationship between childlessness, writing, and mother’s sadnesses the way Sheila Heti does. I know Motherhood is going to mean a lot to many different people—fully as much so as if it was a human that Sheila gave birth to—though in a different and in fact incommensurate way. That’s just one of many paradoxes that are not shied away from in this courageous, necessary, visionary book.” —Elif Batuman.
 

05/11/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ece Temelkuran
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
One of Turkey’s foremost writers, Ece Temelkuran, accomplished both in fiction and non-fiction work, makes this special visit here from her present home in Zagreb, Croatia, thanks to the good people at the Turkish and Ottoman Studies program at the University of Washington. Known first as an investigative journalist, she turned to fiction writing after her writing caused controversy and dismissal. Ms. Temelkuran has had two works of fiction recently translated and released here, The Time of Mute Swans (Arcade, translated by Kenneth Dakan) and Women Who Blow on Knots (Parthian, translated by Alexander Dawe, winner of a PEN Translates Award). She is also the author of Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy (Zed, translated by Zeynep Belep). We wish she could be here for a week. "[The Time of Mute Swans] moves skillfully between history and fiction . . . Set in Ankara in the tense summer leading up to the Turkish coup of 1980, this novel centers on two children . . . who contend with the strife of the adult world. . . . The end of [their] innocence is vividly evoked.”―The New Yorker. “This is an extraordinary novel, a stunning road story, a bitter fairytale and an awakening dream.” —Gülenay Börekçi on Women Who Blow on Knots. “Temelkuran is a patriot—no other word will do—who, with this book, has become one with those who have stood up throughout history to despotic and criminal leaders.” —Seymour Hersh on Turkey. Presented with the assistance and support of the Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program at the University of Washington.
 

05/11/2018 - 7:30pm

Northwest Film Forum
Lidia Yuknavitch, Tarfia Faizullah, Ijeoma Oluo, Nick Droz
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Hugo Literary Series’ 2017–18 season concludes with the prompt "There Goes the Neighborhood" as a stellar lineup is on hand, this evening at the Northwest Film Forum. Lidia Yuknavitch, most recently with The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, as well as her memoir, The Chronology of Water, makes this welcome Seattle return. Tarfia Faizullah has an excellent collection of poems newly out from Graywolf, Registers of Illuminated Villages. Seattle’s Ijeoma Oluo is stirring those who read her vital, powerful, So You Want to Talk About Race in ways few other recent books have. Nick Droz is a singer/songwriter familiar with literary endeavors, being part of Bushwick Book Club doings, among other things. Presented by Hugo House. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets
 

05/12/2018 - 10:00am

Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
Minh-Ha T. Pham
Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
The Saturday University morning spring series on Asian Textiles concludes with Minh-Ha T. Pham of Pratt Institute, and author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press). Her lecture topic this morning will be “From Factory to Fashion Blogs (and back again.” 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 the Elliott Bay Book Company. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. Get tickets  
 

05/12/2018 - 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!
 

05/12/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kevin A. Patterson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities (Thorntree Press), Kevin Patterson, of Philadelphia’s polyamory community and founder of the Poly Role Models project, writes of the place of race in this aspect of relationships, both delineating issues and offering solutions. “Smart and witty, engaging and provocative, Kevin Patterson’s outstanding new book Love’s Not Color Blind is required reading for everyone who wants an inclusive polyamorous community and a deeper understanding of intersectionality. Filled with big thoughts presented in straightforward language, Love’s Not Color Blind is about race in polyamorous communities but would be a great read for anyone interested in race, sexuality, relationships, community, and social equity.” —Elisabeth Sheff. “Kevin Patterson offers a wonderful honesty about who he is, how he loves, and the difficult challenges affecting all of us around race in American society and, more precisely, race as a marker for those who participate in alternative relationship styles. The clarity of writing here is impressive, and his book contributes not simply to a dialog on polyamory, but to a larger, vital dialog on race and privilege. Love’s Not Color Blind is an essential read for polyamory communities everywhere.”  —Lola Houston.
 
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05/13/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Arshia Sattar
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Here from southern India, making this most welcome first Elliott Bay appearance is one of the most acclaimed translators and scholars of classical Indian texts at work today, Arshia Sattar. Her translations from Sanskrit, The Ramayana of Valmiki and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara, have been published to critical praise in India as Penguin Classics. She has also written related books for younger readers, and it is one of these, Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling (Yonder/Restless), that occasions this special visit. This beautifully illustrated edition (Sonali Zohra with the art) is apt for readers older as well as younger. "A classical Indian literature scholar offers a brief and engaging version of the ancient and beloved epic Hindu poem Ramayana. Based on oral tradition, the book narrates with poetic language the journey of the divine Rama as he rescues his beloved wife, Sita, after she was abducted by the evil, 10-headed demon king Ravana…. The author does an impressive job of portraying Lord Rama, a revered Hindu god, as a well-rounded figure with all the doubts, faults, and fallibility of a mortal, as when he tests Sita’s loyalty and chastity on three different occasions . . . Vibrant, detailed, and mystical illustrations showing ferocious rakshasas (demons) and graceful heroes enhance the text . . . The fluid and evocative prose and nonstop action are sure to draw in those who already know and love this classic as well as providing an accessible introduction to readers unfamiliar with the story. Striking illustrations and a compelling narrative bring an important Indian tale of good and evil to young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews.
 

05/14/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
An Evening of Mahmoud Darwish Poetry
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Esteemed poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and architect (cultural architect as well as building architect) Rania Qawasma, Northwest poets, and members of Seattle’s Palestinian community, mark the solemn occasion of 70 years of Nakba, and honor the resilience of Palestinians everywhere with this evening’s reading of the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. The reading, in Arabic and English, is expected to include poets Elizabeth Austen, Rick Barot, Jourdan Keith, Claudia Castro Luna, JM Miller, and Susan Rich, along with members of the local Palestinian community. Billie Swift of Open Books: A Poem Emporium and Rick Simonson of Elliott Bay will also participate. Translated editions of the late, great Mahmoud Darwish abound: some bilingual editions of note include The Butterfly’s Burden (Copper Canyon Press, translated by Fady Joudah) and Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (Archipelago, translated by Jeffrey Sacks). “Mahmoud Darwish is the premier poetic voice of the Palestinian people . . . lyrical, imagistic, plaintive, haunting, always passionate and elegant—and never anything less than free—what he would dream for all his people.” —Naomi Shihab Nye. Co-presented with Open Books: A Poem Emporium.
 

05/15/2018 - 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 Nisi Shawl’s, Everfair (Tor) as the May selection.   Learn More
 

05/15/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rachel Kushner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Rachel Kushner’s first two novels—Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers—were each finalists for their respective years’ National Book Awards. She is here tonight for her arresting new novel, The Mars Room (Scribner), which could well figure to be in the same honored place as her earlier books. Rachel Kushner again goes at things fearlessly (to the eye), and with compelling language. “Two-time National Book Award finalist Kushner delivers a heartbreaking and unforgettable novel set in a California women’s prison . . . Kushner’s novel is notable for its holistic depiction of who gets wrapped up in incarceration—families, lawyers, police, and prisoners; it deserves to be read with the same level of pathos, love, and humanity with which it clearly was written.” —Publishers Weekly.
 

05/16/2018 - 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!
 

05/16/2018 - 7:00pm

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Devin Naar
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s annual Keller Family Lecture Series present Dr. Devin Naar, University of Washington Professor of Sephardic Studies, as this year’s speaker. His lecture will focus on “Facing Deportation: Sephardic Jews in America’s Legacy of Immigration Restriction.” Devin Naar is the author of Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece (Stanford University Press). Presented by Temple De Hirsch Sinai. No tickets or RSVP necessary. The lecture will be followed by a booksigning and reception.
 

05/16/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Nicola Griffith
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to help celebrate the publication of internationally renowned Seattle writer Nicola Griffith’s powerful new novel, So Lucky (MCD/FSG Originals). The author most recently of Hild, and such earlier works as Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, and Always, she writes with present-day urgency of a woman taking on a great adversary—being diagnosed with a life-altering condition. “This genre-violating story begins straightforwardly then slides into a hallucinatory exploration of the body, reality, and identity. It is disorienting, destabilizing, and game-changing. I have never read anything like it.” —Riva Lehrer. “All too often, stories glide past issues of the body…but what happens when our relation to our own body turns adversarial? Successfully disguised as a page-turning thriller, So Lucky is also a deep meditation on marginalization, vulnerability, and resistance.” —Karen Joy Fowler. Nicola Griffith’s honors and awards include the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, and Lambda Literary Award (six times). Please note: to the right of our entrance on 10th Avenue we have a lift which will access both the main level of the bookstore as well as the lower floor where the ADA entrance to the events room is located. The lift is not self operating so please ring the bell next to the door and one of our booksellers will be right out to operate the lift.  
 

05/17/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by writer Rahna Reiko Rizzuto with her new novel, Shadow Child (Grand Central). Known for her National Book Critics Circle Award-finalist memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, and her earlier novel, Why She Left Us, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto in Shadow Child tells of family and identity that spans World War II-era Japan and 1970s New York City, including Hawaii. "A beautifully woven historical saga wrapped in a page-turning mystery, Shadow Child explores time, memory and identity, shedding new light on the lives of Japanese-Americans, and how trauma can be its own kind of inheritance. Not since Housekeeping has there been a pair of sisters so intricately linked as Hana and Kei, or settings that imprint so firmly on the mind, from the internment camps of WWII to the hidden caves and tropical waters of Hawaii. This is a stunning story of sisterhood and survival, of healing and forgiveness, and how we find our true selves in each other." —Hannah Tinti. "In this gripping tale of two sisters, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto probes, with great compassion, the heart-wrenching complexities of identity, memory, history, and survival." —Ruth Ozeki. Co-presented with Hedgebrook.
 

05/17/2018 - 7:00pm

Seattle Public Central Library
Yaa Gyasi
Seattle Public Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
The 20th Anniversary of Seattle Reads, the groundbreaking community-wide reading group that began in 1998 with Russell Banks and The Sweet Hereafter, continues as strongly as ever. This year it is Yaa Gyasi with her award-winning debut novel, Homegoing (Vintage), which she first read in Seattle at Elliott Bay. Many more know of this extraordinary book now, and will even better, as part of Seattle Reads. She will make a number of appearances on May 16 and 17, highlighted by this evening at Central Library. “Thanks to Ms. Gyasi’s instinctive storytelling gifts, the book leaves the reader with a visceral understanding of both the savage realities of slavery and the emotional damage that is handed down, over the centuries . . . By its conclusion, the characters’ tales of loss and resilience have acquired an inexorable and cumulative emotional weight.” —The New York Times. “Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates. Homegoing received the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, among other honors. Presented by the Seattle Public Library. Free admission. Click below for more information. More info  
 

05/18/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Peter Donahue
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
After a few years living and teaching in the South, Peter Donahue is back in a Northwest he has been chronicling in books of his own writing and editing.  These have included the novels Clara and Merrit and Madison House, as well as the short story collection The Cornelius Arms. His co-edited anthologies include Reading Seattle and Reading Portland. Now living in the Methow Valley and teaching at Wenatchee Valley College-Omak College, he is here tonight with a trilogy of short novels, Three Sides Water (Ooligan Press). “Peter Donahue has produced a rare animal: three stories that flourish as separate novels and also succeed as a single book. He deftly details a brooding, primitive coastline, a juvenile detention center, and the modern I-5 corridor. In these landscapes are genuine souls—strange, hopeful, sometimes tragic—rendered with a remarkable honesty and care, who struggle for nobility in thoroughly compelling narratives.” —Bruce Holbert.
 

05/19/2018 - 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!
 

05/19/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Florence Noiville
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This special Saturday afternoon reading marks a first Seattle visit by one of France’s pre-eminent novelists and literary journalists, Florence Noiville. She is here from Paris, the author of three recent translated books, all from the initible Seagull Books of Kolkata. All three translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan, these include a book of literary conversations, Literary Miniatures, and the novels, Attachement, and most recently, A Cage in Search of a Bird.  “Noiville’s Hitchcock-style psychological thriller will satisfy even the most ardent suspense fan . . . Those looking for a gripping read will not be disappointed.”—Publishers Weekly. “What is revealed in A Cage in Search of a Bird by Noiville, is the presence—as strong as it is inexplicable—of love in hatred. One must love greatly to make another suffer.”—Milan Kundera. Literary Miniatures is drawn from an unusual literary posting: as editor of foreign fiction for Le Monde des Livres, the paper’s literary supplement, she travels throughout the world to interview writers in their home setting. She is also the author of an award-winning biography of Isaac Bashevis Singer and several children’s books.
 

05/19/2018 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Michael Mejia, Patrik Sampler, Anca Cristovici
Hugo House
1021 Columbia St
Seattle, WA 98104
Hugo House hosts this evening group reading by novelists Michael Mejia (co-founding editor of Ninebark Press), author of TOKYO (FC2); Patrik Sampler, author of The Ocean Container (Ninebark Press); and Anca Cristofovici, author of Stela (Ninebark Press). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. Click below for more information. More info
 

05/19/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Rae Paris
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This evening is a chance to welcome both a powerful, recently published poetic debut, and a writer newly moved to Seattle. Rae Paris, a new member of the University of Washington creative writing faculty (as of January), reads here tonight for her beautiful book, The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory (Wayne State University Press). “The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory is the lyric record of a poet’s journey through sites of historical trauma and personal loss, at once harrowing and elegiac. Through poems, testimonial narratives, memoir, letters and speeches, in the voice of her own courageous imagination and the voices of others, living and dead, Paris convenes the instruments for her symphony of utterance. She guides us on her solitary travels through familial history and the plantation south, from segregation to redlining, and into the streets of our perilous present, mapping the hanging and forgetting trees. This is not a usual first book, and its poet docent has given us fair warning: This is not the regular tour. This is a work well beyond what we might expect, and I stand in deep admiration of it.” —Carolyn Forché. “Rae Paris moves with courage and vulnerability through a tour of the many painful markers of America's history of racial violence—a history that will continue to dog the present until more of us find the humility and the humanity to speak to its lingering effects. The Forgetting Tree punctures our national reticence around slavery, and offers a measure of necessary healing.” —Tracy K. Smith.
 
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05/20/2018 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michelle Tea with Sarah Galvin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
What should be a lively, engaged Sunday afternoon is in store as Michelle Tea is here for her new book, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms (Feminist Press), to be joined in conversation by Seattle poet/essayist Sarah Galvin. “From its opening sentence to its finish, Michelle Tea’s Against Memoir is a bracing, heaven-sent tonic for deeply troubled times. Its clarity, hilarity, range, nonchalant brilliance, and decades of experience in ‘art and music, love and queerness, writing and life’ remind me over and over again of the adventure, the party of it all—the joy of raucous thinking and loving and making—that’s fundamentally ours.” —Maggie Nelson. "These essays blow my mind with their algebraic rhythms by which Michelle Tea manages pain and bliss. They take turns erupting in a pulpy and marvelous parade: landscape, passion, morality, family, cigarettes—each cited frankly and exquisitely like a smart kid with a dirty crayon explaining to us all how she sees god." —Eileen Myles. Michelle Tea is also the author of Rent Girl, Valencia, and How to Grow Up, and the creator of Sister Spit. Sarah Galvin’s books are Ugly Time, The Three Einsteins, and The Best Party of Our Lives.
 

05/21/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Molly Crabapple with Marwan Hisham (via Skype)
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
There may be no more striking or harrowing account of the Syrian war yet to appear than Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham and U.S. journalist/artist Molly Crabapple’s Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War (One World). This evening will feature Molly Crabapple, last here for her amazing book, Drawing Blood, and, it is hoped, Marwan Hisham, being skyped in from Turkey, where he is presently based. Molly Crabapple’s artwork give this book even more of a picture of what this war is, and has been for those living through it, and for those dying. “A revelatory and necessary read on one of the most destructive wars of our time . . . In great personal detail, Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple poignantly capture the tumultuous life in Syria before, after, and during the war—from inside one young man’s consciousness.” —Angela Davis.  “This powerful memoir, illuminated with Molly Crabapple’s extraordinary art, provides a rare lens through which we can see a region in deadly conflict, a struggle for peace, and a human tragedy in desperate need of attention. It is a compelling, sobering, and necessary book.” —Bryan Stevenson.
 

05/22/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Joshua Mensch with David Biespiel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Poet, artist, and founding editor of the literary journal B O D Y, Joshua Mensch is here from his home in Prague to read from his devastating, cathartic verse memoir, Because: A Lyric Memoir (W.W. Norton). “[Because] is a rare and remarkable text. Although it deals unswervingly with abuse, violations of trust and the deeply damaging effect of both of these, it is also literary, powerful and consoling . . . A deeply achieved record of human truth, earned at cost and beautifully expressed.” —Eavan Boland.   “[A] disturbing, memorably and superbly handled book-length narrative poem . . . [Mensch] has an ear, he’s thoughtful, he’s subtle where subtle makes sense.” —Stephanie Burt.
 

05/22/2018 - 7:30pm

Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Michael Pollan
Temple de Hirsch Sinai
1511 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Michael Pollan, the author of books that have pondered how and what we eat—Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma—as well as our desire (The Botany of Desire), where we live (A Place of My Own), and that we garden (Second Nature), is here tonight with a new book on what is going on inside our heads, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Penguin Press). “Very few writers, if any, have the gravitas and journalistic cred to tackle this explosive subject—from both the outside and the inside—extract it from its nationally traumatic and irrationally over reactive past, and bring both reason and revelatory insight to it. Michael Pollan has done just that. This is investigative journalism at its rigorous and compelling best—and radically mind opening in so many ways just to read it.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn. Co-presented with Town Hall/Inside Out Science Series. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets ($5).   Get tickets  
 

05/23/2018 - 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!
 

05/23/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jessica Johnson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A professor in anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality studies at the University of Washington, Jessica Johnson casts a scholarly, revealing eye on the doings of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church in her just-released book, Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll's Evangelical Empire (Duke University Press). “Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill churches in Seattle took Calvinist insecurity to new levels, producing an everyday world of acute affective precarity. His church people lived in a slurry of shame, fear, threat, care, intimidation, hope, joy, and paranoia. Wives were exhorted to be their husbands' porn stars 24/7, and men—the victims of a nation ‘pussified’ by feminists—should man-up, have sex on demand with their wives, and pursue air and ground war campaigns of ‘riot evangelism.’ After nearly a decade of summary dismissals, shunning, demon trials, disciplinary interrogations, mass surveillance, and financial scandals, Driscoll's evangelical empire imploded. Jessica Johnson was there for the long haul and provides us with a theoretically rich and evocative reading of this traumatic episode of pastoral governance.” —Susan Friend Harding.
 

05/23/2018 - 7:00pm

Northwest African American Museum
Cleo Wade
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St
Seattle, WA 98144
Our May schedule was literally going to press when word came of this chance to present poet, artist, and storyteller Cleo Wade with her breakout inspirational book, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life (37 Ink/Atria), which we’re delighted to be doing with the Northwest African American Museum. Called "the millennial Oprah" by New York magazine, she is getting word and image out. “A unique blend of mantras and affirmations, poetry, and what the author calls ‘kitchen table conversations,’ Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life is a beautiful compilation of all of the things that make Wade one of the most beloved creatives of her generation. In recent years, the inspirational self-care guru and social media poet has amassed a huge group of online followers (she has over 345,000 followers on Instagram alone) who flock to her work seeking heartfelt life advice, uplighting mantras, and empowering poetry. In Wade's first books, fans will find all of that and more.” —Bustle. Co-presented with the Northwest African American Museum. Free admission. 
 

05/23/2018 - 7:30pm

University Prep
Simon Winchester
University Prep
8000 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
One of those rare writers who can write about seemingly anything, even with subjects dense, mystifying, or complex, and render them into works that receive both critical acclaim and have popular appeal, Simon Winchester makes this welcome Seattle return for his newest book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (Harper). “Another gem from one of the world’s justly celebrated historians specializing in unusual and always fascinating subjects and people.” —Booklist. “Winchester’s latest is a rollicking work of pop science that entertains and informs.” —Publishers Weekly. Simon Winchester’s other books include The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, and Pacific. Co-presented with Town Hall Inside/Out Series. Click below to purchase tickets ($5) and for more information. Get tickets  
 

05/24/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jussi Valtonen with translator Kristian London
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Noted Finnish writer and psychologist Jussi Valtonen visits this evening, along with his translator Kristian London, for this reading on behalf of his recently published novel, They Know Not What They Do (Oneworld). “A perfect novel for our time, They Know Not What They Do is a satirical critique of our contemporary infatuation with innovation, fuelled by corporate greed and a desire to do everything faster. With a sympathetic hand, Valtonen skillfully creates a perfect storm of ethical conundrums...all tied into a cautionary tale about a man struggling with the consequences of his decisions." —Shelf Awareness. “A hugely ambitious book. Literary fiction meets sci-fi meets thriller in a gripping exploration of animal rights, the light and dark of new technologies, international academia, and the dynamics within modern families. Excellent.” —Will Dean. Co-presented with the Nordic Museum, Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter & The Finnish Literature Exchange
 

05/25/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From Seattle’s new Alephactory Press comes a novel written by co-authors Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite, last seen with their nationally acclaimed 2015 novel, War of the Encylopaedists. Deliver Us is set in a near-future Detroit, and features a social-media activist leading an effort against Amazon, which is purporting to "aid" Detroit by inundating it with a fleet of delivery drones. "Deliver Us is a wild, funny, ridiculous and yet deeply serious novel that imagines a near future in which class, commerce, race, technology, and our ever evolving social politics intersect, and explode. Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite are always inventive, always captivating, and always deeply attuned to the strangeness and the beauty of our often dysfunctional culture." —Phil Klay. Also part of this evening will be Amanda Knox who, with Christopher Robinson, will soon have a book of poetry, Unfinished Love (also from Alephactory).
 

05/26/2018 - 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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05/29/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jenny Xie and Cathy Linh Che
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two excellent visiting poets read here from debut collections tonight. With Jenny Xie, it is Eye Level (Graywolf), chosen by Juan Felipe Herrera as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poet. "What a sheer and complex joy it is to read this book. I've never seen this precise combination of clarity, depth, heart, and loveliness—Jenny Xie's Eye Level makes me linger over every breathtaking line and has me in a trance. Poem after poem is more than beautiful; they're works of art made of fluid self and sharp life and the author's singular intelligence, her feral imagination. To the question 'who am I?' this poet answers 'where I am' and finds new, dazzling questions in every discovery." —Brenda Shaughnessy. "How many lives have been lived inside Jenny Xie's brief life? I'm guessing the number is staggering, as is the wisdom I find in her remarkable debut. Eye Level renders the world with such lyric precision, such a quiet hugeness of spirit, such fresh astonishment. Already I am certain Xie's is one of the voices that will help me, quite simply, to live." —Tracy K. Smith.  Cathy Linh Che is here with her award-winning debut collection, Split (Alice James). For Split, she received the Norma Farber First Book Award and the Association for Asian American Studies Award. “Cathy Linh Che’s first collection, Split, is a brave, delicate, and terrifying account of what we do to each other. Here’s a voice that has to speak. Split crosses borders, exposing truths and dreams, violations of body and mind, aligning them until the deep push-pull of silence and song become a bridge. And here we cross over into a landscape where beauty interrogates, and we encounter a voice that refuses to let us off the hook.” —Yusef Komunyakaa. “Cathy Linh Che’s debut examines the complex ways in which the past imperils our present. In these heartbreaking poems, rape and abuse are not private traumas, but a terrible inheritance that continues through generations. Here, the Vietnam War becomes a psychic backdrop against which one family still struggles to heal, reliving past cultural wounds that traumatize, yet never define it.” —Paisley Rekdal.
 

05/30/2018 - 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!  
 

05/30/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Matt Hern & Am Johal
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down from Vancouver come two collaborators in a timely book drawn largely from the tar sands of northern Alberta. Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale (MIT Press) is a look at what is being done at what is probably the world’s largest industrial site, one with many ecological ramifications. Also part of their journeys, and part of this book in illustration, is acclaimed cartoon artist Joe Sacco. The book—which depicts in all manner of ways the ecological horror being wrought—also includes photographs by Louis Helbig. Matt Hern is a founder of Solid State Industries and the author of What a City Is For: Remaking the Politics of Displacement. Am Johal directs Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and is the author of Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene. Co-presented with 350seattle.org.
 

05/31/2018 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Peter Stark
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Having received widespread kudos for his previous book, Astoria, which focused heavily on an early part of settler history in the Northwest, one might gather that a new book entitled Young Washington might be on Washington Territory or early Washington State history. Not so: Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father (Ecco) is a sweeping look at young George Washington, a part of his life seldom written about. “Stark puts his background as an adventure writer to good use, bringing thrilling immediacy and literary flair to George Washington’s youthful exploits as a Western surveyor and eventual participant in the French and Indian War.” —Publishers Weekly. “Stark brings to vivid life a series of critical turning points in the career of a youthful George Washington in search of himself and his role in history. A portrait of greatness in the making.” —Laurence Bergreen.
 
 
 
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