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04/01/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled 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!
 

04/01/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
N. K. Jemisin Virtual Event
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Please note: This is now a virtual event. Please join us for an evening with Hugo Award winning author N.K. Jemisin, who will speak about her book, The City We Became (Orbit). In The City We Became, five New Yorkers must come together to defend their city from an ancient evil. “Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.” "It's a glorious fantasy, set in that most imaginary of cities, New York. It's inclusive in all the best ways, and manages to contain both Borges and Lovecraft in its fabric, but the unique voice and viewpoint are Jemisin's alone."-- Neil Gaiman. N. K. Jemisin is the first author in history to win three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, all for her Broken Earth trilogy. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice Awards. She has been a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops. This evening is expected to include a reading, an audience Q&A and a book signing. N.K. Jemison is expected to sign three books purchased at the event as well as up to three books brought from home by attendees but booksigning details may change. Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets include a copy of The City We Became.   get tickets  
 

04/02/2020 - 8:00pm

The Neptune Theatre
Postponed - Ross Mathews
The Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Television personality Ross Mathews likes telling stories. And with his Hollywood experience - from interning behind the scenes at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to judging RuPaul’s Drag Race - he has a lot to talk about. In his book, Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour (Atria), Ross Mathews dishes about moments where he goes from soaring to crashing, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host The View - only to arrive on set and discover she had no idea who he was; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own national holiday; and his talk with Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother, which, as it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg. Filled with tales ranging from the horrifying to the hilarious - and with just the right “Rossipies” and cocktails to go along with them - Name Drop is every pop culture lover’s dream come true. Presented by Seattle Theatre Group/STG. (Tickets $33.50-$98.50)   get tickets  
 

04/03/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Max Barry
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. One of the most brilliant, imaginative novelists at work today, the author of Jennifer Government, Lexicon, and others, Max Barry makes this welcome return for his newest, Providence (G.P. Putnam’s Sons). “Action-packed and unsettling, Providence is a sleekly-written parable about the absurdity of war–and the deeply human urge to destroy everything we don’t understand, whether it comes from a distant planet or right here on Earth.” –Annalee Newitz. “An astonishing novel! Providence is Philip K. Dick and William Gibson fueled by pure adrenaline (with a bit of Spielberg and Ridley Scott thrown in). The brilliant, unstoppable imagination of Max Barry glows on every page of this action-filled, yet emotionally resonant, tale. It will keep you riveted from first page till last. I read in one sitting and I guarantee you’ll do the same.”–Jeffery Deaver.
 

04/04/2020 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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 the month 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!  
 

04/04/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - David Warmflash
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Astrobiologist David Warmflash’s illustrated text begins 4.5 billion years ago with the Moon’s formation, and presents 100 milestones in the Moon’s development and exploration. Lunar calendars, sixth century predictions of solar eclipses, the twentieth century space race and the emergence of private space companies are all part of the story, well told in his book, Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow (Sterling). "Based on the latest scientific discoveries, and filled with fascinating detail, Moon: An Illustrated History tells the story of the Earth's closest companion. In clear language and a keen ear for revealing anecdotes, David Warmflash moves seamlessly from geological time to historical time, from the Moon's formation 4.5 billion years ago to the Apollo landings and on to the challenge of future exploration. Anything you wanted to know about the Moon in science, myth, and history can be found in this beautiful, richly illustrated book." -- Amir Alexander, author of Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World.
 
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04/05/2020 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - John Seibert Farnsworth with David B. Williams
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
John Seibert Farnsworth, a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, is a writer, teacher and lifelong devotee of nature writing and literary natural history. Tonight he’ll speak about his travels to field stations to such places as the Hastings Natural History Reservation, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center. His book, Nature Beyond Solitude (Comstock/Cornell University Press) is rich with stories about his engagement with rangers, scientists and others involved in longtime ecological study. John Farnsworth appears in conversation with Seattle science writer, David B. Williams, author of Too High and Too Steep, Cairns, Seattle Walks and other books about history, geology and other aspects of the natural world. 
 

04/05/2020 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Postponed - Lindy West & Samantha Irby
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
 A most dynamic duo takes to the Benaroya stage tonight, each with recent books to go along with the action tonight, which takes the form of a show called ‘Heavy Flow.’ These critically acclaimed writers and essential cultural voices will lead a raucous conversation about womanhood, pop culture, body image and politics. Following their talk, audience members will be invited to ask questions and revel in the hilarity as Lindy and Samantha (self-described medium-successful idiots) dispense their brand of advice. Lindy West is most recently author of The Witches Are Coming (Hachette Books), while Samantha Irby’s newest, Wow, No Thank You (Vintage), will be in just-released mode. We wil be there with all of both women’s splendid books. Presented by NWAA, KNKX 88.5fm, and The Stranger.   get tickets  
 

04/06/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - John Hainze
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
An entomologist and ethicist who is an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, and is also affiliated with Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, John Hainze visits here tonight with his creepily informative new book, Nature Underfoot: Living With Beetles, Crabgrass, Fruit Flies and Other Tiny Life Around Us (Yale University Press, with illustrations by Angela Mele). “In a world where insects are in horrible decline, this fascinating call for understanding and affection for the small creatures around us is a powerfully necessary book!”—Bill McKibben. “This is a fascinating book - one that will engage you with stories and charm you with drawings. Insects have never been more intriguing than under the watchful eye of John Hainze. He is an entomologist with a conscience. Our insect world deserves his plea for appreciation and care."—Mary Evelyn Tucker.
 

04/07/2020 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Elliott Bay Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection for reading and discussion is John Okada’s landmark novel, No-No Boy (University of Washington Press).   learn more  
 

04/07/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Emily St. John Mandel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Emily St. John Mandel, she of Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun, The Lola Quartet, and the National Book Award finalist Station Eleven, brilliant novels each and all, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return this evening for her newest, The Glass Hotel (Knopf). This fabulous  book is on many ‘most anticipated books of 2020’ lists - and for good reason. “Mandel’s wonderful novel (after Station Eleven) follows a brother and sister as they navigate heartache, loneliness, wealth, corruption, drugs, ghosts, and guilt… This ingenious, enthralling novel probes the tenuous yet unbreakable bonds between people and the lasting effects of momentary carelessness.”—Publishers Weekly. “Deeply imagined, philosophically profound… The Glass Hotel moves forward propulsively, its characters continually on the run… Richly satisfying… The Glass Hotel is ultimately as immersive a reading experience as its predecessor [Station Eleven], finding all the necessary imaginative depth within the more realistic confines of its world… Revolutionary.”—Ruth Franklin, The Atlantic.
 

04/07/2020 - 10:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
We're Closed During Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
To the Elliott Bay Book Company Community:   In accordance with Governor Inslee's “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order we are closed as of today, March 24th, for the next two weeks.  We will continue to fulfill internet orders during this period.  We will post updated information on an ongoing basis regarding any further services we might be able to provide, so please continue to check our website.  On behalf of the entire bookstore staff, I wish you all the best as we navigate this crisis together. And I cannot adequately express our gratitude for your heartwarming support.   Peter Aaron Owner, Elliott Bay Book Company
 

04/08/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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!
 

04/09/2020 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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  
 

04/09/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Haley Shapley
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
From being barred from the Olympics in ancient Greece to being told in 1928 by a national U.S. newspaper that the 800-meter race was “too great a call on feminine strength,” women have long had to fight against the perception that femininity equals frailty. Yet today, the number of female participants in strength sports like powerlifting, CrossFit, and American Ninja Warrior is exploding. With astute commentary, Seattle journalist Haley Shapley sheds new light on this timeless and timely topic. Tonight, she’ll speak about some of our athletic foremothers, connections between sports and women’s rights and ongoing contemporary triumphs (and struggles) faced by female athletes, all well covered in her new book, Strong Like Her: A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers and Unstoppable Athletes (Gallery), which also includes photographs by Sophy Holland.
 

04/10/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Amy Roost
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Amy Roost, co-editor with Alissa Hirshfeld of Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era (Regal House), reads from and speaks about this collection of personal essays revealing the impact of the Trump presidency on a diverse community of women (and the ways in which they are fighting back). A freelance journalist, Amy Roost is an Annenberg School of Journalism 2019 California Health Journalism Fellow. “(Fury) is an acknowledgement and a claiming of righteous anger, the goal of which is clear: claiming power and building new systems, and a better world. You’ll feel sadness, anger, empathy and more reading these essays, but ultimately you’ll come away feeling heard and empowered to fight.”– Amy Westervelt, author of Forget “Having It All”
 

04/11/2020 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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!
 

04/11/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Joanna Pocock with Kim Brown Seely
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. An Irish-Canadian writer who lives in London, Joanna Pocock is here with her remarkable narrative study of the U.S. West as it is now, Surrender: The Call of the American West (House of Anansi). She’ll be joined onstage this evening by Seattle-area writer Kim Brown Seely, author of the excellent Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another (Sasquatch) - named one of the best books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. “Surrender is an astonishing book about the fragility of nature, grief, the American West, the consolations of travel, and the exquisite agonies of mortal life. Pocock travels widely in time and space, through memories, visions, the deaths of her parents, and the birth of her child. Beautiful, wise, and deeply moving, this is ambulatory philosophy at its finest — for readers of Rebecca Solnit, Lauren Elkin, Garnette Cadogan, and Iain Sinclair.” — Joanna Kavenna. “In Surrender, Joanna Pocock follows rewilders, nomads, ecosexuals, and a host of outliers who see living with and off the land as the salvation of our species and everything else on the planet. Her candid and beautifully written journey confronts the angst, guilt, and grief she experiences while examining the greatest existential crisis of all time — the killing of diverse life on our planet. Pocock’s book is deeply researched and broad in its search for solutions. Her deft blending and layering of the personal with the political makes Surrender a necessary read for our times.” — Edward Burtynsky.
 
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04/13/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Kevin Hand
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
A scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has served as deputy chief scientist for solar system exploration and is leading an effort to land a spacecraft on the surface of Europa, Kevin Peter Hand visits with his book on the oceans of outer space, Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space (Princeton University Press). "In this delightful book, Kevin Peter Hand takes readers from the depths of Earth's oceans to those of the outer solar system, describing encounters with magical, alien-like creatures at the bottom of the Atlantic and offering informed speculations about what life could be like in the subsurface oceans of faraway moons. Recounting the story of how we discovered these alien oceans, he gives us a peek at the lives and personalities of some of the scientists who pieced together all the clues. His explanations are full of engaging analogies that will help general readers understand the science needed to think rigorously about life as we know it—and as we do not yet know it."—Jill Tarter. "Kevin Peter Hand has delivered a beautiful portrayal of the science behind our search for life in alien oceans, and the connection to our precious ocean here on Earth. A must-read for all who gaze at the stars above and ponder the abyss below."—James Cameron. Presented by Town Hall Science series in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/14/2020 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Global Issues Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Elisabeth Åsbrink’s 1947: Where Now Begins (Other Press, translated by Fiona Graham).   learn more
 

04/14/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Poupeh Missaghi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A book haunting and harrowing in its beauty, its telling voice, its role as witness to the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 election and the forces of suppression used against many, Poupeh Missaghi’s hybrid-form trans(re)lating house one (Coffee House Press) explores narrative, the part of stories and language, along with the human stories it tells. “In this beautiful and brave book, art, love, death, and shards of the city accrete into a crucial archive of unbearable loss, but also of rich, fierce life. Echoing the probing explorations of Edmond Jabès, Anna Akhmatova and Charlotte Delbo, but with concerns and methods all her own, Poupeh Missaghi has fashioned a novel that bears clear-eyed witness and calls into question the act of witnessing, that beautifully renders a time and a place and interrogates whether such an endeavor is possible at all. The process of making and unmaking mirrors the world of missing art and bodies at the book’s center. This is important work. I hope Missaghi’s stunning debut finds its way into many hands.” —Laird Hunt.  “Poupeh Missaghi is so keenly attuned to the frequencies of city life that reading her novel of Tehran felt like a revelation. In fragments layered over one another, moments are extended, lives are resurrected, lovers meet, and many questions are asked. Which of the dead do we honor and why? Whose stories do we listen to, and why do we listen to them, and are we ever really listening? trans(re)lating house one is a searching, brilliant novel completely unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Shuchi Saraswat.
 

04/15/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98102
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!
 

04/15/2020 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Cancelled - Julia Alvarez
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Talk about much-anticipated: it’s been fifteen years since Julia Alvarez, author of the timeless novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, has written a novel for adults, much else that she has been doing. She is here tonight with a new novel that’s worth the wait, Afterlife (Algonquin). Central character Antonia, recently widowed and recently retired from teaching, takes on challenges in the form of younger neighbors in need of protection, and a crisis within her family of sisters. “Alvarez’s poignant return to adult fiction . . . raises powerful questions about the care people owe themselves and others . . . Alvarez blends light humor with deep empathy toward her characters, offering a convincing portrait of an older woman’s self discovery. This will satisfy her fans and earn new ones.”—Publishers Weekly. “The queen is back with the exact novel we need in this fraught era. A powerful testament of witness and humanity written with audacity and authority.”—Luis Alberto Urrea. “A stunning work of art that reminds readers Alvarez is, and always has been, in a class of her own.”—Elizabeth Acevedo. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
 

04/15/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Lisa Olstein with Elaina Ellis
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
 The author of four stellar poetry collections from Copper Canyon, Late Empire being the most recent, Lisa Olstein is here tonight with a compelling first prose book, Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press). “These spectacular sentences chart a thrilling investigation into pain, language, and Lisa Olstein’s own exile from what Woolf called ‘the army of the upright.’ On a search path through art, science, poetry, and prime-time television, Olstein aims her knife-bright compassion at the very thing we’re all running from. Pain Studies is a masterpiece.”— Leni Zumas. “Lisa Olstein’s luminous meditation on pain winds around a beautifully curated series of artifacts. Bits of poetry, ancient medicine, brain science, television episodes, excerpts from the trial of Joan of Arc, and works of art support the spiderweb on which her insights hang like condensed mist. A fascinating, totally seductive read!”— Eula Biss. With Lisa Olstein in conversation tonight will be Elaina Ellis, an editor at Copper Canyon and poet in her own right, the author of Write About an Empty Birdcage, and a collection-in-progress, I’m Only Praying to Believe What’s True.
 

04/15/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Robert B. Reich
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
An enduring favorite of Seattle readers - and elsewhere - Robert B. Reich, who has served in three presidential administrations, and is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is here with a timely new book. The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It (Knopf) is an informed analysis of how power works, political and economic power, in this country. “In this book Robert Reich exposes the con job of America’s present manic hyper-capitalism. He exposes a ‘system’ that is defined less by free markets than by elite capture. He shatters the myths about rising tides and boats and slices of pie and whatever else those hackneyed people say, propelled by the insight that while money may not be a zero-sum situation, power is. And when America’s plutocrats use money to capture power to make sure that they monopolize future money, rage swells, human potential withers on the vine, and the soul of the country changes.”—Anand Giridharadas. “Robert Reich is one of the most important voices in America, fighting for an economy that works for all people and not just those at the top. Understanding what is happening in our country is critical if we want to fix it and Robert Reich is an exceptional teacher.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Both a diagnosis and a call to arms, The System shows how our economy and our democracy are rigged to work for the wealthy and well-connected. Change is possible – if we are willing to fight for it.”—Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Presented by Town Hall Civics series in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/16/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
R. Eric Thomas
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Playwright and Elle essayist R. Eric Thomas is here for his first book, the engaging memoir-in-essays, Here for It, Or How To Save Your Soul in America (Ballantine). “With humor, candor, and some self-deprecation, Thomas delivers a debut essay collection that explores his search for self, love, and stable employment. . . . Whether dealing with love, breakups, or other setbacks, Thomas is an affable narrator with a penchant for pop culture, funny quips, and charming humility.”—Publishers Weekly. “Here for It is Thomas at his finest: funny, clever, thoughtful, and compelling. I’m glad the world will not only get to experience more of Thomas’s talent, but another much-needed story from another gay Black man in America.”—Michael Arceneaux. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/17/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Kevin Nguyen
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In a season full of terrific debuts, Brooklyn-based writer Kevin Nguyen’s New Waves (One World) is among the most touted - for good reason. “Nguyen’s stellar debut is a piercing assessment of young adulthood, the tech industry, and racism. . . . Nguyen impressively holds together his overlapping plot threads while providing incisive criticism of privilege and a dose of sharp humor. The story is fast-paced and fascinating, but also deeply felt; the effect is a page-turner with some serious bite.”—Publishers Weekly. “A brilliant meditation on death and grief in the age of the internet. New Waves is full of modern noise and complicated love. Its prismatic, futuristic take on race and identity are a thrill to read. The book is funny and sad in equal measure, inventive, self-aware, full of insight, but also entirely enjoyable.”—Tommy Orange. “E.M. Forster’s mandate was to ‘only connect.’ Kevin Nguyen shows us that in our brave new digital world, the best way to do that might be to disconnect. The result is New Waves, a sleek, stylish novel that weaves between disaffection and desire.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen. They are joined by Celeste Ng, R.O. Kwon, Bryan Washington, and more in early praise.
 

04/18/2020 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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!  
 

04/18/2020 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Kaouther Adimi
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Yes, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. A good time for cafe au lait with croissants or brioche: and for hearing one of the most lauded younger writers at work in France today. Kaouther Adimi, who hails from Algiers, is the author of three novels, the most recent of which, Our Riches (New Directions, translated by Chris Andrews). Also known as its original title, Nos richesses (Le Seul), this novel was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt, and received the Prix Renaudot, the Prix du Style, the Prix Beur FM Méditerranée, and the Choix Goncourt de l’Italie. Spanning a period of decades that include the Second World War and then the Algerian struggle for independence from France, this book has the love of books at its core in the person of Edmond Charlot, who founded a famous Algerian bookstore/library and then publishing house. It’s a story of great persistence and elegant perseverance. “A subject in gold: it was necessary to instill a rhythm, an experience, a tension, even to shake up the hourglass of time. Kaouther Adimi, born fifty years after the mythical bookshop, succeeds brilliantly at this triple jump.”—Le Figaro. “If you’re in a bookshop browsing, then Our Riches is for you, by definition. A beautiful little novel about books, history, ambition and the importance of literature to everyone, especially people who are trying to find a voice.” —Nick Hornby. Co-presented with Alliance Française de Seattle (www.afseattle.org), with the support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
 

04/18/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Matt Sedillo with Iris De Anda
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tonight we present two young, Los Angeles based poets. Matt Sedillo, a Chicano poet, writer, creative director and public intellectual, has been named “poet laureate of the struggle” by Paul Ortiz and “the best political poet in America by journalist Greg Pallast. He is current literary director of the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, California and joins us tonight to read from his collection, Mowing Leaves of Grass (FlowerSong Books). "It's the poets who inspire me and Matt is one of the finest of his generation"- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Also joining us tonight is Guanaca Tapatia poet and musician Iris De Anda.  A native of Los Angeles, she uses her art to connect to issues of social justice. She is the author of Codeswith: Fires from Mi Corazon and the host of 100 Segundos de Soledad on La Banda Elastica Radio. She is the host of The Writers Underground Open Mic. She has been featured in the LA Times and presented at Casa de Las Americas in Cuba. Co-presented with El Centro de la Raza.
 
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04/19/2020 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Ellen Bass
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Along with our friends and neighbors at Hugo House, and Copper Canyon Press, we are delighted to host and help present this special evening with renowned poet Ellen Bass. The recipient of numerous awards and honors for her books of poetry as well as groundbreaking books for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, she is here tonight with an incandescent new collection of poetry, Indigo (Copper Canyon Press). “Indigo proves what tried and true poetry readers have always known about the living legend Ellen Bass. These poems court the harsh realities of life with a power that suggests we can indeed overcome these realities. And the whole of this book is the testament of one who survives, but also of one who takes responsibility for whatever the cost of that survival may be: ‘The first time you see the sun/you’re splayed on your back, the shadow/of my blade above you.’ What I love most about this book is its subtleties, the ways it plants in any reader the need to turn the page, to know more even if it means more heartbreak. You hold in your hands the work of a sorceress at the height of her powers.”- Jericho Brown. “These poems, embossed with Bass’ covetable signature, play like snippets of cinema from merely every woman’s life story–moments awed by and blissfully tangled with a lover, contemplating the unrelenting hurtle of time, aging with an awkward but fiercely determined grace. Indigo is our soundtrack, finally–and its addictive and merciless music is not an option.” - Patricia Smith. Co-presented at Elliott Bay by Hugo House, Copper Canyon Press, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.
 

04/19/2020 - 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall
Postponed - Fran Lebowitz with David Shmader
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Essayist and humorist Fran Lebowitz returns to Seattle for an onstage conversation with Seattle favorite David Schmader tonight. “Fran Lebowitz’s trademark is the sneer; she disapproves of virtually everything except sleep, cigarette smoking, and good furniture. Her essays and topical interviews on subjects ranging from the difficulty of finding an acceptable apartment to the art of freeloading at weekend houses have come to be regarded as classics of literary humor." --The Paris Review. NWAA regularly presents writers (and also choral performances) in Seattle. Tickets to their much anticipated annual fall lecture tour event with David Sedaris will go on sale soon. Information and ticket links for their events at www.nwassociatedarts.org. Presented by NWAA, The Stranger at KNKX.   get tickets  
 

04/20/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Mary Pauline Lowry
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
It’s always a pleasure for us to host writers who have spent some time as booksellers, as Mary Pauline Lowry, an alum of Austin’s Book People, has. She’s here to read from her novel, The Roxy Letters (Simon and Schuster), in which Roxy, a some-time vegan working a less than inspiring job at the deli counter at Whole Foods, becomes enraged by the big corporate changes taking place in her hometown. Sound familiar?  We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  "Naughty, effervescent fun. A novel abounding in dachshunds, tweakers, real fulfillment centers, aisles of strange beer, and shrines to Venus (they work!). Roxy rocks Austin. And rights the world."-- Joy Williams. 
 

04/20/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Frank Wilderson III
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Professor and chair of African American Studies at University of California, Irvine, the author of the searing book, Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid, and a long-ago Seattle resident, Frank B. Wilderson III makes this welcome Seattle return for his provocative, singular new book, Afropessimism (Liveright). “Frank Wilderson slings piercing stories and scalding analyses with literary fire and intellectual rigor. His tales juke genre and high-step over high-theory mumbo jumbo, and float Franz Fanon some new wings. Like Ralph Ellison’s bluesman, he peers unflinching into the abyss, testifies to its brutal histories and hopeless predicaments, ‘to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not through the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-comic lyricism.’ He ghostwrites our brutal pasts into present and still hopeless predicaments, yet divines deep love and blues humor. Even if our own hopes may live elsewhere, we cannot dismiss Afropessimism’s unnerving and undeniable truths, nor the timeless art of its author.” -  Timothy B. Tyson. “Frank Wilderson’s Afropessimism is a brilliant memoir and riveting work of creative non-fiction. He joins the ranks of Claudia Rankine, Saidiya Hartman and Frantz Fanon as one of the boldest and most unflinching theorists of the indispensability—like oxygen to lungs—of anti-Black violence and racism. And nothing since Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas has haunted me with the sheer terror of truth that Humanity and the world itself are defined by and feed on Black suffering and death. The greatest challenge in reading this Afropessimist coming-of-age story is seeing a reflection of yourself and finding the will and the words to prove him wrong.” - Khalil Muhammad. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/21/2020 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel Gods of Jade and Shadow (Del Rey).   Learn More
 

04/22/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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!  
 

04/22/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Margaret Randall
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. A life richly, purposefully, and most fully lived is recounted in Margaret Randall’s vividly written memoir, I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary (Duke University Press). “Every Margaret Randall book or poem is a jewel to be savored, but this text may be the best yet. Beautifully written, it is Randall's first comprehensive memoir. With her moves through the 1950s' expressionist art world in New York through the 1960s Mexican literary scene, the Cuban Revolution looms large and beckons Randall to participate, which eventually brings the scrutiny of Uncle Sam attempting to strip her of her citizenship. Throughout, Randall's early and deep feminism is a guiding light.” — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. “Margaret Randall hails from a heroic era when poets aspired to change life. Nominally a memoir, I Never Left Home is really a full-blown autobiography, chronicling her life as a poet, a woman, a feminist, a mother, a lesbian, an incest survivor, and a participant in a quarter century of Latin American social and political revolution. Her experiences as coeditor of one of the 1960s most important international literary magazines are gripping, but it's her account of the Reagan administration's attempt to deport her from the land of her birth as an undesirable alien that makes I Never Left Home so necessary in the present moment. Few U.S. poets have dared to dream as big, fight as hard, or accomplish as much.” — Garrett Caples.
 

04/22/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Frances Moore Lappé & Anna Lappé
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Fifty years after the very first Earth Day - April 22, 1970 - Town Hall Seattle and PCC Farmland Trust present an evening, ‘Climate Change and Farmland: Building a Resilient Future for Washington.’ Featured speakers include Frances Moore Lappé her 1971 book, Diet for a Small Planet was all but a companion to the environmental movement of those times), Anna Lappé (a writer/activist in her own right), and a panel of local farmers who will talk about efforts to foster and build sustainable, resilient food practices hereabouts.KNKX environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp will moderate. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and PCC Farmland Trust, with a host of supporting organizations.   get tickets  
 

04/23/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Emily Gould with Angela Garbes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Emily Gould’s Perfect Tunes (Avid Reader) is the story of a songwriter whose teenage daughter has some questions about the father she never knew.  “Perfect Tunes is an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation. From the obsessive spark of first love to the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, Emily Gould captures life's ups, downs, and in-betweens with wisdom and wry humor, giving us one of the great New York coming-of-age stories." --Stephanie Danler.   Emily Gould appears in conversation with Seattle author, Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother and also a former bookseller and writer for The Stranger.
 

04/24/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - John Kaag
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The author of Hiking with Nietzsche and American Philosophy: A Love Story, John Kaag, also a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for his newest book, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life (Princeton University Press). “Kaag's reading of James is as elucidating as readers have come to expect from him. Once again, he writes in a clear, focused, and winningly self-aware style that makes friends of James and himself for anyone who wonders if life is worth living. A book in which Kaag further carves out his niche in philosophy: personal, practical, and crucial.” —Kirkus Reviews. "Not since Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance have I read such a mesmerizing confluence of personal experience and formal thought as John Kaag's American Philosophy: A Love Story. That combination is on display again in his Sick Souls, Healthy Minds—a brief and powerful book about one of America's most profound minds, William James, and what he can teach us about what makes life worth living."―Robert D. Richardson.
 

04/24/2020 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Postponed - Kristen Millares Young
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We get to help our friends and neighbors at Hugo House launch a new book - and author - into the world this evening as Seattle writer Kristen Millares Young reads and discusses her much-anticipated debut novel, Subduction (Red Hen Press). “Set in the Pacific Northwest, Subduction is a lyrical forest of storytelling rooted in indigenous voices and invaded by those who would steal the tongues and hearts of the ones they love while bartering and betraying the idea of belonging to a land, a birthright, and a family. When you read Kristen Millares Young’s words, you understand how it is we can steal, can betray, can love.”—Shawn Wong. “In this commanding novel, Kristen Millares Young captures the brutality of an anthropological gaze upon a Makah community. Her complex, exquisitely shaped characters embody the calamity of intrusion and the beauty of resilience."—Elissa Washuta. "The brilliance of Subduction only suggests the wonders to come. It is a good day for us when Kristen Millares Young puts pen to paper. Highly recommended." —Luis Alberto Urrea. Co-presented by Hugo House, Red Hen Press, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.
 

04/25/2020 - 10:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Postponed - Independent Bookstore Day 2020
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. We will have fun activities and giveaways all day long in our store as well as some limited edition merchandise. This is an event you won't want to miss and lucky for you, it's happening all day. For those who visit three or more independent bookstores in our area, there is a special prize and for those of you who aspire for more, visit all participating  bookstores in our Seabookstoreday partnership and earn a special independent bookstore grand championship prize. Please visit @SEABookstoreDay on Facebook for more information.
 

04/25/2020 - 11:00am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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!
 
 
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04/26/2020 - 3:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Geraldine Mills with Elizabeth Austen & Susan Rich
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
It’s our pleasure to once again welcome Galway poet and short story writer Geraldine Mills back to Elliott Bay Book Company. Here in Seattle for a short residency at Highline College, she’ll read from her book, Bone Road (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press). Bone Road is a verse memoir charting the course of her great-grandparents’ emigration from Elly Bay in County Mayo, Ireland, to Rhode Island in 1883 as part of the Tuke Emigration Scheme. Conditions in the U.S. led to their return to Ireland.  Geraldine Mills’ books include Paddy Lambe's in Paradise, Gold and An Urgency of Stars. Also reading this afternoon are Seattle poets Elizabeth Austen, Washington State Poet Laureate (2014-2016) and PEN USA Award winner Susan Rich, author most recently of Cloud Pharmacy. Susan Rich teaches at Highline College, where she curates the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work.   
 

04/26/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Michael Shermer
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
The publisher of Skeptic Magazine, a columnist for Scientific American, and the author of many books, Michael Shermer takes the big view in his new book, Giving the Devil His Due: Refections of a Scientific Humanist (Cambridge University Press). “Michael Shermer is our most fearless explorer of alternative, crackpot, and dangerous ideas, and at the same time one of our most powerful voices for science, sanity, and humane values. In this engrossing collection, Shermer shows why these missions are consistent: it's the searchlight of reason that best exposes errors and evil.” -  Steven Pinker.  "Michael Shermer is a fearless defender of free speech, open inquiry, and freedom of thought and conscience, including - and especially - for those with whom he disagrees. Giving the Devil His Due is one of the strongest bulwarks against the tyranny of censorship that I have read.” - Nadine Strossen. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/27/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Linda Kay Klein
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Linda Klein’s book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free (Atria), is both her story and that of many other young women affected by the “purity industry” associated with white evangelical Christian culture. Fearing being marked a “Jezebel”, she broke up with her high school boyfriend because she thought God told her to and took pregnancy tests despite being a virgin, terrified that any sexual activity would be punished with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve-year-old girl, she began to question purity-based sexual ethics and traveled across the U.S. to research the lives of women like her and found churches seeking new ways to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.   "Linda Kay Klein's Pure is an important book for this moment in history, as women come to the collective understanding that the institutions we spend our lives serving are not created to serve us. Women are canaries in religious coal mines--and Pure emboldens us to escape toxic misogyny and experience a fresh breath of freedom."--Glennon Doyle. Linda Kay Klein is also the founder of Break Free Together, a community committed to ending sexual shame and claiming our whole selves.
 

04/27/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Clarissa Ward
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
CNN Chief International correspondent Clarissa Ward brings fifteen years’ experience covering conflicts all over the world, and a fully-lived life before to the pages of her remarkable memoir, On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist (Penguin Press). “On All Fronts takes the reader on a riveting journey of storytelling as Ward crisscrosses the globe in a relentless quest to become the acclaimed Chief International Correspondent she is today. From Russia to China to Syria, the reader watches her navigate the most intense of human experiences while finding the tools to stay emotional.”—Lynsey Addario, “An honest, candid portrayal of the making of a journalist and the stories behind getting the story. With great empathy, Ward shows us what her viewers don’t see—the logistical, physical and emotional challenges of going to the toughest places—and the toll it takes. A timely reminder of the importance of bearing witness, and why there is no substitute for gutsy on-the-ground journalism.”—Rania Abouzeid. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/28/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Bonnie Tsui
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
For this evening, if we had our druthers, we’d render our basement reading space into a swimming pool, all the better to enjoy Bonnie Tsui with her brilliant, wide-ranging book, Why We Swim (Algonquin). The author of a well-received earlier book, American Chinatown, goes another direction here, delightfully so. “Why We Swim is a gorgeous hybrid of a book. Bonnie Tsui combines fascinating reporting about some of the world's most remarkable swimmers with delightful meditations about what it means for us naked apes to leap in the water for no apparent reason. You won't regret diving in.”—Carl Zimmer. “The only thing better than reading Bonnie Tsui’s writing about swimming is swimming itself—and both are sublime. Why We Swim is an aquatic tour de force, a captivating story filled with adventure, meditation, and celebration.”—Susan Casey.
 

04/28/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Casey Schwartz
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Here not so long ago with her much-praised first book, In the Mind Fields, Casey Schwartz is here with a book that beautifully mixes memoir, reportage, and research, Attention: A Love Story (Knopf). “Attention: A Love Story had me rapt. Casey Schwartz is a formidable reporter, a rigorous researcher and a true artist of prose. She makes complicated information easily understood and elevates seemingly simple observations to a richer plain of meaning. More than that, though (and this is the toughest job in the business) she is an honest broker when it comes to telling her own story. Unflinching yet never confessional, this book took me to uncomfortable places but always in the most capable hands. It’s the finest of its kind I’ve read in ages.”—Meghan Daum. “A personal and professional study of the struggle with attention in an age of distraction . . . Unfailingly honest . . . By personalizing her account, and her journey, [Schwartz] enhances the book’s potency without diluting its authority . . . Being attentive is an acquired skill. Schwartz helps us think deeply and clearly about what it offers us.”—Kirkus Reviews. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/28/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Gary Taubes
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
For years, health organizations have preached the same rules for losing weight: restrict your calories, eat less, exercise more. So why doesn’t it work for everyone? Health journalist Gary Taubes joins us to set the record straight, clarifying a century of misunderstanding about the differences between diet, weight control, and health. He presents findings from his book The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating (Knopf), giving us a revolutionary manifesto for the twenty-first-century fight against obesity and diabetes. Gary Taubes, an award-winning science and health journalist, is cofounder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for Science. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/29/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - 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!
 

04/29/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Adam Levin
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Talk about feats of imagination. Adam Levin’s new novel Bubblegum (Doubleday) posits a present-day reality where there is no Internet - and never has been. And then? “Adam Levin’s brilliant, inventive, fully imagined alternative world gives us insight and clarity about the actual world we live in.  We are implicated, warned, but what a hilarious ride. Bubblegum is a wild, ambitious, and original novel.  Levin is a wonder.” - Dana Spiotta. “Adam Levin is one of our wildest writers and our funniest, and Bubblegum is a dazzling accomplishment of wit and inventiveness – an irrepressible and insanely entertaining examination of our obsessive culture that doesn’t forget to be fond of that which it is satirizing. Levin’s keen and ornery mind, reveling in the world with vast energy, shows us new ways of loving it.”- George Saunders. Adam Levin’s other books are The Instructions and Hot Pink. This should be fun.
 

04/29/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Danielle Sered and Nikkita Oliver
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
The head of an award-winning Brooklyn-based organization, Common Justice, devoted to restorative justice and alternatives to the present system of incarceration, Danielle Sered is here with her new book, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (The New Press). “The work [Sered is doing] is truly impressive and innovative. . . . [It] encompasses two seemingly contradictory threads—one is diverting violent criminals from the prison system, and the other is helping victims heal. I found it completely, radically original and generally fascinating. . . . Truly remarkable work.” —Scott Stossel, The Atlantic. “Sered issue[s] a clarion call to take [violent crime] seriously and handle it with nuance. Sered reminds us that, if we’re serious about reducing mass incarceration, we need to grapple seriously, and safely, with people who have committed violent offenses and the survivors of their crimes.” —HuffPost. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   get tickets  
 

04/30/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Rufi Thorpe with Laurie B. Frankel
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
What should be an eventful month, however all plays out, comes to a close here this evening with a book that brings some levity in with some real reckoning, and action as Rufi Thorpe visits with her novel, The Knockout Queen (Knopf). And is joined in conversation with acclaimed Seattle novelist Laurie Frankel, she most recently of This Is How It Always Is, with One, Two, Three due in 2021. There should be engaging energy with this novel set in a California suburb that takes surprising twists and turns. “The Knockout Queen is the best book I’ve read in months! Its one-of-a-kind narrator is funny, vulnerable, brilliant, and brimming with longing, and the story he tells distills the pain and beauty of a life-changing friendship like nothing else I’ve read before. This book’s got guts and heart, and wisdom for days, and I could not put it down. Rufi Thorpe is one of the most exciting novelists working today. This novel is truly exceptional. I loved it.” —Edan Lepucki. “Thorpe takes a familiar plotline—a pair of teen misfits form an unlikely but life-altering friendship—and turns it into an arrestingly original, darkly comic meditation on moral ambiguity…. There are no victims here and no heroes, either. In Thorpe’s Technicolor world, everyone is an innocent and everyone is culpable and no one is absolved, and the result is a novel both nauseatingly brutal and radically kind. Brilliantly off-kilter and vibrating with life.”—Kirkus Reviews.
 

04/30/2020 - 7:00pm

Hotel Sorrento, Fireside Room
Cancelled - Nicolas Mathieu
Hotel Sorrento, Fireside Room
900 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
We are delighted to return to one of the city’s most enticing public spaces, the Fireside Room of Hotel Sorrento. This evening is occasioned by the special visit of prize-winning French novelist Nicolas Mathieu. He is here with the English translation of his Prix Goncourt-winning novel, And Their Children After Them (Other Press, translated by William Rodarmor). Published originally as Leurs enfants après eux, this is a unique, brilliant coming-of-age tale. “Mathieu’s stunning, bittersweet Prix Goncourt–winning English debut…will enrapture readers and appeal to fans of Édouard Louis.” —Publishers Weekly. “Mathieu captures the vulnerability and awkwardness of adolescence with painful acuity…A gritty, expansive coming-of-age novel filled with sex and violence that manages to be tender, even wryly hopeful.” —Kirkus Reviews. “As anguished as it is elegiac, as universal as it is grounded in the vivid particularities of its setting—1990s Rust Belt France—And Their Children After Them evokes the beautiful, miserable, longing-plagued experience of being an adolescent as pointedly and powerfully as any novel published since The Virgin Suicides.” —Adam Levin. Co-presented with the Fireside Room/Hotel Sorrento, Alliance Française de Seattle, (www.afseattle.org) and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.  
 
 
 
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