December 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
 
 

12/01/2020 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Deesha Philyaw with Renee Simms
Virtual Event
By the time this evening takes place, we will all know what has happened with the November 18 National Book Awards where Deesha Philyaw’s electrifying fiction debut, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press), is among the finalists. The nine stories that comprise this collection are a wonder to behold, individually and collectively. “Philyaw’s triumphant debut collection follows a series of Southern black women as they struggle for self-determination ... Philyaw’s stories inform and build on one another, turning her characters’ private struggles into a beautiful chorus.” - Publishers Weekly. “To encounter Deesha Philyaw’s work is to encounter contemporary folktales. They are the stories of southern customs and mores and of voices over the back fence. The daughters and granddaughters of Toni Cade Bambara and Bebe Moore Campbell readers need this book.” - Yona Harvey. With Deesha Philyaw for this virtual program is the wonderful fiction writer Renee Simms, author of Meet Behind Mars, and who will be joining us from Tacoma, where she teaches at the University of Puget Sound. Fingers crossed for November 18!   Event Registration  
 

12/01/2020 - 7:30pm

Virtual Event
Ijeoma Oluo with Megan Rapinoe
Virtual Event
Join us to celebrate the launch of Ijeoma Oluo’s new book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Ijeoma Oluo will be in conversation with two-time World Cup champion and social activist Megan Rapinoe about the dangerous legacy of white male supremacy, and how we begin to dismantle it. This virtual event will be presented by Hachette Books, LANGSTON and the Elliott Bay Book Company and hosted on CROWDCAST. Links will be distributed before the event.  Tickets ($33) include a copy of Ijeoma's book, Mediocre OR a copy of Megan Rapinoe's book, One Life. Books will be mailed to ticket buyers via USPS Media Mail. (Books may be mailed outside the Continental U.S. for an additional charge) A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our event co-producer, Langston Performing Arts Institute. About the panelists: Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and the forthcoming Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among many others. She has twice been named to the Root 100, and she received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Two-time World Cup Champion and co-captain of the US Women’s National Team, Megan Rapinoe is a fan favorite and one of the team’s most technical players. A vocal leader on and off the pitch, Megan helped lead the USWNT to the 2019 Women’s World Cup Championship scoring some of the biggest goals of the tournament. Megan took home the tournament’s two top honors – the Golden Boot for top scorer, and the Golden Ball for the best player in the tournament. Megan is an advocate for equality for all and lends her voice to fight for social justice across all spectrums. LANGSTON is dedicated to cultivating and showcasing Black brilliance in our community.   Get tickets  
 

12/02/2020 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Ruth Ben-Ghiat with Virginia Heffernan
Virtual Event
They promise law and order, then legitimize lawbreaking. They use masculinity as a symbol of strength and political weapon. They use propaganda, corruption, and violence to stay in power. Ours is the age of authoritarian rulers, says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat, and modern authoritarian leaders all pull from the same “strongman” playbook. In this livestreamed presentation, Ben-Ghiat joins us in conversation with journalist Virginia Heffernan to share the expertise that enables her to predict with uncanny accuracy the recent experience in America. With lessons from her book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present (W.W. Norton), Ben-Ghiat traces the recent history of authoritarianism: from Vladimir Putin and Mobutu Sese Seko’s kleptocracies, to Augusto Pinochet’s torture sites, from Benito Mussolini and Muammar Gaddafi’s systems of sexual exploitation, to Silvio Berlusconi and Donald Trump’s relenteless misinformation. Virginia Heffernan is a journalist and cultural critic. She writes regular columns for the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, and The Economist. She is the host of Slate’s Trumpcast (and its sequel TBD!) “Simultaneously intimate and sweeping in scope, Strongmen brings us in close to dictators and would-be dictators across decades and continents. We are left with a disturbing look in the mirror. Throughout, Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s clear prose rings with a rhythm and cadence that today’s nonfiction too often lacks.” - Sarah Chayes. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event Registration  
 

12/03/2020 - 4:00pm

Virtual Event
Ayana Elizabeth Johson & Majora Carter with Meredith Connolly
Virtual Event
We are at an inflection point. On Thursday, December 3rd, join Climate Solutions and two incredible thought-leaders for a needed post-election conversation about this critical juncture for climate, clean energy and a just economic recovery. Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, co-editor of and contributor to the major new anthology of writing on the climate crisis, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis (One World), is a marine biologist, policy expert. She is founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab, founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collective, and co-creator and co-host of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet. She appears in conversation with urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award winning broadcaster Majora Carter. “Women of all backgrounds—artists, writers, scientists, policy makers, and others—are at the forefront of climate action, and with this exquisite anthology, marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and editor-in-chief of Project Drawdown, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, bring their voices together.” – LitHub. This program will be moderated by Meredith Connolly of Climate Solutions, a non-profit doing the good work, and the sponsor/beneficiary of proceeds for this today.   Event Registration  
 

12/03/2020 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Frederick Kaufman with Nick Licata
Virtual Event
In The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate (The Other Press), Frederick Kaufman tackles the complex history of money, beginning with the earliest myths and wrapping up with Wall Street's byzantine present-day doings. “A must-read for anyone wondering just how much money central banks can create, how high can markets go, and how much speculation we can endure--before the next crisis." --Nomi Prins. Tonight Frederick Kaufman, an English professor who has become a widely published journalist and commentator, appears in conversation with longtime Seattle writer and former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, author of Becoming a Citizen Activist. “In this unusual and original book, Frederick Kaufman tells the history of money in its double guise as a medium of exchange and a symbol of value. In its first form it strives for fixity, but as a symbol of our fluctuating hopes, fears, and desires, fixity perpetually eludes it. Being a measure of our freedom to dream, money can never be given a fixed value in a free society. Required bedtime reading for central bank governors tasked with ‘controlling the money supply.’” —Robert Skidelsky. Event Registration  
 
 

12/05/2020 - 2:00pm

Virtual Event
Nana-Ama Danquah with Anne Sackey & Patrick Smith
Virtual Event
Editor/contributor Nana-Ama Danquah and contributors Anne Sackey and Patrick Smith join us to read from and discuss Accra Noir (Akashic Press), which includes brand-new stories by: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kwame Dawes, Adjoa Twum, Kofi Blankson Ocansey, Billie McTernan, Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo, Patrick Smith, Anne Sackey, Gbontwi Anyetei, Nana-Ama Danquah, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh, and Anna Bossman. The Akashic Press Noir anthology series began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir and includes short stories set in a wide range of international cities, including an Elliott Bay program earlier this fall which featured Maaza Mengiste and Addis Ababa Noir. Ghanaian American writer Nana-Ama Danquah is most known for her groundbreaking memoir, Willow Weep for Me, and has also edited several other anthologies. "Accra is the perfect setting for noir fiction. The telling of such tales—ones involving or suggesting death, with a protagonist who is flawed or devious, driven by either a self-serving motive or one of the seven deadly sins—is woven into the fabric of the city’s everyday life . . . Much like Accra, these stories are not always what they seem.” - Nana-Ama Danquah. Event Registration  
 

12/05/2020 - 2:00pm

Virtual Event
Shirley Ann Higuchi, Norman Mineta, and Alan Simpson with David Ono
Virtual Event
If you missed last month’s Seattle Public Library presentation with Shirley Ann Higuchi, author of the new book Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration (University of Wisconsin Press), here is another opportunity to hear her speak. She will be joined by two legends of Congress and the history of Heart Mountain, Wyoming -- Secretary Norman Mineta and Senator Alan Simpson -- as they discuss the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and its impact on their lives. Both Simpson and Mineta are prominently featured in the book. Led by David Ono, the evening anchor of ABC7 news in Los Angeles and an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, the panel will discuss the history of the Japanese American experience, the strong bond created by Mineta and Simpson over the years and how it shows how people with differing viewpoints can work together to create a better America, a message that has renewed relevance and urgency today. Presented by the National Japanese American Citizens League (and JACL Boise Valley, Mile High, Idaho Falls, DC, Chicago and Twin Cities chapters);  Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; Japanese American National Museum, The Bar Association of the District Columbia. The National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and the Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event Registration  
 
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

12/06/2020 - 1:00pm

Virtual Event
Benjamin Moser
Virtual Event
Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo—and featuring nearly one hundred images— Benjamin Moser's Sontag (Ecco),  winner of a 2020 Pulitzer Prize, is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait—a great American novel in the form of a biography. It’s also a book about someone who was a frequent speaker at Elliott Bay or at Elliott Bay-related programs over the last decade-and-a-half of her life. Seattle was where some of her last medical treatment took place in 2004, just before her passing. No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. "Moser's accomplishment here is breathtaking: it includes an extraordinary knowledge of the subject, her milieu, her writings, her ideas, and her friends and family, beautiful prose, extraordinary insights, a capacity to understand her driven emotional life and her stellar intellectual life."-- Rebecca Solnit.  Benjamin Moser is also the author of a major biography of Clarice Lispector, Why This World. He has published translations from French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. Event Registration  
 

12/07/2020 - 7:00pm

Virtual Event
Siamak Vossoughi
Virtual Event
We are delighted to welcome back, albeit virtually, Seattle fiction writer Siamak Vossoughi. The fable-like stories in his new book, A Sense of the Whole (Orison Books), reminiscent of the best of Kawabata, Hrabal, Lispector, and Kafka--create profound effects on the reader within very short spaces. “These are moral tales with uncertain answers. One might read them as anecdotal for the Iranian-American experience, but rendered in Vossoughi’s epigrammatic prose they ultimately unfold through the language of the universal. Each lights on a minor encounter—between strangers, neighbors, lovers—and what emerges is the sense that anyone you meet has a story.—The New York Times Book Review. “Siamak Vossoughi is a flat-out brilliant writer, and his latest collection, A Sense of the Whole, fills me with awe and delight. How can stories so compact be so absorbing, so tender and truthful and funny? I have no answer, only gratitude that a book like this exists, a testament to the wonders all around us, hiding in plain sight.”—Tania James. Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington. His first story collection, Better Than War, received the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.   Event Registration  
 

12/07/2020 - 7:30pm

Virtual Event
Mario Livio
Virtual Event
Astrophysicist Mario Livio, author of Galileo: And the Science Deniers (Simon and Schuster), revisits the story of Galileo, providing captivating insights into how he reached bold new conclusions about the cosmos and the laws of nature despite censorship and persecution by the Church. Galileo was not only a revolutionary because of his conclusions, but also because of his belief in the democratization of scientific knowledge, arguing that every educated person should know science as well as literature. Turning to the issue of climate change, Mario Livio also draws parallels between critics of Galileo in his time and the “science deniers” of our own.  "Livio beautifully describes both Galileo's work and his struggle for intellectual freedom. Livio is perfectly placed to do this. An astrophysicist himself, he has worked on a great-great-great-grandchild of the telescopes that Galileo employed, the Hubble space telescope. Seen through the eyes of an active researcher, Galileo's discoveries appear, not as historical facts, but as live components of a scientific effort that continues today. . . . A gripping story anyone can enjoy."--Marianne Freiberger. Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker. He is the author of The Golden Ratio, Brilliant Blunders, and Galileo. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.   Event Registration  
 

12/08/2020 - 7:30pm

Virtual Event
Rachel Swearingen with Donna Miscolta
Virtual Event
This evening's event features two writer friends, each with a well received and recently published book, to our Virtual Stage. Rachel Swearingen, a former Seattleite now based in Chicago, reads from her debut story collection, How to Walk on Water and Other Stories (New American Press). These stories explore not only what it means to survive in a world marked by violence and uncertainty, but also how to celebrate what is most alive. Rachel Swearingen's stories and essays have appeared in VICE, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. "How to Walk on Water is a beautiful and timeless collection full of mystery. At the mercy of happenstance and calamity, these strangely familiar characters find the stark realities of their lives have become surreal. Swearingen’s assured voice, styled with lyrical noir, cuts through like a howl heard in the night. " —Melinda Moustakis. And it’s always a pleasure for us to host Seattle writer Donna Miscolta, who is now the author of three books of fiction: When the de la Cruz Family Danced, Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories, and, most recently, Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories (Jaded Ibis Press). Set in California in the 1960s and '70s, the linked stories of Living Color follow Angie from kindergarten through high school, as she finds her voice as a writer, “It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen in love with a character as deeply as I fell for Living Color’s Angie Rubio. Donna Miscolta writes gorgeous, luminous sentences, at turns funny and heartbreaking, searing and wise, and—through the observations of one smart, shy, awesome young girl—she deftly exposes the casual and systemic racism of the 1960s and 70s. This is fiction at its very best: intimate, universal, historical, and relevant as hell to our current era. Angie Rubio is my new favorite protagonist; prepare for her to steal your heart.” —Sharma Shields.   Event Registration  
 
 
 

12/11/2020 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Lawrence Matsuda & Tess Gallagher
Virtual Event
We have hosted poet, graphic novelist, educator and bon vivant Larry Matsuda at Elliott Bay several times over the years, and have looked forward to hosting a reading to help launch his debut novel My Name is Not Viola (Endicott and Hughes) into the world. Based on the life of his mother, this novel explores the trauma experienced by a Japanese American woman and her family, both during and long after the Incarceration. The book's evocative cover features art by Roger Shimomura, (who, like Larry Matsuda, spent some of his childhood in Minidoka), and a portrait by Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin. "The story of America's WWII concentration camps has been told from many angles, but never has the psychological trauma of reentry been presented with such heartbreaking intensity. We follow the young Hanae's journey from Seattle to prewar Hiroshima and back again, then suffer (and sometimes laugh) with her through the incarceration and its grueling aftermath against the tension of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Her life is a revealing chapter of the American experience." —Jay Rubin. Larry Matsuda will be joined by his longtime friend and teacher, Tess Gallagher, who will read from her most recent poetry collection, Is, Is Not (Graywolf). Is, Is Not upends our notions of linear time, evokes the spirit and sanctity of place, and hovers daringly at the threshold of what language can nearly deliver while offering alternative corollaries as gifts of its failures. Tess Gallagher’s poems reverberate with the inward clarity of a bell struck on a mountaintop. “Impressively wide-ranging in its intellectual inquiry. . . . Gallagher’s craft excels as she balances image and abstraction, grounding the wild flights of the speaker’s philosophical imagination.”—Publishers Weekly. Tess Gallagher's previous books include, Midnight Lantern, and she lives and writes in both Port Angeles and in Sligo. To note: Tess Gallagher has been with Graywolf Press from its beginnings, for all intents and purposes. And she has been at the heart of things with Elliott Bay’s readings since we began doing these over thirty-five years ago. We'll end the evening with some back and forth between poets with a reading from Boogie-Woogie: Crisscross (Madhat), based on their years long, intercontinental collaboration/exchange. What a delight. And what a way to "Zoom" into this year's holiday season. Event Registration  
 

12/12/2020 - 12:00pm

Virtual Event
Kelly Rippon & Adam Rippon
Virtual Event
Kelly Rippon  will speak about her new book, Parent Up: Inspire Your Child to Be Their Best Self (Sourcebooks) in this virtual event, which will be hosted on Zoom by Sourcebooks. Kelly and her son, figure skating champion and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, will share stories and never-before-seen photos exclusive to this paperback book launch. "Kelly shares relatable personal experiences in Parent Up that show us sometimes the difficult path leads to the best parenting. Not always protecting our kids, but allowing them to own the consequences of their actions, helps them learn to be confident, empathetic, accountable, and ultimately empowered to live their best lives. It's no wonder her oldest son, Adam, achieved his Olympic dream and is a beloved sports figure." --Kristi Yamaguchi.   Each ticket ($25)  includes a SIGNED copy of Parent Up. Shipping is only available within the Continental US. The Zoom access link will be emailed to you 24 hours before the event. Event registration  
 
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
 

12/14/2020 - 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Martin J. Sherwin with Eric Schlosser
Virtual Event
For a period of thirteen days in 1962, the possibility for nuclear holocaust was all too real. The Cuban Missile Crisis, a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, was one of the most integral parts of the wider Cold War. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Martin Sherwin, author of Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis (Knopf) is joined tonight by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, and will discuss the origins, scope, and consequences of the evolving place of nuclear weapons in the post-World War II world and how things led to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. “A fresh examination of the Cuban missile crisis and its wider historical context, showing how the U.S. avoided nuclear war . . . Makes it clear how national leaders bumbled through the crisis, avoiding nuclear Armageddon through modest amounts of wisdom mixed with plenty of machismo, delusions, and serendipity . . . A fearfully convincing case that avoiding nuclear war ‘is contingent on the world’s dwindling reservoir of good luck.” —Kirkus Reviews. Martin Sherwin, professor of history at George Mason University, and is the author of A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies, and coauthor of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2006. Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist and author. He is the author of Fast Food Nation, and other books, and co-producer of the documentary Food, Inc. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Event Registration  
 
 
 
 
 
 
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Add to My Calendar