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03/02/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sharyn Skeeter with Donna Miscolta
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In novelist Sharyn Skeeter’s book, Dancing with Langston (Green Place Books), Carrie, a business manager who always wanted to be a dancer, has two commitments. She made a promise to her late father to move Cousin Ella, a former Paris café dancer, from her condemned Harlem apartment to a safe place. She’s also committed to catch a flight to Seattle with her husband for his new job. But Cousin Ella resists leaving the apartment where she’s had salons with Langston Hughes. She also has a mysterious gift that she wants Carrie to earn. If she does, a revelation about Carrie’s father and his cousin Langston Hughes will change her life. Sharyn Skeeter was fiction/poetry/book review editor at Essence and editor-in-chief at Black Elegance. Her grandmother’s Langston family inspired this novel. She appears with Seattle writer Donna Miscolta, author most recently of Hola and Goodbye. Rescheduled from January 13.
 

03/03/2020 - 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 for reading and discussion is Magda Szabó’s novel Katalin Street (New York Review of Books), translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix, who received a PEN Translation Prize in so doing.   learn more
 

03/03/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sierra Crane Murdoch with Brooke Jarvis
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Pacific Northwest-based journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch, whose work has appeared The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, High Country News, and The New Yorker online, among other places, is here with Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country (Random House), a first book that traces the story of a murder on Indigenous land involving oil - and Lissa Yellow Bird’s role in solving it. “This book is a detective story, and a good one, that tells what happens when rootless greed collides with rooted culture. But it’s also a classic slice of American history, and a tale of resilience in the face of remarkable trauma. Sierra Crane Murdoch is a patient, careful, and brilliant chronicler of this moment in time, a new voice who will add much to our literature in the years ahead.”—Bill McKibben. “In Yellow Bird, oilfield meets reservation, and readers meet a true-to-life Native sleuth unlike any in literature. Sierra Crane Murdoch takes a modest, ignored sort of American life and renders it large, with a murder mystery driving the action. It’s an empathetic, attentive account by a talented writer and listener.”—Ted Conover. Sierra will appear in conversation with Seattle writer Brooke Jarvis.
 

03/04/2020 - 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!
 

03/04/2020 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sold Out - Dave Matthews & Clete Barrett Smith Booksigning
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Please join us for a special book signing with Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith, co-authors of If We Were Giants! (Disney-Hyperion). Tickets ($16.99) include a copy of If We Were Giants and admit one adult and one child to the event and to the signing line. In If We Were Giants!, Kira, a young storyteller-in-training, realizes that saving the people who have rescued her might mean that she must reveal her darkest secret.  Dave Matthews is a South African born American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, best known as the leader of the Dave Matthews Band. Clete Barrett Smith has written four middle grade adventures, including Aliens on Vacation, and a young adult novel, MR. 60%. Due to the number of attendees expected, books will not be personalized and only books purchased at this event will be signed (No memorabilia). If We Were Giants! Is suitable for Middle Readers (ages 8-12) and readers of all ages are invited to attend. Update: Books will be limited to one per ticketholder.   Tickets!  
 

03/04/2020 - 7:00pm

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Rahm Emanuel
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1511 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Crosscut and Elliott Bay Book Company welcome Rahm Emanuel to Temple de Hirsch Sinai for a conversation surrounding his new book The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running The World (Knopf). Rahm Emanuel, the former two-term mayor of Chicago and White House Chief of Staff for President Obama will discuss how cities, rather than the federal government, stand at the center of innovation and effective governance. "An eloquent tribute to the potential benefits of mayoral influence... Emanuel could have penned a traditional memoir; instead, he focuses on duty and service... The narrative is far from a political screed and more of a manifesto about how communities can take care of themselves by concentrating efforts on the local level... He shines a compelling spotlight on that most elusive of ideals: hope."⁠-- Kirkus Reviews. Co-presented by Crosscut and Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets ($35-$45) include a copy of The Nation City.   tickets  
 

03/04/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Ross Bayton
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Over from England, where he has authored a number of Royal Horticultural Society titles, is horticulturalist Ross Bayton with his newest, The Gardener's Botanical: An Encyclopedia of Latin Plant Names - with More than 5,000 Entries (Princeton University Press). This should be a fun, instructive evening, pairing together gardening plants with their not-so-tame Latin names. Beautiful illustrations make it even more of a pleasure. "[A] veritable treasure trove of information from the very first page to the final exquisite illustration." —David Gascoigne. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

03/05/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jerry Mitchell
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Mississippi investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell, recipient of over thirty awards for his work, has kept on the trail of reporting on violence against those seeking racial justice for decades. In Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era (Simon & Schuster), he tells some of these stories, this as those who perpetrated were on the verge of dying of old age without ever being held accountable. “For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed.” —John Grisham. “Jerry Mitchell's memoir revives promise for journalism. In this stirring, insider's account of four notorious crimes from the 1960s, his tenacious allies defy race and resignation to win historic miracles for justice.” —Taylor Branch. “I’ve never met anyone so committed to the truth and revealing the truth than Jerry Mitchell. He ignited the movement to bring justice to my family and so many others.”— Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
 

03/06/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Kimberly Dark
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old (AK Press)  is a moving, funny, and startlingly frank collection of personal essays about what it means to look a certain way. Or rather, certain ways. Navigating Kimberly Dark’s experience of being fat since childhood—as well as queer, white-privileged, a gender-conforming “girl with a pretty face,” active then disabled, and inevitably aging—each piece blends storytelling and social analysis to deftly coax readers into a deeper understanding of how appearance privilege (and stigma) function in everyday life and how the architecture of this social world constrains us. At the same time, she provides a blueprint for how each of us can build a more just social world, one interaction at a time. A writer, professor and raconteur, she is also a performance artist who has  performed for a wide range of audiences in various countries over the past two decades. "Sexy and often fearless and real. A book that asks me to think about my body, which means she's using her personal narrative to rove into larger, deeper conclusions that teach me something ... Beautiful and powerful work. Kimberly Dark is hilarious and heart breaking." —Terese Mailhot, NYT bestselling author of Heartberries. “Nothing is more brilliant and juicy to me than a woman stepping fully into her self—mind, body, and spirit, full throttle, without apology. . . . Kimberly Dark has been illuminating the path for a long time. This book is a triumph. This book is a jailbreak from cultural inscriptions meant to keep us locked up, shut up, and conforming.” —Lidia Yuknavitch. Please note: this event will be held upstairs in the mezzanine.
 

03/06/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Alys Eve Weinbaum
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
In The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism's Philosophy of History (Duke University Press), University of Washington Professor Alys Eve Weinbaum investigates the “continuing resonances of Atlantic slavery in the cultures and politcs of human reproduction.”  “In this innovative and ambitious book Alys Eve Weinbaum expands our understanding of the black radical tradition while pushing it in a distinctly feminist direction. The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery is an important work that will have major reverberations in black studies, literary studies, feminist theory, and postcolonial studies.” — Saidiya Hartman.    She is also the author of Wayward Reproductions and co-editor of The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization, both also published by Duke University Press.
 

03/07/2020 - 10:00am

Asian Art Museum
Cancelled - Saturday University with Sunglim Kim
Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. This morning the Saturday University morning’s winter series on ‘What is Precious?’ concludes with Sunglim Kim, associate professor of Korean Art History at Dartmouth College, and author of the recent book, Curio Cabinets: The Culture of Objects in Late Choson Korean Art (University of Washington Press). She will be speaking on ‘Marvelous Journey of Precious Objects: Chaekgeori, Korean Still-Life Painting.’ Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. More information and tickets, here.
 

03/07/2020 - 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 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!
 
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03/09/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Michael Christie
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Down and over from his dual base of Victoria and Galiano Island is acclaimed Canadian novelist Michael Christie with Greenwood (Random House), a timely novel, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, set in large part in our part of the world. Ranging over generations within a family whose fate and destiny make it linked to logging, this sweeping novel ranges back and into the future to give us a glimpse of where things may be headed, and how they got there. “Ingeniously structured and with prose as smooth as beech bark, Michael Christie’s Greenwood is as compulsive as it is profound. A sweeping intergenerational saga that explores trees and their roots—from the precious evergreens that become commodities in the entertainment business of the future to the intricately tangled trees of family—all of it is dazzlingly delivered in a framework inspired by the actual growth rings of a tree. Every one of Greenwood’s characters burrowed their way into my heart. Beguilingly brilliant, timely, and utterly engrossing, Greenwood is one of my favorite reads in recent memory.”—Kira Jane Buxton. "Greenwood is brilliant. Michael Christie shows a cross section of one family's history, revealing their dark secrets, loves, losses, and the mark of an accident still visible four generations later. Year by year, page by page, the layers of this intricate and elegant novel build into an epic story that is completely absorbing." —Claire Cameron.
 

03/09/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Forum
Rob Larson
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
Tacoma professor and author Rob Larson, whose books include Capitalism vs. Freedom and Bleakonomics, sets his newest book in motion here tonight. Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley looks at the underpinnings of the big five tech companies, and what their political navigating has been as part of their growth to dominance. "Highly informed, lively and readable, this is a badly needed study of the giant high tech corporations that increasingly dominate the means of work and social interaction, amass and scrutinize the details of our lives, seek to shape attitudes and behavior, and like the great virtual monopolies of the past both rely on state power and heavily influence it. Beyond exposing the nature of this awesome and threatening system, Larson goes on to outline how it can, and should, be brought under popular control. A most valuable contribution to understanding and guide to action." —Noam Chomsky. Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

03/10/2020 - 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 for reading and discussion is Dimitry Kochenov’s most recent, Citizenship (MIT Press).   learn more
 

03/10/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Sierra Nelson & Kary Wayson
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Two excellent Seattle poets read here this evening from newly published collections. Sierra Nelson’s The Lachrymose Report is the first book published in Poetry Northwest Editions’ Possession Sound Poetry Series. She received the 2014 Carolyn Kizer Prize, and her previous books include In Case of Loss and I Take Back the Sponge Cake. “The bright, bird-mind behind the poems of The Lachrymose Report sees the world and its questions in the best kind of strange light. It riffs on bits of sound, creating new song; it picks up moments of science, art, history, and daily life, weaving them into strange nests of words …  Sierra Nelson makes a wondrous strange music of the sorrows of the world and plumbs vulnerable, treacherous depths in such a way that allows the reader to approach them safely and return enlivened. I’m grateful this collection is in the world.” – Elizabeth Bradfield. Kary Wayson is here with her just-published The Slip (Burnside Review Press). "Kary Wayson entrusts her whole art to the ludic music of language, seeking its way, syllable by syllable, phrase by sprightly turn of phrase, through way stations of feeling. She is funny and devastated and electrifying at every turn ... These poems make me laugh out loud and blink back sudden tears. Mostly, though, they leave me slack-jawed at their lexical, logical, and wildly various tonal grace. For anyone seeking to survive primal loss and keep singing, Kary Wayson shows the way."—Suzanne Buffam. Her earlier collection was American Husband.
 

03/11/2020 - 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!
 

03/11/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Jane Hirshfield
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
We are delighted to welcome back one of the most esteemed poets at work today, Jane Hirshfield. The author of nine books of poetry, two hugely significant books of essays (Nine Gates and Ten Windows) and translator/co-translator of other books of poetry, she is here this evening with her newest book, Ledger (Knopf). “From the opening poem, “Let Them Not Say,” to the closing, “My Debt,” the masterful ninth book from Hirshfield is an account of how “We did not-enough” to save the world. Most poems are no longer than a page, though some are considerably shorter (“My Silence” is only a title). They are set against a page and a half of prose in the middle of the book about “Capital” which, for the writer, is language “as slippery as any other kind of wealth.” Through this juxtaposition, Hirshfield urges a reckoning of human influence on—and interference with—the planet ... Hirshfield suggests that people are unable, or unwilling, to comprehend their role in their own destruction: ‘If the unbearable were not weightless we might yet buckle under the grief.’ Hirshfield’s world is one filled with beauty, from the ‘generosity’ of grass to humanity’s connection to the muskrat. This is both a paean and a heartbreaking plea.” - Publishers Weekly. A deep, moving, mature poetic voice, one not to be missed.
 

03/12/2020 - 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  
 

03/12/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Yangsze Choo
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. A Malaysian writer presently living in California with her family (and chickens), Yangsze Choo is back with the newly released paperback of her acclaimed most recent novel, The Night Tiger (Flatiron). A New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, this novel set in colonial-era Malaya has been a hit with critics and readers both. “Mythical creatures, conversations with the dead, lucky numbers, Confucian virtues, and forbidden love provide the backdrop to Choo’s superb murder mystery. Mining the rich setting of colonial Malaysia, Choo wonderfully combines a Holmes-esque plot with Chinese lore.” —Publishers Weekly.   “Richly complex … Gorgeous …Transport[s] us into a colonial world we more often see from the view of the occupier, in this transcendent tale about twins who share no blood, mythology and superstition, sibling rivalry, loyalty, forbidden love and identity.” —San Francisco Chronicle.
 

03/13/2020 - 6:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Cancelled - Spirited Stone Group Reading
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
*This event has been cancelled. Enjoy an evening celebrating the first book about beloved nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota and the beloved Japanese garden in Rainier Beach. The evening will include live music and readings by Spirited Stone’s contributing poets and essayists, including Mayumi Tsutakawa, Jamie Ford, Charles Johnson, Anastacia-Renee, Anna Tamura and others to be announced. each that bears his name:  Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden (Chin Music Press). “Novelists, poets, scholars, and garden enthusiasts examine the legacy of nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, whose unique gardens transformed Seattle's landscape in the 20th century. Kubota immigrated to the US in the early 20th century, worked as a nurseryman, and eventually bought 20 acres of clear-cut forest in southern Seattle that he shaped into a beautiful and enduring Japanese garden. To Kubota, everything has spirit. Rocks and stones pulsed with life, he said, and that energy is still apparent in his gardens today.” Presented by Seattle Public Library, Kubota Garden Foundation and Chin Music Press. Free admission. More information, here.
 

03/13/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Cathy Park Hong with Vince Schleitwiler
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. In Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World), poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong takes on Asian Americans’ purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. Cathy Park Hong confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America. “Minor Feelings is an essayistic investigation of those feelings so hard to name, a mix of the elusive, denied, unexpected, and unexplored--a fierce catalogue of that which has not been named and yet won't be ignored; an electric intervention, a provocation, and a renewal." --Alexander Chee. "A fierce and timely meditation on race and gender issues from [Hong's] perspective as a Korean American woman . . . Candid and unapologetically political, Hong's text deftly explores the explosive emotions surrounding race in ways sure to impact the discourse surrounding Asian identity as well as race and belonging in America." --Kirkus Reviews.   Cathy Park Hong is the author of three poetry collections including Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Engine Empire. She appears in conversation with Vince Schleitwiler, a fourth generation Japanese American with roots in Chicago. A public scholar and acting assistant professor at University of Washington, he is the author of Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism's Racial Justice and Its Fugitives (NYU Press).
 

03/14/2020 - 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
*This event has been cancelled. 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!
 

03/14/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Mark Petterson with Rebecca Brown
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Poet Mark Petterson teaches writing at the University of Iowa, but he returns to Seattle tonight to read from his new book, Transfiguration (Spartan Press). “These are worldly poems, both in subject and approach. And Petterson has an eye for just the right detail to reveal the world, just as a poem or short story can do the work a novel does, in miniature, in a camera flash. There’s both grit and tenderness here. Read this, and you may come away comforted or wiser, and certainly you’ll know a little more of the world.”  --Kevin Rabas. Reading with Mark Petterson tonight is beloved Seattle writer Rebecca Brown, senior member of the MFA Faculty at Goddard College and MFA and IAS studies Faculty at University of Washington, Bothell. She is the author of many books, including American Romances, and, most recently, Not Heaven, Somewhere Else (Tarpaulin Sky Press). 
 
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03/16/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Stephanie Land
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Back in Seattle a year after her timely non-fiction book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive (Hachette), Stephanie Land makes this welcome return for its paperback release. “Stephanie Land strips class divisions bare in her phenomenal memoir Maid, providing a profoundly important exposé on the economy of being a single mother in America. This is the warrior cry from the tired, the poor, the huddled masses, reminding us to change our lives and remember how to see each other. Standing ovation. Not since Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed has the working woman’s real life been so honestly illuminated.” —Lidia Yuknavitch. “What this book does well is illuminate the struggles of poverty and single-motherhood, the unrelenting frustration of having no safety net, the ways in which our society is systemically designed to keep impoverished people mired in poverty, the indignity of poverty by way of unmovable bureaucracy, and people’s lousy attitudes toward poor people… Land’s prose is vivid and engaging… [A] tightly-focused, well-written memoir… an incredibly worthwhile read.” ─Roxane Gay.
 

03/16/2020 - 7:00pm

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Cancelled - Joseph Lieberman for The Keller Lecture
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s Annual Keller Family Lecture presents Senator Joseph Lieberman, who served as a U.S. Senator representing Connecticut from 1989-2013 and was the Democratic Candidate for Vice President in 2000. His topic tonight is: “Can We Stop the Partisan Polarization That is Crippling Our Government.” Joseph Lieberman’s books include With Liberty and Justice: The Fifty-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai (Maggid) and The Gift of Rest.  Presented by Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Free/no tickets needed. Includes a booksigning and a dessert reception.
 

03/17/2020 - 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 event has been cancelled. This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Octavia E. Butler’s classic Parable of the Sower (Grand Central).   Learn More  
 

03/17/2020 - 7:00pm

The Moore Theatre
Postponed - Glennon Doyle
The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
*Sadly, Glennon Doyle's Seattle event has been postponed. The plan is to reschedule and honor tickets at that later date.  We will email ticket holders with updated information soon. STG and Elliott Bay Book Company present activist and thought leader, Glennon Doyle at Seattle’s historic Moore Theatre. In her most revealing and powerful book yet, the beloved activist, speaker, and author of the bestselling sensations Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and start trusting the voice deep within us. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world’s expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize: There She Is. Co-presented by Seattle Theatre Group/STG and Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets ($35 plus ticketing fees) admit one person to the event and include a copy of Untamed. In order to accommodate the demand for tickets, this event was moved to the Moore from Seattle First Baptist Church. Our original tickets will be honored at the Moore, with seating on the Main Floor of the theatre.  
 

03/17/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Matt Ruff
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Seattle novelist Matt Ruff, he of The Mirage, Bad Monkeys, Set This House in Order, Fool on the Hill, and Sewer, Gas & Electric renown this evening launches his newest novel, the imaginatively delightful 88 Names (Harper). "Employing a diverse cast of characters and weaving historical facts with an abundance of pop culture references, Ruff’s richly imagined world of next-generation internet is plausible and a bit frightening. The action inside the virtual gaming world is sleek and exciting, but the extrapolation of identity, friendship, and human relationships makes the narrative shine." - Booklist. “Following in the footsteps of Ernie Cline, who hit the geek gold mine with Ready Player One, Ruff takes his shot at a near-future gaming world. . . . Gamers for life who can pry themselves off the controller will certainly dig this digital-era whodunit.” - Kirkus Reviews.
 

03/17/2020 - 7:00pm

Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Cancelled - Rebecca Solnit with Carrie Brownstein
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. All pre-purchased tickets will be refunded by Bold Type Tickets. We hope to reschedule this event at some point in the future. Since the last time, to the best of recollection, Rebecca Solnit publicly appeared in Seattle, her landmark essay collection, Men Explain Things to Me, had been most recently published - this coming after an already vital body of writing that included such books as The Faraway Nearby, River of Shadows, Hope in the Dark, Hollow City, A Paradise Built in Hell, and more. The half-dozen years since Men Explain Things to Me have brought readers at least six more titles, including this past year’s Whose Story Is This? and her recasting of the Cinderella story, Cinderella Liberator. This evening, one which will include onstage conversation with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl renown, is occasioned by publication of Rebecca Solnit’s extraordinary Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir (Viking), a book which cannot be praised too highly. “An inquisitive, perceptive, and original thinker and enthralling writer . . . Solnit has created an unconventional and galvanizing memoir-in-essays that shares key, often terrifying, formative moments in her valiant writing life . . . [and] illuminates with piercing lyricism the body-and-soul dangers women face in our complexly, violently misogynist world . . . an incandescent addition to the literature of dissent and creativity.” —Booklist. “This powerful memoir reveals how Solnit’s coming-of-age as a journalist and a woman in 1980s San Francisco shaped her as a writer and a feminist. She grapples with sexual harassment, poverty, trauma, and women’s exclusion from the cultural conversation, while discovering punk rock and the LGBTQ+ community as safe havens. Her words have long empowered people who feel voiceless, and her latest book is no exception.” —Good Housekeeping.  
 

03/18/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. 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!
 

03/18/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Mikaela Kiner
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Mikaela Kiner, founder of Reverb, speaks tonight about her new book, Female Firebrands: Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace (Greenleaf), in which she shares the stories of 13 successful professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the challenges they’ve faced in their careers and how they have overcome bias, sexism and power imbalance. Mikaela Kiner spent 15 years in leadership at Microsoft, Starbucks, and other companies before founding Reverb, which helps companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees. 
 

03/19/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - S. M. Hulse
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. S.M. Hulse follows up her PEN/Hemingway Award finalist debut novel, Black River, with a book set in a small Montana town during a tumultuous time we would recognize in her fine new book, Eden Mine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “In this subtle, powerful, unflinchingly honest novel, S. M. Hulse takes for her palette some of life’s most vital subjects—faith, love, loyalty, family, goodness, God—and paints her story with all the skill of a master artist blocking out her canvas, tender stroke by tender stroke, bringing it to life. Each color more complex than its name, each line put down with purpose. As sweet-souled as it is clear-eyed, Eden Mine will linger with me for a long time.” - Josh Weil.   “No one writes about the contemporary rural West with as much intelligence, empathy, and honesty as S. M. Hulse. Eden Mine is a deep dive below the headlines, a novel about family, friends, and neighbors grappling with the aftermath of an act of domestic terrorism. It’s a luminous, deeply moving, insightful novel, abiding at the intersection of public politics and the most private of emotions. There’s nothing else quite like it.” - Molly Gloss
 

03/19/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Livestream - Sophie Egan with Timothy Egan
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
*This event will be livestreamed as it happens and then immediately available on the Town Hall YouTube channel and/or Facebook page. A writer and nutrition expert who very much grew up in Seattle, Sophie Egan returns to her hometown from her Bay Area base to discuss her newest book, How To Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet (Workman). Onstage with her in conversation will be her father, award-winning author and online New York Times columnist Timothy Egan, whose most recent book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity, has Sophie Egan and other members of the Egan Balter clan appearing in supporting roles as part of the story.  “Thought-provoking… Egan displays a talent for making the environmental complexities of food choices comprehensible… [A] thorough primer to combining health consciousness and environmental responsibility.” – Publishers Weekly. “The clearest, most useful food book I own. Thank you, Sophie, from my stomach, farm animals everywhere, and my great-great-grandchildren.” —A.J. Jacobs. In addition to writing this, and her earlier book, Devoured, Sophie Egan is Director of Health and Sustainability Leadership for the Strategic Initiatives Group at The Culinary Institute of America, as well as the Editorial Director there. Presented by Town Hall Science in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

03/20/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Miah Jeffra & Friends
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Miah Jeffra, founding editor of queer literary collaborative, Foglifter Journal & Press, reads from The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! (Sibling Rivalry Press), which explores “the nature of gender, sexuality, aesthetics, and love, taking a tiny hammer to the stability of the limits of perception, troubling the tether between perception and memory. At once memoir and cultural criticism, this collection! dis-covers itself as a book about forgiveness, family, and the truths we find in “the lightness of a door,” “the probability of a radio,” the long line between one story and another.”  Miah Jeffra is also the co-editor with Arisa White and Monique Mero, of the anthology Home is Where You Queer Your Heart (Foglifter 2020).  Also reading tonight are authors involved with Foglifter, including Luther Hughes, author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry, 2018) and founder of Shade Literary Arts; poet and “accidental memoirist” Wryly Tender; flash fiction writer Kathryn McMahon; queer, Jewish transmasculine author Jasper Sanchez, whose debut novel, The (Un)Popular Vote is forthcoming from HarperCollins/Tegen Summer 2021 and Kundiman fellow and development director, Dan Lau.
 

03/21/2020 - 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
*This event has been cancelled. 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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03/23/2020 - 7:00pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Cancelled - Bernardine Evaristo
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
*This event has been cancelled. We are thrilled to help present this evening with Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo, the Anglo-Nigerian writer who is over from her London home, and will follow her appearance at Sunday’s Hedgebrook Equivox fundraiser with this reading from her tremendous novel, Girl, Woman, Other (Black Cat/Grove Press). In this singular, brimming book, she gives voice (does she ever) and dimension to an extraordinary array of extraordinary women. “A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood… An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves… Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.”—Booker Prize judges. “Girl, Woman, Other received half a Booker Prize, but it deserves all the glory . . . A breathtaking symphony of black women’s voices, a clear-eyed survey of contemporary challenges that’s nevertheless wonderfully life-affirming . . . Together, all these women present a cross-section of Britain that feels godlike in its scope and insight.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library, Langston, Hedgebrook, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information, here.
 

03/23/2020 - 7:00pm

Central Seattle Public Library
Cancelled - Monika Zgustová
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
*This event has been cancelled. Here from Barcelona, where she has lived for over thirty years, is noted Czech writer and translator (Czech and Russian into Spanish and Catalan)  Monika Zgustová. She is the author of novels that have had a Soviet/Russian focus and been well-received internationally, but it is the translation into English (by Julie Jones) of a compelling non-fiction work that she visits Seattle tonight. Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag (Other Press) is a book of recovered testimony, stories of persistence, endurance, indomitable spirit.  “What extraordinary women and what extraordinary stories are assembled in this unforgettable book. Monika Zgustová brings us the intimate, agonizing experiences of Russia’s survivors of the Gulag: history is alive in these pages.” —Claire Messud. “A woman keeps a secret diary to describe the magnificent Siberian landscape around her. A man chooses to take his violin instead of his coat into exile with him. Prisoners tell one another fairy tales as they work in the mines. In her book, Monika Zgustová offers a perfect gift, the gift of sensitive listening, to her nine narrators, and as we hear their voices, by turns matter-of-fact, poignant, and powerful, we see the darkest years of Soviet history illuminated, again and again, by small yet radiant flashes of humanity, of art, of beauty.” —Olga Grushin. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission. More information, here.
 

03/24/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Melissa Darby
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. In her book, Thunder Go North: The Hunt for Sir Francis Drake's Fair and Good Bay (University of Utah Press),  Portland archeologist Melissa Darby examines evidence pertaining to the site of the Golden Hind’s landing during its 16th Century journey along what is now the North American West Coast. "Meticulously researched and engagingly written, Thunder Go North embarks on a fresh investigation into a centuries-old 'vexed question' Where was Francis Drake's 1579 landing place on North America's Pacific Coast? Using anthropological as well as historical evidence, author Melissa Darby presents a compelling case that Drake most likely came ashore on the central coast of Oregon--far to the north of Drake's Bay, near San Francisco, the allegedly 'long-settled' answer to that question. She tells an exceedingly complicated but fascinating story, and tells it well. Melissa Darby is principal investigator and sole proprietor of Lower Columbia Research and Archaeology. She has worked for over thirty years as an archaeologist and historian in the Northwest.
 

03/24/2020 - 7:00pm

Hugo House
Cancelled - Erica Bauermeister
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Join us for a reading and celebration of Erica Bauermeister‘s new memoir, House Lessons: Renovating a Life (Sasquatch Books), which explores questions of home, self, and transformation. In this mesmerizing memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington, and in the process takes readers on a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us. A personal, accessible, and literary exploration of the psychology of architecture, as well as a loving tribute to the connections we forge with the homes we care for and live in, this book is designed for anyone who’s ever fallen head over heels for a house. It is also a story of a marriage, of family, and of the kind of roots that settle deep into your heart. Erica Bauermeister is the author of four novels, including The Scent Keeper, which is now out in paperback.  Presented by Hugo House. Free admission. More information, here.
 

03/25/2020 - 11:30am

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - PJ Library Song & Storytime
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. 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!
 

03/25/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Neal Bascomb
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Neal Bascomb lived in Seattle for a brief time, and we welcome him back tonight to tell a fascinating and little known story.  His book, Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is an account of the 1938 Pau Grand Prix in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in which the favorites to win--Hitler’s Silver Arrows--were beaten by an unlikely team. “An American heiress and outcast Jewish driver team up to defy Hitler: it could be a Tarantino movie, but it really happened. Neal Bascomb brilliantly unspools their story with all the thrills, surprises, and danger of pre-war Grand Prix racing. A fascinating plunge into an era when daring drivers raced fast cars beneath gathering storm clouds, Faster is a tour de force, and deserves a place on everyone's must-read list."--Garth Stein. Neal Bascomb's books include The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann and The Escape Artists.
 

03/26/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Hilary Moore & James Tracy
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Authors and activists Hilary Moore and James Tracy are here with their jointly written new book, No Facist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements (City Lights). "Hilary Moore and James Tracy have written a magnificent book that not only corrects the record but helps explain the mercurial rise of white supremacist organizations in the 1970s, how the Klan was (temporarily) defeated, and why this period has been largely ignored. No Fascist USA! radically shifts our perspective, challenging the prevailing wisdom that racist terrorism rises in response to economic downturns, white downward mobility, or in a vacuum created by progressive alternatives. I love this book."––Robin D.G. Kelley, from the foreword. "No Fascist USA! is not only timely, but also essential in the present period of accelerated white supremacist activity and anti-racist organizing to combat it. In telling the story of the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, the authors, without romanticizing or condemning, draw important lessons from the fifteen-year history of the group."––Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
 

03/27/2020 - 6:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Jon Mooallem with Maria Popova
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Bainbridge Island writer Jon Mooallem, the New York Times Magazine writer who is also the author of the well-received Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, is here this evening (please note early starting time) for his new book on Anchorage in 1964, This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together (Random House). Joining him in conversation to help make this even more special is Maria Popova, reader and writer extraordinaire (www.brainpickings.org), the author of Figuring (newly in paper, Vintage). “This Is Chance is the riveting story of a town on the brink of its own existence, broken and held together by an unbelievable natural disaster. With grace and command, Jon Mooallem illuminates the near-divine existential interchange between wonder and horror, fate and self-determination. I teared up reading it, getting to know Genie Chance, a perfectly named hero—grateful to brush up against the extraordinary and unforgotten.”—Jia Tolentino. “Jon Mooallem is one of the most delightful nonfiction writers working today. This Is Chance! is funny, poignant, and surprising: It takes an all-too-familiar story of a woman whose work is fundamental but long forgotten and turns it on its head. With his signature wit, depth, and gift for storytelling, Mooallem brings to life a strong, fascinating character who played a crucial role in the aftermath of a disaster—and whose story shows not just how deeply women’s voices matter but how often they have been silenced by history.”—Rebecca Skloot.
 

03/28/2020 - 10:30am

Hillman City Collaboratory
Virtual Civic Saturday presented by Citizens University
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98118
UPDATE (3/11/20): Civic Saturday at Hillman City Collaboratory has moved online! Citizen University will now be hosting a Virtual Civic Saturday in place of an in-person gathering due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Head to the Facebook eventpage to learn more. Civic Saturdays, recently profiled by Courtney Martin, Jr. in The New York Times, is now a national movement. These gatherings are a  salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. Friends and strangers gather to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas and to hear a “civic sermon” from founder Eric Liu, whose recent book, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy (Sasquatch), is a collection of many past sermons. We’ll attend as usual with a pop up bookstore of relevant titles, including Become America. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and refreshments and childcare will be provided. Please email taneum@citizenuniversity.us if you would like to be an event volunteer, if you’d like to use child care services during the event or if you will need ASL/interpretation services. Free and though no tickets are required, RSVPs are encouraged, click here. Co-presented with The Evergrey and Citizen University.
 

03/28/2020 - 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
*This event has been cancelled. 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!    
 

03/28/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Shelley Fairweather-Vega
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. This evening, Seattle freelance translator Shelley Fairweather-Vega reads from and discusses her English translation of a novel written in Uzbek by author-in-exile Hamid Ismailov. Gaia, Queen of Ants (Syracuse University Press) is the story of three expatriates living in England: a Turk still traumatized by his memories of ethnic strife in Uzbekistan, his Irish girlfriend with roots in war-torn Bosnia and the eighty-year-old wife of a Soviet party boss. Novelist and poet Hamid Ismailov is a journalist and project manager with the BBC World Service and now lives in London. Published in Uzbek, Russian, French, German, Turkish, English and other languages, his body of work includes many novels, including The Railway, and The Underground. “Reading Uzbek author Hamid Ismailov's latest novel, Gaia, Queen of Ants, translated by Shelley Fairweather--Vega, is like falling head first into a cauldron filled with a rich blend of mythology, Sufi fables, politics, various cultures and humour.”--The National.
 
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03/29/2020 - 2:00pm

Town Hall Forum
Cancelled - Fenton Johnson with Dianne Aprile
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
*This event has been cancelled. This Sunday afternoon program brings Fenton Johnson back to Seattle after much too long a time away - from Seattle (at least publicly) and in terms of books. He is here with a most remarkable new one, At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life (W.W. Norton). Using his own life as a touchstone, Fenton Johnson ventures through literary and cultural history, telling stories of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Bill Cunningham in doing so, people who, for whatever partnering they may have done in life, kept most intact their sense of solitude, differentiating rich, seeking, questing, abiding inner life from loneliness in doing so. “In studies of the lives of beloved artists, and in beautiful meditations on his own life, Fenton Johnson encourages us to understand solitariness as consecration, a fecund, rich condition for the pursuit of beauty. Fenton Johnson’s writing is so companionable and wise that it enacts what it counsels…it converts sterile loneliness to creative solitude.” - Garth Greenwell. “A work of staggering tenderness, intelligence and beauty…a new vision of self, community and home. This achingly honest and gorgeously written book should come with a warning: It will change you.” - Harriet Lerner.   Journalist Dianne Aprile, author of The Abbey of Gethsemani: Place of Peace and Paradox, will join in onstage conversation. Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets and more information, here.
 

03/29/2020 - 6:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Postponed - Claudia Castro Luna, Corinne Chin & Erika Schultz
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been postponed. Earlier this month, on Sunday, March 8 - International Women’s Day - the Seattle Times Sunday Magazine ran a compelling piece of journalism by Times reporters Corinne Chin and Erika Schulz on the situation at the Mexico - U.S. border, in particular the ongoing violence against women in Ciudad Juárez. Supported by the non-profit Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, along with The Seattle Times, their article was inspired in good part by Seattle poet and present Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and her powerful book of poetry, Killing Marías: A Poem for Multiple Voices (Two Sylvias Press). Today will be a chance for Corinne Chin and Erika Shultz to discuss their work, hear Claudia Castro Luna read from her book, and to talk about the current situation there. Co-presented by The Seattle Times, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Elliott Bay Book Company, with support from Humanities Washington. 
 

03/30/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Raven Chronicles Group Reading
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been calcelled. Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, edited by Seattle-based writers Anna Balint, Phoebe Bosche, and Thomas Hubbard, contains poems, stories and images from 117 writers, 53 artists, with 69 illustrations, divided into five fluid and intersecting sections: Legacies, We Are Here, Why?, Evidence, and Resistance. We begin with Legacies because the current increased climate of hate in this country didn’t begin with the 2016 election, and to find its roots we must look to U.S. history.  Seattle writer and Raven Chronicles editor Anna Balint will serve as M.C. for this evening’s program, which will feature some of the contributors. Raven Chronicles, originally a journal (1991-2018), is now an independent nonprofit press designed to showcase art, literature & the spoken word.
 

03/30/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle
Cancelled - James McBride
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
*This event has been cancelled.  All pre-purchased tickets will be refunded by Bold Type Tickets.  We are delighted to present this welcome Seattle return by one of our favorite writers at work today, James McBride. He has appeared here solo, and he has appeared here with a backing band, a writer and musician of range, verve, virtuosity. He has also appeared here before winning the National Book Award (for his brilliant The Good Lord Bird) and he has appeared here since. Tonight is occasioned by publication of his dazzling new novel, Deacon King Kong (Riverhead). “With a Dickensian wealth of quirky characters, a sardonic but humane sense of humor reminiscent of Mark Twain, and cartoonish action scenes straight out of Pynchon, McBride creates a lived-in world where everybody knows everybody’s business. This generous, achingly funny novel will delight and move readers.”—Publishers Weekly. “McBride has a flair for fashioning comedy whose buoyant outrageousness barely conceals both a steely command of big and small narrative elements and a river-deep supply of humane intelligence. An exuberant comic opera set to the music of life.” —Kirkus Reviews. Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.  
 

03/31/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai with Karl Marlantes
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Four years after reading in Seattle from The Secret of Hoa Sen, her book of poetry translated from the Vietnamese, celebrated Vietnamese writer Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai makes this most-welcome Seattle return, reading from her masterful new novel, written in English, The Mountains Sing (Algonquin). There is much to say about this extraordinary book. Go online and you’ll read effusive praise by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ocean Vuong, Thi Bui, Thanhhà Lai, Larry Heinemann, Mai Elliott, and Karl Marlantes (author of Matterhorn, What It Is Like to Go to War, and Deep River, and joining Ms. Nguyen onstage in conversation tonight). Even more, be here at Central Library for a night that should be memorable for all concerned. “Quế Mai tells the story of the war that tore apart Việt Nam, and of the generation lost to the war, by braiding around it two beautiful strands told by the older and younger generations of a family. This book is an act of love, compassion, and ultimately healing, and very much needed by all who survived the war.”—Thi Bui. “Expansive in scope and feeling, The Mountains Sing is a feat of hope, an unflinchingly felt inquiry into the past, with the courageous storytelling of the present.”—Ocean Vuong. “The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam’s painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling. Through the travails of one family, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brings us close to the horrors of famine, war, and class struggle. But in this moving and riveting novel, she also shows us a postwar Việt Nam, a country of hope and renewal, home to a people who have never given up.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen. Co-presented with good assistance by the Vietnamese Friendship Association. Free admission.
 

03/31/2020 - 7:00pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
Cancelled - Laura Musikanski
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
*This event has been cancelled. Joining us this evening is Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the Happiness Alliance, and co- author with Rhonda Phillips and Jean Crowder of The Happiness Policy Handbook: How to Make Happiness and Well-Being the Purpose of Your Government (New Society Press), a concise resource for integrating “happiness into government policy at all levels.”     “Written by three leaders in policy, community development, and the happiness movement, this book offers powerful reasons for getting involved with happiness science and making happiness — instead of GDP growth — the goal of government, as Thomas Jefferson once declared it should be. Read it, and then...put it into practice." — John de Graaf, co-author, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, and co-founder, The Happiness Alliance.
 
 
 
 
 
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