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05/17/2020 - 2:00pm

Tasveer Virtual Event
Tasveer South Asian LitFest Live Discussion with Ru Freeman
Tasveer Virtual Event
Join Tasveer for a FREE virtual event with Sri Lankan author Ru Freeman! We'll have a LIVE discussion about her writing, experiences, and more followed by a Q&A session.   Register now  
 

05/18/2020 - 12:00pm

KEXP Livestream
Jon Savage with Kevin Cole Livestream
KEXP Livestream
Over the course of two albums and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life. In This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else, rock and pop culture historian Jon Savage has assembled three decades' worth of interviews with the principal players in the Joy Division story to create an intimate, candid and definitive account of the band. It is the story of how a group of young men can galvanise a generation of fans, artists and musicians with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and inner demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist. Copies of This Searing Light ordered from Elliott Bay will ship with a bookplate signed by Jon Savage. Jon Savage's previous books include the classic, England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond. Jon Savage appears in conversation with Kevin Cole, Chief Content Officer and host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP.   Event Link
 
 

05/18/2020 - 7:30pm

Online Event
Mikel Jollett Online Event
Online Event
Join Mikel Jollett on his HOLLYWOOD PARK book tour: an exclusive, online event series. Mikel will discuss his remarkable life story, perform exclusive material from the new album, Hollywood Park, and have a Q&A with the audience. Ticket sales END on Friday, May 15 at 11 p.m. Tickets include a signed copy of the book, which will be mailed to you in late May. No additional charge for books mailed within the Continental U.S. (Additional charge to mail elsewhere) Private links to participate in the event will be emailed to you on Sunday, May 17. Guests may join the event 30 minutes before it begins. Note: Log in with the NAME AND  EMAIL address provided when you purchased your ticket. Both must match for you to enter.    Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer. Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.   get tickets
 
 

05/20/2020 - 7:30pm

Virtual SAL
Luis Alberto Urrea with Kristen Millares Young: Online
Virtual SAL
  Hailed by NPR as a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed best-selling poet, novelist, and essayist who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss, and triumph.
About the online format: We are happy to say that we will be able to stream Luis Alberto Urrea’s event online. We hope that offering his event in a new format will enable you to hear his compelling message from the safety of your home. Urrea’s lecture will only be available to ticket holders, streamed digitally on lectures.org, at the original date and time of his event. The event will also be available online for a week afterwards, so you can hit the “pause” button and return to it at your leisure. Closer to the event, we will send ticket holders a password they will use to access his event with further instructions. We are also excited to announce that the Q&A portion of the evening, moderated by Kristen Millares Young, the Seattle-based writer and author of the novel Subduction, will be FREE and open to the public on lectures.org. Luis Alberto Urrea was born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother and raised primarily in the United States. Urrea often felt like there was a border wall running through his family’s San Diego apartment, the kitchen being the United States; the living room Mexico, one side struggling with all her might to make him an American boy, and the other side, with all of his might, trying to keep him Mexican. Often confused as a child by his own dual culture, a “super-American look” combined with a “super-Mexican outlook and accent,” as an adult, Urrea realized that he could draw on his heritage in his work. Most recognized as a so-called “border writer,” he claims to be more interested in bridges than borders. The tragic murder of his father on a trip to his home village to retrieve money to spend on Urrea’s college graduation inadvertently launched his writing career when he wrote an essay about the incident published in 1980 as way of processing his grief. A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea since became the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards like the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors. His latest book, The House of Broken Angels, released in 2018, is “the story of an American family—one that happens to speak Spanish, and admire the Virgin of Guadalupe.” Inspired by the death of his brother, Urrea’s novel mines his own family history to tell a once-in-a-lifetime tale about a dying patriarch that assembles his relatives for a final, epic birthday party, well knowing it will be his last. Over the course of one weekend, the family members reminisce under the San Diego sun and stars, sharing stories about growing up in and then leaving Mexico to make a home in the U.S. Urrea attended the University of California at San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He currently lives with his family in Naperville, IL, outside of Chicago, and is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Kristen Millares Young, who will be moderating the Q&A portion of Urrea’s event, is the author of Subduction (2020), a novel from Red Hen Press. An essayist, journalist and book critic, Kristen is Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a nonprofit home for writers. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, Poetry Northwest, Crosscut, and more. Her personal essays are anthologized in Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze, a 2017 New York Times New & Notable Book, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity, and Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology.
 
 

05/22/2020 - 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle Livestream
Sister Helen Prejean Livestream
Town Hall Seattle Livestream
Acclaimed writer, activist and spiritual leader Sister Helen Prejean's Seattle appearance at an event co-presented by Elliott Bay and Seattle University's School for Theology and Ministry was one of last fall's highlights, and we're delighted that she'll be among us once again, this time virtually. On May 22, she'll she'll speak and answer questions about her memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey via an online event presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University. We were part of Sr. Helen Prejean's initial book tour for her first book, Dead Man Walking, and on many occasions for her subsequent books. We look forward to joining her again and hope you'll be with us.
 
Register here for her event, which is presented free, though donations are requested to support the work of Town Hall:  REGISTER
 
Thanks to a generous gift from Sr. Helen Prejean, Elliott Bay is able to offer a limited number of free copies of either River of Fire or Dead Man Walking. Quantities are limited. Request a copy here: River of Fire or Dead Man Walking
 
Helen Prejean, CSJ, is the author of the national bestseller Dead Man Walking and other books.  A member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, she has appeared on 60 Minutes, Frontline, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC's World News Tonight, The Rachel Maddow Show, Democracy Now!, Crossfire, NBC's special series on the death penalty, and NPR's All Things Considered, and has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Review of Books.
 
 
Sister Helen Prejean has been hailed as the nation’s foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty. Her work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Sister Prejean joins us at Town Hall for a reflection on her growth as a spiritual leader and her relationships with friends, fellow nuns, and mentors who have shaped her over the years. With stories from her book River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, she recalls pivotal moments that urged her to action, redirecting her focus from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. With unmistakable heart and candor, Sister Prejean offers us a glimpse into her living exploration of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, purpose and passion.   Recorded Talk Link  
 

05/23/2020 - 10:00am

Blind Date with a Puzzle
  Looking for something to keep you or your loved ones occupied? Why not go on a blind date with a puzzle? You choose the size; we'll choose the puzzle and mail it to you!   1,000 Piece Puzzles are temporarily out of stock; please check back! Unfortunately we cannot accept returns of opened puzzles.  
 
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