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Nathan Englander

09/25/2017 - 7:00PM

Twenty-one years ago, Nathan Englander made a singular fiction debut with his book of stories, the unbelievably brilliant For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. He was here then, and has made return visits for The Ministry of Special Cases, his harrowing novel of Argentina during its terrors, and his more recent book of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. He is here tonight with what may be his best work yet, with his novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth (Knopf). “Equal...

Becky Mandelbaum & Pam Houston

09/26/2017 - 7:00PM

Becky Mandelbaum, a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, reads from her debut short fiction collection, Bad Kansas: Stories (University of Georgia Press), a winner of that press’ prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. “With heart and precision, and a fresh and resilient humor, Bad Kansas reveals the lives people are living in that flyover state in a collection in which every sentence is a made thing, never merely a vehicle for conveying information to the reader....

Tina Schermer Sellers

09/26/2017 - 7:30PM

Seattle Pacific University professor and marriage and family therapist Tina Schermer Sellers, Ph.D., discusses her book, Sex, God and the Conservative Church: Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy (Routledge) in Tacoma tonight.   “As a millennial who grew up in the conservative Christian purity culture that Sellers describes, the practices in this book lit my pathway to greater freedom from shame and more authentic connection to God, myself, and others. I hope therapists and Christian...

Franklin Foer

09/27/2017 - 7:00PM

A writer who had a turn working and living here back when Slate was a newly conceived ‘content’ project of Microsoft, Franklin Foer has been seen and heard from over the years. He had a strong run as editor of The New Republic, and is the author of a bestselling book that’s been published around the planet, How Soccer Explains the World. He is here tonight with a provocative, grounded study and argument about the place of tech in things, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech (...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/27/2017 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!  

Nicole Krauss

09/28/2017 - 7:00PM

One of the most accomplished novelists at work in this country today, Nicole Krauss, author of Man Walks Into a Room, The History of Love, and Great House, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for her extraordinary, deeply intelligent, deeply hearted new novel, Forest Dark (Harper). “Krauss’s elegant, provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet. Rich in profound insights and emotional resonance, it follows two characters on their paths to self-realization. In present-day Israel, two...

Frances McCue

09/28/2017 - 7:30PM

Poems that invoke the house that was Richard Hugo House, the literal as well as metaphorical and operational house that was Richard Hugo House, that is Hugo House today, come from the hand and heart of Frances McCue, one of the founders and guiding presences of Hugo House’s beginnings. She reads at the temporary abode of Hugo House - while the original site, razed, is now being rebuilt - from her new book of poems, Timber Curtain (Chin Music Press). These poems, many of which will also be...

Richard White

09/29/2017 - 7:30PM

MacArthur Fellow and leading American historian Prof. Richard White turns our attention to some of the most ignored and ignoble years in America’s history: Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. The nation was deeply divided across religious, racial, economic, and political lines (sound familiar?), leading to three decades (1865-1896) ridden with racial violence, bitter labor strikes, political corruption, and rapidly widening wealth disparities. In this latest installment of the award winning...

David J. Leonard

09/29/2017 - 7:00PM

Washington State University Professor David J. Leonard, author of Playing While White: Privilege and Power on and Off the Field (University of Washington Press), argues that whiteness matters in sports culture, both on and off the field. Offering critical analysis of athletic stars such as Johnny Manziel, Marshall Henderson, Jordan Spieth, Lance Armstrong, and Josh Hamilton, as well as the predominantly white cultures of NASCAR and extreme sports, David Leonard identifies how whiteness is...

Yrsa Daley-Ward

09/29/2017 - 7:00PM

Along with our friends and colleagues at NAAM, we are delighted to help present this evening of poetry by acclaimed writer, model, and actress Yrsa Daley-Ward. Between her work on Instagram and Twitter, she has developed an extraordinary following for her work, a following that will now get to seek her work out in the form of the striking, powerful collection of poems that is bone (Penguin). The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's collection Bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular...

Michael Hardt

09/30/2017 - 7:00PM

Michael Hardt, widely considered one of the most articulate and creative thinkers/writers on the Left these past twenty years, has done so from a base of Duke University, where he is a professor of literature. But he is also, part of the year now, calling Seattle home. With Antonio Negri, he has written a trilogy of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth; and Declaration. He is here this evening with the newest of their joint volumes, Assembly (Oxford University Press). "Are you ready for...

Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot

09/30/2017 - 2:00PM

As part of a Seattle visit highlighted by the Seattle production of the Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors, to be staged in Russian with English subtitles at On the Boards, we are thrilled to help present Maria Alyokhina, here from her Moscow home. She is a founding member of Pussy Riot and an internationally renowned political activist, the recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace and the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought. She is also now author of  the book, Riot Days (...

Civic Saturday with Eric Liu & Friends

09/30/2017 - 10:30AM

Civic Saturday, an ongoing monthly series of meetings moving around Seattle since November 2016,  is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us (even as we argue over it). Hosted by Jená Cane and Arista Burwell-Chen. Eric Liu, founder of...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/30/2017 - 11:00AM

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!

Toni Yuly

10/01/2017 - 3:00PM

Readers of all ages are invited to attend a special presentation by Seattle artist and children’s book author Toni Yuly, whose picture books continue to delight pre-schoolers (and those who love them). Her new book,Thank You, Bees (Candlewick), is a joyful celebration of everyday gifts from nature, including honey, wool, rain and vegetables. Toni Yuly’s previous books include Jellybean Tree, (published earlier this year) and the classics, Cat Nap, and Night Owl.

Anan Ameri

10/01/2017 - 6:00PM

Here from her Michigan home where she was founding director of the Palestine Aid Society of America and the Arab American National Museum is Anan Ameri. She visits with an evocative memoir of growing up, The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus (Olive Branch Press). “In the course of 23 vignettes spanning three decades The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus describes life as it had been from the early fifties to the mid 1970s in three major cities:...

Billy Bragg

10/02/2017 - 6:30PM

Legendary musician, activist, and sonic archivist Billy Bragg comes back to KEXP for this evening occasioned by publication of his book, Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World (Faber & Faber). Skiffle is a music genre rooted in Britain in the 1950s, coming out of World War II, and blending elements of jazz, blues, and folk. “In his first book, musician, left-wing activist, and sonic archivist Bragg has crafted a remarkable history of skiffle, a particularly British...

Celeste Ng with Florangela Davila

10/02/2017 - 7:00PM

Celeste Ng, who visited four years ago with her acclaimed debut novel, Everything I Never Told You - a book which has kept going into readers’ hands over the years - makes this welcome return to read from and discuss her brilliant new novel, Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press). Florangela Davila, presently managing editor at Crosscut and a longtime journalist of note, will be part of the evening, for conversation and q-and-a. “An intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect...

Celeste Ng

10/02/2017 - 7:00PM

More information coming soon...

Stephen Greenblatt

10/02/2017 - 7:30PM

Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt, a Harvard professor and general editor to The Norton Anthology of English Literature, explores its literary and cultural history in The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Tracking the tale into the deep past, Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological, artistic, and...

Stephen Greenblatt with Lesley Hazelton

10/02/2017 - 7:30PM

Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt, a Harvard professor and general editor to The Norton Anthology of English Literature, explores its literary and cultural history in The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Tracking the tale into the deep past, Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological, artistic, and...

Mark Bowden

10/03/2017 - 7:30PM

In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. In his most ambitious work yet, Mark Bowden, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, returns to writing the story of a battle. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam recounts the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive, the defining military turn in one of the most politically fraught...

Elliott Bay Book Group

10/03/2017 - 6:30PM

All who wish to convene in this informally-set, ongoing reading group dedicated to both fiction and non-fiction are welcome to do so. This month’s selection is Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer (Grove).   learn more  

Walter Stahr

10/03/2017 - 7:00PM

Walter Stahr, here most recently with his esteemed biography of William Seward, Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, returns to Elliott Bay to speak about Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. His book, Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary (Simon and Schuster), tells the story of the man who organized the Civil War effort and then, after Booth’s attack on Lincoln and Booth, rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and briefly took over the government. Stanton’s disagreement with President Andrew Johnson’...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/04/2017 - 11:30AM

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!

Zoe Quinn

10/04/2017 - 7:00PM

Video game developer Zoë Quinn is the founder of Crash Override Network, a crisis hotline and advocacy group formed in response to online harassment and abuse that she and others have experienced. After years of working with the biggest names in tech, law, media, and online security, as well as thousands of targets of online abuse, she’s now armed with a wealth of knowledge, which she shares in her new book, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight...

Zoë Quinn

10/04/2017 - 7:00PM

Video game developer Zoë Quinn is the founder of Crash Override Network, a crisis hotline and advocacy group formed in response to online harassment and abuse that she and others have experienced. After years of working with the biggest names in tech, law, media, and online security, as well as thousands of targets of online abuse, she’s now armed with a wealth of knowledge, which she shares in her new book, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight...

Kurt Timmermeister with Nancy Leson

10/05/2017 - 7:00PM

Kurt Timmermeister wants to eat great food. He says, “And not just any great food, but food grown here, made here, and about this beautiful place on Vashon Island. You might live down the street from my farm, across the country, or across the globe; it doesn’t matter. I want folks to find the food that grows in their yards, that is for sale at their farmers’ markets, and that reflects their life and surroundings. Food is about context and place and time. Farm Food is my way of bringing this...

Jessica Bruder

10/06/2017 - 7:00PM

Journalist and professor Jessica Bruder may teach at the Columbia School of Journalism but she ventures way out of New York to chronicle the extraordinary story she does in her debut book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century (W.W. Norton). “In the early twentieth century, men used to ride the rails in search of work, sharing camps at night. Today, as Bruder brilliantly reports, we have a new class of nomadic workers who travel in their RVs from one short-term job to...

Caitlin Doughty

10/06/2017 - 7:30PM

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living,” Marcus Tullius Cicero once wrote. Caitlin Doughty has spent her life around the dead. A mortician by trade, Doughty, in From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death travels the world to discover how other cultures care for their dead. She goes to Bolivia to see cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls; to Japan to watch relatives of the deceased use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones’ bones from...

Nicholas Kristof with Martha Choe

10/06/2017 - 6:00PM

Join us for a powerful conversation with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and long-time Seattle community leader Martha Choe. They will discuss pervasive human rights violations and the oppression of women and girls, while sharing experiences of economic progress when women are empowered to reach their full potential. This program is held in conjunction with the Gates Foundation Visitor Center’s special exhibition "Women Hold Up Half the Sky"...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/07/2017 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for October 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.  

Frances Moore Lappé & Adam Eichen

10/07/2017 - 7:30PM

Many Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis in Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. This intergenerational duo opens with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It’s...

Blaine Harden

10/07/2017 - 7:00PM

A longtime journalist for The New York Times and Washington Post, whose postings have included have included stints at bureau chief in East Asia, Africa, and Warsaw, Blaine Harden has for some time now been living in Seattle and writing serious, well-received books, most recently a series of books on Korea. Escape from Camp 14 and The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot are now followed by King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea (Viking). “Many accounts of the Korean War...

Saturday University with Sarah Allan

10/07/2017 - 10:00AM

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought Water served as the root metaphor for some of the most important ideas in early Chinese thought, including Dao ("way") and Qi ("vital energy"). Water is described as the source of the sky and the earth in a 4th-century BCE bamboo-slip manuscript. In this talk, Professor Allan will discuss the relationship between the natural world and the formation of cosmological and philosophical ideas in ancient China. About the Presenter: Sarah...

Masha Gessen with Jill Dougherty

10/08/2017 - 6:00PM

Join us as Masha Gessen (Vladimir Putin’s biographer) reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia has surrendered to a more virulent and seemingly invincible new strain of autocracy. Following the lives of four people born at the time of what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia, The Future of History charts how the machinations of Russia’s new regime would crush them all. The book is a cautionary tale for our time, and for all time. Gessen is a Russian-American...

Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Release

10/08/2017 - 3:00PM

This afternoon we’ll help celebrate the release of three new chapbooks from Floating Bridge Press. Benjamin Cartwright reads from The Meanest Things Pick Clean. His debut poetry collection, After Our Departure (Sage Hill Press), won the Powder Horn Prize. Katy E. Ellis, co-curator of West Seattle’s Words West literary series, reads from Night Watch, winner of the 2017 Floating Bridge Press chapbook award. Her chapbook Gravity was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   Alex Vigue,...

David Litt

10/09/2017 - 7:00PM

A young man who went straight from graduating college to working in the 2008 Obama campaign, and then, in 2011, became one of the youngest presidential speechwriters ever, David Litt takes us back to a time that feels like eons ago when a president might speak in a complete sentence in his thoroughly engaging memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years (Ecco). Among other things, David Litt helped President Obama light - and lighten things up - as he was the principal humorist...

Garry Wills

10/09/2017 - 7:30PM

What does the Qur’an actually say about veiling women? Does it justify religious war? Garry Wills, one of America’s greatest religious scholars, leads us through an insightful and erudite study of these questions and more in this opportunity to learn together about Islam’s most sacred text. In What the Qur’an Meant, Wills turns his Pulitzer Prize-winning writing and lifetime of religious study to help combat the false information too often spread about the Islamic faith. Through the...

Art Garfunkel

10/09/2017 - 7:30PM

What should be a special evening for all is in store as one of popular music’s most iconic figures, Art Garfunkel, visits with his new memoir, What Is It All But Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man (Knopf). Published in a type that resembles his own handwriting, this is an engaging, highly personal chronicle of the years, the music, the performances, the life (which includes getting a master’s degree in math), both with and without his longtime musical partner, Paul Simon. Tickets include a...

Rakesh Satyal

10/10/2017 - 7:00PM

For Rakesh Satyal and his winning debut novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name (Picador), it is a multi-generational story of an immigrant family - with some decided twists. "A big-hearted, hopeful, and often very funny novel about the unpredictability of love . . . as well as a celebration of how, in America, it's never too late to rethink who you are—or who you might become. Satyal has created a set of characters you'll cheer for."—Hanya Yanagihara. "Affecting, kindhearted, and infectiously...

M. Evelina Galang

10/10/2017 - 7:00PM

Award-winning fiction writer M. Evelina Galang, whose books of stories and novels include Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, is here this evening with a powerful, moving, ultimately affirming nonfiction book of testimony, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War (Curbstone/Northwestern University Press). These are sixteen surviving Filipino women, forced as women and girls (among more than 1,000 from The Philippines) to endure sexual...

Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding with Ijeoma Oluo

10/10/2017 - 7:30PM

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding, editors of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America (Picador) appear tonight in conversation with Seattle writer and activist Ijeoma Oluwo. "A searing and urgent collection....The writers are emotionally generous as they meditate on this pivotal moment in American history. The 2016 election marked a deeply personal shift in the tides of hope for so many. This...

Global Issues Book Group

10/10/2017 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Anu Partanen's The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life (Harper). learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime - NOT Meeting

10/11/2017 - 11:30AM

Because of the Yom Kippur holiday there will be no PJ Library Song & Song time this week. Please join us again next Wednesday, October 18.    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...

Kenny Fries

10/11/2017 - 7:00PM

Poet and memoirist Kenny Fries, author of Body Remembered, and editor of Staring Back: the Disability Experience from the Inside Out  and other books, traveled to Japan to research disability within a Japanese context. In the Province of the Gods (University of Wisconsin Press), the book that he would eventually write, is informed by his life as a gay, disabled man and by his diagnosis as HIV Positive and by his experiences with Japanese culture, with atomic bomb survivors and with the...

Bradford Morrow

10/12/2017 - 7:00PM

Spanning continents - North America and Europe, and the years, from Nazi occupation of eastern Europe to New York as it becomes the 21st century, Bradford Morrow’s sweeping new novel, The Prague Sonata (Atlantic Monthly Press), is the book he was ‘meant’ to write. Which is saying something, with his seven well-received previous novels, and his role as founding editor of Conjunctions. “The Prague Sonata is music scored for the reader’s imagination, expertly arranged—at once suspenseful and...

Muhammad Yunus

10/12/2017 - 7:00PM

Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today's most trenchant social critics. Now he declares it's time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken--that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest. Please join...

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

10/12/2017 - 6:30PM

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

Dan Savage with Esther Perel

10/12/2017 - 8:00PM

Dan, Nancy, and the tech-savvy, at-risk youth are thrilled to be hosting friend and special guest Esther Perel in Dan’s hometown of Seattle! You are invited to an evening of provocative discussion centered around Esther Perel’s new book: The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. In the book Perel asks: why do people cheat—even those in happy marriages? And what can affairs teach us about relationships?  Post-interview, Esther will be joining Dan on stage to answer all your sex, love,...

Michael Eric Dyson

10/13/2017 - 7:00PM

This year’s A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in U.S. History is being given by Dr. Eric Michael Dyson, noteworthy author of many books, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, and a contributing writer/editor to The New York Times, The New Republic, and ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ website. His most recent book, published at the beginning of the year, has been one of the year’s most vital, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (St. Martin’s Press). "Readers will find searing moments in...

Cleve Jones

10/13/2017 - 7:00PM

We welcome longtime gay rights activist Cleve Jones back to Seattle for the paperback of his 2017 Lambda Literary Award-winning book, When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (Hachette). A partial inspiration for the recent ABA miniseries, When We Rise gives readers a story of history in the making, by one who truly helped make it. "You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights from one of its key participants-maybe heroes--...

Mary Ruefle

10/13/2017 - 7:00PM

Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle is next in Hugo House’s 2017-18 Word Works series of craft talks. Her most recent book of poems, My Private Property, is out from Seattle’s Wave Books, along with her enduringly popular 2012 book of essays, Madness, Rack, and Honey. A chapbook essay, On Imagination (Sarabande Books), is her most recent publication. Presented by HUGO HOUSE Word Works Series.   Get Tickets

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/14/2017 - 11:00AM

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!    

Saturday University with Hui-shu Lee

10/14/2017 - 10:00AM

The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China Water as the embodiment of yin femininity, complementing yangmasculinity, has been the most enduring element of Chinese cosmology. Water is also viewed as one of the twin components of Chinese landscape painting, known as shanshui, “mountains-and-water.” No other epoch in Chinese history saw as full a manifestation of water physically and culturally than the Southern Song era (1127–1279). The imperial...

Whitney Cummings

10/14/2017 - 7:00PM

STG Presents & Live Nation welcomes Whitney Cummings to The Neptune on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Get the best of Whitney Cummings – the stories she’ll share on stage, and the ones she normally won’t – during her I’m Fine… and Other Lies Book Tour this fall. Expect plentiful oversharing and laughs as Whitney dissects the adventures and struggles recounted in her upcoming book, I’m Fine… and Other Lies. Nothing’s off limits as Whitney tackles codependence, addiction, workaholism, dating...

Lisa Congdon with Shauna Ahern

10/14/2017 - 7:00PM

Vera Wang, Julia Child and Cheryl Strayed are just three of the women profiled in A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives (Chronicle), artist Lisa Congdon’s exploration of the power of women over the age of forty. The perfect gift for women of all ages, A Glorious Freedom celebrates extraordinary lives and redefines what it means to gain wisdom and maturity.  ] "Through crystalline profiles, probing interviews, and candid essays, the remarkable women celebrated in Lisa...

The Book Club Seattle Group Reading

10/15/2017 - 3:00PM

Back in 1991, a group of Seattle women decided that their social gatherings would have even more fun and purpose if it was centered around talking about books they read in common. Thus, The Book Club Seattle, then and ever since. Starting with reading books by black women authors - though branching out soon to include black men - to scroll through the list of books they’ve read and discussed (www.thebookclubseattle.com) is to re-visit some of the best writing of the past 25 years - and to...

Armistead Maupin with Paul Constant

10/16/2017 - 7:30PM

To celebrate the October publication of his memoir, Logical Family (Harper), Armistead Maupin will sit down with Seattle Review of Books founder Paul Constant for an insightful and entertaining conversation. Armistead Maupin’s beloved eighth novel Tales of the City began as a San Francisco Chronicle serial and was adapted for television and for musical theater. “Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers, and the story of his life is a story as fascinating, as delightful and as compulsive...

Alexis Okeowo

10/16/2017 - 7:00PM

Alexis Okeowo is a New Yorker staff writer who was part of a National Geographic project that was a finalist for a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Writing. Based in the U.S., she has lived in Uganda, Mexico, and Nigeria, had work anthologized in both The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Sportswriting collections for 2017. She is here this evening with her first book, and what a book A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (Hachette...

Bryan Johnston with Boris S. Wort

10/17/2017 - 7:00PM

Were you a Boris Buddy?  If so, you’ll want to be here tonight as the story of J.P. Patches’ arch-enemy takes center stage. Bryan Johnson, author of Boris S. Wort, The Second Meanest Man in the World, celebrates this well known troublemaker (infamous for trying to ruin Christmas, for example). Wart  was such a evil villain that he couldn’t make personal appearances with J.P but we’re hoping that Bob Newman (the man who played Boris, Gertrude, Leroy Frump and other beloved characters)...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

10/17/2017 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Charlie Jane Anders’ Nebula Award-winning All the Birds in the Sky (TOR), as the October selection. Learn More

Adina Hoffman

10/17/2017 - 7:00PM

Award-winning essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman makes this welcome Seattle return to give this lecture, based on the subject of her most recent book, Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "Adina Hoffman is that very rare writer who moves lightly across vast realms of knowledge, transmuting the most intransigent material into illuminating and affecting narratives. Here is a book about the making of a city that is as emotionally potent as it is...

Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro

10/17/2017 - 7:30PM

U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who has represented Connecticut’s Third District since 1991 and is a member of the House Democratic leadership, is here this evening with an impassioned, vital book for these times, The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable (The New Press). “Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is a one-woman truth squad when it comes to calling out the falsehoods and cruelties of current right-wing efforts to slash Social Security, health insurance, and other safety net...

Ron Chernow

10/18/2017 - 7:30PM

Award-winning biographer/historian Ron Chernow leads off Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017-18 Literary\Arts Series at Benaroya Hall, and will show those on hand that he has a ‘step’ or two beyond the world of Alexander Hamilton. It was Ron Chernow’s biography, after all, which Lin-Manuel Miranda famously read on vacation, and decided must be a hip-hop musical. Whether or not that happens with his newest book remains to be seen, but the story he tells in his newest book, Grant (Penguin...

Loudon Wainwright

10/18/2017 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to present this evening with celebrated singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, on the occasion of his newly published memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & A Few of My Other Favorite Things (Blue Rider). As the subtitle indicates, this book covers serious personal ground, albeit in an engaging, disarming way. Quite the story it is, or quite the stories they are, too. “Loudon Wainwright writes without pulling punches about...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/18/2017 - 11:30AM

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!

Khary Lazarre-White

10/19/2017 - 7:00PM

Nationally renowned as a social justice advocate, activist, and attorney, Khary Lazarre-White, co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, the recipient of numerous awards and honors, is here from his Harlem home to read from and discuss his first novel, Passage (7 Stories). This should be quite the evening. We’re pleased to be working with our friends at NAAM to make it happen. “As [protagonist] Warrior experiences dangers real and imagined, current and ancestral, Lazarre...

Eileen Myles

10/19/2017 - 7:00PM

A writer whose poetry and prose has been an incandescent part of things for the past several decades - and is still writing aglow - Eileen Myles makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her newest book, Afterglow (a dog memoir) (Grove Press). This is a book unlike any other - about a dog, about life, about everything. “What is a dog if not god? In Afterglow, Eileen Myles steps up to the challenge for writers to function as prophets. Ghostwritten in part by deceased pit bull Rosie,...

Pat Thomas

10/20/2017 - 7:00PM

Pat Thomas’s Did It! from Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary (Fantagraphics) is the first full length biography of the Yippie activist and Chicago Eight member who later reinvented himself as an investment banker and New Age/self improvement movement leader. An oversized oral and visual history and scrapbook, Did It! is based on over 75 original interviews of fellow Chicago Eight defendants, Bobby Seale, Nancy Kurshon and others. “An eye-opener for those who remember...

Ronald K. L. Collins & David M. Skover

10/21/2017 - 7:00PM

Two Seattle law professors - Ronald Collins, who is a Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, and David Skover, who is the Frederic C. Tausend Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law, appear here together this evening for their new, co-written book, The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons (Oxford University Press). This timely book looks at the intersection of the judiciary and the political - getting more attention now and in recent decades - and...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/21/2017 - 11:00AM

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!  

Saturday University with Michael Meister

10/21/2017 - 10:00AM

Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India A cosmology rooted in water lies behind most monumental architecture in India. From a very early period, tanks and wells were built as both symbolic and practical structures. Some of the most remarkable feats of architecture are stepwells in dry Western India, which stored water throughout the year. Excavated several stories underground, these stepwells sometimes included columns and walls lined with sculpture—almost like upside-down...

Thalia Field

10/21/2017 - 4:00PM

In her novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction (Solid Objects), Brown professor Thalia Field accomplishes several remarkable things as she blends a massive feat of research—20 years and hundreds of thousands of pages!—and translation (from French) with the study of the history of lab science and animal rights. A story of exploration of what realism and experimentalism means now, Experimental Animals is partly the story of Claude Bernard, a 19th-century...

Lauren Camp with Erin Malone & Martha Silano

10/22/2017 - 3:00PM

Santa Fe poet Lauren Camp reads today from her book, One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press), a work of imagination, research and myth about her father’s childhood in Baghdad, and her interaction with the rituals and language of his Jewish-Iraqi culture. The book, a memoir told in poetry, won the Dorset Prize. She has two upcoming poetry collections, Turquoise Door (3: A Taos Press, 2017) and Took House (Tupelo Press, 2019), and is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and the producer/host of “...

Brandon Stanton with Humans of New York

10/22/2017 - 7:30PM

Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York street portrait blog and author of Humans of New York (St Martin’s Press),  shares his own personal story and the perspective he has gained since embarking on his journey to help others tell theirs. The audience will take away a renewed appreciation for the power of one person and one idea to inspire millions, and encouragement to be a force for good and contribute something meaningful to the world. Copies of Brandon Stanton’s books will...

G. Willow Wilson with Jamala Henderson

10/23/2017 - 7:30PM

G. Willow Wilson lies at the epicenter of multiple fault lines of American identity. Originally a self-described “upper-middle-class American White girl with bland politics and polite beliefs,” she converted to Islam while in college, worked as a journalist in Mubarak’s Egypt, and now writes the hugely successful comic series Ms. Marvel. Featuring a Pakistani-American teenage girl from Jersey City named Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel won a Hugo Award and was one of the few comics in Marvel’s history...

Denise Kiernan with Neal Thompson

10/23/2017 - 7:00PM

Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City, takes on the history of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House in her new book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home (Touchstone). Biltmore House, a  spectacular European-style estate including  a 175,000-square-foot chateau (designed by Richard Morris Hunt) with landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted, on grounds nearly three times the size of Washington, D.C. was built on...

David Neiwert

10/24/2017 - 7:30PM

Seattle-based investigative reporter and author David Neiwert, whose books have included an important work on Japanese American internment during World War II (Strawberry Days), has in recent years been doing major work tracking the extreme, now-more-visible right in this country. His newest book, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (Verso), gives researched, informed background on they who are getting more airplay and space in the so-called mainstream. “Over the...

Jennifer Egan

10/24/2017 - 7:00PM

One of the year’s most keenly anticipated novels by one of the most admired writers at work today, Jennifer Egan, is the source of wonder and pleasure here this evening. She is here with Manhattan Beach (Scribner), her first since the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. “Egan’s propulsive, surprising, ravishing, and revelatory saga, a covertly profound page-turner that will transport and transform every reader, casts us all as divers in the deep, searching for answers, hope,...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/25/2017 - 11:30AM

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!

Alfred W. McCoy

10/25/2017 - 7:00PM

The United States’ rise to global power post World War II (and the decline of American power in the decades since) is the subject of historian Alfred McCoy’s book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power (Haymarket Press) "McCoy’s detailed, panoramic analysis of the past, present, and future of the American empire covers all spheres of activity including not just land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, but also the netherworld of covert operations--and...

Oona A. Hathaway

10/25/2017 - 7:30PM

Oona Hathaway is a professor of international law at Yale Law School and the Director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges. She is here this evening for a major new historical work, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (co-authored with Scott J. Shapiro, Simon & Schuster). "Sweeping and yet personable at the same time, The Internationalists explores the profound implications of the outlawry of war [the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact]. Professors...

Amy Tan with Laurie Frankel

10/25/2017 - 7:00PM

March 1989, the Pioneer Square basement of Elliott Bay. Who would ever have guessed, at what was Amy Tan’s very first reading for her very first book, The Joy Luck Club, that 28 years and ten bestselling, critically acclaimed books later, she would be making the rounds for a wonderful memoir on writing, life, memory? On the other hand, based on what that first audience saw, and what those readers of that first book read, who would have doubted that one day she would be back thus, the book she...

Paola Gianturco

10/26/2017 - 6:00PM

Globally, groups of activist girls between the ages of ten and eighteen are advocating for social, economic and political justice. Imagination and courage radiate through the stories of fifteen girl-led nonprofits in thirteen countries, whose stories are told in their own words in Wonder Girls: Changing Our World (powerHouse Books). Author-photographer Paola Gianturco will share stories and photographs about real-life Wonder Girls from her travels with her eleven-year-old co-author (and...

Kevin Craft & Rebecca Aronson

10/26/2017 - 7:00PM

This evening brings one esteemed Seattle poet and editor, Kevin Craft, together with a former Seattle resident (and MFA student at the University of Washington), New Mexico-based poet Rebecca Aronson, for a reading from their newest books. Kevin Craft, who is the executive editor of Poetry Northwest Editions and author of Solar Prominence, is here tonight with Vagrants and Accidentals (University of Washington Press). "Evoking the steadfastness of calendrical weeks and a card deck's volatility...

Juan González with David Rolf and Frank Blethen

10/27/2017 - 7:30PM

Democracy Now journalist Juan González appears in conversation with Seattle labor leader John Rolf and Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen tonight. Juan González’s new book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities (New Press) discusses the impact of De Blasio’s election and the ongoing popular rebellion against corporate-friendly policies that had dominated New York for decades. Reflecting that broader change, liberal Democrats Bill Peduto in...

Jenny Sampson

10/27/2017 - 7:00PM

Berkeley photographer Jenny Sampson’s portraits, produced via wet plate collodion (tintype, black and white photography) and developed in her portable darkroom, offer a glimpse of the inner lives of skaters she encountered in California, Oregon and Washington skateparks. Some of these images are collected in her book, Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders (Daylight Books), which also includes an essay by Joel Rice.  

Saturday University with Jennifer Gaynor

10/28/2017 - 10:00AM

Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast People from around the world flock to Bali for its unique culture, arts, and natural beauty. Bali's economy relies heavily on tourism. But the island isn't really that big. Developers have recently found a way to change that, and seek to make more land with a land-reclamation project in Bali's south. Critics in the anti-reklamasi protest movement draw from Balinese tradition in using a unique argument of a ‘...

Curt Weiss

10/28/2017 - 7:00PM

Jerry Nolan, who played with two infamous New York proto-punk bands, the Heartbreakers and the New York Dolls, as well as with the Idols, Sid Vicious and the London Cowboys is the subject of a new biography by Seattle writer Curt Weiss. Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride : A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock (Backbeat Books) is based on extensive research and on  interviews with bandmates,, lovers, family members and friends (who include members of the...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/28/2017 - 11:00AM

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!  

Roddy Doyle

10/29/2017 - 6:00PM

Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle’s new book, Smile, is bold, haunting, and asks questions about memory – what we remember, what we think we remember and how we contend with the past. Victor Forde is alone for the first time in years. He goes to a pub every night for a drink. One night, however, a man comes in. His name is Fitzpatrick and seems to remember Victor from school. Victor doesn’t know Fitzpatrick and dislikes Fitzpatrick immediately, but the remembrances of his old...

Walter Isaacson

10/30/2017 - 6:30PM

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind...

Sasha Polakow-Suransky with Cyrus Habib

10/30/2017 - 7:00PM

From Europe to the United States, opportunistic politicians have exploited the economic crisis, terrorist attacks, and an unprecedented influx of refugees to bring hateful and reactionary views from the margins of political discourse into the mainstream. In Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy (Nation Books) Open Society Foundations fellow Sasha Polakow-Suransky provides a front-row seat to the anger, desperation, and dissent that...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/01/2017 - 11:30AM

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!

John Hodgman

11/04/2017 - 7:00PM

Although John Hodgman's career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now.  Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/04/2017 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for November with this reading from picture book 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 let the stories begin! Please join us.  

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/08/2017 - 11:30AM

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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/11/2017 - 11:00AM

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!

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/15/2017 - 11:30AM

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!

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