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ISABEL WILKERSON at Seattle Art Museum

03/29/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM. In conjunction with the Seattle Art Museum’s wonderful current (and timely) exhibit, Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Isabel Wilkerson, whose book, The Warmth of Other Suns (Vintage) chronicles that migration, appears this evening at SAM. This is not to be missed, especially in the context of this exhibit. Her book was newly published in September 2010 when she gave audiences at...

MARGARET COMBS with BRENDA PETERSON

03/29/2017 - 7:00PM

  Seattle writer and writing teacher Brenda Peterson appears tonight in conversation with one her former students, award winning journalist Margaret Combs, author of Hazard: a Sister’s Flight From Family and a Broken Boy (Skyhorse). Hazard, which is about growing up with a severely disabled sibling during the 1950s. “A touching, highly poignant portrait of how family dynamics can survive despite disability and seemingly insurmountable challenges.”-Kirkus. Tonight’s program includes...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

03/29/2017 - 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...

ERIC LIU

03/30/2017 - 7:00PM

  Tonight we’ll help Seattle’s Eric Liu, founder of Citizens University celebrate the publication of his inspiring and much needed new book, You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen (PublicAffairs). This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the "givens" of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like...

HIDA VILORIA

03/31/2017 - 7:00PM

  Rounding out the month is this appearance by intersex activist Hida Viloria for the book recently published to considerable praise, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette). ''How do you discover who you are when you are born outside of what culture has decided is possible? Hida Viloria answers this question with this moving and essential memoir, a personal history that is also something of a history of America's blind spots around gender and sex.'' --Alexander Chee. ''Born Both is a...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

04/01/2017 - 11:00AM

  Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for April 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!

NAIZA KHAN with ALI MIAN at Seattle University

04/01/2017 - 10:00AM

  Saturday University Islam Across Asia: Art Practices/Cultural Politics Lecture  Series, presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. This morning concludes Saturday University winter/spring morning lecture series with its timely theme, in a new location, owing to renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, continues. Pigott...

BASSEM YOUSSEF at The Neptune Theatre

04/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP (STG). We are thrilled to help present this welcome Seattle return visit by Bassem Youssef, widely considered the ‘Jon Stewart of the Arabic World,’ a onetime heart surgeon who became a political satirist, the creator of an ‘incendiary’ television program, Al-Bernameg (The Program), which chronicled the tumultuous events of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. This time he is here this with a book, Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab...

NEIL GAIMAN at Benaroya Hall Sold Out

04/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by NWAA, KNKS 88.5 and The Stranger.   Tickets for this rare appearance by Neil Gaiman have, at this writing, sold out. He’s here on lecture tour with his newest book, Norse Mythology (W.W. Norton), just released, a vivid retelling of the myths of the gods of Asgard. It’s expected that some signed books will be available for purchase but there will not be a book signing. More information at SeattleSymphony.org or the box office at Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street.

NEIL GAIMAN at Benaroya Hall

04/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by NWAA, KNKS and The Stranger. Tickets to this rare appearance by Neil Gaiman are selling fast. He’s here on lecture tour and his new book, Norse Mythology (Norton) a retelling of the myths of the gods of Asgard. It’s expected that some signed books will be available for purchase but there will not be a book signing. Tickets and information at SeattleSymphony.org or the box office at Benaroya Hall.

HANNAH TINTI with LAURIE FRANKEL

04/03/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK and HUGO HOUSE. Award-winning fiction writer Hannah Tinti makes this welcome Elliott Bay return this evening. The author of a story collection, Animal Crackers, and a brilliant debut novel, The Good Thief, here tonight with a continent-spanning daughter-father odyssey, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (Random House). Part of the ground covered here is Whidbey Island - a place Hannah Tinti knows well from time spent at Hedgebrook. “The Twelve Lives...

ELLIOTT BAY BOOK GROUP

04/04/2017 - 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 the late Carrie Fisher’s Postcards from the Edge (Simon & Schuster).  Please see the Elliott Bay Book Group page for more information.

FAITH ERIN HICKS & G. WILLOW WILSON

04/04/2017 - 7:00PM

  Vancouver artist and Eisner Award winning graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks appears in conversation with Seattle’s Ms. Marvel creator, G. Willow Wilson tonight, the publication date of The Stone Heart, the second  installment in the Nameless City trilogy ( First Second). Faith Erin Hicks, who started out in webcomics, has pushed many graphic novels, including Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can...

CHRISTOPHER MERRILL

04/05/2017 - 7:00PM

  So active and vital he is as a literary educator and organizer - he directs the University of Iowa’s justifiably renowned International Writing Program - that it’s almost possible to overlook Christopher Merrill’s own literary accomplishments. The author of four collections of poetry, numerous translations and edited volumes, and four non-fiction works of reportage, he is here with a new autobiographical prose book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood (Trinity University Press). “His memoir,...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

04/05/2017 - 11:30AM

  Our friends at PJ Library, which does 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!

ANDREW McCARTHY

04/06/2017 - 7:00PM

  An evening that should be excellent for younger (young adult) as well as older readers is in store, as Andrew McCarthy, known for an excellent memoir, The Longest Way Home, and for his work as an actor and director, visits with his much-anticipated first novel, Just Fly Away (Algonquin Young Readers). This is a story of family secrets, a fifteen-year-old girl discovering she has a heretofore unknown half-brother some years younger. Her own coming of age is taking place as she deals with...

COREY DOLGON

04/07/2017 - 7:00PM

  Stonehill College professor Corey Dolgon has written a timely, incisive critique of things with his book, Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph Over Democracy (Policy Press). “To understand the popularity of Italian Fascism in the ’30s, we needed Antonio Gramsci. To understand the popular malaise among the US middle class in the ’50s, we needed C. Wright Mills. And to understand the popularity of Donald J. Trump and the prevailing logic that turns billionaires into job...

LYANDA LYNN HAUPT at Town Hall

04/07/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE AUDUBON SOCIETY & TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. Seattle naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s book Mozart’s Starling (Little, Brown) begins with the rescue of a single starling (Carmen) from a local park service clearout. The author’s story of raising Carmen within her West Seattle household (and a parallel story of Mozart, who, entranced by a caged starling whistling a version of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, took the bird home to be his pet) provides a...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME Larry Gets Lost in Seattle!

04/08/2017 - 11:00AM

  Today’s special storytime celebrates the tenth anniversary of the publication of the children’s picturebook classic, Larry Gets Lost in Seattle!, in which Larry the dog and his friend Pete get separated while visiting our city and have to visit many famous landmarks on their way to being reunited. Enjoy some special giveaways and a read aloud for young visitors during our storytime today. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle was created and illustrated by John Skewes and written by Eric Ode (...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

04/08/2017 - 11:00AM

  Today’s special storytime celebrates the tenth anniversary of the publication of the children’s picturebook classic, Larry Gets Lost in Seattle!, in which Larry the dog and his friend Pete get separated while visiting our city and have to visit many famous landmarks on their way to being reunited. Enjoy some special giveaways and a read aloud for young visitors during our storytime today. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle was created and illustrated by John Skewes and written by Eric Ode (...

URSULA WERNER

04/08/2017 - 7:00PM

  German American author Ursula Werner’s debut novel, The Good at Heart (Touchstone) takes place over three days during World War II in a seemingly idyllic, rural village near the Swiss border. Based on the author's discoveries about her great-grandfather, this extraordinary debut, full of love, tragedy, and suspense, is a sensitive portrait of a family torn between doing their duty for their country and doing what's right for their country, and especially for those they love. “With The...

LISA SEE

04/10/2017 - 7:00PM

  A writer we have hosted, with pleasure, ever since her first book, On Gold Mountain, came out over twenty years ago, Lisa See is here tonight to read from her newest novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Scribner). “The adage, ‘No coincidence, no story,’ from China’s Akha minority serves as the backbone for this latest offering from See. Coincidences abound in this illuminating novel that contributes historical and social insight into the Akhas, an animistic people who lived...

GLOBAL ISSUES BOOK GROUP

04/11/2017 - 6:30PM

  This month’s selection is Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz’s The Captive Mind (Vintage). Please see the Global Issues Book Group page for more information – and please join us.

JAIMEE GARBACIK & FRIENDS

04/11/2017 - 7:00PM

  Ghosts of Seattle Past is an atlas of memories, a collaborative map of places loved and missed in a rapidly evolving city. In this interactive art installation and anthology curated by author/editor Jaimee Garbacik and published by Seattle’s Chin Music Press, storytelling and cartography preserve the venues, restaurants, shops and institutions we’ve lost to development in Seattle, the city of the future. Please join us on publication day as Jaimee Garbacik and a variety of contributors...

LYNDA V. MAPES at Seattle Public Library

04/11/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. In Witness Tree (Bloomsbury), Seattle writer Lynda V. Mapes tells the story of climate change through the life of a single 100-year-old red oak tree in the Harvard Forest. “A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate change denial.’ -Kirkus Reviews. Lynda Mapes is a...

ELLIOTT BAY GLOBAL ISSUES BOOK GROUP

04/11/2017 - 6:30PM

  This month’s selection is Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz’s The Captive Mind (Vintage). Please see the Global Issues Book Group page for more information – and please join us.

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

04/12/2017 - 11:30AM

  Our friends at PJ Library, which does 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!

MICHAEL TISSERAND

04/12/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SHORT RUN. Released at the very end of 2016, Michael Tisserand’s biographical work, Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White (Harper), has, in its brief run so far already found itself a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jacqueline Bogard Weld Award for Biography. And it’s been finding readers, and sending many on the the world of George Herriman and his Krazy Kat comics. “George Herriman was a poet in a new visual language....

HARI KUNZRU

04/13/2017 - 7:00PM

  A writer who knows his way around Seattle from some extended earlier visits, as well as a terrific night at Elliott Bay for his most recent novel, Gods Without Men, Hari Kunzru is back with White Tears (Knopf), a novel that delves knowingly into the place of race, place, time, and gives readers some smart music history. “White Tears is a hallucinatory and eerily accurate journey into America’s racial unconscious—like an updated version of The Crying of Lot 49, in which race itself is...

UNDERGROUND YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

04/13/2017 - 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. For questions, information, please see the Underground Book Group page, or contact Justus at jjoseph@elliottbaybook.com. Please join us!

JENNIFER ACKERMAN

04/14/2017 - 7:00PM

  A favorite book of many in 2016 was esteemed science/nature writer Jennifer Ackerman’s remarkable The Genius of Birds (new in paper, Penguin). “[A] gloriously provocative and highly entertaining book. Jennifer Ackerman provides a masterly survey of research in the last two decades that has produced a revolution in our understanding of bird cognition. The Genius of Birds [is] important not only for what it says about birds, but also about the human ingenuity entailed in unraveling the...

GABRIEL JESIOLOWSKI & C. DAVIDA INGRAM

04/15/2017 - 7:00PM

  Keeping things on a poetic plane here today will be this reading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram, the former down from their home in islands north of here, the latter being a writer/artist/instigator who is an integral part of things here in Seattle. Occasioning the night is publication of Gabriel Jesiolowski’s striking new book, As Burning Leaves (Red Hen Press). “‘[W]hat if there is no ghost realm?’ asks Gabriel Jesiolowski in the quietly arresting, steadily...

LEANNE DUNIC

04/15/2017 - 3:00PM

  We are pleased to help launch Vancouver poet, composer, musician Leanne Dunic’s piercing new book of short prose pieces, To Love the Coming End, in its U.S. edition, published by Seattle’s Chin Music Press. This should be something to see/hear performed/read, a book that takes readers to Singapore, Japan, and places within. “With the emotional precision and eye of a poet, Dunic traverses the vast expanse of Asia, examining how people—and nature—wound each other, but how love is the...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

04/15/2017 - 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!

OMAR EL AKKAD

04/17/2017 - 7:00PM

  A still-young year that’s seen Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, and Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan (see this Wednesday night, April 19) appear as timely books of fiction, now sees debut novelist Omar El Akkad and his harrowing, incendiary book, American War (Knopf), join their ranks. Omar El Akkad, an Egypt-born Canadian journalist now living in Portland, has posited a future that looks damningly as if it could come from our present. “Omar El Akkad has...

JEFF GUINN

04/18/2017 - 7:00PM

  Over thirty-five years after the tragic culmination of events that resulted in over 900 people taking their lives or being killed in the Guyana jungle compound that was Jonestown, Jeff Guinn has written The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple (Simon & Schuster), a thorough, comprehensive account of the decades that led to what happened, from modest beginnings as a minister in Indianapolis to Jim Jones as charismatic preacher and leader of a racially-mixed church in San...

SPECULATIONS SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP

04/18/2017 - 6:30PM

  This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair (Penguin) as the April selection. Please see the Speculations-Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group page for more information – and please join us.

LIDIA YUKNAVITCH

04/19/2017 - 7:00PM

  It feels as though people are still talking about the tremendous night (and book) Portland’s Lidia Yuknavitch gave readers here the summer before last with her amazing 2015 novel, The Small Backs of Children. We are thrilled that she is back, and with another stunning new novel in hand, The Book of Joan (Harper). On all manner of ‘most anticipated lists’ for 2017, this does not disappoint. “Yuknavitch writes with her characteristic fusion of poetic precision and barbed ferocity, and...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

04/19/2017 - 11:30AM

  Our friends at PJ Library, which does 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!

DAVID CALLAHAN with PAUL SHOEMAKER at Town Hall

04/20/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS. In The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age (Knopf), writer David Callahan, who has looked at wealth, class, and social structure in earlier books, takes on a subject germane for many here.   “A thoughtful call for transparency and oversight in the charity sector. Callahan discusses a range of efforts, both well known and less so. This striking, thought-provoking work is perfectly timed as American activists move to...

DAMON KRUKOWSKI at KEXP

04/20/2017 - 5:15PM

  Co-presented with KEXP. Damon Krukowski of Galexie 500 fame, and one half of Damon & Naomi, travels to Seattle to present at PoP Conference (later this week at MoPop, formerly known as EMP) and to speak at KEXP studios tonight. His new book, The New Analog: Listening and Connecting in a Digital World (The New Press), is an exploration of sound from someone who has been involved in experimental music since early incarnations; examining sound across headspace, proximity effect, real...

PAUL HAWKEN at Town Hall

04/21/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL SCIENCE. For decades, one of our most prominent activist/entrepreneur/environmentalists, Paul Hawken has been writing and organizing. For the past decade, since his book on activist groups working on several fronts, Blessed Unrest, he has been collecting, editing, and organizing the worldview contained in a very timely, important new book he’s edited, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin).   “Drawdown...

ANDREA LEWIS

04/21/2017 - 7:00PM

  Vashon Island writer Andrea Lewis celebrates the publication of her debut book, the collection of linked stories that is What My Last Man Did (Blue Light Books/Indiana University Press). "Andrea Lewis’s linked stories about Hannah Delgado and her family’s “frayed skein of love” may make you fall in love with both a new writer and the fictional family she’s created. Lewis’s characters are funny and flawed and infuriating, but also loyal and trying as hard as they can to be good. Her...

JESSAMYN STANLEY with NICOLE TSONG at Seattle Public Library

04/21/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Internationally-renowned yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley visits with Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body (Workman), a debut book, likely to win her even more recognition wherever yoga or body acceptance issues are concerned. “Jessamyn Stanley is the wake-up call everyone needs. Her message speaks loud and clear, not only to those interested in yoga, but to everyone interested in truly, boldly, genuinely, living...

AUSTIN CHOI-FITZPATRICK

04/22/2017 - 3:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE AGAINST SLAVERY. University of California at San Diego scholar and human rights activist, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick draws on more than fifteen years of work and research, and looks tellingly at present-day traffickers and slaveholders in his book, What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do (Columbia University Press).  “A much-needed and unique work. Our understanding of modern slavery holds virtually nothing on...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

04/22/2017 - 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!

LENA KHALAF TUFFAHA

04/22/2017 - 7:00PM

  We are honored (and excited) this evening to host a much-anticipated debut, and to give voice to one of the first readings of a second just-published work as poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt (Red Hen Press), and will also have in hand her newly-released chapbook, Arab in Newsland, recipient of Two Sylvia Press’ 2016 Chapbook Prize. Both collections draw on Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s engaged way of being alive and in the...

DANIEL MATHEWS

04/23/2017 - 3:00PM

  Now that the weather has improved (a little), why not venture out into the natural world? Portland author Daniel Mathews discusses his book, Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains (Timber Press), which covers the Coastal and Cascade Mountain Ranges (and the Olympics and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. This field guide helps naturalists, hikers and campers identify more than 950 species of flora and fauna and contains information about landscape, geological features...

STEPHAN PASTIS

04/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  Yes, it’s true! Comics artist Stephan Pastis is visiting us on his 2017 tour. He’s here to show images, answer your questions  and he’ll talk about his new book, Pearls Hogs the Road: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury : Pearls Before Swine Collection #27 (Andrews McMeel). Pearls Before Swine is a daily comic syndicated in over 700 papers worldwide, including The Seattle Times. Stephan Pastis is also the author the Timmy Failure books, most recently, Timmy Failure: the Cat Stole My...

VADDEY RATNER Seattle Public Library

04/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. We are utterly delighted to help welcome Vaddey Ratner back to Seattle. Here in 2012 when her memorable debut novel of the travails her home country Cambodia underwent, In the Shadow of the Banyan, she is back tonight with an equally powerful, compelling new novel, Music of the Ghosts (Touchstone). “Music of the Ghosts is a moving and often gripping exploration of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime and...

LESLEY STAHL with TONY VENTRELLA at Town Hall

04/25/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. One of last year’s most-loved books - in part because of the story it tells, in part because of who told it - Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting (new in paper, Blue Rider) is esteemed television journalist Lesley Stahl’s informative, inspiring, and engaging book about her own becoming a grandmother, as well as a good journalist’s study of what that role is like today. “[An] energetic, informative, and...

HELEN OYEYEMI at Benaroya Hall

04/25/2017 - 7:30PM

  Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. The final evening of SAL’s Literary Art Series for 2016-17 is one of the best: Helen Oyeyemi has transported readers and readings audiences with each of her books and past Seattle visits. Last here when her dazzling book of stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead) was published, she is one of the most arresting writers at work today. “Oyeyemi so expertly melds the everyday, the fantastic and the eternal, we have to ask if the line...

STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY at Town Hall

04/25/2017 - 7:30PM

  Legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky currently appears on The Goldbergs, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time. He is the author of The Dangerous Animals Club and The Tobolowsky Files podcast and a new book, My Adventures with God (Simon and Schuster) a funny, introspective collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.” As he explains...“It’s hard to believe in...

ANNE LAMOTT at Town Hall Sold Out

04/26/2017 - 7:30PM

  Presented by ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY & PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH “Mercy is radical kindness,” writes Anne Lamott in her new book Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy (Riverhead). A prolific author of memoir and fiction, she writes about family, writing, addiction, and faith. But much of her work revolves around the themes of recovery and redemption. Her personal essays are known for being revelatory, insightful, and relatable. She will read from her book and share stories...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

04/26/2017 - 11:30AM

  Our friends at PJ Library, which does 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!

ZACHARY MASON

04/27/2017 - 7:00PM

  One of the most richly imagined, and realized, debut novels of recent years was that made by Zachary Mason with The Lost Books of the Odyssey. He is here tonight with something else as intense, dense, nimble, and brilliant with his new novel, Void Star (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Forms of intelligence are at work here. "Code becomes flesh in Zachary Mason's sentences. He shows us the near future of technological experience, where death becomes a 'stillness in memory,' and God is a...

SARAH LADIPO MANYIKA

04/28/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK. Besides helping to introduce a wonderful writer to readers here in the U.S. in the form of Nigeria-born San Francisco-based writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika, her delightful novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, helps introduce readers here to the remarkable literary press that Cassava Republic Press is. Based first in Abuja, Nigeria, and now also in London, Cassava Republic is now beginning distribute their books actively into the U.S. What a gem...

KEN BUGUL

04/28/2017 - 5:00PM

  Co-presented with the SEATTLE UNIVERSITY AFRICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION and the SEATTLE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM. Added to our April schedule after our printed calendar went to press is this special visit made possible by our friends and neighbors at Seattle University, as we help present the one of the leading African writers at work today as part of a wonderful sequence of African authors here. Ken Bugul, the pen name (a Wolof phrase, ‘the person no one wants’) of...

GARY LEMONS & FELICIA GONZALEZ

04/29/2017 - 7:00PM

  We end our piece of National Poetry Month on a high note this evening as poet Gary Lemons comes across the water from his Port Townsend home and is joined here by Seattle poet Felicia Gonzalez for this joint reading. Gary Lemons’ The Weight of Light (Red Hen Press) is his fifth collection to come out in an eight-year span. "In an era where a new musical lyric model thumps repeatedly against the human heart - our anxiety rises over the very spooky ecology of Self. The Weight of Light...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

04/29/2017 - 11:00AM

  Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks. Just go to the castle in the children’s section...and let the stories begin!

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

04/29/2017 - 7:00PM

  Join us here at Elliott Bay and at our independent bookstore friends and colleagues throughout the region for this annual day devoted to celebrating what we do - and celebrating those (you, the book-reading public) who make what we do possible. More details coming soon. It will be fun …. Please join us.

BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATRE 28TH SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY

04/30/2017 - 6:00PM

  Book-It Repertory Theatre—the company that brings books to life on stage—is launching its 28th season with an exclusive announcement party in Elliott Bay Bookstore’s reading room tonight. For just $5, enjoy some light refreshments and be the first to hear about all five shows of Book-It’s 2017-18 mainstage season, the three youth touring shows, and details about special events the company will host over the next year. Subscriptions may be purchased at the event (save 10% off regular...

LAYLI LONG SOLDIER with DIANE TOMHAVE

05/01/2017 - 7:00PM

  Word here on an utterly great, timely, powerful first book of poems: Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas (Graywolf Press), follows what is almost a line coming from Graywolf of similar though very distinct works that meld deep artistry with strong convictions in the realm of social justice, these including Claudia Rankine’s award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric and Solmaz Sharif’s National Book Award-finalist Look. A recipient of a Whiting Award and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, she is...

ANNIE PROULX at Seattle Public Library NEW DATE

05/05/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK and the PACIFIC NORTHWEST BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION. **Originally scheduled for April 27th, now moved to May 5th at 7pm** One of the great, justly honored fiction writers at work in this country today, Annie Proulx makes this rare, welcome appearance for the paperback of one of last year’s most highly regarded novels, Barkskins (Scribner). There is strong reason to think that this will be an enduring work, a masterpiece by the...

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