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Sloane Crosley

04/20/2018 - 7:00PM

Whichever way she writes—fiction, the essay form—Sloane Crosley wins readers’ hearts and minds. She makes this very welcome Elliott Bay return, having last been here for her 2015 novel, The Clasp, with an engaging new book of essays, Look Alive Out There (MCD Books). "[Crosley] continues her tradition of hilarious insight into the human condition . . . [she] is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life's darker corners with...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

04/21/2018 - 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!

Masatsugu Ono

04/21/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to this evening host this special U.S. appearance by major Japanese novelist Masatsugu Ono, who is over from his Tokyo home. The recipient of awards and honors—the Asahi Award for New Writers, the Mishima Prize, and Japan’s highest literary honor, the Akutagawa Award (in 2015), among them—he is here tonight for the translated version of his novel, Lion Cross Point (Two Lines Press, translation by Angus Turvill). “Masatsugu Ono’s lucid, spare novel explores the question: What...

James Comey - SOLD OUT

04/22/2018 - 7:00PM

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Details of what will be a much-anticipated visit by James Comey, former FBI director, and U.S. attorney and deputy attorney general prior to that, remain to be announced. He is scheduled to be here for his soon-to-be-released (April 17) book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron Books). In this forthcoming book, James Comey shares his experiences in some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government,...

Laurie Anderson

04/22/2018 - 7:00PM

Laurie Anderson’s new book All the Things I Lost in the Flood (Rizzoli) is a series of essays about stories and language. In celebration of the publication of the book the artist will present a limited number of performances. The performance All the Things I Lost in the Flood includes visual images- many of them previously unpublished- as well as intimate performances with commentary of some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles and digital language. The evening...

Alexander Chee

04/23/2018 - 7:00PM

Alexander Chee makes a welcome return to Hugo House to read from his first collection of nonfiction, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (Mariner Books), named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Esquire, Book Riot, The Rumpus, Paste, and Buzzfeed. “Alex Chee explores the realm of the real with extraordinarily beautiful essays. Being real here is an ambition, a haunting, an impossibility, and an illusion. What passes for real, his essays suggest, becomes real, just as life becomes art and...

Annelise Orleck with Heidi Groover

04/23/2018 - 7:00PM

Thousands of fast food workers in 230 cities across the globe went on strike in May 2014, protesting for a living wage, workplace protections, and the right to unionize. Today that fight persists in the form of the #FightFor15 movement, whose efforts have resulted in cities around the nation (including Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles) instituting a rise to a $15 minimum wage. History professor and activist Annelise Orleck chronicles the fight for a living wage and the results of this...

Madeleine Albright

04/24/2018 - 7:30PM

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright has over the years also written a number of acclaimed books: Read My Pins, Prague Winter, and Madam Secretary. She is here tonight with her most timely and urgently written book, Fascism: A Warning (Harper). She’ll be joined onstage in conversation by Mark Suzman, Chief Strategy Officer and President in Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Albright outlines the warning...

Nina Collins

04/24/2018 - 7:30PM

Two years ago Nina Collins started a closed Facebook group for women over 40. She called it “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” in an ironic nod to a brilliant and witty feminist who killed herself in her 50s. What started as a purely personal attempt to comfort and entertain herself has morphed into a group of 6000+ members, all over the world and across a diverse range of economic and racial spheres, and they talk in the group, in an unusually candid way, about all things that women over 40 care...

Nancy Singleton Hachisu

04/24/2018 - 7:00PM

We’ve previously hosted James Beard Award-nominated food writer Nancy Singleton Hachisu with her previous books, Japanese Farm Food and Preserving the Japanese Way, and we’re thrilled that she’ll be stopping at Elliott Bay to speak about Japan: The Cookbook (Phaidon). The definitive, home cooking recipe collection includes 400 sumptuous recipes organized by course and including her insightful notes. The dishes—soups, noodles, rices, pickles, one-pots, sweets, and vegetables—are simple and...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

04/25/2018 - 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!

Sonya Renee Taylor with Anastacia-Reneé

04/25/2018 - 7:00PM

A book that has been going into readers’ hands from the day it first landed, poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love (Berret-Kohler), is one of those books whose empowering messages are readily evident. This evening, with Seattle Civic Poet and artist Anastacia-Reneé, is a night not to be missed. “The Body Is Not an Apology is a gift, a blessing, a prayer, a reminder, a sacred text. In it, Taylor invites us to live in a world where...

Dorothy Ko

04/26/2018 - 7:00PM

As part of the Gardner Center’s Asia Talks series, Dorothy Ko, professor of history at Barnard College, will discuss her recent book, The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China (University of Washington Press). "Ko fires the imagination in her examination of the inkstone in its full richness, both as a writing tool and a sculptural work of art in early Qing dynasty society. These objects tell us complex stories about artistic competition, gendered values, and the...

Jonathan Evison

04/26/2018 - 7:00PM

Jonathan Evison makes this welcome return over from his Bainbridge Island home to read from what may be his most well-received novel yet, Lawn Boy (Algonquin). This fifth novel—after All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!—is the moving, evocative story of Mike Muñoz, fired "lawn boy," and what the future might hold for him. “A triumph from the ground up . . . finally a book that zooms in on social strata without flinching...

Jon Michael Varese with Dan Berger

04/27/2018 - 7:00PM

In Jon Michael Varese’s debut novel, The Spirit Photographer (Overlook), a photographer running a successful business capturing carefully staged “images” of the deceased is startled to find a familiar face—that of the daughter of an escaped slave he knew long ago—in one of his photographs. "Varese's unique first novel is set deep in the secrets of the postwar years, when the chains of slavery have vanished but an equally sinister underside to society remains. An entertaining amalgam of history...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

04/28/2018 - 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!

Independent Bookstore Day

04/28/2018 - 10:00AM

Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. We will have fun activities and giveaways all day long in our store as well as some limited-edition merchandise. This is an event you won't want to miss and lucky for you, it's happening all day. For those who visit three or more independent bookstores in our area, there is a special prize—and for those of you who aspire for more, visit all 19 bookstores in our Seabookstoreday...

Rachel Silberstein

04/28/2018 - 10:00AM

This morning the Saturday University morning spring series on Asian Textiles continues with Rachel Silberstein, a cultural historian and lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Her lecture topic this morning will be “Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th-Century China.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle...

Kit Bakke

04/28/2018 - 7:00PM

In her terrific new book, Protest on Trial: The Seattle 7 Conspiracy (Washington State University Press), Seattle writer Kit Bakke vividly recounts an important part of Seattle and Northwest history, doing important work in doing so while many of the protagonists—and many of the issues struggled over—are still with us. The Seattle 7 lived the late 1960s counterculture—young, idealistic, active organizers against racism and the Vietnam War, fond of long hair, rock’n’roll, sex, drugs, and...

Pete Souza

04/29/2018 - 7:00PM

STG Presents & Elliott Bay Book Company welcomes Pete Souza Back in Seattle at The Moore Theatre on Sunday, April 29, 2018. We regret that due to the size of the event, a booksigning is not possible. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. He'll speak and show images from his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Obama: an Intimate Portrait (Little, Brown). This book is the definitive visual...

Thomas Lowe Fleischner, Edie Dillon, Saul Weisberg, Peter Kahn Jr.

04/29/2018 - 3:00PM

In Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness (Torrey House), psychologists, poets, biologists, artists, and more explore the notion that attentiveness to nature represents an essential pathway to sanity and health, for both individuals and societies. The book’s fundamental premise is that humans are—literally—born to pay attention to nature, and are physically, psychologically, and socially healthier when we do. Edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner, the contributors include Jane...

Hope Ferdowsian, M.D.

04/30/2018 - 7:00PM

Our April closes out on an important, heartfelt note, as Dr. Hope Ferdowsian is here with her book on animals and people who undergo the trauma of war, abuse, and displacement, Phoenix Zones: Where Strength Is Born and Resilience Lives (University of Chicago Press). "Human and nonhuman animal rights activist Dr. Hope Ferdowsian has witnessed the horrific effects of brutality directed at both. Phoenix Zones are sanctuaries throughout the earth that extraordinary people have created to allow...

Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer

05/01/2018 - 7:00PM

Inspired by the website hailed as "redefining mourning" by the New York Times, Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief: Beginners Welcome (Harper Wave) is a wise and irreverent collection of essays and tips on navigating grief in the modern age. Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, co-founders of the website Modern Loss, are responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they (along with over forty other...

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

05/01/2018 - 7:00PM

Seattle’s Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder of MomsRising, author and activist, is here this evening for her timely new book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World (Hachette). She is due to be joined in conversation by U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who also knows the subject (and action) well. "I thank MomsRising for the work to help pass the Affordable Health Care Act. While many organizations are involved in the advocacy for this the way you at...

Elliott Bay Book Group

05/01/2018 - 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 Joan Didion’s essay collection, The White Album (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)). learn more

Chuck Palahniuk

05/02/2018 - 12:00PM

Chuck Palahniuk, the author of Fight Club, takes America beyond our darkest dreams in this timely satire, Adjustment Day (W. W. Norton & Company).   People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. In this ingeniously comic work, the author’s first novel in four years, Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/02/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a number of select bookstores 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!

Alex Prud'homme and Katie Pratt

05/02/2018 - 7:00PM

Alex Prud'homme, the great nephew of Paul Child and coauthor with Julia Child of My Life in France appears at the Elliott Bay Book Company to speak about his new book, France Is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child (Thames & Hudson), a revealing collection of photographs taken by Paul Child that document his and Julia Child’s years in France. Appearing with Alex Prud'homme is the co-author of France Is a Feast, photography...

Barbara Ehrenreich

05/02/2018 - 7:30PM

Long highly regarded, and now nicely awarded, as the recipient of the 2018 Erasmus Prize, Barbara Ehrenreich makes this welcome Seattle return for her new book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (Twelve). "[Ehrenreich] offers a healthy dose of reformist philosophy combined with her trademark investigative journalism. In assessing our quest for a longer, healthier life, Ehrenreich provides a contemplative vision of an active,...

Asad Haider

05/03/2018 - 7:00PM

Viewpoint magazine founding editor Asad Haider visits with his new book, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump (Verso). This is a nuanced, close look at how race and class get set against each other in many present discussions and actions, and ways to see beyond what is too often too limited in perspective. “A bold, fresh, and radical critique of so-called identity politics, this book deserves a wide reading. Asad Haider proclaims another universality is possible, and it’s...

Charles Johnson

05/03/2018 - 7:00PM

While he has in recent years been publishing excellent books on writing (The Way of the Writer) and Buddhism (Taming the Ox), National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson has all the while kept writing stories. Tonight marks the publication of his first work of fiction in over a decade, the wonderful book of stories that is Night Hawks (Scribner). There is a deep assurance and confidence here in these stories of varying genre and setting, even as there is an artistic humility also evident...

Nikhil Pal Singh

05/05/2018 - 7:00PM

Presently a professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, where he has also been the founding faculty director of the NYU Prison Education Program, Nikhil Pal Singh makes this welcome return to a Seattle that was once home, having formerly taught at the University of Washington. He is here tonight with a timely, vital new book, Race and America’s Long War (Verso). "Race and America's Long War is a brilliant and lacerating account of the United States'...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/05/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for May 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!

Book-It Repertory Theatre 29th Season Announcement Party

05/06/2018 - 3:00PM

Book-It Repertory Theatre—the company that brings books to life on stage—is launching its 29th season with an announcement party here this afternoon. Enjoy light refreshments and be the first to hear about all five shows of Book-It’s 2018-19 mainstage season. Subscriptions may be purchased at the event (save 10% off regular prices). Seating is limited. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets. If you see this in time, also be sure to catch the closing show in the 2017-18 season...

Heather C. Lindquist and Naomi Hirahara

05/06/2018 - 2:00PM

Co-authors Heather C. Lindquist (editor of Children of Manzanar) and Naomi Hirahara (author of the Mas Arai mystery series) speak today about their book, Life After Manzanar (Heyday Books). This book focuses on the “resettlement” of ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, who, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody to start new lives.  Naomi Hirahara’s Edgar Award winning Mas Arai mystery series’ seventh and final installment, Hiroshima...

Gary Shteyngart

05/07/2018 - 7:00PM

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies proudly announces its 2018 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lecture series with author Gary Shteyngart here for two evenings. The 2018 Stroum Lectures will look back on the first fifteen years of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s celebrated career, then look ahead to his future literary pursuits (which include a new novel, Lake Success, coming this fall). In a series of conversations with Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the...

Amaranth Borsuk

05/07/2018 - 7:00PM

In MIT Press’s distinctive Essential Knowledge series, poet and University of Washington Bothell professor Amaranth Borsuk has taken on the subject of The Book—what it is, what it’s been, what it might be. This is a defense of the book, though not a defensive defense. Indeed, she shows in this, as she has in her previous publications and presentations, a willingness to work with extended forms and possibilities, multi-dimensional and -visioned. The familiar is and will be here, but so will...

Viet Thanh Nguyen with Jamie Ford

05/07/2018 - 7:30PM

Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017-18 Literary Arts Series concludes on a high note, as award-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen returns to a Seattle that has been particularly keen for his work. That work in a span of just three years has included his novel, The Sympathizer; a non-fiction study, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War; and last year’s book of stories, The Refugees. Between them, these books have garnered the Pulitzer Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar...

Global Issues Book Group

05/08/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Arlie Hochschild's, Strangers in Their Own Land (New Press). learn more

Janelle Hanchett

05/08/2018 - 7:00PM

The creator of the popular Renegade Mothering blog, Janelle Hanchett tells the larger story behind that writing, that is, her own pathway to surprise and surprising motherhood, her engaging book, I’m Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering (Hachette). "Whilst we are all fighting some sort of inner battle, few of us have the honesty, humor, and heart to describe our struggle like Janelle Hanchett. Her memoir, I'm Just Happy to Be Here, is not just for those touched by...

Todd Robert Petersen with Carly Slater

05/09/2018 - 7:00PM

It Needs to Look Like We Tried (Counterpoint) is Utah writer Todd Robert Petersen’s audacious book of linked stories, his first written for an audience beyond his home region. “A disjointed Pulp Fiction-style narrative, hopscotching west of the Mississippi with a motley set of characters . . . The penultimate story, ‘Providence,’ is a gem . . . An engaging set of stories of broken lives, jagged in structure but smooth in the telling.” —Kirkus Reviews. “Everybody in Todd Robert Petersen’s edgy...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/09/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, who do song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, 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!

Gary Shteyngart

05/09/2018 - 7:00PM

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies proudly announces its 2018 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lecture series with author Gary Shteyngart here for two evenings. The 2018 Stroum Lectures will look back on the first fifteen years of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s celebrated career, then look ahead to his future literary pursuits (which include a new novel, Lake Success, coming this fall). In a series of conversations with Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the...

Robert Sapolsky

05/10/2018 - 9:30AM

Clergy, scholars and lay people are all invited to Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s 38th Annual Clergy Institute. This year’s speaker is acclaimed neuroendocrinologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky, whose topic will be “the Biology of Good and Evil, the Science Behind Behavior.” His latest book, Behave: the Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Penguin Press) and other books will available for purchase during today’s program. Advance tickets ($15) are necessary and include lunch. Click below for more...

Sheila Heti

05/10/2018 - 7:00PM

Whatever she writes, Sheila Heti has been one of the most provocative, searching writers at work in this country today. The author of How Should a Person Be? and Women in Clothes, she is here with a compelling new novel, Motherhood (Henry Holt). “This inquiry into the modern woman’s moral, social and psychological relationship to procreation is an illumination, a provocation, and a response—finally—to the new norms of femininity, formulated from the deepest reaches of female intellectual...

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

05/10/2018 - 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

Ruth Joffre

05/10/2018 - 7:00PM

Seattle writer and Hugo House instructor Ruth Joffre celebrates publication of her debut book, the marvelous collection, Night Beast and Other Stories (Black Cat/Grove). “Ruth Joffre turns the lights on all around her characters yet still permits them their mystery, so that beneath their sharp lines and vivid colors one senses something considerably darker and more enigmatic. They face you not like constructions on a page but like people in the world.” —Kevin Brockmeier. “What pure pleasure...

Minh-Ha T. Pham

05/11/2018 - 10:00AM

The Saturday University morning spring series on Asian Textiles concludes with Minh-Ha T. Pham of Pratt Institute, and author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press). Her lecture topic this morning will be “From Factory to Fashion Blogs (and back again.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle...

Ece Temelkuran

05/11/2018 - 7:00PM

One of Turkey’s foremost writers, Ece Temelkuran, accomplished both in fiction and non-fiction work, makes this special visit here from her present home in Zagreb, Croatia, thanks to the good people at the Turkish and Ottoman Studies program at the University of Washington. Known first as an investigative journalist, she turned to fiction writing after her writing caused controversy and dismissal. Ms. Temelkuran has had two works of fiction recently translated and released here, The Time of...

Lidia Yuknavitch, Tarfia Faizullah, Ijeoma Oluo, Nick Droz

05/11/2018 - 7:30PM

Hugo Literary Series’ 2017–18 season concludes with the prompt "There Goes the Neighborhood" as a stellar lineup is on hand, this evening at the Northwest Film Forum. Lidia Yuknavitch, most recently with The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, as well as her memoir, The Chronology of Water, makes this welcome Seattle return. Tarfia Faizullah has an excellent collection of poems newly out from Graywolf, Registers of Illuminated Villages. Seattle’s Ijeoma Oluo is stirring those who...

Kevin A. Patterson

05/12/2018 - 7:00PM

In Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities (Thorntree Press), Kevin Patterson, of Philadelphia’s polyamory community and founder of the Poly Role Models project, writes of the place of race in this aspect of relationships, both delineating issues and offering solutions. “Smart and witty, engaging and provocative, Kevin Patterson’s outstanding new book Love’s Not Color Blind is required reading for everyone who wants an inclusive...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/12/2018 - 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!

Arshia Sattar

05/13/2018 - 3:00PM

Here from southern India, making this most welcome first Elliott Bay appearance is one of the most acclaimed translators and scholars of classical Indian texts at work today, Arshia Sattar. Her translations from Sanskrit, The Ramayana of Valmiki and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara, have been published to critical praise in India as Penguin Classics. She has also written related books for younger readers, and it is one of these, Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling (Yonder/Restless), that...

An Evening of Mahmoud Darwish Poetry

05/14/2018 - 7:00PM

Esteemed poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and architect (cultural architect as well as building architect) Rania Qawasma, Northwest poets, and members of Seattle’s Palestinian community, mark the solemn occasion of 70 years of Nakba, and honor the resilience of Palestinians everywhere with this evening’s reading of the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. The reading, in Arabic and English, is expected to include poets Elizabeth Austen, Rick Barot, Jourdan Keith, Claudia Castro Luna, JM Miller, and Susan Rich,...

Rachel Kushner

05/15/2018 - 7:00PM

Rachel Kushner’s first two novels—Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers—were each finalists for their respective years’ National Book Awards. She is here tonight for her arresting new novel, The Mars Room (Scribner), which could well figure to be in the same honored place as her earlier books. Rachel Kushner again goes at things fearlessly (to the eye), and with compelling language. “Two-time National Book Award finalist Kushner delivers a heartbreaking and unforgettable novel set in a...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

05/15/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Nisi Shawl’s, Everfair (Tor) as the May selection.   Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/16/2018 - 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!

Nicola Griffith

05/16/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to help celebrate the publication of internationally renowned Seattle writer Nicola Griffith’s powerful new novel, So Lucky (MCD/FSG Originals). The author most recently of Hild, and such earlier works as Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, and Always, she writes with present-day urgency of a woman taking on a great adversary—being diagnosed with a life-altering condition. “This genre-violating story begins straightforwardly then slides into a hallucinatory exploration...

Devin Naar

05/16/2018 - 7:00PM

Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s annual Keller Family Lecture Series present Dr. Devin Naar, University of Washington Professor of Sephardic Studies, as this year’s speaker. His lecture will focus on “Facing Deportation: Sephardic Jews in America’s Legacy of Immigration Restriction.” Devin Naar is the author of Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece (Stanford University Press). Presented by Temple De Hirsch Sinai. No tickets or RSVP necessary. The lecture will be...

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

05/17/2018 - 7:00PM

A welcome Elliott Bay return is made this evening by writer Rahna Reiko Rizzuto with her new novel, Shadow Child (Grand Central). Known for her National Book Critics Circle Award-finalist memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, and her earlier novel, Why She Left Us, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto in Shadow Child tells of family and identity that spans World War II-era Japan and 1970s New York City, including Hawaii. "A beautifully woven historical saga wrapped in a page-turning mystery, Shadow Child explores...

Yaa Gyasi

05/17/2018 - 7:00PM

The 20th Anniversary of Seattle Reads, the groundbreaking community-wide reading group that began in 1998 with Russell Banks and The Sweet Hereafter, continues as strongly as ever. This year it is Yaa Gyasi with her award-winning debut novel, Homegoing (Vintage), which she first read in Seattle at Elliott Bay. Many more know of this extraordinary book now, and will even better, as part of Seattle Reads. She will make a number of appearances on May 16 and 17, highlighted by this evening at...

Peter Donahue

05/18/2018 - 7:00PM

After a few years living and teaching in the South, Peter Donahue is back in a Northwest he has been chronicling in books of his own writing and editing.  These have included the novels Clara and Merrit and Madison House, as well as the short story collection The Cornelius Arms. His co-edited anthologies include Reading Seattle and Reading Portland. Now living in the Methow Valley and teaching at Wenatchee Valley College-Omak College, he is here tonight with a trilogy of short novels...

Florence Noiville

05/19/2018 - 3:00PM

This special Saturday afternoon reading marks a first Seattle visit by one of France’s pre-eminent novelists and literary journalists, Florence Noiville. She is here from Paris, the author of three recent translated books, all from the initible Seagull Books of Kolkata. All three translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan, these include a book of literary conversations, Literary Miniatures, and the novels, Go Back, and most recently, A Cage in Search of a Bird.  “Noiville’s Hitchcock-style...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/19/2018 - 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!

Michael Mejia, Patrik Sampler, Anca Cristovici

05/19/2018 - 7:00PM

Hugo House hosts this evening group reading by novelists Michael Mejia (co-founding editor of Ninebark Press), author of TOKYO (FC2); Patrik Sampler, author of The Ocean Container (Ninebark Press); and Anca Cristofovici, author of Stela (Ninebark Press). Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission. Click below for more information. More info

Rae Paris

05/19/2018 - 7:00PM

This evening is a chance to welcome both a powerful, recently published poetic debut, and a writer newly moved to Seattle. Rae Paris, a new member of the University of Washington creative writing faculty (as of January), reads here tonight for her beautiful book, The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory (Wayne State University Press). “The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory is the lyric record of a poet’s journey through sites of historical trauma and personal loss, at once harrowing and elegiac. Through...

Michelle Tea with Sarah Galvin

05/20/2018 - 3:00PM

What should be a lively, engaged Sunday afternoon is in store as Michelle Tea is here for her new book, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms (Feminist Press), to be joined in conversation by Seattle poet/essayist Sarah Galvin. “From its opening sentence to its finish, Michelle Tea’s Against Memoir is a bracing, heaven-sent tonic for deeply troubled times. Its clarity, hilarity, range, nonchalant brilliance, and decades of experience in ‘art and music, love and queerness,...

Molly Crabapple with Marwan Hisham (via Skype)

05/21/2018 - 7:00PM

There may be no more striking or harrowing account of the Syrian war yet to appear than Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham and U.S. journalist/artist Molly Crabapple’s Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War (One World). This evening will feature Molly Crabapple, last here for her amazing book, Drawing Blood, and, it is hoped, Marwan Hisham, being skyped in from Turkey, where he is presently based. Molly Crabapple’s artwork give this book even more of a picture of what this war is, and has...

Michael Pollan

05/22/2018 - 7:30PM

Michael Pollan, the author of books that have pondered how and what we eat—Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma—as well as our desire (The Botany of Desire), where we live (A Place of My Own), and that we garden (Second Nature), is here tonight with a new book on what is going on inside our heads, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Penguin Press). “Very few writers, if...

Joshua Mensch

05/22/2018 - 7:00PM

Poet, artist, and founding editor of the literary journal B O D Y, Joshua Mensch is here from his home in Prague to read from his devastating, cathartic verse memoir, Because: A Lyric Memoir (W.W. Norton). “[Because] is a rare and remarkable text. Although it deals unswervingly with abuse, violations of trust and the deeply damaging effect of both of these, it is also literary, powerful and consoling . . . A deeply achieved record of human truth, earned at cost and beautifully expressed.” —...

Jessica Johnson

05/23/2018 - 7:00PM

A professor in anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality studies at the University of Washington, Jessica Johnson casts a scholarly, revealing eye on the doings of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church in her just-released book, Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll's Evangelical Empire (Duke University Press). “Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill churches in Seattle took Calvinist insecurity to new levels, producing an everyday world of acute affective precarity. His church people lived in a...

Cleo Wade

05/23/2018 - 7:00PM

Our May schedule was literally going to press when word came of this chance to present poet, artist, and storyteller Cleo Wade with her breakout inspirational book, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life (37 Ink/Atria), which we’re delighted to be doing with the Northwest African American Museum. Called "the millennial Oprah" by New York magazine, she is getting word and image out. “A unique blend of mantras and affirmations, poetry, and what the author calls ‘kitchen table...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/23/2018 - 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!

Simon Winchester

05/23/2018 - 7:30PM

One of those rare writers who can write about seemingly anything, even with subjects dense, mystifying, or complex, and render them into works that receive both critical acclaim and have popular appeal, Simon Winchester makes this welcome Seattle return for his newest book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (Harper). “Another gem from one of the world’s justly celebrated historians specializing in unusual and always fascinating subjects and people.” —...

Jussi Valtonen with translator Kristian Loudon

05/24/2018 - 7:00PM

Noted Finnish writer and psychologist Jussi Valtonen visits this evening, along with his translator Kristian Loudon, for this reading on behalf of his recently published novel, They Know Not What They Do (Oneworld). “A perfect novel for our time, They Know Not What They Do is a satirical critique of our contemporary infatuation with innovation, fuelled by corporate greed and a desire to do everything faster. With a sympathetic hand, Valtonen skillfully creates a perfect storm of ethical...

Alex S. Vitale and David Correia

05/24/2018 - 7:30PM

Alex Vitale and David Correia, two writer/activists, both published by Verso, discuss their new books on police. Alex Vitale is author of The End of Policing. “The End of Policing combines the best in academic research with rhetorical urgency to explain why the ordinary array of police reforms will be ineffective in reducing abusive policing. Alex Vitale shows that we must move beyond conceptualizing public safety as interdiction, exclusion, and arrest if we hope to achieve racial and economic...

Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite

05/25/2018 - 7:00PM

From Seattle’s new Alephactory Press comes a novel written by co-authors Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite, last seen with their nationally acclaimed 2015 novel, War of the Encylopaedists. Deliver Us is set in a near-future Detroit, and features a social-media activist leading an effort against Amazon, which is purporting to "aid" Detroit by inundating it with a fleet of delivery drones. "Deliver Us is a wild, funny, ridiculous and yet deeply serious novel that imagines a near future...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/26/2018 - 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!

Jenny Xie and Cathy Linh Che

05/29/2018 - 7:00PM

Two excellent visiting poets read here from debut collections tonight. With Jenny Xie, it is Eye Level (Graywolf), chosen by Juan Felipe Herrera as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poet. "What a sheer and complex joy it is to read this book. I've never seen this precise combination of clarity, depth, heart, and loveliness—Jenny Xie's Eye Level makes me linger over every breathtaking line and has me in a trance. Poem after poem is more than beautiful; they're...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/30/2018 - 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!  

Matt Hern & Am Johal

05/30/2018 - 7:00PM

Down from Vancouver come two collaborators in a timely book drawn largely from the tar sands of northern Alberta. Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale (MIT Press) is a look at what is being done at what is probably the world’s largest industrial site, one with many ecological ramifications. Also part of their journeys, and part of this book in illustration, is acclaimed cartoon artist Joe Sacco. The book—which depicts in all manner of ways the ecological horror being...

Peter Stark

05/31/2018 - 7:00PM

Having received widespread kudos for his previous book, Astoria, which focused heavily on an early part of settler history in the Northwest, one might gather that a new book entitled Young Washington might be on Washington Territory or early Washington State history. Not so: Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father (Ecco) is a sweeping look at young George Washington, a part of his life seldom written about. “Stark puts his background as an adventure writer to...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/02/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for June 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!

Elliott Bay Book Group

06/05/2018 - 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 Ben Winter's novel, Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books). learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/06/2018 - 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

06/09/2018 - 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

06/13/2018 - 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!

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

06/14/2018 - 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  

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/16/2018 - 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!

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

06/19/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, book group will be discussing Drew Magary's The Postmortal (Penguin) as the June selection.   Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/20/2018 - 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

06/23/2018 - 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!

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/27/2018 - 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

06/30/2018 - 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

07/04/2018 - 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

07/07/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for July 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 let the stories begin! Please join us!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

07/14/2018 - 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!  

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