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Bill McKibben

11/20/2017 - 7:00PM

Bill McKibben, the longtime environmental activist (co-founder of Step It Up and 350.org) and author (The End of Nature, Enough, Deep Economy) as debut novelist? Bill McKibben as the author of Radio Free Vermont (Blue Rider) the novel, indeed! “Is it a surprise that the debut novel from one of our best-known environmental activists focuses on grassroots resistance? In backwoods Vermont, two radicals use an underground radio show to recruit people interested in seceding from the United States....

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

11/21/2017 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (Orbit) as the November selection.   Learn More

Kij Johnson

11/21/2017 - 7:00PM

She is a professor of English at the University of Kansas now, but along the way Kij Johnson has worked in bookstores, in publishing, as a waitress in a strip bar, and been writing award-winning (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo, Nebula) stories which would appear in her collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. Also the author of three earlier novels, she is here with The River Bank (Small Beer, illustrations by Kathleen Jennings), her audacious, beguiling sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s long-...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/22/2017 - 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!

Closed - Happy Thanksgiving!

11/23/2017 - 10:00AM

We are closed for the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving

11/23/2017 - 10:00AM

We are closed for the holiday.

Children's Holiday Storytime

11/25/2017 - 11:00AM

The Thanksgiving holiday always brings to mind things we are grateful for, and in that spirit our first holiday storytime will share stories of gratitude. We’ll have a special guest reader to share such seasonal favorites as An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton and the vibrant Thankful Book by Todd Parr. Today we will also kick off partnering with Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program to gather contributions for a holiday book drive benefiting low-income schools in Seattle....

Gobble Up

11/25/2017 - 10:00AM

Urban Craft Uprising’s Artisanal Food Show Our friends at Urban Craft Uprising present the debut of Gobble Up, which will feature products made by some of the best artisanal and craft food makers in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring 75+ local crafty food and beverage vendors, tastings and cookbook signings (with authors and schedule to be announced). more info

Urban Craft Uprising's Gobble Up

11/25/2017 - 10:00AM

Urban Craft Uprising’s Artisanal Food Show Our friends at Urban Craft Uprising present the debut of Gobble Up, which will feature products made by some of the best artisanal and craft food makers in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring 75+ local crafty food and beverage vendors, tastings and cookbook signings (with authors and schedule to be announced). more info

Pete Souza

11/27/2017 - 7:00PM

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 new book, Obama: an Intimate Portrait (Little, Brown). This book is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's historic Presidency, captured in unprecedented detail by his White House photographer—and presented in an oversize, 12"x10" exquisitely produced format, and featuring a foreword from...

Randy Michael Signor

11/27/2017 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to be helping welcome into the world Seattle writer Randy Michael Signor’s powerful debut novel, Osawatomie (Mill City Press). A small town in Kansas, 1854 on up to the 1960s is where this happens - which is a great deal. "Randy Michael Signor has situated this deeply moving and luminous new narrative of his along some of the most grievous and painful faultlines in the wider American story, those of race and violence, desolation and redemption, and he has done so with a...

Helen Benedict

11/28/2017 - 7:00PM

In Helen Benedict’s novel, Wolf Season (Bellevue Literary Press), a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, and the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed. Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her blind daughter and the three wolves under her care. Naema, a widowed doctor who fled Iraq with her wounded son, faces life-threatening injuries. Beth, who is raising a troubled son, waits out her marine husband's deployment in Afghanistan, equally...

Amir Husain

11/29/2017 - 7:00PM

Technologist and inventor Amir Husain is here from his Austin home this evening with his ambitious first book, The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence (Scribner). “Should Artificial Intelligence be feared or embraced? Which industries will be transformed next? Should we allow autonomous weapons in the military? Can machines be creative? This book provides a sound, technical perspective while tackling core questions about science, society and humanity. We’re at a...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/29/2017 - 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!  

Martha Nussbaum

11/30/2017 - 7:30PM

One of this country’s most eminent philosophers, Martha Nussbaum makes this welcome Seattle appearance for her newest work, Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations About Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret (Oxford University Press). Composed as a dialogue with University of Chicago law professor Saul Levermore, Martha Nussbaum, herself the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, in this book explores how we age psychologically,...

Thomas Graham

11/30/2017 - 7:00PM

Thomas Graham Jr., a leading American diplomat on arms control, discusses his new book, America: The Founders' Vision (Butler Books).  One of the nation's most respected senior ambassadors, he was involved in all America's important arms-control and non-proliferation talks for over three decades.  His new book pulls together highly relevant quotes from the original documents of the U.S. Founders, words particularly important today in defending democracy. Thomas Graham Jr. will discuss...

Johnathan Blunk

11/30/2017 - 7:00PM

In James Wright: A Life in Poetry (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), poet/essayist Jonathan Blunk has written a long-awaited biographical work of one of the 20th century’s major U.S. poets, one who spent formative years at the University of Washington studying with Theodore Roethke and Stanley Kunitz. “Admirable . . . Blunk gives discerning attention to Wright’s work, following individual poems from draft form to critical reception, as he traces Wright’s larger artistic trajectory . . . Unarguably...

Lauren Danner

12/01/2017 - 7:00PM

Olympia-based writer and historian Lauren Danner’s book , Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park, (Washington State University Press), chronicles the creation of the North Cascades National Park nearly 50 years ago. The North Cascades range benefited from geographic isolation that shielded its mountains from extensive resource extraction and development. Efforts to establish a park began as early as 1892, but as the environmental movement matured, a 1950s Glacier Peak...

Gary Rogowski

12/02/2017 - 7:00PM

Gary Rogowski, the Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, opened the doors of his Portland, Oregon shop to offer classes to the public in 1997.  A renowned teacher and a builder of fine furniture, he is perhaps best known for his classic book, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery (Taunton Press). Tonight he’ll speak about his  new book, Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction (Linden). “Part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living,...

Children's Holiday Storytime

12/02/2017 - 11:00AM

We meet in the children's section for a special storytime to celebrate the winter season! Join our special guest reader for some silly stories for toddlers and others. We'll be reading some of our seasonal favorites including The Mitten by Jan Brett, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho by Doreen Cronin, and of course Dream Snow by Eric Carle, to name a few. Welcome to all families!

Saturday University with Naveeda Khan

12/02/2017 - 10:00AM

River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh With a focus on silt islands that accrete and erode within the Jamuna River in Bangladesh, Naveeda Khan asks how do the poor make and re-make their lives on such shifting grounds? In this talk she will explore the ways the poor have found to exist, even flourish, in such a challenging setting. She will also explore how climate change is making its presence known within these lives. About the Presenter: Naveeda Khan is Associate Professor of...

Rhett & Link - SOLD OUT

12/02/2017 - 2:30PM

This Fall, wildly popular comedians and YouTube stars Rhett & Link publish their first-ever book, Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality, through Crown. In celebration of its release, Rhett & Link will criss-cross the country to bring their uniquely warm, weird, and always hilarious two-man act to fans nationwide. The Tour of Mythicality, their first-ever live stage show, will feature a blend of comedic yet personal storytelling, performances of their hit songs, offbeat life advice,...

St. Peter's Holiday Fair

12/02/2017 - 10:00AM

We’re glad to again participate in St. Peter’s Annual Holiday Fair. The church, founded in 1932, has roots in a mission church established in 1908 by Japanese Anglicans and this holiday fair reflects its Japanese American and multicultural community. Among this year’s offerings are homemade sushi, baked goods and traditional Japanese treats, ornaments, totes, design wear, clothing, children’s crafts, glass art, jewelry and fair trade items. We’ll bring a selection of Japanese American and...

Joe Biden

12/03/2017 - 7:30PM

Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table.  This fall, Vice President Biden will travel the nation for his American Promise...

Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Group Reading

12/03/2017 - 3:00PM

Seattle’s Youth Poet Laureate Program identifies young writers who believe in poetry’s power to create positive change in their community. Join us as representatives from the Youth Poet Laureate cohort share new poetry on causes close to their hearts. Lily Baumgart, Seattle’s current reigning Youth Poet Laureate, will headline the evening.   More about Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Youth Poet Laureate and Writers in the Schools programs here.

David Litt

12/04/2017 - 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...

Natalie Diaz & John Freeman

12/05/2017 - 7:00PM

Two deeply talented, engaged poets hold forth together this evening, reading from and discussing their work. Mojave poet Natalie, already a favorite with audiences in Seattle and around the country, makes a welcome return, as does John Freeman, in this first Seattle visit as a poet. Natalie Diaz is author of When My Brother Was an Aztec and John Freeman’s debut collection is Maps (both books from Copper Canyon Press). John Freeman is also here as an editor - of both the anthology, A Tale of Two...

Elliott Bay Book Group

12/05/2017 - 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 Kate Walbert's novel, A Short History of Women (Scribner). learn more

Anca Szilágyi with Corinne Manning

12/05/2017 - 7:30PM

We help promote and support this book launch celebration by Seattle-based writer Anca Szilágyi for her debut novel, Daughters of the Air (Lanternfish Press). Joining her to read and moderate is Seattle writer Corinne Manning. “Anca L. Szilágyi writes with an elegant economy that gives her work a moving urgency and a lushness that is uplifting. Crafting characters and moments of unexpected brilliance, Anca weaves narratives imbued with an original beauty. A pure delight.” – Chris Abani. “[...

Françoise Canter, Suzanne Botelli & Shin Yu Pai

12/05/2017 - 7:00PM

Three Seattle poets read work today on the subject of “Home and Place.”  Françoise Canter is the author of Les voix liminales / Liminal Voices (published in a bilingual, French/English edition by À L’Index, France). Les voix liminales / Liminal Voices acknowledges journeys back and forth between two languages, two cultures and two countries and gives voice to the poetry that emerges between languages. She is joined by Suzanne Botelli, whose poems have appeared in The Collagist, Scoundrel...

Jess Walters

12/06/2017 - 7:00PM

As part of Hugo House’s Words Work series devoted to writing and craft, Spokane novelist Jess Walters is over to talk of the subject,  “On the Clock, Time, and the Fiction Writer.” Jess Walter is the award-winning author of six novels, one book of short stories, and one nonfiction book. “As talented a natural storyteller as is working in American Fiction.” – Washington Post. “When it comes to explaining to me my own too often baffling nation, there’s no one writing today whom I trust as...

Erin James

12/06/2017 - 6:30PM

Seattle native and devoted apple lover Erin James’ newly released book, Tasting Cider: The CIDERCRAFT Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Cider (Storey) celebrates the historic beverage with tasting notes, producer profiles and food and cocktail recipes. The book comes to life just in time for the holidays at Elliott Bay Book’s neighbor, Capitol Cider, where from 6:30-8 p.m., guests can join James and the Capitol Cider team for book-inspired cider flights, a featured cocktail and...

David B. Williams & Kevin O’Brien with Laurie Frankel

12/06/2017 - 7:00PM

Join Seattle writers David B. Williams (an expert on hidden haunts) and Kevin O'Brien (fully acquainted with literary murder and mayhem) as they share their passions for sinister Seattle. In a lighthearted and lively conversation, they'll discuss the best places to commit fictional murder in the city, with a special focus on Capitol Hill.  And they'd like your input!   David B. Williams’ book Seattle Walks (University of Washington Press) has spent many weeks on the Elliott Bay...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

12/06/2017 - 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!

Mike Duncan

12/07/2017 - 7:00PM

Award-winning history podcaster Mike Duncan visits with a book that is causing something of a storm, not only because its title is The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (Public Affairs). "Never has a book about history that's two millennia old been so timely. Duncan, in the sort of narrative prose that caused his podcasts to electrify history lovers everywhere, tells the story of the decay of Republican Rome-and its contemporary relevance drips off every...

Rachel Rose & Elee Kraljii Gardiner

12/08/2017 - 7:00PM

We welcome Vancouver, BC poet laureate Rachel Rose back to Elliott Bay tonight to speak about a new (prose) book, The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World's K9 Cops (St. Martins), in which she introduces readers to police dogs and their handlers in the United States, Canada, Britain, and France (where their group's official name translates as "the dog lover unit"). "What do you get when a poet does ride-alongs with police K-9 units in four different countries? You get a unique,...

Khizr Khan

12/08/2017 - 7:00PM

There may have been no moment more dramatic or telling in the 2016 presidential campaign than when attorney and Gold Star father Khizr Khan challenged Donald Trump on service, sacrifice, and his knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Khan is here this evening with a newly released memoir, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice (Random House), that develops and deepens the points made at the Democratic Convention, and tells a story of how a family became an integral part of this...

Children’s Holiday Storytime

12/09/2017 - 11:00AM

Music and dance are such a wonderful tradition for the winter holidays. Today we will read from a selection of stories including a beautiful edition of The Nutcracker with illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger. And how could we not include the grand dame of dance herself with her own story in Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer (designer of Balanchine's Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet). Join us in the children's section with our fabulous guest reader Zandi Carlson.

Carolyne Wright & Sarah Jones

12/09/2017 - 7:00PM

We’re glad to welcome poet, translator and teacher Carolyne Wright tonight to read from a major new collection of her work, This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press). This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems brings together the most powerful and resonant poems of Carolyne Wright's books and chapbooks to date. "The language of Carolyne Wright's poems is as rich, diverse, and bursting with life as the natural world of the coastal Northwest she calls home; but her home...

Carolyne Wright

12/09/2017 - 7:00PM

We’re glad to welcome poet, translator and teacher Carolyne Wright tonight to read from a major new collection of her work, This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press). This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems brings together the most powerful and resonant poems of Carolyne Wright's books and chapbooks to date. "The language of Carolyne Wright's poems is as rich, diverse, and bursting with life as the natural world of the coastal Northwest she calls home; but her home...

Saturday University with Timothy Clark

12/09/2017 - 10:00AM

Hokusai’s Waterscapes This summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum in London was Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave, curated by Timothy Clark, head of the Japanese section at that museum. The ever-popular Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker created The Great Wave print in 1831–33, one of most widely recognized works of art in the world. This exhibition stood out as a significant contribution among the many exhibitions and publications on Katsushika Hokusai through its focus on...

Jonathan Sposato

12/11/2017 - 7:00PM

In 2015, investor and tech entrepreneur Jonathan Sposato, chair and co-founder of Geekwire.com and CEO of Picmonkey, announced that he would only back businesses that have at least one female founder. His new book, Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits (Wiley) offers some powerful and implementable solutions to fostering gender equality in businesses and workplaces. Better Together provides managers, employees, CEOs, and board members a guide to...

SOLD OUT Hillary Rodham Clinton Booksigning

12/12/2017 - 12:00PM

  This event is now SOLD OUT. We are thrilled to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Elliott Bay Book Company for a special book signing on Tuesday December 12th in honor of her extraordinary new book What Happened. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. In What Happened, Secretary Clinton, for the first time, reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and...

Melinda Mueller & Lori Goldston

12/12/2017 - 7:00PM

Seattle poet Melinda Mueller reads here this evening from two recently published collections. Newest - and most timely, given the current season - is Mary’s Dust (from Seattle’s Entre Ríos Books). Mary’s Dust works through stories of thirty-two actual Marys. The book includes a download of original, commissioned music by acclaimed Seattle cellist Lori Goldston, “Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust.” “Melinda Mueller’s great gift is translating historical detail and scientific fact into profound human...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

12/13/2017 - 11:30AM

*This will be the final PJ Library of 2017, with a holiday break during the next few weeks. Join us once again, on January 3, 2018. 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...

Matthew McIntosh with Paul Constant

12/14/2017 - 7:00PM

Fourteen years after his bleak, powerful debut novel Well, a book set primarily in suburban Seattle, Matthew McIntosh is back with a most remarkable, audacious work. theMystery.doc (Grove Press) is an immense but light-footed novel, rich with images in sequence and blasts of text in addition to written narrative, reflective of what it is being written about. We are delighted to be hosting one of the few evenings Matthew McIntosh will be doing for this, where he’ll be joined by Paul Constant of...

E.J. Koh, Mita Mahato, Montreux Rotholtz & Jane Wong

12/15/2017 - 7:30PM

We close out our 2017 year of store readings - taking a few-weeks break for the holidays - with this group reading by four Seattle poets, all with extraordinary debut collections out. E.J. Koh, part of a memorable reading here with Sherman Alexie and Robert Lashley a year ago, right after the election, is here with A Lesser Love (Louisiana State University Press), winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize. She has also been writing stories and receiving awards for her translation work. “Koh, whose...

Children's Holiday Storytime

12/16/2017 - 11:00AM

As we near the Winter Solstice we celebrate all the traditions of winter with selections from Shante Keys and the New Years Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah by Jane Yolen and Messy Bessey's Holidays by Patricia McKissack. Come join us in the children's section with our special guest reader Christine Longe.

Children's Holiday Storytime

12/23/2017 - 11:00AM

Perhaps our favorite story hour of the entire year, we revisit the classic tales of the winter season with a lovely reading by guest reader Jesica Avellone who shares Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the eternally moving story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, as well as the laugh aloud silliness of Lemony Snicket's contemporary classic The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming. We hope you and your family can join us for this very special story time in the children's section as...

Global Issues Book Group

01/09/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury).  learn more

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