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BILL HAYES

02/27/2017 - 7:00PM

  What a tender, loving portrait of New York City and of the love this author, recently transplanted from San Francisco, found with his late partner, Oliver Sacks. Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me (Bloomsbury), takes you deep into Bill Hayes’ everyday life in Manhattan and shares some of his experiences loving a man who, unknown to most of the public, had not had a serious romantic relationship.  “Readers will find themselves wishing the two men had more time, but as Hayes...

ROSA LIKSOM with LOLA ROGERS

02/28/2017 - 7:00PM

  As part of a Seattle visit occasioned by the University of Washington’s Scandinavian Studies Department, renowned Finnish author, artist, and filmmaker Rosa Liksom reads here, in an appearance that will include her English-language translator, Seattle’s Lola Rogers. Graywolf Press has just published its translation (by Lola Rogers) of Rosa Liksom’s most recent book, Compartment No. 6. This book is a train journey, Moscow to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and then it is more. “Liksom’s rich...

GEORGE SAUNDERS at Town Hall

02/28/2017 - 7:30PM

  All kinds of anticipation is greeting esteemed fiction writer George Saunders and his dazzling, extraordinary  first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (Random House). Long one of this country’s masters of the short-story, he blows things open with this incredibly moving novel. “Even though Saunders (Tenth of December), the much-heralded author of distinctively inventive short stories, anchors his first novel to a historical moment—the death of President Abraham Lincoln’s young son,...

DAVID B. WILLIAMS at Seattle Public Central Library

03/01/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. This month begins with a much anticipated new book by naturalist David B. Williams, whose work has done so much to help shape our understandings of Seattle’s natural world and built environment. In Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City (University of Washington Press), he weaves together the history, natural history, and architecture of Seattle and invites us all on the roads and trails with him. You know about the Denny...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

03/01/2017 - 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!

JOHN B. JUDIS at Folio

03/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM. Long a prominent journalist and historian, John Judis visits with a timely book from a timely series of such books, The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics (Columbia Global Reports). “The Populist Explosion is far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. John Judis, whose track...

ALISON FLOWERS at Town Hall

03/02/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS. Chicago investigative journalist Alison Flowers tells the indepth story of four wrongly tried and convicted people in her compelling recent book, Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity (Haymarket Books). "No author has covered the years after exoneration with the same depth as Flowers does in this disturbing book. She ably shows that even under the best of circumstances, exonerees struggle with family relationships,...

MIN JIN LEE with GINA HADLEY

03/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  A decade after her internationally-acclaimed debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee makes this welcome return with a powerful novel of twentieth-century exile, Pachinko (Bloomsbury USA). “Pachinko is elegant and soulful, both intimate and sweeping. This story of several generations of one Korean family in Japan is the story of every family whose parents sacrificed for their children, every family whose children were unable to recognize the cost, but it’s also the story...

FIRST SECOND COMICS PANEL & GAME NIGHT at Seattle Public Central Library

03/03/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Please join us for a celebration of young adult graphic novels and of publisher First/Second. Tonight’s festivities include a panel of author/illustrators, a book signing and a game of Pictionary. Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is the author of many graphic novels, including Boxers and Saints, American Born Chinese (which was a National Book Award Finalist) and Secret Coders. Ignatz Award winning cartoonist Box...

SARAH BRITTON at Little Oddfellows

03/03/2017 - 5:00PM

  Join us at Little Oddfellows for a book signing and reception to celebrate Sarah Britton's latest cookbook, Naturally Nourished. Naturally Nourished showcases inventive vegetarian recipes made from everyday ingredients. Sarah Britton is the founder of the groundbreaking blog, My New Roots.  

MUHAMAD ALI at Seattle University

03/04/2017 - 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 the Saturday University morning lecture series continues with its timely theme, in a new location, owing to renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Today’s program, in the very centrally...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

03/04/2017 - 11:00AM

  Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for March 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.  

WORDS FROM THE CAFÉ

03/05/2017 - 3:00PM

  RECOVERY CAFE Group Reading with TOD MARSHALL, ANNA BALINT, and FRIENDS Co-presented with RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS, HUMANITIES WASHINGTON & ARTSWA. Every Friday at Seattle’s Recovery Café, people struggling with addiction or mental illness or homelessness come together in Anna Bálint’s Safe Place Writing Circle to write and share writing. Here they discover their own unique voices and ways of shaping language to write stories and poems as part of reclaiming their lives. Words from...

TANYA ERZEN with AUTUMN CURTIS

03/06/2017 - 7:00PM

  University of Puget Sound professor Tanya Erzen’s research with prisoners and members of faith-based ministries in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana and Washington is the subject of her new book, God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Beacon Press). She finds in these ministries a source of self-transformation and dignity for prisoners but questions their ability to address fundamental problems in our justice system and their...

GISH JEN with ERIC LIU

03/07/2017 - 7:00PM

  A thoroughly engaging evening is in store as one of our closest longtime ‘visiting’ author friends, Gish Jen, is joined by one of our best here in Seattle in Eric Liu, this conversation occasioned by the publication of Gish Jen’s new non-fiction book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap (Knopf). One of our finest fiction writers as the award-winning author of three novels and a book of stories, she has been here for each of these books over the years:...

ELLIOTT BAY BOOK GROUP

03/07/2017 - 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 Sinclair Lewis’ timely (?!), US-classic of a novel, Elmer Gantry (Signet). Please see the Elliott Bay Book Club page for more information.

CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE

03/08/2017 - 7:00PM

  Four years after her critically acclaimed, bestselling debut, Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline has taken Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting, Christina’s World, as muse for her striking new novel, A Piece of the World (William Morrow). "A Piece of the World is a graceful, moving and powerful demonstration of what can happen when a fearless literary imagination combines with an inexhaustible curiosity about the past and the human heart: a feat of time travel, a bravura improvisation on...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

03/08/2017 - 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!

COLL THRUSH with KNUTE BERGER at Folio

03/08/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM. University of British Columbia professor Coll Thrush returns to Seattle tonight to speak about his latest book, Indigenous London (Yale University Press) and the second edition of Native Seattle (University of Washington Press), on the 10th anniversary of its first publication. Knute Berger of Crosscut will conduct an onstage interview about themes from both books (and Indigenous people from the Pacific Northwest and what is now Alaska...

PETER HELLER at Seattle Public Central Library

03/09/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Outdoor nonfiction author-turned acclaimed novelist: Peter Heller, whose debut novel,  The Dog Stars, was a Seattle Reads selection, makes this welcome return for his third novel. Celine (Knopf) follows The Painter, adroitly telling the story of an unusual, aristocratic private eye. There should be an excused absence from life when a new Peter Heller novel is released to the world. There is a pace...

UNDERGROUND YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

03/09/2017 - 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 and information, please see the YA Undergound Book Page or contact Justus at jjoseph@elliottbaybook.com. Please join us!  

GEOFFREY COWAN at Folio

03/09/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with FOLIO: THE SEATTLE ATHENAEUM. More than ever before, at least in memory, there is continued focus on how presidents get selected to be elected even as an election is just passed. This one will be delved into - it already is, and will be. It’s timely then to have USC historian and author (The People v. Clarence Darrow) Geoffrey Cowan here for his recent book, Let Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary (newly in paper, W.W....

ABEER Y. HOQUE and Friends

03/10/2017 - 7:00PM

  A writer and photographer whose family is Bangladeshi, part of a diaspora that saw her with childhood in Nigeria, then later, with family, to Philadelphia, before setting out to other points in the U.S. and Bangladesh on her own, Abeer Hoque has written a telling tale in her luminous book,  Olive Witch: A Memoir (Harper 360), the first of her books to (finally) be published in the U.S. This should be a strong evening, some of us first seeing Abeer Hoque hold forth brilliantly at...

TOMAS MONIZ & Friends

03/11/2017 - 7:00PM

  Join Rad Dad founder Tomas Moniz and Seattle writers Scott Winn, Krista Hanson, Nina Packebush and Burke Stansbury for an engaging hour of storytelling and readings from Rad Families: a Celebration (PM Press), a new anthology of writing about the messy, the painful, the playful, the beautiful, the myriad ways we create families. This is not an anthology of experts, or how-to articles on perfect parenting. Gathering parents and writers from diverse communities, it explores the...

KENNETH GEORGE at Seattle University

03/11/2017 - 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 the new year’s Saturday University morning lecture series with a timely theme, in a new location, owing to renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, continues. Piggott Auditorium in...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

03/11/2017 - 11:00AM

  Join us for this fun hour of readings from picture and storybooks … Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin!

SARA CROW for Young & All

03/12/2017 - 3:00PM

  Children’s book author Sara Crow’s children’s picture book, Even Superheroes Have to Sleep (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), originally appeared on our shelves as a self-published book but after a publisher’s rep spotted it here, this delightful book found a national publisher and now expanded audiences. We welcome Sara Crow back to Seattle to celebrate the new edition and to introduce the book to new audiences of sleepy toddlers and those who love to read to them.

MELISSA FEBOS

03/13/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with HUGO HOUSE. Brooklyn author Melissa Febos, who first appeared at Elliott Bay to speak about her memoir, Whip Smart, returns tonight to read from Abandon Me (Bloomsbury), in which she captures the intense bonds of love and need for connection--with family, lovers and with oneself. “Erotic and dark, Abandon Me is a courageous exploration of love as the ultimate form of plenitude and annihilation.”-Kirkus Reviews. Melissa Febos is a nonfiction faculty member in...

KEVIN CANTY

03/14/2017 - 7:00PM

  One of our favorite Montana writers, meaning one of our favorite writers, period, Kevin Canty visits, after too long a spell for his readers here, as he is here from Missoula with his much-awaited new novel, The Underworld (W.W. Norton). Set in a small Idaho town, this powerful, poignant book explores collective grief, language coming to loss, a mining accident and fire claiming lives. “A timely reminder of the tremendously complicated questions communities in the American West face....

GLOBAL ISSUES BOOK GROUP

03/14/2017 - 6:30PM

  This month’s selection is Walter Mosley’s most insightful Folding the Red Into the Black: Developing a Viable Utopia for Human Survival in the 21st Century (OR Books). Please see the Global Issues book group page for more information – and please join us.

KAY REDFIELD JAMISON at Seattle Public Central Library

03/15/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. A professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, the author of a standard text on manic-depressive illness, and a writer of surpassing grace with a series of major works - An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, and Touched with Fire among them - Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison is here tonight with an extraordinary new book, Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character (...

ZOEY LEIGH PETERSON

03/15/2017 - 7:00PM

  A writer originally from England, who has lived across much of the U.S. and now calls Canada home, Zoey Leigh Peterson is the author of one of the season’s heralded fiction debuts with her novel, Next Year, For Sure (Scribner). This is the story of a very committed relationship, which then becomes committed to others. “Next Year, For Sure is one of those rare books that is so honest and alluring that while reading it I felt the giddy intoxication of finding a new best friend.  In...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

03/15/2017 - 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!

PAUL LaFARGE

03/16/2017 - 7:00PM

  The Night Ocean (Penguin Press) is the newest, perhaps most richly imagined novel in a series of striking novels Paul LaFarge has written over the past two decades, they including The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes, along with The Facts of Winter, a book of imaginary dreams. “Was H.P. Lovecraft, the great American horror writer, gay? That’s the question at the start of this ingenious, provocative work of alternative history from La Farge …...

SCOTT MILLER

03/17/2017 - 7:00PM

  Journalist Scott Miller’s new book, Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII (Simon and Schuster), uncovers the story of Office of Strategic Services spymaster Allen Dulles, who worked with members of the  German Underground trying to assassinate Hitler and shorten World War II. Though these negotiations proved unsuccessful, Dulles went on to serve as head of the CIA and orchestrated coups in places like Iran, Guatemala, and Cuba. Scott Miller, a...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

03/18/2017 - 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!

MOHSIN HAMID at Seattle University

03/18/2017 - 2:00PM

  Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS and TASVEER. Coinciding with the annual Aina Festival (www.tasveer.org) is this special Seattle return by one of the most essential literary writers at work in the world today, Mohsin Hamid. He makes this welcome Seattle return from his home in Lahore, Pakistan for his utterly timely, masterful new novel, Exit West (Riverhead). The author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,...

SHARMINI PEREIRA at Seattle University

03/18/2017 - 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 the new year’s Saturday University morning lecture series with a timely theme, in a new location, owing to renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, continues. Piggott Auditorium in...

ARIEL LEVY with CLAIRE DEDERER

03/19/2017 - 6:00PM

  This special Sunday evening appearance brings prizewinning New Yorker writer Ariel Levy to town to read from and discuss her new charged memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply (Random House), which she will do with Seattle writer Claire Dederer, herself to soon have  memoir out, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. “It’s become a truism that feminists are living out our mothers’ unlived lives. But Ariel Levy seems to be living out the unlived lives of an entire generation of women,...

CAMILLE PAGLIA at Seattle Public Central Library

03/20/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Twenty-seven years after her epic first book, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, introduced readers and audiences to Camille Paglia, the Philadelphia-based University of the Arts professor has been a provoctive presence, on the page and on the stage. She is back at Seattle Central Public Library this evening, following for 2012 appearance for Glittering Images, with a...

MICHAEL FINKEL

03/20/2017 - 7:00PM

  A story that is set in Maine yet has resonance here is Michael Finkel’s account of a man who disappeared into the woods of Maine, only to surface nearly thirty years later, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit (Knopf). We know from some other books we’ve hosted dealing with hermits (Bill Porter’s Road to Heaven) that books and appearances such as this draw a lot of interest, even as a crowd wanting to hear about a hermit seems a little contradictory...

SPECULATIONS SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP

03/21/2017 - 6:30PM

  This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Samuel R. Delany’s Nova (Vintage) as its March selection. Please see the Speculations book group page for more information – and please join us.

JONATHAN ROSENBLUM & STEVE EARLY with LYNN DODSON at Town Hall

03/21/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS. Good, engaged, activist-informed talk and the books behind this particular talking are in store tonight as Jonathan Rosenblum discusses his very germane book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement (Beacon Press), while Steve Early presents his new book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City (Beacon Press). Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant voices enthusiasm...

HOWARD W. FRENCH at Folio

03/21/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS, WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL & WASHINGTON STATE CHINA RELATIONS COUNCIL. A leading journalist who has written for both the New York Times and Washington Post, and who was here not that long ago for his prescient book on China in Africa, A Continent for the Taking, Howard French returns with a very timely new book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power (Knopf). “Taking full...

MATT RUFF & NISI SHAWL

03/21/2017 - 7:00PM

  Matt Ruff’s novel, Lovecraft Country (Harper Perennial), an Elliott Bay favorite, came out in a new paperback edition last month and in celebration, we’ve invited him to appear on our stage with another of our favorite authors, Nisi Shawl, whose novel Everfair (Tor) has also appeared on many “best of” lists since its publication last fall. Lovecraft Country is the story of an African American Korean War Vet whose travels in Jim Crow era America include time travel and shape shifting...

GANESH SITARAMAN with PAUL CONSTANT at Town Hall

03/22/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS Series. Legal scholar (Vanderbilt Law School, Fellow at the Center for American Progress), activist (working with Senator Elizabeth Warren), and author (The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution) is here with an extremely timely book, The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic (Knopf). “What Piketty was to economics, this book is to our constitutional tradition. Sitaraman uncovers the lost essence to our...

TOM HANSEN & SEAN BEAUDOIN with JOSHUA MOHR

03/22/2017 - 7:00PM

  Tom Hansen’s American Junkie, first published by Emergency Press in in 2010, comes out in a new edition this month from Softskull Press, with an introduction by Sean Beaudoin. Both writers appear together tonight, followed by a Q&A moderated by Joshua Mohr. “American Junkie takes you to the gristle-chewing tracks of the gnarly Emerald City before the first wave of Sub Pop loving kids arrived, back when our dreams here had more to do with New York City and Los Angeles than being...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

03/22/2017 - 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...

WORDS MATTER BENEFIT GALA & AUCTION at Four Seasons Hotel

03/23/2017 - 6:00PM

  Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Our friends at Seattle Arts & Lectures present this annual evening devoted to raising funds for their good work - both the literary programming that offers poets and other writers and thinkers, and also SAL’s esteemed Writers in the Schools program. Also part of the evening will be the presentation of the Fourth Annual Sherry Prowda Literary Champion Award. This year’s award, following earlier recipients Leroy Soper, Book-It Repertory...

JAMI ATTENBERG with MARIA SEMPLE

03/23/2017 - 7:00PM

  Some in-house liveliness should be in store tonight as novelist Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins) is here for her much-anticipated new novel, All Grown Up (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). With her to converse and moderate is Maria Semple, she most recently of the delightful Today Will Be Different. “Jami Attenberg’s Andrea is the most addicting female protagonist voice I have read in years, with her cutting observations on human relationships. This witty journey through a mess of men,...

ERIC LIU & CITIZEN UNIVERSITY at Seattle Center

03/24/2017 - 5:30PM to 03/25/2017 - 6:00PM

  The theme for this year’s Citizen University conference is Reckoning and Repair in America. In founder Eric Liu’s words, “We face deep divisions across the country. Now more than ever we the people have to step up: to reckon with injustice across ideological divides and to repair our frayed social fabric.” This year’s speakers include Jose Antonio Vargas, Annette Gordon-Reed, Carrie Mae Weems, Krista Tippett, Usra Ghazi and Jim Wallis.   Advance tickets necessary, some...

ELIF BATUMAN

03/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  A writer whose fiction debut is so accomplished, adroit, and downright brilliant that it is hard to believe Elif Batuman’s The Idiot (Penguin Press) is indeed a first novel. Not that readers haven’t been on to her, from dispatches for The New Yorker (where she’s been a writer since 2010), or her delightful nonfiction book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. “Not since Don Quixote has a quest for love gone so hilariously and poignantly awry. In...

PETER BAGGE

03/25/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SHORT RUN. Graphic novelist Peter Bagge speaks about his second biographical work, Fire!!  The Zora Neal Hurston Story (Drawn & Quarterly). Peter Bagge, whose work includes Woman Rebel: the Margaret Sanger Story and the Buddy Bradley comics, tells the story of the folklorist, novelist and acclaimed novelist of Their Eyes Were Watching God in full color comics form, including her education at Howard University and at Barnard College, her adventures during the...

DAVID ROXBURGH at Seattle University

03/25/2017 - 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 the new year’s Saturday University morning lecture series with a timely theme, in a new location, owing to renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, continues. Piggott Auditorium...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

03/25/2017 - 11:00AM

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

HEDGEBROOK presents EQUIVOX BENEFIT with NATALIE BASZILE & Friends at Herban Feast

03/26/2017 - 11:00AM

  Presented by Hedgebrook. We’re proud supporters of the Whidbey Island based writer’s retreat, Hedgebrook and of their annual fundraiser, Equivox. Tickets include brunch with mimosas, conversations with authors, community members and alums and an update on Hedgebrook’s news and programs (which include residencies, workshops, festivals and more for writers, songwriters, playwrights, filmmakers and screenwriters).  This year’s featured speaker is Natalie Baszile, author of the novel...

SAYANTANI DASGUPTA & E.M. SLOAN

03/26/2017 - 3:00PM

  Two visiting writers from the University of Idaho will give a joint reading from recently published books. Sayantani DasGupta will read from her debut essay collection, Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, and the In-Between from the splendid Two Sylvias Press. And E.M. Sloan is here with a historical family memoir, When Songbirds Returned to Paris (Fawkes Press). “Dasgupta writes with such keen intelligence and vivid clarity that we can’t help be taken in.” - Kim Barnes. “Cultures...

LAUREN GRODSTEIN with LAURIE FRANKEL

03/27/2017 - 7:00PM

  A wonderful writer who has had strong Seattle ties over the years, Lauren Grodstein, author of The Explanation of Everything and A Friend of the Family, visits with a marvelous, moving new novel, Our Short History (Algonquin). Making this evening even more of a pleasure will be that Seattle novelist Laurie Frankel, she of the just-published, This is How It Always Is, will join in conversation. “Lauren Grodstein has written a book with such a complicated range of emotion that I can't...

BRYAN STEVENSON at Benaroya Hall - Sold Out

03/28/2017 - 7:30PM

  Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. Esteemed public interest lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, whom we helped present on his first Seattle book visit in November 2014, when his astounding book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau). This evening has long been sold out, but do see www.lectures.org for information on this evening and SAL’s other good work. "A searing, moving and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed,...

ANNIE HARTNETT

03/28/2017 - 7:00PM

   In Annie Hartnett’s delightful debut novel, Rabbit Cake (Tin House Books), a young girl living in Freedom, Alabama, tries to make sense of her mother’s death by creating a grieving chart to track her progress, volunteering at a zoo and by breaking a world record by baking 1,000 rabbit cakes with her late mother’s pan.  What could go wrong? Annie Hartnett, a former bookseller, was 2013-2014 Writer-in-Residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She currently...

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...

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...

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...

ERIC LIU

03/30/2017 - 7:00PM

  Tonight we’ll help Seattle’s Eric Liu, founder of Guiding Lights Network, Citizens University and of Civic Saturdays, 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...

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.

ANNE LAMOTT at Town Hall

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...

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