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CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

01/21/2017 - 11:00AM

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

PAULA BECKER & FRIENDS

01/22/2017 - 3:00PM

  We promised last fall that we’d see more of HistoryLink staff historian Paula Becker, whose book, Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I (University of Washington Press), has delighted both Betty fans and those interested in Northwest history.  Paula Becker is joined today by Jill Andrews (Betty MacDonald’s family friend and daughter of Much Laughter, A Few Tears author Blanche Caffiere), Abigail Carter (owner of Betty’s Vashon Island home), and...

SARAH VAN GELDER

01/23/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with YES! Magazine. From wherever we are and need to be (marches in Washington, Standing Rock, right here) Bainbridge Island writer/activist and co-founder of Yes! Magazine Sarah Van Gelder writes of activism across the length and breadth of the land in her new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America (Berrett Koehler). “Journalist Sarah van Gelder says we can build the political revolution Bernie Sanders talks about...

LAURIE FRANKEL

01/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE7WRITERS and HEDGEBROOK. Seattle writer Laurie Frankel celebrates the publication of her much-anticipated new novel, This Is How It Always Is (Amy Einhorn/Flatiron), on its very publication day here this evening. Her third novel, following Goodbye for Now and The Atlas of Love, is her most ambitious and realized yet. “In This is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel spins a beguiling tale of a sprawling, loving, ever-changing, unconventional, and yet completely...

LAURIE FRANKEL with NANCY PEARL

01/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE7WRITERS and HEDGEBROOK. Seattle writer Laurie Frankel celebrates the publication of her much-anticipated new novel, This Is How It Always Is (Amy Einhorn/Flatiron), on its very publication day here this evening. Her third novel, following Goodbye for Now and The Atlas of Love, is her most ambitious and realized yet. “In This is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel spins a beguiling tale of a sprawling, loving, ever-changing, unconventional, and yet completely...

DAVID M. SMICK at Town Hall

01/25/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS Series. Influential financial strategist David Smick, author of an influential 2008 book, The World is Curved, visits with his timely newest work,  The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone (Public Affairs). "Smick's call for a fairer capitalism makes for bracing reading for students of the modern economy and polity." —Kirkus Reviews. “The next U.S. president should thank David Smick for The Great Equalizer...

SHEILA KOHLER

01/25/2017 - 7:00PM

  Acclaimed novelist Sheila Kohler, originally from South Africa, now living in New York and teaching at Bennington, has written a remarkable, surprising memoir of her sister, who died under mysterious circumstances in South Africa, Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir (Penguin). “Sheila Kohler has written a beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty-nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder. Like all of Sheila Kohler’s prose work, Once We Were...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

01/25/2017 - 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!

JAMES HAMBLIN

01/26/2017 - 7:00PM

  Atlantic Monthly senior editor/writer and host of the popular “If Our Bodies Could Talk” video series James Hamblin takes the notion of that series and brings it adroitly to book form in his new volume, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body (Doubleday). “Reading James Hamblin’s book is like taking a journey through the vast and uncharted landscape of ‘health science.’  Fad Diets. The science of vaccines. The truth (and lies) behind coffee. The...

TIM FERRISS at Town Hall

01/27/2017 - 7:30PM

  Tim Ferriss, on his hugely popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, has interviewed top performers of every type. Here, in Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) the ultimate self-help book, he distills and tests the key insights from these elite athletes and adventurers, entrepreneurs and executives, creative thinkers, researchers, and more, to help readers learn to become healthy, wealthy, and...

CLAUDIA ROWE

01/27/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with Seattle7Writers. Poughkeepsie, New York was the home of convicted serial killer Kendell Francois--and of young reporter Claudia Rowe during the 1990s. Riveted by the story and haunted by unanswered questions regarding Francois’ upbringing (and his series of close encounters with the police and of the young women working as streetwalkers whose reports on Francois’ alarming behavior), she investigated the case for over 18 years. Now a Seattle Times reporter, Claudia Rowe...

BRUCE LAWRENCE at Seattle University

01/28/2017 - 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. Piggott Auditorium in Piggott Hall on the...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

01/28/2017 - 11:00AM

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

BRUCE LAWRENCE at Seattle Asian Art Museum

01/29/2017 - 3:00PM

  Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS. Bruce Lawrence, the eminent professor emeritus of religion at Duke who opened the Saturday University series on Islam in Asia (see the January 28 listing), gives this talk at a still-open Seattle Asian Art Museum (closing for renovation soon to come), based on his most recent book, Who Is Allah? (University of North Carolina Press). "The anticipation evoked by the title 'Who Is Allah?' is divinely gratified by this...

LISA WADE at Town Hall

01/30/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS Series. Occidental College professor and author (Assigned: Life With Gender) Lisa Wade has written a serious, eye-opening account of what is happening on U.S. college campuses with students and sex, American Hookup: The Next Culture of Sex on Campus (W.W. Norton). “An urgently needed and well-researched front-line report on ‘hookup culture.’ … Are young women taking on a traditional ‘male’ view of sex? Is commercialism monopolizing their—and our—...

WILL SCHWALBE

01/30/2017 - 7:00PM

  First known by many of us as a book editor who brought to U.S. readers works of major eastern and southeastern Asian writers that hadn’t been seen on these shores before, Will Schwalbe continues to work in publishing, but also has been active in writing his own well-received books. Most known for his heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club, he makes this welcome return visit for his newest, Books For Living (Knopf). “Why do we read and what is to be found there? Reading itself is Will...

KEVIN WILSON

02/01/2017 - 7:00PM

  Up from Sewanee, Tennessee, where he teaches at the University of the South, is fiction writer Kevin Wilson. Author of a well-received first book of stories, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, and a debut novel, The Family Fang, that ran as a bestseller and made several best of year lists, he is here with a much-anticipated second novel, Perfect Little World (Ecco). “The author of The Family Fang invents another unusual family structure for his sweet and thoroughly satisfying second...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

02/01/2017 - 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!

SEATTLE7WRITERS presents SEATTLE7’S 2016 SORTING ROOM RESIDENTS Group Reading with BILL CARTY, WILSON DIEHL & RACHEL KESSLER Hosted by JENNIE SHORTRIDGE

02/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  Seattle7Writers’ Sorting Room residency, so named for the work-storage space used to sort book donations for S7W’s Pocket Library* program, presents a reading by three inaugural writers in residence.  Modest in its trappings, this space gives writers who need it a quiet place to do their work in exchange for help with the program.  Bill Carty, Wilson Diehl and Rachel Kessler  will each read from work created while in residence.  S7W cofounder Jennie Shortridge emcees...

OTTESSA MOSHFEGH

02/03/2017 - 7:00PM

  We are delighted to this evening welcome back one of the most arresting writers of fiction to come along in recent years, Ottessa Moshfegh. She read here from Eileen, her brilliant debut novel, when it was just published, late in the summer of 2015, before it would go on to receive the PEN/Hemingway Award, and get shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize. She most recently came to town in the company of David Sedaris, part of his large lecture hall...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

02/04/2017 - 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!

ROBERT FRANCIS FLOR with MICHELLE PENALOZA, VICTOR PINEDA & EMILY LAWSIN

02/04/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with PINOY WORDS EXPRESSED KULTURA ART. Seattle Filipino Arts organization Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts (PWEKA) and Elliott Bay Book Company jointly celebrate the book launch of Seattle poet, playwright and activist Robert Francis Flor's chapbook, Alaskero Memories (Carayan Press).  Robert Francis Flor has for years championed writers and activists working toward social justice and the celebration and documentation of Asian American and particularly Filipino...

AZFAR MOIN at Seattle University

02/04/2017 - 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 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...

CLOSING EARLY for INVENTORY

02/05/2017 - 6:00PM

  We are closing early this evening, at 6pm for inventory and will reopen at the usual time of 10am on Monday.

ELLIOTT BAY BOOK GROUP

02/07/2017 - 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 J.D. Vance’s current bestselling Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper). Please see our book group page for more information.

MARK ROZEMA & ANA MARIA SPAGNA

02/07/2017 - 7:00PM

  Tonight we’re joined by two Washington writers whose work has been recognized by the the 2016 Washington State Book Awards. Mark Rozema is the author of the essay collection, Road Trip (Red Hen), winner in the Biography/Memoir category.  "Rozema's easy, narrative prose, filled with the names and details of plants, mountains, rivers, animals, the towns he passes through, often becomes beautifully lyrical, touching the power of what wild land and sky together mean to the human...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

02/08/2017 - 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!

STEPHAN J. GUYENET

02/08/2017 - 7:00PM

  Health writer and obesity researcher Stephan J. Guyenet draws upon  research from neuroscience, biology, chemistry and nutrition to explain the instinctive brain circuits that compel us to overeat. His book, The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts that Make Us Overeat (Flatiron Books) brings this research to general audiences and offers suggestions for changing our approaches to weight loss. Stephan Guyenet is also the author of the blog, WholeHealthSource and has a PhD in...

UNDERGROUND YA BOOK GROUP grades 6-12

02/09/2017 - 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, information, please see the Underground Book Group page, or contact Justus at jjoseph@elliottbaybook.com.

PAUL AUSTER with PAUL CONSTANT at Town Hall

02/09/2017 - 7:30PM

  One of the major literary figures at work in the U.S., one who is read and known internationally as a novelist, memoirist, poet, and translator, Paul Auster makes this welcome Seattle return with what is possibly his greatest, most ambitious novel yet, 4 3 2 1 (Henry Holt). “Auster has been turning readers’ heads for three decades, bending the conventions of storytelling . . . . He now presents his most capacious, demanding, eventful, suspenseful, erotic, structurally audacious, funny,...

SEATTLE SHAKESBEERIENCE present 2017 Season Preview

02/09/2017 - 7:30PM

  Seattle Shakesbeerience returns to Elliott Bay! Last seen performing for a standing-room-only crowd at the Harry Potter & the Cursed Child release party, they're back for another round featuring their favorite author - William Shakespeare! Join this irreverent troupe of players for an evening of boozy bard - script in one hand, drink in the other! - featuring scenes from their upcoming 2017 season, as well as a very special encore from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Be sure to stop by...

BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB presents Original Music Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

02/10/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by The Bushwick Book Club Seattle and The Elliott Bay Book Company. Tonight the Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents original music inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is not your run of the mill book club. They say that “Much like any, we act upon the urge to read and to have discussions about what we read.  But we found that this was not enough for us.  When we read books, we also want to write songs inspired by them....

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

02/11/2017 - 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!

MATT EISENBRANDT

02/11/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Matt Eisenbrandt, former Legal Director for the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), was a member of the trial team that brought Óscar Romero’s assassination to court. The California lawsuit against former Air Force captain Álvaro Saravia for his role in the murder of Archbishop Romero is the subject of his book, Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Oscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers...

JAMAL ELIAS at Seattle University

02/11/2017 - 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 Piggott...

MIRA SHIMABUKURO & BOB SHIMABUKURO

02/12/2017 - 3:00PM

  Two generations from a Seattle activist family speak today on the subject of  “Writing, Redress and Social Justice: 75 years after Executive Order 9066.” Bob Shimabukuro, a former editor of Seattle’s pan-Asian American newspaper, The International Examiner, the founding executive director of the Asian Pacific AIDS Council, is the author of Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress (University of Washington Press). He  appears in conversation with his daughter...

ELAN MASTAI at at Seattle Public Central Library

02/12/2017 - 2:00PM

  Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Award-winning screenwriter Elan Mastai, here from his Toronto home, though originally from Vancouver, visits with his touted debut novel in which time travel is front and center, All Our Wrong Todays (Dutton). “Time travel bends our minds, and in the right hands it can tickle our funny bones. All Our Wrong Todays is a twisty, provocative, creative tale of one person at the center of multiple branching timelines. It’s an extremely enjoyable...

CHARLES WOLFE

02/13/2017 - 7:00PM

  Charles Wolfe, author of Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe and Improve Urban Space  (Island Press), shares insights about the ways in which city dwellers can take into account the influences of urban form, neighborhood dynamics, public transportation, and other elements impacting their daily lives and use our observations to contribute to better planning and design decisions. Tonight he will focus on addressing changes and concerns we face in our city and how these...

GLOBAL ISSUES BOOK GROUP

02/14/2017 - 6:30PM

  This month’s selection is Refugees, Terror, and Other Troubles With the Neighbors (Melville House), by Slavoj Zizek. Please see our book group page for more information – and please join us.

DAVID OSBORNE

02/15/2017 - 7:00PM

  The author of a number of noteworthy non-fiction books, David Osborne uses fiction in the form of the vast novel to tell the story of Daytime Smoke, Nez Perce son of 19th century explorer William Clark in The Coming (Bloomsbury USA). His story is one that encompasses the culminating decades of the 19th century, from those early explorations through the tragic last wars, with all the calamity in between. “[Osborne] brings deep understanding to the dynamics of the white-Indian conflict,...

Hinge: A Conversation with the Parents of Trayvon Martin at Town Hall

02/15/2017 - 7:30PM

  Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES and THE SEATTLE TIMES. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, tell his story and the story of what has happened since his murder five years ago, and on the occasion of what would have been his 22nd birthday in the powerful book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin (Spiegel & Grau). “Not since Emmitt Till has a parent’s love for a murdered child moved the nation to search its soul about racial injustice...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

02/15/2017 - 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!  

LAWRENCE WESCHLER & WALTER MURCH with BLAISE AGÜERA Y ARCAS at Town Hall

02/16/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL SCIENCE. Some dazzling minds come together for what should be a scintillating night of conversation as one of our favorite writers and Elliott Bay visitors, Lawrence Weschler is joined by renowned sound and film editor (three-time Academy Award winner) Walter Murch, subject of Lawrence Weschler’s delightful new book, Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists (Bloomsbury USA). Outside of his brilliant work in film (discussed...

JANE SOBEL KLONSKY

02/16/2017 - 7:00PM

  Photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky, whose work has taken her around the world, has also focused on a subject very close to home. Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love (National Geographic Books) is a captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes. It’s a  one-of-a-kind celebration of humans’ special bond with, and love for, their senior dogs. Many of our favorite #dogsofebbco (our Twitter feed documenting some of our canine visitors) are senior dogs and rescue dogs and we invite...

KATIE KITAMURA

02/17/2017 - 7:00PM

  The author of two well-received novels, Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, Katie Kitamura vaults to another whole realm in reach and accomplishment in her taut, brilliant, devastating new novel, A Separation (Riverhead). There is a marital separation - and then there is so much more. “A Separation opens up fissures of ambiguity in emotional experiences too often misunderstood as monolithic—grief, desire, estrangement—and plumbs these crevices for all their complexities. It has both...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

02/18/2017 - 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!  

MARIAM GHANI at Seattle University

02/18/2017 - 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. Today’s program, in the very...

DAVID DUCHOVNY with JESS WALTER at Town Hall

02/19/2017 - 1:00PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. Accomplished actor David Duchovny has also now become an accomplished novelist, hitting all the right notes in his much-acclaimed second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Fathers and son, and baseball are at the heart of this novel, which has a lot of heart. “Duchovny’s hilarious new novel hits a home run . . . As fast as it is entertaining . . . Duchovny has a place in the lineup, kind of like a light-hitting...

JOHN DARNIELLE at Town Hall

02/20/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. Making this welcome Seattle return after his enormously successful fiction debut in 2014 for Wolf in White Van is renowned singer-songwriter, guitarist (the Mountain Goats) John Darnielle. Wolf in White Van was a National Book Award longlist nominee and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is here tonight with another brilliant novel, Universal Harvester (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “Beginning on the cusp of the 2000s and...

SPECULATIONS SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP

02/21/2017 - 6:30PM

  Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair (Penguin) is this month’s selection for discussion. Please see our book group page for more information – and please join us.

DAPHNE MERKIN at Town Hall

02/22/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE Series. A highly regarded contributor to many top publications, Daphne Merkin has also written fiction and two well-received books of essays. She is here tonight with an insightful, eye-opening memoir, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “D. W. Winnicott wrote that depression is the fog over the battlefield. In this extraordinarily lucid and moving book, Daphne Merkin illuminates the dark and...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

02/22/2017 - 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 Section by the castle!

MELISSA R. MICHELSON

02/22/2017 - 7:00PM

  Menlo College Political Science professor, Melissa R. Michelson, author with Brian F. Harrison of the new book, Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Oxford University Press), examines the ways in which political opinions about LGBT rights have changed. Why, for example, have people's minds changed so dramatically on the issue of marriage equality, and why so quickly? "A timely and important book. The methods are innovative, the topic is pressing, and the...

DEREK THOMPSON at Town Hall

02/23/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. A senior editor writing on economics and the media at The Atlantic,  Derek Thompson’s first book is a deep dive into the notion of popularity and how it functions in society today in Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction (Penguin Press). “Thompson tackles the daunting subject of how products come to dominate the culture in this interdisciplinary romp that delves into many facets of the entertainment industry...

EMILY FRIDLUND

02/23/2017 - 7:00PM

  There are debut coming-of-age novels and there is Emily Fridlund’s taut, electrifying History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press), which takes familiar forms and themes and renders them utterly anew. “An atmospheric, near-gothic coming-of-age novel turns on the dance between predator and prey . . . Fridlund is an assured writer . . . The novel has a tinge of fairy tale, wavering on the blur between good and evil, thought and action. But the sharp consequences for its characters make it...

VIET THANH NGUYEN at Seattle Central Public Library

02/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. As if, in short order, having written the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer (which also received at least five other significant awards), and a 2016 National Book Award nonfiction finalist, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, wasn’t enough, Viet Thanh Nguyen is now back with an extraordinary, timely book of stories, The Refugees (Grove Press). “A collection of fluidly...

NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS ALLIANCE Group Reading

02/25/2017 - 7:00PM

  For well over twenty years now, we have helped host this annual group reading program - wherever Elliott Bay has been - with Seattle’s Northwest African American Alliance. These group readings always feature a dynamic, wide variety of genres, voices, experiences, approaches - and much spirit and enthusiasm. For more on the NW African American Writers Alliance, tonight’s reading, and other NWAAWA activities over the year, please contact Georgia McDade (206.722.0964).

Search for Meaning Festival 2017 with MATTHEW DESMOND, ANTHONY DOERR & MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY at Seattle University

02/25/2017 - 9:00AM

  Seattle University’s 8th annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life returns this February. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws more than 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists presenting on topics including social justice, cross-cultural and interreligious dialogue, homelessness, leadership, poetry, culinary arts and sustainability. This...

SEARCH FOR MEANING FESTIVAL 2017 at Seattle University

02/25/2017 - 9:00AM

  Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life returns this February. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws more than 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. Authors include 24 award winners, four New York Times bestsellers, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. Click...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

02/25/2017 - 11:00AM

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

ZARQA NAWAZ

02/26/2017 - 3:00PM

  Search for Meaning presenter Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit Canadian sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie,  joins us this afternoon for a second public talk based on her book, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman (Virago UK). She writes about her life as a Canadian Muslim woman of Pakistani origin and addresses serious social issues such as suspicion of Muslims after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, gender relations in Islam, the struggle to fit in as...

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,...

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