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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!

Geoff Baker

06/24/2018 - 3:00PM

Geoff Baker, whose present sportswriting beat at The Seattle Times has him covering the Sounders and MLS soccer, visits today with his recently published book, 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books). This is a real book—well over two hundred pages of background and lore on the Sounders of yore, on-field and off-, as well as present times. No doubt the day’s talk will include consideration of how things are faring with the local FC bunch this year....

Tessa Fontaine

06/25/2018 - 7:00PM

Tonight we are thrilled to host Tessa Fontaine, whose astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery—through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. “Somewhere between knives and fire beats the heart of a young woman daring herself to live. In her memoir, The Electric Woman, Tessa Fontaine weaves her way through a...

Christopher A. Paul

06/26/2018 - 7:00PM

Christopher A. Paul, an avid gamer, media critic and Associate Professor of Communications at Seattle University, takes on gaming culture in his book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst (University of Minnesota Press). Arguing that video games’ focus on meritocracy empowers a negative culture—from the deep-bred misogyny  exemplified by “GamerGate” to the endemic malice of abusive player communities, he suggests ways to ultimately foster a more diverse,...

Nick Dybek

06/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Here from the Willamette Valley, where he presently teaches in the writing program at Oregon State University, is Nick Dybek, with his newly published, second historical novel, The Verdun Affair (Scribner). This, coming from the ashes of World War I. “Sometimes the true battle begins only after the fighting is over. In this case, it’s the struggle to regain feeling, memory, and love in a landscape where verdancy can flourish again over graves and trenches and bones, but not over the craters of...

Ben Rhodes

06/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Making news even as this book is released—as an alleged object of furtive Trump administration attempts to produce political dirt on him for his part in negotiations on Iran—Ben Rhodes makes this welcome visit to help remind us, as Pete Souza in his way has, of where we’ve been—and where we might, somehow, go again. He is here with his much-anticipated new book, The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House (Random House). “The World as It Is is a page-turning, unfiltered, altogether...

Terrance Hayes

06/27/2018 - 7:00PM

We are honored to help present this evening with one of the powerful, vital poets at work in this country today, Terrance Hayes. Winner of the National Book Award for his 2010 collection, Lighthead, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2015 for How to Be Drawn. The author of three other previous collections, he is here tonight with his astounding newest, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin).  “Hayes...

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! After this storytime today, PJ Library will take a summer...

Joseph O'Neill

06/28/2018 - 7:00PM

Most known for his captivating novels, Netherland and The Dog, and his memoir, Blood-Dark Track, Joseph O’Neill makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from his new book of stories, Good Trouble (Pantheon). “A thoroughly enjoyable collection . . . O’Neill treats his characters with a wry sympathy and a sense of fun, [probing] the frictions that make marriages and families fissure or fight for survival, the situations where discomfort breeds anxiety and resentment mushrooms into...

Kaethe Schwehn with Kai Carlson-Wee

06/29/2018 - 7:00PM

Kaethe Schwehn’s novel, The Rending and the Nest (Bloomsbury UK), begins four years after 95% of the Earth’s population suddenly disappear in what the survivors of Zion community now call “The Rending.” When one of the young women of Zion becomes pregnant, she gives birth to an inanimate object and these peculiar pregnancies begin to spread. “Schwehn has created a postapocalyptic world in which why is not the main question. The Rending happened; accepting that is the first step toward recovery...

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!

Christopher J. Preston

07/01/2018 - 3:00PM

A professor of philosophy at the University of Montana, Christopher Preston is over from Missoula to discuss his recent book, The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press). “Preston's thorough and engaging exploration of the many ways that our species has learned to control the natural world, from manipulating molecules to reorganizing ecosystems to controlling the climate, provides a compelling argument in favor of renaming the...

Chelsea Hodson with Christopher Frizzelle

07/02/2018 - 7:00PM

New York-based writer Chelsea Hodson has had work in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Frieze, The Lifted Brow, and Black Warrior Review. Various of these essays and others have now come to book form in her new book, Tonight I’m Someone Else (Henry Holt and Company). Tonight, her ‘I’ will be onstage with the ‘someone else’ that is Christopher Frizzelle of The Stranger.   "Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with their consequences, and presents a...

Elliott Bay Book Group

07/03/2018 - 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 Alfred Lansing's saga, Endurance (Basic Books).   learn more  

Catherine Bresner & Friends

07/03/2018 - 7:00PM

Catherine Bresner reads with poet friends this evening in order to celebrate  her debut poetry collection, the empty season (Diode Editions). “Catherine Bresner brings a freshly savvy vision to the conditions of modern life—to our broken intimacies with others, to our alienation from our own best selves, and to our impaired commitments to civic wholeness. Dark in its whimsy and subversive in its truth-telling, the empty season is full of a kind of Baudelairean spleen, bitter and exuberant...

NOT MEETING - PJ Library Song & Storytime

07/04/2018 - 11:30AM

PJ Library is taking a break for the Summer, but don't worry, they'll be back in the Fall for more fun!   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....

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!

Joe Ponepinto & Connie Hampton Connally

07/08/2018 - 3:00PM

Two alums of the Whidbey Island Writers/Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program read from recently published work tonight. Joe Ponepinto, the founding publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a nationally-recognized literary journal, reads from his novel, Mr Neutron (7.13 Books), a genre-bending novel which speaks to the unpredictable nature of American politics. Connie Hampton Connally reads from her novel, The Songs We Hide (Coffeetown), a novel set in postwar...

Paul French

07/09/2018 - 7:00PM

Shanghai in the 1930s was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, and fortunes made--and lost. Paul French’s City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai (Picador) tells the story of two American outlaws, Lucky Jack Riley and Dapper Joe Farren, powerful men who ruled the slots, casinos and the nightclubs within the Shanghai Badlands for a time both before and during the Japanese...

Mona Hanna-Attisha

07/09/2018 - 7:00PM

Five years ago, Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha probably thought she had her hands plenty full as a teaching doctor, doing much to bring good health care to a city hard-hit by economic decline and neglect from several points of authority, and to live life as part of a strong extended family. When a change in delivery of Flint’s drinking water for political expediency’s sake (those in power’s sake), resulted in the presence of lead in Flint’s water, Dr. Hanna-Attisha took serious note...

Nell Painter

07/09/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to be hosting, along with our friends at the Northwest African American Museum, this evening with one of the most distinguished scholars of U.S. history in our times - albeit with a very different book. Nell Painter, the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita at Princeton University, the author of such works as Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth, and The History of White People, took herself back to school upon retirement from teaching. In this case, it was art...

Global Issues Book Group

07/10/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Utopia for Realists (Back Bay Books), by Rutger Bregman.    learn more  

Jonathan White

07/10/2018 - 7:00PM

From his home base in the San Juan Islands, Jonathan White has long been engaged with the waters around us. Founder of the Resource Institute, which mostly ran seminars afloat, he ranges far and wide for his award-winning book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Trinity University Press). A book many years in the making, this is a global study of tides, their many affects and powers, their part in things of the past, and what they - and rising sea levels - portend for the future. “...

Daryl Gregory with Nancy Kress & Django Wexler

07/11/2018 - 7:00PM

We’re glad to welcome Daryl Gregory, the author of many novels for adults and for young readers, and a recent transplant to Seattle to our stage tonight. He’ll read from Spoonbenders, which was both a Nebula finalist and one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year in 2017. Now out in a new paperback edition from Vintage, Spoonbenders, has received much praise and admiration. “Here, a savory mix of disparate ingredients are blended into a perfectly delicious dish of a novel. Stir in psychic powers and...

Jack Straw Group Reading

07/12/2018 - 7:00PM

Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator (this year, Daemond Arrindell) for Jack Straw Writers, a program featuring voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and podcasts. Live readings are recorded, and selected portions are produced for podcasts and radio broadcast. To date, the Jack Straw Writers Program has included more than 200 Pacific Northwest writers who represent a diverse range of literary genres and...

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

07/12/2018 - 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  

Ottessa Moshfegh

07/13/2018 - 7:00PM

With her debut novella, McGlue; her first novel, Eileen; and then her first book of stories, Homesick for Another World, Ottessa Moshfegh has been charting an ambitious, audacious course, garnering a rabid readership and critical praise along the way. She is here tonight with her much anticipated new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Penguin Press), which, by early accounts, is up to the mark she’s set, and then some.   “Moshfegh has a keen sense of everyday absurdities, a deadpan...

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!  

Thor Hanson

07/14/2018 - 7:00PM

Our second author of the week to be down this way from the San Juan Islands (following Jonathan White), Thor Hanson makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for his newest work of natural study, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees (Basic Books). "As he did for feathers and seeds, Thor Hanson has written a wonderfully engaging work of natural history that will delight readers with its elegant prose, surprising stories, and deep humanity. Bees, so important to life on earth, are fortunate to...

Rachel Z. Arndt with Spencer Mestel

07/16/2018 - 7:00PM

Rachel Z. Arndt’s essays collection, Beyond Measure (Sarabande) is an exploration of the rituals, routines, metrics and expectations through which we attempt to quantify and ascribe value to our lives. What does being habitually early or late say about one’s character? How many sleep studies does it take to prove a case of narcolepsy? With mordant humor and penetrating intellect, she casts her gaze beyond event-driven narratives to the machinery underlying them: judo competitions measured...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

07/17/2018 - 6:30PM

This month's selection is Christina Henry's novel, Alice (Ace Books), as the July selection.   Learn More  

Cancelled - Kathleen Belew

07/17/2018 - 7:00PM

This event has been cancelled University of Chicago scholar Kathleen Belew ranges back nearly fifty years for the roots of today’s Alt-Right activities - tracing from the what was sensed as betrayal with the Vietnam War to where white supremacy sympathies had to go in the wake of seeming political progress for people of color and on through such actions as Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City in her recent book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard...

Kate Christensen

07/18/2018 - 7:00PM

A writer who has given us a number of wonderful novels, as well as two delicious food-centric memoirs (Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose), Kate Christensen is back with a much-awaited new novel, The Last Cruise (Doubleday). “From the first page of The Last Cruise, it’s clear that you’re in the hands of a masterful storyteller. With wit and precision, Kate Christensen wrangles a large cast of characters on a cruise in Hawaii that undergoes a disastrous series of calamites, deftly...

Porochista Khakpour with Tricia Romano

07/19/2018 - 7:00PM

Novelist and memoirist Porochista Khakpour makes a most welcome return to Elliott Bay to read from Sick (Harper Perennial), one of this summer’s most anticipated books. A sufferer of undiagnosed health problems, along with mental illness and addiction to doctor-prescribed benzodiazepines, she is eventually diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease, which still continues to erode her health. Porochista Khakpour’s books include Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. “Sick reads...

Roy Scranton with Miranda Mellis & Eirik Steinhoff

07/23/2018 - 7:00PM

Roy Scranton, editor of Fire and Forget, returns to Elliott Bay today to speak about the accelerating effects of climate change, of war and of loss, some of which he writes about in the essays collected in We're Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change (Soho Press). Whether writing about sailing through the melting Arctic, preparing for Houston’s next big storm, watching Star Wars, or going back to the streets of Baghdad he once patrolled as a soldier, Roy Scranton handles his...

Rachel Heng

07/24/2018 - 7:00PM

In her brilliantly imagined debut novel, Suicide Club: A Novel About Living (Henry Holt and Company), Rachel Heng posits a near-future in which immortality on certain terms has become the norm - and the pursuit of mortality has become illegal. "What is the value of life if it never ends? A feat of blazing imagination, Rachel Heng's Suicide Club is a thought-provoking look at a near-future society that feels a quarter-turn away from ours. Heng's storytelling gleams, but this novel doesn't shy...

Malcolm Terence

07/25/2018 - 7:00PM

Malcolm Terence’s Beginners Luck: Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains (Oregon State University Press) is the story of some of the people involved with Black Bear Ranch, a commune he co-founded on the California/Oregon border. Some members dispersed; others stayed to fight wildfires, try logging or mining or raising marijuana and became part of the community. "There's no one better suited than Malcolm Terence to chronicle the mad, ecstatic, rushing, fumble towards adulthood that we began...

Ayobami Adebayo

07/26/2018 - 7:00PM

One of 2017’s most acclaimed fiction debuts was that of young Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo with her astonishing Stay With Me (newly in paper, Vintage). She is over from her home country for this short tour, which does bring her back to a part of the world where some of this book was written (Whidbey Island’s Hedgebrook). Shortlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, and cited for several best books of the year, it also rather noticeably served as the last book esteemed New...

Mark L. Winston & Renée Sarojini Saklikar

07/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Poetry and science co-mingle in Mark L. Winston and Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s book, Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions), which takes readers into the laboratory and out into the fields in order to explore the world of bee colonies. Mark L. Winston, one of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, is also the author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive, won the 2015 Governor General Literary Award for non-fiction. Renée Sarojini Saklikar, the Poet Laureate for the City of...

Austin Woerner with translations of Su Wei

07/28/2018 - 7:00PM

A young man sent to the countryside for re-education during China’s Cultural Revolution is tricked into a ghost marriage with a spirit bride but later finds love within a community of reclusive, free spirited lumberjacks in Su Wei’s novel, The Invisible Valley (Small Beer). Like many Chinese writers of his generation, Su Wei spent his teenage years being "re-educated" through farm labor in the countryside. Known for his nonfiction essays and novels, he left China in 1989, and since 1997 he has...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

07/28/2018 - 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!    

Ken Bensinger

07/30/2018 - 7:00PM

Soccer fans and those following the ongoing fallout of one of the biggest international sports corruption cases will have plenty of questions for Buzzfeed investigative journalist Ken Bensinger, whose exhaustive research informs his book, Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal (Simon and Schuster). He speaks today shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup series, which is hosted by Russia--and yes, Vladimir Putin does make an appearance in...

Where's Waldo Fun & Games (ages 5 and older)

07/30/2018 - 3:00PM

Join us for giggles, games and goodies! We are celebrating all of the searches for Waldo with puzzles, photo booth, scavanger hunt and prizes! Please RSVP to TKirkwood@elliottbaybook.com by July 25.  

Kevin O'Brien

07/31/2018 - 7:00PM

On his very day of publication, Kevin O’Brien again holds forth with his newest thriller, They Won’t Be Hurt (Pinnacle). Foul play has come upon a family in their vacation home on Lopez Island. Who, what, how all to be revealed - not here, and not even on this night, as such a book has to be read to be properly enjoyed. Kevin O’Brien has shown himself to be a master of telling the story, without telling too much of the story. This, again, should be great fun. Co-presented with SEATTLE7WRITERS...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

08/04/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for August 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

08/07/2018 - 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 Octavia E. Butler's, Parable of the Sower (Grand Central).   learn more  

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

08/09/2018 - 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

08/11/2018 - 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!  

Global Issues Book Group

08/14/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is T. R. Reid's, A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System (Penguin).   learn more

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

08/18/2018 - 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

08/21/2018 - 6:30PM

This month's selection is Nnedi Okorafor’s, Lagoon  (Saga Press), as the August selection.   Learn More

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

08/25/2018 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/01/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for September with this reading from picture book 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

09/08/2018 - 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!

Global Issues Book Group

09/11/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Richard Rothstein's, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liverlight).   learn more

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

09/13/2018 - 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

09/15/2018 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/22/2018 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/29/2018 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/06/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for October 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/13/2018 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/20/2018 - 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!

Ina Garten

11/27/2018 - 8:00PM

Ina Garten, the country’s most beloved culinary icon, author of ten New York Times bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics show on Food Network, is coming to Seattle in celebration of her newest cookbook, Cook Like a Pro at Benaroya Hall on Tuesday, November 27th at 8pm.  Ina will share stories that bring you behind the scenes of life in the Hamptons, filming her television...

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