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Patricia Hampl

08/20/2018 - 7:00PM

A writer whose work we have been ‘missing,’ as it has been over a decade since her memoir, The Florist’s Daughter, acclaimed poet/nonfiction writer Patricia Hampl makes this welcome return with her surprising and wonderful new book, The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking). Wonder is at the heart of this heartfelt book. “Vivid, passionate, bursting with ideas and insights, Patricia Hampl’s new book is a summation of a lifetime of sensitive searching and thinking.  A love story, a meditation on...

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

Robert Michael Pyle

08/21/2018 - 7:00PM

A writer we first presented over thirty years ago, on the occasion of his landmark book, Wintergreen (which recently merited a thirtieth-anniversary reprint edition), and who has been through with numerous works of non-fiction and nature study, Robert Michael Pyle makes this welcome return on the occasion of his very first novel, Magdalena Mountain (Counterpoint). First novel it may be, but this is one of accomplished work, a vision that is earned and achieved. “Fans of Robert Michael Pyle’s...

Paulette Perhach

08/22/2018 - 7:00PM

This evening local writing teacher Paulette Perhach provides some some worthwhile advice to aspiring writers. Her book, Welcome to the Writer’s Life: How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice (Sasquatch), has been described as a “freshman orientation for writers. "Paulette Perhach is a teacher you can trust. She knows the creative writing process from hard work and constant practice, and everything she says about it rings true. Funny and wise,...

John Larison

08/23/2018 - 7:00PM

John Larison is up from his Willamette Valley home, here to help launch his wonderful novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry (Viking), into the world. This is a splendid casting of what the western US was like in the late nineteenth century, especially as lived through by the young woman at the heart of this beguiling tale. “An orphan girl straight out of a Gillian Welch song, betrayed in every way imaginable by the brutality that ‘won the West,’ is left no way to hew a family or honor but to become a...

Karen Piper

08/24/2018 - 7:00PM

Karen Piper grew up on the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, a Mojave desert outpost where her father worked on the Sidewinder and other weaponry. The Amway rallies, Evangelical Christianity, Reagan Revolution and Cold War related fears of imminent nuclear war were just part of a lifestyle that she would later begin to question. She tells the story in her memoir,  A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Viking). "Karen Piper's A Girl's Guide To Missiles...

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!

Nancy Rommelmann with Claudia Rowe

08/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Portland journalist Nancy Rommelmann’s book, To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder (Little a), examines the circumstances and aftermath of the deaths of two young children murdered by their mother, Amanda Stott-Smith, who pushed them over the railing of the Sellwood Bridge in 2009. Stott-Smith's grandmother Jackie Dreiling sums up the question on everyone's mind: "How do you understand the not understandable and forgive the unforgivable?" Rommelmann employs compassion and...

Somaiya Daud with Margaret Stohl

08/28/2018 - 7:00PM

A night of delight: a writer and onetime Washington, D.C. bookseller who is presently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, Somaiya Daud is now, as of this evening, the author of a fabulous young adult novel, her first, Mirage (Flatiron). A wondrous fantasy using Somaiya Daud’s homeland of Morocco as inspiration in setting, this is the story of a girl who gets tapped to be the body double of a princess - with marvels which then unfold. With her this evening will be bestselling...

American Chordata group reading

08/29/2018 - 7:00PM

Join us for the first West Coast celebration of American Chordata, a Brooklyn and Seattle based biannual print and online magazine featuring bright voices in fiction, nonfiction essay, poetry, art, and photography. Tonight’s special event features readings by contributing authors from the Pacific Northwest in honor of the newly released 7th issue. Contributing Editor Matthew Hitchman serves as M.C. Find out more: American Chordata.

Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen

08/30/2018 - 8:00PM

Hot Tuna is coming to the Neptune! Co-founders and core members guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady have been making music together for fifty years, playing together as teenagers, then in the iconic 60s band The Jefferson Airplane and in Hot Tuna to this day. We’ll be on hand to sell copies of Jorma Kaukonen’s new memoir, Been So Long: My Life and Music (St. Martins), in which he tells some stories about his life on the road. A booksigning is expected to follow the performance...

Kate Gavino

08/30/2018 - 7:00PM

We first became acquainted with the work of Filipino American cartoonist Kate Gavino through her book and blog, Last Night's Reading, a collection of annotated cartoons drawn at author events she attended in person (at our store and some others) and via Skype.  We’re excited to welcome her back to Elliott Bay in person this time to speak about her new graphic novel, Sanpaku (Archaia). In Sanpaku, Marcine, a 12-year-old Filipino American girl, becomes fascinated with a Japanese idea that...

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.  

Elliott Bay Book Group

09/04/2018 - 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 Margaret Atwood’s novel, Cat's Eye (Anchor Books).   learn more

Kim Brooks with Claire Dederer

09/04/2018 - 7:00PM

A mother’s decision to leave her four year old son alone in a car for a few minutes led to a series of events that  would consume the next several years of her life, spurring her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In her book, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (Flatiron), she asks why our notions of what it means to be a good parent have changed so rapidly and how these changes have impacted parents, children and society.  "Small...

Mark Andersen

09/05/2018 - 6:30PM

KEXP, founders in 2013 of “International Clash Day,” seemed the fitting place to host an appearance by DC Native Mark Andersen, with the book, We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher and the Last Stand of the Band That Mattered (Akashic). Written with "Chairman" Ralph Heibutzki, it is the story of The Clash's reinvention in the band's final years as they faced down the specter of nuclear war and the rise of right-wing power (as personified by Ronald Reagan in the US and Margaret Thatcher in the UK...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/05/2018 - 11:30AM

And so we resume, following a summer hiatus. Welcome back! 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!

Drew Collins

09/05/2018 - 7:00PM

Drew Collins, a professional underwater and land photographer and videographer living and exploring primarily in the waters of Puget Sound, presents work from his new book, Puget Sound Underwater (Made in Puget Sound),  a collection of 120 full color photographs of the underwater wildlife found in our region.  Drew Collins’ photographs have appeared in The Salish Sea and he has produced many videos, most notably on the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, Giant Pacific Octopus and the shipwreck of...

Patrick deWitt with Maria Semple

09/06/2018 - 7:00PM

Up from Portland, where he lives and yet down from British Columbia, where he hails from, Patrick deWitt brings flair, wit, and novelistic verve to bear in his newest novel, French Exit (Ecco). Joined here this evening in conversation by Maria Semple, she of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette, for what should be a spirited, lively evening. “Sharply observed moments give deWitt’s well-written novel more depth than the usual comedy of manners—a depth reinforced by the exit...

Steve Steinberg

09/06/2018 - 7:00PM

We’ll be a few weeks away from the postseason when baseball historian Steve Steinberg returns to our stage to speak about The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers (St. Johann Press). This book, edited by Steve Steinberg and produced with writers and researchers from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR),  features 250 images, many unseen since publication over 100 years ago and the words of American baseball...

Rebecca Clarren

09/07/2018 - 7:00PM

Portland journalist Rebecca Clarren reads from her debut novel, Kickdown (Arcade), about a family's struggle to save their cattle ranch when fracking comes to their rural Colorado community. Rebecca Clarren  has been writing about the rural West for nearly twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize and an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, has appeared in Mother Jones, High Country News, the Nation, and Salon.com. "Because of aridity, because of 500,000...

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!

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

09/08/2018 - 7:00PM

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of Trauma Stewardship Institute, and author of the phenomenally successful Trauma Stewardship, returns with a much needed guide to help those feeling short on time, resources and capacity.  In The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul (Berrett Koehler), she shares concrete strategies to help us mitigate harm, cultivate our ability to be decent and equitable, and act with integrity. The Age of Overwhelm aims to help ease our burden of overwhelm,...

Gary Shteyngart

09/10/2018 - 7:00PM

Gary Sheyngart returns to Seattle to read from his much awaited novel, Lake Success (Random House). "Lake Success is Gary Shteyngart, so you already know it's the funniest book you'll read all year. But the surprise here is the novel's epic sweep, its melancholy resonance. What begins as a rollicking and zinger-filled road trip sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems. I was utterly floored by Shteyngart's staggeringly beautiful denouement." --Maria Semple...

Maria Dahvana Headley with Nicola Griffith

09/10/2018 - 7:00PM

This month brings us at least two audacious, brilliantly accomplished recastings of old stories writ anew; one is Preti Taneja’s rendering of King Lear to present-day India in We That Are Young (see September 24). The other is Maria Dahvana Headley’s staggering retelling of Beowulf to present-day suburbia here in the U.S., in her dazzling new novel, The Mere Wife (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Maria Dahvana Headley, who used to call Seattle home, will be joined in conversation here this...

David Quammen

09/10/2018 - 7:30PM

Over from Bozeman, where he has written fifteen books over a thirty-year-plus span (including fiction, way back), David Quammen is here tonight with his newest, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (Simon & Schuster). “A masterful history of a new field of molecular biology . . . . [An] impressive account of perhaps the most unheralded scientific revolution of the 20th century. . . . A consistently engaging collection of vivid portraits of brilliant, driven, quarrelsome...

D. Wystan Owen

09/11/2018 - 7:00PM

Up from the Bay Area is D. Wystan Owen with a debut book of stories, Other People’s Love Affairs (Algonquin), that is catching others’ eye. “D. Wystan Owen has a keen eye for what falls outside the spotlight and what's hidden underneath the surface. Writing in the tradition of Chekhov, William Trevor, and Alice Munro, Owen's stories remind us that the thrills and the dangers of living oftentimes go hand-in-hand with the everydayness of life. In these stories no loss is too small, each moment...

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

Clementine Ford with Amelia Bonow

09/12/2018 - 7:00PM

Melbourne, Australia-based writer and broadcaster Clementine Ford is well known as a flamethrower, part of the new wave of feminists igniting the conversation about gender equality in the Southern Hemisphere. She visits us tonight on book tour with her feminist manifesto, Fight Like A Girl (OneWorld). Clementine Ford is a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and has written about feminism and equality for The Guardian, the Telegraph and elsewhere. Her TED Talk on rape culture, “Your Vagina...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/12/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

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

Justin Driver

09/13/2018 - 7:30PM

A professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School who has clerked for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer, also Judge Merrick Garland, and taught high school along the way, Justin Driver visits with his timely book, The Schoolhouse Gates: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Pantheon). “Justin Driver’s extraordinary book, The Schoolhouse Gate, deeply probes the many ways in which our constitutional law, as interpreted by...

Cindy Domingo & Michael Withey

09/13/2018 - 7:00PM

On June 1, 1981, two young Filipino activists - Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes - were murdered in Seattle in what was made to appear a gang slaying. The victims’ families and friends suspected they were considered a threat to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his regime’s relationship to the United States and formed the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes to investigate. Seattle human rights attorney and close friend to the slain men, Michael Withey, dropped out of law...

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!

Leah Dieterich

09/16/2018 - 6:00PM

How does a young couple make room for their individual desires, their evolving selves and their artistic ambitions while building a life together? Can they pursue other sexual partners, even live in separate cities, and keep their original passionate bond alive? Leah Dieterich’s unconventional memoir Vanishing Twins: A Marriage (Soft Skull) looks for answers in psychology, science, pop culture, art, architecture, Greek mythology, dance, and language to create a lucid, suspenseful portrait of a...

David L. Ulin with Paul Constant

09/16/2018 - 3:00PM

Los Angeles book critic David Ulin is here for this Sunday afternoon conversation with Seattle book critic Paul Constant (of the Seattle Review of Books). This is occasioned by the re-issue of David Ulin’s still timely The Lost Art of Reading from Seattle’s Sasquatch Books. A new introduction, afterword and subtitle - Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time - grace this edition which comes over a decade after it was first published. “I was electrified by his celebration of narrative, empathic...

Esi Edugyan

09/17/2018 - 7:00PM

A book we were excited about even before hearing it would be longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize: Victoria-based writer Esi Edugyan’s powerful, historically-set novel, Washington Black (Knopf). Last here for her previous novel, Half Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was a finalist for the Booker, Governor General’s, and Orange Prizes, this is a night not to be missed. “High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps,...

John Kerry

09/17/2018 - 7:00PM

In his new book, Every Day is Extra (Simon and Schuster), former U.S. Secretary of State, and five-term U.S. Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry writes of a life in great part in service to this country, starting with his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1966, and service in Vietnam. Tracing a life that included being the son of a diplomat and schooling at Yale, this book looks at it all, a life of over seventy years, including his near-election to the presidency in 2004, and most recently his...

Cristien Storm with Becky Reitzes

09/18/2018 - 7:00PM

Cristien Storm, co-founder and former Director of Seattle’s Home Alive, is a longtime activist whose work on self-defense, boundary setting and self care is rooted in social justice and progressive liberation theology. Her new book, Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change (North Atlantic), is a much needed resource for anyone looking to challenge default social conditioning to create empowered relationships for all. A mental health therapist and co-...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

09/18/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Colson Whitehead's, The Intuitionist (Anchor Books), as the September selection.   Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/19/2018 - 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!

Sharon H. Chang & Friends

09/19/2018 - 7:00PM

In her book, Hapa Tales and Other Lies, Sharon H. Chang reflects critically on her Asian American, mixed race, and activist identity through the prism of returning to Hawai‘i as a tourist. While visiting O‘ahu and Kaua‘i she considers childhood trips to Maua‘i and the Big Island, pop culture and Hollywood movies of her youth that perpetuated Hawaiian stereotypes. But what begins as a journey to unpack the ways she has been perceived and treated as a multiracial woman evolves into much more...

Anand Giridharadas

09/20/2018 - 7:30PM

A former New York Times journalist who is presently a journalism professor at New York University and is the author of The True American and India Calling, Anand Giridharadas visits with his newest, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Knopf). “Winners Take All is the book I have been waiting for—the most important intervention yet regarding elite-driven solutions, a vitally important problem to expose. The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about...

Paul Souders

09/20/2018 - 7:00PM

For more than thirty years, Paul Souders has traveled around the world as a professional photographer. Tonight he speaks about his book, Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, a Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear (Mountaineers), the story of his quest to create the perfect polar bear photo. He spent four summers traveling  six hundred miles of a vast inland sea and exploring the unpredictable Arctic wilderness in the process. “Paul Souders's obsessive quest is weirder than his lighthearted tone...

DeRay McKesson

09/21/2018 - 7:30PM

Civil Rights activist, community organizer, host of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the People podcast, DeRay Mckesson visits from his Baltimore homebase, to discuss his much-anticipated first book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope (Viking). Also one of the foremost participants in Black Lives Matter, DeRay Mckesson offers cogent, incisive, inspiring analysis and strategy for where things are and how they might be built upon. Tickets include a copy of On the Other Side of Freedom...

Neal Bascomb

09/21/2018 - 7:00PM

A bestselling, award-winning author of narrative historical works, Seattle’s Neal Bascomb tonight celebrates publication of his newest, The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). This is an account of downed Allied airmen and their daring escape from a German prison camp in World War I. “In the midst of history’s cruelest war, a band of Allied POWs brilliantly combined their unique talents, wit, and boundless grit...

Hugo House Opening Celebration

09/22/2018 - 5:00PM

We join with others, literary cohorts, Capitol Hill neighbors, and more in celebrating Hugo House’s re-opening in a brand-new building here this evening. Among those on hand to help celebrate the opening will be Maria Semple, she of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Today Will Be Different, and also a staunch supporter of other writers (and independent bookstores).   more info here

Honoring John Okada with Frank Abe, Shawn Wong, Stephen Sumida & Friends

09/22/2018 - 2:00PM

The late John Okada, author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press) is honored today on the 95th Anniversary of his birth in Seattle with this special library program. Featured speakers include Frank Abe, editor (with Greg Robinson and Floyd Cheung) of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press) a recently published collection which both includes selections of Okada’s unpublished work and essays and articles about Okada. He...

Contrast Collective

09/22/2018 - 7:00PM

Contrast Collective, a not-for-profit creative organization based in Vancouver, B.C., started as a movement to showcase the work of marginalized local authors in their community. As a collective, Contrast launched a submission based print magazine focusing on the growth and expression of artists of color. Their first issue, The Identity Issue, features exclusively local women and non-binary artists of colour and a second issue, Histories, set to launch in August, features work from “men, womxyn...

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!

John Jennings & Damian Duffy

09/23/2018 - 3:00PM

Illustrator John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy are here with the newly released paperback of last year’s huge delight, Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams). Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium, this adaptation of Kindred, a literary classic written and published over thirty-five years ago, still going into readers’ hands, is a tribute to what that book is. "Duffy’s words, coupled with Jennings’ brutally jagged,...

Preti Taneja

09/24/2018 - 7:00PM

We are totally excited about this visit by debut novelist Preti Taneja, here from her home in England, with an astounding book that arrives on these shores having received the Desmond Elliott Prize and made the longlists for several others. Published to high praise in the U.K. and India, We That Are Young (Knopf), tells in brilliant, lacerating language the story of a prominent Indian family, a tale whose bones are transposed from King Lear to contemporary times. Assured in its writing, damning...

Heid E. Erdrich with Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Laura Da' & Cedar Sigo

09/25/2018 - 7:00PM

A landmark anthology of poetry — the most ambitious of newer Native American poetry undertaken in decades —is celebrated tonight, as poet and editor Heid E. Erdrich is here from Minneapolis, along with poet contributors Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Laura Da’, and Cedar Sigo for New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press). This collection presents twenty-one poets of great range, variety, and breadth,  some writing in Native languages.   “The twenty-first century of Native poetry is...

Christian Kracht

09/26/2018 - 7:00PM

Swiss novelist Christian Kracht visits with the translation of his award-winning novel, The Dead (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, translated from the German by Daniel Bowles). Recipient of the Herman Hesse Literature Prize and the Swiss Book Prize, "The Dead reads like a reboot of J. G. Ballard’s Crash, in a treatment by Wes Anderson, after a weekend spent binge-watching John Schlesinger’s version of The Day of the Locust. The result draws out a comically bleak but shakily ambiguous vision of the...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/26/2018 - 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!

Porter Fox

09/27/2018 - 7:00PM

A busy night in the bookstore here, as Porter Fox visits, reading upstairs in our Mezzanine Level (aptly near the Travel section) for his new book of exploration of the border we in this part of the U.S. know, Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border (W.W. Norton). Drawn from three years of travels and traipsing by almost every conceivable means, from our border with British Columbia on across to Maine, this book sheds light on what borders are, and are not. “Porter Fox...

Bayasgalan Batsuuri, Cai Tianxin, Dan Coman & Bejan Matur for University of Iowa International Writing Program Group Reading

09/27/2018 - 7:00PM

The University of Iowa’s renowned International Writing Program first brings writers from all  over the world to the program’s locale in Iowa City. These are writers usually well-published in their home countries, in many cases translated into other languages, occasionally into English (if not writing in English), though more often that comes after they have been here, and publishers here have ‘caught on.’ Part of the program’s intent  is also to let writers see and sample something...

Arjun Singh Sethi

09/27/2018 - 7:00PM

A vital evening is here at Seattle Public Central Library as activist, lawyer, and law professor (Georgetown, Vanderbilt) Arjun Singh Sethi speaks on his timely book, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out (The New Press). “It’s one thing to talk about the sudden rise of hate in Trump’s America. It’s something else to read the stories of those whose lives have been affected by hate, and, in some cases, devastated by it. By chronicling these personal accounts, Arjun Singh Sethi has done something...

Amy Siskind

09/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, Amy Siskind has maintained a vital tracking of all that is said and done, given the amount of fluster, bluster, attempts to obscure and obfuscate, lie and deceive. Her book, The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year (Bloomsbury) is a vivid reminder of what is going on. “Amy Siskind's The List is a document of how, millimeter by millimeter, truth, democracy, and the rule of law, WERE beaten down. Not a few fought back—including...

UW Bothell MFA Program Convergence Group Reading

09/28/2018 - 7:00PM

Tonight’s  group reading by faculty teaching in the University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics program is hosted by the program’s Senior Writer-in-Residence, Rebecca Brown, and features new work by a fabulous array of  poets and prose writers, including: Dao Strom, Pimone Triplett, Srikanth Reddy, Terri Witek, Danielle Dutton, Stephen Dunn, Rebecca Brown, Anida Yoeu Ali, Jeanne Heuving and Natalie Singer. More about the MFA program here.

Léonora Miano

09/29/2018 - 7:00PM

One of the most prominent Francophone African writers at work today, award-winning Cameroonian novelist and essayist Léonora Miano makes this welcome first Seattle visit for the recently published translation of her extraordinary novel, Season of the Shadow, translated from the French by Gila Walker, and published by one of our favorite publishers in the world, Seagull Books of Calcutta. First published as La Saison de l’Ombre (we hope to have French copies here), this haunting novel received...

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!

Elliott Bay Book Group

10/02/2018 - 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 Clarice Lispector's novel, A Near to the Wild Heart (New Directions).   learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/03/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

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!

Global Issues Book Group

10/09/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Douglas Murray's, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Bloomsbury).   learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/10/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

10/11/2018 - 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

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!

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

10/16/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Andy Weir’s, Artemis (Beoadway Books) as the October selection.   Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/17/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!  

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

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!

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/24/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, which does these song & storytimes, designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all, and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/27/2018 - 11:00AM

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

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/31/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a number of select bookstores in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/03/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for November 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

11/06/2018 - 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 Thomas Hardy’s novel, Jude the Obscure (Penguin). learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/07/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, who do song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

11/08/2018 - 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

11/10/2018 - 11:00AM

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

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/14/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores in the area and visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/17/2018 - 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!

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

11/20/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, book group will be discussing Ted Chiang's, Stories of Your Life and Others (Vintage) as the November selection.   Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/21/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, which does these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers and those looking after them at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity and exploration of language, movement and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!

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...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/28/2018 - 11:30AM

Our friends at PJ Library, who do these song & storytimes designed for tots, toddlers, and those looking after them at a few select bookstores here in the area, visit as a regular feature of our Wednesday mornings. These are free and open to all and are usually thirty minutes of good fun, activity, and exploration of language, movement, and rhythm. Please join us in the Children’s Section by the castle!  

Elliott Bay Book Group

12/04/2018 - 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 Bruce Chatwin's essay collection, The Songlines (Penguin). learn more

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

01/15/2019 - 6:30PM

This month's selection is Cory Doctorow's science fiction thriller, Walkaway (Tor Books), as the January selection.   Learn More  

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