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TOBI HILL-MEYER & FRIENDS

05/23/2017 - 7:00PM

  Edited by Tobi Hill-Meyer and published by Instar Books, Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic features thirty writers connected to trans community telling thirty distinct stories about the erotic and our relationship to it. The stories within Nerve Endings range from orcs in space and surviving the zombie apocalypse, to struggling with anxiety and dysphoria, dealing with awkward hookups, and deciding that sex isn't the right decision right now. Some of these stories are explicit and hot...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

05/24/2017 - 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!

CHINA MIÉVILLE with MONICA GUZMAN at Town Hall

05/25/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. Here from his London home is one of the most dazzling fiction writers at work today, China Miéville, with a book that is brilliantly, decidedly non-fiction. Recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and other honors for his many novels and stories, China Miéville is also a serious writer of Marxist thought and history. He is here this evening for his new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution (Verso). Seattle journalist Monica...

J. ROBERT LENNON & ELISSA WASHUTA

05/25/2017 - 7:00PM

  Here from upstate New York where he teaches at Cornell and making a welcome Elliott Bay return is fiction writer J. Robert Lennon. He follows his 2014 visit for his book of stories, See You in Paradise, with this for a touted, riveting new novel, Broken River (Graywolf Press). Reading with him, and making an appearance that is noteworthy for other reasons is Elissa Washuta, author of My Body is a Book of Rules (Red Hen), and a much-loved member of the local literary community. She will...

JONATHAN ROSENBLUM at Capitol Hill Library

05/25/2017 - 6:00PM

  Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Seattle labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum discusses his timely, informative book on one of the galvanizing domestic issues of recent years - income disparity - with his book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement (Beacon). “Readers interested in labor activism, history, economics, industrial relations, or immigration studies will find this book to be compelling and captivating, as...

Cancelled - PHILIP CAPUTO at Town Hall

05/26/2017 - 7:30PM

  **This event has been cancelled** Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. First known for his now-classic Vietnam War memoir, A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo has in the forty years since produced a remarkable body of writing - memoirs, other nonfiction, and some brilliant novels (Horn of Africa, Exiles, Acts of Faith). He is here tonight with a new novel, set on the Mexico side of the border with the US, Some Rise By Sin (Henry Holt). “A novel that couldn't be more timely:...

PHILIP CAPUTO at Town Hall

05/26/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. First known for his now-classic Vietnam War memoir, A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo has in the forty years since produced a remarkable body of writing - memoirs, other nonfiction, and some brilliant novels (Horn of Africa, Exiles, Acts of Faith). He is here tonight with a new novel, set on the Mexico side of the border with the US, Some Rise By Sin (Henry Holt). “A novel that couldn't be more timely: the story of culture clash and...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

05/27/2017 - 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!

SCAACHI KOUL with LINDY WEST at Seattle Public Library

05/31/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Toronto-based writer Scaachi Koul, senior culture writer for Buzzfeed, is here this evening with One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter (Picador), in which she deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. “Simultaneously uproarious and affecting, the personal essays in Buzzfeed contributor Koul's debut explore the nuances of life as a first-generation Canadian with Indian...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

05/31/2017 - 11:30AM

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

CHARMAINE CRAIG

05/31/2017 - 7:00PM

  An author presently teaching at UC Riverside, who has also done serious acting turns, Charmaine Craig is a descendant of pivotal figures in modern Burmese history. She draws on that background to powerful, moving ends in her newest novel, Miss Burma (Grove Press). “Charmaine Craig wields powerful and vivid prose to illuminate a country and a family trapped not only by war and revolution, but also by desire and loss. Both epic and intimate, Miss Burma is a compelling and disturbing...

ALI NOORANI

06/01/2017 - 7:00PM

  Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum (an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration) joins us today to discuss his new book, There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration (Prometheus).   “This is a timely memoir of unexpected allies, from the Mormon Church and Southern Baptist leaders to a rural sheriff and red-state attorney general. More than just...

NEIL MATHISON

06/02/2017 - 7:00PM

  Neil Mathison’s essay collection Volcano: An A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, and Geo-Travel in the American West (Bauhan Press Modadnock Essay Collection winner), features work which has appeared in Best American Essays. His writing explores “the many ways in which the physical world influences our lives. He muses on heritage, boats, and the sea; ponders how living in the shadow of a volcano shapes a person; and ties the physical world to deeper themes of human life,...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

06/03/2017 - 11:00AM

  Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for June 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.  

PETER GAJDICS

06/03/2017 - 7:00PM

  Vancouver, B.C. based writer Peter Gajdics tells a story of  the effects of intergenerational trauma in his memoir, The Inheritance of Shame (Brown Paper Press/SCB). The child of Hungarian immigrants who themselves experienced significant trauma before emigrating to Canada, the author survived six years of “conversion therapy” by a psychiatrist obsessed with finding a “cure” for homosexuality.   “Provides an in-depth account of the triumph of one man's sanity over a...

HUGO HOUSE Student Reading with THEO NESTOR

06/04/2017 - 3:00PM

 

TINA SCHERMER SELLERS at Naked City Brewing Company

06/04/2017 - 6:00PM

  Co-presented with ThankGodforSex.org.   Seattle Pacific University professor and marriage and family therapist Tina Schermer Sellers, Ph.D., celebrates the release of her new book, Sex, God and the Conservative Church: Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy (Routledge) with a talk and booksigning today.    “As a millennial who grew up in the conservative Christian purity culture that Sellers describes, the practices in this book lit my pathway to greater freedom from shame...

HUGO HOUSE Student Reading with THEO PAULINE NESTOR

06/04/2017 - 3:00PM

  The writers of the Hugo House 2016/17 Yearlong Manuscript Class (for writers of memoirs) will read short excerpts from their memoirs-in-progress. Instructor Theo Pauline Nestor, whose books include Writing Is My Drink, will introduce the group and share a bit about the class, which is offered by Hugo House annually. Come out and cheer on this dynamic group of storytellers! Free and open to the public.

COURTNEY MAUM

06/05/2017 - 12:00PM

  Please join us for this lunchtime reading (we used to do these with some frequency when in Pioneer Square), as novelist Courtney Maum visits with her new novel, Touch (G.P. Putnam’s Sons). “Our modern world is at once hyper-connected and hyper-alienating, and in this magical/terrible time, Courtney Maum’s latest novel offers us a balm, a solution, a call to action, or, at the very least, time away from our smartphones to read a compelling, perceptive, and moving story about the state...

DENNIS LEHANE

06/05/2017 - 7:00PM

  We are utterly delighted to have one of the masters of literary thrillers back to Elliott Bay for this visit. Dennis Lehane, recipient of several major awards, including Shamus and Edgar Awards, and author of such works as Mystic River and Shutter Island, is here tonight with his much-anticipated new novel, Since We Fell (Ecco). A woman at a certain point in life, some of it in retreat, but also engaged and with most aspects seeming fine enough, has a chance encounter that changes...

DAVE BOLING

06/06/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with SEATTLE7WRITERS. A celebratory evening is at hand as novelist (and highly regarded sports columnist) Dave Boling sees his newest novel, The Lost History of Stars (Algonquin). Both his award-winning debut novel, Guernica, and this new one have been historically set, The Lost History of Stars during the Boer War.   “Dave Boling has a rare gift for finding humanity in historical fiction. His new novel, The Lost History of Stars, is another gripping tale about...

DR. WILLIE PARKER with MARTHA PLIMPTON & LINDY WEST at Town Hall

06/06/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by #ShoutYourAbortion. SYA presents this evening with Dr. Willie Parker, a renowned reproductive rights advocate, abortion provider, now author of the compelling book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice (37 Ink/Atria). After speaking, he’ll be joined in conversation by actress/activist Martha Plimpton. Outspoken, award-winning author Lindy West (Shrill) will introduce. “Dr. Willie Parker shares with readers in his powerful and insightful memoir, Life’s Work, that “...

ELLIOTT BAY BOOK GROUP

06/06/2017 - 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 Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland (Random House). Please see the Elliott Bay Book Club page for more information.

DAVID SHIELDS with CLAIRE DEDERER at Town Hall

06/06/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. A lively night should happen here as two esteemed writers with longtime ties to the University of Washington hold forth, with center stage taken by David Shields and his wondrous new book, Other People: Takes & Mistakes (Knopf). “A triumphantly humane book . . . Shields is our elusive, humorous ironist, something like a 21st century Socrates. . . . He’s a master stylist—and has been for a long time, on the evidence of these pieces...

LISA KO

06/07/2017 - 7:00PM

  Set in both New York and China, Lisa Ko’s beautifully absorbing debut novel, The Leavers (Algonquin), received the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize, given by Barbara Kingsolver for a work that addresses issues of social justice. Lisa Ko’s story of undocumented Chinese immigrants, particularly a mother and son, does that, and more - powerfully. "A moving mother/son story and welcome contribution to immigrant literature.  In writing about Polly and her son Deming, Ko captures one family's...

PJ LIBRARY SONG & STORY

06/07/2017 - 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! *A special note: today will be the last PJ Library Storytime until...

CHAVISA WOODS with MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE at Hugo House

06/07/2017 - 7:00PM

  Celebrating the launch of her critically acclaimed collection of stories, Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country (Seven Stories Press), Chavisa Woods joins series host and curator Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore for the last CONTAGIOUS EXCHANGES of 2017. Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country is a surreal and sardonic look into the heart of the rural poor. National Book Foundation award winner Samantha Hunt calls the book, “Murakami meets the meth heads.” “This is one of the...

MICHAEL FRANK

06/08/2017 - 7:00PM

  Travel writer and Los Angeles Times book critic Michael Franks’ aunt, Harriet Frank, Jr. was best known as a screenwriter who, with her husband Irving Ravetch, wrote the screenplays for Hud, Norma Rae and many other classics. The Mighty Franks: a Memoir (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Michael Franks’ memoir of his growing up as her surrogate son, is both a tale of life in Hollywood and that of his relationship with a complicated woman both nurturing and cruel.   "[A] complex and...

UNDERGROUND YA Book Group grades 6–12

06/08/2017 - 6:30PM

  Please join us for an ongoing discussion series with no assigned books, moderated by the (teen) readers themselves, with Elliott Bay booksellers on hand to assist, and provide fun things like exclusive access to early copies of forthcoming titles. The plan is to meet the second Thursday of each month. For questions and information, please see the YA Undergound Book Page or contact Justus at jjoseph@elliottbaybook.com. Please join us!  

KATHERINE HEINY

06/09/2017 - 7:00PM

  Author of the well-received debut book of stories, Single, Carefree, Mellow, Katherine Heiny is here tonight with what should be a well-received debut novel, Standard Deviation (Knopf). Marriage here is part of the equation - and deviation. “In her debut novel, the author of the charming short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow matures into new (equally beguiling) terrain, exploring marriage, fidelity, friendship, and parenting… Wonderful… Reading as delicious as the meals...

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS Group Reading with KI GOTTBERG

06/10/2017 - 3:00PM

  This afternoon reading will feature student playwrights from Seattle University reading short, original pieces they’ve written, to help conclude the end of the school year. They’re taught, and will be emceed here today by Ki Gottberg, professor of Theatre and Chair of Seattle University’s Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. This should be spirited and fun.

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

06/10/2017 - 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!

ANTHONY GEIST & CAROLYN TIPTON

06/12/2017 - 7:00PM

  Two esteemed translators read together tonight from recently published books by South American poets. University of Washington professor Anthony Geist, who has been a wonderful part of numerous Elliott Bay evenings in various capacities, is here with his translation of Peruvian poet Luis Hernández’s work, The School of Solitude (Swan Isle Press). “A deep humanity and seductive, bluesy rhythms pervade these poems of Luis Hernández, as does a mindful quality and emotional symmetry that...

ANDREA PETERSON

06/13/2017 - 7:00PM


ANDREA PETERSON with ELISABETH EAVES

06/13/2017 - 7:00PM

  Andrea Petersen, a Brooklyn based contributing writer at The Wall Street Journal covering psychology, health, and neuroscience, speaks tonight about her new book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety (Crown), a subject that affects over 40 million Americans. A sufferer from an anxiety disorder since her 20s, Andrea Petersen investigates the role of genetics and environment in mental illness, the history of the treatment of anxiety and the ways in which anxiety has affected her career and...

GLOBAL ISSUES BOOK GROUP

06/13/2017 - 6:30PM

  This month’s selection is Daniel J. Levitin’s Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era (Dutton). Please see the Global Issues book group page for more information.

Sold Out - SHERMAN ALEXIE at Town Hall

06/14/2017 - 7:30PM

  **This event is SOLD OUT** Co-presented with TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE. Twenty-five years (yes, it has been!) after giving his first solo reading at Elliott Bay, and with numerous memorable nights - and books prompting them in the years since, this night will surely be up there. There is no book any of us can recall that is ‘exactly’ like Sherman Alexie’s fierce, tender, audacious, soulful memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Little, Brown), which will have released the day...

KEI MILLER

06/14/2017 - 7:00PM

  Over from London, where he presently teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, is acclaimed poet and novelist Kei Miller. He makes this welcome first Elliott Bay visit for a wonderful novel set in his home country of Jamaica, Augustown (Pantheon). “Set in the backlands of Jamaica, this is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the constraints of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth. Miller’s storytelling is...

MARTIN WALKER

06/15/2017 - 7:00PM

  Good for summer, or any other time: a new installment in Martin Walker’s popular, pleasantly heady France-set ‘Bruno, Chief of Police’ novels. He is here tonight with the newest, The Templars’ Last Secret (Knopf), this once again in and near St. Denis, France. “My admiration for Martin Walker’s novels featuring the unflappable Bruno, Chief of Police, grows with each new book in the series. Whether Bruno is solving a crime, creating a soufflé, charming a newcomer to St. Denis, or...

WRITERS & POETS OF WASHINGTON STATE Group Reading with GARY COPELAND LILLEY, ANN TWEEDY, SHARMA SHIELDS & ERIN PRINGLE at Hugo House

06/15/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Poets and writers from all over the State will read for a night that blends poetry with prose. Hear poetry from Gary Lilley of Port Orchard (author most recently of The Bushman’s Medicine Show) and Ann Tweedy of Lake Tapps (The Body’s Alphabet), and prose from Spokane-based writers Sharma Shields (author of the 2016 Washington State Book Award-winning novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, Henry Holt) and Erin Pringle, author of the newly published collection...

JAMES McGRATH MORRIS

06/16/2017 - 7:00PM

  After meeting for the first time on the front lines of World War I, two aspiring writers--Hemingway and Dos Passos-- forged an intense twenty-year friendship and wrote some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a "lost generation" shaken by war. James McGrath Morris’ The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War (DaCapo) sheds light on a complicated, often fraught relationship between two iconic writers. "Here is a story of war, love, and...

AL FRANKEN at Town Hall

06/16/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS. Few have gone where U.S. Senator Al Franken has gone as an author - from his humor-laced takes on things political and cultural, such as Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them - to his newest, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate (Twelve), reflecting on his election and service in the U.S. Senate. We are delighted to be part of an evening wherein he will step away from the cauldron that Washington D.C. is especially...

STEVE STEINBERG & ROBERT F. GARRATT

06/17/2017 - 7:00PM


CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

06/17/2017 - 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!

STEVE STEINBERG & ROB GARRATT

06/17/2017 - 7:00PM

  It’s become a summer tradition for us to invite baseball historians to speak on the finer points of baseball history during these summer weekends (when the Mariners are out of town) and we’re glad to welcome SABR writer Steve Steinberg back to Elliott Bay tonight. His latest book is Urban Shocker : Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age  (University of Nebraska Press), a biography of the 1920s era St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees spitballer. Also speaking tonight is SABR...

CLEVE JONES Booksigning at Plymouth Church

06/18/2017 - 10:30AM

  Activist Cleve Jones, whose well-received memoir (and ABC Miniseries) When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (Hachette) is about the gay liberation movement of the 1970s and the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and activism, makes some Seattle appearances today. He’ll sign books and then speak at the 11 a.m. worship service at Plymouth Church. Free and open to the public. Cleve Jones will also appear at a PrideFest screening of Milk at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets to the Milk...

MK CZERWIEC

06/18/2017 - 3:00PM

  C0-presented by SHORT RUN and the GRAPHIC MEDICINE CONFERENCE. MK Czerwiec, artist-in-residence at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and co-curator at GraphicMedicine.org, (a podcast and website exploring the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of health care), travels to Seattle this week to participate in this weekend’s Graphic Medicine Conference. Her book, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press), is the...

RICHARD CHESS

06/19/2017 - 7:00PM

  Co-presented with IMAGE. Poet Richard Chess, Chair of the English Department and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina, reads from his fourth collection of poetry, Love Nailed to the Doorpost (University of Tampa Press). “Love collides with love in Richards Chess’ latest collection, shattering love as a way to understand its mystery and ache.”-Emily Warn.

ANDREW EVANS

06/20/2017 - 7:00PM

  The Black Penguin, published as part of the University of Wisconsin Press’ Living Out series of gay and lesbian memoirs, is travel writer Andrew Evans tracing his childhood love of travel - and escape from proscribed religious and social activities, and how it developed, in time, into a life that really has involved worldwide travel, and a full life. Andrew Evans is today the author of a number of Bradt travel guides and has undertaken more than thirty assignments for National...

SPECULATIONS SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP

06/20/2017 - 6:30PM

  This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti (Tor) as the June selection. Please see the Speculations book group page for more information.

JOSEPH KANON

06/21/2017 - 7:00PM

  First known to readers as the editor and publisher of other writers’ books, Joseph Kanon has for some years and with some captivating novels made himself quite known to readers for his own work. The author of numerous popular, historically-set novels of intrigue, Istanbul Passage and Leaving Berlin among them, he is here tonight with his newest, Defectors (Atria). "A finely paced Cold War thriller with [Kanon's] usual flair for atmospheric detail, intriguing characters, and...

NORM STAMPER & MARTI JONJAK at Hugo House

06/21/2017 - 7:00PM

  Presented by HUGO HOUSE. This evening is a discussion and reading: ‘Life After Death: Norm Stamper and Marti Jonjak on the Reverberations of Violent Crime.’ In 2013, a man walked into the Central District’s Twilight Exit, shot two people, and then was killed by police. Marti Jonjak was there that night and explores the crimes through conversations with other witnesses in her 33-part series for McSweeney’s, “Inside Witnesses: One Crime’s Many Narratives“—their “version of Serial.”...

RESISTING TRUMP’S SHOCK DOCTRINE with NAOMI KLEIN at the Neptune Theatre

06/22/2017 - 7:30PM

  Co-presented by SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP, ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, HAYMARKET BOOKS, and THE LEAP. Join us for a discussion of resistance in the Trump era with internationally acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Naomi Klein. The election of Donald Trump is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises­. Trump’s vision–a radical deregulation of the U.S. economy in the interest of corporations, an all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” and sweeping aside climate...

NATHAN HILL

06/23/2017 - 7:00PM

  One of 2016’s most noteworthy debuts  - and acclaimed novels - was that by Nathan Hill with his dazzling, rich The Nix (now in paper, Vintage). Chosen as a Notable Title of the Year by The New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more, this is a unique take on family, loss, re-connection. “If any novel defied an elevator pitch in 2016, it was The Nix. Acid critique of millennial entitlement, videogame addiction, and clueless academia; tender meditation on childhood friendship...

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME ages 2 and up

06/24/2017 - 11:00AM

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

SEATTLE7WRITERS BRUNCH: CHEW ON THIS with CHARLES JOHNSON & GARTH STEIN at the Mount Baker Community Club

06/24/2017 - 11:00AM

  ​Join Seattle7Writers and friends for brunch and a conversation between author Garth Stein and Dr. Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award and critic, screenwriter, cartoonist, artist, professor, and author of more than a dozen books including Middle Passage and The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling. Guests will find a local author seated at every table, ready to mingle, discuss and recommend books, and sign their work. Elliott Bay Book...

ANDREW CARROLL

06/24/2017 - 7:00PM

  Andrew Carroll is the executive director of the American Poetry & Literacy Project, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., ‘that promotes literacy and encourages a greater public awareness of poetry.’ He also, over the years, has edited and published unique compilations of letters, including letters of those serving in the armed forces, War Letters and Behind the Lines noteworthy among those. He is here tonight with My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and...

BARBARA BONNER

06/26/2017 - 7:00PM

  With a background in museum and educational administration, including serving as Vice President of Bennington College, as well as serving on numerous non-profit boards, Barbara Bonner has long looked at the place of service and leadership, doing so with a larger-spirited (Buddhist) perspective than many. She is here with a new book, Inspiring Courage (Wisdom Publications), which follows her earlier, well-received Inspiring Generosity.   “Barbara Bonner brings together stories,...

ARUNDHATI ROY at Town Hall

06/27/2017 - 7:30PM

  This a night not to be missed as Arundhati Roy, almost exactly twenty years after the first time she came to read in Seattle, for her just-published first novel, The God of Small Things, returns - not for the first time since - but this time with her much-anticipated second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Knopf), in hand. We count the writing Arundhati Roy has done since The God of Small Things - her political writings, writings of witness, activism, investigation - utterly...

ROBERT LOPEZ with SAM LIGON, STACEY LEVINE & RICHARD CHIEM

06/27/2017 - 7:00PM

  Brooklyn-based writer Robert Lopez reads this evening from his novel, All Back Full (Dzanc) and a recent story collection, Good People. “Told in a genre-defying style that melds the depth of the novel with the honesty of the stage, All Back Full charts one day in a marriage at once usual and unusual, exploring what we say to each other when we say nothing, and the ways we speak to each other without words.”-Publishers Weekly.   He has invited three Washington writers to read...

JESS ARNDT

06/28/2017 - 7:00PM

  There is excitement here at Elliott Bay, and beyond, for Jess Arndt’s newly landed debut book of stories, Large Animals (Catapult). "Arndt’s short stories are delicious flights of fancy, or obsession, or fertile curiosity—or, more accurately, some beguiling combination of all three. . . . This is a playful and provocative collection, full of sly, deft turns of phrase and striking imagery.” —Publishers Weekly. “Jess Arndt’s Large Animals is wildly original, even as it joins in with...

DAVID GESSNER

06/29/2017 - 7:00PM

  A noted nature writer and chronicler of the U.S. West who read here for his book on Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, All the Wild That Remains, David Gessner writes of a different wildness, one he’s pursued on his own over the years, in Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth (Riverhead). “The history of Ultimate Frisbee had not yet been written by one who was there, there for the ugly, early, drunken days when men first turned to themselves and one another and asked...

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