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African-American Writers' Alliance

02/24/2018 - 7:00PM

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

Saturday University with Azeem Ibrahim

02/24/2018 - 9:00AM

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. In his talk, Ibrahim investigates Myanmar’s marginalized and vulnerable ethnic Rohingya. Despite their centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

02/24/2018 - 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!  

2018 Search for Meaning Festival

02/24/2018 - 8:00AM

Search for Meaning is Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. This year’s keynote speakers include Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, Taylor Branch, Barbara Brown Taylor and Ruth Ozeki. Syrian architect...

African-American Writers' Alliance

02/24/2018 - 7:00PM

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

Saturday University with Azeem Ibrahim

02/24/2018 - 9:00AM

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority The Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group living in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar, are described by the United Nations as among the most persecuted people in the world. In his talk, Ibrahim investigates Myanmar’s marginalized and vulnerable ethnic Rohingya. Despite their centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,...

2018 Search for Meaning Festival

02/24/2018 - 8:00AM

Search for Meaning is Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws over 50 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience. This year’s keynote speakers include Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, Taylor Branch, Barbara Brown Taylor and Ruth Ozeki. Syrian architect...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

02/24/2018 - 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!  

Andrew Schelling & Paul Nelson

02/25/2018 - 3:00PM

Poet and translator Andrew Schelling, who has served on the faculty of Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School, speaks today about the work of Jaime de Angulo, who was much admired by William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore and others. Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime De Angulo & the Pacific Coast Culture (Counterpoint) is Schelling’s account of the life of the midcentury “cowboy linguist,” doctor, ethnographer known as the Old Coyote of Big Sur.   “Schelling’s biography of Jaime de Angulo–’...

Andrew Schelling & Paul Nelson

02/25/2018 - 3:00PM

Poet and translator Andrew Schelling, who has served on the faculty of Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School, speaks today about the work of Jaime de Angulo, who was much admired by William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore and others. Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime De Angulo & the Pacific Coast Culture (Counterpoint) is Schelling’s account of the life of the midcentury “cowboy linguist,” doctor, ethnographer known as the Old Coyote of Big Sur.   “Schelling’s biography of Jaime de Angulo–’...

André Aciman

02/26/2018 - 7:00PM

Good books do stand the test of time. Esteemed writer André Aciman’s Lambda Award-winning 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name (Picador), is one such book, one that has always enjoyed a readership. That has moved to another realm with the hugely acclaimed Luca Guadagnino film based on this novel sending readers to find the source.   “An extraordinary examination of longing and the complicated ways in which we negotiate the experience of attraction....It's startling that a novel so...

André Aciman

02/26/2018 - 7:00PM

Good books do stand the test of time. Esteemed writer André Aciman’s Lambda Award-winning 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name (Picador), is one such book, one that has always enjoyed a readership. That has moved to another realm with the hugely acclaimed Luca Guadagnino film based on this novel sending readers to find the source.   “An extraordinary examination of longing and the complicated ways in which we negotiate the experience of attraction....It's startling that a novel so...

Brittney Cooper

02/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Along with our friends at the Northwest African American Museum, we are delighted to welcome one of the foremost and most forthright scholar activist voices to speak to things as they are, and have been, in having Brittney Cooper here with her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s). A professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective, and her work has appeared in the New York...

Brittney Cooper

02/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Along with our friends at the Northwest African American Museum, we are delighted to welcome one of the foremost and most forthright scholar activist voices to speak to things as they are, and have been, in having Brittney Cooper here with her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s). A professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective, and her work has appeared in the New York...

Robin Oliveira

02/27/2018 - 7:00PM

As we believe to have been the case with each of her first two novels, My Name Is Mary Sutter and I Always Loved You, Seattle writer Robin Oliveira celebrates the publication of her third novel on its publication day, as Winter Sisters (Viking) is welcomed into the world. “After two young sisters vanish in a snowstorm, the whys and hows of their disappearance quickly become a compelling and increasingly complex mystery. Robin Oliveira renders nineteenth-century Albany, New York, with...

Robin Oliveira

02/27/2018 - 7:00PM

As we believe to have been the case with each of her first two novels, My Name Is Mary Sutter and I Always Loved You, Seattle writer Robin Oliveira celebrates the publication of her third novel on its publication day, as Winter Sisters (Viking) is welcomed into the world. “After two young sisters vanish in a snowstorm, the whys and hows of their disappearance quickly become a compelling and increasingly complex mystery. Robin Oliveira renders nineteenth-century Albany, New York, with...

Steve Almond with Peter Mountford

02/28/2018 - 7:00PM

Steve Almond, who has written eight books of fiction and non-fiction, and co-hosts the ‘Dear Sugars’ podcast with Cheryl Strayed on the New York Times site, visits - to visit with Seattle writer Peter Mountford - about his newest book, Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart (Red Hen Press). This is non-fiction, alas, all written in the wake of the 2016 election. Where are we, how did we get here, where will we go - this looked at, in part, through the literary past, James...

Matt Young

02/28/2018 - 7:00PM

A teacher of composition and literature at Centralia College, Matt Young is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War. He has written one of the testaments of that conflict, as seen by someone on the front lines, Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury USA).   “Matt Young has written the Iliad of the Iraq war--searing as the desert sun, powerful as a rocket-propelled grenade. He lived through three hard tours as a Marine and returned to tell this breathtaking tale. Read it if you love your...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

02/28/2018 - 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!

Matt Young

02/28/2018 - 7:00PM

A teacher of composition and literature at Centralia College, Matt Young is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War. He has written one of the testaments of that conflict, as seen by someone on the front lines, Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury USA).   “Matt Young has written the Iliad of the Iraq war--searing as the desert sun, powerful as a rocket-propelled grenade. He lived through three hard tours as a Marine and returned to tell this breathtaking tale. Read it if you love your...

Steve Almond with Peter Mountford

02/28/2018 - 7:00PM

Steve Almond, who has written eight books of fiction and non-fiction, and co-hosts the ‘Dear Sugars’ podcast with Cheryl Strayed on the New York Times site, visits - to visit with Seattle writer Peter Mountford - about his newest book, Bad Stories: Toward a Unified Theory of How It All Came Apart (Red Hen Press). This is non-fiction, alas, all written in the wake of the 2016 election. Where are we, how did we get here, where will we go - this looked at, in part, through the literary past, James...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

02/28/2018 - 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!

Akwaeke Emezi

03/01/2018 - 7:00PM

This month begins with one of the more audacious novels to come along in some time, never mind that it’s also a debut. An Igbo and Tamil writer raised in Nigeria, now living, working and based "in liminal spaces" in New York, Akwaeke Emezi is here tonight with Freshwater (Grove). “In her mind-blowing debut, Emezi weaves traditional Igbo myth that turns the well-worn narrative of mental illness on its head, and in doing so she has ensured a place on the literary-fiction landscape as a...

Akwaeke Emezi

03/01/2018 - 7:00PM

This month begins with one of the more audacious novels to come along in some time, never mind that it’s also a debut. An Igbo and Tamil writer raised in Nigeria, now living, working and based "in liminal spaces" in New York, Akwaeke Emezi is here tonight with Freshwater (Grove). “In her mind-blowing debut, Emezi weaves traditional Igbo myth that turns the well-worn narrative of mental illness on its head, and in doing so she has ensured a place on the literary-fiction landscape as a...

Paige Embry

03/02/2018 - 7:00PM

Paige Embry’s immersion into the lives of bees native to North America began in her garden, where she began to realize that native bees (not honey bees) pollinate tomatoes and many other plants that make up much of our food supply. Her book, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them (Timber Press), links endangered bee health to human health and takes readers into the field with those studying and working to protect both.   "Designed to...

Paige Embry

03/02/2018 - 7:00PM

Paige Embry’s immersion into the lives of bees native to North America began in her garden, where she began to realize that native bees (not honey bees) pollinate tomatoes and many other plants that make up much of our food supply. Her book, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them (Timber Press), links endangered bee health to human health and takes readers into the field with those studying and working to protect both.   "Designed to...

Wordplay presented by Bushwick Book Club & Seattle7Writers

03/03/2018 - 7:30PM

Seattle’s Bushwick Book Club produces unique, one-of-a-kind, live musical literary events in order to increase awareness of literature and songwriting. Tonight’s annual collaboration with Seattle7Writers features original compositions inspired by books by three local writers: Love and Trouble by Claire Dederer (music by Del Rey, Leslie Braley, Julia Massey), Weed by David Schmader (music by Joy Mills, Vince Martinez, Lizzie Weber) and Welcome Thieves by Sean Beaudoin (...

Tahir Hamut with Darren Byler

03/03/2018 - 3:00PM

As part of a Seattle visit initiated by the China Studies Program at the University of Washington, we are pleased to present here this bilingual reading program by visiting Uyghur Chinese poet, filmmaker, and literary critic Tahir Hamut. He will read poetry and discuss the fraught political situation in the Uyghur homeland of northwest China. The Distance and Other Poems is a recently published collection done in China (not currently available in the US). Tahir Hamut first began writing poetry...

Tahir Hamut with Darren Byler

03/03/2018 - 3:00PM

As part of a Seattle visit initiated by the China Studies Program at the University of Washington, we are pleased to present here this bilingual reading program by visiting Uyghur Chinese poet, filmmaker, and literary critic Tahir Hamut. He will read poetry and discuss the fraught political situation in the Uyghur homeland of northwest China. The Distance and Other Poems is a recently published collection done in China (not currently available in the US). Tahir Hamut first began writing poetry...

Wordplay presented by Bushwick Book Club & Seattle7Writers

03/03/2018 - 7:30PM

Seattle’s Bushwick Book Club produces unique, one-of-a-kind, live musical literary events in order to increase awareness of literature and songwriting. Tonight’s annual collaboration with Seattle7Writers features original compositions inspired by books by three local writers: Love and Trouble by Claire Dederer (music by Del Rey, Leslie Braley, Julia Massey), Weed by David Schmader (music by Joy Mills, Vince Martinez, Lizzie Weber) and Welcome Thieves by Sean Beaudoin (...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/03/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for March with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin! Please join us.  

Saturday University with Lucinda Ramberg

03/03/2018 - 10:00AM

“We Were Always Buddhist:" Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India In 1956 anti-caste activist Dr. B.R. Ambedkar called upon his followers to convert to Buddhism as the equalitarian religion of the original inhabitants of the subcontinent. Since then, conversion to Buddhism in India has been widely understood as a mode of political dissent, and a means of escape from the discrimination and stigma attached to “untouchability.” Drawing on ethnographic research, this talk considers...

Saturday University with Lucinda Ramberg

03/03/2018 - 10:00AM

“We Were Always Buddhist:" Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India In 1956 anti-caste activist Dr. B.R. Ambedkar called upon his followers to convert to Buddhism as the equalitarian religion of the original inhabitants of the subcontinent. Since then, conversion to Buddhism in India has been widely understood as a mode of political dissent, and a means of escape from the discrimination and stigma attached to “untouchability.” Drawing on ethnographic research, this talk considers...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/03/2018 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for March with this reading from picture and storybook favorites out of our children’s section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children’s section … and the stories begin! Please join us.  

Virgil Fassio with Joel Connelly

03/04/2018 - 3:00PM

Stories of a life, and of a life lived in newspapers will be told today, for a book rife with them, as Virgil Fassio, from 1978 to 1993 the publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is here for the release of his memoir, Steel City to Emerald City: A Newspaperman's Life Journey (CreateSpace). He will be joined by venerable Seattle P-I journalist Joel Connelly in conversation. This is a story of newspapering from early on, how this work took Virgil Fassio around the world, and how a newspaper...

Virgil Fassio with Joel Connelly

03/04/2018 - 3:00PM

Stories of a life, and of a life lived in newspapers will be told today, for a book rife with them, as Virgil Fassio, from 1978 to 1993 the publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is here for the release of his memoir, Steel City to Emerald City: A Newspaperman's Life Journey (CreateSpace). He will be joined by venerable Seattle P-I journalist Joel Connelly in conversation. This is a story of newspapering from early on, how this work took Virgil Fassio around the world, and how a newspaper...

Robert B. Reich - SOLD OUT

03/05/2018 - 7:30PM

This event has sold out. There will be a standby line at the door. More info here. Up from Berkeley, where he is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, the author of fifteen books, including Saving Capitalism and The Work of Nations is Robert B. Reich. He has also served in three national administrations, and is here tonight...

Natalie Singer with Sonora Jha

03/05/2018 - 7:00PM

Tonight Seattle writer Natalie Singer speaks about her memoir, California Calling: A Self-Interrogation (Hawthorne Books), which is an examination of the family and cultural myths that shape us. She draws from history, reportage, witness interrogation tactics, music and pop culture, and the iconography of the West to explore whether we can cure loneliness through landscape. Singer, who has served as writer-in-residence at Seattle’s On the Boards, appears in conversation with novelist Sonora Jha...

Natalie Singer with Sonora Jha

03/05/2018 - 7:00PM

Tonight Seattle writer Natalie Singer speaks about her memoir, California Calling: A Self-Interrogation (Hawthorne Books), which is an examination of the family and cultural myths that shape us. She draws from history, reportage, witness interrogation tactics, music and pop culture, and the iconography of the West to explore whether we can cure loneliness through landscape. Singer, who has served as writer-in-residence at Seattle’s On the Boards, appears in conversation with novelist Sonora Jha...

Robert B. Reich - SOLD OUT

03/05/2018 - 7:30PM

This event has sold out. There will be a standby line at the door. More info here. Up from Berkeley, where he is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, the author of fifteen books, including Saving Capitalism and The Work of Nations is Robert B. Reich. He has also served in three national administrations, and is here tonight...

Madame Nielsen

03/06/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted, in addition to hosting Vegas Tenold at the bookstore this evening, to also be helping host at Queer Bar (one block east of Elliott Bay), the eminent "novelist, artist, performer, stage director and world history enactor, composer, chanteuse" that is the "multi-gendered" Madame Nielsen. She is here from Denmark for the U.S. publication of her novel, The Endless Summer (Open Letter, translated by Gaye Kynoch). This is a unique, engaging take on identity, love, coming of age...

Elliott Bay Book Group

03/06/2018 - 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 Jess Walter’s novel, Beautiful Ruins (Harper).   learn more

Elliott Bay Book Group

03/06/2018 - 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 Jess Walter’s novel, Beautiful Ruins (Harper).   learn more

Vegas Tenold

03/06/2018 - 7:00PM

A journalist born and raised in Norway, schooled in the U.S., with writing in such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America, Vegas Tenold has long been covering the most ideologically extreme of the white nationalist groups. His book, Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America (Nation Books), is a sobering, open-eyed look at these groups’ existence, and their growing emergence. "Vegas Tenold has gone far...

Madame Nielsen

03/06/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted, in addition to hosting Vegas Tenold at the bookstore this evening, to also be helping host at Queer Bar (one block east of Elliott Bay), the eminent "novelist, artist, performer, stage director and world history enactor, composer, chanteuse" that is the "multi-gendered" Madame Nielsen. She is here from Denmark for the U.S. publication of her novel, The Endless Summer (Open Letter, translated by Gaye Kynoch). This is a unique, engaging take on identity, love, coming of age...

Vegas Tenold

03/06/2018 - 7:00PM

A journalist born and raised in Norway, schooled in the U.S., with writing in such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America, Vegas Tenold has long been covering the most ideologically extreme of the white nationalist groups. His book, Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America (Nation Books), is a sobering, open-eyed look at these groups’ existence, and their growing emergence. "Vegas Tenold has gone far...

Ijeoma Oluo

03/07/2018 - 7:00PM

A Seattle-based writer who has been a significant part of numerous panels and forums, and whose writing has appeared in publications near and far—The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, and Jezebel, among them—Ijeoma Oluo is here this evening, as part of the launch of her nationally-significant first book, So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press). Ijeoma Oluo is also an editor-at-large with The Establishment. This, a night not to be missed. "So You Want to Talk About Race strikes the...

Ijeoma Oluo

03/07/2018 - 7:00PM

A Seattle-based writer who has been a significant part of numerous panels and forums, and whose writing has appeared in publications near and far—The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, and Jezebel, among them—Ijeoma Oluwo is here this evening, as part of the launch of her nationally-significant first book, So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press). Ijeoma Oluwo is also an editor-at-large with The Establishment. This, a night not to be missed. "So You Want to Talk About Race strikes the...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/07/2018 - 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!

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/07/2018 - 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!

Patton Oswalt

03/07/2018 - 7:00PM

Stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Patton Oswalt appears tonight to discuss his late wife Michelle McNamara’s book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Harper). McNamara, the author of the website True Crime Diary and a consultant for Dateline NBC, was investigating the case of this violent and still unidentified psychopath, who committed multiple sexual assaults and murders in California between 1976 and 1986. Framed by an introduction by...

Amber Cantorna

03/08/2018 - 7:00PM

Amber Cantorna, daughter of an executive with conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family, was homeschooled in a family in which perfectionism, reputation and appearances meant everything and being honest about being gay meant that her community would shun her. She tells this story (and that of finding love and of founding Beyond, a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ people navigate coming out) in her book, Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God (...

Amber Cantorna

03/08/2018 - 7:00PM

Amber Cantorna, daughter of an executive with conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family, was homeschooled in a family in which perfectionism, reputation and appearances meant everything and being honest about being gay meant that her community would shun her. She tells this story (and that of finding love and of founding Beyond, a nonprofit that helps LGBTQ people navigate coming out) in her book, Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God (...

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

03/08/2018 - 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

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

03/08/2018 - 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

Ibram X. Kendi

03/09/2018 - 5:30PM

This specially-presented lecture brings 2016 National Book Award-winning historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to Seattle University for this dedicated lecture, “How to Be Anti-Racist and Why It Matters.” His book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books), has established itself as a vital, essential study of this country’s most rooted notions. Dr. Kendi is presently Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the...

Shobha Rao

03/09/2018 - 7:00PM

A night we are particularly excited about is Shobha Rao’s return to Elliott Bay to read from her brilliant, beautiful, intense debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron). Here two years ago for her similarly bracing book of stories, An Unrestored Woman, Shobha Rao looks at the lives of young girls coming of age in a time when lives and fates can span from village India to apartment complexes in Seattle - as indeed Girls Burn Brighter does. The way for the young women at the heart of this book...

Shobha Rao with Laurie Frankel

03/09/2018 - 7:00PM

A night we are particularly excited about is Shobha Rao’s return to Elliott Bay to read from her brilliant, beautiful, intense debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron). Here two years ago for her similarly bracing book of stories, An Unrestored Woman, Shobha Rao looks at the lives of young girls coming of age in a time when lives and fates can span from village India to apartment complexes in Seattle - as indeed Girls Burn Brighter does. The way for the young women at the heart of this book...

Shobha Rao

03/09/2018 - 7:00PM

A night we are particularly excited about is Shobha Rao’s return to Elliott Bay to read from her brilliant, beautiful, intense debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron). Here two years ago for her similarly bracing book of stories, An Unrestored Woman, Shobha Rao looks at the lives of young girls coming of age in a time when lives and fates can span from village India to apartment complexes in Seattle - as indeed Girls Burn Brighter does. The way for the young women at the heart of this book...

Ibram X. Kendi

03/09/2018 - 5:30PM

This specially-presented lecture brings 2016 National Book Award-winning historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to Seattle University for this dedicated lecture, “How to Be Anti-Racist and Why It Matters.” His book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books), has established itself as a vital, essential study of this country’s most rooted notions. Dr. Kendi is presently Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the...

Minal Hajratwala

03/10/2018 - 3:00PM

A writer and editor whose work and life embrace both this part of the world and over the seas in South Asia, Minal Hajratwala makes this welcome Elliott Bay return today, her long-awaited debut poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment (The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective), in hand. Written over a span of two decades, these poems and performance texts comprise "a stunning collection that modulates between steady narratives full of anchored images and storytelling, and playful...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/10/2018 - 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!

Scarlett Sabet

03/10/2018 - 7:00PM

One of the emerged stars of the lively London performance poetry world, Scarlett Sabet, makes her debut Seattle visit here tonight. A regular performer at The Troubadour, on Brompton Road, and at The Poetry Society's Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, in London, and elsewhere in the world, she is the author of poetry collections including Rocking Underground and The Lock and the Key. This should be quite an evening. "What strikes me about Scarlett's work it that it's very cutting edge and it's...

Scarlett Sabet

03/10/2018 - 7:00PM

One of the emerged stars of the lively London performance poetry world, Scarlett Sabet, makes her debut Seattle visit here tonight. A regular performer at The Troubadour, on Brompton Road, and at The Poetry Society's Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, in London, and elsewhere in the world, she is the author of poetry collections including Rocking Underground and The Lock and the Key. This should be quite an evening. "What strikes me about Scarlett's work it that it's very cutting edge and it's...

Minal Hajratwala

03/10/2018 - 3:00PM

A writer and editor whose work and life embrace both this part of the world and over the seas in South Asia, Minal Hajratwala makes this welcome Elliott Bay return today, her long-awaited debut poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment (The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective), in hand. Written over a span of two decades, these poems and performance texts comprise "a stunning collection that modulates between steady narratives full of anchored images and storytelling, and playful...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/10/2018 - 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!

Willy Vlautin

03/11/2018 - 3:00PM

We’re glad to welcome Willy Vlautin, novelist and singer/songwriter of the Richmond Fontaine, back to Elliott Bay this afternoon to read from Don’t Skip Out on Me (Harper Perennial), in which Horace, a Paiute and Irish ranch hand, decides to become a boxer. “Add Horace to the long list of those who have gone wrong by reading the wrong books, but like Emma Bovary, who developed delusions of grandeur by reading romance novels, Horace brings such heartbreaking passion to his misbegotten quest...

Willy Vlautin

03/11/2018 - 3:00PM

We’re glad to welcome Willy Vlautin, novelist and singer/songwriter of the Richmond Fontaine, back to Elliott Bay this afternoon to read from Don’t Skip Out on Me (Harper Perennial), in which Horace, a Paiute and Irish ranch hand, decides to become a boxer. “Add Horace to the long list of those who have gone wrong by reading the wrong books, but like Emma Bovary, who developed delusions of grandeur by reading romance novels, Horace brings such heartbreaking passion to his misbegotten quest...

Lars Kepler

03/12/2018 - 7:00PM

A novel which re-introduces to readers here one of the most popular thriller writers out of Scandinavia today brings Lars Kepler (the wife-husband duo of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril) to Seattle for the U.S. publication of The Sandman (Knopf, translated by Neil Smith). Actually the fourth book in a series featuring detective Joona Linna, readers will soon be able to read back, with new translations of those books forthcoming, as well as to await what will come next. What...

Lars Kepler

03/12/2018 - 7:00PM

A novel which re-introduces to readers here one of the most popular thriller writers out of Scandinavia today brings Lars Kepler (the wife-husband duo of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril) to Seattle for the U.S. publication of The Sandman (Knopf, translated by Neil Smith). Actually the fourth book in a series featuring detective Joona Linna, readers will soon be able to read back, with new translations of those books forthcoming, as well as to await what will come next. What...

Karen Karbo with Jennie Shortridge

03/13/2018 - 7:00PM

Hard to believe in 2018 that many women still have to choose between being true to themselves or being accepted and loved. Karen Karbo’s In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules (National Geographic) celebrates the lives of 29 “difficult” women (including Carrie Fisher, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Warren, Edie Sedgwick and J.K. Rowling)... who refused to choose. Tonight Seattle writer Jennie Shortridge interviews Karen Karbo about these...

Karen Karbo with Jennie Shortridge

03/13/2018 - 7:00PM

Hard to believe in 2018 that many women still have to choose between being true to themselves or being accepted and loved. Karen Karbo’s In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules (National Geographic) celebrates the lives of 29 “difficult” women (including Carrie Fisher, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Warren, Edie Sedgwick and J.K. Rowling)... who refused to choose. Tonight Seattle writer Jennie Shortridge interviews Karen Karbo about these...

Global Issues Book Group

03/13/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Henry Giroux's The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights). learn more

Global Issues Book Group

03/13/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Henry Giroux's The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights). learn more

Peter Carey with Pam McClusky

03/14/2018 - 7:00PM

One of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, two-time Booker Prize-winning Australian fiction writer Peter Carey makes this most welcome Elliott Bay return. The author of thirteen previous novels, which have also received prestigious honors, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, among them, he manages to make each novel distinct and different from his others. There’s been no phoning it in. Case in point is the remarkable novel he is here for tonight, A...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/14/2018 - 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!

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/14/2018 - 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!

Peter Carey with Pam McClusky

03/14/2018 - 7:00PM

One of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, two-time Booker Prize-winning Australian fiction writer Peter Carey makes this most welcome Elliott Bay return. The author of thirteen previous novels, which have also received prestigious honors, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, among them, he manages to make each novel distinct and different from his others. There’s been no phoning it in. Case in point is the remarkable novel he is here for tonight, A...

Geneen Roth

03/15/2018 - 7:00PM

The author of such enduringly popular books as When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women Food and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It, Geneen Roth is here this evening with her newest book, This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide (Scribner). “Geneen Roth's secret sauce—the ingredients of which are warmth, wisdom, honesty and powerful self-scrutiny—are all blended to perfection in this lovely book, which will be a welcome companion to her legions of...

Geneen Roth

03/15/2018 - 7:00PM

The author of such enduringly popular books as When Food Is Love, Lost and Found, and Women Food and God, as well as The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It, Geneen Roth is here this evening with her newest book, This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide (Scribner). “Geneen Roth's secret sauce—the ingredients of which are warmth, wisdom, honesty and powerful self-scrutiny—are all blended to perfection in this lovely book, which will be a welcome companion to her legions of...

Apricot Irving

03/16/2018 - 7:00PM

Apricot Irving grew up as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, where she and her mother and sisters lived in a secluded compound while her father traveled to preach and plant trees in the largely deforested countryside. In her memoir, The Gospel of Trees (Simon and Schuster), she examines the effects of her father’s idealism on his family and on the people he was trying to help and she revisits her life in Haiti when she is sent by This American Life to cover the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake...

Apricot Irving

03/16/2018 - 7:00PM

Apricot Irving grew up as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, where she and her mother and sisters lived in a secluded compound while her father traveled to preach and plant trees in the largely deforested countryside. In her memoir, The Gospel of Trees (Simon and Schuster), she examines the effects of her father’s idealism on his family and on the people he was trying to help and she revisits her life in Haiti when she is sent by This American Life to cover the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/17/2018 - 11:00AM

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

Matthew Dickman and Emily Strelow

03/17/2018 - 7:00PM

This joint reading brings two writers rooted in Portland, one the acclaimed poet Matthew Dickman, here with his third full-sized collection, and Emily Strelow, here with an historically-set debut novel. Matthew Dickman’s new Wonderland (W. W. Norton), preceded by All-American Poem and Mayakovsky’s Revolver, has been garnering raves at readings along the way to publication. Now, the book at last. “There is an unabashed rapture to these poems about ordinary American life in the analog age. How...

Matthew Dickman and Emily Strelow

03/17/2018 - 7:00PM

This joint reading brings two writers rooted in Portland, one the acclaimed poet Matthew Dickman, here with his third full-sized collection, and Emily Strelow, here with an historically-set debut novel. Matthew Dickman’s new Wonderland (W. W. Norton), preceded by All-American Poem and Mayakovsky’s Revolver, has been garnering raves at readings along the way to publication. Now, the book at last. “There is an unabashed rapture to these poems about ordinary American life in the analog age. How...

Lamont ‘U-God’ Hawkins with Dr. Daudi Abe

03/17/2018 - 7:30PM

Many music fans consider the Wu-Tang Clan to be hip-hop royalty. But remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story. Town Hall is excited to partner with 206 Zulu to present Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang (Picador), a history of this seminal hip-hop group by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, one of the group’s founding members. U-God charts the group’s origins—how, brought up by the streets and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible: music as...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/17/2018 - 11:00AM

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

Hedgebrook Equivox

03/18/2018 - 11:00AM

Hedgebrook’s annual fundraiser always features great conversation, and is a chance to meet and chat with a variety of types of writers (including screenwriters and songwriters) who have been supported by this writers’ retreat for women. This year’s speakers are playwright Sarah Ruhl and historian Annette Gordon-Reed (The Hemingses of Monticello), but every table includes writers who are also Hedgebrook alums. Elliott Bay will be on hand with books by many of the writers in attendance...

Hedgebrook Equivox

03/18/2018 - 11:00AM

Hedgebrook’s annual fundraiser always features great conversation, and is a chance to meet and chat with a variety of types of writers (including screenwriters and songwriters) who have been supported by this writers’ retreat for women. This year’s speakers are playwright Sarah Ruhl and historian Annette Gordon-Reed (The Hemingses of Monticello), but every table includes writers who are also Hedgebrook alums. Elliott Bay will be on hand with books by many of the writers in attendance...

Mark Sarvas with Charles Johnson

03/20/2018 - 7:00PM

Novelist Mark Sarvas, appearing in conversation with Seattle writer and University of Washington Professor Emeritus Charles Johnson tonight, reads from his new book, Memento Park (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), in which a man’s discovery of a painting stolen from his family during World War II leads to revelations about his estranged father and his family. Mark Sarvas is the author of the novel Harry, Revised. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN/America, and PEN Center USA,...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

03/20/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthl's selection is Blake Crouch’s, Dark Matter (Broadway), as the March selection.   Learn More

Honor Moore

03/20/2018 - 7:00PM

Hugo House this evening presents esteemed poet, memoirist, and teacher (The New School) Honor Moore. Her books include the memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter; a family biography, The White Blackbird; and the poetry collection, Red Shoes. She has received numerous honors and awards for her writing and also for her teaching, as she was three times the Distinguished Visiting Writer in Non-fiction at the University of Iowa’s creative writing program. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission.

Leonard Mlodinow

03/20/2018 - 7:30PM

Leonard Mlodinow, the author of Subliminal and The Drunkard’s Walk, makes this welcome Seattle return for his newest book, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change (Pantheon). “It’s easy to describe the dizzying changes in our midst—from the gushers of information that wash over us to a world grown ever more interconnected. Far harder is to offer guidance on how we should respond. In this wise and persuasive book, Leonard Mlodinow calls for a change in the very way we think. Using a deft...

Mark Sarvas with Charles Johnson

03/20/2018 - 7:00PM

Novelist Mark Sarvas, appearing in conversation with Seattle writer and University of Washington Professor Emeritus Charles Johnson tonight, reads from his new book, Memento Park (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), in which a man’s discovery of a painting stolen from his family during World War II leads to revelations about his estranged father and his family. Mark Sarvas is the author of the novel Harry, Revised. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN/America, and PEN Center USA,...

Honor Moore

03/20/2018 - 7:00PM

Hugo House this evening presents esteemed poet, memoirist, and teacher (The New School) Honor Moore. Her books include the memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter; a family biography, The White Blackbird; and the poetry collection, Red Shoes. She has received numerous honors and awards for her writing and also for her teaching, as she was three times the Distinguished Visiting Writer in Non-fiction at the University of Iowa’s creative writing program. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Free admission.

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

03/20/2018 - 6:30PM

This monthl's selection is Blake Crouch’s, Dark Matter (Broadway), as the March selection.   Learn More

Leonard Mlodinow

03/20/2018 - 7:30PM

Leonard Mlodinow, the author of Subliminal and The Drunkard’s Walk, makes this welcome Seattle return for his newest book, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change (Pantheon). “It’s easy to describe the dizzying changes in our midst—from the gushers of information that wash over us to a world grown ever more interconnected. Far harder is to offer guidance on how we should respond. In this wise and persuasive book, Leonard Mlodinow calls for a change in the very way we think. Using a deft...

Aminatta Forna

03/21/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to welcome back esteemed novelist Aminatta Forna, who is here with one of the finest works of this year, Happiness (Atlantic Monthly). The author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, as well as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water, she tells a story set most largely in present-day London, the fateful meeting that eventually comes of a woman from the US there to study the ways of urban foxes, and a psychiatrist from Ghana. This is a...

Niti Sampat Patel

03/21/2018 - 7:00PM

Niti Sampat Patel, a highly regarded scholar based in Mumbai, who teaches in India and the US, the author of Postcolonial Masquerades, is here tonight with her first novel, Moon Goddess (Loose Moose). This ambitious novel, tracing the lives of several generations of women in India, the US, and Lebanon, has its literary forebears in structure, and its own concerns in its stories. “A new and exciting novelist, Niti Sampat Patel offers a breathtaking tale of intrigue, mourning, and hope as her...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/21/2018 - 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!

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