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John Freeman - Cancelled

10/16/2018 - 6:00PM

A welcome Seattle and Elliott Bay return is made this evening by John Freeman, who has now almost annually made Elliott Bay and then the Vancouver International Writers Festival a part of his (and our) October. He is here for this portion of the evening with a fabulous new edition of his journal, Freeman’s (Grove Press), this one devoted to ‘Power.’ It is power in many forms, not always the most apparent or obvious, explored by the kind of variety John Freeman is known for with his editing -...

Ted Chiang & Karen Joy Fowler

10/16/2018 - 7:00PM

Two esteemed masters of science-fiction writing get together for an evening of what should be spirited talk, as Seattle area-based writer Ted Chiang and Karen Joy Fowler, up from California but with many connections in the region, get together to talk. Between them they have garnered numerous Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and PEN/Faulkner Awards, and Karen Joy Fowler has been a National Book Award finalist for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Ted Chiang has a new book of stories, Exhalation, due...

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

Celebrating Thom Jones and Night Train with John Freeman and special guests

10/16/2018 - 7:30PM

This evening marks the publication day of a much-needed book, Night Train: New and Selected Stories (Little, Brown), work from three collections along with other writing by the late Thom Jones. A longtime resident of Olympia, he came with a fury onto the literary scene (in his forties) with his debut collection of stories, The Pugilist at Rest in 1993. A finalist for the National Book Award (story collections seldom are), it was followed by two other books of stories, Cold Snap and Sonny Liston...

Celebrating Thom Jones and Night Train

10/16/2018 - 7:30PM

This evening marks the publication day of a much-needed book, Night Train: New and Selected Stories (Little, Brown), work from three collections along with other writing by the late Thom Jones. A longtime resident of Olympia, he came with a fury onto the literary scene (in his forties) with his debut collection of stories, The Pugilist at Rest in 1993. A finalist for the National Book Award (story collections seldom are), it was followed by two other books of stories, Cold Snap and Sonny Liston...

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!  

Ben Fountain with Maria Semple

10/18/2018 - 7:00PM

Ben Fountain has written one book of stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, that received the PEN/Hemingway Award, and other honors. He has written one novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the National Book Critics Circle Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Important and lauded as those books have been, they may well be exceeded in import by his first nonfiction book, Beautiful Country, Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and...

Elizabeth George

10/18/2018 - 7:00PM

Hugo House keeps things hopping in this first month of being reopened in its lovely new space, tonight offering an evening of craft talk by esteemed mystery novelist Elizabeth George. A writer of excellent books, and a supporter of vital literary organizations (Hedgebrook, notably among them), she will hold forth this evening on ‘process.’ This is something she knows well as the author of over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, with The Punishment She Deserves being the...

Walter Mosley

10/18/2018 - 7:00PM

Twenty-eight years and fifty books after Walter Mosley introduced a Los Angeles janitor named Easy Rawlins into the annals of American writing - a twenty-eight year span that has seen Walter Mosley write brilliantly at every genre and type of book he has attempted - he makes this welcome Seattle return for what is yet another distinctly new direction, in his new novel, John Woman (Atlantic Monthly Press). “Mosley is at his commanding, comfort-zone-blasting best in this heady tale of a fugitive...

Kim Sagwa with Don Mee Choi and Bruce & Ju-Chan Fulton

10/19/2018 - 7:00PM

One of South Korea’s most heralded younger writers (or writers of any age), Kim Sagwa makes this appearance here tonight for the newly translated edition of her 2008 novel, Mina (Two Lines). Also on hand this evening will be the book’s Seattle-based translators, Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton and Seoul-born Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi. “Mina gets to the core of Korean teenagers. Kim Sagwa’s fragmented rhetoric stands for a generation that has no choice but to set imitation as its...

Saturday University with Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy

10/20/2018 - 10:00AM

Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, adjunct professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. Her lecture topic, “Musical Arts of Rajasthan,” dovetails nicely with the opening of the SAM exhibit, “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur.”   Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the...

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!

Civic Saturday with Eric Liu & Friends

10/20/2018 - 10:30AM

Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us. The programs include music, readings, and a civic sermon by Eric Liu, whose books include You’re More Powerful Than You Think (PublicAffairs).  We hosted the first Civic Saturday at Elliott Bay, and we’ll be at today’s gathering with a pop-up...

John Kaag

10/20/2018 - 7:00PM

A professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and the author of a well-received book, American Philosophy: A Love Story, John Kaag takes his trade out for a walk of sorts, in his engaging new book, Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “I never truly appreciated Friedrich Nietzsche. I might even have been a little afraid of him. But Hiking with Nietzsche changed that. John Kaag's luminous new book provides the reader with a deep...

Natasha Kochicheril Moni & Rena Priest

10/21/2018 - 3:00PM

This afternoon, in what has become a fall tradition for us, we help celebrate new work published by Floating Bridge Press. Poet and prose writer Natasha Kochicheril Moni will read from A Nation (Imagined), the winner of this year’s Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Her previous books include The Cardiologist’s Daughter. Rena Priest, whose first book, Patriarchy Blues, won an American Book Award, reads from Sublime Subliminal, a Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award finalist.

March for Our Lives presents: Glimmer of Hope

10/21/2018 - 7:30PM

Since the tragedies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the March For Our Lives movement has taken a stand against senseless gun violence. The Parkland students work together with young leaders of all backgrounds from across the country to hold politicians accountable and combat the normalization of gun violence. March For Our Lives brings survivors of the Parkland shooting to Town Hall’s stage to share Glimmer of Hope, a book by the founders of the movement that...

Leif Enger

10/22/2018 - 7:00PM

A sheer pleasure it is to welcome back Leif Enger, author of two enduring reader and bookseller favorite novels - Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome - now here with a new one, Virgil Wander (Atlantic Monthly). Wherever you the reader are, you’re made to feel, by Leif Enger’s writing, that small-town Minnesota could be home. “Virgil Wander, city clerk of Greenstone, a formerly industrious coastal Minnesota town that time forgot, has just survived a crash that sent his Pontiac...

Jamie Susskind

10/22/2018 - 7:30PM

A past Fellow of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society who presently lives in London, Jamie Susskind is here with his new book, Future Politics: Living Together In a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press). "Few understand politics. Even fewer understand technology. Susskind is that rare soul who understands both-and more importantly, how the latter will change the former. Whether correct or not—and I believe he is correct—there is no better glimpse into our...

Gautam Raghavan & Leah Katz-Hernandez with Pramila Jayapal

10/23/2018 - 7:00PM

Gautam Raghavan and Leah Katz-Hernandez, two of eighteen staffers from the Obama White House whose essays are collected in West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House (Penguin) appear in conversation with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Washington 7th District). More than an eyewitness history, West Wingers is an inspiring call to arms for public service and a powerful testament to how real change is still possible in America....

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

10/23/2018 - 7:00PM

A writer born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia who now lives in the Bay Area, Ingrid Rojas Contreras is here with her much-praised debut novel, which should be available in both its English language original and its Spanish language edition, Fruit of the Drunken Tree (La fruta del borrachero), from Doubleday. “A beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood…You don’t need to have grown up in Bogota to be taken in by Contreras’s simple but memorable prose and absorbing...

Jill Soloway

10/23/2018 - 7:30PM

Jill Soloway is most known as the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent and I Love Dick, as well as other film (Afternoon Delight) and television work. Jill Soloway has also been active as cofounder of 5050by2020, East Side Jews, and Sit n’ Spin, a spoken word series. Jill Soloway is about to be even better known as the author of She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy (Crown Archetype). “Jill Soloway writes with passion, fierceness, and vulnerability. In...

Chelsea Clinton Booksigning

10/24/2018 - 6:00PM

Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th for a booksigning with Chelsea Clinton, author of Start Now! (Philomel Books), a new book for the next  generation of young activists. This event is a booksigning only and a ticket is needed to enter the signing line. Each ticket ($16.99) includes a copy of Start Now! and admits two family members OR one adult and one child under the age of 16. Additional copies of Start Now! and copies of Chelsea Clinton's previous books will be...

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!

Chaya Bhuvaneswar

10/24/2018 - 7:30PM

The ‘other’ physician/writer we have here this month (following Daniel Mason on 2 October) is a writer we are very excited to be helping welcome into the book world. Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a fiction writer and poet who writes with insight and verve, as is evidenced by her compelling debut book of stories, White Dancing Elephants. A recipient of Dzanc Books’ publication prize, this book is no conventional debut book of stories. Quite the array of praise for this book early on, coming from Anthony...

Barbara Kingsolver

10/25/2018 - 7:30PM

A keenly awaited - and by all advance accounts -  marvelous new novel occasions this special Seattle return by one of the most cherished, vital writers at work today, Barbara Kingsolver. Recipient of numerous literary awards, the National Humanities Medal, the Orange Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize among them, and herself the founder of a vital award annually given, the Bellwether Prize, she is here with the new novel that is Unsheltered (Harper). “Exceptionally involving and...

Shelley Jackson

10/25/2018 - 7:00PM

A writer whose work many are eagerly anticipating is Shelley Jackson, here from her New York home with her first novel for adults in over a decade, Riddance; or, The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children (Catapult). Readers of The Melancholy of Anatomy, Half Life, and Patchwork Girl have been awaiting this. "This clever, cacophonous novel of metaphysical gothic from Jackson teems with voices of the living and the dead . . . Full of Carrollian logic and...

Tim Mohr

10/26/2018 - 7:00PM

When a handful of teens living in East Berlin hear the Sex Pistols on a British military broadcast in 1980, something shifted. Courageous young people rose up, despite pushback from schools, families and the Stasi Secret Police. Punks lost their jobs, endured beatings and imprisonment...and played an important role in the underground movements that eventually  brought down the Berlin Wall. Tim Mohr’s book, Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (...

Kwame Anthony Appiah

10/26/2018 - 7:00PM

We are utterly delighted - several years and books along in the process of hoping and wishing - to see noted scholar and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah finally here in Seattle. Calling him ‘scholar and philosopher’ barely begins to hint at his range of concerns and interests. This Seattle visit comes a week after he’ll have helped preside over things in London as chair of this year’s MAN Booker Prize jury. He is here this evening for his newest book, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (...

Priscilla Long

10/27/2018 - 7:00PM

Here earlier this year for the release of her book of poems, Crossing Over, highly regarded Seattle writer and writing teacher is here tonight for the lovely new edition of her excellent book, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (University of New Mexico Press). This new edition should ensure a wider distribution for a book readers and writers at Elliott Bay and elsewhere locally have been privy to. “The only travel guide you will need as you navigate what...

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!

Saturday University with Katherine In-Young Lee

10/27/2018 - 10:00AM

Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Katherine In-Young Lee, professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA and author of the recent book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press). Her book title serves as title for her morning lecture, “Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form.”   Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in...

Calvin Gimpelevich

10/28/2018 - 3:00PM

Seattle author Calvin Gimpelevich reads from Invasions (Instar Books), a collection of fifteen short stories about transness, class, bodies, and power within powerlessness. Michelle Tea writes: “Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of personal apocalypses, Gimpelevich's writing is strong and sure, taking us places we really haven't been. I'm hooked.” Calvin Gimpelevich’s stories have...

Radhika Govindrajan

10/29/2018 - 7:00PM

This evening we celebrate the recent publication of a brilliant debut work of scholarship, University of Washington professor of anthropology Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas (University of Chicago Press). Drawn from extensive fieldwork and a deeply developed range of study, this book is an engaging exploration of what living and dying in proximity to the lives and deaths of other animals is - something that is becoming more fleeting...

James Mustich with Mary Ann Gwinn

10/29/2018 - 7:00PM

James Mustich, author of 1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List (Workman), appears in conversation tonight with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Seattle Times Lit Life columnist Mary Ann Gwinn.   “If you’ve ever doubted that books were the greatest invention of all time, and that they carry within them our collective memories and dreams, as well as any semblance of intelligence we have as a species, pick up James Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die and start...

Gary Giddins

10/30/2018 - 7:00PM

Noted jazz journalist, chronicler, and historian Gary Giddins visits with the second installment of his major biographical project on Spokane native son Bing Crosby. Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years 1940 - 1946 (Little, Brown) picks up where Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams 1903 -1940 left off. This volume obviously covers the World War II era, but includes creative activity such as the making of White Christmas. "A deeply researched and thoroughly engrossing biography that...

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!

Laura Da’ with Sasha LaPointe & Casandra Lopez

11/01/2018 - 7:00PM

A Seattle-area poet and public school teacher who recently read here for Heid Erdrich’s landmark anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, Laura Da’ reads here tonight for her second collection of poetry, Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press). This powerful book, following Tributaries, helps explore and reclaim lost aspects of her Shawnee homeland. “Laura Da’ aligns ‘cross-hatchings on a map’ with blood memory to create a cartography of resistance. Da’s vivid poems awaken...

Cave Canem Writers Showcase: Anastacia-Renee with Quenton Baker, Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux & L. Lamar Wilson

11/02/2018 - 7:00PM

This Hugo House evening is presented under the auspices of Cave Canem, the renowned national African American poets organization founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996, and directed by Nicole Sealey today. Helping foster work then - and today - this evening brings a range of voices from here and afar. Cave Canem fellow and present Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee has orchestrated what should be a terrific reading by other Cave Canem fellows: Seattle poet, educator, and artist...

Jabari Asim

11/02/2018 - 7:00PM

Syndicated columnist Jabari Asim, for eleven years an editor at The Washington Post (and also former editor in chief of Crisis magazine, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture and ideas) speaks today about Black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In his new book, We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival (St. Martins), he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life;...

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!

Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson & Natalie Ross

11/03/2018 - 7:00PM

Seattleness: a Cultural Atlas (Sasquatch) is an exploration of Seattle and the Puget Sound Region through maps, diagrams, visualizations and illustration. Inspired by Mercator, who in 1595 produced the first atlas, this extraordinarily creative volume invites us to take a fresh look at the city we think we know: its bridges, terra-cotta figures, machinery, totems and more. Joining us this evening are designer, geographer and public artist Jenny Kempson, design director and writer Tera Hatfield...

Nate Chinen

11/03/2018 - 5:00PM

We are delighted to co-present, with Earshot Jazz, this Seattle visit award-winning jazz critic Nate Chinen, who has written for The New York Times and Jazz Times, and directed the program “Jazz Night in America” for public radio. He is here with an excellent new book, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon). “Sharp in style and warm in feeling, Nate Chinen’s virtuoso survey dispenses with the familiar agendas and polemics that have too often boxed in writing on contemporary jazz...

Saturday University with Tomoko Sugawara the Eurasia Consort

11/03/2018 - 10:00AM

Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with harpist Tomoko Sugawara and members of the Eurasia Consort, presenting and performing “Music of the Tang Dynasty: Connections to Japan.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY and...

Nathaniel Philbrick

11/04/2018 - 3:00PM

Historian Nathaniel Philbrick returns to Seattle to speak about his new book, In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown (Viking), a fresh account of the year that won the Revolutionary War. “Philbrick follows up his previous popular history illuminating lesser-known aspects of the Revolutionary War (Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution) with another insightful and accessible account of its...

Katrina Carrasco with Nicola Griffith

11/05/2018 - 7:00PM

This evening celebrates the publication of Seattle writer Katrina Carrasco’s much-anticipated debut novel, The Best Bad Things (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Helping her and everyone else do so, in conversation,  is esteemed Seattle writer Nicola Griffith, most recently author of So Lucky. The Best Bad Things is crime fiction circa 1887 - and introduces readers to Alma Rosales, ‘detective, smuggler, spy.’ “Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period...

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 Classics). 'The greatest tragic writer among English novelists' —Virginia Woolf.   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!

Suzanne Matson

11/07/2018 - 7:00PM

Portland native, novelist, and poet Suzanne Matson, who did creative writing work at the University of Washington, is back on home terrain for her newly released second novel, following The Hunger Moon, Ultraviolet (Catapult). "From its wonderful opening in 1930s India, Suzanne Matson's beautifully accurate and illuminating Ultraviolet follows the fates of three generations of American women along the shifting borders of safety and freedom. As time carries them past risks and refuges, the...

Susan Orlean

11/07/2018 - 7:00PM

What better place to see and hear “national treasure” (Washington Post) Susan Orlean with her newest work, The Library Book (Simon & Schuster), than at our own Seattle Public Central Library. “This is a book only Susan Orlean could have written. Somehow she manages to transform the story of a library fire into the story of literacy, civil service, municipal infighting and vision, public spaces in an era of increasingly privatization and social isolation, the transformation of Los Angeles...

Jason Lutes with Megan Kelso

11/08/2018 - 7:00PM

During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be released at the same time as the series omnibus, Berlin (Drawn & Quarterly), this work is rich with well-researched historical detail, compassionate in its character studies, and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism. Berlin is an intricate look at...

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  

Blair Imani

11/09/2018 - 7:30PM

Founder and executive director of Equality for HER, a non-profit organization for women and non-binary people, author and activist Blair Imani lives ‘at the intersection of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity’. She is here tonight with her compelling new book, Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (Ten Speed, illustrations by Monique Le). “Through powerful storytelling and bright images, Blair Imani sends a clear message to next-generation activists and...

Hugo Literary Series: Lauren Groff, R.O. Kwon, Kim Fu, & Shelby Earl

11/09/2018 - 7:30PM

“Diving Into the Wreck,” taken from the title of Adrienne Rich’s iconic 1973 poetry collection, is the point of departure for this evening of all-new work presented by a stellar group of fiction writers - Lauren Groff, R.O. Kwon, Kim Fu - and acclaimed singer-songwriter Shelby Earl. Lauren Groff is most recently the author of the National Book Award longlist nominee (waiting for the shortlist announcement at this writing), Florida (Riverhead). R.O. Kwon’s Incendiaries (Riverhead) is one of the...

Lisa Halliday

11/09/2018 - 7:00PM

Lisa Halliday’s award-winning debut novel, Asymmetry (newly in paper, Simon & Schuster), was one of the most sensationally-received novels of the year, debut or otherwise. Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and recipient for its author of a Whiting Award, this novel, “is extraordinary...Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction .... Asymmetry is extraordinary, and the timing...

Amelia Bonow, Lesley Hazleton, Miki Sodos, Alana Edmondson & S. Surface

11/10/2018 - 7:00PM

Following the U.S. Congress's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion became a viral conduit for abortion storytelling, receiving extensive media coverage and positioning real human experiences at the center of America's abortion debate for the first time. Shout Your Abortion (PM Press), edited by Seattle activists Amelia Bonow and Emily Nokes (and introduced by co-founder Lindy West) is a collection of photos, essays, and creative work inspired by the movement of...

Saturday University with Hari Krishnan

11/10/2018 - 10:00AM

Saturday University SOUND TRAVELS: PERFORMING ARTS OF ASIA Fall Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning fall series on performing arts of Asia continues with Hari Krishnan, Associate Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University, who will give an interactive lecture-performance presentation on “Movement and Metaphor in South Indian Court Dance.” He is to be joined by musicians Vaaraki Wijayaraj and Kajan Pararasasegaram from the inDANCE company. Presented by the GARDNER...

Beowulf Sheehan

11/10/2018 - 3:00PM

An author whose work will be familiar to many as he is widely considered the pre-eminent photographer of his (younger) generation of authors, Beowulf Sheehan is here today to present his dynamic new book, Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan (Black Dog & Leventhal). Over two hundred prominent writers, playwrights, poets, journalists, and historians are included, photographs that will be familiar and new at once.   "Beowulf Sheehan reveals authors pictured in that twilight place...

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!

Katie Ford & Rae Armantrout

11/11/2018 - 7:00PM

Katie Ford, one estimable and visiting poet, and Rae Armantrout, another estimable poet, one who lives here and whose newest book is currently up for a National Book Award (longlist at this writing), give this reading together from their new books. For Katie Ford, it is her fourth collection, If You Have To Go (Graywolf Press). “Ford (Blood Lyrics) explores and performs the work of mourning in [If You Have to Go], which traces the dissolution of a relationship and a home...The emotional...

Rita Wirkala

11/11/2018 - 3:00PM

Rita Wirkala is an Argentine writer residing in Seattle. She writes novels, poetry, literary essays and textbooks for children and for adults in both English and Spanish and she teaches classes and writing workshops in Spanish for Seattle Escribe. This afternoon she’ll read from her most recent English language book, Tales for The Dreamer (Hoopoe Books), a collection of stories within a story illustrated by the Argentinean artist Mónica Acosta Rodriguez. Her previous books include En Encuentro...

Eileen Myles

11/12/2018 - 7:00PM

A most welcome Seattle return is made by esteemed poet, fiction and non-fiction prose writer Eileen Myles. At Elliott Bay for the well-received memoir of Eileen Myles’ dog, Afterglow, this visit over to Hugo House is occasioned by publication of a welcome new book of poems, Evolution (Grove Press). “Evolution, Eileen Myles’s first all-new collection of poetry since 2011, circles back to classic themes such as their love of dogs, loneliness, and parental loss. These poems, however, are also...

Two (Debuts) from Graywolf: Wayétu Moore & Kristen Tracy

11/12/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to present this evening with two writers who have each had outstanding debut works published this past year, all from Graywolf Press, for years now a solid source of such debuts. There are stories to be told about Liberia-born debut novelist Wayétu Moore’s path to becoming a novelist, including her starting a children’s book publishing house for West African children, and opening a bookstore in Monrovia, to see nothing of pursuing an education here in the U.S. Remarkable as...

Global Issues Book Group

11/13/2018 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Gary Younge’s Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books).    learn more

Idra Novey with Dave Wheeler

11/13/2018 - 7:00PM

We are delighted this evening to welcome back noted novelist and translator Idra Novey. Last here for her excellent debut novel, Ways To Disappear, she is here for her stellar, timely new novel, Those Who Knew (Viking). “There’s an urgent timeliness to this story of the crimes committed by a powerful man, but Idra Novey’s riveting, formally brilliant novel transcends any particular moment. Those Who Knew is a devastating inquiry into the way lofty ideals can serve as cover for brutal...

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

Global Issues Book Group

01/08/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy (Zed Books), by Ece Temelkuran.    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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