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Creative Writing Workshop with Indu Sundaresan presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival

01/17/2019 - 7:00PM

Tasveer Reads but also seeks to write. This evening features a workshop on how to craft a storyline, place characters within the action, and create a general framework. Leading this session will be esteemed Seattle-area novelist Indu Sundaresan, author of five novels and a short story collection, including the award-winning The Twentieth Wife. She has received the Light of India Award for Excellence in Literature. Moderated by Darshana Shanbhang. Free admission. For more information, please...

Huda Al-Marashi

01/17/2019 - 7:00PM

When Huda Al-Marashi meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California. Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he's ever loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi's mother has chosen for her son. Tonight Huda Al-Marashi shares the story told in her memoir, First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story (...

Jeremy Smith

01/18/2019 - 7:00PM

Missoula based journalist Jeremy Smith’s fascinating new book, breaking/_and/entering|: the extraordinary story of a hacker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is the story of a cybersecurity expert code named “Alien,” an MIT graduate with considerable expertise with hacking (and trespassing) who now runs a boutique hacking firm that protects some of the world’s biggest banks, retailers and government agencies. “For all whose lives and connections depend on the internet--nearly everyone--this...

Young Poets Group Reading presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival

01/18/2019 - 7:00PM

Expected to read this evening are these emerging Seattle-based poets for a reading and q-&-a session: Ananya Garg, Malvika NaIr, and Azura Tyyabji. This should be spirited and good. Moderated by Shankar Narayan. Free admission. More information is at www.tasveer.org.

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

01/19/2019 - 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!  

A.K. Asif, Shobha Rao, Chaitali Sen presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival

01/19/2019 - 3:00PM

This last full session featuring authors at this year’s debut festival bring three excellent fiction writers to the fore. A.K. Asif is the author of the newly released novel, Hell! No Saints in Paradise (HarperCollins). “Author Ismael’s debut is a psychedelic, boundary-pushing excursion into the heart of the world’s second largest religion. He does a beautiful job explaining the features of Islam to readers while also having fun ...At the end of Ismael’s tale, readers may find themselves just...

Sohrab Homi Fracis with Allan Marcil presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival

01/19/2019 - 1:00PM

This program, which marks a welcome Seattle return by novelist Sohrab Homi Fracis, will include a reading from his novel Go Home (Knut House), as well as a discussion with Allan Marcil as to how scenes from the novel were adapted to screenplay form. "At the heart of Sohrab Homi Fracis's poignant new novel, Go Home, is the question of one's place in the world, the answer never more ambiguous or fragile than for the immigrant or exile, when a person's condition of homelessness is in transition,...

Saturday University with Jovino Santos Neto

01/19/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia commences with Jovino Santos Neto, a world-class Brazilian pianist and composer and biologist. His lecture topic this morning is “The Harmonic Forest: Musical Structure Heard As Trees.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF...

Sarah McColl with Molly Wizenberg

01/19/2019 - 7:00PM

Sarah McColl’s Joy Enough (Liveright) is an indelible tribute to the joy and pain of loving well. Even as her own marriage splinters, she drops everything when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, returning to the family farmhouse and laboring over elaborate meals in the hopes of nourishing her back to health. “Joy Enough is a diamond in book form, a beauty forged by the weight of loss and learning. It stunned me with its taut clarity, with the way it probes - quietly, gently, unflinchingly -...

Robert Cabot

01/20/2019 - 3:00PM

Time’s Up! A Memoir of the American Century (McPherson) is a masterful personal and political saga: luminous, probing, absorbing. At constant odds with his Boston Brahmin lineage and upbringing, the acclaimed novelist Robert Cabot confronts white privilege, rejects the conventional trappings of wealth and fame, and critiques colonialism, imperialism, and perpetual war. Through his unwavering gaze, we see a family’s navigation through the sepia-toned twenties, the color-drained Great Depression...

Karen Thompson Walker

01/21/2019 - 7:00PM

The author of the luminous 2012 debut novel, The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker returns with her much-anticipated second novel, The Dreamers (Random House). Yes, the anticipation is merited. “What a book! I read The Dreamers in a dream of sorts myself, entirely transported into Karen Thompson Walker’s world of mysterious tragedy and infinite, if unexpected, compassion. This is a profound novel, and a deeply moving one. How she takes a terrifying situation and reveals it as a thing of...

Elise Hooper

01/22/2019 - 7:00PM

Seattle novelist Elise Hooper returns to Elliott Bay this evening to read from a new historical novel based on the life and work of Dorothea Lange. Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America (William Morrow) is set primarily during the Great Depression and World War II, and gives a sense of the photographer’s life. Lange, who was left to support herself and two young sons during the 1930s, took to the road to document the conditions in which the nations...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

01/23/2019 - 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!

Tessa Hadley

01/23/2019 - 7:00PM

Here from her London home is noted British novelist Tessa Hadley. The author of five critically acclaimed novels, she is here with her newest, Late in the Day (Harper). “Deliciously precise.... Built in a Chekhovian manner, handily assembling the grown members of an extended family and their offspring under one roof.... Hadley is adept at delineating the Cranes’ brand of cultured middle-class Britishness in all its generational mutations.”- New York Times Book Review.   “Perceptive,...

Ha Jin

01/24/2019 - 7:00PM

A writer we’ve had the honor of presenting numerous times for his award-winning fiction, including the National Book Award-winning Waiting, Ha Jin makes this welcome return to Seattle with two new books in hand. Front, center, and most recent is a beautiful narrative biography of the great Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (or Li Po),  The Banished Immortal (Pantheon). Also here will be a beautiful, recent book of poems, A Distant Center (Copper Canyon Press). “Ha Jin tells the story of how a...

Ramon Isao, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Becky Mandelbaum, Corinne Manning, E. Lily Yu

01/24/2019 - 7:00PM

Five area-based short story fiction writers—Ramon Isao, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, Becky Mandelbaum, Corinne Manning, and E. Lily Yu—hold forth in this moderated panel that should shine light on their work, and help affirm the short story’s central place in the literary scheme of things. Moderated by Kristen Millares Young. Presented by Hugo House. Free admission. Click below for more information.   More info  

Keith Scribner

01/25/2019 - 7:00PM

The author of The Oregon Experiment, a 2011 novel that was, in its way prescient to much of what is going on right now, Keith Scribner makes this welcome return from Corvallis, where he teaches at Oregon State University, to read for his newest novel, Old Newgate Road (Knopf). “A man returns to his long-abandoned childhood home, stirring up memories from a traumatic boyhood in this gripping saga from Scribner (The Oregon Experiment). Set among the sweet-smelling tobacco fields of East Granby,...

Saturday University with Anand Yang

01/26/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia continues with the venerable Anand Yang, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of Washington. His lecture topic for this morning is “The First Satyagraha: Gandhi's Campaign Against Indigo Plantations in Early 20th-Century India.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

01/26/2019 - 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!    

Sam Lipsyte

01/26/2019 - 7:00PM

The author of three previous novels, including The Ask and The Subject Steve, and two story collections, Sam Lipsyte pays this visit to keep us up to date with the current zeitgeist, with his wondrous new novel, Hark (Simon & Schuster). “So let's read Lipsyte and rejoice; let's celebrate the laugh-producing Milo Burkes who are all too rarely brought to us by brave and bitter men--let's celebrate the canny, well-educated yet perpetually failing furtive Internet onanists, the dark, half-...

Madhuri Vijay

01/27/2019 - 3:00PM

The year is young but it feels safe to say that one of 2019’s major debuts will be one of its earliest, that of Madhuri Vijay with her bracing, compelling first novel, The Far Field (Grove). The central character in this book, a determined young woman, sets out from her home in Bangalore for Kashmir, a lingering family secret prodding her to go and find out about. She comes to knowledge and realities far deeper than she bargained for. “The Far Field is remarkable, a novel at once politically...

Rabeah Ghaffari

01/28/2019 - 7:00PM

Another significant fiction debut is that made by film editor and screenplay writer Rabeah Ghaffari with her deft, brilliant novel set in part in the time of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, To Keep the Sun Alive (Catapult). “How do we recognize the moment our future has been written for us? In To Keep the Sun Alive, as the Islamic Revolution looms just outside the gate of an Iranian family orchard, Rabeah Ghaffari has built a world so lush, so precise that you will find yourself rewriting...

Helen Zia

01/29/2019 - 7:00PM

We have fond memories of Helen Zia’s first visit to Elliott Bay, for one of the early readings from the now classic Asian American Dreams. She returns tonight with a new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution (Ballantine), which follows the stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution. Seventy years later, journalist Helen Zia interviewed surviving members of the last...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

01/30/2019 - 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!

Mary Ann Gwinn, Jim Lynch & Lane Morgan on Murray Morgan's Skid Road & Puget's Sound

01/30/2019 - 7:00PM

Murray Morgan’s Skid Road, the story of Seattle’s first century, was published 67 years ago. It has never been out of print and has sold more copies than any other history of Seattle. It’s the history of Seattle’s first dreamers, schemers and grifters, told from “the bottom up.” Join Seattle Times books columnist Mary Ann Gwinn, Lane Morgan (Murray’s daughter), and novelist Jim Lynch, as they discuss the enduring appeal of this classic and its...

Fact, Fiction, Or Both? Group Reading and Conversation Featuring: Erica Bauermeister, Jennifer Haupt, Anna Quinn, Jennie Shortridge

01/30/2019 - 7:00PM

Join us for a panel discussion and readings from four authors who write fiction and memoir (sometimes simultaneously). They’ll discuss crossing the fine lines between memory and imagination, fact and story, novel and memoir, as well as read from their latest books and works in progress.  Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients. She will be reading and discussing two soon-to-be-published works, The Scent Keeper (St. Martins,...

Hal Foster with Charlie Wright

01/31/2019 - 7:00PM

Renowned art historian and critic Hal Foster speaks about his new book, Conversations About Sculpture (Yale University Press), which draws on talks over a 15-year period between Foster and celebrated sculptor Richard Serra—whose work, Wake, is an iconic landmark at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Conversations about Sculpture is both an intimate look at Serra’s life and work, with candid reflections on personal moments of discovery, and a provocative examination of sculptural form from antiquity to...

Pam Houston

02/01/2019 - 7:00PM

An abiding favorite of readers here and elsewhere, book after book (she has been here for each), Pam Houston makes this welcome return to read from her newest, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country (W.W. Norton). From a 120-acre homestead up in the Colorado Rockies, vividly evoked here, Pam Houston also looks at a larger world she has been deeply immersed in.   “Deep Creek is a love letter to earth, animals, and the best of humanity. Pam Houston has taken our heartache and woven it...

Civic Saturday with Eric Liu & Friends

02/02/2019 - 10:30AM

Civic Saturday is a salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. What happens at Civic Saturday? This is a gathering of friends and strangers to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas, hear a "civic sermon" from Eric Liu and and new work from Civic Saturday Poet in Residence, Naa Akua and Musician in Residence, Michael Feldman.   We...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

02/02/2019 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for February 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 Nicholas Menzies

02/02/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia continues with Nicholas Menzies, the Li Research Fellow in Chinese Botanical Science at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. His lecture “The Story of the Camellia.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF...

Paul Nelson

02/03/2019 - 3:00PM

Paul Nelson, founder of SPLAB/Seattle Poetics LAB and Founding Director of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, joins us today with highlights from some of the interviews he has collected in his new book, American Prophets: Interviews with Thinkers, Activists, Poets & Visionaries (Seattle Poetics Lab). Included here are Paul Nelson’s interviews with luminaries such as Rupert Sheldrake, Jean Houston, Wanda Coleman, Allen Ginsberg and many others. Paul Nelson is also a poet and the author of Time...

Closing Early: 6pm

02/03/2019 - 6:00PM

We're closing a little early this evening, at 6pm.  

Elliott Bay Book Group

02/05/2019 - 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 Edward Dolnick’s, The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (Harper Perennial).   learn more

Jack Nisbet

02/05/2019 - 7:00PM

Historian Jack Nisbet returns to Seattle to discuss his new book, The Dreamer and the Doctor: A Forest Lover and a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier (Sasquatch). This new book, set in the turn-of-the-twentieth-century Northwest, is the story of American public health advocate Dr. Carrie Leiberg and her Swedish husband, a self-taught naturalist who transformed himself from a pickax Idaho prospector to special field agent for the US Forest Commission and warned Washington DC of ecological...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

02/06/2019 - 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!

John and Julie Gottman with Bill Radke

02/06/2019 - 7:30PM

Happily ever after is not by chance. Award-winning marriage researchers and bestselling authors Drs. John and Julie Schwartz Gottman, co-authors of Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Workman) contend that lifelong happiness happens by choice—the choice each person in a relationship makes to remain open, remain curious, and, most of all, to keep talking to one another. The Gottmans appear tonight in conversation with KUOW’s Bill Radke, host of The Record and Week In...

Thomas Kohnstamm

02/07/2019 - 7:00PM

Thomas Kohnstamm’s debut novel, Lake City (Counterpoint) is indeed a book of ‘our’ Lake City - and is quite the book. Coming after a memoir, Do Travel Writers Go To Hell?, this is one of the deepest, richest, most astute Seattle-set novels we’ve seen. “Kohnstamm delivers a blistering, clear-eyed, and surefooted debut novel about the perils and pitfalls of misdirected ambition. More than that, Lake City is a hilarious and sneakily incisive examination of the cultural tensions, and widening...

Dana Frank

02/08/2019 - 7:00PM

A professor of history emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a long, distinguished record of teaching and books on labor and political history, both the U.S. and Latin America, Dana Frank makes this welcome return for a timely book on a place that is having an impact on the U.S., though precious little attention is being given, Honduras. This she does in The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup (Haymarket). "A historian...

Peg Edera

02/09/2019 - 7:00PM

Portland poet Peg Edera visits with a recent book of poems, Love Is Deeper Than Distance: Poems of love, death, a little sex, ALS, dementia and the widow’s life thereafter (Fernwood Press), a collection whose subtitle lays it all out pretty directly, even as the work is moving. “Love these poems for their magical discovery of love’s perennial voltage despite lost life. By wild honesty, here the good goes on in new forms. Our culture is filled with love songs, and equally filled with silence...

Saturday University with Jia-chen Fu

02/09/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia continues with Jia-chen Fu, Associate Professor of Chinese at Emory University, and author of The Other Milk: Soy, Science, and Sovereignty in Modern China (University of Washington Press). Her lecture topic is “Soybean Worlds.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

02/09/2019 - 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!  

Jean Godden

02/10/2019 - 3:00PM

Seattle reporter, editor, columnist and city council member Jean Godden witnessed historic events, watched Seattle evolve into a civic and national affairs leader, worked with many city and state movers and shakers, and became a local celebrity herself.  Her account of those days-- Citizen Jean: Riots, Rogues, Rumors, and Other Inside Seattle Stories (Washington State University Press)--includes her perspectives on the World’s Fair, the citizen-led battle against freeways, the fight to...

Stephanie Land

02/11/2019 - 7:00PM

Stephanie Land’s memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive (Hachette) is a thoughtful, brave and timely book about surviving homelessness, domestic violence and low wage work such as housecleaning to support herself and her young daughter. Now based in Missoula, she spent many of her young adults years in Port Townsend and the Skagit Valley, then moved to Missoula to finish her degree in Creative Writing. She is now a freelance writer, her work supported in part by Barbara...

Global Issues Book Group

02/12/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Nadia Murad's, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State (Tim Duggan Books).   learn more

Sharma Shields with Katrina Carrasco & Anca Szilágyi

02/13/2019 - 7:00PM

Spokane fiction writer Sharma Shields, author of the story collection Favorite Monster and the Washington State Book Award-winning novel, The Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac, is here tonight to read from her new, World War II-era novel, The Cassandra (Henry Holt). "The Cassandra feels powerfully—chillingly—relevant to our own political moment, even as it unfolds against the bleak splendor of the 1940s American West. It’s a harrowing story, beautifully told, of patriarchy and violence intertwining...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

02/13/2019 - 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!

Duncan Ryuken Williams

02/14/2019 - 7:00PM

The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith. In American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War (Harvard/Belknap), Duncan Ryūken Williams reveals how, even as they were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, Japanese American Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation’s history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American....

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

02/14/2019 - 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

Richard Wiley

02/15/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the first writers to read here, back in the mid-1980s, Richard Wiley, author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Soldiers in Hiding, has read here many years and times since, as he’s lived and taught in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but always returned to his hometown of Tacoma. That is the setting of his fine new book, Tacoma Stories (Bellevue Literary Press). “Wiley’s antic, wrenching collection of 14 interlocking stories reveals the subtle connections among a dozen characters whose...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

02/16/2019 - 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 Tariq Omar Ali

02/16/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University ROOTS OF CULTURE: ESSENTIAL PLANTS OF ASIA Winter Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning winter series on plants and culture in Asia continues with Tariq Omar Ali, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois, and author of the recent book, A Local History of Global Capital (Princeton University Press). His lecture subject is to be “Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in...

Marlon James

02/16/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the most marvelous books to come along in some time, MAN Booker Prize-winning novelist Marlon James’ epic new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead), is the riveting, projected first volume of a three-book Dark Star trilogy, an epic cycle of novels drawing on aspects of African mythology, history, folklore. “James’ sensual, beautifully rendered prose and sweeping, precisely detailed narrative cast their own transfixing spell upon the reader. He not only brings a fresh multicultural...

Mia Ayumi Malhotra with Gabrielle Bates & Jane Wong

02/18/2019 - 7:00PM

A poet who, as an MFA graduate of the University of Washington, once called Seattle home, Mia Ayumi Malhotra is here with her Alice James Award-winning debut collection, Isako Isako (Alice James Books). “Mia Malhotra labors in the mythic burdens and beauties of an ancestral story, delivering a vision that proliferates beyond the usual borders between generations, nations, or collective eras of psychic trauma. In these poems, haunted equally by historical event and the timelessness of human...

Tara Conklin

02/19/2019 - 7:00PM

Tara Conklin reads from her second novel, The Last Romantics (Harper), in which a renowned poet, when asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, reveals a story about her family and a betrayal that has long lasting effects. “It is a brave thing to write in the voice of a world-renowned centenarian poet, but damn if Tara Conklin doesn’t pull it off. In fact, all of the luxuriously spun characters in The Last Romantics, entwined via that impossible web we call family, unfold over their...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

02/19/2019 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Becky Chambers', The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) (Harper Voyager), as the February selection.   Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

02/20/2019 - 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!

Wendy Willis & David Biespiel

02/20/2019 - 7:00PM

Two excellent Oregon poets visit tonight, one, Wendy Willis, on the occasion of a timely new book of essays, These Are Strange Times, My Dear: Field Notes from the Republic (Counterpoint Press). David Biespiel will be here with his newest book in the University of Washington Press’ Pacific Northwest Poetry series, Republic Café. “Offers a unique vision for life in such challenging times . . . Willis’s nuanced and interior approach to politics is a welcome departure from the harsh rhetoric so...

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

02/21/2019 - 7:00PM

We’re pleased to welcome queer activist, novelist, literary curator and truth teller Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore back to Seattle today to celebrate--at last--the recent release of Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp), a novel based in part on her experiences in Boston during the 1990s. Sketchtasy was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018 and received rave reviews from The Millions, Shelf Awareness, Boston Globe to name just a few. Welcome home, Mattilda!   “As stupefying and white-hot as the drugs...

Charlie Jane Anders

02/22/2019 - 7:00PM

We are delighted as all get-out to present this evening with Nebula Award-winning fiction writer Charlie Jane Anders, here with her dazzling, new novel, The City in the Middle of the Night (Tor Books). What human life might be like on a radically damaged planet is given voice and vision here, to telling ends.   "An even stronger novel than Anders’ Nebula Award–winning All the Birds in the Sky; a tale that can stand beside such enduring works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of...

Megan Griswold

02/23/2019 - 4:00PM

The Book of Help (Rodale) traces one woman's life-long quest for love, connection and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold's narrative spans four decades and six continents — from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy league, & the study of Eastern medicine.   "In a world full of spiritual seekers, Megan Griswold is an undisputed All-Star. She has spent her life examining her...

Dani Shapiro

02/23/2019 - 7:00PM

There are memoirs of family and there are memoirs of family. Dani Shapiro, a much-admired writing teacher, and acclaimed author of several novels, had written a number of memoirs, probably thinking she had written her way through the form. Lo and behold, a genealogy test that came by mail-order, and what it set in motion. In her extraordinary new book, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (Knopf), she beautifully and movingly navigates all manner of mystery and wonder, an...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

02/23/2019 - 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!

Toni Yuly

02/24/2019 - 3:00PM

Bremerton, Washington children’s book illustrator and artist Toni Yuly returns today with another wonderful book for the youngest booklovers (and those who love them). A former librarian, she is the author/illustrator of 6 children’s books, all of which bring us close to the natural world. Her books, Thank You, Bees; The Jelly Bean Tree; Cat Nap; Night Owl; and Early Bird are much loved here, and we’re glad to welcome her to celebrate the publication of The Whole Wide World and Me (Candlewick...

Rebecca Robinson & Stephen E. Strom

02/26/2019 - 7:00PM

President Barack Obama established Bears Ears National Monument on primarily undeveloped land in Southeastern Utah in 2016, with co-management by BLM, US Forest Service and a coalition of The Navajo Nation, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the Pueblo of Zuni. Though President Donald Trump has attempted to reduce the monument by 85%, legal challenges have so far preserved the land. Rebecca Robinson has edited a collection of 22 individual voices...

Michael Ondaatje

02/26/2019 - 7:00PM

Michael Ondaatje is a writer whose books, for eager readers, don’t come often enough. He is also, as an eminent, excellent reader about his own work, as well as one of those who is curious and knows much about literature and the world, someone whose public appearances don’t seem to come often enough, either. We are grateful and delighted to finally be presenting him here this evening for his exquisite, extraordinary new novel, Warlight (Knopf). Published last spring to high international praise...

Leigh Calvez

02/27/2019 - 7:00PM

The author of a beautiful, bestselling book, The Hidden Lives of Owls, Leigh Calvez is here tonight with her newest, The Breath of a Whale: The Science and Spirit of Pacific Ocean Giants (Sasquatch Books). “The Breath of a Whale is as intimate and spirited as its title. This splendid book offers us the whale watch most of us can only dream of: We get close-up and personal with wild giants, in the company of an expert who feels like a good friend. Because these whales’ individual dramas are so...

Zadie Smith

02/27/2019 - 7:30PM

Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2018-19 Literary Series continues with one of the most esteemed, acclaimed prose writers of our time, Zadie Smith. She is the author of five novels - White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, Swing Time - a novella, and two books of essays, the most recent of which is Feel Free (Penguin Press).   “It is exquisitely pleasurable to observe Smith thinking on the page, not least because we have no idea where she’s headed…At times she reminds me of a musician...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

02/27/2019 - 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!  

Christie Aschwanden with Greg Hanscom

02/28/2019 - 7:00PM

In Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery (Knopf), acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through this strange world. She investigates whether drinking Gatorade or beer after training helps or hinders performance, she examines the latest trends among athletes—from NFL star Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas to gymnast Simone Biles’ pneumatic compression boots to swimmer...

Northwest African American Writers Alliance Group Reading

03/01/2019 - 7:00PM

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

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/02/2019 - 11:00AM

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

Elliott Bay Book Group

03/05/2019 - 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 Muriel Spark's novel, Memento Mori (New Directions).   learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/06/2019 - 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

03/09/2019 - 11:00AM

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

Global Issues Book Group

03/12/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Tim Wu's, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age (Columbia Global Reports).   learn more

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/13/2019 - 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!

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

03/14/2019 - 6:30PM

Please join us for an ongoing discussion series with no assigned books, moderated by the (teen) readers themselves, with Elliott Bay booksellers on hand to assist, and provide fun things like exclusive access to early copies of forthcoming titles. The plan is to meet the second Thursday of each month. learn more

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/16/2019 - 11:00AM

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

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

03/19/2019 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing Edgar Cantero’s, Meddling Kids: A Novel (Anchor Books) as the March selection.   Learn More  

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/20/2019 - 11:30AM

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

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/23/2019 - 11:00AM

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

PJ Library Song & Storytime

03/27/2019 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

03/30/2019 - 11:00AM

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

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