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Casey Gerald

02/18/2019 - 7:00PM

A Seattle trip for other purposes affords this special chance to present Casey Gerald, author of one of the most compelling memoirs of life and its transformations to come along in some time, There Will Be No Miracles Here (Riverhead). “This is the book for all of us who have juggled double (and triple, and quadruple) consciousnesses, and for those of us who have prayed to false gods and passed as false selves. Casey Gerald leads us through blackness and boyhood, love and masculinity, faith and...

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...

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

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...

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...

Ayesha Harruna Attah

02/20/2019 - 7:00PM

A writer who is from Accra, Ghana, who schooled in the U.S. (Mount Holyoke, Columbia, NYU), and now lives in Senegal, Ayesha Harruna Attah visits with her powerful debut novel, The Hundred Wells of Salaga (Other Press). “Ayesha’s prose is festive, reminiscent of the drumbeats of old, yet with a modern rhythm and pace at its core. Her sentences are firm, muscular, vibrant and well structured, creating an imagery that stays with you long after you have finished reading the novel. Her ability to...

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!

Sophia Shalmiyev with Claire Dederer

02/21/2019 - 7:00PM

Portland writer Sophia Shalmiyev, originally from Leningrad, is here as the author of a brilliant new memoir, Mother Winter (Simon & Schuster). She’ll be joined in conversation by acclaimed memoir author Claire Dederer, whose most recent book is Love and Trouble. “A rich tapestry of autobiography and meditations on feminism, motherhood, art, and culture, this book is as intellectually satisfying as it is artistically profound. A sharply intelligent, lyrically provocative memoir.” —Kirkus...

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...

Kathleen Alcalá, Casandra López, & Isabel Quintero

02/22/2019 - 7:00PM

Kathleen Alcalá, Casandra López, and Isabel Quintero, working most recently in the forms of memoir, poetry, and children’s books, respectively, read from their recent work. Kathleen Alcalá is the author of The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island (University of Washington Press). Casandra López has just seen her debut full-length poetry collection, Brother Bullet (University of Arizona Press). Isabel Quintero, this past year, had Ugly Cat and Pablo and the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Preview & Discussion of Valeria Luiselli’s new novel, Lost Children Archive

02/25/2019 - 7:00PM

Please note: Valeria Luiselli will not be present at this event The astonishing new novel, Lost Children Archive (Knopf) is scheduled to release on February 12, and Valeria Luiselli is slated to appear in Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Literary Series on April 17 at Benaroya Hall (see www.lectures.org for tickets/information). This discussion should help draw attention to a book that artfully, eloquently speaks to many pressing issues of this time, particularly what is happening on the U.S....

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!  

Pete Buttigieg

02/28/2019 - 7:00PM

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, is here with his instructive account of city life, governance, and community, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future (Liveright/W.W. Norton). “In this uplifting coming-of-age memoir from the American heartland, Pete Buttigieg, successful mayor of revitalized South Bend, Indiana, writes that the shortest distance between opportunity and success, ‘like good literature, takes personal lived experience as its...

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).

Saturday University with Nancy Lee Peluso

03/02/2019 - 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 Nancy Lee Peluso, political ecologist and Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Her lecture today is “Fruit Trees, Family Trees, and Landscape Change: The Durians of West Kalimantan, Indonesia.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Arts...

Bushwick Book Club: Seattle7Writers with Laurie Frankel, Michael Schmeltzer, Anca Szilágyi

03/02/2019 - 7:30PM

This annual collaboration with Seattle7Writers features 3 Seattle7Writers, each partnered with 3 musicians. That’s three authors and nine musicians! All twelve of them will be at the event to share their thoughts on the evening with the audience. It’s a unique look into what a “book talk” can be, and how musicians can connect with an author and with an audience. The featured writers will be Anca Szilágyi (Daughters of the Air), Michael Schmeltzer (Blood Song), and Laurie Frankel (This Is How...

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.  

Jen Beagin

03/02/2019 - 7:00PM

Novelist Jen Beagin joins us this evening to reading from her second novel, Vacuum in the Dark (Scribner), in which 26 year old Mona—first encountered in Pretend I'm Dead—is cleaning houses in Taos, having moved there to grant the dying wish of her ex-boyfriend, aka “Mr. Disgusting.” “Beagin pulls no punches--this novel is viciously smart and morbidly funny." —Publishers Weekly. “Rare is the encounter with such a frank and unflinching voice reporting from life on the edge, and rarer still the...

Peg Edera

03/03/2019 - 3:00PM

Rescheduled from February event, which was cancelled due to inclement weather. 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...

Irvine Welsh

03/04/2019 - 7:00PM

Irvine Welsh makes a welcome return to Seattle and to Elliott Bay with his novel, Dead Men’s Trousers (Melville House), which revisits the crew from his classic novel, Trainspotting. Yes, Mark, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud are all back in town, and given their personal histories, addictions, confusion and desperation, is it surprising that one of these four is not going to survive?   “Welsh makes these amoral misadventures so propulsive, so joyfully awful, that you have to go with the flow...

Matt Pentz

03/05/2019 - 6:00PM

The publication of Seattle sportswriter Matt Pentz’s book on the Sounders FC occasions this festive launch in our Capitol Hill neighborhood, as he will hold forth at the Rhein Haus for The Sound and the Glory: How the Seattle Sounders Showed Major League Soccer How to Win Over America (ECW). The MLS version of the Sounders, now in their eleventh season has its story told more fully than ever before here, chronicling a team which has made the playoffs every year of its existence, and which,...

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

Richard Chiem with Rich Smith

03/05/2019 - 7:00PM

Seattle writer Richard Chiem celebrates publication of his debut novel, the arresting King of Joy (Soft Skull Press) here this evening. A remarkable debut this is, following his well-received first book of stories, You Private Person. It’s cited by The Millions as one of the most anticipated books of the year, and Nylon as one of “50 Books You’ll Want to Read This Year.” "This experimental literary novel is the right amount of both dreamy and dark . . . Lush, packed with jarring details, and...

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!

The Zeitgeist and Me with Jeanne Heuving

03/06/2019 - 6:00PM

Rescheduled from February because of weather. Jeanne Heuving, professor and the founder and first director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, this evening gives a talk on ‘the zeitgeist,’ investigating its meanings, and how her own work draws on it and to it. This includes her recently published book, The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics (University of Alabama Press). Presented...

Johann Hari

03/06/2019 - 7:00PM

There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depression and anxiety had increased in Britain and across the Western world. In his book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions (Bloomsbury), Johann Hari shares both some of his own struggles with depression and his findings from a journey that took him across the world to interview  ...

Mesha Maren

03/07/2019 - 7:00PM

Set in rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s novel, Sugar Run (Algonquin) begins as Jodi, released from prison after serving 18 years of a life sentence for manslaughter, meets and falls in love with a troubled young mother. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start.    “Sugar Run is a shining debut. This is a book that loves its wounded characters and troubled places, and in so deeply loving, it finds a terrible truth and beauty where other writers wouldn’t have...

G. Willow Wilson

03/08/2019 - 7:00PM

One of our favorite writers in the near and far scheme of things - she lives here and near, and writes of far, in time and place  - award-winning G. Willow Wilson makes this welcome return for her swirling, whirling new novel, The Bird King (Grove). “Teeming with secrets, violence, and magic, G. Willow Wilson’s characters come alive in a backdrop of 15th century Spain that is at once sinister and lush. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the world held me captive and I’m haunted by it...

Hugo Lit Jam: A Night of Words & Music

03/08/2019 - 7:00PM

Hear these authors and musicians blur the lines between poetry, prose and the blues. Featuring poet Kim Addonizio on blues harmonica and jazz flute, novelist Sam Ligon and poet Gary Copeland Lilley on guitar and vocals, author Kristen Millares Young on vocals, and author Kate Lebo on cowbell. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org.

David Treuer

03/09/2019 - 4:00PM

At once epic in scope, intimate in voice, acclaimed Ojibwe novelist and nonfiction prose writer David Treuer’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Riverhead) has been winning major praise since its publication, and deservedly so. This is beautiful, vital work of a very high order. “An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of ‘Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life.’ Rarely has a single volume in Native American...

Saturday University with Joe Earle

03/09/2019 - 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 concludes with Joe Earle, former director of the Japan Society Gallery in New York. His lecture today is “The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SEATTLE...

Don Mee Choi & Stefania Heim

03/09/2019 - 7:00PM

Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi tonight reads from her newly published translation of noted Korean poet Kim Hyesoon’s work, Autobiography of Death (New Directions) being a sixth book of hers that Don Mee Choi has translated. “Questions of the agency and effects of death, in both individual and mass tragedies, are central to this extraordinary collective elegy from Kim…This is Choi’s sixth masterly translation of Kim, and it fully reveals the startling architecture Kim develops to...

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!

Samin Nosrat with Bethany Jean Clement presented by NWAA, KNKX & The Stranger

03/10/2019 - 7:30PM

As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she pursued her twin passions of food and words. She is the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon and Schuster), winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for General Cookbook of the Year, 2018 IACP Cookbook of the Year, 2018 IACP Julia Child First Book Award, and...

Maxine Gordon

03/10/2019 - 3:00PM

Maxine Gordon draws on her own background as an independent jazz scholar, along with having been married to the late legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, for the rich, revelatory work she has written that is Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon (University of California Press). “What began as a solemn promise to Dexter Gordon to finish writing the story of his life is now an extraordinary gift to those of us who are the fortunate readers of Sophisticated Giant. Maxine...

Ashton Applewhite

03/11/2019 - 7:00PM

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks (Celadon) traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism—in history...

Samantha Allen

03/12/2019 - 7:00PM

Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts. In her book, Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States (Little Brown), Samantha Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way...

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

Flint Taylor

03/12/2019 - 7:00PM

Flint Taylor has spent nearly fifty years fighting for justice, from the courtrooms of Cook County to the US Supreme Court. With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office (PLO), he has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city’s corrupt political machine. He joins us tonight to discuss his new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago (Haymarket), which takes the reader...

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!

Helen Oyeyemi with Danya Kukafka

03/13/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the most compelling fiction writers at work today, a writer whose work is challenging, rewarding, and smartly  imagined in all the best ways, Helen Oyeyemi makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for her newest novel, Gingerbread (Riverhead). “In Oyeyemi’s idiosyncratically brilliant latest (following Boy, Snow, Bird), she spins a tale about three generations of women and the gingerbread recipe that is their curse and their legacy. In an effort to understand her heritage, precocious...

Nina Revoyr

03/14/2019 - 7:00PM

Novelist Nina Revoyr has read at Elliott Bay on many occasions since the publication of her debut novel, Necessary Hunger, and we welcome her back this evening to read from her latest book, A Student of History (Akashic Books). In A Student of History, Rick Nagano, a graduate student of working class Polish/Japanese descent, becomes involved in the world of a charming, elderly heiress who has hired him to document an old Los Angeles not described in his history books. Akashic Books is also...

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

Irina Reyn with Carol Cassella

03/14/2019 - 7:00PM

Irina Reyn, award-winning author of What Happened to Anna K and The Imperial Wife, will read from her new novel Mother Country (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s), which tackles themes of cultural division, immigration laws, and the powerful bond between a mother and the daughter she’s been separated from. She will be joined by Seattle writer Carol Cassella—bestselling author of the novels Gemini, Healer, and Oxygen—for a reading and conversation. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. For more information, please...

Brian Fies

03/15/2019 - 7:00PM

Early in the morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. Brian Fies’s book, A Fire Story (Abrams ComicArts), is his honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife could not fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to burn through the area, he posted an  initial version of A Fire Story online and it immediately...

Benjamin Percy, Vanessa Hua, Keetje Kuipers, Sassyblack

03/15/2019 - 7:30PM

Award-winning fiction writer Benjamin Percy (Red Moon, The Wilding); author and journalist Vanessa Hua, whose novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s “Best Books of 2018” lists; and well-known local poet Keetje Kuipers, whose most recent collection is Keys to the Jail, will read new work on the theme The Metamorphosis, inspired by the title of Franz Kafka’s much-loved absurdist novella. SassyBlack will also offer original music. Presented by Hugo House. Click below...

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!

Christina Gerhardt

03/16/2019 - 7:00PM

Christina Gerhardt, Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa travels to Seattle today to speak about two books she has recently published about the events of 1968: 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press) and Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory (Bloomsbury). Her work has appeared in Cineaste, Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, German Studies Review,...

Jean Godden

03/16/2019 - 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...

Saturday University with Aarin Packard

03/16/2019 - 10:00AM

Globalizing Plants Spring Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning commences a new spring series, again on plants and culture in Asia, today with Aarin Packard, curator of the Pacific Bonsai Museum. His lecture this morning will be “A Southern Chinese Tradition of Bonsai: The Lingnan School of Penjing.” Presented by the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas, in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle...

Jesse Donaldson, Kevin O’Rourke, Rebecca Wadlinger, Ryo Yamaguchi

03/16/2019 - 7:00PM

Two poets (Ryo Yamaguchi and Rebecca Wadlinger), an essayist (Kevin O’Rourke), and a fiction writer (Jesse Donaldson) from the Pacific Northwest read new work and discuss the joys and pains of working on second (or third) books. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. For more information, please see www.hugohouse.org.

Chris Perondi & Vinny

03/17/2019 - 3:00PM

Chris Perondi, Master Trainer and Founder of the Stunt Dog Academy, visits Elliott Bay this afternoon to demonstrate some ways in which positive reinforcement can be used to teach tricks that strengthen the bond between humans and dogs. His new book, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever (Workman), written with Larry Kay, features fundamentals, basic tricks and some advanced skills such as agility work, vaults and skateboarding. Canine star Vinny Valentino will also be on hand to put...

Grace Talusan

03/18/2019 - 7:00PM

Recipient of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan has written a powerful memoir, The Body Papers (Restless Books), chronicling her family’s move from the Philippines to the U.S., and then a series of traumatic experiences she survived, and here depicts. “Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our...

Salvatore Scibona

03/19/2019 - 7:00PM

Eleven years after his debut novel, The End, was a National Book Award finalist, Salvatore Scibona returns with a much-awaited, and justifiably much-heralded new novel, The Volunteer (Penguin Press). “This magnificent and deeply moving novel by Salvatore Scibona, one of our most masterful writers, has at its heart the simple and compelling tale of a small boy abandoned in a foreign airport and a mysterious ‘volunteer’ who all his life, without knowing it, is trying to find him. In stunningly...

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  

Frans de Waal

03/19/2019 - 7:30PM

Acclaimed scholar (Emory University) and author of books that are both critically acclaimed and find a large readership, Frans de Waal is here this evening with Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves (W.W. Norton). “Frans de Waal is one of the most influential primatologists to ever walk the earth, changing the way we think of human nature by exploring its continuity with other species. He does this again in the wonderful Mama’s Last Hug, an examination of the...

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!

Abby Wambach

04/15/2019 - 7:00PM

Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, New York Times bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together. Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As...

David Brooks

04/29/2019 - 7:00PM

Please join us for an evening with David Brooks, one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. He's here to speak about his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. Tickets include a copy of The Second Mountain and admit either one person ($35) or two people ($40). In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our...

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