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Téa Obreht

08/19/2019 - 7:00PM

Eight years after making waves with her electric debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht makes this most welcome return for her much-anticipated new novel, Inland (Random House). This novel, both very different than its much-honored predecessor, but also bearing signs of Téa Obreht’s unmistakable gifts and talents with language and story, is set in a drought-plagued corner of the U.S. in the late 19th-century. A story written with fierce beauty, one with mythic gravity and resonance, this is...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

08/20/2019 - 6:30PM

This monthly, ongoing, Elliott Bay-hosted book group will be discussing John Langan’s, The Fisherman (Word Horde) as the August selection.   Learn More  

Lucy Tan

08/20/2019 - 7:00PM

A writer we believe has recently moved to Seattle after spending most of the past decade split between New York City and Shanghai, Lucy Tan makes this welcome first reading visit here for the new paperback release of last year’s well-received, set-in-Shangai debut novel, What We Were Promised (Back Bay). "Winner of Ploughshares' Emerging Writer award, Lucy Tan draws an astute portrait of a staid family thrown into disarray in this assured first novel. She does not explore the Tolstoyan adage...

Brian McDonald with Jesse Bryan

08/21/2019 - 7:00PM

In Brian McDonald’s graphic novel, Old Souls (First Second), illustrated by Les McClaine, a man’s chance encounter with a ‘grave robber’ (who has the ability to relive former lives) leads him into an exploration of a tragic episode in his past. Brian McDonald has worked in film, television, and comic books for more than thirty years. He is the writer and director of the award-winning short film White Face, and has worked as a speaker and story consultant for such clients such as Disney and...

Jamel Brinkley

08/22/2019 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to finally be able to present fiction writer Jamel Brinkley here, the last time he wasn’t able to appear as scheduled being owed to a date conflict when his debut book of stories, A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the National Book Awards, and the ceremony was the date of his Elliott Bay reading. He is here from his California home for the paperback edition of his collection of nine stories, which, in total, carry a remarkable breadth and variety to them. "Among A...

Lynda V. Mapes & David B. Williams

08/22/2019 - 7:00PM

Two Seattle writers with a long history of writing about the natural world celebrate new paperback editions published by University of Washington Press. Lynda V. Mapes’ The Witness Tree follows the story of a Harvard Forest oak tree studied continuously since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Known for her coverage of  the taking down of the Elwha dam in books such as Elwha: a River Reborn, Lynda Mapes writes for the Seattle Times and has covered the protests at Standing Rock, the...

Jed Myers, Tina Schumann & Heidi Seaborn

08/23/2019 - 7:00PM

Three Seattle poets hold forth here this evening, with their newest collections. Jed Myers’s fifth book of poems is The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press). “The Marriage of Space and Time is more often than not local in its concerns, even intimate. Such is the nature of this particular marriage, in which we all live. And die. This ongoing here and now … Myers aims to see as closely and accurately as he can, and in his seeing, he gives his readers a way to see as well, and thus to be...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

08/24/2019 - 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!

Cancelled - Carla Rachel Sameth

08/25/2019 - 3:00PM

*This event is cancelled. Through meditations on race, culture, and family, Carla Rachel Sameth’s book, One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays (Black Rose Writing). tells the story of a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles. A memoir-in-essays, it examines life’s surprising changes that come through choice or circumstance, often seemingly out of nowhere, and sometimes darkly humorous—even as the situations are dire. Carla Rachel Sameth teaches creative writing...

Paula Becker, Priscilla Long and Shauna M. Ahern

08/26/2019 - 7:00PM

Tonight three Seattle-area writers whose work encompasses multiple genres discuss their methods, inspirations, the ways in which their writing projects sometimes cross-pollinate, and how they approach the process of telling stories. Seattle historian Paula Becker, known for her histories of the Seattle World’s Fair and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expedition, is the author of Looking for Betty Macdonald: The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I (now out in paperback from University of...

Sheri Salata & Nancy Hala

08/27/2019 - 7:00PM

What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was what Sheri Salata was facing as she left a twenty year career as executive producer at OprahWinfrey.com and co-president at OWN and Harper Studios. After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, she decided to produce her own life transformation, a story told in her book, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation (HarperWave)....

Rick Moody

08/28/2019 - 7:00PM

An award-winning writer of fiction and memoir who has read here since his early books - The Ice Storm, Garden State, and Purple America - were published twenty-five and more years ago, Rick Moody makes this welcome return for a telling new nonfiction work, The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony (Henry Holt). “In unflinching, diary style . . . Moody balances emotional adversity with poignant digressions. . . . And his clever turns of phrase hint at a sense of wonder...

Nilofar Shidmehr & Annahid Dashtgard

08/29/2019 - 7:00PM

After announcing this evening as one with noted Iranian Canadian fiction writer and poet Nilofar Shidmehr for her book of stories, Divided Loyalties, her excellent Toronto publisher, House of Anansi, arranged another author to be here with her here tonight. Coming from Toronto is Annahid Dashtgard, who has worked in anti-corporate globalization campaigns, made documentaries, and worked on political campaigns, now here with Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation,...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

08/31/2019 - 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!

Robert B. Reich and and Pramila Jayapal

09/02/2019 - 7:30PM

Onetime U.S. Secretary of Labor, the present Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of over fifteen books, Robert Reich makes this welcome Seattle return, to be joined onstage by 7th District Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Robert Reich’s most recent book is The Common Good (Vintage), following other books such as Saving Capitalism, Aftershock, and Tales of a New America.  “...

Alex Gallo-Brown

09/02/2019 - 6:00PM

Labor Day is a laboring day for some writers with work appropriate to the occasion, as Town Hall launches it’s ‘formal’ re-opening with this one-two program on Labor Day. Leading off is Seattle writer Alex Gallo-Brown with his new book, Variations of Labor: Stories & Poems, just out from Seattle’s Chin Music Press. "Alex Gallo-Brown’s first collection, Variations of Labor, reminds us of the myriad ways, beyond physical exertion, that work happens in our daily lives. Alternating between...

Elliott Bay Book Group

09/03/2019 - 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 for reading and discussion is Saul Bellow’s famous novel, Herzog (Penguin).   learn more  

Sarah Smarsh with Mary Ann Gwinn

09/03/2019 - 7:00PM

Also hewing to Labor Day proximity, an evening that would be timely whenever she might be here, is this visit by Kansas journalist Sarah Smarsh for her acclaimed first book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (newly in paper, Scribner). A finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, listed as a Best Book of 2018, by NPR, and many publications, this is an invaluable book for our time. "A deeply humane memoir that crackles with...

Susan Steinberg with Joshua Mohr

09/04/2019 - 7:00PM

The author of a number of brilliant story collections - Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love - Susan Steinberg makes this welcome visit up from San Francisco to read and discuss her dazzling debut novel, Machine (Graywolf Press). She is to be joined onstage for the conversation part by Seattle writer Joshua Mohr, most recently author of a memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio). “What makes [Machine] so thrilling is Steinberg’s artistry with form; she fractures narrative into its...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/04/2019 - 11:30AM

Back from Summer Break! 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!

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

09/05/2019 - 7:30PM

 One of the foremost activist/scholars on race and gender today, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is here this evening, likely to discuss recent and forthcoming work. The author of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, and more recently editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket), she will also have an important new book out this fall, Race for Profit: How Banks and...

Kevin Horan & Elena Passarello

09/05/2019 - 7:00PM

Langley-based artist photographer Kevin Horan and Corvallis writer Elena Passarello speak today about their collaborative project, Goats and Sheep: A Portrait Farm (5 Continents). Kevin Horan, who has has served as artist in residence at Glacier National Park, currently works on projects that look at “animals as people, people as animals and the planet as a very small space". Elena Passarello is also the author of Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat, a finalist for the...

brian g. gilmore, Gary Copeland Lilley & Ruth Dickey

09/06/2019 - 7:00PM

This threesome poetry reading brings us poets here from points east, with brian gilmore visiting from Michigan, Port Townsend with Gary Copeland Lilley, and here in Seattle with Ruth Dickey. With brian gilmore it’s a matter of finally getting him here after an earlier announced visit had to be cancelled. This time a new book of poems is in hand, come see about me, marvin (Wayne State University). “In come see about me, marvin, poet gilmore’s literary toolbox is on full display, offering a...

Ganesh Sitaraman

09/06/2019 - 7:30PM

Ganesh Sitaraman, law professor at Vanderbilt University, and longtime advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, serving as policy director and senior counsel, is co-author, along with Anne Alstott, of Yale’s Law School, of The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality (Harvard University Press). “At a time of widespread debates about the role of public provision, Sitaraman and Alstott make a vibrant case for developing and preserving public options in...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/07/2019 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for September 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!

Carolina de Robertis

09/07/2019 - 7:00PM

Making this welcome Elliott Bay return up from the Bay Area, where she teaches at San Francisco State University, is internationally renowned novelist Carolina de Robertis. The author of The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain, she has had books translated into seventeen languages, and has received the Stonewall Prize, Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and numerous other honors. She has also translated many works from English into Spanish, and edited a vital, to-the-streets anthology,...

Chandrahas Choudhury

09/09/2019 - 7:00PM

We are delighted to welcome, over his Delhi home, Indian writer Chandrahas Choudhury. The author of a debut novel, Arzee the Dwarf, and editor of a well-received anthology, India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, he is here with an excellent novel just released here in the U.S., Clouds (Simon & Schuster).  “Clouds deals with a number of Big Issues — from the purpose of life to inequity to gender, but it carries its weight lithely and elegantly. The interplay of deep thoughtfulness and...

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, Midnight Release

09/09/2019 - 11:45PM

We can think of few novels that have the anticipation going for them that Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), does, such that we will do a special midnight, on-sale opening for this sequel to her all-too-timely 1985 classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. No one has had a chance to get an early peek at this, so here, Margaret Atwood’s own words: “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost...

Sister Helen Prejean

09/09/2019 - 7:00PM

Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (Random House) is a revelatory, intimate memoir of her childhood, her spiritual evolution, and how she became “lit” to her crusade. Sister Helen chronicles her journey from one who prayed for God to solve the world’s problems to one engaged full-tilt, hands on, in the work to transform societal injustices. Inspired by Catholic activists such as Dorothy Day in the inner city and Jesuit priests who went to prison for...

David Guterson

09/10/2019 - 7:00PM

Most known and celebrated for his fiction writing - the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Snow Falling on Cedars, East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest, The Other, Ed King, and story collections - Bainbridge Island’s David Guterson has in recent years been writing and publishing poems. His 2014 collection, Songs For a Summons, is now followed by his newest, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest (The Mountaineers). Beautifully illustrated by Justin Gibbens, this is...

Global Issues Book Group

09/10/2019 - 6:30PM

 This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Jill Lepore’s most recent, This America: The Case for the Nation (Liveright).   learn more

Amy Waldman

09/10/2019 - 7:00PM

A writer who worked as a journalist in Afghanistan following 9/11, and who wrote a powerful first novel, The Submission, Amy Waldman makes this welcome Seattle return for her new novel, A Door in the Earth (Little, Brown). Again, timeliness. Here and there, U.S. and Afghanistan. "Waldman is an ingenious and probing situational novelist . . . In this deeply well-informed, utterly engrossing, mischievously disarming, and stealthily suspenseful tale of slow and painful realizations, she hits the...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/11/2019 - 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!

Susan Straight

09/11/2019 - 7:00PM

California writer Susan Straight is the author of 8 novels, including Highwire Moon, a National Book Award finalist. We warmly welcome her back to Elliott Bay today to discuss her memoir, In the Country of Women (Catapult). This book traces the author’s roots, from inland Southern California, the Rockies, Canada and Switzerland, and that of the high school sweetheart who became her husband. His female ancestors escaped violence in post-slavery Tennesse, murder in Jim Crow Missisippi and...

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Nikkita Oliver

09/11/2019 - 7:30PM

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, serious chronicler of Native American history, its centrality and preeminence in things of the land here, with her landmark work, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, as well as other books written over a span of forty years and more, revisits Seattle for a special, adapted edition of her most major work. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People (Beacon Press), has been re-fashioned by scholars Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza into...

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

09/12/2019 - 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  

John Englehardt

09/12/2019 - 7:00PM

John Englehardt’s novel Bloomland (Dzanc) opens during finals week at a fictional southern university, when a student walks into the library with his roommate’s semi-automatic rifle and opens fire. When he stops shooting, twelve people are dead. As the community wrestles with the fallout, Bloomland interrogates social and cultural dysfunction in a nation where mass violence has become all too familiar. "Englehardt's brilliant and insanely brave debut is a culturally diagnostic achievement in...

Billy Jensen with Claudia Rowe

09/13/2019 - 7:00PM

We’re glad to announce that, thanks to many requests from Seattle fans, true-crime journalist Billy Jensen has added a Seattle date to his book tour. Readers of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, will know Billy Jensen as the friend of writer Michelle McNamara and as the co-author who helped finish her book. Tonight he’ll speak about Chase Darkness with Me (Sourcebooks), in which he tells his own story. After 17 years of reporting on hundreds of unsolved murders and missing person cases,...

Marilynne Robinson

09/13/2019 - 7:30PM

One of the those adept at posing moral and ethical concerns, and doing so in engaging, literary manner, drawing on past as well as present, award-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson is here for the paperback of her most recent book of essays, What Are We Doing Here? (Picador). “‘How did you end up here, Marilynne? What happened? Was it libraries?’ In 2015, President Obama sought out the novelist Marilynne Robinson, the author of the acclaimed Gilead trilogy, for a wide-ranging...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/14/2019 - 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!

Raymond Caballero with Steve Bender

09/14/2019 - 7:00PM

Historian Raymond Caballero speaks today about a key Supreme Court decision pertaining to events set during the McCarthy “Red Scare” era.  Clinton Jencks, a decorated war hero who worked with Mexican Americans fighting for equal rights in New Mexico’s mining industry, was arrested and charged with “falsely denying” that he was a Communist. A leader of the Empire Zinc strike, in which wives and mothers replaced strikers on the picket line after an injunction barred the miners themselves,...

Ibram X. Kendi

09/14/2019 - 7:30PM

This event is sold out. There will be a standby line at the door. The founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and a  professor of history and international relations there, Ibram Kendi received a 2016 National Book Award for his work on racism and history in this country, Stamped From the Beginning. He makes a welcome return for his much-anticipated new book, How To Be an Antiracist (One World). Two of note, from Seattle, weigh in...

Farooq Ahmed & Leland Cheuk

09/16/2019 - 7:00PM

Farooq Ahmed, a Los Angeles based writer and biochemist whose work has appeared in Nature and in the Financial Times, reads from Kansastan (7.13), a novel set in a dystopic Kansas besieged by its neighboring state, Missouri.  “Halal fiction, blessed with an intensely stylized, lyrical syntax. The narrator's voice summons the faithful more clearly than a muezzin's call. Kansastan offers us the pure truth of divinity--or, closer to reality, a wildly intelligent caper.”-Amitava Kumar....

Jim Mattis

09/16/2019 - 7:00PM

Please note: This event was previously scheduled for July 22nd, but due to a change in the publication date of, Call Sign Chaos, the event has been rescheduled for September 16th. Tonight General Jim Mattis (Ret.), the 26th U.S. Secretary of Defense (January 2017 until his resignation in December 2018) travels to Seattle to speak about his new book, Call Sign Chaos (Random House), an account of his leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

09/17/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection for reading and discussion is P. Djèlí Clark’s The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (tor.com).   Learn More  

Kim Brown Seely

09/17/2019 - 7:00PM

Seattle writer and literary community activist Kim Brown Seely celebrates publication of her debut book on its very publication day. Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another (Sasquatch) chronicles that change of life when all children have grown and gone on their own way into the world - leaving those who have been parents to come to grips with who and what they are, as individuals and as a couple. This Kim Brown Seely and her husband did in the form of a...

Marie Forleo with Amy Purdy

09/17/2019 - 7:30PM

Please join us for an evening with Marie Forleo at Town Hall Seattle's Forum Space. Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation, Marie presents her award-winning online show, Marie TV and podcast to her 1.5 million fans around the world. She is the founder of B-School, a transformative online business school and she has mentored young business owners at the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. MarieForleo.com is one of Forbes magazine's Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/18/2019 - 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!

Dina Nayeri

09/18/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the finest ‘newer’ novelists to come along in recent years, with Refuge and A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, award-winning Dina Nayeri is here this evening with a powerful, telling first non-fiction work, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult). “Dina Nayeri has written a vital book for our times. The Ungrateful Refugee gives voice to those whose stories are too often lost or suppressed. Braiding memoir, reportage and essayism, Nayeri allows those fortunate enough...

Amitav Ghosh

09/19/2019 - 7:30PM

Last seen hereabouts four years ago when he was here for the concluding volume of the Ibis trilogy of novels, Flood of Fire, Amitav Ghosh makes this welcome Seattle return with two books released since that last visit. Most recent, and just released, of these is a novel assured in voice and range, Gun Island (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Not unrelated, the other recent book is a study of catastrophic climate change, and literature’s response, The Great Derangement. "[Gun Island] is an...

Kira Jane Buxton

09/19/2019 - 7:00PM

Kira Jane Buxton’s debut novel, Hollow Kingdom (Grand Central), has received many accolades and we’ve invited her to Elliott Bay to read from her work. Though this comic, dystopian novel is fiction, we’ve also invited her to discuss some of the scientific research on crows that helped inform some aspects of the story.  "Hollow Kingdom is a nature book for our own age, an exuberant, glittering, hard-hitting mashup of Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Journey. It's an adventure lit...

Lisa Congdon with Stacy Milrany

09/20/2019 - 7:00PM

Portland illustrator and author Lisa Congdon returns to Elliott Bay this evening to discuss the ways in which artists develop their own visual identities and artistic voice. Her book, Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic (Chronicle) is informed by insights from the author’s own artistic practice and wisdom and good advice from the many artists she has interviewed.  Her previous books include Art, Inc and A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading...

Brad Smith

09/20/2019 - 7:30PM

Microsoft president Brad Smith gives readers an in-depth view of things, as he sees them with regard to the world Microsoft, and others in that realm, are positing for us here in the 21st century, in his new book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (Penguin Press, co-written with Carol Ann Browne). “At a time when many leaders in tech want to avoid a discussion of the social, economic, and security ramifications of the products they’ve built, it’s refreshing to see...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/21/2019 - 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!

Petina Gappah

09/21/2019 - 7:00PM

A woman who deftly navigates several worlds as an international trade lawyer and diplomat from her home in Harare, Zimbabwe, Petina Gappah is also a fiction writer of note, the author of two story collections, an earlier novel (The Book of Memory), and, now, the masterful, historically-based novel she is here with tonight, Out of Darkness, Shining Light (Scribner). Based on some historical reality - the removal of the dead body of Dr. David Livingstone from the African interior, “Petina Gappah...

Paula Becker & Friends

09/21/2019 - 2:00PM

Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them -- for Hunter -- their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. Paula Becker’s memoir, A House on Stilts (University of Iowa Press) an intensely personal account of...

Carley Moore with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

09/22/2019 - 3:00PM

Carley Moore joins us this afternoon to read from The Not Wives (Feminist Press) a novel of sex-positive awakening and burgeoning political resistance, set in Occupy-era New York City. “The Not Wives is gritty, sexy, very queer, literary social realism that's up-all-night compelling—just what I want from a novel set in NYC in the time of Occupy, with its sprawling cast of adjuncts, bartenders, poets, single parents, little kids, homeless teenagers, and serious organizers embroiled in...

Chase Jarvis

09/23/2019 - 7:30PM

Someone who has helped many others give shape to creative notions such that those others get books written or accomplish other creative feats, himself finally has a book that crystalizes this, as renowned photographer and ‘cultural creative’ Chase Jarvis this evening helps launch his inspirational book, Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Find Success in Work + Life (Harper Business). “There is a wild, untamed connection between our inherent...

Ian Brennan

09/23/2019 - 7:00PM

Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with  filmmaker John Waters, Merle Haggard, Green Day, and many others, has also taught violence prevention and conflict resolution around the world. His newest book is Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth (PM Press) features information about musicians from South Sudan to Kosovo, including the author’s experiences recording music by the Tanzania Albinism Collective, the Zomba Prison Project, a witch camp”in Ghana, the...

Naomi Klein

09/24/2019 - 7:30PM

One of those who has put herself on the line in what she writes, and in her decades-long activism work, everything Naomi Klein has written has had substance, tell-tale knowing, and a knack of knowing it will take time, effort, gtit, and humor to get where things need to go. She is all about those things, and more, here tonight for her all-too-timely  new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster). This book gives substance and strategy to a concept that...

Jacqueline Woodson

09/24/2019 - 7:00PM

An author and a new novel we are thrilled to be helping present is this Seattle return by award-winning novelist Jacqueline Woodson for her new adult novel (and what a wonderful novel it is), Red at the Bone (Riverhead). “Woodson channels deeply true-feeling characters, all of whom readers will empathize with in turn. In spare, lean prose, she reveals rich histories and moments in swirling eddies, while also leaving many fateful details for readers to divine.” –Booklist. “[A] beautifully...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

09/25/2019 - 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!

Cara Wall

09/25/2019 - 7:00PM

In Cara Wall’s debut novel, The Dearly Beloved (Simon and Schuster), we follow two couples: Charles and Lily, James and Nan, through decades of friendship and conflict as they negotiate a challenging church community in which Charles and James serve as a pastoral team.  “Writing with restrained lyricism, Wall's debut offers a kind of literary chamber music, combining the viewpoints of a quartet of characters across multiple decades and events. Finely drawn and paced and written with...

Nick Flynn

09/26/2019 - 7:00PM

Nick Flynn, one of the pre-eminent poets at work today, author of such collections as My Feelings and Some Ether, as well as some notable memoirs, including Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, is back with a powerful, loaded new collection of poems, I Will Destroy You (Graywolf Press). “Nick Flynn, that charismatic horse thief, is up to it again. Standing this close. Whatever you have or had to lose (to win), he’s already stolen and sold it. And yet you still (and so badly) want to hear from...

Isabella Tree

09/26/2019 - 7:30PM

Based on what was seen by one of us at a literary festival in India, people here tonight are in for quite an inspiring time, as Isabella Tree, co-proprietor of what had been a failing farm in west Sussex but is now a unique ‘return’ to an English landscape that ‘was,’ is here to present and discuss her book, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm (New York Review of Books). “Wilding is one of the most exhilarating books I know. Knepp Castle is a modern marvel, a wild ancient landscape in a...

Jean-Baptiste del Amo avec Amie Shaw

09/27/2019 - 7:00PM

With the aid and assistance of our friends with the French Cultural Office working out of New York, and Alliance Française de Seattle, we’re delighted to welcome French writer Jean Baptiste Del Amo, here with the English language and U.S. publication of his prize-winning novel, Animalia (Grove Press, translation by Frank Wynne). “Powerful . . . This is not a novel that says just try to recycle a bit more: it is a book that confronts a reader with a stark moral reckoning of the costs of eating...

W. Caleb McDaniel with Johann N. Neem

09/27/2019 - 7:00PM

Rice University professor Caleb McDaniel retells the heroic story of Henrietta Wood, born into slavery in 1818, freed and then kidnapped and re-enslaved and freed again at the end of the Civil War. Harrietta Wood sued for lost wages and additional years of servitude and after 10 years of litigation, won both the original court case and the appeal, receiving the “largest known (settlement) ever awarded by a U.S. court in restitution from slavery.” Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

09/28/2019 - 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!

Jenny Brown with Amelia Bonow

09/29/2019 - 7:30PM

Author and longtime activist (she was a plaintiff in the suit to bring about a morning-after pill) Jenny Brown is here with her all-too-timely new book, Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now (Verso). She’s to be joined onstage in conversation with Seattle activist and writer Amelia Bonow, co-editor of the book, Shout Your Abortion (PM Press), and active with the organization around that work. And as Amelia Bonow says of Jenny Brown and this book, “By examining the failings and triumphs of...

Joan Fiset and Sarah C. Townsend

09/29/2019 - 3:00PM

This afternoon’s reading features two Seattle writers reading newly published work about traumatic birth experiences. Poet Joan Fiset, author of Namesake (Blue Begonia Press), reads from her beautiful and devastating book, How It Was with Scotland (Ravenna Press), a collaboration with visual artist Noah Saterstrom.  “These pictures and words are like overheard whispers or something you almost see from the corner of your eye, or maybe even more intimate than that, like things you are...

Caroline Van Hemert

09/30/2019 - 7:00PM

Biologist and adventurer Caroline Van Hemert’s book, The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey Into the Alaskan Wilds (Little Brown Spark), tells the story of her journey with her husband across 4,000 miles of wilderness, from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic. Traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe, they explored northern landscapes so remote there were no maps or guidebooks to mark them. "A truly astounding journey, beautifully written. Caroline Van Hemert follows in...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/05/2019 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for October 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/12/2019 - 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!

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