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Timothy Egan

10/15/2019 - 7:30PM

Nearly thirty years after his first book, The Good Rain, which took to the road in exploration of the Northwest, beloved Seattle writer Timothy Egan, several books along the way, including the National Book Award-winning The Worst Hard Time, takes to a very particular course of travel in his beautifully-written new book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith (Viking).  “From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a pilgrimage to find religion—...

Clyde W. Ford

10/15/2019 - 7:00PM

In 1947, IBM hired accounting student John Stanley Ford to become the company’s first Black software engineer. CEO Watson used this opportunity to distract attention from IBM’s role in the Holocaust and many of IBM’s white employees-- not ready to accept a Black colleague--procceded to humilate, subverted and undermined Ford. Two decades later, Ford’s son, Bellingham writer Clyde W. Ford, began working at IBM and he, too, experienced the same types of  institutional racism. In his book,...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

10/15/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Dan Vyleta's Smoke (Anchor). Learn More

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/16/2019 - 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!

Paul Theroux

10/16/2019 - 7:30PM

Still at it, fully on the page and in the world, decades along in writing both novels and literary travel accounts, venerable Paul Theroux makes this Seattle return for his newest book, On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Here it is the Mexico-U.S. border, back and forth and beyond, on the ground. “Paul Theroux is an undisputed master of travel literature. He has traversed Mexico with such dedication that he knows its roads as he knows the lines on the palm...

Jeanette Winterson

10/16/2019 - 7:00PM

A most welcome Seattle return is made this evening by renowned, award-winning British writer Jeanette Winterson is here with her dazzling new novel, Frankissstein (Grove Press). Last here, to our recollection, for her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? it should be a joy and pleasure to see her here tonight. And what a book she has written. “A riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment...

Jacob Paul

10/17/2019 - 7:00PM

Jacob Paul’s novel, Last Tower to Heaven (C&R Press), grapples with what it means to derive agency and identity from collective trauma, with what it means to be at once a dream of the Holocaust and, yet, messily alive in our world. Ultimately, that struggle forces J to learn how to build a story out of love, for his love. “‘Jacob Paul,’ the protagonist of Jacob Paul’s newest experimental novel. Last Tower to Heaven asks us to consider when, and how, we can ever consider ourselves “separate...

Eliza Reid with Juan Carlos Reyes

10/18/2019 - 7:00PM

Reykjavik to Seattle: on Icelandic Literature Celebrate Iceland's rich storytelling tradition with a talk by Iceland's First Lady Eliza Reid at Seattle Public Central Library. In addition to being first lady, Reid is also a Reykjavik-based writer and editor who co-founded the Iceland Writers Retreat. Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for creative minds, and Reid will focus her talk on what makes Iceland so unique and inspirational - both as a home and as a travel destination -...

SOLD OUT - Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton

10/18/2019 - 7:00PM

Join Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the women who have inspired them throughout their lives. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience (Simon & Schuster) is the first book that Secretary Clinton and Chelsea have written together, and they are excited to welcome readers into a conversation they began having when Chelsea was a little girl. Join them as they discuss the women throughout history who have had the courage to stand...

Paul C. Tumey with Paul Constant

10/18/2019 - 7:00PM

Eisner-award nominee Paul C. Tumey will show art from and talk about his new book, Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny (IDW Library of American Comics). Lavishly illustrated with over 600 rare cartoons and photographs, Screwball! traces the development of Screwball comics through the lives and careers of 15 extraordinary cartoonists. Before "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple throughout American culture. Screwball newspaper comics offered readers healthy doses of...

Lawrence Lanahan with Marcus Harrison Green

10/19/2019 - 7:00PM

As a producer for Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR, Laurence Lanahan came to see how residential segregation in the region had created separate worlds, and how racial inequality touched seemingly every aspect of people’s lives, right down to how long they lived. The country now faces not only structural racism but the resurgence of bold-faced bigotry, which demands an active response from white Americans, especially those proclaiming to be part of the resistance. He writes: “Trump . . ....

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/19/2019 - 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!  

Saturday University with Jun Hu

10/19/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University Silk Roads Past and Present Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road in Asia continues with Jun Hu, Assistant professor of art history at the University of California, Berkeley. He will present a lecture on “Picturing the Buddha’s Last Moment.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION...

Curt Colbert

10/20/2019 - 3:00PM

Curt Colbert has most recently visited Elliott Bay with Waverly Fitzgerald as “Waverly Curtis,” authors of the set-in-Seattle Barking Detective series. His new book, All Along the Watchtower (Coffeetown/Epicenter Press), features Seattle PI Matt Rossiter, a Veteran who finds his wartime sargent’s bullet riddled body on Jimi Hendrix’s grave. Curt Colbert’s books include Rat City, a Shamus Award nominee. Rat City and other books in his Jake Rossiter series, set in 1940s Seattle, will be re-...

Ta-Nehisi Coates

10/20/2019 - 7:30PM

As with Rachel Maddow’s evening for her new Blowout, so it could well be, as this goes to press, a sellout for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ evening here with his astounding first novel, The Water Dancer (One World). He who has captivated readers around the world, especially with his most recent books, Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years in Power, does so again, to telling effect in this rich, historically-set novel. So much is in this book in such honed, eloquent ways. Harriet Tubman is among...

Christopher Ryan

10/21/2019 - 7:00PM

Author and independent scholar Christopher Ryan, probably most known as co-author of the much-praised Sex at Dawn, makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for a major new book, Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster). This book takes on ‘progress’ as a guiding ethos - and does so with gusto. "Every great once in a while, a book comes along that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew. Civilized to Death is without question one of them." —Jesse...

Josh Campbell

10/22/2019 - 7:00PM

From an FBI insider, a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of the historic investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and the president's unprecedented attacks on the bureau—and a passionate defense of the men and women who work every day to uphold democratic institutions and the rule of law. Titled after the FBI code name for the initial investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Crossfire Hurricane (Algonquin Books), chronicles President Trump's relentless attacks...

Suyi Davies Okungbowa

10/23/2019 - 7:00PM

 “The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns. Though broken and leaderless, the city endures. David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala. No problem, right?” Tonight we’re delighted to present Nigerian Science Fiction/Dark Fantasy writer Suyi Davies Okunbowa, who will read from David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon/Rebellion Books).  “In this riveting debut,...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/23/2019 - 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!

Lit Crawl Food Events

10/24/2019 - 6:00PM

We're excited to host a medely of delicious food events on this Lit Crawl evening: 6 p.m. Playing with Dough The lively and talented Linda Miller Nicholson (Pasta, Pretty Please) creates rainbow-colored pasta that looks almost too good to eat. Blogger and author Aran Goyoaga (Cannelle et Vanille) crafts beautiful indulgences that also happen to be gluten-free. Host and author Jeanne Sauvage (The Gluten Free Wish Book) is on a mission to create gluten-free goods that are indistinguishable...

Cancelled - John Freeman & Aleksandar Hemon

10/24/2019 - 7:00PM

* Please note: This event has been cancelled. What should be a fabulous evening of talk (and the reading it leads to) is in store as poet, essayist, editor John Freeman and fiction/non-fiction prose writer Aleksandar Hemon hold forth here this evening. Good friends - some of us have seen these two carry on - their work should play off each other here this evening. John Freeman, whose recent book of poems, Maps, comes from Copper Canyon,  should have a brand-new prose book in hand,...

Jim Wallis

10/25/2019 - 7:00PM

Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, wrote Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus (HarperOne) as a response to the bitterness and anger polarizing our nation. Building on "Reclaiming Jesus"--the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America's current crisis--Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and...

Rosalie Moffett, Bill Carty & Natalie Scenters-Zapico

10/26/2019 - 7:00PM

A great slate of poetry is to be heard from this evening as visiting poet Rosalie Moffett is here from Indiana with her National Poetry Series prize collection, Nervous System (Ecco Press). “Epistemology dances with ontology ... A book of heartbreaking delight and enthralling consciousness, Nervous System is an aesthetic rarity that places natural science at the service of being--through this book we are again whole with the world.” --Fady Joudah. She is joined here this evening by Seattle...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

10/26/2019 - 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!    

Saturday University with Derek Heng

10/26/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University Silk Roads Past and Present Lecture Series. This morning the  Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road  in Asia continues with Derek Heng, professor of history at Northern Arizona University. He will present a lecture on “Goods, Ships, and Cultural Diversity.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION, and ELLIOTT BAY...

Laureen Nussbaum & Hendrika de Vries

10/27/2019 - 3:00PM

This afternoon we have invited two writers to appear in conversation about their experiences during the Holocaust.  Seattle author Laureen Nussbaum, a noted Holocaust survivor and contributor to Anne Frank: The Critical Edition, mixes biography and memoir in Shedding Our Stars (She Writes Press). The book weaves together her personal experience with the story unsung German hero Hans Calmeyer – a man who saved Laureen's family much like he saved so many others— by declaring her mother as...

Anand Giridharadas

10/28/2019 - 7:30PM

One of those books that have truly stirred and steered national conversation and exchange has been Anand Giridharadas book of last year, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (newly in paper, Vintage). Cited for numerous Best Book of Year lists, this has won an international following, as the issues addressed are global in scale. “An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer...

Benjamin Percy

10/28/2019 - 7:00PM

A writer who is adept on the stage - an excellent reader - as well on the page, Benjamin Percy makes this welcome return for a new book of stories. Suicide Woods (Graywolf  Press) comes after a sequence of big novels and an excellent craft book, Thrill Me - which takes on the distinction between literary and genre writing. Suicide Woods is, “An addictive mix of gritty crime fiction and otherworldly horror. . . . Percy's prose is exacting, finely tuning the atmospherics that give the...

Richard Stengel

10/29/2019 - 7:30PM

A former Time magazine editor who also served as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Obama administration, Richard Stengel is here with his new book, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It (Atlantic Monthly Press). “With colorful behind-the-scenes stories and razor-sharp insights, Stengel provides the first insider report from the front lines of the disinformation wars waged by Russia and ISIS. At the...

Tom Mueller

10/30/2019 - 7:00PM

Tom Mueller opens eyes and brings daylight to the part of what whistleblowers go through in his timely new book, Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud (Riverhead). “‘Unauthorized disclosures’ by whistleblowers are the lifeblood of a republic. As many of Mueller’s fascinating cases show, misplaced loyalty–exclusively to a boss or an organization or a president–can be betrayal: of the health of consumers, of an oath to the Constitution, or of a war’s worth of lives.” -Daniel...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

10/30/2019 - 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!

Andrew Rea

10/31/2019 - 7:30PM

Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker, and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality. Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his cooking show Binging with Babish is enjoyed by millions of burgeoning chefs and foodies around the globe. Seattle Theatre Group brings Rea to Town Hall to celebrate the release of the Binging with Babish cookbook, sharing his passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen—which is rivaled only by his love...

Meghan Daum with Katie Herzog

11/01/2019 - 7:00PM

In the fall of 2016, acclaimed author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. With Hillary Clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more. Her new book, The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars (Gallery), takes the current political realities into account. With passion, humor, and most...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/02/2019 - 11:00AM

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

Saturday University with Hseuh-Man Shen

11/02/2019 - 10:00AM

This morning the Saturday University morning autumn series on the Silk Road in Asia continues with Hseuh-Man Shen, Ehrenkranz Professor in World Art at New York University. She will present a lecture on “Authenticity and the Reproduction of Buddhist Art and Artifacts in Medieval China.” Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, the DUNHUANG FOUNDATION, and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. More...

Dave Wyman & Bob Condotta

11/02/2019 - 7:00PM

One-time Seattle Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman, who today is co-host of the Danny, Dave & Moore Show on KIRO-710, and longtime Seattle Times football writer Bob Condotta team up here this evening to talk about their jointly written new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Seahawks Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box (Triumph). This is a wonderful excursion through Seahawk lore past and present. Having the foreword by one of the more enduring Seahawks, quarterback Dave Krieg,...

Floating Bridge Press Group Reading

11/03/2019 - 3:00PM

Floating Bridge Press, a nonprofit literary arts organization founded in 1994, promotes the diverse voices of Washington State poets through an annual poetry chapbook competition, archival-quality books, online publishing, broadsides, and community readings. Tonight we’ll feature readers whose work was published by the press this fall.   Jory Mickelson, author of Wilderness//Kingdom, winner of the inaugural Evergreen Award Tour, Floating Bridge Press' full-length poetry book competition;...

Jim Tilley & Catherine Kirkwood

11/04/2019 - 7:00PM

Poet Jim Tilley reads from his debut novel, Against the Wind (Red Hen Press), the story of six characters’ efforts to make things right. “Against the Wind is a big old-fashioned novel with contemporary concerns: gender, adultery, wind energy, business acquisitions. But at its heart, Jim Tilley's debut novel is about the ageless concerns of love and loss and hope that we all share.” Jim Tilley’s previous books include Lessons from Summer Camp and Cruising from Sixty to Seventy.  Reading...

André Aciman with Dave Wheeler

11/04/2019 - 7:00PM

This evening we’ll welcome acclaimed novelist André Aciman back to Seattle to read from his novel, Find Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), the much awaited sequel to Call Me By Your Name. Find Me, set twenty years after Call Me By Your Name, explores the effect of Elio and Oliver’s affair on their later lives. "Call Me By Your Name was widely praised for its treatment of the nature of love, a theme that Find Me continues with subtlety and grace. Its treatment of the characters' psychology is...

Marc Brackett, Ph. D.

11/05/2019 - 6:00PM

Permission to Feel (Celadon/Macmillan) inspires a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives. Using science, passion, and lively storytelling, this book serves as a guide for understanding our own and others’ emotions, and provides innovative strategies for developing emotional intelligence in adults and children. Marc Brackett is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University. He is the...

Election Day

11/05/2019 - 6:00PM

Please make sure your ballots are mailed in or dropped off at appropriate places by this evening!

Elliott Bay Book Group

11/05/2019 - 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 for reading and discussion is John Williams’ 1973 National Book Award-winning novel, Augustus (New York Review of Books).   learn more  

Dao Strom

11/06/2019 - 7:00PM

On the one hand, this is an evening that should have happened a decade ago, when Vietnam-born Portland writer Dao Strom’s marvelous book of novella-length stories, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint), should have come out in paperback, in the way such things are ‘supposed’ to happen. For reasons having nothing to do with this book’s many merits, the paperback didn’t happen - until now. Any time is a good time for a good book. And, in happening now, this evening can include two...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/06/2019 - 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!

David Treuer presented by the A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History

11/07/2019 - 7:00PM

Two weeks before he’s slated to put in a few evenings in New York as a finalist for this year’s National Book Award in Nonfiction, Ojibwe novelist and non-fiction writer David Treuer gives this year’s A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History. A work of American history David Treuer has surely, magnificently, tellingly written in this year’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (Riverhead).  “An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of ‘Indian...

Tim O'Brien

11/07/2019 - 7:00PM

One of our most honored and esteemed writers, Tim O’Brien makes this welcome Elliott Bay return for a long-anticipated non-fiction work, Dad’s Maybe Book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  “[A] stirring blend of memoir, letters to his young sons, and meditations on the humbling nature of parenthood . . . It’s a work that’s the spiritual inheritor of John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley and Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. Like those, Dad’s Maybe Book dwells on the state of America and...

Saeed Jones

11/07/2019 - 7:00PM

We are thrilled to be helping present this evening with one of the most electrifying literary voices to come along in recent years. Saeed Jones first came to readers’ attention with his award-winning debut poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise. He is here at the Northwest African American Museum this evening with one of the fall’s most anticipated books, How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster). The praise? The praise! “This memoir is a rhapsody in the truest sense of the...

Adrienne Brodeur with Danya Kukafka

11/08/2019 - 7:00PM

Adrienne Brodeur was 14 when her mother, Malabar, began a covert affair with a close family friend. Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is her account of loving and trying to protect an imperfect mother. An extraordinary book, Wild Game is a story of survival and of facing the truth of our relationships. "A searing, indelible memoir of an extraordinary mother and her equally extraordinary daughter. Among Adrienne Brodeur's many achievements in Wild Game--...

Trebor Healey & Alvin Orloff

11/09/2019 - 7:00PM

Lambda Literary Award winning writer Trebor Healey, travels to Seattle to read from his short story collection, Falling (University of Wisconsin Press) in which characters confront the profound displacement of modern life. “Trebor Healey has shown us in these utterly original stories how the English-speaking part of the Americas confronts the Spanish-speaking part. But in the last story, ‘The Orchid,’ he has written a masterful exploration of the inner politics of Argentina. This is a wise,...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/09/2019 - 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!  

Malaka Gharib

11/10/2019 - 3:00PM

Here from the ‘other’ Washington, where she founded a food zine, The Runcible Spoon and co-founded the D.C. Art Book Fair, is Malaka Gharib with a thoroughly engaging graphic memoir, I Was Their American Dream (Clarkson Potter). This book beautifully - and literally - illustrates the ways Malaka Gharib had to navigate cultures growing up, both within the Filipino and Egyptian families she was born into, along with the larger, ‘whiter’ milieu she came of age within. “I Was Their American Dream...

David Sedaris

11/10/2019 - 7:00PM

David Sedaris returns to Seattle for his annual reading and signing at Benaroya Hall. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he will delight the audience with twists of humor and intelligence as he shares both published stories and works-in-progress. We’ll be on hand to sell copies of all of his books, including Calypso (Little, Brown), which is now available in paperback.  His book signing lines are legendary and he always remains until the last book is signed.  The San...

Casey McQuiston

11/11/2019 - 7:00PM

What happens when Alex Claremont-Diaz, the multiracial son of the first female president of the United States falls in love with Prince Henry of England?  Casey McQuiston’s funny, sexy debut novel, Red White and Royal Blue (Griffin/St Martin’s) takes us into that territory and the results--well, let’s just say that we wish for a scenario that’s this much fun. “The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston's debut... The love affair between Alex and Henry...

Michael Kearns & Aaron Roth

11/11/2019 - 7:30PM

Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, both of them professors in the Computer and Information Science program at the University of Pennsylvania, have co-authored a book that is relevant to many of us, whether we like it or not, The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design (Oxford University Press). "Is the road to hell paved with well-intentioned algorithms? Many think so. For a more level-headed view, read this timely book by two leading experts: clear, concise, focused on...

Janelle Shane

11/12/2019 - 7:00PM

By day, Janelle Shane is a research scientist in optics. She helps develop products that don’t yet exist, for entities like neuroscience research labs and NASA. By night, Janelle runs a successful artificial intelligence humor blog, AI Weirdness. On the blog, she does quirky experiments that show readers how AI thinks—for example, by showing it bits of pop culture and asking it to generate more. Some recent experiments have included using AI to generate ideas for new Halloween costumes (like...

Global Issues Book Group

11/12/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Anna Clark’s award-winning The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Picador).   learn more  

Azra Raza with LeRoy Hood

11/12/2019 - 7:30PM

From stories we’ve heard, Azra Raza is someone who has helped many others not only in their work as medical practitioners, professors and students, as Chan Soon-Shiong professor of medicine and the director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, but helped guide a good number of  books on cancer by others into being. Now, her own book is in the world, and what a book it is. The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last (Basic Books) is a book about cancer, how it is...

Danny Fingeroth with Rob Salkowitz

11/13/2019 - 7:00PM

A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee (St. Martin's Press), is the first comprehensive biography of the comics legend, creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Hulk and others. Longtime Marvel Comics writer and editor Danny Fingeroth worked with comic book creator Stan Lee for over forty years, collaborating on many projects, co-editing The Stan Lee Universe, an annotated collection of rarities from Lee’s person archives and based A Marvelous Life on interviews,...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/13/2019 - 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!

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

11/14/2019 - 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  

Roland De Wolk

11/14/2019 - 7:00PM

Historian Roland De Wolk’s book, American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford (University of California Press) tells the story of Leland Staford, founder of the university that became the nucleus of what is now known as Silicon Valley. This robber baron, politician and early “disruptor” survived poverty and a series of failures to become one of America’s wealthiest and most powerful men.  "Deeply researched and richly detailed, American Disruptor chronicles the life of...

Azure Savage

11/14/2019 - 7:00PM

This evening, Seattle writer Azure Savage will speak about his new book, You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools, an exploration of the experience that students of color have in the schools they attend around the Seattle area. It incorporates direct quotes from interviewed students, as well as the author’s own personal experiences from when they were in elementary school, to now, about to enter their senior year of high school. Digging into these experiences allows us to find...

Douglas Smith

11/14/2019 - 7:30PM

Seattle-based historian Douglas Smith launches his newest work of Russian history this evening. Each of his books has told stories heretofore not widely known of this land that has quite the place in the current scheme of things internationally. The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Save the Soviet Union from Ruin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) follows Love & Conquest, The Pearl, Forgotten People, and Rasputin in informing with excellent narrative writing based on extensive...

Joanna Stoberock with Nicole Hardy

11/15/2019 - 7:00PM

In Joanna Stoberock’s novel, Pigs (Red Hen), four children live on an island that serves as the repository for all the world’ garbage. Trash arrives, the children sort it and then they feed it to a herd of pigs. When a barrel washes ashore with a boy inside, the children must decide whether he is more of the world detritus or one of them.  “Powerful, metaphorical, as fantastical as it is true, Johanna Stoberock's Pigs is a masterpiece. Stoberock scrutinizes mankind's failure to tend to...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/16/2019 - 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!  

Jennifer Ott

11/16/2019 - 2:00PM

Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections welcomes Jennifer Ott, environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink, who will speak about the origins of Seattle’s Olmsted Park System, the subject of her book, Olmsted in Seattle (University of Washington Press). The Olmsted parks include Seward Park, Mt. Baker Park, Woodland Park as well as Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. Jennifer Ott is also the co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal with David B....

Strange Fruit group reading Poems on the Death Penalty

11/17/2019 - 3:00PM

This afternoon’s group reading features contributors to Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty (Wildflower Press), an anthology of poetry edited by Sarah Zale and Terry Persun. “For poets of activism, compassion and empathy for individuals on death row, and for those directly affected by their crimes, is not enough. It is hoped that the emotions evoked by the poems within these pages prompt the reader to self-reflection and action for social change.”-from the Introduction. Today’s readers...

Alpa Shah

11/18/2019 - 7:00PM

A Seattle visit made possible by the University of Washington’s South Asia Center gives readers here a chance to see renowned anthropologist and author Alpa Shah, here from London where she is professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her books include In the Shadows of the State and, most recently, the compelling Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerillas (Hurst). Embedded with a platoon of Naxalites, one of the longest-running insurgencies in the world, Alpa...

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

11/19/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Laura Anne Gilman’s novel Silver on the Road (Saga Press/Gallery).   Learn More  

Richard Louv

11/19/2019 - 7:30PM

Richard Louv, as much, if not more, anyone else, has helped kindle awareness of the need to connect children to the natural world. He has done this through a vital series of books - Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, Vitamin N, and his newest, which he visits with tonight, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting Animals Can Transform Our Lives - and Save Theirs (Algonquin Books). “These pages weave a wondrous tapestry in which we all are crucial threads. It’s a picture of our own creation...

Clifford Thompson with Charles Johnson

11/20/2019 - 7:00PM

Clifford Thompson, author of What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues (Other Press) appears with his friend, Seattle writer Charles Johnson tonight in what will likely be a night to remember. Clifford Thompson's work has appeared in publications including The Best American Essays 2018, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Threepenny Review, and Village Voice. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award for nonfiction and teaches at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College,...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/20/2019 - 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!

Lynda V. Mapes & David B. Williams

11/20/2019 - 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...

Claire Rudy Foster with Richard Chiem

11/21/2019 - 7:00PM

Queer, non-binary trans writer Claire Rudy Foster’s writing on sex, identity, relationships and recovery have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and McSweeney’s. Recently featured on The Rumpus and The Good Man Project, they will read from Shine of the Ever (Interlude Press), a short story collection and “literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland.” “The characters in Foster’s fiction are all achingly lonely and the victims of human error, yes—but they’re also miracles...

Gloria Steinem

11/21/2019 - 7:00PM

For decades—and especially now, in these times of crisis—people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem’s gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. Tonight’s conversation will celebrate the publication of a new book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion (Random House), a collection of some of her quotes and a few from friends. From her early days as a journalist and feminist...

Tommy Pico

11/22/2019 - 7:00PM

Here from Brooklyn by way of the Viejas Reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation is Tommy “Teebs” Pico, a poet on a mission if ever there was any. He is here with Feed (Tin House), the fourth in a linked series of works that includes IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk, all published in consecutive years. “Funny, irreverent, profound. This book is an ode to love and language and food and what right now sounds like. It’s also a meditation on what it means to belong on/to this planet/universe. Delivered in...

Elaine Sciolino

11/22/2019 - 7:00PM

Please join us at Folio tonight for an enchanting exploration of Paris and of the Seine with Elaine Sciolino, contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times. Her book, The Seine: The River That Made Paris (W.W. Norton), takes us into the river’s history and its characters, including a riverbank bookseller.  “There are rivers that are longer (Nile), deeper (Congo), wider (Amazon), and busier (Yangtze). There are rivers that are the largest in Europe (Volga),...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

11/23/2019 - 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!

Ben Lerner

11/23/2019 - 7:00PM

A book mostly set in the heart of the country at a very particular time, but with leaps of time and locale, Ben Lerner’s new novel, The Topeka School (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), is a brilliant story of formative times for a young man coming of age, finding his way and his voice. "In Ben Lerner’s riveting third novel, Midwestern America in the late nineties becomes a powerful allegory of our troubled present. The Topeka School deftly explores how language not only reflects but is at the very...

Esther Atshul Helfgott & Friends

11/24/2019 - 3:00PM

Seattle poet and writing teacher Esther Atshul Helfgott produced the first “It’s About Time” Reading Series in 1990 at the Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center. Her North Seattle Community College Senior Adult Education Program students were among those who read their work; Shirley Guterson and Genevieve Beach were two of the first. Many, many Seattle poets and writers are among the series alums. It’s About Time celebrated its 361st reading earlier this month and continues each second Thursday from 6-7...

Barry Schneier

11/25/2019 - 7:00PM

Bruce Springsteen’s performance with the E Street Band opening for Bonnie Raitt at Harvard Square Theater on May 9, 1974, is said to have changed the trajectory of his career forever. In the audience that night was Rolling Stone music critic Jon Landau, who famously said that he’d seen rock and roll future that night, and photographer Barry Schneier, whose recollections, interviews and photos are collected in a new book: Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Roll Future (Backstreets). Barry Schneier’s...

Closing Early at 6pm

11/27/2019 - 6:00PM

We close at 6 p.m. tonight. We're closed for the holiday on Thursday, November 28, and re-open again Friday morning, November 29. Please come visit!

PJ Library Song & Storytime

11/27/2019 - 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!

Closed for Thanksgiving

11/28/2019 - 10:00AM

We're closed for the holiday today and  will re-open again Friday morning, November 29. Please come visit!

Children's Holiday Storytime ages 2 and up

11/30/2019 - 11:00AM

The Thanksgiving holiday always brings to mind things we are grateful for, and in that spirit our first holiday storytime will share stories of gratitude. We’ll have a special guest reader to share the lovely new The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray and the perennial favorite Thankful Book by Todd Parr, along with other tales of appreciation. Today we will also kick off our seasonal book donation drive. Join us for a warm and heartfelt storytime to inspire a season of giving.

Small Business Saturday

11/30/2019 - 10:00AM

Always a festive, spirited day, this being the weekend that it is, this also a day of celebrating the vital place that independent bookstores such as Elliott Bay, and many other locally-owned, independent stores and businesses play in being stakeholders in our community. Plus this is a fun day … a special edition of Children’s Storytime to wit.

Elliott Bay Book Group

12/03/2019 - 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 Where the Crawdads Sing (Putnam) by Delia Owens.   learn more

Global Issues Book Group

01/14/2020 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection for reading and discussion is poet Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (Liverlight).   learn more  

Global Issues Book Group

02/11/2020 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Eric Klinenberg's, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Broadway Books).   learn more

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