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Nick Thorkelson with Leonard Rifas & Wendy Call

04/19/2019 - 7:00PM

Boston cartoonist Nick Thorkelson speaks about his book, Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia (City Lights), a graphic biography of the life and work of the respected modern philosopher..From his youth in Weimar Germany and early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his flight from Nazi Germany with Frankfurt School colleagues, to his rise as one of its major theorists along with Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, to his status as a countercultural icon, readers are introduced to the...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

04/20/2019 - 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 Pedro Machado

04/20/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University TRANS PLANTS: COLLECTING, GATHERING, AND GLOBALIZING PLANTS Spring Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning continues its spring series on plants and culture in Asia, today with Pedro Machado, associate professor of history at Indiana University. His lecture today is ‘A Forested State: Eucalyptus, Empire, and Portuguese Landscapes.’ Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL...

Bryce Andrews

04/22/2019 - 7:00PM

Montana writer and conservationist Bryce Andrews, author of Badluck Way, returns to Elliott Bay to speak about his new book, Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear (Houghton Mifflin). "Bryce Andrews' wonderful Down from the Mountain is deeply informed by personal experience and made all the stronger by his compassion and measured thoughts. He outlines clearly the core of a major problem in the rural American West--the disagreement between large predatory animals and...

Myla Goldberg

04/23/2019 - 7:00PM

Nineteen years after Myla Goldberg buzzed onto the scene with her luminous debut novel, Bee Season, and almost a decade after her most recent novel, The False Friend, she is back this evening with her newest, Feast Your Eyes (Scribner). “From Bee Season onward, Goldberg has portrayed girls and young women with fluent sensitivity. In her brilliantly structured fourth novel, she revisits the theme again, in the story of photographer Lillian Preston, who, chronically shy yet determined, flees...

Tracy K. Smith presented by Housing Development Consortium

04/23/2019 - 12:00PM

Appearing at this benefit luncheon for the Housing Development Consortium’s eleventh annual celebration is U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Elliott Bay will be on hand with copies of her books, which include a recent edited anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, and her own poetry collections, Wade in the Water, Life on Mars (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Duende, and The Body’s Question. Her memoir, Ordinary Light, was a National Book Award finalist. Click here for...

Therese Oneill

04/24/2019 - 7:00PM

Therese Oneill, whose book, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners, was an eye opening, critical and very entertaining account of advice for 19th Century women, returns with an equally candid, funny and often frightening look at life’s next obvious stage: child rearing. Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children (Little, Brown) is based on advice the author discovered in medical books and articles from the period. “The narrator's...

Cherríe Moraga -New Location

04/24/2019 - 7:30PM

How do we trace the stories of our parents’ lives alongside that of our own self-discovery? Celebrated author and pioneering queer Latina feminist Cherríe Moraga presents Town Hall audiences with her own intergenerational narrative in Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), charting a personal coming-of-age alongside her mother’s decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora. Moraga charts her mother’s journey from an impressionable young...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

04/24/2019 - 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!

Stacey Abrams (Sold Out)

04/25/2019 - 7:30PM

Please note: This event is sold out but will be livestreamed via Town Hall Seattle's website and on YouTube. This entry a marker for an evening that was barely posted on Town Hall Seattle’s website but that it sold out: former Georgia State Representative, recent Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and rising national political figure Stacey Abrams, here to talk on the occasion of the paperback edition of her book, Lead from the Outside (Picador). Published a year ago as Minority Leader, this is...

Melissa Kwasny

04/25/2019 - 7:00PM

In Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear (Trinity University Press), poet and essayist Melissa Kwasny explores the age-old relationship between humans and the animals that have provided us with our clothing: leather, wool, silk, feathers, pearls, and fur. From silkworms grown on plantations in Japan and mink farms off Denmark's western coast to pearl beds in the Sea of Cortés, she offers firsthand accounts of traditions and manufacturing methods--aboriginal to modern--and...

Rajaa Gharbi (new date)

04/25/2019 - 6:00PM

Rajaa Gharbi, a longtime member of the Academy of American Poets, a member of the American Translators Association and PoetsWest, has just released a new poetry book titled Men Aghani Aljousoor (Songs of Bridges) -Selected Poems Translated to Arabic, and Related Paintings. Translated by its author, introduced with an extensive study by Tunisian writer and linguistics scholar Dr. Fatma Lakhdhar, and published in Tunisia by multiple award winner Med Ali Editions, the book was nominated for...

Nathaniel Rich

04/26/2019 - 7:30PM

Known as a brilliant, insightful younger novelist, Nathaniel Rich, who also writes at large for the New York Times Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and New York Review of Books, had a whole special issue of the New York Times Magazine dedicated to the material that has grown into a troubling, telling book, Losing Earth: A Recent History (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). This is an intense look at how much has been known - for forty years - on climate change, how...

Aaron Bobrow-Strain with Monserrat Padilla

04/26/2019 - 7:00PM

Whitman College Professor Aaron Brobow-Strain, founding member of the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition in Washington State worked on the U.S.-Mexico border as an activist and educator during the 1990s. Today he shares some of the stories from those facing detention centers, immigration courts and an increasingly militarized border. One of these stories is that of Aida Hernandez, a woman who with her family crossed the border at Agua Prieta, Mexico to Douglas, Arizona. Undocumented and...

Saturday University with Erik Mueggler

04/27/2019 - 10:00AM

Saturday University TRANS PLANTS: COLLECTING, GATHERING, AND GLOBALIZING PLANTS Spring Lecture Series. This morning the Saturday University morning concludes its spring series on plants and culture in Asia, today with Erik Mueggler, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, and author of The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (University of California Press), among other works. His lecture today is ‘The Golden Mountain Gate:...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

04/27/2019 - 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!

Independent Bookstore Day 2019

04/27/2019 - 10:00AM

Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. We will have fun activities and giveaways all day long in our store as well as some limited edition merchandise. This is an event you won't want to miss and lucky for you, it's happening all day. For those who visit three or more independent bookstores in our area, there is a special prize and for those of you who aspire for more, visit all participating bookstores in our...

Rochelle Riley

04/28/2019 - 3:00PM

Award-winning Detroit journalist Rochelle Riley visits with a powerful book she edited and also wrote for, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (Wayne State University Press). Over twenty contributors, including familiar names such as Michelle Singletary, DeWayne Wickham, Patrice Gaines, and Leonard Pitts, Jr., are included along with exciting newer voices and perspectives. “Rarely in American history has the disconnect between past and present been so obvious in...

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...

Miriam Toews

04/29/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the finest writers at work in a country rich with excellent writers - Canada - Miriam Toews makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her harrowing new novel, Women Talking (Bloomsbury). This is a book with power. “An astonishment, a volcano of a novel with slowly and furiously mounting pressures of anguish and love and rage. No other book I've read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless; the always-wondrous Miriam...

Majd Mashharawi with Rania Qawasma

04/30/2019 - 7:00PM

This late addition to our Apil helps set out a lively May in motion as Majd Mashhawari is here from her home in Gaza, Palestine where she is an engineer, the CEO of GreenCake, a startup that manufactures bricks from recycled materials, and has also helped develop a off-the-grid solar power kit called SunBox. She will discuss developments and the situation in Gaza, and will be joined in conversation here by Rania Qawasma, Seattle architect, founder of Architecture for Refugees USA and a...

Cara Robertson

05/01/2019 - 7:00PM

In The Trial of Lizzie Borden (Simon and Schuster) Cara Robertson—a lawyer and former Supreme Court clerk takes a deep dive into this country’s first “trial of the century.” “Robertson debuts with the definitive account to date of one of America's most notorious and enduring murder mysteries. In August 1892, the bodies of Lizzie Borden's father, Andrew, and her stepmother, Abby, were found hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Mass...The absence of a clear motive, any prior history of...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/01/2019 - 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!

Duanwad Pimwana with Mui Poopoksakul

05/02/2019 - 7:00PM

We are delighted, with the Gardner Center, and the support of two excellent non-profit literary presses, Two Lines and Feminist Press, to present this evening with award-winning Thai fiction writer Duanwad Pimwana and translator Mui Poopoksakul. The occasion is publication of two of Ms. Pimawana’s works into English, the novel Bright (Two Lines) and the story collection, Arid Dreams (Feminist Press). Bright received the 2003 SEA Write Award when it was first published - Southeast Asia’s most...

Bill McKibben

05/02/2019 - 7:30PM

For thirty years now, Bill McKibben, in various forms and forums has been writing of climate change and the human part of affecting it, along with much else of this planet. Thirty years ago, it was The End of Nature. Now it is the  all-too-timely just-published Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (Henry Holt and Co.). “I braced myself to plunge into this book about the largest and grimmest of situations our species has faced, and then I found myself racing through it,...

Michele Filgate with Mary Ann Gwinn

05/02/2019 - 7:00PM

Michele Filgate, editor and contributor to What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence (Simon and Schuster) appears in conversation with Seattle Times Lit Life columnist Mary Ann Gwinn tonight. This book began in the wake of responses to Michele Filgate’s 2017 Longreads article,  in which she wrote about the effect of her stepfather’s abuse of her on her relationship with her mother. The essays in What My Mother and I Don't Talk About are intimate, powerful and...

Min Jin Lee

05/02/2019 - 7:00PM

Hugo House’s Words Work series on craft should have a good audience on hand tonight for Min Jin Lee, whose National Book Award-finalist novel, Pachinko (Grand Central), continues to go into readers’ avid hands. Her talk this evening is “On Having Faith.” "Stunning... Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative... A compassionate, clear gaze at the chaotic landscape of life itself. In this haunting epic tale, no one...

Erling Kagge

05/03/2019 - 7:00PM

Here from Oslo, where he is renowned as author, publisher, lawyer, art collector, and intrepid explorer - he was the first person to attain the South and North Poles, and the summit of Mount Everest, all on foot - is Erling Kagge. The 2017 translation of his book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, met with such a response that there was no doubt a companion volume, Walking: One Step at a Time (Pantheon, translated by Becky L. Crook), would follow in its wake in English. “An homage to walking...

Cinzia Arruzza

05/04/2019 - 7:00PM

From three of the organizers of the International Women’s Strike: a manifesto for when “leaning in” is not enough. Feminism for the 99% (Verso) is a restless anti-capitalist feminism—one that can never be satisfied with equivalences until we have equality, never satisfied with legal rights until we have justice, and never satisfied with democracy until individual freedom is calibrated on the basis of freedom for all.” Come hear Cinzia Arruzza present this new book-length manifesto, co-authored...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/04/2019 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for May 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!

J. David Herman

05/05/2019 - 3:00PM

Every spring or summer and typically when baseball season is fully underway, we look forward to a presentation by one of our friends from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). This year J. David Herman will speak about his book, Almost Yankees: The Summer of '81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You've Never Heard Of (University of Nebraska Press), a poignant and nostalgic narrative of the lives and travails of Minor League Baseball, focusing on the 1981 championship season of the New...

Kiese Laymon

05/06/2019 - 7:00PM

One of 2018’s most acclaimed memoirs, cited for its timelessness and its timeliness, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy (newly in paper, Scribner) is a powerful exploration of self, society, identity, connection. “At once tender and explosive, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy is a growing-up story laden with an unusual candor. The book is stark, beautiful, challenging, and refreshing. Laymon explores abuse, love, violence, addiction, gender, and race without ever veering into the realm of the titillating or dehumanizing...

Nell Freudenberger with Claire Dederer

05/06/2019 - 7:00PM

Every one of Nell Freudenberger’s books to date have met with high critical praise, and the love of readers. Her debut book of stories, Lucky Girls, followed by The Newlyweds and The Dissident, now have her newest, Lost and Wanted (Knopf) in their company. She’ll be joined in conversation by esteemed Seattle-area writer Claire Dederer, author most recently of Love and Trouble. “Lost and Wanted is a new kind of mystery novel, written with an artist’s rigor and a scientist’s intuition. Nell...

Ian McEwan with Mary Ann Gwinn

05/06/2019 - 7:00PM

This evening poses some tough choices for readers, how to conceivably be in three places at once. One place not to miss being is here this evening, with internationally renowned novelist Ian McEwan, here after much too long a time, and here with a remarkable new novel in hand, Machines Like Me (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday). “McEwan’s thought-provoking novel (after Nutshell) is about the increasingly fraught relationship between a man, a woman, and a synthetic human. Opening in an alternate 1982...

Nick Estes

05/07/2019 - 7:00PM

A professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Nick Estes has written one of the first accounts of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, and the galvanizing Indigenous response there in his powerful book, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso). “Embedded in the centuries-long struggle for Indigenous liberation...

Elliott Bay Book Group

05/07/2019 - 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 Adam Gopnik's, At the Strangers' Gate (Vintage).   learn more

Eric Liu

05/07/2019 - 7:00PM

Seattle writer Eric Liu envisions a civic revival in our nation. His new book, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy (Sasquatch) collects 19 of Eric Liu's civic sermons—stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice, and civic life-delivered at Civic Saturdays in Seattle and beyond. Tonight, he will reflect back on these beginnings, drawing from his civic sermons and the many connections he’s made through his work with...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/08/2019 - 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!

Jonathan Haidt, Keller Family Lecture

05/08/2019 - 7:00PM

This year Temple de Hirsch Sinai’s Keller Family Lecture features Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist who is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of morality. His early research radically transformed the field, pulling it away from its earlier focus on moral reasoning. Dr. Haidt showed that moral intuitions and emotions come first—flashes of gut feelings that people then strive to justify, after the fact. Jonathan Haidt was named a “Top 100 Global...

Daniell Cornell & Mayumi Tsutakawa

05/08/2019 - 7:00PM

Visiting curator and cultural historian Daniell Cornell and Seattle writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa conduct a conversation on the life and work of artist Ruth Asawa (1926 - 2013) at SAM this evening. She is the subject of some recent major exhibits, and books, including  Ruth Asawa (David Zwirner) and Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work (Yale University Press). Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS. Tickets and more information here.

Andrea Lawlor with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

05/08/2019 - 7:00PM

Northampton-based writer Andrea Lawlor’s novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, which was originally published by Rescue Press. The novel, a finalist for both the Lambda Literary and CLMP Firecracker Awards (now being re-released in a new edition by Vintage), in set during the 1990s, the era of Identity Politics, ACT UP and Queer Nation. “Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best...

Deborah E. Lipstadt

05/09/2019 - 1:00PM

Temple de Hirsch Sinai’s 39th Annual Clergy Institute features Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She has published and taught about the Holocaust for close to 40 years and will speak about her new book, Antisemitism: Here and Now (Shocken). Dr. Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. She has held...

Underground YA Book Group grades 6 – 12

05/09/2019 - 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  

Tim Dee

05/10/2019 - 7:00PM

The author of Four Fields and The Running Sky, and editor of the anthology Ground Work, Tim Dee is here with an alert, timely book, Landfill: Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene (Chelsea Green). “Landfill is an important and entirely brilliant book. It’s a love letter to gulls and their charged relationship with humans, but it’s also a deep meditation on difficulty and waste, on the beauty of the disregarded, and on what we make of matter out of place. There’s love and...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/11/2019 - 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!

Paul Constant with Brangien Davis

05/11/2019 - 7:00PM

Paul Constant, co-founder with Martin McClellan of SeattleReviewofBooks.com, appears tonight on our stage with two new publications of his own. He’ll be joined by noted Seattle arts writer Brangien Davis. The Wrong Earth, which also includes contributions from Tom Peyer and others, collects the smash-hit miniseries that launched AHOY Comics. On dark, gritty Earth-Omega, masked vigilante Dragonfly punishes evil maniacs and evades corrupt authorities. On sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, costumed crook-...

Sarah de Leeuw with Leanne Dunic

05/11/2019 - 3:00PM

From Prince Rupert, in northern British Columbia, comes poet, prose writer, and cultural scholar Sarah de Leeuw. A professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, her work has focused in great part on marginalized communities, peoples, and geographies. She is here with a beautiful book of new poems, Outside, America (Nightwood Editions). This collection works a little farther south than much of work - traversing the Canada-U.S. border, a border which hasn’t received so much attention...

Paul E. Nelson & Thomas Walton

05/12/2019 - 3:00PM

Make It True Meets Medusario (Pleasure Boat Studio), spawned by two previous anthologies, includes the Spanish language poets of the Neo-barroco school, as organized by José Kozer, a Cuban Neo-Barroco poet, together with poets from the Cascadia bioregion, arranged by Paul E. Nelson, founder of the Seattle Poetics Lab (SPLAB) and Thomas Walton, editor-in-chief of Pageboy Magazine. Today’s bilingual, Spanish/English reading features both Paul E. Nelson and Thomas Walton.   “Make It True...

Ani DiFranco

05/13/2019 - 7:00PM

We are thrilled to be helping present, with our friends at Seattle Theatre Group, this evening of talk with celebrated singer-songwriter and activist Ani DiFranco, the occasion being publication of her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream (Viking). “DiFranco chronicles her rise to fame with engaging candor. Fending for herself by age 15, she survived each unusual day with ingenuity and perseverance. . . . DiFranco is a natural storyteller, infusing these pages—with their frequent offbeat...

Ken Armstrong

05/13/2019 - 7:00PM

ProPublica journalist Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting the story that became their book, A False Report: a True Story of Rape in America (Crown), a story set largely in Western Washington. A False Report was recently named a 2019 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award winner for excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest and today we’ll present the award to Ken Armstrong. After the presentation, Ken Armstrong will...

Jo Lendle

05/14/2019 - 7:00PM

With our friends from Seattle’s Goethe Institute ‘Pop up’ as well as Seagull Books in Calcutta, we’re delighted to present this evening with German novelist and editor Jo Lendle. He is here with the newly released translation of his brilliant novel of the life of scientist Alfed Wegener, All the Land (Seagull Books, translated by Katy Derbyshire). Wegener was the son of a Berlin minister who came to find himself one of the most prominent scientists exploring and charting polar realms. "This is...

Global Issues Book Group

05/14/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Thomas King’s The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (University of Minnesota Press).    learn more

Ryann Donnelly with Christopher Frizzelle

05/15/2019 - 7:00PM

Ryann Donnelly makes this welcome return to Seattle, albeit in a different public role than she was most known for previously. The lead singer for many years of the acclaimed Seattle-based band Schoolyard Heroes, she has taken on cultural scholarship, earning a PhD from the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. She visits tonight with her newly published book,  Justify My Love: Sex, Subversion, and Music Video (Repeater Books), to be joined onstage in...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/15/2019 - 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!

Justin Jesty

05/16/2019 - 6:30PM

University of Washington professor Justin Jesty, who has written several exhibit catalogue texts, tonight discusses his new book, Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan (Cornell University Press). "Jesty makes a strong argument for the agency of art in postwar Japan through a range of creative practices. His archival work combines with broad reading and interviews thanks to facility in Japanese language styles and effects. It is a cue to dare more breadth than most of us Westerners would...

Tess Gallagher

05/16/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the first writers to read at Elliott Bay, which Tess Gallagher first did in 1985 with Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher makes this most welcome return this evening to read from her eleventh collection of poetry, Is, Is Not (Graywolf). She and Graywolf have a publishing relationship spanning the length of Graywolf’s 45-year existence - which we don’t think is matched by anyone else presently writing or publishing in this country. Her debut collection, Instructions to the Double, in winning...

Francesca Bell, Keetje Kuipers, Martha Silano & Tiffany Midge

05/17/2019 - 7:00PM

This evening we’ll welcome four Pacific Northwest poets, each reading from a new collection. Poet and translator Francesca Bell, events coordinator for the Marin Poetry Center and the former poetry editor of River Styx, reads from her debut collection Bright Stain (Red Hen Press).   Keetje Kuipers, currently teaching at Hugo House and serving as Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest, reads from All Its Charms (BOA).   Martha Silano, recipient of a 2017 Yaddo Martha Walsh Pulver...

Samuel Stein

05/18/2019 - 7:00PM

From New York City, where his writing on urban politics have been published in Jacobin, Metropolitics, The Journal of Urban Affairs, and other publications, Samuel Stein is here with a book very germane to Seattle now, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (Verso). “Samuel Stein’s lucid explanation for how we got to where we’re at shines urgent light on the origins and development of what he incisively calls the Real Estate State. Capital City places gentrification in a...

Tony Horwitz

05/18/2019 - 2:00PM

Tony Horwitz has ventured to distant quarters on the earth in his varied, marvelous books, including the high seas and Baghdad, He returns to a southern U.S. which he gave us an unforgettable portrait of in Confederates in the Attic with his newest book, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide (Penguin Press). “In the long dark years before the Civil War, Frederick Law Olmsted toured the South by stage, by boat, by train, and by foot, reporting on a nation unraveling. Tony...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/18/2019 - 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!

Carolyn Brigit Flynn & friends

05/19/2019 - 3:00PM

Sacred Stone, Sacred Water (White Cloud Press) is an elegant and intimate collection of writing, art and photography evoking Ireland’s wild beauty and deep soul through the work of 14 American women writers and artists. Joining us today are editor Carolyn Brigit Flynn and five other contributors (June BlueSpruce, Jean Mahoney, Linda Serrato, Sarojani Rohan and Jessica Webb).  The program also includes music from Sarojani Rohan of the band Innisfree. “A gorgeous book...From meeting modern...

David Sloan Wilson with Nick Hanauer

05/20/2019 - 7:30PM

Much-lauded evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University, and the author of such books as Evolution for Everyone, The Neighborhood Project, Does Altruism Exist?, and Darwin’s Cathedral, is here with his newest work, This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution (Pantheon). “David Sloan Wilson has long been one of the most visionary and trail-blazing evolutionary biologists around, forcing the field to...

Juliette Aristides

05/20/2019 - 7:00PM

Atelier education is centered on the belief that working in a studio, not sitting in the lecture hall, is the best place to learn about art. Every artist needs to learn basic drawing skills. In Beginning Drawing Atelier: An Instructional Sketchbook (Monacelli Studio), master contemporary artist and best selling author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; presents them progressively; introduces time-tested principles and techniques in the Atelier...

Steve Almond

05/21/2019 - 7:00PM

Steve Almond, author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including Candy Freak and Against Football, will give a Hugo House audience a presentation on writing about the interior life as part of Hugo House’s Words Work series on the writer’s craft. Onstage with him in conversation will be local essayist Anna Vodicka. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Tickets and more information here.

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

05/21/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection for reading and discussion is Christopher Rowe’s Telling the Map (Small Beer Press).   Learn More

Erica Bauermeister

05/21/2019 - 7:00PM

Celebration time it is as Erica Bauermeister is down from her Port Townsend home to help launch her newest novel, The Scent Keeper (St. Martin’s). The Scent Keeper should follow its predecessors - The School for Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners and The Lost Art of Mixing in becoming reader favorites near and far. "Told in a lyrical, haunting prose, the story provides fascinating information about the ways in which different fragrances can impact human behavior and the struggles of...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/22/2019 - 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!

Karen Russell

05/22/2019 - 7:00PM

One of our favorite writers on the planet, who now lives in this approximate part of the planet (Portland), Karen Russell, author of the extraordinary story collections, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and the unforgettably wonderful novel, Swamplandia, is here tonight with a much-anticipated new book of stories, Orange World and Other Stories (Knopf). Glory be. “A feast of invention and a fun house of surprising wisdom, Orange World contains a ghost...

Roy Christopher with Charles Mudede

05/22/2019 - 7:00PM

In Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater Books), Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop invented the twenty-first century. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop - allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound - would come to define the culture of the new millennium. Taking in the groundbreaking work of DJs and MCs, alongside writers like Burroughs, Dick and Gibson, as...

The Moth Mainstage

05/23/2019 - 7:30PM

Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. Tonight’s host is R. Eric Thomas, an award-winning playwright and the host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He is a Senior Staff Writer for ELLE.com, where he writes a daily humor column on politics and pop culture. His debut essay collection, Here For It, is forthcoming from Ballantine Books. The storytellers will...

Chia-Chia Lin with Alex Madison

05/23/2019 - 7:00PM

One of the year’s most anticipated books, much less debuts, as cited by numerous magazines and journals, and by our own readerly barometer, Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is the story of an immigrant family from Taiwan’s struggle to keep things together during trial and tribulation in their new home in Alaska, just outside Anchorage.   “Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing is a searing, open wound of a book, marvelously alive and, quite simply, remarkable. Traversing...

Kathleen Belew

05/24/2019 - 7:00PM

University of Chicago historian Kathleen Belew has traveled to far corners of the world - and deeply and widely here in the US, researching white power actors and terrorists, her work leading to publication of the very timely Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press). “[A] gripping study of white power… It is impossible to read the book without recalling more recent events… The book’s explosive thesis: that the white power movement that...

Hugo Literary Series: Domingo Martinez, Terese Marie Mailhot, and Bryan John Appleby

05/24/2019 - 7:30PM

Hugo House’s 2018-19 Hugo Literary Series concludes with this evening’s readings of original work, all created to the theme of ‘Stranger in a Strange Land,’ a bow to Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel. On tap for this evening are writers each known for their memoirs, Domingo Martinez (The Boy Kings of Texas) and Terese Marie Mailhot (Heart Berries). Cinematic singer/songwriter Bryan John Appleby will also present newly created musical work. Presented by HUGO HOUSE. Tickets and information here.

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

05/25/2019 - 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!

Pico Iyer

05/25/2019 - 3:00PM

We are delighted  to help present this welcome Seattle return by Pico Iyer, one of those writers whose graciousness in appearances echoes the considerable grace found in his writing. He is here this evening for the first of two books to come this year that address Japan (A Beginner’s Guide to Japan is due this fall). Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells (Knopf) is a lovely, vivid account of life as Pico Iyer has lived it for much of the past few decades, in Japan. “The beloved...

Jessica Francis Kane

05/28/2019 - 7:00PM

Rules for Visiting (Penguin Press) is the delightful reason for this welcome return visit by fiction writer Jessica Francis Kane, whose previous books include This Close, The Report, and Bending Heaven. Ths new book explores a woman’s relationship to other people - and other presences in the world - especially how connection to other people really does and doesn’t happen. “An engaging and compassionate portrait of how a root-bound, constricted life can begin to bloom. Drawing inspiration from...

Annie Jacobsen

05/28/2019 - 7:30PM

The author of Area 51, Operation Paperclip, and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain, Annie Jacobsen is here this evening with her newest, Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins (Little, Brown). “A behind-the-scenes look at the most shadowy corners of the American intelligence community. It’s no secret that intelligence agents operate covertly around the world. As Jacobsen notes, this so-called ‘third option’ is used ‘when the...

PJ Library Song & Storytime

05/29/2019 - 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!

Anu Taranath

05/29/2019 - 7:00PM

In Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World (Between the Lines), Seattle storyteller and scholar Anu Taranath begins at home, unpacking our baggage about who we are, where we come from, and how much we have. She takes us on a journey through engaging personal travel stories and thought-provoking questions, providing us with tools to grapple with our discomfort and navigate differences with accountability and connection. Yes, travel, she writes. But be mindful. Be present. Anu...

Eric Gorges

05/30/2019 - 7:00PM

Eric Gorges’ A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning (Algonquin), is a fascinating and eye-opening look into the practices and beliefs of different craftswomen and men – metal workers, glass blowers, and clockmakers and others. Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman’s Legacy identifies the craftsman’s shared values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to...

Julian Smith

05/31/2019 - 7:00PM

In August 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. Steer-roping virtuoso Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka’au’a had traveled nearly 4,000 miles from Hawaii to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the native Hawaiians would astonish the country, returning home champions—and American legends. An...

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/01/2019 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for June 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!

Elliott Bay Book Group

06/04/2019 - 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 Patti Smith's, M Train (Vintage).   learn more  

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/05/2019 - 11:30AM

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

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/08/2019 - 11:00AM

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

Global Issues Book Group

06/11/2019 - 6:30PM

This month’s selection is Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis (University of Regina Press), by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky.    learn more  

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/12/2019 - 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

06/13/2019 - 6:30PM

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

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/15/2019 - 11:00AM

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

Speculations Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group

06/18/2019 - 6:30PM

This month's selection is Chandler Klang Smith's, The Sky Is Yours (Hogarth), as the June selection.   Learn More  

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/19/2019 - 11:30AM

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

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/22/2019 - 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!  

PJ Library Song & Storytime

06/26/2019 - 11:30AM

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

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

06/29/2019 - 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!  

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

07/06/2019 - 11:00AM

Our weekly Children’s Storytimes commence for July 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

07/13/2019 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

07/20/2019 - 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!

Children's Storytime - ages 2 and up

07/27/2019 - 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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