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Akwaeke Emezi with Esmé Weijun Wang

08/14/2020 - 6:00PM

We are thrilled to welcome back, albeit virtually, novelist Akwaeke Emezi, who now has two acclaimed books out since their appearance at Elliott Bay for the astounding debut novel, Freshwater, only two years ago. Occasioning this occasion is publication of The Death of Vivek Oji (Riverhead), a new novel for adults - and what a novel it is. The fate of the central character is given in the book’s title, then is spelled out in its very first words. “Akwaeke Emezi is one of the most daring,...

Eric Swalwell with Denny Heck

08/16/2020 - 6:00PM

California Congressman Eric Swalwell, whose duties include serving on the House Judiciary Committee, had an active role in Congress’ recent impeachment of our present president. That process, and more, are recounted in his new book, Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump (Abrams Press). “The next best thing to being in the room where it happened, this insider’s account of the Trump impeachment is both wise and personal. It doesn’t hurt that the supersmart author is a sure bet to be...

Jacqueline B. Williams & Friends

08/16/2020 - 3:00PM

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A in honor of the republication of Jacqueline B. Williams’ classic 2001 book, The Hill with a Future: Seattle’s Capitol Hill 1900-1946. Historian and longtime Capitol Hill resident Jacqueline B. Williams is joined by Nan Little, Capitol Hill Historical Society co-founders Rob Ketcherside Tom Heuser for a discussion of the only book devoted exclusively to Capitol Hill history. Jacqueline B. Williams, is the author of The Hill With A Future as well as...

Micheline Aharonian Marcom with Keenan Norris

08/18/2020 - 7:00PM

While of course we’d be wishing these evenings to happen with all of us in the presence of each other, we are delighted to bring authors here by whichever means. Which is certainly the case with novelist Micheline Aharoniam Marcom, who gave one of her very first public readings at Elliott Bay when her astonishing debut, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was published in 2001. She has been back since, and welcomely so, with a number of novels, those initially following Three Apples, which explored...

George Dyson with Blaise Aguera y Arcas

08/18/2020 - 7:30PM

An author who straddles many forms of boundary - in his writing and in being a citizen of both Canada and the U.S. - George Dyson is someone we’ve had a hand in presenting with his many books over the year, including his extraordinary debut, Baidarka, in 1986. He is virtually at Town Hall this evening for his newest, Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "Analogia is a work of originality and ambition unlike any you've encountered....

Kevin O’Brien with Laurie Frankel

08/19/2020 - 7:00PM

It’s summer and high time to celebrate the latest release from renowned horror writer and Capitol Hill flaneur Kevin O’Brien. We can’t do it in person this year, but we hope you’ll join us on the small screen as Kevin O’Brien and his novelist friend (and Seattle Seven Writers comrade) Laurie Frankel talk about his new novel, The Bad Sister (Pinnacle), his much anticipated followup to The Betrayed Wife. These events are always memorable and hilarious (and often include Savoir Fork’s signature...

Maaza Mengiste & Salar Abdoh

08/20/2020 - 5:00PM

One of our favorite novelists, with her celebrated debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, and then last year’s extraordinary The Shadow King (just longlisted for the 2020 Man Booker Prize!), Maaza Mengiste ‘visits’ from her New York City home to help discuss an anthology derived from her true home city of origin, Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa Noir (Akashic) is edited by her, a wonderful array of stories portraying Ethiopia’s capital city from various angles and aspects, enlightening, entertaining,...

Vanessa Veselka with Lidia Yuknavitch

08/25/2020 - 7:00PM

Portland writer Vanessa Veselka’s debut, Zazen (Red Lemonade), won the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize in 2012.  She wrote the book at age 40 while driving a cab, raising her child, and waiting tables. She returns today to read from and discuss The Great Offshore Grounds (Knopf), which is in part an homage to the books that meant the most to her. In The Great Offshore Grounds, two half sisters, Cheyenne and Livy, set off to claim their inheritance. Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle,...

Cancelled - Sigrid Nunez with Karen Maeda Allman

08/28/2020 - 7:00PM

*This event is cancelled. The winner of the 2018 National Book Award for her novel, The Friend, Sigrid Nunez this evening does a presentation originally slated for this past spring as part of Hugo House’s Words Work craft series. Her craft talk, ‘Giving Full Play to the Imagination,’ on playfulness, imagination, and how to give in to the pull toward the unknown, will be followed by a moderated q&a session with Elliott Bay’s Karen Maeda Allman. Sigrid Nunez has written seven novels, a...

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