Books Reading Tonight
posted by May 20 at 10:21 AMon
Readings abound tonight, from the south to the north of Seattle. Things that I’m not going to discuss at length include a Nextbook-sponsored collection of stories about Jewish mothers; the paperback release of a supernatural thriller at the Seattle Public Library; Such a Pretty Fat,a new memoir “from the author of Bright Lights, Big Ass and Bitter is the New Black;” and Merle’s Door, which is another motherfucking book about a ‘freethinking’ dog.
At Third Place Books Ravenna, which is a really nice space that I don’t think I’ve written about before, Cory Doctorow is reading from his book Little Brother. I wrote about the book in this week’s Constant Reader, and I expounded a little bit on it yesterday, too.
At the University Book Store, Andrew Sean Greer reads from his new novel, The Story of a Marriage. Anna Roth reviewed it for us:
There’s a line in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, a book I read about 10 times when I was 19 and 20, that’s been stuck in my head ever since. He writes that in books by Dostoyevsky, there were things “so true they changed you as you read them.” For a long time that phrase became my gold standard for judging novels.
Hemingway is dangerous for young idealists for all sorts of reasons, but his emphasis on literary Truth was particularly disastrous for me. The search for “one true sentence” became my blind spot; for a good turn of phrase, I was willing to forgive major plot holes and incredible character flaws. I overlooked the fact that things may be True, but that doesn’t automatically make the novel Good. A perfect example of this is The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer, a book sprinkled with profound prose that ultimately rings false.
And there are two readings at Town Hall. William H. Calvin reads from Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change, which is fairly self-explanatory, and Arianna Huffington, of the much-linked blog The Huffington Post, will be reading from her new political book Right is Wrong. I read somewhere that The Huffington Post finally surpassed Drudge in terms of web traffic, and I think that that alone is a reason to go to this reading. There will be some self-satisfied liberal back-patting, but sometimes that’s the price you pay for living in Seattle, and the interesting political analysis will hopefully more than make up for it. It’s probably the best place to spend this particular primary night.
The full readings calendar will provide more information on the readings that I glossed over.