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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on August 21 at 10:21 AM


After the famine, the feast: we have an open mic and a whole bunch of events today.

Up at Queen Anne Books, Roseanne Olson reads from This Is Who I Am, which is a book of nude portraits of non-model-type women talking about their relationships to their bodies. If you’re looking for photography books by and about women, there’s also Alison Wright at Elliott Bay Book Company, with slides and reading from Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit & Survival. Also on the ladycentric front are Claudia Smith and Kathy Fish reading at the University Book Store, from A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women.

At Third Place Books, Brian Coleman reads from The Intimate Garden, which sounds like a sex book but is really a gardening book. Out at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Jay Inslee (yes, that Jay Inslee) reads from his book on clean energy, Apollo’s Fire. Also on the local author front, the brilliant Matt Ruff reads from the paperback release of his book Bad Monkeys at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

And then, over in conflict-of-interestville, which at 6:30 tonight will also be known as the Douglass-Truth Library, David Carr will be reading from his new memoir, Night of the Gun. It’s a really interesting memoir—and this is from someone who once declared that “all memoirs are bullshit.” Carr is a reporter for the New York Times who was a drug addict for decades. In Night of the Gun, he interviews his friends and family about what he was like back then. Turns out, his memories of the events are much more flattering than the reality. It’s a riveting read—Annie Wagner liked it a lot, too—and it’s the most original take on the form since Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Also, I will be interviewing Carr onstage, about the mechanics of how the book was written, what Carr thinks of the recovery memoir in general, and any other thing that crosses my mind. Also also, if you have any questions for Carr that you’d like me to ask, please put them in the comments.

Here endeth the shameless self promotion. The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.

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Ask him if he thinks the drinking age should be lowered to 16.

Posted by MMB | August 21, 2008 12:17 PM

Marijuana - legalize it or not?

Posted by jackseattle | August 21, 2008 12:30 PM

Ask him about the relationship between the tradition of anonymity, and the practice of humility.

Posted by Rain Monkey | August 21, 2008 1:46 PM

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