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Top Side Press Tour

Sun Sept 21.

Athena Thiessen and Sybil Lamb will be "joined by local trans and genderqueer authors" to celebrate the publication of new titles from a publisher of feminist and LGBTQ books. Free.

Vermillion
1508 11th Ave

Juliana Birnbaum

Sun Sept 21 at 3 pm.

Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide is a book title that should win an award for its specificity. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

Alex Berezow

Mon Sept 22 at 7 pm.

The author of Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left might have something to say about people who think vaccinations are scary and fluoride is a CIA plot. Free.

Ada's Technical Books
425 15th Ave E

Made at Hugo House Reading

Mon Sept 22 at 7 pm.

Three novelists (Ross McMeekin, Raymond Fleischmann, and Jessica Mooney), two poets (Michelle Penaloza and Matthew Schnirman), and a nonfiction writer (Paulette Perhach) share work that they've written in their year as fellows at Hugo House. Last year's Made at Hugo class made huge leaps in their time with the program; perhaps this year's will do the same. Free.

Hugo House
1634 11th Ave

Obert Skye

Mon Sept 22 at 6:30 pm.

Katfishis a book that involves "Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from The Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid." Free with book purchase.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Mon Sept 22 at 7:30 pm.

This is a reading for a book titled Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Nancy Kress

Tues Sept 23 at 7 pm.

The local science fiction author reads from her new novel, Yesterday's Kin. In it, an invading array of aliens is followed closely by a mysterious cloud of spores. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Sarah Waters

Tues Sept 23 at 7 pm.

Waters is a novelist with a huge and ardent fan base. She's written some excellent books, including Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet. Her newest one is The Paying Guests. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

Dorothy Van Soest

Tues Sept 23 at 7 pm.

Van Soest is a " local writer, social worker, political and community activist, as well as a retired professor and university dean." Her new book is titled Just Mercy. Free.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE

Sarah Dowling, Rachel Zolf

Tues Sept 23 at 7 pm.

Dowling's book Down "takes junk language—with cameos by Frank O'Hara, Frank Ocean, Aaliyah, and the Temptations—and flattens it until we're living in the same environment." I'm not sure what that means, exactly, but I'm intrigued. Zolf's book is about "the ongoing violence of Canadian colonialism," and the protagonist is "Janey Settler-Invader, a foul-mouthed mutant slouching toward the Red River Colony." Look, your guess is as good as mine. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Ramita Navai

Tues Sept 23 at 7:30 pm.

The journalist's new book about Iran is titled City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Cheap Beer & Prose

Thurs Sept 25 at 7 pm.

The very popular reading series, which features impossibly cheap (and predictably bad) beer, returns with an intriguing lineup of local authors: Claire Dederer. Jarret Middleton, Lacey Jane Henson, and Ian Denning. Free.

Hugo House
1634 11th Ave

Ryan Eckes, Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Thurs Sept 25 at 7 pm.

South Philadelphia-based author Eckes is the author of Old News and Valu-Plus. Wilkinson was born in Seattle but now lives in Tuscon where he edits a journal (The Volta) and works as a publisher. Free.

Tiny House Productions
2418 E Aloha

David Mitchell

Thurs Sept 25 at 7:30 pm.

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David Mitchell The very popular author of Cloud Atlas comes to town to celebrate his new novel, The Bone Clocks, which is another multilevel story that rubs up against the impossible. Free w/book purchase.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Lois Leveen

Thurs Sept 25 at 7 pm.

A family tries to survive in a Pacific Northwest logging town at the dawn of the twentieth century in The Bully of Order. Free.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE

Michael Backes

Thurs Sept 25 at 7:30 pm.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana looks at the ailments that can be treated with medical marijuana, and also the kinds of medical marijuana that there are. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

John Darnielle

Fri Sept 26 at 7 pm.

As part of a new reading series from Seattle Arts and Lectures, the Mountain Goats lead singer reads from his new novel, Wolf in White Van. It's about a mysterious game played through the mail. Darnielle will also be in conversation with Stranger books editor Paul Constant, who is writing this sentence about himself in the third person. $10 advance.

Barboza
925 E Pike St

Brian Hart

Fri Sept 26 at 7 pm.

The Bully of Order is a novel about a logging town in Washington State at the turn of the last century, when terms like "lawless" applied. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

Jack Straw Presents

Fri Sept 26 at 7 pm.

Anastacia Tolbert, John Mullen, and Jane Wong will read new work produced in the Jack Straw program for writers, which teaches gifted writers how better to communicate their work aloud. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Robert Reich

Sat Sept 27 at 7:30 pm.

Robert Reich was secretary of labor under Bill Clinton and has gone on to be a best-selling author, the subject of an award-winning documentary, and a general shaper of progressive economic thought—Time magazine once named him one of the most effective cabinet members of the century. Tonight, he’ll be interviewed onstage by our own Paul Constant about Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the greater income-inequality fight in America along with a panel of experts. It’s hard to imagine a more fulfillin... more » $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Gretchen S.B.

Sat Sept 27 at 6:30 pm.

Ms. S.B. is a local author whose new urban fantasy series kicks off with a book titled Hollownton Homicide. Free.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE

Naja Marie Aidt

Sat Sept 27 at 7 pm.

Baboon is the new collection of short stories from the Danish author and poet. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

Helen Caldicott

Sun Sept 28 at 6 pm.

Helen Caldicott Caldicott is the former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. She has written extensively about the dangers of nuclear radiation—most recently in Crisis Without End, which looks at the still-growing cost of the Fukushima disaster. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Naomi Klein

Sun Sept 28 at 7:30 pm.

Naomi Klein Klein, who is best known for her book The Shock Doctrine, reads from This Changes Everything, which is a book about why climate change requires us to give up our free-market ideals and organize a new way of living. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Laurel Keith

Sun Sept 28 at 7 pm.

Keith is the child of the late wilderness writer Sam Keith. She's presenting a new book by her father about his friendship with Dick Proenneke, who figured into a couple of his other books. Free.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

 

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