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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on September 25 at 10:03 AM


Two open mics, two readings by authors who always read in Seattle—Garth Stein, Jennie Shortridge, and David Guterson—and a whole bunch more tonight.

Up at Third Place Books, Jeffrey Overstreet reads from Cyndere’s Midnight, which is another book in the Aurelia’s Thread young adult fantasy series. You’ll have to Google if you want any more information on this one—young adult fantasy series all sound alike to me.

At the University Book Store, David Arnold explores the relations between salmon and people—not like that, you pervert—in The Fishermen’s Frontier: People and Salmon in Southeast Alaska. Since this is Seattle, and since the book has Alaska in the title, I bet at least one Palin-related question will be asked.

At Elliott Bay Book Company, Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh talk about how shitty it is to be an immigrant in post-9/11 America. They are here in support of their new book, The Accidental American.

And over at Town Hall, Robert J. Shiller reads from The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do About It. A month ago, this probably seemed like a nice little mid-level-attendance reading. As of last week, this became the reading to attend. Expect a madhouse of panicked Americans. In other words, it should be fun.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.

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Greetings to The Stranger, which I've been reading faithfully for about two decades. (Sheesh, I'm getting old.)

Thank you for noting my reading tonight at Third Place Books. I've been writing these stories in coffee shops and pubs all over Seattle for the last 12 years, so it's exciting to finally share The Auralia Thread with my neighbors.

Two quick corrections: The series is called The Auralia Thread. (The first book is called Auralia's Colors.)

More info here:

Secondly, it's not a young adult fantasy series... I wrote the series for adults, but I've been pleasantly surprised to find that young people are discovering and enjoying the stories as well.

Since "Cyndere's Midnight" is very loosely based on "Beauty and the Beast," I'll be talking about the value of fairy tales, and why it is that we are so consistently drawn to stories about monsters and transformation... from Frankenstein to Alien to the vampires of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series.

Anyway, thanks for the many years of news and commentary (and a special kudos to the local film critics).

Jeffrey Overstreet

Posted by Jeffrey Overstreet | September 25, 2008 11:33 AM

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