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Monday, October 27, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on October 27 at 10:16 AM


We have two high-quality events tonight, and one event I know nothing about.

Here is the know-nothing: John Soennichsen is at the University Book Store with a book called Bretz’s Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World’s Greatest Flood. We know we have rebel geologists and a flood, but the very long title doesn’t help at all in determining the content of the book. Honestly, it sounds kind of like a Creationist book—the one geologist who dared to look for Noah’s Ark!—but I’m assuming the good people of the University Book Store wouldn’t do that to us. If you’re interested in investigating, check here.

At the Hugo House tonight, Charles de Lint is reading. De Lint is a fantasy author who has written many books that I read when I was thirteen. I recall that he was very fond of word play and double entendres. Now he seems to be mainly a young adult author. Which is just about perfect. If you’re into fantasy, this would be the reading for you.

And at Town Hall, Mia Kirshner reads from I Live Here. I regret that I was on vacation two weeks ago and didn’t have time to write this book up: It’s a large book that contains four smaller books about troubled areas around the world. There are comics and photos and journals and reportage. It’s a lovely, wonderful book with contributions by great authors you should be paying attention to like Chris Abani, and by great comics artists you should already know, like Joe Sacco and Phoebe Gloeckner. You should go to this one.

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

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That is the massive flooding from Glacial Lake Missoula that gouged out the geography of eastern Washington.

Posted by geologic | October 27, 2008 10:23 AM

Charles de Lint doesn't really use puns. Maybe you are thinking of Piers Anthony?

Posted by J | October 27, 2008 10:31 AM

Your comments indicate that you are remarkably ignorant about a major incident in the history of our state. "Creationist"? Please.

Posted by John | October 27, 2008 10:34 AM

@3: Prehistory. And it would only be "remarkable" ignorance if the dude were a geologist, which he isn't.

Now, if there were such a thing as a device you could use to seek specific information on the Internet - let's call it a "seek device" - and let's say there was a book company out there with a name a lot like "" because it had so many amazing things there - it might tell you this about the flood book:

Channeled Scablands, between Idaho and the Cascades, is a unique landscape of basalt cliffs, dry waterfalls, canyons, and coulees. Legendary geologist J Harlen Bretz was the first to explore the area, starting in the 1920s. This dramatic book tells the story of this scientific maverick — how he came to study the region, his radical theory that a flood of biblical proportions created it, and how a campaign by the mainstream geologic community tried to derail him for pursuing an idea that satellite photos would confirm decades later.

Posted by breklor | October 27, 2008 10:53 AM

@4, which is in the link provided...

Posted by gnossos | October 27, 2008 11:10 AM

i'm channelled scablanded out.

Posted by max solomon | October 27, 2008 11:15 AM

@6: "channelled scabland fatigue" is especially common among sexually active gay men in their 40s and 50s.

Posted by breklor | October 27, 2008 11:38 AM


For the last time, there is no "the" in "University Book Store"! It's just "University Book Store," with no "the."

Get thee hence, definitive article!

Posted by Bookie W. Monster | October 27, 2008 12:04 PM

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