This Week in Books: Jan 15-21

This week in books offers a wide range of tastes sure to offer something for just about everyone.


Starting Tuesday night (January 17th), we have double bookings at UW’s Kane Hall. In Room 120, Jessica Weiner will read and sign her new book, Do I Look Fat In This? Life Doesnt Begin Five Pounds From Now at 6pm. Quoting from the UBookstore website,

Women of all sizes often hate their body. In fact, it seems like just a part of life to always feel fat, wishing you could just lose those last pesky pounds. But, as Jessica Weiner points out: Fat is not a feeling. When you say you’re feeling fat, you’re probably asking “Am I good enough?” What if your happiness didn’t depend on what the scale says? Jessica Weiner gives practical advice to feel sexy and powerful now, not five pounds from now.

Next door, in Room 110 at 7pm, Lonnae O’Neal Parker will read from and sign copies of her new book, I’m Every Woman: Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood, and Work. Parker’s book examines how black women deal with issues of work, motherhood, and marriage, and does so in a stylistic manner, taking a look at history, her family and pop culture to examine the differences in experience. This lecture is part of the GO-MAP Diversity Book Talk Series, and is free and open to the public.

Over at Elliot Bay Books, author David Anthony Durham will make his very first Seattle reading, presumably from his newest novel, Pride of Carthage: A Novel of Hannibal. 7:30pm, free.

On January 18th, Chocolat author Joanne Harris will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, Gentlemen & Players, at the Seattle Public Library. The event starts at 7pm, and is free and open to the public.

On January 19th, Sander Gilman considers philosophical and historical questions rarely broached by cosmetic surgeons or their patients. This talk is at the Henry, starting at 7pm. For ticketing information, please see NextBook.Org.


Also on January 19th, Susan Schwartzenberg will be reading from and signing copies of Becoming Citizens: Family Life and Politics of Disability, a book that uses Seattle as a case study to look at the history of disabiliy in post-World War II America. The event is free, and starts at 7pm at the University bookstore.

Finally on Thursday, Pulitzer Prize winning author Joseph Ellis will be at at the Microsoft Auditorium in the Seattle Public Library, lecturing on American History and presumably his latest novel, His Excellency: George Washington. Free, 7pm.

On Friday, January 20th, the editor and three of the authors who contributed to the book Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction, an anthology of contemporary short fiction ripped from the political headlines. 7pm, University Bookstore, free.

Finally, on Saturday the 21st at 2pm, Jayne Ann Krentz will be at the Seattle Public Library to promote her new novel, All Night Long.

2 Comments so far

  1. HGJ (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    I may have missed it, but where is the Susan Schwartzenberg signing being held? It says it’s at 7pm, but I don’t see a location listed. Thanks!

  2. Kelly (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

    Woops – thank you for catching that, I’ve fixed it! The reading will be at the University bookstore.

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