Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Monday, March 23, 2009

7:00 PM – Jonathan Alter: The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall
Eric Liu discusses the similarities of and differences between FDR’s administration and the Obama administration with the author, Newsweek senior editor, and NBC News correspondent. This even is the Seattle Public Library’s 2009 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History.

7:30 PM – George Akerlof: Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs, $5
From the website: “Akerlof shows how Reagonomics, Thatcherism, and the rational expectations revolution failed to account for human psychology, and asserts the necessity of an active government role in economics.”

7:30 PM – Jane Vandenburgh: A Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century: A Memoir
Elliott Bay Book Co.
The author of Failure to Zigzag and The Physics of Sunset returns to read and sign her new memoir.

7:30 PM – Jim Richardson: Celtic Heart, Celtic Soul
Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, $20
The photographer presents the results of 15 years documenting the Celtic homelands and the reawakening of Celtic identity in the British Isles. Part 1 of 2. Presented by National Geographic Live!

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