Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Thursday, September 10, 2009

born round

11:00 AM – Storytelling at NAAM
Northwest African American Museum
Children of all ages are invited to experience the art of storytelling and the power of stories with a featured guest.

7:00 PM – Cecile Andrews & J. Kingston Pierce: Book Release Party
Santoro’s Books
“Let’s celebrate the release of two very impressive books from our neighborhood authors with an informal gathering at our store. Enjoy wine, light appetizers and a chance to meet our local talent.” -Santoro’s

7:00 PM – Cheap Beer and Prose: Reading
Richard Hugo House
Featuring Ryan Boudinot, Cienna Madrid, Mary Purdy and David Schmader. Hosted by Charla Grenz.

7:00 PM – Zachary Schomburg & Sandy Florian: Reading
Pilot Books
The poets will read and sign, if asked nicely. Poets also appreciate food bribes, because they are impoverished and hungry. Please, think of the poets!

7:30 PM – Frank Bruni: Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“Outgoing New York Times restaurant critic Bruni admits he was even a baby bulimic in his extraordinary memoir about a lifelong battle with weight problems … Through adolescence, puberty, and into college, Bruni oscillated from gluttonous binges to adult bulimia … While Bruni includes such entertaining bits as the campaign trail seen through a Weight Watchers lens, and ample meals from his years as the Times restaurant critic, in the end, his is a powerful, honest book about desire, shame, identity, and self-image.” – Publishers Weekly

the wrecking crew

7:30 PM – Thomas Frank: The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation
Town Hall Seattle
This is a great, great book; just because Bush is out of office, doesn’t mean we should forget the lessons of that administration. If anything, it is more important that we understand what happened in order to prevent the recurrence: “Thomas Frank is back with another hunk of dynamite. The Wrecking Crew should monopolize political conversation this year. It’s the first book to effectively tie the ruin and corruption of conservative governance back to the ‘conservative movement building’ of the 1970s, and before that, the business crusade against good government going back at least to the 1890s.” –

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