Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Thursday, September 17, 2009

soul of a dog

12:00 PM – Jon Katz: The Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. His keen insights cut to the heart of the human-pet relationship—its immense joys and painful sorrows. With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within, and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.” – John Grogan

5:00 PM – Tod Davies: Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking with What You’ve Got Pilot Books “A diary of cooking with what you’ve got.” Doesn’t The Splendid Table do a weekly segment like this: “Hi Lynn, I’ve got moldy goat cheese, peanut butter, a head of cabbage, orange juice concentrate, and ground lamb…”

6:00 PM – Miz Floes & the Carmel Latte Duo: Rhythmic Rhyme Spoken Word
Northwest African American Museum
All ages open mic!

7:00 PM – Front Porch Theatre: Abe Lincoln in Illinois
University Bookstore U-District
Community reading and discussion.


7:00 PM – Joann Green Byrd: Calamity: The Heppner Flood of 1903
Fremont Place Books
A disastrous flood did not quite wipe out Eastern Oregon. What a shame.

7:00 PM – Mattox Roesch w/ ULGM & Matthew Simmons: Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same
Neptune Coffee
Roesch will read and sign from his debut. ULGM will play music. Simmons will be charmingly self-deprecating. Good times!

7:30 PM – Edward Espe Brown: The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“With profound-yet-playful regard for his subject matter, Ed Brown has consistently graced us with the practical poetry of his delicious cooking … In our modern era of rapid media images and flashing-light information, The Complete Tassajara Cookbook will provide a glowing sense of calm—hefty with substance, light with spirit, and rich with the experience of a master.” – Mollie Katzen

after the prophet

7:30 PM – Lesley Hazelton: After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia – Sunni Split in Islam
Town Hall Seattle
“…Americans in general, and our politicians in particular, often can’t tell Sunni from Shi’ites. With the publication of this outstanding book, we no longer have any excuse. Hazleton (Jezebel) ties today’s events to their ancient roots, resurrecting seventh century Arabia with reverence and vivid immediacy … The battle to name Muhammad’s successor is gripping—but it is Hazleton’s ability to link the past and present that distinguishes this book … anyone with an interest in the Middle East, U.S. – international relations or a profound story masterfully told will be well served by this exceptional book.” – Publishers Weekly

7:30 PM – SAM Word: Reading
Richard Hugo House
Work from poets Nicole Hardy and Peter Pereira in response to the SAM exhibition, Everything Under the Sun: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham.

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