Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Tuesday, September 22, 2009

lace makers of glenmara

6:30 PM – Heather Barbieri: Lace Makers of Glenmara
SPL Montlake Branch
Fashion designer has crisis, travels to Ireland, and finds self (amid lingerie). Because pretty panties make everything better.

7:00 PM – Stephanie Kallos: Sing Them Home
University Bookstore U-District
“Everyone in Emlyn Springs, Nebraska, knows the story of Hope Jones, the physician’s wife whose big dreams for their tiny town were lost along with her in the tornado of 1978. For Hope’s three young children, the stability of life with their distant, preoccupied father, and with Viney, their mother’s spitfire best friend, is no match for their mother’s absence. Larken, the eldest, is an art history professor who seeks in food an answer to a less tangible hunger; Gaelan, the only son, is a telegenic weatherman who devotes his life to predicting the unpredictable and whose profession, and all too much more, depend on his sculpted frame and ready smile; and Bonnie, the baby of the family is a self-proclaimed archivist who combs the roadsides for clues to her mother’s legacy, and permission to move on. When, decades after their mother’s disappearance, they are summoned home after their father’s sudden death, they are forced to revisit the childhood tragedy at the center of their lives.”– I have no memory of where this description came from.

7:30 PM – Staged Reading: Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Town Hall Seattle
“Town Hall Seattle and Intiman Theatre present a dramatic reading of selections from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates convened during the 1858 Illinois senatorial campaign. Lincoln, the Republican challenger, was a little-known upstart taking on a political giant. His oratorical brilliance and passionate support of racial equality helped make him an American hero. In this year of the Lincoln Bicentennial, actors Erik Lochtefeld and R. Hamilton Wright – who will play Lincoln and Douglas in Intiman’s production of Abe Lincoln in Illinois – will recreate this seminal moment in political history. The 45-minute reading will be followed by a discussion with the audience.” -Town Hall

the invisible mountain

7:30 PM – Carolina De Robertis: The Invisible Mountain
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“The history of Uruguay through the 20th century sparks personal tragedies amid political intrigues and cultural upheavals in this enchanting, funny and heartbreaking debut novel. Three generations of women populate this sweeping saga … This novel is beautifully written yet deliberate in its storytelling. It gains momentum as the women’s lives spin increasingly out of control while Uruguay sinks into war, economic instability, and revolution. An extraordinary first effort whose epic scope and deft handling reverberate with the deep pull of ancestry, the powerful influence of one’s country and the sacrifices of reinvention.” – Publishers Weekly

7:30 PM – Jess Walter: The Financial Lives of the Poets
Barnes & Noble University Village
“…a hysterical, heartfelt novel about how we can reach the edge of ruin—and how we can begin to make our way back.” –from the publisher’s description

7:30 PM – Red Pine: In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wu
SPL Central Library Microsoft Auditorium
“Planned to be in large part a bilingual reading, this evening showcases this first book of English translation devoted to the work of Wei Ying-wu (737 – 791), a poet who quietly worked in government posts and crafted simple poetry rooted in the natural world. Red Pine’s other translations from Copper Canyon include the classical anthology, Poems of the Masters, The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, and the forthcoming reissue of Lao-tzu’s Taoteching. As Bill Porter, he is the author of the recent, delightful travel account, Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China.” –EBB

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