Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

5:00 PM – Workshop: Sound, Sentence and Form: Borrowing Moves from the Masters
Richard Hugo House
“In this workshop led by writer and instructor Waverly Fitzgerald, we’ll explore ways you can borrow moves from master writers and apply them to your own writing. We’ll undertake four writing exercises designed to help you explore qualities of language (rhythm, sound and sentence structure) and consider possible forms (story shape and genre). If you have a piece or poem you’ve been pondering, this is a great opportunity to put it through its paces. You can also bring a master work by a favorite author with you; examples will be provided if you prefer. Each participant will leave with new writing and story ideas plus four exercises you can use on your own or with your students.” -RHH

sing them home

5:30 PM – Sheila Himmell: Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“A courageous account of what it is to exist with a life-threatening eating disorder from two different standpoints—Lisa, the daughter who stops eating, and her mother, Sheila, a restaurant critic. The irony of this situation is not lost on neither, and both are unsentimental and deeply honest about their experience. … This book should comfort anyone confronted with this illness as well as provide much practical help for dealing with it.” – Marion Nestle

6:30 PM – Stephanie Kallos: Sing Them Home
Queen Anne Books
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.

curse of the good girl

7:00 PM – Mary Lou Sanelli: Among Friends: A Memoir of One Woman’s Expectations, Disappointments, Regrets & Discoveries While Searching for Friends-For-Life
University Bookstore U-District
The title still depresses me.

7:00 PM – Rachel Simmons: The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence
Town Hall Seattle
“To dispel the curse of the good girl, and despite using those familiar, easily misconstrued labels as a touchstone, Simmons offers instructive tales out of school and workshops, revealing that flawed communication rituals and fear of confrontation contribute equally to a girl’s belief that it is more important to be liked than to be an individual … In [this] book, parents will find concrete strategies and tools … to help guide a girl’s growth into a young woman who can respect and listen to her inner voice, say what she feels and thinks, embrace her limits and present an authentic self to the world.” – Publishers Weekly

a different shade of blue

7:30 PM – Adam Eisenberg: A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“A Different Shade of Blue is an excellent book that rescues early policewomen from the myth that they were only clerks and babysitters. Adam Eisenberg lets the women tell their own stories, capturing the wide range of police work they did—often unarmed and without glory. A fun and easy read, A Different Shade of Blue is a valuable addition to regional history, women’s history, and police history.” – Dorothy Moses Schultz, Ph.D

7:30 PM – Robert Spector: The Mom and Pop Store: How the Unsung Heroes of the American Economy Are Surviving and Thriving
Town Hall Seattle

2 Comments so far

  1. Charlie (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    Hi there Stan.

    Still recommending great books I see.
    Did I ever thank you properly for “Job”? Probably not.


  2. Roy99 (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2009 @ 3:53 am

    I have edited the collection. ,

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