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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
Yup.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Monday, September 21, 2009

after the prophet

7:00 PM – John Crowley: Fantastic Fiction Salon
Richard Hugo House
“Three-time World Fantasy Award winner and recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, John Crowley is the author of eleven novels, including the classic “Little, Big.” Crowley will read from and sign his new novel, “Four Freedoms.”” – RHH
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7:00 PM – Lesley Hazelton: After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia – Sunni Split in Islam
University Temple Church
“…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
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7:00 PM – Nicolette Bromberg: Picturing the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: The Photographs of Frank H. Nowell
University Bookstore U-District
ENOUGH ON THE EXPOSITION, ALREADY! [LINK]

7:30 PM – Janet O. Dallett: Listening to the Rhino: Violence and Healing in a Scientific Age
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“Dr. Dallett brings to bear science and intuition, weaving a tapestry of both theory and living examples to instruct as well as emotionally involve the reader. As an analyst, I always find her books provocative and illuminating. She is no ungrounded Pollyanna, but rather a shamaness who offers compassionate guidance into the dark forest—and knows when she must let us find our own way.” – Nicholas French, Ph.D
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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for the weekend…

Shifting words

Saturday , September 18, 2009
7:00 PM – Shifting Words: Poetry Reading
Dunshee House
Shift hosts the fourth installment of this spoken word event. Part of National Recovery Month.
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Sunday, September 19, 2009
4:00 PM – Kenneth A. Burr: Coming Out, Coming Home: Making Room for Gay Spirituality in Therapy
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“Gays, Guns, and God” takes on a creepy subtext with this book, which purports to “provide readers a rare opportunity to enlarge their belief systems, and interpretation of Scriptures so they can make room for spirituality that includes homosexuals.” I found this book problematic on many, many levels, not the least being the smarmy “see how enlightened we are? We don’t hate all teh gays… only those that don’t love Jesus!” tone. Excuse me while I gouge out my eyes with a spork.
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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Friday, September 18, 2009

guise of mercy

12:00 PM – Wendy Hornsby: In the Guise of Mercy
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
6th book in a series that hasn’t been updated in over a decade.
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6:30 PM – Heather Davis: Never Cry Werewolf
Queen Anne Books
The author presents her first YA novel.
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7:30 PM – Stephen Elliott: The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder
Elliott Bay Book Co.
“The Adderall Diaries begins like the ocean, seemingly able to take in everything—prize fights to Paris Hilton—until the ocean forms into a river, making its way through unmapped territories—a murder, an absent father—and finally this river is stilled into one precious teardrop. Stephen Elliott is one of those ‘people who keep searching when everything is dark’ – I don’t know a more hauntingly fearless writer, and this is an immediate, visceral, and ultimately beautiful book.” – Nick Flynn. “You don’t just read The Adderall Diaries, you fall right into them … It’s a brilliant book.” – Roddy Doyle
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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
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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…”
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6:00 PM – Miz Floes & the Carmel Latte Duo: Rhythmic Rhyme Spoken Word
Northwest African American Museum
All ages open mic!
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7:00 PM – Front Porch Theatre: Abe Lincoln in Illinois
University Bookstore U-District
Community reading and discussion.
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calamity

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.
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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!
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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
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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
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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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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Wednesday, September 16, 2009

confederacy

7:30 PM – Book-It Theatre: A Confederacy of Dunces
Book-It Reperatory Theatre
Book-It does the cult classic.
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7:30 PM – Tess Gallagher & Fred Marchant: Reading
Elliott Bay Book Co.
Gallagher will read from her third fiction collection, The Man from Kinvara: Selected Stories. Marchant will read from The Looking House, his latest collection of poems.
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7:00 PM – Tod Davies: Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking with What You’ve Got
University Bookstore U-District
“Here are my secrets for cooking without recipes. Know what you want to eat. Keep it simple. Enjoy yourself.” In my household, this technique is known as “run for your life!”
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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

guinea pig

7:00 PM – AJ Jacobs: The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
University Bookstore U-District
The man behind Living Biblically is in town to talk about his latest, the story behind the story. Excellent!
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7:00 PM – Ben & Linda Marra: Faces from the Land: Twenty Years of Pow Wow Tradition
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The Marras present their second collection of really pretty pictures.
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7:00 PM – Donald McKenzie, Jamal Rahman, & Ted Falcon: Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Rabbi, Pastor and Sheikh!
University Temple Church
Have I ever told you the joke about the priest and the rabbi who were in a plane crash?
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7:00 PM – Jesse Minkert & Jacob Jans
Pilot Books
No idea. Website had not been updated at the time of this writing. Feel free to click the link, below.
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7:30 PM – Carol Yoon: Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science
Town Hall Seattle
“…the story of the rise of a science, the science of taxonomy or the classification of all life…” Deep.
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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Monday, September 14, 2009

andromeda klein

6:30 PM – Robert Cumbow: The Northwest Independent Editors Guild
Richard Hugo House
The IP attorney will discuss IP issues as they pertain to editors. Seeing as how editors make their living from other folk’s intellectual property and all. Yes.
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7:00 PM – Frank Portman: Andromeda Klein
Secret Garden Bookshop Book signing party for the author’s sophomore release. “High school sophomore Andromeda, an outcast because she studies the occult and has a hearing impairment and other disabilities, overcomes grief over terrible losses by enlisting others’ help in her plan to save library books–and finds a kindred spirit along the way.” –Publisher’s summary
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7:00 PM – Hugo Works in Progress: Open Mic
Richard Hugo House
“A monthly open mic designed to give writers a chance to read in front of fellow writers and share what they have been working on.” (RHH) [LINK]

oconnor

7:00 PM – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.): Education: A Big Idea in Today’s America
Town Hall Seattle
This event is sold out, but if you know someone, ask them to sneak you in, in their backpack. Justice O’Connor will be discussing “Education: A Big Idea in Today’s America,” but Elliott Bay will be selling Justice O’Connor’s books: Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest & Finding Susie, among others (one hopes). Oh, and if you want to be my good fairy and give me a ticket, well… I’ll say thank you, very sincerely. How’s that?
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7:00 PM – Paula Becker & Alan Stein: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: A Timeline History
University Bookstore U-District
Washington’s first World’s Fair continues to fascinate history geeks celebrating the Centennial.
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Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Sunday, September 13, 2009

mexico city blues

2:00 PM – Band of Poets: Mexico City Blues
Richard Hugo House
John Burgess, Jed Myers, Paul Nelson, Raul Sanchez, Amanda D’pair and Sergey Feldman will read selections from Kerouac’s 242 choruses backed by musicians on guitar, harmonica, bass, drums and horn.
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3:00 PM – Craven Rock & Alexis Wolf: Eaves of Ass #7
Pilot Books
Zine release party. Great title, but I can’t believe that their parents gave them those names.
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6:00 PM – Mark Kraushaar w/ Aaron Silverberg & Janette Rosebrook: Poetry Reading
Fremont Place Books
Kraushaar is the winner of the Felix Pollak Prize. He’ll be reading from his latest Falling Brick Kills Local Man. Love the title, looking forward to the reading.
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