This is a reading from the book What Unions No Longer Do, which is about how the bar has been lowered on the American worker for quite some time now. $5.
The very popular author of The Sibley Guide to Birds and other beautiful ornithology books talks with local bird expert Tony Angell. Free.
Ehrenreich has her critics—I thought her Nickel and Dimed was fairly condescending to working-class people—but even those critics must admit that she’s a gifted essayist and a relentless, curious thinker. Her new book Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything is partially a memoir about finding an areligious belief system. But it’s also about our relationship to science, and why we cling, white-knuckled, to things that we consider to be “truth.” It’s a journey... more » $5.
Who Stole the American Dream? pinpoints the exact moment when the American Dream died. $5.
Two literary geniuses talk for a while and let you listen. Semple has been raving about Eggers's new book The Circle since it was first released, and for good reason. This should be fun, and it also benefits 826 Seattle, so there's no reason for you to miss this event. $20.
This is a poetry reading that also utilizes the Pecha Kucha form of storytelling. Readers include Kathleen Flenniken, Lindsey Walker, Greg Stump, and Storme Webber. Free.
The popular Margin Shift poetry collective's monthly reading features Alicia Cohen, who has written two books of poetry and an opera, and Donato Mancini, who is a prolific poet and critic. Free.
If you're interested in income inequality, you really should attend this reading for The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography. Free.
Most writers don’t live long enough to see themselves become legendary. Tom Spanbauer is an even rarer case: the once-cult, now-legendary writer who still lives up to the hype. Spanbauer’s been writing novels with gay protagonists since the late ’80s, when “gay fiction” was a ghetto confined to gay bookstores. Now, his readings are packed with all kinds of people—gay, straight, young, old—who love his honest, ambitious fiction. Expect a big, happy crowd for this reading from I Loved You More, a... more » Free.
Movable Type is a mixer with a bewitchingly simple premise: Bring the book you’re reading to the bar. Buy a drink. Talk to a stranger about the book they brought. Be ready to talk about the book you brought. (Genres spotted at past Movable Types include mysteries, poetry, sci-fi, classics, philosophy, and biographies of bookstore cats.) Buy more drinks. Repeat. How often in Seattle do you get a chance to be in a space that gives you permission to strike up a conversation with a total stranger ba... more » Free.
The statistical Messiah comes to town to discuss predicting politics and sports. I bet a bunch of Republicans out there still think Silver somehow rigged the election results in 2012. That thought makes me very happy. Free.
Nick Flynn is an author with a large and growing fan base. Rick Bass is a beloved environmental author. Jennine Capó Crucet is a young author of literary fiction. Stella Haze is a musician whose music is often described as "ethereal." All four artists will read new work on the theme of "Some Like it Hot." $15-$25.
This year, Seattle Public Library's choice for a single book for the entire city to read is Richard Blanco's memoir, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey. Blanco is an excellent poet, but his inaugural poem for President Obama was not very good. Hopefully, his memoir is stronger. Blanco will be reading at venues all over town. Hopefully, he'll read some non-inaugural poetry, too. Free.