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Jake Rosenfeld

Mon, April 21 at 6 pm.

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.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

David Sibley

Mon, April 21 at 7 pm.

The very popular author of The Sibley Guide to Birds and other beautiful ornithology books talks with local bird expert Tony Angell. Free.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE

Barbara Ehrenreich

Mon, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

Barbara Ehrenreich 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.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Hedrick Smith

Mon, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

Who Stole the American Dream? pinpoints the exact moment when the American Dream died. $5.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

Dave Eggers, Maria Semple

Wed, April 23 at 7 pm.

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.

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Ave

PKN Seattle / An Evening of Poetry by Regional Voices

Thurs, April 24, 6–8:30 pm.

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.

Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave

Margin Shift

Thurs, April 24 at 7 pm.

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.

Hedreen Gallery
901 12th Ave

Miriam Pawel

Thurs, April 24 at 7 pm.

If you're interested in income inequality, you really should attend this reading for The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography. Free.

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE

Tom Spanbauer

Thurs, April 24 at 7 pm.

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.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave

Movable Type Literary Mixer

Thurs, April 24 at 7:30 pm.

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.

Vermillion
1508 11th Ave

Nate Silver

Fri, April 25 at 7 pm.

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.

Meany Hall
UW Campus

Some Like It Hot

Fri, April 25 at 7:30 pm.

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.

Hugo House
1634 11th Ave

2014 Seattle Reads

Starts April 25. Mon, Tues, Fri–Sun. Through April 29.

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.

Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave

 

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