President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner in the White House in the spring of 2009, a period of time when Geithers basically conservative mind-set... prevented him from grasping the opportunity for progressive change that history had presented, Haslett argued in The Stranger last week.
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  • President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner in the White House in the spring of 2009, a period of time when Geither's "basically conservative mind-set... prevented him from grasping the opportunity for progressive change that history had presented," Haslett argued in The Stranger last week.

This was published yesterday but I'm moving it up because the event's tonight. 900 Madison Street, 622-6400, 7 pm, free.

Those are just some of the things I'm going to be asking Adam Haslett about tonight at the Sorrento,* in an event produced by Elliott Bay Book Company. He's in town with his new book, Union Atlantic, a novel about the financial industry (and power and greed and marijuana and sex with minors and suicide and real estate). We'll also talk about the piece Haslett wrote for The Stranger last week about Obama's treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner. "He's been a lousy Treasury secretary," Haslett concluded. Washington senator Maria Cantwell is one of the most outspoken Democratic critics of Geithner, so we'll also talk about Cantwell and the Obama administration and what can be done now to make the economy less fucked.

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* Yes, another event at the Sorrento. Tonight's event won't be in the Fireside Room like Wednesday night's event, though; it'll be on the top floor, in a room with three big windows looking out on the skyline. There will be drinks. And a snack menu. And Elliott Bay Book Company will be selling books.