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October 18, 2017

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Thrilling Tales Spooktoberfest, "The Ebony Frame" by Edith Nesbit

In this old fashioned Victorian tale of ghostly love, a man falls instantly in love with a woman he sees in the ebony frame that he finds in his attic.


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How to Raise Money for Your Data-Driven Startup

Looking for funding for your data science-focused business idea? Join us for a Seattle Startup Week panel featuring representations of data science-focused companies who have successfully raised funding since last year.


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How Can We Increase Seattle's Climate Resilience?

Learn from international and local experts how homeowners, new development and local government all play a role in improving Seattle's climate resilience.


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Barbara Johns discusses "The Hope of Another Spring"

Art historian Barbara Johns will discuss Takuichi Fujii, a Japanese artist who was incarcerated during WWII. After her presentation, Johns will appear in conversation with Densho's Tom Ikeda.


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Nancy Pearl discusses "George and Lizzie"

Join us for the launch of local rock star librarian Nancy Pearl's debut novel, an emotionally riveting story about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.


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What Every American Should Know

Join us for an interactive community event about civics, culture and American identity.


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Seattle Urban Book Expo Author Showcase

Join us for a showcase of authors who will be participating in the Seattle Urban Book Expo: include Zackery 'Shuja De'Peace' Driver, Nyree Ausler, Kenneth Martinez, and SUBE founder, J.L. Cheatham II.


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Seattle Writes – Conflict: The Machine of Fiction with Karen Finneyfrock

Join Karen Finneyfrock as she discusses the ways conflict drives novels. Explore the types of conflict present in a story, and participate in exercises to help you tease out the conflicts in your story, setting, characters, and dialogue. A poet and writer of young adult fiction, Finneyfrock has taught Seattle Writes workshops on character, scene, the hero's journey, and much more.


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Seattle Writes – 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Self Publish with Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino dispenses five crucial pieces of advice for any author considering self-publishing. Learn how to approach publishing your novel as a business, including when and how to hire people to help you. Beth Jusino is the author of The Author's Guide to Marketing and has taught numerous Seattle Writes classes on the craft of marketing for the self-publishing writer.


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Tom Perrotta discusses "Mrs. Fletcher"

From one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America's culture wars.


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The Detroit Rebellion and Global Resistance Movements

Join a provocative history talk with authors Adrienne Maree Brown (Emergent Strategy), Michael Hardt (Assembly), and Scott Kurashige (The Fifty-Year Rebellion).


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Seattle Writes – The Art of Dialogue with Nancy Rawles

Nancy Rawles looks at the way dialogue can enliven fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays and poetry. She discusses ways in which dialogue can swiftly convey the essence of character, conflict or background information, and offers suggestions for exercises writers can use to practice writing dialogue. Nancy Rawles is the author of My Jim and several other works of fiction, and teacher of Seattle Writes workshops on dialogue and the art of writing feelings.


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Inara Verzemnieks

Award-winning writer Inara Verzemnieks traces the journey of her Latvian family after it broke apart in the wake of World War II in "Among the Living and the Dead."


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How Can Seattle "Grow" More Public Space?

People are flocking to Seattle to live and work, but they need public spaces where they play, reflect, exercise and grow.


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Brooke Williams reads and discusses 'Open Midnight'

A memoir of Utah wilderness, metaphysical transformation, ancestral immigration, and Charles Darwin.


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Mario Livio discusses "Why?"

Famed scientist Mario Livio will explore the concept of curiosity and explain what he thinks is behind this drive.


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Rhythm of Color Jazz Talk

A free jazz talk led by local jazz legends in conjunction with the 8th floor gallery exhibit "Rhythm of Color."


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Clarion West presents Daniel José Older

Join us for a Clarion West-sponsored reading and Q&A with Daniel José Older.


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Clarion West presents Connie Willis

Clarion West presents science fiction author Connie Willis.


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A Conversation with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Join us for a lunchtime interview with WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson conducted by Enrique Cerna, Senior Correspondent from KCTS 9.


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'Oh, I Get It': A Documentary Screening & Director and Cast Q&A

Listen to a panel-led Q&A following the screening of the short, documentary film, "Oh, I Get It," featuring the director, Danny Tayara and Seattle celebrities, Ijeoma Oluo and El Sanchez.


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Julia Quinn: 'The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband'

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn discusses her latest novel, "The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband," the story of Cecilia Harcourt, an orphan who may have stretched the truth a bit when she claimed to be married to the (unconscious) soldier, but when the truth comes out, her "husband" may have a few surprises of his own in store.


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Panel Discussion: Ending Anti-LGBTQ Violence

What can we do to combat violence and support justice from within? Leaders in the LGBTQ community address hate crimes in Seattle and explore ways the community can work together to change the root causes of harm and oppression, and ultimately end anti-LGBTQ violence.


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Susan Burton: 'Becoming Ms. Burton'

Turning to drugs after the tragic loss of her son, Susan Burton cycled in and out of prison before getting clean. She then dedicated her life to helping women facing similar struggles. This is her story.


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Heather Gudenkauf discusses 'Not a Sound'

New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf discusses her latest novel, "Not a Sound," the story of a tragic accident that leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf - she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters-her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Two years later, after she's back on her feet, she's swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 19.2 MB]


 

PechaKucha Seattle: Interrupting Whiteness - Part 2

What is the role that white people can play in dismantling white privilege and its related oppressions? This conversation is an attempt to get beyond the narrow confines of discussing white privilege by specifically asking individual white people how they are working, with intention and accountability, with communities of color, to center people of color and be supportive of collective work to end racism and create a deeper collective humanity. This is part 2 of 2 podcasts.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 32.3 MB]


 

PechaKucha Seattle: Interrupting Whiteness - Part 1

What is the role that white people can play in dismantling white privilege and its related oppressions? This conversation is an attempt to get beyond the narrow confines of discussing white privilege by specifically asking individual white people how they are working, with intention and accountability, with communities of color, to center people of color and be supportive of collective work to end racism and create a deeper collective humanity. This is part 1 of 2 podcasts.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 29.0 MB]


 

Scaachi Koul and Lindy West

In her new book, Koul shares fierce and funny essays about dealing with Internet trolls, addressing sexism, and growing up as a daughter of Indian immigrants. Koul will talk with Lindy West.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 35.6 MB]


 

WITS Year-End Readings & Celebrations: Middle School & High School

Join us for Day 2 of the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program year-end readings & celebrations! Middle school and high school students share original poems, short stories and memoirs created during their residencies.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 39.1 MB]


 

WITS Year-End Readings & Celebrations: Elementary & Middle School

Join us for Day 1 of the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program year-end readings & celebrations! Elementary school and middle school students share original poems, short stories and memoirs created during their residencies.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 41.9 MB]


 

Civic Saturday

Civic Saturday is a periodic gathering convened by Citizen University to help be a civic analogue to church or synagogue and temple. It includes song, readings of civic scripture (great and provocative American texts), a secular sermon, silent reflection.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 34.3 MB]


 

"Seattle Reads - Main Event" with Angela Flournoy

Listen in to our 2017 Seattle Reads - Main Event as Angela Flournoy reads from "The Turner House" and takes audience questions. Northwest Tap Connection and the African-American Writers Alliance perform dance and poetry inspired by the novel. -- Love, sacrifice, pride, and unlikely inheritances; "The Turner House" is a compelling consideration of the price we pay for our dreams, and the ways in which our families bring us home. 


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Seattle Reads: Meet Angela Flournoy at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Join the conversation about this year's Seattle Reads selection, "The Turner House," at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Author Angela Flournoy will be in conversation with visual artist Inye Wokoma that is moderated by Vivian Phillips.


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Annie Proulx reads from 'Barkskins'

Pulitzer-prize winning writer Annie Proulx will be presented the 2016 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and read from her latest novel, "Barkskins."


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Christopher de Bellaigue discusses The Islamic Enlightenment

Christopher de Bellaigue presents a ground-breaking history of the political and social reformations of Islam across the Muslim world, told through the forgotten and inspiring stories of philosophers, journalists, and feminists.


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Nicholas Reynolds and Feliks Banel discuss Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

Reynolds's deeply researched and captivating narrative, "Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy," reveals his discoveries of Ernest Hemingway's involvement in twentieth-century spycraft and the links between his work as an operative and an author, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life.


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Residential Architecture in Seattle and Environs, 1880-2000 - Part 2

Professor & architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner gives an overview of Seattle's single-family residential architecture from the early years of the city to the 21st century. This is part 2 of 2 podcasts.


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Residential Architecture in Seattle and Environs, 1880-2000 - Part 1

Professor & architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner gives an overview of Seattle's single-family residential architecture from the early years of the city to the 21st century. This is part 1 of 2 podcasts.


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Vaddey Ratner discusses Music of the Ghosts

Vaddey Ratner discusses her novel, "Music of the Ghosts," the story of one woman's return to Cambodia as she confronts her past.


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Jessamyn Stanley and Nicole Tsong discuss Every Body Yoga

Listen to internationally recognized yoga teacher and Instagram star Jessamyn Stanley discuss her body-positive approach to yoga with local writer and yoga teacher Nicole Tsong.


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Ava DuVernay's 13th Film Screening

Listen to an exciting panel discussion on criminal justice reform and over-incarceration that followed the screening of the film. Panelists include: Dominique Davis, co-founder and CEO of Community Passageways and Jerrell Davis, educator, artist, and community activist from South Seattle.


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Lynda V. Mapes discusses Witness Tree

Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes discusses her new book, "Witness Tree," a refreshing look at the realities of climate change. She'll be in conversation with Florangela Davila, Managing Editor at Crosscut.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 26.8 MB]


 

The Poets Are In

Listen to an exciting poetry event with Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna and friends.


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Art and Social Change: Naiza Khan Talks Art

Join us as artist, curator, activist, educator and mentor Naiza Khan discusses her work.


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Beyond the Wall: Panel Discussion

Listen to a panel discussion on local issues, obstacles, and advocacy for people with criminal histories in our community. Panelists include: Saudia J. Abdullah, Director, Community Corrections Division King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention; Rhona Taylor, Columbia Legal Services & Washington State Reentry Task Force; Lynette Malo, Pioneer Human Services Employee; Keith Whiteman, Post Prison Education Project; and moderator Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable.


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Camille Paglia discusses 'Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism'

The groundbreaking author of "Sexual Personae" will talk about her new collection of essays that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism.


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Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series with Barbara Earl Thomas

Listen to an artist talk about Jacob Lawrence with 2016 Stranger Genius award winner Barbara Earl Thomas.


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Kay Redfield Jamison discusses 'Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire'

Medical expert Dr. Jamison writes about poet Robert Lowell, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how his illness and the treatment he received impacted his work.


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Peter Heller discusses 'Celine'

The author of the 2015 Seattle Reads' pick returns with the story of Celine, an elegant private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.


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David B. Williams discusses Seattle Walks

David B. Williams weaves together the history, natural history, and architecture of Seattle to paint a complex, nuanced, and fascinating story, complete with walks of varying lengths and topographies.


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Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses 'The Refugees'

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Sympathizer" comes a new collection of stories exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family, imbued with Nguyen's great gift for writing.


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Immigration 101 for Allies and Service Providers - Part 2

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project present a free training for allies and service providers who want to learn how to support immigrants in our community. This is part 2 of 2 podcasts.


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Immigration 101 for Allies and Service Providers - Part 1

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project present a free training for allies and service providers who want to learn how to support immigrants in our community. This is part 1 of 2 podcasts.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 30.3 MB]


 

Ian Rankin celebrates the 30 Years of Inspector Rebus with ‘Rather Be the Devil’

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his popular Inspector Rebus series, award-winning Scottish mystery writer Ian Rankin returns with ‘Rather Be the Devil." He is in conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn.


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Elissa Washuta discusses 'Seattle's Fremont and the Centerless Universe'

Elissa Washuta used the Northwest tower of Seattle's Fremont Bridge as an office where she researched and wrote a literary work based on the history of the Puget Sound. Washuta presents part of this work.


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Elan Mastai discusses 'All Our Wrong Todays'

Listen to Elan Mastai as he discusses his novel 'All Our Wrong Todays'. -- After a time travel mishap, screenwriter Elan Mastai's breezy debut novel journeys through alternate timelines and questions how we determine what makes a perfect future. You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. -- 'All Our Wrong Todays' is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent. -- Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies. This is his first novel.


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American Visionaries: Immigration Innovation & Freedom

Listen to an evening of personal talks celebrating the vital contributions of immigrants as they help shape a vibrant, plural vision of America.


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Activist Poetics

The symposium Activist Poetics examines notions of activist poiesis and activist poetics to investigate the intersections between digital activism, contemporary experimental writing and performance, and new media practices. This symposium includes a public performance shaped by the engagements of our participants.


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Residencies Revealed: Writers and Programs Tell All

Retreat directors and writers share inside tips for applying for and attending writing residencies and retreats. Hear about what residencies offer writers. First, administrators from retreat and residency programs offer insight into the application process and answer some common questions. Then listen to local writers share from their experiences choosing, applying to, and attending residencies at regional and further-flung programs.


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Dr. Edwin Nichols: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Beyond

Listen to a community talk by Dr. Edwin J. Nichols, renowned organizational psychologist and groundbreaking racial justice advocate. Dr. Nichols takes a deeper look at his pioneering work on racial relations, including a deeper dive into how we can address a pressing equity issue, like the school to prison pipeline and other forms of institutional racism.


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Sarah Schulman discusses 'Conflict Is Not Abuse'

Listen to Sarah Schulman as she shares her recent book "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair" in conversation with queer author/activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.


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