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A Tribute to Ivan Doig

We celebrate the life of beloved storyteller Ivan Doig and the release of his final novel, 'Last Bus to Wisdom.' -- This event is one of 10 that took place in Doig's favorite venues nationwide on Aug. 18, the release date of 'Last Bus to Wisdom.' It features music, readings and remarks by fellow writers and friends of Ivan Doig. -- Annie Proulx, longtime friend and author of the novel 'The Shipping News' and the story collection 'Close Range.' Proulx's many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award.  Seattle writer and friend David Laskin, award-winning author of 'The Family,' 'The Long Walk Home' and 'The Children's Blizzard.'  Poet Linda Bierds, longtime family friend, UW professor of English, recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a MacArthur fellowship.  Myra Platt, who portrayed the voice teacher Susan, and Geoffery Simmons, Monty, her student, and performed original music in Book-It Repertory Theatre's stage adaptation of 'Prairie Nocturne.'


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John Scalzi reads from his new novel 'The End of All Things'

John Scalzi returns with another thought-proving science fiction novel, the 6th in the Old Man's War universe and the sequel to 'The Human Division.' -- 'The End of All Things' finds Colonial Defense Forces lieutenant Harry Wilson in the stressful throes of investigating alien attacks on Earth while Earth's survivors are in conflict with the Colonial Union. John Scalzi brings humor, strong characters and action-packed stories in his Old Man's War universe and 'The End of All Things' includes 4 novellas that explore some of the darker themes in the series. Kirkus calls it "delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy." -- Attendees of this event heard John Scalzi reading from an upcoming work which has been edited out of this podcast at the author's request.


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Seattle Writes: SELF-e Publishing Launch and Indie Author Panel

SELF-e is a free platform that bridges the gap between self-published e-books and libraries. Mitchell Davis, founder of BiblioLabs (creator of SELF-e) demonstrates how the SELF-e platform works for authors. Get tips for creating and submitting your work and learn how books published on the SELF-e platform may be reviewed by Library Journal for possible inclusion in a collection available to readers in participating libraries across the nation. -- A panel discussion follows, featuring authors who have published independently and with traditional publishing houses. Panelists will offer tips on formatting, publishing and distribution processes, and ways to reach your audience of readers.


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William Vollmann reads from 'The Dying Grass'

William Vollmann's 'The Dying Grass' depicting the Nez Perce War is the latest in the National Book Award-winning author's series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and Europeans. -- Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann's main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend and killer. -- Teeming with many vivid characters on both sides of the conflict, and written in an original style in which the printed page works as a stage with multiple layers of foreground and background, "The Dying Grass" is another mesmerizing achievement from one of the most ambitious writers of our time.


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Author Jeff Hobbs Reads from 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace'

'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace' is a heartfelt and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets, and of one's own nature, when he returns home. -- When Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn't get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, "fronting" in Yale, and at home. -- 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace' encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It's about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds; the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It's about poverty, the challenges of single motherhood, and the struggle to find male role models in a community where a man is more likely to go to prison than to college. It's about reaching one's greatest potential and taking responsibility for your family no matter the cost. It's about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all the story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and unforgettable.


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Bob Santos and Larry Gossett in a conversation about “The Gang of Four”

'The Gang of Four: Four Leaders, Four Communities, One Friendship' tells how a Native American, African American, Latino American and Asian American came together to form a powerful political alliance. -- Bob Santos and Larry Gossett, the two surviving members of Seattle's Gang of Four, tell how they, with the late Bernie Whitebear and Roberto Maestas, helped bring four ethnic groups together to battle city powerbrokers over issues related to civil rights, development, poverty, fishing rights and gentrification. -- The Gang of Four, or Four Amigos, or Fabulous Four, formed lifelong friendships and alliances during sit-ins, protests and acts of civil disobedience that changed Seattle's political, social and cultural landscape.


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Seattle City Council Debate - Candidates running for: At Large Postions 8 & 9

Listen to this Seattle City Council debate moderated by Q13 FOX News' C.R. Douglas.  The discussion features candidates running for at large positions 8 and 9. We've collected questions from voters throughout greater Seattle to build an event that reflects Seattle's concerns and priorities. -- Position 8 Candidates: Tim Burgess, Jonathan A. Grant, John Persak, John Roderick -- Position 9 Candidates: Alon Bassok, Bill Bradburd, M. Lorena González. 


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Jim Shepard reads from his new novel 'The Book of Aron'

'The Book of Aron' is a devastating, heartbreaking, sometimes comic, novel of the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, as seen through the eyes of a street-wise boy. -- Aron's family is driven from the Polish countryside into Warsaw. Aron and a handful of boys and girls smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their families alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by police and the Gestapo. Separated from his family, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a real-life doctor, an advocate of children's rights, who was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. -- "This moving novel bears witness to human complexity with an uncompromising compassion. It is a testament not only to Janusz Korczak and the children in the Warsaw Ghetto but to every child abandoned in war. History must open our hearts to the present and this is Jim Shepard's powerful achievement." --Anne Michaels, author of 'Fugitive Pieces'


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The Wild Geese Players Present Readings from James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

For this year's reading of 'Ulysses,' the Wild Geese Players are continuing last year's approach of following Joyce's timeline for June 16th, rather than reading the chapters in strict linear order. Chapters 2 ("Nestor") and 5 ("Lotus-Eaters") will be interwoven to highlight the parallel journeys of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Daedalus during the novel's ten o'clock hour.


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James Longhurst discusses his latest book 'Bike Battles'

Author James Longhurst discusses his latest book 'Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road' -- Join avid cyclist and historian James Longhurst as he tackles the question of why most American cities are still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists. Longhurst brings together traditional policy research with unusual and wonderful pop culture references to give a deeper account of cycling and the sharing of the road in America.


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Stephanie Kallos reads from her new novel 'Language Arts'

Kallos, the bestselling author of "Broken for You," spins the stories of a dedicated teacher, his enigmatic son, and a wartime survivor into a tale of love, loss and handwriting. -- High school English teacher Charles Marlow's wife has left, his daughter is headed for college and he can't communicate with his autistic son. A series of unexpected events forces him to reflect on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun and the memory of a boy in a white suit whose friendship both saved and condemned him, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life.


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Jack Nisbet discusses his latest book 'Ancient Places'

'Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest',  presents stories about the interplay between people and landscape. --  Drawing on a range of fresh personal research, both oral and written, Nisbet engages some of the iconic images in Northwest history: from fossil riches to ice age floods; from the Willamette Meteorite to the 1872 Earthquake; from up-and-down mining cycles to steady rounds of tribal food gathering.


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Michael Perry discusses his humorous novel 'The Jesus Cow'

With his eye (and ear) for the comical elements of contemporary rural life, New York Times-bestselling author Michael Perry turns to fiction with "The Jesus Cow," an affectionately skewed and big-hearted depiction of one miraculous bovine and the chaos it unleashes.


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2015 Writers in the Schools - celebrating high school students and their writing! This is the second of two podcasts, our first podcast featured elementary and middle-school students.

Elementary, middle and high school students share their own writing. Introduced by the adult authors they've worked with all year, students share their wonderful poetry, prose, and comics.


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2015 Writers in the Schools - celebrating elementary and middle-school students and their writing! This is the first of two podcasts, the next podcast will feature high school students.

Elementary, middle and high school students share their own writing. Introduced by the adult authors they've worked with all year, students share their wonderful poetry, prose, and comics.


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Lucas Mann discusses his new memoir 'Lord Fear'

Lucas Mann investigates the life and death of his enigmatic older brother who died of a heroin overdose when Lucas was only thirteen years old. -- In 'Lord Fear', the author examines his own complicated feelings about and motives for recovering memories of his brother's life. Through his investigation, he also comes to redefine his own place in a family whose narrative is bisected by the tragic loss.


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2015 Seattle Reads 'The Painter': Meet Author Peter Heller

Author Peter Heller joins a discussion with readers about this year's Seattle Reads title - 'The Painter.'  -- 'The Painter' recounts the story of famous artist Jim Stegner, as he struggles to manage the dark impulses within himself. He lives peacefully in rural Colorado, spending his days painting and fly fishing, until he encounters a brutal act of violence that rips his quiet life wide open.


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2015 Seattle Reads - Peter Heller with Book-It Repertory Theatre present: The Painter

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from 'The Painter' and author Peter Heller joins adapter Bryan Birch, director David Quicksall and cast for post-performance discussion. -- 'The Painter' recounts the story of famous artist Jim Stegner, as he struggles to manage the dark impulses within himself. He lives peacefully in rural Colorado, spending his days painting and fly fishing, until he encounters a brutal act of violence that rips his quiet life wide open.


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Ruth Kirk discusses 'Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village'

Ruth Kirk and Hannah Palin, UW Special Collections, show newly digitized footage of the decades-long excavation of Ozette Makah whaling village on the coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  --  Makah families left the coastal village of Ozette in the 1920s to comply with the federal government's requirement that they send their children to school. By doing so they ended nearly two thousand years of occupation at this strategic whale- and seal-hunting site.  --  Archaeologist Richard Daugherty took note of the site in 1947 and later returned at the request of the Makah tribal chairman. Full-scale excavations from 1966 to 1981 revealed houses and their contents. Led by Daugherty, with a team of graduate and undergraduate students and Makah tribal members, the work culminated in the creation of the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, where more than 55,000 Ozette artifacts are curated and displayed.


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myHIVmoment presents a National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) discussion

Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the #myHIVmoment campaign present a lineup of speakers, including a positive youth panel, to celebrate National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD).  --  This event is the culmination of a variety of programming through the month of April related to NYHAAD.  It features guest speakers working in the field, and a panel discussion with positive youth and youth accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and the intersections this has with HIV stigma.


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Peter Coyote reads from ‘The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education'

Celebrated actor, writer and Zen practitioner Peter Coyote reads from his second memoir, 'The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education.' -- His earlier memoir, 'Sleeping Where I Fall' (published in 1998) tells of his life in the heart of the counterculture with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Diggers, and the communes: The Red House, Olema and Black Bear Ranch.


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'Selma is Now', an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events, Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part podcast.  -- 

Join us for an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events and their relevance in our lives today.  --   Fifty years ago the nation watched as Alabama state troopers brutally beat civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in what became known as "Bloody Sunday." Two weeks later the same marchers walked 54 miles to the Alabama capitol in Montgomery, and five months later Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act - one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of American democracy.  --  Fifty years later, the battle for voting rights for all Americans has returned to the center of the nation's democracy. While much has changed, there is still more work to do to heal our communities of injustice through non-violence work --  Listen, be inspired, and reflect on your role in the ongoing work of justice for all.


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'Selma is Now', an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events, Part 1 of 2

This is Part 1 of a 2-part podcast.  -- 

Join us for an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events and their relevance in our lives today.  --   Fifty years ago the nation watched as Alabama state troopers brutally beat civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in what became known as "Bloody Sunday." Two weeks later the same marchers walked 54 miles to the Alabama capitol in Montgomery, and five months later Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act - one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of American democracy.  --  Fifty years later, the battle for voting rights for all Americans has returned to the center of the nation's democracy. While much has changed, there is still more work to do to heal our communities of injustice through non-violence work --  Listen, be inspired, and reflect on your role in the ongoing work of justice for all.


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Per Petterson reads from his new novel 'I Refuse'

Per Petterson tells a tale of two men whose accidental meeting one morning recalls their boyhood 35 years ago. -- Per Petterson is the author of five previous novels, including "Out Stealing Horses," which won the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was translated into more than thirty languages. It was named one of the best books of 2007 by the New York Times Book Review and Time.


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Exploring and Comparing Filipino and Latino Mythologies

La Sala and Pinoy Words Expressed present readings by three Latino/a and three Filipino/a poets. Roberto Ascalon, Jim Cantú, Lorna Dee Cervantez, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Emily Lawsin and Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua read their poems and explore the use, comparison and implications of their respective mythologies in their creative work and the work of other writers representing their cultures.


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Kazuo Ishiguro reads from his much anticipated new novel, 'The Buried Giant'

In Arthurian England, the Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin, but at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.  Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. 


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Ellen Ziegler and Molly Tenenbaum discuss great ventriloquists

Ellen Ziegler and Molly Tenenbaum present poems, a slide presentation and video clips of great ventriloquists past and present.


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Paul Beatty reads from 'The Sellout'

Join Paul Constant for a conversation with novelist Paul Beatty about "The Sellout," a biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.


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Elliot Ackerman reads from 'Green on Blue'

Elliot Ackerman, a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, reads from his debut novel about a young Afghan orphan caught in the brutal realities of his war-torn country.


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Jeff Levy presents a seminar: Your Business - Start Smart

Are you thinking of going into business for yourself? Join entrepreneur and business coach Jeff Levy as he walks you through what it really takes to start and run a business.


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PechaKucha Seattle: Watch Me Now - Notes on a Surveillance Society

PechaKucha Seattle brings together speakers and experts from across the information ecosystem to discuss the complex issues surrounding privacy and surveillance in the digital world.


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Linea and Cinda Johnson discuss 'Perfect Chaos'

Mother-daughter team Linea and Cinda Johnson relate their journey with mental illness, and present their ideas for building hope and ending the stigma for those struggling with mental health conditions.


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Cured of HIV: A Community Q & A with Timothy Ray Brown & Gero Hütter

Join us for a Q & A session with Timothy Ray Brown, the first person cured of HIV, and Gero Hütter, the doctor who cured him.


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An Evening with Cowlitz tribe members Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres

Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres discuss their recent books about issues of identity and belonging: "My Body Is a Book of Rules" and "Being Cowlitz."


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HIV Cure 101: Introduction to HIV Cure Research

Join us for this overview of the current state of research to cure HIV.


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Author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reads From 'Stealing the Game'

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrates the release of the second installment of the "Streetball Crew" series of novels for young adults.


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Lynsey Addario discusses 'It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War'

Lynsey Addario shows images and reads from her memoir about her experiences around the world, documenting and filing photographs in hostile areas with some of the best-known publications.


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From Script to Screen: Transforming Fiction into Film

Join us for a talk on the creative process of adaptation and film production in Seattle, using the example of Amazon Studios' locally filmed pilot of Philip K. Dick's novel "The Man in the High Castle."


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Daniel Handler reads from 'We Are Pirates'

Daniel Handler reads from his eagerly awaited new novel for adult readers.


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Alexandra Fuller reads from 'Leaving Before the Rains Come'

Alexandra Fuller takes on the rise and fall of her marriage and addresses how her father shaped her view of the world in a new memoir, 'Leaving Before the Rains Come.'


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Author Chris Farrell Reads from 'Unretirement'

In "Unretirement," Chris Farrell provides key insights about the growing unretirement movement and offers practical advice about how to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, frontier.


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A discussion about the exhibit 'TEXTure' at METHOD Gallery

Curator Mary Coss leads a discussion with artists and poets featured in the exhibit TEXTure at METHOD Gallery. The poets will read work that inspired the artwork as well as new poetry responding to the work.


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'Letters to the Editor: Celebrating 90 Years of Writing Our Community’s Story'

"Letters to the Editor: Celebrating 90 Years of Writing Our Community's Story," a theatrical production of news, opinion and advertisements culled from pages of The Jewish Transcript.


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Brandon Sanderson reads from 'Firefight'

Acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson will be reading from his new teen fantasy novel, 'Firefight', the second in 'The Reckoners' trilogy.


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Welcome to The Seattle Public Library Author Readings and Library Events Podcast

This is the first episode in our new Author Readings and Library Events podcast stream.


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