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Listen to 2007 Author Readings and Library Events

Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may listen to many of these programs by subscribing to the Library's authors & events podcast in iTunes or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below.


See the Calendar of Events & Classes for a complete list of upcoming programs.


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Chris Crutcher: 'Deadline'

Award-winning author Chris Crutcher read from "Deadline," his newest novel for young adults at the Greenwood Branch on December 13.

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'Mary Randlett Landscapes' A Conversation

Acclaimed Northwest photographer Mary Randlett and local photographer Ted D'Arms will discuss "Mary Randlett: Landscapes," a collection of Randlett's photographs accompanied by essays and poetry, Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Central Library.

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Amanda Diva: 'Young Skin, Wise Mind, Old Soul'

On November 29, poet, performer, and activist Amanda Diva read from her new book of poetry, "Young Skin, Wise Mind, Old Soul" at the Central Library. Several teen poets from the Young Queens group of teen poets also performed their own work.

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Ha Jin read from 'A Free Life'

Award-winning author Ha Jin read from his latest novel, "A Free Life," the story of the Wu family's struggle for the American dream, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Central Library.

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Daniel Walker Howe: 'What Hath God Wrought'

Historian Daniel Walker Howe discussed "What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848," Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Central Library.

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Joseph J. Ellis discusses 'American Creation'

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis discussed his newest work, "American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic," Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Central Library.

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Living Literature Series featuring Robert Frost

Humanities scholar John D. Anderson presented his portrayal of Robert Frost, four-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Monday, Nov. 5 at the Central Library.

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'AfterShock' author Jessie Gruman

'AfterShock' author and social psychologist Jessie Gruman discussed the lessons she learned as the survivor of four life-threatening illnesses over the past three decades in a program presented Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Central Library.

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Poets Laurie Lamon and Michele Glazer read

The Library presented a reading with award-winning Pacific Northwest poets Laurie Lamon and Michele Glazer Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Central Library.

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Alice Sebold: 'The Almost Moon'

Bestselling author Alice Sebold discussed her latest novel, "The Almost Moon," Friday, Oct. 26 at the Central Library. Sebold is the author of the bestselling novel "The Lovely Bones" and the memoir "Lucky."

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Living Literature Series featuring Dorothy Parker

Humanities scholar Suzan King presented her portrayal of Dorothy Parker, American journalist, critic, writer and poet known for her biting wit, in a program on Monday, Oct. 22 at the Central Library.

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Oliver Sacks: 'Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain'

Physician and bestselling author Oliver Sacks will read from his latest work, "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain," Friday, Oct. 19 at the Central Library. In his latest work, Sacks explores the power music wields over people.

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2007 Washington State Book Awards

Six books written by local authors Charles D'Ambrosio, Madeline DeFrees, Julie Phillips, William D. Layman, Jack Prelutsky, and Brent Hartinger were winners of the 2007 Washington State Book Awards. These authors were honored at a public ceremony at the Central Library on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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Jeffrey Toobin: 'The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court'

Author Jeffrey Toobin discussed his newest book, "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court," Friday, Oct. 5 at the Central Library. Toobin is a CNN legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer.

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Nick Hornby: 'Slam'

Nick Hornby read from his first novel for teens, "Slam," Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Central Library. The New Yorker called Hornby "the maestro of the male confessional." His bestselling adult novels include "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," both of which were made into movies.

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Ann Patchett: 'Run'

Award-winning author Ann Patchett read from her latest novel, "Run," Friday, Oct. 12 at the Central Library. "Run" is the story of the deep-running secrets and bonds of a politically-connected Boston family.

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Walter Mosley: 'Blonde Faith'

Walter Mosley reads from his latest novel, "Blonde Faith." Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Christmas Black, left on his doorstep.

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Jonathan Kozol: 'Letters to a Young Teacher'

Award-winning author and educator Jonathan Kozol will discuss his latest book, "Letters to a Young Teacher," Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Central Library. In "Letters to a Young Teacher," Kozol reveals his personal stories of years spent in public schools.

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Ursula Hegi: 'The Worst Thing I've Done'

Award-winning author Ursula Hegi discussed her latest novel, "The Worst Thing I've Done," Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Central Library. Hegi is the winner of numerous honors and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and five PEN syndicated fiction awards.

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Zakes Mda: 'Cion'

South African novelist, Zakes Mda read from "Cion," his sixth novel and the first to be set in the United States, Monday, Oct. 1 at the Central Library. Mda is an award-winning writer of plays, novels, poems, and articles for academic journals and newspapers. Toloki, the professional mourner and hero of Mda's "Ways of Dying," settles down with a family in Middle America and uncovers the story of the runaway slaves who were their ancestors.

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Christopher Finan: 'From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act'

Historian and activist Christopher Finan discussed his latest book, "From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America," on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Central Library. "From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act" is an insightful history of the long struggle for free speech in America.

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The September Project 2007 featuring Greg Mortenson

Mountain climber turned humanitarian Greg Mortenson discussed his work in remote Pakistan and Afghanistan at several Seattle Public Library programs Sept. 23 - 25 as part of the Library's 2007 September Project. Mortenson's book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time" was recently awarded the 2007 Kiriyama Prize for Nonfiction.

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Lucia Perillo: 'I've Heard the Vultures Singing'

Award-winning poet Lucia Perillo read from her memoir, "I've Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature," on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Central Library. In her latest work, Perillo observes the world from her wheelchair after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in her 30s forced her to navigate the world without the use of her legs.

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Gail Tsukiyama: 'The Street of a Thousand Blossoms'

Gail Tsukiyama read from her latest novel, "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms," on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Central Library. Set in Japan before, during and after World War II, "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" tells the story of two brothers: Hiroshi, a famous sumo wrestler, and Kenji, creator of hand-carved masks used in Noh theater.

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Thomas Ricks: 'Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq'

Thomas Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, discussed "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq," on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Central Library. Ricks has covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post since 2000, reporting on activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Thrity Umrigar: 'If Today Be Sweet'

Indian author Thrity Umrigar read from her latest novel, "If Today Be Sweet," on Sunday, July 8 at the Central Library. "If Today Be Sweet" tells the story of a widow who must decide if she should go back to India, where her fondest memories were born, or remain in Ohio with her only son and his American wife.

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Marc Freedman: 'Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life'

Marc Freedman discussed "Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life" on Monday, June 25 at the Central Library. In his latest work, Freedman tells stories of members of the baby boom generation leaving careers and inventing a new phase of work.

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Seattle Poet Populist 'Candidates Read-Off'

The Library, City Council President Nick Licata, and Bumbershoot presented a "Candidates Read-Off" on Sunday, July 15 at the Central Library. This free event featured readings by Seattle poets who were nominated for the post of 2007-2008 Seattle Poet Populist.

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Potterpalooza: All Ages Rock Roll Concert with Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters came to the Central Library to "Rock the Library DOWN!" The Library presented "Potterpalooza: All Ages Rock and Roll Concert with Harry and the Potters" on Friday, July 13 at the Central Library. Brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge, of Harry and the Potters, brought their wizard-rock to the Library.

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Anosh Irani: 'The Song of Kahunsha'

Anosh Irani read from his latest work, "The Song of Kahunsha" on Thursday, June 21 at the Central Library. Rich in the sights and sounds of Bombay, the book tells the story of 10-year-old Chamdi's struggle for survival on the city's dangerous streets.

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'Writing the West'

As part of the 2007 Adult Summer Reading Program, KUOW Public Radio's Marcie Sillman talked with award-winning Northwest writers about the influence of the West in their work in a "Writing the West" program held on Wednesday, June 13 at the Central Library. The writers featured included Kathleen Alcalá, Karen Fisher, Jana Harris and Kirby Larson.

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Michael Beschloss: 'Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989'

In his latest work, Beschloss outlines how several occupants of the Oval Office - including Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan - combined courage with wisdom to change the future of the country, notwithstanding the criticism they earned. Beschloss was recently appointed NBC News presidential historian, the first time any major network has created such a position. This program was presented on Thursday, June 7 at the Central Library.

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Joyce Carol Oates: 'The Gravedigger's Daughter'

Oates, award-winning author of novels, short stories, poetry, plays and nonfiction works, discussed her latest novel, "The Gravedigger's Daughter" on Monday, June 4 at the Central Library.

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Jim Crace, in conversation with Jonathan Raban

British novelist Jim Crace, winner of the Whitbread and National Book Critics Circle awards, discussed his latest work, "The Pesthouse," on Thursday, May 24 at the Central Library. Crace was joined by Seattle author Jonathan Raban.

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An Evening with poets Ted Kooser and Dan Gerber

The Library and Copper Canyon Press presented an evening with former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for "Delights and Shadows," and his longtime friend and fellow poet, Dan Gerber, on Thursday, May 24 at the Seattle Art Museum.

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The changing face of Metropolitan Libraries: Inventing the future, but anchored in the past.

The Metropolitan Libraries Section of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) aims to be a platform primarily for libraries of cities with 400,000 or more inhabitants. Members regularly exchange ideas and information on a range of professional topics.  The 2007 Metropolitan Libraries Section conference was held in Seattle May 6 - 11, 2007.


Deborah Jacobs: Welcome

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Stephen Abram: Social Libraries: The 2.0 Phenomenon

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Joshua Prince-Ramus: Libraries and Architecture

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Joseph Janes: Staying Relevant and Managing Change

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George Needham: New Services, Technology, Customer Service Orientation

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Mike Eisenberg: A Library WOT and SWOT

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Atul Gawande: 'Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance'

Atul Gawande, Harvard-trained surgeon and 2006 MacArthur Fellow, discussed "Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance" on Thursday, May 3 at the Central Library. The program was part of the Library's celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

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Nancy Pearl: 'Book Crush'

The Seattle Public Library celebrated the publication of author Nancy Pearl's newest book, "Book Crush: For Kids and Teens-Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Interest" with a launch party on Monday, April 30 at the Central Library.

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Writing India in the Pacific Northwest

Join the Library for a discussion with local South Asian novelists Bharti Kirchner and Indu Sundaresan that took place on Wednesday, April 25 at the Central Library. The program is part of "Seattle Reads: 'The Namesake."

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Seattle Poet Populist Jourdan Imani Keith & Friends

In celebration of Jourdan Keith's term as 2006-07 Seattle Poet Populist, Keith read and performed from 'Umbilical Topography' a collection of poems, flash fiction, and essays on Sunday, April 15. Keith was joined friends by Felicia Gonzalez and Brian McGuigan, who both read from their latest works. Gonzalez read from her forthcoming chapbook, "Recollection Graffiti." McGuigan read from new works and selections from his chapbook, "More Than I Left Behind."

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Deborah Rodriguez: 'Kabul Beauty School'

Author Deborah Rodriguez discussed her new book, "Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil," Tuesday, April 17 at the Central Library. The book looks at the lives of women in Afghanistan through the lens of the Kabul Beauty School. Rodriguez is director of the Kabul salon.

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An evening with Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Nancy Pearl

In this ninth year of the "Seattle Reads" series, The Seattle Public Library selected "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri visited Seattle May 14-15, to talk with readers about her critically acclaimed first novel.
Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl, former director of the Washington Center for the Book, bestselling author, and regular commentator on National Public Radio and KUOW, interviewed Lahiri on stage at Town Hall.

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Nikolai Gogol's 'The Nose,' read by David Wright

Listen to a "Thrilling Tales" adult story time recorded on Monday, April 2 at the Central Library. One morning a supercilious bureaucrat wakes up to find his nose has vanished, but that's almost normal compared to what happens next! Step into this great 19th century Russian author's version of The Twilight Zone. Gogol's strange tale was recorded in honor of the 2007 Seattle Reads selection, "The Namesake."

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Poet and activist Luis J. Rodriguez

Award winning poet and activist Luis J. Rodriguez gave a talk entitled "Imagining Peace and Community in a Time of Violence and Chaos" recorded at Town Hall.

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An Afternoon with Jonathan Raban

Author Jonathan Raban read from his new novel, "Surveillance," Saturday, March 31 at the Central Library. In his latest work, a post-Sept. 11, 2001, novel set in Seattle a few years in the future, Raban explores the current political climate: national identity cards are mandatory and America has become obsessed with intelligence-gathering.

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William Dietrich: 'Napoleon's Pyramids'

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich discussed his new novel, "Napoleon's Pyramids," Wednesday, March 28 at the Central Library. "Napoleon's Pyramids" is a historical thriller set in post-revolutionary France and Egypt.

Library Journal called Dietrich's new novel "rousing, swashbuckling fun and proof that a good writer can make history not only interesting but an exhilarating romp."

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Tracy Chevalier: 'Burning Bright'

Author Tracy Chevalier read from her new novel, "Burning Bright," on Friday, March 23 at the Central Library. "Burning Bright" follows the Kellaway family as they move in next door to poet and painter William Blake in late 18th-century London.

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A Tribute to Octavia Butler

Listen to "A Tribute to Octavia Butler with Nalo Hopkinson and Friends" that took place on Thursday, March 1 at the Central Library. This event featured readings from Butler's works by her admirers and friends: author Nalo Hopkinson, actor and director Timeca Briggs, columnist Jerry Large, author Vonda McIntyre, and author Nisi Shawl.

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'Poetry on the Buses: An Anthology of Poetry on Wheels 1995-2005'

The Seattle Public Library celebrated the release of "Poetry on the Buses: An Anthology of Poetry on Wheels 1995-2005" with readings from the anthology on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. Local poets read their work included in the anthology.

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Sarah Dunant: 'In the Company of the Courtesan'

Bestselling author Sarah Dunant read from "In the Company of the Courtesan" on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Central Library. Dunant's historical novel, set in Renaissance Italy, recounts the escapades of the wily dwarf Bucino Teodoldo and his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini.

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'Strange Fruit' tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. - Part 1

The Seattle Public Library, jazz vocalist Mercedes Nicole and her band, and Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers for two performances of "Strange Fruit: A Nina Simone Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Central Library. The "Strange Fruit" program chronicles the journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom through live music, song, images and dance.

'Strange Fruit' tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Part 1

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'Strange Fruit' tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Part 2

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Taylor Branch: "Myth and Miracles from the King Years"

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Taylor Branch presented the Library's 2007 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History, a talk titled "Myth and Miracles from the King Years," Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Central Library.

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