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Listen to 2015 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.


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Idle No More: Healing Historical Trauma

Facilitator Sweetwater Nannauck will guide participants through a brief history of colonization, the effects of historical trauma, and techniques for addressing historical trauma and oppression.  Topics discussed include understanding how colonization affects indigenous people. This workshop shares easy-to-use tools to begin addressing historical trauma and healing at a community and personal level. -- This workshop uses self-reflection, group participation, role play, small group discussions, group meditation, and finally positive actions each individual can take. By acknowledging our collective past and focusing on healing traumas (rather than simply describing them), participants can explore ways to break down historical barriers in a safe and comfortable environment. 

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A Conversation with Kevin Powell

Join writer, activist, and co-founder of BK Nation Kevin Powell for a real and interactive community dialogue at the Central Library. Kevin will share his critically acclaimed new book, "The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood," and lead a conversation with event attendees and guests.

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World AIDS Day: a Conversation with Phill Wilson

World AIDS Day is a moment to pause. It's a moment to stop and remember those we have loved and lost to AIDS, to remember their faces, to speak their names, and to renew our resolve to never forget. World AIDS Day is also a day to be reminded that HIV is not over. Join us for a conversation this World AIDS Day with Phill Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black AIDS Institute, about his experiences navigating the intersections between the black community, the LGBTQ community, and HIV.

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Clay Jenkinson portrays John Wesley Powell

Listen to history come alive as Clay Jenkinson presents his portrayal of John Wesley Powell, one-armed veteran of the Civil War and explorer of the West. Major John Wesley Powell was 35 years old when he led his first expedition through the Grand Canyon. He was the principal force in expanding geologic studies and topographic mapping throughout the country and in stimulating investigations of soil, ground water, rivers, flood control, and irrigation. Powell was a veteran of the Civil War who lost his right arm in the Battle of Shiloh, a teacher, and a geologist. Powell also had a great interest in the Indian people of the west and learned six Indian languages throughout this lifetime of exploring and charting the new Southwestern territory and is considered to be the most famous explorer of the West since Lewis and Clark.

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Your Business - Start Smart: Planning Your Business

Launching a successful business requires building a proper plan that helps to guide you toward generating sales and a positive cash flow. Proper planning is also a strong tool for presenting to potential investors and lenders. Learn the basics, including using marketing and financial data to generate a strong plan.

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Jesse Eisenberg reads and discusses “Bream Gives Me Hiccups”

Listen in to actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg give a reading and in conversation with Seattle's Sherman Alexie about Eisenberg's debut story collection. "Bream Gives Me Hiccups" takes its title from the story that opens the book -- a series of restaurant reviews written by a precocious nine-year-old who is taken out for expensive meals by his newly divorced mother. Other humorous, poignant stories are grouped into thematic sections like "Family," "Sports," and "Self-Help" that open with illustrations by award-winning cartoonist Jean Jullien. -- "A moving portrait of human beings at their weaker moments, and a wonderful send-up of the insanities of modern America." - Sherman Alexi.

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Beyond cedar-planked salmon: What is Northwest cuisine?

Listen to a panel discussion featuring Matthew Dillon, Tom Douglas, Maria Hines and Rachel Yang, moderated by Bethany Jean Clement, food writer for The Seattle Times. We're famous for our coffee, seafood and locally-sourced ingredients. Yet Northwest cuisine is largely undefined - or is it? 

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2015 Jack Straw Writers Program

The Washington Center for the Book and Jack Straw Productions present readings by 12 of the literary artists who were selected for the program by curator Kevin Craft. This event features readings by Linda Andrews, Emily Bedard, Laura Da', Bernard Grant, Clare Johnson, Martha Kreiner, Erin Malone, Ross McMeekin, L. J. Morin, Matthew Schnirman, Anca Szilagyi, and Jeanine Walker. -- The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writer and their work. The program was created in 1997. Each year a single curator selects 12 writers/writing teams out of dozens of applicants based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers. 

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Ayse Birsel - Design the Life You Love

Join Ayse Birsel, author of "Design the Life You Love: A Step by Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future," for a short talk and workshop on how to create a life you love using design principles and process. -- "Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints -- time, money, age, location, and circumstances, said Birsel. "You cannot have everything, and if you want more out of it, you have to be creative about how to make what you need and what you want coexist. This requires design thinking." -- Learn how to create a meaningful life using Birsel's four-step process, "Deconstruction:Reconstruction." The methodology is based on the idea of designing a life that is consistent and coherent with who you are. Drawing from concepts in art, fashion, gastronomy and design, Birsel demonstrates how to apply design principles to real-life problem-solving using four simple steps. You will learn how to apply design thinking to help you focus on what you want, and discover ways to turn constraints into opportunities through visualization and holistic thinking strategies.

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Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk reads and discusses 'A Strangeness in My Mind'

Orhan Pamuk's latest novel tells the story of street vendor Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. -- Twelve-year-old Mevlut travels from Central Anatolia to Istanbul and survives by hawking boza, the traditional Turkish drink. He's so hapless he inadvertently marries the sister of a girl he loves. Yet as he wanders the streets, enthralled by the city's glorious history and its booming future, he senses a satisfying "strangeness" that finally leads him to recognize what he's really wanted in life. -- 'A Strangeness in My Mind' is translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap. -- Walter Andrews, Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Literature, University of Washington, joins Pamuk for a conversation about Pamuk's novel.

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Gun Violence & Its Impact

Listen to a public conversation with different community voices brought together to imagine ways to contend with gun violence as a pervasive and often divisive social problem. Gun violence has entered our headlines many times this year to heartbreaking effect. We present a public conversation with different community voices brought together to imagine ways to contend with this pervasive and often divisive social problem. 

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Chris Bayley discusses his book 'Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle'

Author and former Prosecutor Chris Bayley discusses his successful fight to end a deeply ingrained system of corruption that existed in Seattle's law enforcement and political spheres until the early 1970s. Many view Seattle as a progressive and high-tech city, but Seattle's history includes 100 years of vice and official corruption. City officials turned a blind eye to illegal gambling, unlicensed bars, and prostitution, in exchange for which police officers demanded "operating fees" in the form of cash payments from establishment owners. The money trail that started on the streets ended high up in the Seattle Police Department and affected top levels of both city and county government. -- 'Seattle Justice' is the story of Chris Bayley's underdog fight to defeat the incumbent Prosecutor, reform the Prosecutor's office, and investigate and prosecute officials for the payoff system. 

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Your Business - Start Smart: Financing Your Business

Take the next step in starting and growing your business. Explore the many avenues toward financing your venture, including SBA commercial loans, alternative lending, microloans, retirement rollovers, and crowdfunding in a moderated, informative panel of experts. You will learn about the 5 C's of credit,"bootstrapping," and the difference between a secured and an unsecured loan. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered by the experts.

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Novelist Colum McCann reads from and discusses 'Thirteen Ways of Looking'

Join us for an evening with award-winning novelist Colum McCann. McCann will read and be joined by John Freeman, himself an award-winning writer and book critic. A novella evoking insecurity in the age of security cameras and three heartbreaking stories make up McCann's first fiction collection in 12 years. -- Praise for 'A New Way of Looking': "A superbly crafted and deeply moving collection of fiction ... underscores [McCann's] reputation as a contemporary master." -Kirkus starred review. -- "Separate and together, these four works prove McCann a master with a poet's ear, a psychologist's understanding, and a humanitarian's conscience." Publishers Weekly starred review.

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A Night with Children's Authors Gennifer Choldenko, Jennifer Holm and Rebecca Stead

Join us for an evening with beloved children's authors as they discuss their latest projects, moderated by Jolie Stekly, instructor of the Writing for Children program at the University of Washington. -- Author of the Newbery Honor Book "Al Capone Does My Shirts," Gennifer Choldenko shares her newest novel "Chasing Secrets," an exciting historical mystery set in San Francisco during the Gilded Age. -- Three-time Newbery Honor author Jennifer Holm discusses her most recent projects, including the widely popular "The Fourteenth Goldfish." -- Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal winner for "When You Reach Me," joins us to talk about her new release, "Goodbye Stranger," a captivating and intriguing novel that explores friendship, love, bullying, double standards, and what it means to be true to yourself and to those you love.

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From Data to Action: Open Data and You

Expert panelists introduce you to the world of public open data: where to find it, how to get started using it, and examples of creative projects that use public data. Data is everywhere, and you can use it in more ways than you'd think: to make an argument to city council, to write a grant for a cause you believe in, to report on a situation, or even to create an app. Discussion points include: resources for open data on a range of topics with a special focus on, ways to combine data sets and make maps, best ways to learn about data if you are starting out on a project, and examples of the creative ways people have used open data.

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2015 Washington State Book Awards: Find Out the Winners!

Join writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, publishers and friends to learn who won the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. This podcast features brief readings from the winning titles. -- The Washington State Book Awards recognize eight outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2014 in the categories of fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, and history/general nonfiction for adults. The Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award honors a children's picture book and one book each for early readers (ages 6 to 8), middle readers (ages 9-12), and young adults (ages 13 to 18). 

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Seattle Author David Williams Discusses His New Book

Join author David Williams, author of 'Too High Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography,' in conversation with book critic Michael Upchurch, to hear the fascinating stories behind the remarkable engineering projects that shaped Seattle, including regrading Denny Hill, filling in the Duwamish tideflats, and replumbing Lake Washington. -- David Williams' writing focuses on the intersection of people and the natural world. His books include 'Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology,' 'The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City,' and 'Cairns: Messengers in Stone.' David also works at the University of Washington's Burke Museum and leads walking tours about the natural environment and history of Seattle.

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The Queer Detective Returns: Discovering LGBTQ Mysteries and Suspense

Murder, theft, cons and crimes shadow the streets within a mystery novel, but thankfully for its innocent denizens, there's a hero or heroine on the case, striking fear into villains and solving the toughest of puzzles, all while alluding danger and living out of the closet. "Queer" detectives, investigators, and mysteries solvers are not new to the noir world. Protectors of its dark cityscapes include such literary LGBTQ luminaries as Joseph Hansen's dogged investigator Dave Brandstetter, Nicola Griffith's steely heroine Aud Torvingen, and Josh Lanyon's inquisitive bookseller Adrien English. -- Join us for an evening reading with three writers who spotlight crime solvers who find the culprit and celebrate LGBTQ love and relationships. This reading event will include Lambda Literary winner Nicole Kimberling (Bellingham Mysteries), Rainbow Award winner L. A. Witt (Hostile Ground) and Northwest suspense novelist Jove Belle (The Job).

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Seattle Writes: A Book's Journey -- What It Takes to Get Published Today

Publishing pros share insights on querying, finding an agent, working with an editor, getting your book to readers, and all the steps along the way. -- A panel of multi-published authors discuss their writing processes and adventures in publishing. They'll share solid tips on making your book the best it can be and how to get it into the hands of readers.  The panel includes: Martha Brockenbrough, Justina Chen, Bridget Foley, Boyd Morrison, and Jennifer Murphy.

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Songwriter Thomas Teller Jönsson discusses his love of libraries and composing at the Central Library

Swedish singer-songwriter Thomas Teller Jönsson loves libraries. His song "Library" is set in his hometown library in Malmö, Sweden. -- On August, 18, 2015 , he composed, "Tomorrow" in the Central Library music room here at The Seattle Public Library. This summer, Thomas travelled from Malmö, Sweden to collaborate and perform with the Seattle Bushwick Book Club. In this podcast, Thomas discusses his connection with libraries and performs these songs.

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A View from the Bridge: A Conversation with the Seattle Repertory Theatre

Listen to a discussion of Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge'. This discussion will include director Braden Abraham (Artistic Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre) and members of the cast of 'A View from the Bridge'. This classic play tells the story of a longshoreman by trade, Eddie Carbone, who is confident in the working-class neighborhood he calls home. That life changes when he agrees to harbor his immigrant cousins. A love affair exposes a dark family secret, and suspicion, jealousy and betrayal soon follow in this passionate drama by one of America's greatest playwrights.

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Of Memory: An Artist Talk by Lynne Yamamoto

Hear Lynne Yamamoto talk about her work. She was also interviewed by Susan Kunimatsu, a writer, consultant on arts and culture and artist. -- Libraries are places of memory. They are, also, catalysts of an unforeseen future. In Yamamoto's hands shadowy, stark forms interrogate culture, identity and place. Created as a public art work for the Central Library, Yamamoto's card catalog is a ghost hovering far above the computerized catalogs that have taken its place. Lynne Yamamoto's sculpture "Of Memory" at the Central Library harkens to an era when finding the title of a book, subject or an author required the use of a card catalog.

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Seattle Design Festival: Questioning Youth Incarceration

Join us for a public conversation held by community activists who oppose the King County's proposed $210 million Children and Family Justice Center. The panel will raise questions about seemingly "normal" institutions in our society. Is designing prisons, youth jails, and detention centers inevitable? Who designs these spaces, and who is affected by the existence and harms of these spaces? What does a community movement to resist incarceration and caging look like? -- Facilitated by Shannon Perez-Darby, Youth Services Program Manager at The Northwest Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse.

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Michael Schein presents 'John Surratt, The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away'

Historian Michael Schein presents his new book on John Surratt, a Confederate Secret Service agent and Booth's closest associate in the four months leading up to the assassination of President Lincoln. Schein leads a lively discussion of his book, illustrated by historical slides. He will discuss Surratt's involvement in the assassination plot, his meetings with the Confederate high command in Richmond, and his wild flight from justice as his mother stood trial for her life.

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Cultivating Readers: Celebrating Food Literacy Month

See what's cooking at this evening celebrating local food, local authors, writing and community! Special guest: Trudi Inslee, First Lady of the State of Washington. Join a discussion with chefs and authors on the ways we talk about, and build community around, food. The main presentation begins with opening remarks from Trudi Inslee, First Lady of the State of Washington. A lively panel discussion will follow featuring chefs and authors sharing their literary inspirations, favorite food books, and thoughts on the mixing bowl of food, education and writing. The evening will wrap up with local children's authors sharing the food-inspired stories behind their books. -- Panelists:  Tarik Abdullah, Chef and Educator, DJ and a Cook Pop Up Series; Bridget Charters, Director, Hot Stove Society, Tom Douglas Restaurants; Rebekah Denn, freelance food writer for the Seattle Times; Edouardo Jordan, Chef/Owner of Salare Restaurant; Kate Lebo, author of "Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter." Philip Lee, Publisher at Readers to Eaters, moderates. -- Next, children's book authors share the inside food stories featured in: "Maddi's Fridge" by Lois Brandt; "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer" by Kelly Jones; "Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me" by Sara Nickerson; and "Zora's Zucchini" by Katherine Pryor.

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Bestselling author Erica Jong reads from 'Fear of Dying'

Erica Jong reads from her first book in 10 years -- a sequel to her first and most famous one, "Fear of Flying," the sexually candid novel starring the intrepid Isadora Wing. -- In her sixties and still beautiful, former actress Vanessa Wonderman is caught between her ailing parents, aging husband and pregnant daughter. Since her husband isn't up for sex anymore, she places an ad on a site called and must turn for help to friend Isadora Wing when the responses start upending her life.

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Celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction master Octavia Butler

Listen to a conversation with writers from the new anthology "Octavia's Brood," Walidah Imarisha and Gabriel Teodros. They'll be discussing where science fiction and social justice meet. The event kicks off with a live music set by local hip-hop legend Gabriel Teodros.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson reads from 'Fortune Smiles'

In six large-scale stories, Adam Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. "A half-dozen sometimes Carver-esque yarns that find more-or-less ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges and somehow holding up. Tragedy is always close to the surface in Johnson's work with tragicomic layerings. . . . Bittersweet, elegant, full of hard-won wisdom: this is no ordinary book, either." - Kirkus Reviews starred review.

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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

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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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