PLEASE NOTE: ALL OF THE LIBRARY'S MARCH EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. This administrative cancellation is due to COVID-19.


Adam Hochschild - 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Award-winning author Hochschild will discuss the astonishing story of Rose Pastor Stokes, one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time. His book, "Rebel Cinderella," is a narrative nonfiction that unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time.

Susanna Ryan - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455. Local author Ryan will discuss her recently published book "Seattle Walk Report: An Illustrated Walking Tour through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods." The book goes deep into the urban jungle, exploring 23 popular Seattle neighborhoods, pulling out history, notable landmarks, and curiosities that make each area so distinctive. This program is part of the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula and Puget Sound. It is presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Spirited Stone - RESCHEDULED to Thursday July 23, 2020. at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Enjoy an evening celebrating the first book about beloved nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota and the beloved Japanese garden in Rainier Beach that bears his name. "Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden" is presented by Kubota Garden Foundation and Chin Music Press. The evening will include live music and readings by Spirited Stone’s contributing poets and essayists. 

Bernadine Evaristo - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S. Join us to hear Evaristo discuss her Booker Prize-winning novel "Girl, Woman, Other," a kaleidoscopic story celebrating Black British voices. Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, "Girl, Woman, Other" is written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry. It's a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.

Monica Zgustova - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Zgustova will discuss her latest book, "Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag." The nonfiction work is a poignant and unexpectedly inspirational account of women’s suffering and resilience in Stalin’s forced labor camps, diligently transcribed in the kitchens and living rooms of nine survivors.

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Karl Marlantes - 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Quế Mai shares "The Mountains Sing," her first novel in English. It's an enveloping, multi-generational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. The novel brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope. Quế Mai will also speak with Marlantes, a Vietnam veteran and author of "Deep River," "Matterhorn," and "What It’s Like to Go to War."


 Author readings at the Central Library are supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, Seattle City of Literature, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.


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