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An Evening with Ursula K. Le Guin and Mariano Martin Rodriguez
Join Ursula K. Le Guin and Mariano Martin Rodriguez as they briefly discuss translating Gheorghe Săsărman's 'Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony' and read stories aloud in English and Spanish. -- Explore imaginary societies and human nature through architectural descriptions of alien cities in this speculative fiction collection, originally published in Romanian in 1975. -- Le Guin discovered Săsărman while reading a Spanish translation of his works, and enjoyed them so much she decided to translate them into English. Assisted by Rodriguez, 24 stories were selected for the English translation of 'Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony.' -- Following the discussion, Rodriguez will read a story in Spanish and Le Guin will read a story in English.
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Nicola Griffith reads from "Hild," her new historical novel
Nicola Griffith reads from "Hild," her new historical novel about the life of St. Hilda of Whitby.
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McCarty presents images of war and toysMcCarty brings together war and toys in photography that explores what children living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip experience every day.
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Clay Jenkinson portrays Theodore Roosevelt and presents "Rushmore Speaks"History comes alive when Clay Jenkinson, humanities scholar and Chautauquan, portrays Theodore Roosevelt and presents "Rushmore Speaks."
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Will Allen discusses his autobiography, "The Good Food Revolution"Will Allen, athlete, farmer and MacArthur genius, shares his thoughts on how communities, families and even children can take part in the growing food revolution to provide good food for all.
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Bushwick Book Club presents 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher'
The Bushwick Book Club presents original music inspired by Timothy Egan's award-winning 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.'
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Nancy Leson presents a discussion with four local Seattle chefs and restaurateurs
Join The Seattle Times' food writer Nancy Leson for "Still Crazy (Good) After All These Years: Restaurants That Keep Us Coming Back for More," a discussion with four local Seattle chefs and restaurateurs.
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Book-It Repertory Theatre brings to life the quest of Edward Curtis to photograph more than 80 American Indian tribesBook-It Repertory Theatre brings to life the 30-year quest of Edward Curtis to photograph and document the vanishing ways and customs of more than 80 American Indian tribes in the early 20th century.
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Readings by 12 local writers in the Jack Straw Writers Program
Readings by 12 local writers in the 2013 Jack Straw Writers Program.
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Simon Winchester presents: "The Men Who United the States"Join Simon Winchester for an overview of "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible."
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