Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may watch video recordings of recent programs on our YouTube channel. Our archive of audio recordings goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of memorable Library events.
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Science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany, stops by to talk about his latest novel, 'Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders.'
'Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders' spans the recent past to the future, and follows Eric Jeffers from age 17 to old age. Eric's journey to the Dump, a utopian community created by a gay black millionaire, delves into the territory of pornography-as-literature or, as Delany calls it, "pornatopia." Recorded on July 23, 2013.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.07MB] [Play time: 01 hr 01 min]
Rafe Esquith discusses his latest book "Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: 'No Retreat, No Surrender!'"
Esquith offers words of wisdom, inspiring stories, and useful in-class advice: encouragement to new teachers to see through difficult early years, advice on mid-career classroom building, and novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.62MB] [Play time: 0 hr 51 min]
Joyce Carol Oates reads from her latest, 'The Accursed'
In 1905, an uncanny 14-month curse manifests in Princeton and affects the town's elite -- including Woodrow Wilson, the president of Princeton University, and the prominent Slades of Crosswicks. After Annabel Slade is seduced and abducted from her wedding by a dangerously compelling man, escalating events of violence and madness based in secrets and hypocrisy are unleashed in the community. -- When the bride's brother sets out to find her, his path will cross: Grover Cleveland, soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson, the young Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair, Jack London and Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain - all plagued by "accursed" visions.
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Horror fiction and graphic novelist Joe Hill stops by to discuss his latest novel 'NOS4A2.'
In 'NOS4A2', a woman with a talent for finding lost things must confront a monster from her past: a man in a 1938 Rolls Royce that allows him to slip between our world and a horrifying place called "Christmasland." Victoria managed to escape his clutches as a child. Will her son be able to do the same? -- Hill's previous novel, 'Horns', was released as a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Hill also writes a Lovecraftian comic series, "Locke & Key," with Gabriel Rodriguez.
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Isaac Marion answers questions about his zombie romance book 'Warm Bodies'.
Do you love zombies? Seattle-based writer and musician Isaac Marion answers questions about his book "Warm Bodies," upon which the zombie romance film is based.
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Memoirist Jeannette Walls reads from her latest book, 'The Silver Star.'
Memoirist Jeannette Walls reads from her latest book. -- "The Silver Star' tells the story of 12-year-old Bean and 15-year-old Liz who are abandoned by their mother Charlotte, a would-be actress/singer in 1970 California.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 23.73MB] [Play time: 0 hr 51 min]
Carl Hiaasen reads from 'Bad Monkey'.
Meet the cast of characters in Carl Hiaasen's comic tale of Florida crime: an ex-cop, a human arm in the freezer, the twitchy widow of the arm's owner, a kinky coroner, a voodoo witch and the eponymous Bad Monkey.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 21.84MB] [Play time: 0 hr 47 min]
Chef & Restaurateur John Sundstrom presents 'Thinking Outside the (Recipe) Box'
Meet Johnathan Sundstrom, executive chef and owner of Seattle's Lark restaurant, and learn about his work with Jared Stoneberg to create the community-supported Lark cookbook through crowd-sourced funding. -- Sundstrom and Stoneberg worked with an entirely local Pacific Northwest crew of photographers, writers, designer and printer to publish both print and digital versions of the cookbook. Beautifully photographed and designed, 'Lark: Cooking Against the Grain' represents an innovative self-publishing model that creates new ways for the home cook to experience print and digital content.
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Reporter Sandi Doughton presents 'Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake...'
Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton tells about scientists working to understand the way the earth moves and describes what patterns can be identified and how prepared (or not) people are. -- Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen -- in fact it's overdue. When, where and just how big will The Big One be?
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Reporter Lynda Mapes presents: 'Elwha: A River Reborn'
Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes discusses her book 'Elwha: A River Reborn' and offers a compelling exploration of one of the largest dam removal projects in the world, and the efforts to save a stunning Northwest ecosystem. -- 'Elwha: A River Reborn' reveals the challenging re-vegetation effort to restore 700 acres of mudflats resulting from the Elwha dam removal. It features interviews, field work, copious historical research and rare period images, and photography conducted over 16 years and continuing today. -- Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman made trip after trip into the back country of the Olympics with scientists to learn how the Elwha River Valley ticks.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 28.39MB] [Play time: 01 hr 01 min]