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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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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 toys

McCarty 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 tribes

Book-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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Donna Tartt reads from 'The Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt reads from her new book, "The Goldfinch." Young Theo survives an explosion that kills his beloved mother. In his unbearable longing for her, he becomes obsessed with a painting that reminds him of her.

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Will Self reads from 'Umbrella'

Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, "Umbrella" exposes 20th-century technology as refracted through the lens of a long-term mental institution.

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Thrilling Tales presents two spooky tales

In this October 21 session of Thrilling Tales, we hear two spooky tales of a century ago: "Mrs. Morrel's Last Seance" by Edgar Jepson, and "The Bus Conductor" by E.F. Benson.

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Kim Ghattas talks about her time in the press corps traveling with the Secretary of State

Kim Ghattas talks about her time in the press corps traveling with the Secretary of State in her book "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."

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Alice McDermott reads from her latest book, 'Someone'

Novelist Alice McDermott, who won the National Book Award for "Charming Billy," reads from her latest book, "Someone."

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Thrilling Tales presents two classic ghost stories

In this spooky episode of Thrilling Tales, the Storytime for Grownups, we share two classic ghost stories: "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving (1824), and "The Floor Above" by M.L. Humphreys (1923).

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Mercedes Nicole and her quintet perform an Etta James tribute

A concert in tribute to Etta James -- the late, great, multiple Grammy-winning singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee -- performed by local artist Mercedes Nicole and her quintet.

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Paul Harding talks about his book 'Enon'

Award-winning author, Paul Harding talks about his book "Enon," the story of Charlie Crosby as he desperately comes to terms with a shattering personal tragedy.

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Eric Schlosser reads from his new book 'Command and Control'

Eric Schlosser, investigative journalist and author of "Fast Food Nation," will read from his new book "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety."

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Ivan Doig talks about his latest book, 'Sweet Thunder'

Ivan Doig talks about his latest book starring Morrie Morgan, "Sweet Thunder." Morrie edits the fledgling union newspaper that challenges a mining company in town.

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Terry McMillan reads from 'Who Asked You?'

Terry McMillan reads from her latest book, "Who Asked You?" an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family ties.

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Jonathan Lethem discusses his latest book, 'Dissident Gardens'

Lethem's latest novel centers around two extraordinary women and three generations of an all-American family of radicals in Queens.

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Timothy Egan discusses his book 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher'

Writer and journalist Timothy Egan discusses his book, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."

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Katy Butler discusses her book 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'

Journalist Katy Butler discusses her book 'Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.'

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The Bushwick Book Club Seattle performs original music inspired by 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'.

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle isn't your run-of-the-mill book club -- when they read books, they also write songs about them! Join us for original music inspired by L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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Jonathan Raban discusses his book "Driving Home: An American Journey."

"Driving Home" collects two decades of Raban's essays -- travelogues and commentary that chart a course through American history, the Pacific Northwest, and current events.

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Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster discuss and read from their new book, "Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine."

Philosopher professor Critchley and psychoanalyst Webster, a husband and wife team, study Shakespeare's play alongside other writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts -- from Nietzsche and Freud to Melville and Joyce. They've found that, like an insistent ghost, Hamlet only has more to reveal with each passing era.

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Join us for an onstage conversation between Bruce Barcott, author of "The Measure of a Mountain," and Terry Tazioli, host of TVW’s "Well Read."

Bruce Barcott's love letter to Tahoma, "The Measure of a Mountain," details Barcott's attempts to know the mountain -- from his initial, disastrous, solo hikes, to his extensive research and interviews, to his ultimate attempt to reach the summit -- and in the process, helps readers understand this natural wonder a bit better.

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Reza Aslan discusses 'Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth'

Iranian-American writer/scholar Reza Aslan's latest book is the product of 20 years of meticulous research to get to the core of who Jesus was as a man and as a historical figure. -- Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, "Zealot" does not rely on the gospels for primary source material. Rather, it places Jesus in the social, religious and political milieu of his time so as to form a more accurate picture of Jesus, one that views him as a radical political revolutionary swept up, as every Jew of his era was, in the nationalist struggle for freedom from Roman occupation.

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Seattle Writes: Taking the Mystery out of Getting Published

Six published crime writers unveil the mysteries of writing and publishing in today's evolving marketplace. -- Panelists include: Bernadette Pajer, Mike Lawson, Charles Philipp Martin, Waverly Fitzgerald, Judy Dailey, and Leslie Budewitz.

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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." 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Join us for an intimate conversation with best-selling Hedgebrook authors Ruth Ozeki and Karen Joy Fowler.

Enjoy scenes from Ruth Ozeki's new novel, "A Tale for the Time Being" and Karen Joy Fowler's new novel, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," brought to life by local actors. After the readings, join us for a question and answer session facilitated by Hedgebrook's executive director, Amy Wheeler.

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Khaled Hosseini reads from 'And the Mountains Echoed'

Khaled Hosseini tells a multi-generational family story about how people love, how they take care of one another, and how choices resonate through generations. 'And the Mountains Echoed' follows the characters' lives, choices and loves around the globe -- from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos. 

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Thrilling Tales, Storytime for Grownups presents: The Stolen Cigar Case, by Bret Harte

Never fear: the great Hemlock Jones is on the case, and the solution is Elementary! Very. A classic parody from the heyday of Sherlock Holmes.

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Josh Hanagarne discusses his memoir 'The World’s Strongest Librarian'

Josh Hanagarne discusses his book, "The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family," with Seattle writer and blogger Diane Mapes. -- While in high school, Hanagarne was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome; he is now a 6'7" librarian at The Salt Lake City Public Library who competes in strongman contests. This debut memoir illuminates the mysteries of Tourette Syndrome, as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries.

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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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Seattle Reads 'Stories for Boys': Meet Author Gregory Martin

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to take part in Seattle Reads "Stories for Boys," a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. -- Martin's quirky, heart-wrenching memoir looks at family secrets, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness. As Martin struggles to come to terms with revelations of his father's homosexuality following an attempted suicide, he relates humorous stories about parenting two young sons mixed with memories of his own happy childhood with the father he thought he knew.

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Seattle Reads, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and author Gregory Martin present staged readings from 'Stories for Boys'

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from "Stories for Boys," adapted and directed by Laura Ferri. Author Gregory Martin joins Ferri and cast for a post-performance discussion. -- Martin's quirky, heart-wrenching memoir looks at family secrets, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness. As Martin struggles to come to terms with revelations of his father's homosexuality following an attempted suicide, he relates humorous stories about parenting two young sons mixed with memories of his own happy childhood with the father he thought he knew.

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Children's author, Kate DiCamillo discusses "Bink and Gollie, Best Friends Forever," the third and final book in her award-winning series.

Hear the tale of Kate DiCamillo's journey to becoming an acclaimed children's author. She will answer questions about her books and writing style, and tell you what it's like when your books become movies. -- DiCamillo is an award-winning author of children's books, including "Because of Winn-Dixie," "The Tiger Rising," "The Tale of Despereaux" and "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." She has recently completed a series of early chapter books about a pig named Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book "Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride." DiCamillo lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Isabel Allende reads from 'Maya's Notebook'

Isabel Allende tells a coming-of-age story about teenager Maya Vidal, abandoned as an infant, who turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crime when her beloved Popi dies. -- As Maya's grandmother Nidia sends her into protective custody on Chiloé, an island off Chile's southern coast, she hands her a notebook in which to record her story. Maya's diary relates a journey into self-destruction. Fair and tall, Maya does not resemble her Chilean side -- neither her absentee pilot father nor tough-love Berkeley activist grandmother -- but her Danish flight-attendant mother, who left her newborn with her in-laws. Maya's guiding light had been her grandmother's second husband, a wise and loving African-American astronomer.

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John Freeman in conversation with Granta's 2013 Best Young British Novelists

Join Granta editor John Freeman for a reading and discussion with some of Britain's best writers, including a judge of the 2013 series and this year's newly announced novelists. -- In 1983, Granta devoted an issue to new fiction by 20 of the 'Best of Young British Novelists' and has released a new issue every 10 years since. From Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Kazuo Ishiguro to Zadie Smith, these lists offer a revealing snapshot of a generation of writers about to come into their own. -- Freeman is the editor of Granta magazine and author of two books, 'The Tyranny of E-mail' and 'How to Read A Novelist' (forthcoming). Freeman is also a poet and critic, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Zyzzyva and The Believer, as well as a former president of the National Book Critics Circle. He currently teaches at Columbia University and City University of New York.

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Elizabeth Strout talks about her new book, 'The Burgess Boys.'

Elizabeth Strout's first book since Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Olive Kitteridge' tells the story of the lifelong repercussions suffered by three siblings as a result of a freak accident that killed their father when they were children. In a conversation with Elliott Bay Book Co.'s Rick Simonson, Strout discusses the themes of race, immigration, and class that are woven into this new tale of family loss and the destructive power of secrets. -- Using a real-life case in Maine as a model for one of the character's legal troubles, along with Strout's own time as both a Maine and New York local and her expertise as a former lawyer, Strout brings deeply human protagonists into the present day and makes their story the crux of 'The Burgess Boys.'

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An evening with Caroline Kennedy and 'Poems to Learn by Heart'

Kennedy will be joined by students from the Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools program, Seattle University and Sanislo Elementary, along with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, who will recite both poems from the book and their own original work. -- In 'Poems to Learn by Heart,' the companion to 'A Family of Poems,' Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that show how vital and relevant poetry is and can be in the lives of children of all ages. Thoughtful introductions to sections on nature, sports, monsters and fairies, friendship and family reflect Kennedy's own family's engagement with and enjoyment of poetry. The new anthology is illustrated with watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Jon J. Muth, who also illustrated 'A Family of Poems.'

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Marci Alboher presents 'The Encore Career Handbook'

Looking for a road map to your next career? Join Marci Alboher for a conversation about how to make a living and a difference in the second half of life.  Alboher is joined by Paul Shoemaker of Social Ventures Partners Seattle for a conversation that explores the transition involved in an encore career, how much you need to make, the pros and cons of going back to school, when to volunteer or intern, how to network effectively and harness the power of social media, and who is hiring and for what jobs. -- They will also discuss Alboher's 'The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life,' a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide filled with inspiring stories and extensive FAQs that addresses how to strike a balance between doing good and doing well in a new career.

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Jamaica Kincaid reads from 'See Now Then'

In her first novel in ten years, Jamaica Kincaid reveals a marriage in all its joys and agonies. --     Kincaid offers a meditation on the doomed marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Sweet, a Caribbean-born writer and gardener and a New York City composer who are raising their children in Shirley Jackson's former home in a quaint Vermont town. -- "In this furious, funny, and sorrowful tirade and lament, Kincaid meshes autobiography with archetypes as the unraveling of an unlikely marriage turns into a heightened, hypnotic, and shrewdly complex inquiry into time, alienation, and metamorphosis." - Booklist starred review

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Thrilling Tales, Storytime for Grownups presents: The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton

Thrilling Tales Storytime for Grown Ups presents: The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton. -- When an athiest is struck dead outside the village cathedral, who better to solve this perplexing mystery than that unassuming yet most perceptive little cleric, Father Brown.

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Natalie Goldberg reads from 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language'

Poet, painter, teacher and writer Natalie Goldberg presents in book form what she's been teaching for years in small, intensive workshops. -- Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Goldberg's revolutionary writing and life practice. The capstone to 40 years of teaching, 'The True Secret of Writing' covers Goldberg's own search for truth and clarity. Her students' breakthroughs and insights give testament to the workings of her unique, tough-love method. Homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life and love provide further secrets and inspiration for writing.

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Rebecca Miller reads from 'Jacob's Folly'

In Rebecca Miller's latest novel, an 18th-century Jewish peddler is reincarnated as a fly in present-day Long Island and becomes involved in the lives of two residents. -- Jacob, the peddler; Leslie and Deirdre Senzatimore, an American couple; and Masha, an alluring young ultra-Orthodox Jew who is gravely ill find their fates intertwined and the courses of their lives irrevocably altered. -- "Marvelous, deep, rich, sexy, transgressive, terrifying, tough, and very, very funny -- a great ingathering as multifaceted as a gem, or the eye of a fly!" - Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Angels in America'. -- "A deeply pleasurable, darkly comic, and original reinterpretation of Jewish history's 'indestructible storyline,' alighting thoughtfully on forces both individual and collective, internal and external, from genocide to assimilation." - Booklist starred review.

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Bestselling author Jodi Picoult will read from her new book, 'The Storyteller.'

Sage Singer works in a bakery and is approached one day by a beloved community member, Josef Weber, who asks Sage the impossible: would she be willing to kill him? Josef, who has hid his past as a Nazi SS guard, asks Sage, a young Jewish woman, to hear his story and consider his request.

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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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Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright, discusses 'Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948'

Using her parents' writings, as well as her own memories, Albright presents a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, the onset of the Cold War and her eventual immigration to the United States. -- As she discusses her experience growing up during this period, Albright reflects on the discovery of her family's Jewish heritage many decades after the war, and the choices that her parents and their generation faced as complicated events unfolded on the world stage.

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Lorraine McConaghy & Judy Bentley discuss their new young adult biography, 'Free Boy'

In their young adult biography, Judy Bentley and Lorraine McConaghy tell the true story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West's Underground Railroad. -- When James Tilton came to Washington Territory as surveyor-general in the 1850s, he brought young Charles Mitchell with his household. The story of Charlie's escape in 1860 on a steamer bound for Victoria and the help he received from free blacks reveals how national issues on the eve of the Civil War were also being played out in the West. This biography explores issues of race, slavery, treason and secession in Washington Territory; making it a resource for teachers and a story for readers of all ages.

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John Wood presents an illustrated talk on 'Creating Room to Read'

'Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy' tells the inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries and promote education around the world. -- In his new book, Wood tackles the challenges of managing expansion while maintaining integrity; raising money in a collapsing economy; promoting gender equality through scholarships for girls; and changing the mission to include not just building libraries but publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language.

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Education reformer, Michelle Rhee, talks about her new book 'Radical: Fighting to Put Students First'

In her recently-released memoir, 'Radical,' Michelle Rhee recounts her own experiences in the trenches as a teacher and administrator.

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Carver Clark Gayton reads from a new "facsimile edition" of his great grandfather Lewis George Clarke’s slave narrative

Lewis George Clarke published the story of his life as a slave in 1845, after he had escaped from Kentucky and become a well-regarded abolitionist lecturer throughout the North. His book 'Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke, During a Captivity of More Than Twenty-Five Years, among the Algerines of Kentucky, One of the So Called Christian States of North America' was the first work by a slave to be acquired by the Library of Congress and placed under copyright. -- Clarke lived in the Cambridge, Mass., home of Aaron and Mary Safford. There he encountered Mary's stepsister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and other abolitionists. His experiences are evident in 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' published in 1852, and Stowe identified him as the prototype for the character George Harris.

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Celebrate Black History Month with Seattle Poet Colleen McElroy

Colleen McElroy, award-winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, reads from her newest poetry volume, 'Here I Throw Down My Heart.' -- McElroy's poems look at how borders between countries, or between genders and class, have deepened the lines between the haves and have-nots.

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Bestselling author Cory Doctorow reads from his new young adult novel 'Homeland'

When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a USB flash drive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer's election campaign, are all endangered.

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Celebrate Black History Month with author Aaron Dixon

Aaron Dixon, author of 'My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain,' will read from his book and answer questions about his experiences and the history of the Black Panther Party in Seattle. -- Dixon has dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age 19. His memoir begins with the story of enslaved ancestors, taking us on a journey throughout American history to the life of a foot soldier in the Black Panther Party. Readers will learn about the courage of a generation and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power.

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