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Elliott Bay Book Company
Located in Pioneer Square and home to over 150,000 titles, Elliott Bay Book Company presents many author events and readings.  More information about this show

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American Podium: Rethinking Environmental Challenges 9/20/2011
Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn`t our fossil-fuel dependency or melting glaciers - it`s faulty thinking. Presented by: Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
An Evening With Dinaw Mengestu 12/4/2008
Author Dinaw Mengestu talks about the inspirations and history around his novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Set in a poor neighborhood in Washington, D.C., Mengestu's award-winning novel tells a story of the African immigrant experience through three main characters from Ethiopia, the Congo and Kenya. This program is presented in cooperation with The Elliot Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Misha Glenny - McMafia 11/11/2008
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the deregulation of international financial markets, both governments and entrepreneurs become intoxicated by forecasts of limitless expansion into newly open markets. No one foresaw that one of the greatest successes of globalization would be the limitless expansion of organized crime. Current estimates suggest that illegal trade now accounts for twenty percent of global GDP. In his new book McMafia, British journalist Misha Glenny traces organized crime’s phenomenal growth showing how it and terror are fueled by the identical source: the material affluence of the West and the poverty of the developing world. Glenny’s award-winning books include The Rebirth of History, The Fall of Yugoslavia and The Balkans, 1804-1999. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Rick Perlstein - Nixonland 11/4/2008
Historian Rick Perlstein recaptures American's turbulent 60s and early 70s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency. He shows how in 1972, Nixon harvested the bitterness and resentment born of the country's turmoil, and set the stage for the ideological divide that characterizes American today. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Jeremy Scahill - Blackwater USA 9/30/2008
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army tells the story of the rise of the fastest-growing private army in the world. Journalist Jeremy Scahill traces Blackwater’s founding in 1997 by Erik Prince, an ex-Navy Seal and scion of a wealthy conservative family, its military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the U.S., and its close ties to the Bush administration. The shooting spree by Blackwater forces in Baghdad last September has brought questions about its lack of accountability into mainstream discourse. Among the only western reporters to gain access to the Abu Ghraib prison when Saddam Hussein was in power, Scahill is a fellow at The Nation Institute and a frequent contributor of The Nation magazine. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Square: Death with Dignity or Assisted Suicide? 7/2/2008
Oregon is currently the only state in the nation that allows assisted suicide or patient-directed dying. Former Governor Booth Gardner has filed an initiative here in Washington which, if passed, would allow some terminally ill patients to receive medication to end their lives. What are the moral and ethical arguments on both sides of this emotionally charged issue? How are they addressed in the proposed law? Medical professionals and ethicists discuss the ramifications of the issue, and take questions from the audience. The program is moderated by Seattle University Law Professor John Mitchell. Presented by the Town Hall and CityClub, with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: Howard Fineman - Thirteen American Arguments 6/30/2008
Newsweek’s Howard Fineman believes that our nation’s process of never-ending argument is not only what defines us as a country but is what keeps us free. He shows that every one of these debates -- from the nation’s founding to the present day -- is rooted in thirteen essential questions—from what is a person, to who is an American, the role of faith, what can we know and say, and local vs. federal control. In The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define Our Country, Fineman shows that the issues that galvanized the Founding Fathers, should still inspire our leaders, thinkers, and citizens. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
American Podium: E.J. Dionne - 'Souled Out' 6/12/2008
In Souled Out, award-winning commentator and journalist E. J. Dionne explains why the era of the “religious right” is over. Profiling contemporary religious figures such as Rich Warren and Richard Cizik to John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Dionne shows that our great religious traditions have always preached a broad message of hope and have refused to be mere props for the powers that be. He also argues that atheist writers such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens should be seen as a gift to believers, by demanding that they live up to their proclaimed values and embrace scientific and philosophical inquiry. Presented by The Town Hall Center for Civic Life and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Square: Roland Kelts' Japanamerica 5/23/2008
The influence of manga, anime, otouku, and other aspects of modern Japanese culture and aesthetic on this side of the Pacific is the subject of Roland Kelts' Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. Roland Kelts, a lecturer at Tokyo University and co-editor of Public Spaces, is both Japanese and American, and his work appears in the media of both countries. "Like a Wired magazine article on steroids … Kelts throws out fascinating ideas. If you wish to understand the nuances of otaku-dom, or are just hentai-curious, Japanamerica is a broad primer. If you're seeking investment opportunities, it's practically a prospectus." - R.C. Baker, The Village Voice. Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Square: Michael Connery - Youth to Power 5/2/2008
Michael Connery is a political activist and progressive blogger ( and In "Youth to Power: How Young Voters are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority", Connery examines how today's young people are combining technology with a vigorous social spirit that could serve to revive progressive politics. Connery speaks on stage with Eli Sanders, Senior Staff Writer for The Stranger. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store.
American Podium: Lou Dobbs 1/29/2008
Lou Dobbs is a Harvard-educated economist, anchor and managing editor of CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight and editorial columnist. Originally a classically conservative economist, Dobbs’s views have changed over time. In his new book, Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit, he examines the public policy choices over the past thirty years that have eroded individual liberties, disenfranchised the middle class, reduced worker rights and pay, and led the nation into social and political division at home as well as into conflict around the world. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Square: Jay Inslee 11/4/2007
In 1961, President Kennedy ignited America’s Apollo Project and sparked a revolution in space exploration. Today, the New Apollo Energy Project is poised to revolutionize the production of energy. The nation that built the world’s most powerful rockets, its most advanced computers, and most sophisticated life support systems is ready to create the most powerful solar energy systems, its most advanced wind energy turbines, and its most sophisticated hybrid cars. Representative Jay Inslee (with co-author Bracken Hendricks) has written Apollo’s Fire, which lays out the path to stop global warming and gain energy independence. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Seattle University and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Thomas Ricks on Fiasco : The American Military Adventure in Iraq 8/8/2007
Thomas Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, discusses Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq. Ricks has covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post since 2000, reporting on activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. Ricks was part of a Washington Post team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for reporting about the beginning of the U.S. counteroffensive against terrorism. Presented by the Seattle Public Library with The Elliott Bay Book Co.
Stephanie Coontz: Revolution in Love, Sex, and Marriage 6/6/2007
Stephanie Coontz, a faculty member at Evergreen since 1975, is a nationally-known expert on marriage and family presents a talk entitled "Courting Disaster: The Worldwide Revolution in Love, Sex, and Marriage." Her research shows that today's marriages are fragile not because Americans have become more self-centered and career-minded, but because we expect more from marriage than any previous generation. Her most recent book, Marriage, A History, was selected as one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post. She has appeared numerous times on national television, in magazines and national newspapers, and is a sought after speaker. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Elliott Bay Books Presents Anthony Romero 6/11/2007
Anthony Romero took the helm of the American Civil Liberties Union a week before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He has written a critical look at the erosion of civil liberties in this country in the name of national security. In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror, Romero (with Dina Temple-Raston) tells the stories of real, average Americans and how the suspension of tenets of the Bill of Rights is playing out in the lives of American citizens. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Elliott Bay Books: Seattle Journal for Social Justice 3/30/2007
One of the most unique, interesting periodicals published in this city is the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, published out of the Seattle University School of Law. As with other recent issues, this is an opportunity to hear various contributors to the newest issue of this biannually published journal. These tend to include writers and thinkers from outside academia, as well as legal scholars and students. It is usually a spirited, celebratory occasion.
Bill Bradley: The New American Story 4/12/2007
Bill Bradley, former Senator, basketball star, and Presidential candidate, believes that we are at a moment when we are compelled to reevaluate our political system and leadership. Based on his acclaimed New York Times op-ed piece, his forthcoming book, The New American Story, argues that a strong nation requires a stronger two-party system that tells the truth to the American people. He talks about how the Republican party has built a solid pyramid with money, ideas, and the media at its base; whereas the Democratic party's structure is an inverted pyramid with too much pressure for a charismatic leader to hold it up. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life and Elliott Bay Book Company.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Bill McKibben 3/21/2007
Bill McKibben has for two decades now been one of the most astute, vital writers addressing how we live on the planet. The author of such works as The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and Enough, he is here with Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Sara Miles 3/19/2007
Food and the nourishment of body and the soul are at the heart of Sara Miles' memoir, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion. A journalist, lesbian mother, and 'Left Coast' atheist, Sara Miles discovered her own spiritual yearning in midlife when she visited, then joined her neighborhood Episcopal church. She took to action Jesus' call to feed the poor, convincing the community at St. Gregory's to allow her to open a food pantry inside the church.
Elliott Bay Books presents: William F. Schulz 2/25/2007
Dr. William F. Schulz, former executive director of Amnesty International USA, explores the origins of the deteriorating reputation of the U.S. in the world since 2001, and possible remedies in this public talk, entitled "Restoring America's Good Name Abroad." Dr. Schulz, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, is the author of In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All and Tainted Legacy: 9-11 and the Ruins of Human Rights. Co-presented by the WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL, the PUGET SOUND UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST COUNCIL, ACLU OF WASHINGTON, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUGET SOUND, AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE and HATE FREE ZONE.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Eric Klinenberg 2/5/2007
Eric Klinenberg's new book, Fighting for Air (Free Press), examines how corporate ownership and control of local media has remade American political and cultural life. Michael Fancher, editor-at-large at the Seattle Times, will moderate a discussion with Mr. Klinenberg, who is a sociology professor at New York University, and has also written the highly acclaimed Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Co-presented with Town Hall Center for Civic Life and The Seattle Times.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Michael J. Honey 2/5/2007
UW Tacoma professor Michael Honey, the former Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies and a stalwart presence within academic and activist labor circles for decades, speaks about his compelling new book, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign. Michael Honey is also the author of Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights and Black Workers Remember.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Ann Jones 2/21/2007
Journalist and activist Ann Jones has written about violence against women in the United States in such books as "Next Time She'll Be Dead" and "Women Who Kill", and about trans-African travel in search of a South African rainmaker in "Looking for Lovedu." "Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan" (Metropolitan) is her account of volunteering to teach English to Afghan high school teachers and working on behalf of women in Afghanistan in the days after 9/11. Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Jonathan Raban 2/6/2007
There has never been a Seattle-set novel quite like Jonathan Raban's arresting and compelling new book, Surveillance (Pantheon). Already receiving lavish praise in Britain, this troubling novel is set in a not-so-distant future that is disturbingly recognizable, even as the reader recoils from the realities it renders. "Surveillance is arguably the finest, most human, most chilling novel to have emerged in response to these desperate times." - Martyn Bedford, Literary Review. Jonathan Raban's previous books, award-winners many of them, include My Holy War; his previous Seattle-set novel, Waxwings; Passage to Juneau, Bad Land, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Coasting, and Old Glory.
Elliott Bay Books presents: John Newhouse 2/1/2007
A onetime New Yorker foreign policy correspondent who then served in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and was a State Department adviser during the Clinton administration, John Newhouse returns to the locally-vital subject of the aviation business In his newest book, Boeing Versus Airbus: The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business (Knopf). This follows up his earlier book, long regarded as standard, The Sporty Game, with an up-to-date date study of how Boeing and Airbus each function - and compete against each other.
Elliott Bay Books presents: Gabriel Thompson 2/3/2007
Co-presented with CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). New York journalist Gabriel Thompson visits with a timely first book. Drawn from travels throughout the U.S., "There's No José Here: Following the Hidden Lives of Mexican Immigrants" (Nation Books) takes readers to what will be surprising places for many as Mexican immigrants settle more and more widely. The current political climate is much at the forefront of this revealing and insightful account.
John Lombard: Saving Puget Sound 1/23/2007
No other developed area in the world matches the Puget Sound region's combination of beauty, wealth, natural resiliency, and history of environmental concern. John Lombard, Seattle native and senior policy analyst at the environmental consulting firm Steward and Associates, offers a practical proposal to conserve the region's most important ecosystems in the face of long-term population growth. Saving Puget Sound: A Conservation Strategy for the 21st Century provides a detailed review of the political and legal issues that must be at the core of any sound conservation strategy. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company and the University of Washington Press.
Elliott Bay Books Presents: David Lynch 1/16/2007
American filmmaker David Lynch has developed a consistent approach to narrative and visual style that has become instantly recognizable to audiences worldwide. His works include Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Dune, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks. For fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's deeply personal vision, his new book, Catching the Big Fish, provides insight into his methods and describes the role of meditation in his creative process.
Seattle Public Library presents: Isabel Allende 11/30/2006
Isabel Allende returns to Seattle to read from her new novel, Ines of My Soul. Allende is the celebrated author of such international bestsellers as The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, and Paula. Her works were featured in the Library's 2004 series, Seattle Reads Isabel Allende. Presented with Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Hall Presents: Barack Obama 10/26/2006
A special evening, featuring U.S. Senator Barack Obama and his greatly anticipated new book, The Audacity of Hope. Co-presented with Elliott Bay Bookstore, with special thanks for assistance to Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Elliott Bay Books Presents: Harvey Pekar 4/19/2006
An encore presentation of a 2006 interview with celebrated graphic narrative author Harvey Pekar, best known for American Splendor. He discusses his book “Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story”, the tale of a man at odds with the circumstance of his life.
Seattle Public Library Presents: Joan Didion 11/9/2005
Joan Didion talks about her book Slouching Toward Bethlehem, which focuses on the year following the death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. This event was co-presented with The Elliott Bay Book Company.
Town Hall Presents: Remembering Richard Feynman 4/7/2005
Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman lived an extraordinary life and inspired people in many disciplines. His daughter Michelle Feynman joined Nathan Myhrvold, co-founded Intellectual Ventures, George Dyson, author and historian, and UW Physicist Steve Ellis, who knew Feynman and worked in his field of particle physics, to talk about his life and read from his newly released book of letters, “Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track”. This event was presented with Elliott Bay Books as part the Seattle Science Lectures at Town Hall.

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