The Seattle Public Library presents Gregory Martin, author of 2013 Seattle Reads selection 'Stories for Boys'
In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. "Seattle Reads" is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.
In this 15th year of the series, The Seattle Public Library has selected "Stories for Boys," a memoir by author Gregory Martin. From Wednesday, May 1, through Sunday, May 5, Martin will meet with readers and discuss his book.
"Stories for Boys" is Martin's quirky, heart-wrenching memoir about coming to terms with his father's homosexuality, following a failed suicide attempt, after 39 years of marriage to Martin's mother - all during which he was having anonymous sexual encounters with men. This is a story of family secrets and revelations, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness, leavened by humorous stories about the author's parenting of two young sons and memories of his own happy childhood with the father he thought he knew.
All Library programs are free and open to the public. Times and locations are listed below. For more information on these events, visit the Library's website at www.spl.org or call 206-386-4636.
Meet Gregory Martin
The public is invited to meet Martin and discuss "Stories for Boys" at seven locations. Books will be available for purchase at all events. Doors open 30 minutes before each event. Limited free parking and street parking is available at branch libraries. Times and locations for these events with Martin are listed below.
- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089
- 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at North Seattle Community College, Baxter Events Center, 9600 College Way N., 206-386-4636
- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715
- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908
- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086
- 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455
- 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539
Main Event with Gregory Martin
The Book-It Repertory Theatre will perform a staged reading from "Stories for Boys" adapted and directed by Laura Ferri. Martin will join Ferri and cast for a discussion with the audience from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Tickets and reservations are not required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Limited parking will be available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates.
About the Author
"Stories for Boys" was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Martin's first book "Mountain City" won the 2001 Washington State Book Award. He has lived in Seattle and taught at Seattle University and North Seattle Community College. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
For more information contact:
Chris Higashi, program manager for the Washington Center for the Book
Andra Addison, communications director
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