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Stephanie Kallos reads from her new novel 'Language Arts'

Kallos, the bestselling author of "Broken for You," spins the stories of a dedicated teacher, his enigmatic son, and a wartime survivor into a tale of love, loss and handwriting. -- High school English teacher Charles Marlow's wife has left, his daughter is headed for college and he can't communicate with his autistic son. A series of unexpected events forces him to reflect on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun and the memory of a boy in a white suit whose friendship both saved and condemned him, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life.


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Jack Nisbet discusses his latest book 'Ancient Places'

'Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest',  presents stories about the interplay between people and landscape. --  Drawing on a range of fresh personal research, both oral and written, Nisbet engages some of the iconic images in Northwest history: from fossil riches to ice age floods; from the Willamette Meteorite to the 1872 Earthquake; from up-and-down mining cycles to steady rounds of tribal food gathering.


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Michael Perry discusses his humorous novel 'The Jesus Cow'

With his eye (and ear) for the comical elements of contemporary rural life, New York Times-bestselling author Michael Perry turns to fiction with "The Jesus Cow," an affectionately skewed and big-hearted depiction of one miraculous bovine and the chaos it unleashes.


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2015 Writers in the Schools - celebrating high school students and their writing! This is the second of two podcasts, our first podcast featured elementary and middle-school students.

Elementary, middle and high school students share their own writing. Introduced by the adult authors they've worked with all year, students share their wonderful poetry, prose, and comics.


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2015 Writers in the Schools - celebrating elementary and middle-school students and their writing! This is the first of two podcasts, the next podcast will feature high school students.

Elementary, middle and high school students share their own writing. Introduced by the adult authors they've worked with all year, students share their wonderful poetry, prose, and comics.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 33.9 MB]


 

Lucas Mann discusses his new memoir 'Lord Fear'

Lucas Mann investigates the life and death of his enigmatic older brother who died of a heroin overdose when Lucas was only thirteen years old. -- In 'Lord Fear', the author examines his own complicated feelings about and motives for recovering memories of his brother's life. Through his investigation, he also comes to redefine his own place in a family whose narrative is bisected by the tragic loss.


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2015 Seattle Reads 'The Painter': Meet Author Peter Heller

Author Peter Heller joins a discussion with readers about this year's Seattle Reads title - 'The Painter.'  -- 'The Painter' recounts the story of famous artist Jim Stegner, as he struggles to manage the dark impulses within himself. He lives peacefully in rural Colorado, spending his days painting and fly fishing, until he encounters a brutal act of violence that rips his quiet life wide open.


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2015 Seattle Reads - Peter Heller with Book-It Repertory Theatre present: The Painter

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from 'The Painter' and author Peter Heller joins adapter Bryan Birch, director David Quicksall and cast for post-performance discussion. -- 'The Painter' recounts the story of famous artist Jim Stegner, as he struggles to manage the dark impulses within himself. He lives peacefully in rural Colorado, spending his days painting and fly fishing, until he encounters a brutal act of violence that rips his quiet life wide open.


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Ruth Kirk discusses 'Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village'

Ruth Kirk and Hannah Palin, UW Special Collections, show newly digitized footage of the decades-long excavation of Ozette Makah whaling village on the coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  --  Makah families left the coastal village of Ozette in the 1920s to comply with the federal government's requirement that they send their children to school. By doing so they ended nearly two thousand years of occupation at this strategic whale- and seal-hunting site.  --  Archaeologist Richard Daugherty took note of the site in 1947 and later returned at the request of the Makah tribal chairman. Full-scale excavations from 1966 to 1981 revealed houses and their contents. Led by Daugherty, with a team of graduate and undergraduate students and Makah tribal members, the work culminated in the creation of the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, where more than 55,000 Ozette artifacts are curated and displayed.


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myHIVmoment presents a National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) discussion

Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the #myHIVmoment campaign present a lineup of speakers, including a positive youth panel, to celebrate National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD).  --  This event is the culmination of a variety of programming through the month of April related to NYHAAD.  It features guest speakers working in the field, and a panel discussion with positive youth and youth accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and the intersections this has with HIV stigma.


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Peter Coyote reads from ‘The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education'

Celebrated actor, writer and Zen practitioner Peter Coyote reads from his second memoir, 'The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education.' -- His earlier memoir, 'Sleeping Where I Fall' (published in 1998) tells of his life in the heart of the counterculture with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Diggers, and the communes: The Red House, Olema and Black Bear Ranch.


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'Selma is Now', an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events, Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part podcast.  -- 

Join us for an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events and their relevance in our lives today.  --   Fifty years ago the nation watched as Alabama state troopers brutally beat civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in what became known as "Bloody Sunday." Two weeks later the same marchers walked 54 miles to the Alabama capitol in Montgomery, and five months later Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act - one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of American democracy.  --  Fifty years later, the battle for voting rights for all Americans has returned to the center of the nation's democracy. While much has changed, there is still more work to do to heal our communities of injustice through non-violence work --  Listen, be inspired, and reflect on your role in the ongoing work of justice for all.


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'Selma is Now', an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events, Part 1 of 2

This is Part 1 of a 2-part podcast.  -- 

Join us for an evening of reflection on critical civil rights events and their relevance in our lives today.  --   Fifty years ago the nation watched as Alabama state troopers brutally beat civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in what became known as "Bloody Sunday." Two weeks later the same marchers walked 54 miles to the Alabama capitol in Montgomery, and five months later Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act - one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of American democracy.  --  Fifty years later, the battle for voting rights for all Americans has returned to the center of the nation's democracy. While much has changed, there is still more work to do to heal our communities of injustice through non-violence work --  Listen, be inspired, and reflect on your role in the ongoing work of justice for all.


Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 29.6 MB]


 

Per Petterson reads from his new novel 'I Refuse'

Per Petterson tells a tale of two men whose accidental meeting one morning recalls their boyhood 35 years ago. -- Per Petterson is the author of five previous novels, including "Out Stealing Horses," which won the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was translated into more than thirty languages. It was named one of the best books of 2007 by the New York Times Book Review and Time.


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Exploring and Comparing Filipino and Latino Mythologies

La Sala and Pinoy Words Expressed present readings by three Latino/a and three Filipino/a poets. Roberto Ascalon, Jim Cantú, Lorna Dee Cervantez, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Emily Lawsin and Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua read their poems and explore the use, comparison and implications of their respective mythologies in their creative work and the work of other writers representing their cultures.


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Kazuo Ishiguro reads from his much anticipated new novel, 'The Buried Giant'

In Arthurian England, the Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin, but at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.  Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. 


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Ellen Ziegler and Molly Tenenbaum discuss great ventriloquists

Ellen Ziegler and Molly Tenenbaum present poems, a slide presentation and video clips of great ventriloquists past and present.


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Paul Beatty reads from 'The Sellout'

Join Paul Constant for a conversation with novelist Paul Beatty about "The Sellout," a biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.


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Elliot Ackerman reads from 'Green on Blue'

Elliot Ackerman, a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, reads from his debut novel about a young Afghan orphan caught in the brutal realities of his war-torn country.


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Jeff Levy presents a seminar: Your Business - Start Smart

Are you thinking of going into business for yourself? Join entrepreneur and business coach Jeff Levy as he walks you through what it really takes to start and run a business.


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PechaKucha Seattle: Watch Me Now - Notes on a Surveillance Society

PechaKucha Seattle brings together speakers and experts from across the information ecosystem to discuss the complex issues surrounding privacy and surveillance in the digital world.


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Linea and Cinda Johnson discuss 'Perfect Chaos'

Mother-daughter team Linea and Cinda Johnson relate their journey with mental illness, and present their ideas for building hope and ending the stigma for those struggling with mental health conditions.


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Cured of HIV: A Community Q & A with Timothy Ray Brown & Gero Hütter

Join us for a Q & A session with Timothy Ray Brown, the first person cured of HIV, and Gero Hütter, the doctor who cured him.


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An Evening with Cowlitz tribe members Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres

Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres discuss their recent books about issues of identity and belonging: "My Body Is a Book of Rules" and "Being Cowlitz."


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HIV Cure 101: Introduction to HIV Cure Research

Join us for this overview of the current state of research to cure HIV.


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Author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reads From 'Stealing the Game'

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrates the release of the second installment of the "Streetball Crew" series of novels for young adults.


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Lynsey Addario discusses 'It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War'

Lynsey Addario shows images and reads from her memoir about her experiences around the world, documenting and filing photographs in hostile areas with some of the best-known publications.


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From Script to Screen: Transforming Fiction into Film

Join us for a talk on the creative process of adaptation and film production in Seattle, using the example of Amazon Studios' locally filmed pilot of Philip K. Dick's novel "The Man in the High Castle."


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Daniel Handler reads from 'We Are Pirates'

Daniel Handler reads from his eagerly awaited new novel for adult readers.


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Alexandra Fuller reads from 'Leaving Before the Rains Come'

Alexandra Fuller takes on the rise and fall of her marriage and addresses how her father shaped her view of the world in a new memoir, 'Leaving Before the Rains Come.'


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Author Chris Farrell Reads from 'Unretirement'

In "Unretirement," Chris Farrell provides key insights about the growing unretirement movement and offers practical advice about how to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, frontier.


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A discussion about the exhibit 'TEXTure' at METHOD Gallery

Curator Mary Coss leads a discussion with artists and poets featured in the exhibit TEXTure at METHOD Gallery. The poets will read work that inspired the artwork as well as new poetry responding to the work.


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'Letters to the Editor: Celebrating 90 Years of Writing Our Community’s Story'

"Letters to the Editor: Celebrating 90 Years of Writing Our Community's Story," a theatrical production of news, opinion and advertisements culled from pages of The Jewish Transcript.


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Brandon Sanderson reads from 'Firefight'

Acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson will be reading from his new teen fantasy novel, 'Firefight', the second in 'The Reckoners' trilogy.


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Welcome to The Seattle Public Library Author Readings and Library Events Podcast

This is the first episode in our new Author Readings and Library Events podcast stream.


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