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Listen to 2008 Author Readings and Library Events

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 or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below.

 

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College Admissions and Scholarships at the Central Library

Attendees learned how to prepare for the SAT or ACT, and discovered scholarship resources on Nov. 19, 2008 at the Central Library. Sam Lim, founder of Scholarship Junkies, discussed the vast resources available and how to use these tools to maximize scholarship potential. A representative from Kaplan discussed how to prepare for the SAT or ACT.
 

College Admissions and Scholarships - Part 1 College Admissions

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 47 minutes /file size: 43 MB]


College Admissions and Scholarships - Part 2 Scholarships

Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 60 minutes /file size: 55 MB]


John D. Anderson: Portrayal of Henry James

Humanities scholar-Chautauquan John D. Anderson presented his portrayal of prolific American writer, Henry James, on Nov. 20, 2008 at the Central Library as part of The Seattle Public Library's 2008 Living Literature Series.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 18 minutes /file size: 71 MB]


 

2008 Jack Straw Writers Program

The Washington Center for the Book and Jack Straw Productions celebrated the 2008 Jack Straw Writers Program with readings by literary artists on Nov. 16, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 6 minutes /file size: 61 MB]


 

Cliff Mass: 'The Weather of the Pacific Northwest'

Cliff Mass discussed "The Weather of the Pacific Northwest" on Nov. 15, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 47 minutes /file size: 43 MB]


 

William Least Heat-Moon: 'Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey'

William Least Heat-Moon discussed "Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey" on Nov. 10, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 9 minutes /file size: 63 MB]


 

Douglas Smith: 'The Pearl'

Douglas Smith showed images and read from "The Pearl: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia" on Nov. 9, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

M.T. Anderson: 'The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume II'

M.T. Anderson read from "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume II: Kingdom on the Waves" on Nov. 6, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 46 minutes /file size: 42 MB]


 

John Green: 'Paper Towns'

Author John Green read from his new novel "Paper Towns" on Oct. 28, 2008 at the Central Library. Green is the author of "Looking for Alaska" and "An Abundance of Katherines." Both books won Michael L. Printz awards for excellence in young adult literature.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

Mary Woodward: 'In Defense of Our Neighbors'

Mary Woodward showed images and read from "In Defense of Our Neighbors: The Walt and Milly Woodward Story," the book that inspired "Snow Falling on Cedars," on Nov. 1, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 minutes /file size: 51 MB]


 

2008 Washington State Book Awards

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library presented the 42nd annual Washington State Book Awards ceremony on Oct. 22, 2008. Six books written by local authors Matt Ruff, Samuel Green, Coll Thrush, David R. Montgomery, Sherman Alexie and George Shannon were winners of the award which recognizes six outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2007.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

Julia Glass: 'I See You Everywhere'

Julia Glass read from 'I See You Everywhere' on Oct. 21, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 48 MB]


 

Alice Schroeder: 'The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life'

Alice Schroeder and Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas had a conversation about Warren Buffett on Oct. 17, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 4 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

Paul Theroux: 'Ghost Train to the Eastern Star'

Paul Theroux read from "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar" on Oct. 16, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 3 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

Christopher Kimball: "America's Test Kitchen Baking Book" and "Cook's Country Cookbook"

Christopher Kimball, host of "America's Test Kitchen," talked about two new cookbooks, "America's Test Kitchen Baking Book" and "Cook's Country Cookbook," on Oct. 14, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 44 minutes /file size: 41 MB]


 

Marilynne Robinson: 'Home'

Marilynne Robinson read from "Home" on Oct. 2, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 48 MB]


 

Robert Fisk: 'Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays'

Robert Fisk, veteran British war correspondent, read from "Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays" on Sept. 26, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 11 minutes /file size: 65 MB]


 

Steven Roby: 'Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix'

Jimi Hendrix biographer Steven Roby, author of "Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix," gave a free lecture on the famous Seattle guitarist's life and music on Sept. 19, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 53 minutes /file size: 48 MB]


 

Paul Auster: 'Man in the Dark'

Paul Auster read from his latest work, "Man in the Dark," a novel with a dark political twist on Sept. 18, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 43 minutes /file size: 39 MB]


 

Christopher Buckley: 'Supreme Courtship'

Christopher Buckley, an American political satirist, read from his latest novel "Supreme Courtship" on Sept. 16, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 36 minutes /file size: 22 MB]


 

'Neighborhood Blogs: What's All the Buzz About?'

The Seattle Public Library and City Club presented a panel discussion about neighborhood blogs on Sept. 4, 2008 at the Central Library. The proliferation of neighborhood blogs around Seattle is changing not just the local media landscape but also how community conversations are taking place in an increasingly digital world.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 20 minutes /file size: 74 MB]


 

Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer: 'The True Patriot'

Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer discussed "The True Patriot" on Sept. 11, 2008 at the Central Library. Seattle author and educator Eric Liu and entrepreneur/venture capitalist Nick Hanauer explore what patriotism means and how some Americans have managed to inspire the country to new levels of greatness.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 21 minutes /file size: 74 MB]


 

Joshua Prince-Ramus: 'Learning from The Seattle Public Library'

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus gave a presentation titled "Learning from The Seattle Public Library" on Sept. 13, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 36 minutes /file size: 88 MB]


 

David B.: 'Epileptic'

Pierre-François Beauchard (professionally known as David B.) discussed "Epileptic" and his other works on Aug. 16, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 4 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

Barbara Ehrenreich: 'This Land Is Their Land: Notes from a Divided Nation'

Barbara Ehrenreich, bestselling author of "Nickel and Dimed," read from her latest work, "This Land Is Their Land: Notes from a Divided Nation" July 17, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 47 minutes /file size: 43 MB]


 

Deborah Faye Lawrence: 'Dee-Dee Does Utopia'

Seattle artist Deborah Faye Lawrence discussed and showed images from "Dee-Dee Does Utopia" July 14, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 10 minutes /file size: 64 MB]


 

Stephen L. Carter: 'Palace Council'

Stephen L. Carter read from his latest novel "Palace Council," a political thriller set in the era of Watergate and Vietnam July 9, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 53 MB]


 

David Shields: 'The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead'

David Shields read from "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead" June 14, 2008 at the Central Library. In his acclaimed new book, Shields begins with the facts of birth and childhood then expertly weaves in anecdotal information about himself and his father.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 minutes /file size: 51 MB]


 

Robert Thurman: 'Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World'

Robert Thurman, professor, author, translator, discussed his new book, "Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World" June 10, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 6 minutes /file size: 61 MB]


 

Russell Banks: 'Dreaming Up America'

Russell Banks, acclaimed novelist, read from "Dreaming Up America," his first work of nonfiction June 9, 2008 at the Central Library. Banks contemplates the questions of our American origins, values, heroes, conflicts and contradictions.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 4 minutes /file size: 58 MB]


 

David Guterson: 'The Other'

David Guterson, author of "Snow Falling on Cedars," read from his new novel, "The Other" June 6, 2008 at the Central Library. "The Other" tells a story of youth and idealism, adulthood and its compromises, and two powerfully different visions of what it means to live a good life.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 53 minutes /file size: 48 MB]


 

Poet C.D. Wright: 'Rising, Falling, Hovering'

Award-winning poet C.D. Wright read from her new collection, "Rising, Falling, Hovering" June 4, 2008 at the Central Library. Deeply personal and politically ferocious, "Rising, Falling, Hovering" addresses, as Wright has said elsewhere, "the commonly felt crises of [our] times"-from illegal immigration and the specific consequences of empire to the challenges of parenting and the honesty required of human relationships.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 54 minutes /file size: 49 MB]


 

Firoozeh Dumas: 'Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad'

Firoozeh Dumas, bestselling author of "Funny in Farsi," read from her new memoir, "Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad" May 21, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 53 MB]


 

Tan Twan Eng: 'The Gift of Rain'

Tan Twan Eng read from his debut novel, "The Gift of Rain," May 13, 2008 at the Central Library. Tan's debut epic novel, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, tells the story of a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 38 minutes /file size: 34 MB]


 

Alexandra Fuller: 'The Legend of Colton H. Bryant'

Alexandra Fuller discussed her latest nonfiction work, "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant" on May 14, 2008 at the Central Library. Fuller tells the tragic story of a young man who fell to his death on an oil rig because the oil company failed to spend $2,000 on safety rails.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour /file size: 55 MB]


 

Seattle Reads Main Event: An evening with Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu spoke on "Exile, Imagination, and the American Dream" for the main event of the 2008 Seattle Reads series on May 9 at the Central Library. Set in a poor neighborhood in Washington, D.C., Dinaw Mengestu's award-winning novel tells a story of the African immigrant experience through three main characters: narrator Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant, who runs a small corner grocery store, and his friends, Joseph, from the Congo, and Kenneth, from Kenya. The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to take part in Seattle Reads "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," a project designed to foster reading and discussion of works by authors of diverse cultures and ethnicities.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 13 minutes /file size: 67 MB]


 

Alice Hoffman: 'The Third Angel'

Alice Hoffman reads from her new novel, "The Third Angel," on April 29, 2008 at the Central Library. Hoffman weaves a story that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men. At the heart of the novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she witnessed at the age of twelve, and who spends four decades searching for the Third Angel, the angel on earth who will renew her faith.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 40 minutes /file size: 36 MB]


 

2007-2008 Seattle Poet Populist: Cody Walker

Readings in celebration of Cody Walker's 2007-2008 term as Seattle Poet Populist at the Central Library on April 20, 2008. Along with Cody Walker, the following poets read their poems: Eric McHenry, B.T. Shaw, Jason Whitmarsh, and Catherine Wing.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 14 minutes /file size: 68 MB]


 

Pat Mora: Sharing Bookjoy

Author Pat Mora spoke about promoting a love of reading among children at the Central Library on April 7, 2008. This program is part of a series commemorating Día de los niños/Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), an annual celebration of children, families, and reading founded by Pat Mora in 1996 and now celebrated in libraries and schools throughout the country.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 50 minutes /file size: 45.6 MB]


 

Jhumpa Lahiri: 'Unaccustomed Earth'

Jhumpa Lahiri read from her new work of fiction: "Unaccustomed Earth." eight stories that travel from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, friends and lovers. Lahiri spoke at the Central Library on April 14.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 48 MB]


 

Jodi Picoult: 'Change of Heart'

Jodi Picoult read from her new novel, "Change of Heart," Tuesday, April 1 at the Central Library. "Change of Heart" is about a death row inmate who wants to donate his heart, post execution, to the sister of his victim. Picoult challenges readers to consider hard-to-answer questions about organized religion and the death penalty.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 54 minutes /file size: 49 MB]


 

Africa 101 Panel Discussion: A Seattle Reads Program

Olúfémi Táíwò, director, and Saheed Adejumobi, assistant professor of history, Global African Studies Program, Seattle University, gave an overview of African history and culture, colonialism and its impacts on Thursday, March 6 at the Central Library. This program is part of Seattle Reads "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears."


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 8 minutes /file size: 62.3 MB]


 

David Smith-Ferri reads from 'Battlefield Without Borders: Iraq Poems'

David Smith-Ferri showed slides, told stories and read from "Battlefield Without Borders: Iraq Poems" on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at the Central Library. Two thirds of the poems in "Battlefield Without Borders" were written while in Iraq, after his encounters with Iraqi people, in a wide-range of settings - from hospitals to homes to bomb sites. The remaining poems have been written since.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 58 minutes /file size: 53 MB]


 

Award-winning poet Richard Kenney reads from his first new collection in 14 years, 'The One-Strand River: Poems, 1994-2007.'

Kenney is the author of three previous books of poetry: "The Evolution of the Flightless Bird," "Orrery," and "The Invention of the Zero." In 1987 he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is currently professor of English at the University of Washington.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 56 minutes /file size: 51.7 MB]


 

Daniel Schorr presents The Seattle Public Library's 2008 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History

Award-winning journalist and author Daniel Schorr presents the 2008 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History with local author and news commentator Eric Liu. Schorr discusses topics from his new book, "Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium" with Liu. The book is a compilation of Schorr's National Public Radio (NPR) commentaries.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 2 minutes /file size: 56.7 MB]


 

Elias Khoury: 'Yalo'

Elias Khoury, Lebanon-born novelist, playwright, and critic, reads from his latest novel, "Yalo." Khoury is the author of 12 novels, including the award-winning "Gate of the Sun," four volumes of literary criticism, and three plays. He is the editor of the literary supplement of An-Nahar newspaper in Beirut. Khoury has taught at the American University of Beirut, Columbia University, and is a global distinguished professor at New York University.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 54 minutes /file size: 49.5 MB]


 

Natalie Goldberg: 'Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir'

Natalie Goldberg discussed her latest book, "Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir," Friday, Feb. 22 at the Central Library. Goldberg offers compassionate, practical, and often humorous advice about how to find time to write, how to discover one's personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 50 minutes /file size: 45.5 MB]


 

Anne Enright: 'The Gathering'

Irish novelist Anne Enright read from her 2007 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, "The Gathering" on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Central Library. Enright has received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and has been a writer fellow at Trinity College. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 52 minutes /file size: 47 MB]


 

The Changing Face of Downtown Seattle

The Seattle Public Library presented a panel discussion about the evolution and future of downtown Seattle on Monday, Feb. 11 at the Central Library. Featured panelists included Seattle City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, Seattle Art Museum Director Mimi Gates, John Nesholm of LMN Architects and Greg Smith of Urban Visions. Moderated by The Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour /file size: 55 MB]


 

Geraldine Brooks: 'People of the Book'

Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Geraldine Brooks read from her new novel, "People of the Book," Monday, Feb. 4 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 49 minutes /file size: 45 MB]


 

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner lectures on architect Lionel Pries

Professor Ochsner presented a lecture about architect and artist Lionel Pries Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Central Library. Pries' career spanned the 20th Century from arts and crafts to modern styles.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 11 minutes /file size: 65 MB]


 

Comixtravaganza: 'Getting Into Comics' panel

In this Q & A panel, held Jan. 26 ath the Central Library, local lights of the comics world discuss what they love about comics, their experiences in the comics industry, and more.

Participants include:Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum, Unshelved.com; Greg Hatcher, Comic Book Resources; Nicole & Danielle, NDP Comics; Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books and Rosie Heffernan & Madeline Heffernan, TheColorM.com's "Serves You Right."


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 37 minutes /file size: 33.5 MB]


 

Comixtravaganza: Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney, acclaimed local cartoonist, illustrator and teacher, spoke about her work Jan. 26 at the Central Library. Ellen Forney is the author of several books, including "I Love Led Zeppelin" and MONKEY FOOD: The Complete "I Was Seven in '75" Collection. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Forney, won the 2007 National Book Award.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 48 minutes /file size: 44 MB]


 

Richard Rodriguez: 'The God of the Desert: Jerusalem and the Ecology of Monotheism'

The Seattle Public Library and Harper's Magazine present essayist Richard Rodriguez from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Town Hall. Rodriguez will read from "The God of the Desert: Jerusalem and the Ecology of Monotheism."


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 12 minutes /file size: 66 MB]


 

Sue Miller: 'The Senator's Wife'

Bestselling novelist Sue Miller read from her latest, "The Senator's Wife," on Thursday Jan. 24, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 45 minutes /file size: 44 MB]


 

Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize, and the World of Turkish Literature: A Conversation with Walter G. Andrews

Scholar and translator Walter G. Andrews discussed Orhan Pamuk's novels "The Black Book" and "My Name Is Red," with Dr. Selim S. Kuru Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at the Central Library.


Download Audio (mp3) [play time: 1 hour 1 minute /file size: 56 MB]


 



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