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Listen to 2012 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.


See the Calendar of Events & Classes for a complete list of upcoming programs.


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McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series: Clay Jenkinson, December 1

Humanities scholar and Chautauquan Clay Jenkinson presents a debate between Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, as part of the McLellan/O'Donnell Living History Series. 

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Steven Roby, November 26

"Hendrix on Hendrix" includes the most important interviews from the peak of Jimi Hendrix's career, carefully selected by one of the world's leading Hendrix historians, Steven Roby.

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Thomas Ricks, November 16

Thomas Ricks explores why history has been kind to the American generals of World War II and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed.

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Mark Bowden, November 14

Mark Bowden presents a gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden.

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Jack Nisbet, November 13

Jack Nisbet shows images and discusses his latest book, "David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest."

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Ellen Forney, November 10

Cartoonist Ellen Forney discusses her new book "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me," providing a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on the artist's work.

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Jack Straw Writers, November 10

Readings by 12 local writers in the 2012 Jack Straw Writers Program.

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Restaurant Dreams, November 8

Join The Seattle Times' food writer Nancy Leson for a discussion on how to run a successful restaurant with five local chefs and restaurateurs.

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Gary Stroutsos, November 1

Join world flute artist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos for a tribute to the tradition of song and story in the Zuni, Navajo and Salish cultures.

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A-P Hurd, October 30

A-P Hurd, Seattle-based system dynamics and complex system architecture author, talks about her new book, "The Carbon Efficient City."

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Camille Paglia, October 23

Camille Paglia's latest book takes readers on a journey through Western art's defining moments, from the ancient Egyptian tomb of Queen Nefertari to George Lucas' digitally enhanced duel in "Revenge of the Sith."

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Gregory Martin, October 16

Gregory Martin reads from his memoir about a father and a son finding a way to build a new relationship with one another after years of suppression and denial are given air and light.

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Thrilling Tales, October 1

This week's featured story is: "Confession" by Algernon Blackwood. To a shell-shocked veteran of the Great War, the Foggy London streets teem with phantoms ... and worse.

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John Howie, September 24

Join the creative team of local custom publisher ShinShinChez and chefs Tamara Murphy and John Howie for a lively conversation about the journey of creating a cookbook.

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Spencer Quinn, September 18

Spencer Quinn reads from "A Fistful of Collars," the latest in his bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series.

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Junot Díaz, September 17

Junot Díaz reads from "This Is How You Lose Her," his first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."

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Martin Amis, September 15

Martin Amis reads from "Lionel Asbo," a satire of modern society and celebrity culture.

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Ivan Doig, September 10

Ivan Doig's "The Bartender's Tale" tells the story of a father and son left on their own in a shifting world.

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Thrilling Tales, August 2012

This week's featured story is "Spurs" by Tod Robbins. This tale of love and revenge in the Circus side-show was the basis for Tod Browning's infamous cult movie, "Freaks."

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Gerald Chertavian, August 1

Year Up founder Gerald Chertavian tells how a pioneering program is redefining urban young adults as economic assets, not deficits.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 23 MB]


Kirsten Grind, July 26

Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton moderates an on stage conversation with journalist Kirsten Grind, who traces the rise and spectacular fall of Washington Mutual Bank.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 30 MB]


Sing Along with Caspar Babypants, July 25

Dance, wriggle and laugh during this live musical performance of funny songs that feature sing along elements and call and response themes.

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Daniel Silva, July 23

Join Daniel Silva in conversation with popular cultural commentator, Warren Etheredge, as they discuss Silva's latest book, "The Fallen Angel."

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Karen Thompson Walker, July 21

Karen Thompson Walker reads from "The Age of Miracles," a debut novel of speculative fiction & coming-of-age.

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Chris Cleave, July 20

Chris Cleave reads from "Gold," a story about the friendship and rivalry between two Olympic athletes, Kate and Zoe, as they experience love, marriage, parenthood, trauma and recovery.

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Joy Harjo, July 11

Joy Harjo reads from her memoir -- a story about family, a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and her journey to become an award-winning poet and musician.

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Eth-Noh-Tec Asian Story Theater, July 11

Eth-Noh-Tec's collection of stories casts a magical spell of starlight, fantasy and imagination on the young and young-at-heart.

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Kate Wilhelm, June 29

Author Kate Wilhelm reads from her new book, "Whisper Her Name."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 15 MB]


Terry Tempest Williams, June 22

Terry Tempest Williams ponders the meaning of her mother's journals full of blank pages in a new memoir, "When Women Were Birds: 54 Variations on Voice."

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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, June 18

Acclaimed sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot looks at the moments both large and small that define how we transition through our lives.

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Frank Deford, June 14

The celebrated sportswriter looks back on a remarkable career in which he has chronicled the heroes and the characters of just about every sport in nearly every medium.

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Aimee Phan, June 12

Aimee Phan talks about her new novel "The Reeducation of Cherry Troung," the story of a young woman who journeys back to Vietnam in search of her brother and uncovers her family's decades-old secrets.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 21 MB]


Richard Ford, June 4

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Richard Ford reads from his much anticipated new novel, "Canada."

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Thrilling Tales, May 21

Today's story is "The Interruption" by W.W. Jacobs. He had seen his wife safely to her grave, and yet his troubles were just beginning.

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Thomas Graham Jr, May 20

Thomas Graham Jr. discusses "Unending Crisis: National Security Policy After 9/11," which examines the George W. Bush administration's foreign policy.

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John Irving, May 17

John Irving reads from "In One Person," a portrait of the life and loves of a bisexual man, and the mutability of gender and desire.

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Lucia Perillo, May 12

Lucia Perillo reads from from new poetry and debut fiction, "On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths" and "Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain: Stories."

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Steve Coll, May 9

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll goes deep inside the largest, most powerful private corporation in the U.S. Steve Coll discusses 'Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power' at the Central Library.

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Amy Waldman, May 5

Amy Waldman's acclaimed debut novel asks hard questions about the American values of tolerance, diversity, and community. Amy discusses "The Submission" at the Ballard Branch as part of Seattle Reads.

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Amy Waldman, May 4

Amy Waldman's acclaimed debut novel asks hard questions about the American values of tolerance, diversity, and community. Amy discusses "The Submission" at the Central Library as part of Seattle Reads.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 28 MB]


Book-It Repertory Theatre staged readings from 'The Submission'

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from Amy Waldman's "The Submission," adapted by Rachel Atkins and directed by Book-It director of touring, Annie Lareau.

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Sydney Dobson, April 25

Sydney Dobson shows images and describes the process of developing the Oklahoma City Memorial.

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Julia Alvarez, April 20

Julia Alvarez talks about her travel memoir "A Wedding in Haiti" that details trips to Haiti, to attend her young friend Piti's wedding and later to see if the family survived the earthquake.

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Sa'ad Ansari, April 12

Sa'ad Ansari and Steve Scher, host of KUOW's "Weekday," for an onstage conversation about Park51 Community Center. In 2010, plans for this Islamic community center two blocks from ground zero exploded into controversy.

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Judy D. Simon, April 4

Judy D. Simon, April 4
You don't have to spend your entire budget to eat healthy foods -- get tips on how to buy good-for-you foods on a tight budget. Judy D. Simon, a dietitian & nutritionist at the UW Medical Center, gives practical and nutritional tips that stretch your pocket book and expand your healthy food choices.

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Daniel Okrent, April 2

Daniel Okrent, April 2
The 2012 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History. Historian and journalist Daniel Okrent discusses "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" onstage with KUOW Public Radio's Steve Scher.

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Douglas Adkins, March 28

Douglas Adkins explores the history of Dorade, the most famous ocean racing yacht in the world.

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Geoff Dyer, March 16

Geoff Dyer explores the mysteries of a film that has haunted him ever since he saw it 30 years ago.

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Jodi Picoult, March 8

New York Times bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult reads from her newest novel, "Lone Wolf" -- a taut, engrossing family drama exploring ethical dilemmas.

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Jay and Maureen Neitz, March 7

Colorblindness can mean job loss for those in professions that require color vision, including police, firefighters, pilots and food inspectors. However: doctors Jay and Maureen Neitz, a husband-and-wife team of ophthalmologists at the UW Medicine Eye Institute, believe a cure for color blindness is on its way.

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Thrilling Tales, March 2012

Need a mid-day break? Every first and third Monday, you can laugh, gasp and shudder to live readings of captivating short stories from a wide range of popular and literary authors. This week's featured stories are: "The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin and "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov.

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Jim Yardley, February 21

Author Jim Yardley discusses "Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing" with basketball coach Bob Weiss.

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J.A. Jance, February 15

J.A. Jance talks about "Left for Dead," her 44th published mystery.

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Eric Liu, February 7

Join Eric Liu for a lively civic discussion of "The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government."

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Dermot Fitzgibbon, February 1

Dermot Fitzgibbon,, will teach you what modalities are used to manage pain for surgery and cancer, as well as to improve your quality of life.

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Stewart O'Nan, January 30

Stewart O'Nan reads from his new novel, "The Odds: A Love Story," a bittersweet look at a married couple struggling in uncertain times and trying to give their love a second chance.

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Xi Chuan, January 9

Xi Chuan reads selections from a new chapbook, "Yours Truly & Other Poems," "Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems" (forthcoming in 2012) and other works.

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