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Listen to 2013 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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Nicola Griffith, December 10

Nicola Griffith reads from "Hild," her new historical novel about the life of St. Hilda of Whitby.

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Brian McCarty, December 5

McCarty brings together war and toys in photography that explores what children living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip experience every day.

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Clay Jenkinson, November 24

History comes alive when Clay Jenkinson, humanities scholar and Chautauquan, portrays Theodore Roosevelt and presents "Rushmore Speaks."

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Will Allen, November 20

Will Allen, athlete, farmer and MacArthur genius, shares his thoughts on how communities, families and even children can take part in the growing food revolution to provide good food for all.

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Bushwick Book Club presents Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, November 18

The Bushwick Book Club presents original music inspired by Timothy Egan's award-winning "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."

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Nancy Leson, November 14

Join The Seattle Times' food writer Nancy Leson for "Still Crazy (Good) After All These Years: Restaurants That Keep Us Coming Back for More," a discussion with four local chefs and restaurateurs.

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Book-It Repertory presents Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, November 6

Book-It Repertory Theatre brings to life the 30-year quest of Edward Curtis to photograph and document the vanishing ways and customs of more than 80 American Indian tribes in the early 20th century.

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Jack Straw Writers, November 2

Readings by 12 local writers in the 2013 Jack Straw Writers Program.

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Simon Winchester, October 30

Join Simon Winchester for an overview of "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible."

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Donna Tartt, October 25

Donna Tartt reads from her new book, "The Goldfinch." Young Theo survives an explosion that kills his beloved mother. In his unbearable longing for her, he becomes obsessed with a painting that reminds him of her.

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Will Self, October 24

Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, "Umbrella" exposes 20th-century technology as refracted through the lens of a long-term mental institution.

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Thrilling Tales, October 21

In this October 21 session of Thrilling Tales, we hear two spooky tales of a century ago: "Mrs. Morrel's Last Seance" by Edgar Jepson, and "The Bus Conductor" by E.F. Benson.

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Kim Ghattas, October 16

Kim Ghattas talks about her time in the press corps traveling with the Secretary of State in her book "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."

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Alice McDermott, October 9

Novelist Alice McDermott, who won the National Book Award for "Charming Billy," reads from her latest book, "Someone."

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Chilling Tales, October 7

In this spooky episode of Thrilling Tales, the Storytime for Grownups, we share two classic ghost stories: "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving (1824), and "The Floor Above" by M.L. Humphreys (1923).

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Etta James Tribute, October 5

A concert in tribute to the late, great singer, Etta James, performed by local artist Mercedes Nicole and her quintet.

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Paul Harding, October 4

Award-winning author, Paul Harding talks about his book "Enon," the story of Charlie Crosby as he desperately comes to terms with a shattering personal tragedy.

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Eric Schlosser, October 1

Eric Schlosser, investigative journalist and author of "Fast Food Nation," will read from his new book "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 36 MB]


Ivan Doig, September 24

Ivan Doig talks about his latest book starring Morrie Morgan, "Sweet Thunder." Morrie edits the fledgling union newspaper that challenges a mining company in town.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24 MB]


Terry McMillan, September 23

Terry McMillan reads from her latest book, "Who Asked You?" an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family ties.

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Jonathan Lethem, September 19

Lethem's latest novel centers around two extraordinary women and three generations of an all-American family of radicals in Queens.

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Timothy Egan, September 18

Writer and journalist Timothy Egan discusses his book, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 35 MB]


Katy Butler, September 17

Journalist Katy Butler discusses her book 'Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.'

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 31 MB]


Bushwick Book Club, September 13

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle performs original music inspired by L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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Jonathan Raban, September 5

Jonathan Raban discusses his book "Driving Home: An American Journey."

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


Simon Critchley & Jamieson Webster, August 14

Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster discuss and read from their new book, "Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 33 MB]


Bruce Barcott, August 1

Join us for an onstage conversation between Bruce Barcott, author of "The Measure of a Mountain" about Mt. Rainier.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 19 MB]


Reza Aslan, July 29

Acclaimed writer, Reza Aslan, discusses his new book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 40 MB]


Seattle Writes, July 25

Six local crime writers unveil the mysteries of writing and publishing in today's evolving marketplace.

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Samuel R. Delany, July 23

Science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany,stops by to talk about his latest novel, "Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders."

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


Rafe Esquith, July 22

Award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith tells about his latest book "Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24 MB]


Joe Hill, July 9

Horror fiction and graphic novelist Joe Hill stops by to talk about his latest novel "NOS4A2."

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Isaac Marion, July 6

Do you love zombies? Seattle-based writer and musician Isaac Marion answers questions about his book "Warm Bodies," upon which the newly released zombie romance film is based.

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 8 MB]


Jeannette Walls, June 27

Memoirist Jeannette Walls reads from her latest book, "The Silver Star."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 24 MB]


Carl Hiaasen, June 25

Meet the cast of characters in Carl Hiaasen's comic tale of Florida crime: an ex-cop, a human arm in the freezer, the twitchy widow of the arm's owner, a kinky coroner, a voodoo witch and the eponymous Bad Monkey.

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John Sundstrom, June 21

Meet Johnathan Sundstrom, executive chef and owner of Seattle's Lark restaurant, and learn about his work with Jared Stoneberg to create the community-supported Lark cookbook through crowd-sourced funding.

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Sandi Doughton, June 18

Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton discusses her new book, "Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest."

Download Audio (mp3) [file size: 32 MB]


Lynda Mapes, June 11

Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes offers a compelling exploration of one of the largest dam removal projects in the world -- and the efforts to save a stunning Northwest ecosystem -- by discussing her book "Elwha: A River Reborn."

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Ruth Ozeki and Karen Joy Fowler, June 4

Enjoy scenes from Ruth Ozeki's new novel, "A Tale for the Time Being" and Karen Joy Fowler's new novel, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," brought to life by local actors, followed by a question and answer session.

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Khaled Hosseini, June 4

Khaled Hosseini tells a multi-generational family story about how people love, how they take care of one another, and how choices resonate through generations.

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Thrilling Tales, May 20

Thrilling Tales Storytime for Grownups presents: The Stolen Cigar Case, by Bret Harte. Never fear: the great Hemlock Jones is on the case, and the solution is Elementary! Very. A classic parody from the heyday of Sherlock Holmes.

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Josh Hanagarne, May 20

Josh Hanagarne discusses his book, "The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family," with Seattle writer and blogger Diane Mapes.

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Ursula K. Le Guin and Mariano Martin Rodriguez, May 9

Join Ursula K. Le Guin and Mariano Martin Rodriguez as they briefly discuss translating Gheorghe Săsărman's "Squaring the Circle: A Pseudotreatise of Urbogony" and read stories aloud in English and Spanish.

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Gregory Martin, May 5

Gregory Martin discusses his book "Stories for Boys," the 2013 Seattle Reads pick, with readers at the Northeast Branch.

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Book-It Repertory Theater reading of Stories for Boys, May 4

Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from "Stories for Boys," adapted and directed by Laura Ferri. Author Gregory Martin joins Ferri and cast for a post-performance discussion as part of Seattle Reads.

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Kate DiCamillo, May 3

Kate DiCamillo discusses "Bink and Gollie, Best Friends Forever," the third and final book in her award-winning series.

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Isabel Allende, April 24

Isabel Allende tells a troubled coming-of-age story about teenager Maya Vidal, in "Maya's Notebook."

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John Freeman, April 24

Granta editor John Freeman converses with winners of the 2013 Best Young Novelists series.

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Elizabeth Strout, April 19

Elizabeth Strout talks about her new book, "The Burgess Boys." covering the themes of race, immigration, and class that are woven into this new tale of family loss and the destructive power of secrets.

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Caroline Kennedy, April 8

Caroline Kennedy, joined by students from Writers in the Schools and Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, present an evening of poetry. Caroline Kennedy's book "Poems to Learn by Heart," discusses how relevant poetry can be for children of all ages.

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Marci Alboher, April 4

Looking for a road map to your next career? Join Marci Alboher, author of "The Encore Career Handbook," for a conversation about how to make a living and a difference in the second half of life.

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Jamaica Kincaid, April 3

Jamaica Kincaid reveals a marriage in all its joys and agonies in her book "See Now Then."

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Thrilling Tales, April 1

Thrilling Tales Storytime for Grown Ups presents: The Hammer of God, by G.K. Chesterton. When an athiest is struck dead outside the village cathedral, who better to solve this perplexing mystery than that unassuming yet most perceptive little cleric, Father Brown.

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Natalie Goldberg, March 25

Poet, painter, teacher and writer Natalie Goldberg presents in book form what she's been teaching for years in small, intensive workshops.

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Rebecca Miller, March 15

Rebecca Miller talks about her latest book, "Jacob's Folly."

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Jodi Picoult, March 14

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult reads from her new book, "The Storyteller."

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Joyce Carol Oates, March 12

Joyce Carol Oates reads from her latest novel, "The Accursed," an eerie story of possession, power and loss in early 20th century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned.

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Madeleine Albright, February 23

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright, discusses "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948."

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Lorraine McConaghy & Judy Bentley, February 22

In their young adult biography, Judy Bentley and Lorraine McConaghy tell the true story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West's Underground Railroad.

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John Wood, February 19

"Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy" tells the inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries and promote education around the world.

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Michelle Rhee, February 19

Education reformer Michelle Rhee talks about her new book "Radical: Fighting to Put Students First" and the state of education in the United States.

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Carver Gayton, February 9

Carver Clark Gayton reads from a new "facsimile edition" of his great grandfather Lewis George Clarke's slave narrative.

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Colleen McElroy, February 6

Colleen McElroy, award-winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, reads from her newest poetry volume, "Here I Throw Down My Heart."

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Cory Doctorow, February 5

Cory Doctorow reads from his new novel "Homeland," the sequel to the multiple award-winning "Little Brother."

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Aaron Dixon, February 4

Aaron Dixon, author of "My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain," reads from his book and talks about his experiences and the history of the Black Panther Party in Seattle.

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