Andre Acimen, David Treuer, Clifford Thompson, Julie Pham, cartoonist T Edward Bak, and a love fest for romance readers are among the featured author events coming your way.
The free programs listed below are held at a variety of locations in November (Central Library, Montlake Branch Library, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute); please check our online Author and Books Events calendar for complete details on these featured November events and more.
André Aciman with Dave Wheeler
Monday, November 4, 7 p.m.
Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
Join us to hear novelist André Aciman, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name, discuss his new book, which revisits the complex and beguiling characters from Call Me by Your Name decades after their first meeting. He will appear in conversation with Dave Wheeler of Shelf Awareness.
The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History presents David Treuer
“The Past Isn’t Past: Native History as American History”
Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m.
Anthropologist David Treuer, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (finalist for the 2019 National Book Award), struggled with popular depictions of Native American history (including the bestselling Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), many of which seemed to conclude that his culture was a relic of the past. Treuer has spent his career dissecting narratives around Native American life and will talk about what he’s learned. Josh Reid, professor at the University of Washington, will join Treuer on stage.
Conversation Hearts: An Inclusive Love Fest for Romance Readers and Writers
Saturday, November 9, 1 to 6 p.m.
Do you love romance? Do you read or write romance? Here’s an event celebrating the diversity of the romance genre. Centering #ownvoices POC and LGBTQIA+ romance, this event will explore the joys and the future of the romance genre. The afternoon begins with a Fireside Chat with author Rebekah Weatherspoon in conversation with local author Jasmine Silvera. Panel discussions and interactive activities follow, featuring panelists Olivia Waite, Piper J. Drake, Austin Chant, and more.
Running Through Sprinklers
Saturday, November 9, 4 p.m.
Michelle Kim’s debut middle-grade novel is set in Surrey, BC, with scenes in Seoul and Seattle. Kim, a former journalist for the BBCF and CBC, will discuss her book with Dr. Bruce Fulton, renowned translator of contemporary Korean fiction to English. A review in Publishers Weekly said the novel “deftly explores the complexities of friendship and growing up, as well as the satisfaction that comes through self-discovery.”
Artist Talk with T Edward Bak
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 1 p.m.
Artist/author T Edward Bak discusses his cartooning process and the historical, cultural, and ecological research behind his latest works. Not a Place to Visit is a new collection of illustrated essay comics exploring themes of social and ecological flux. He’ll also discuss his serialized graphic novel project Wild Man — or, The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller. Presented in partnership with Short Run Seattle.
Nguoi Viet Tay Bac (Northwest Vietnamese News) presents Julie Pham
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 to 4 p.m.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Join us to hear Vietnamese author Julie Pham read from and discuss her book, Their War: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in the Words of Veteran-Émigrés. The event will include a musical performance by singer Melanie Nga My.
Olmsted in Seattle: Creating a Park System for a Modern City
Saturday, November 16, 2 p.m.
Learn the story of how Seattle came to have an Olmsted park system and what the park system has meant to the city. Jennifer Ott is an environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink.
The Inside Story: New Books for Children and Teens
Sunday, November 17, 3 p.m.
Get the story behind the story from local authors and illustrators who have new books for children and teens this season. This event features 20 recently published authors/illustrators of picture books, children’s novels and teen fiction. Presented in partnership with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington. “The Inside Story” is for librarians, teachers, booksellers, and anyone and everyone who loves children’s books.
Clifford Thompson with Charles Johnson
What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues
Wednesday November 20, 7 p.m.
Join us to hear Thompson discuss the state of the nation as he questions his own most deeply rooted beliefs and how they conflict with the reality he faces after the 2016 election.