Upcoming Author Events for December

Laureen Nussbaum, Terry Tempest, Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel, and two open mic readings at Ballard and Columbia branches are in store this month.

The free programs listed below are held at a variety of locations in December; please check our online Author and Books Events calendar for complete details on these featured December events and more.

Laureen Nussbaum discusses 'Shedding Our Stars' Nussbaum discusses ‘Shedding Our Stars’
Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m.
Wallingford Branch
Join us to hear Nussbaum talk about her personal experiences during World War Two, when her family was saved by Hans Calmeyer during World War Two, who was able to save over 3700 Jews from deportation. Nussbaum was recently honored as winner of two categories at the American Book Fest for Shedding Our Stars in the categories of Biography and History.

Writers Read
Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m.
Columbia Branch
Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session. This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.

Terry Tempest Williams discusses 'Erosion: Essays of Undoing' Terry Tempest Williams discusses ‘Erosion: Essays of Undoing’
Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
Central Library
Join us to hear Williams discuss the concept of Erosion: of the land, of the self, of belief, of fear, as she wrangles with the paradox of desert lands and the truth of erosion in her book Erosion: Essays of Undoing. The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.

It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series
Thursday, December 12 at 6 p.m.
Ballard Branch
The Ballard Branch welcomes the 362nd meeting of the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. This month’s presentation features Doug Johnson of Cave Moon Press, Priscilla Long, and an Open Mic Extravaganza in honor of It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series Anthology, So, Dear Writer…

Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories
Thursday, December 12,  6 p.m.    Southwest Branch
Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel explores our region’s darkest weather days and most infamous storms. Using archival photos, radio, and TV clips, Banel takes us back in time to hear stories of those who survived some of the worst Pacific Northwest weather in recorded history. Further, Banel explores how these storms can revive our shared humanity. This program is in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Humanities Washington.

Audiobooks Voiced by Your Favorite Seattle Actors

It has probably happened to you. You suddenly sense that the performer you’re enjoying live on stage sounds hauntingly familiar. What you may not have realized is that theirs was the voice reading into your airpods on that morning’s commute. Here’s just a small sampling of local talent on audio.

One of Those Malibu Nights, by Ellizabeth Adler, read by Julie Briskman. You’ve likely seen her at ACT Theatre or the Seattle Rep, most recently in Indecent. Now hear her relate how handsome Private Eye Mac Reilly and his intrepid  gal Friday Sunny Alvarez brave the wilds of Malibu  and southern France to save the life of a beautiful movie star from a stalker.

Heyday, by Kurt Andersen, read by Charles Leggett. Veteran character actor Leggett has appeared at Intiman, the Village Theater, ACT and the Seattle Rep, most recently alongside with Julie Briskman in Tiny Beautiful Things.  Now hear how his knack for characters and accents get a full workout in Andersen’s sweeping historical novel.

Dogtripping, by David Rosenfelt, read by Jeff Steitzer. Local theater legend Steitzer has appeared on too many stages over the years to name. Gamers do double-takes around him, little suspecting he is the voice of HALO. Audiobook fans can enjoy his affable baritone and wry comic timing in mystery writer Rosenfelt’s rollicking non-fiction account of a cross-country trip, together with twenty-five rescue dogs.

The Long-Legged Fly, by James Sallis, narrated by G. Valmont Thomas. Another beloved Northwest theater icon until his untimely death in 2017, Thomas was well-known for stellar turns in everything ranging from Shakespeare to August Wilson to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Thomas brought his great poetic and dramatic range to all six of Sallis’s elegaic, existential hard-boiled crime novels, leaving a moving audiobook legacy for his many fans.

We’ve barely scratched the surface, so check out this list of audiobooks read by local performers.

     ~posted by David W.

Indigenous Wisdom

November is Native American Heritage Month and in exploring our American story in the Pacific Northwest I asked myself what relationship I’ve had with indigenous peoples in my own region.

At a young age I knew of the Duwamish tribe because of my grandmother’s relationship with Cecile Hansen. “For over 30 years, Cecile Hansen has been the elected chair of the Duwamish Tribe. Cecile Hansen is the great great grandniece of Chief Si’ahl’.” Some days I would find them chatting in my grandmother’s dining room after school and as I got older I asked Cecile if she would be a guest speaker at my high school shortly after they got recognition under the Clinton administration and then had that recognition revoked under the Bush administration. She showed us her tribe’s frustration, their strength, and their history in this region – not of the city that was built, but of a time before. Their land, their wisdom, and their relentless spirit that continues to say we’re still here.

Here are a few books in our collection by indigenous authors that highlights their wisdom, their spirit, and their deep connections to the land.

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Bus Reads for November

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in November:

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones. In a dystopian world those seeking adventure and a chance to see nature pay a high price tag to explore outside the salt line – a burnt markation that separates humans from the disease carrying ticks that inhabit the outer zones. But not every one on this trip is there by chance and when they encounter not only ticks, but also people it will take everything they have to survive and those that do must asks themselves if life is better outside the salt line or in. The author does an amazing job of giving you the history of all the characters as she slowly reveals their stories throughout the book. Really enjoyed its uniqueness! Continue reading “Bus Reads for November”

Millennial Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in my family has always been big and loud and so much leftovers you’d eat for weeks afterwards. But as families move farther away whether they are retiring or falling in love or discovering a new career…or as the case with a lot of my cousins and I moving farther out so we can pay image-of-friends-toasting-courtesy-of-element5-digital-via-unsplashthe bills – that is starting to change. And it’s changing for many Millennials across the country. We are having less food, less waste, and friendsgivings – creating a chosen family rather then flying across the country, which usually carries a stressful and very expensive price tag.

Here are a few books in our collection to inspire a new way of gathering at the table this holiday season:

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