Join us for the 4th Annual Banned! Books in Drag

In September, libraries put up their Banned Books Week displays that highlight the freedom to read, because every year books are challenged and banned due to their content. Books that explore themes of race, sexuality and gender are often the most challenged books in libraries across the country. So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate the freedom to read and the tenets of intellectual freedom with a free drag show, our fourth annual Banned! Books in Drag.

This year’s drag show will once again feature books that are challenged and banned with performances inspired by titles such as Alan Ginsburg’s Howl, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. At Neighbours night club on Saturday, September 23rd, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances will start at 7:30 p.m. This event is 21+, so bring your I.D. and get there early as the lines can be ghastly long! Continue reading “Join us for the 4th Annual Banned! Books in Drag”

Banned! Books in Drag

The Seattle Public Library is very excited for our upcoming event “Banned! Books in Drag” that will be taking place on September 27, 2014 at Neighbours Nightclub on Capitol Hill. This free event will be hosted by The Stranger’s associate editor David Schmader and will feature some of Seattle’s favorite drag performers and comics giving performances inspired by their favorite works of literature.

AleksaWe recently caught up with one of the performers, Aleksa Manila, and asked her about her early literary experiences, her favorite books, and why she’s excited to take part in this awesome Library event.

Here’s what she had to say!

Seattle Public Library: Aleksa, what was your first LGBTQ book? Continue reading “Banned! Books in Drag”

History Through Photographs of Capitol Hill

Chanslor Lyon Auto Building
‘Re-photograph’ of Intersection of 12th Ave. and Union Street, Seattle

For such a young city, Seattle revels in its history—neighborhoods celebrate their past, historical buildings are preserved in debate-filled public exchanges between developer and citizen, individuals trace their family and community history through genealogy and archival research. Everybody seems to have a strong sense of the past—their own, and the city’s. Continue reading “History Through Photographs of Capitol Hill”

Nightstand Reads: Debut novelist Laurie Frankel shares her summer reading

We’re excited  about novelist Laurie Frankel’s debut novel, The Atlas of Love, the story of a young single graduate student in Seattle who becomes pregnant and with the help of friends raises her baby, Atlas. Library Journal said, “Frankel’s debut is a wonderful literary treat that offers a fresh twist on the modern family.” Laurie, who lives in the Central District and makes frequent trips to the Capitol Hill Branch, graciously shared her nightstand reading pile with us:

Currently Reading:
Away by Amy Bloom
Awesome — beautiful writing, great characters, epic and sprawling and with a surprise (at least to me) section set right in Pioneer Square

Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories, edited by James Thomas, Denise Thomas and Tom Hazuka
If you’ve never sampled flash fiction, I highly recommend it, especially for bus riders with motion sickness, parents of toddlers, cookers of dishes which need attention but also to simmer, and others who require bite-sized, Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Debut novelist Laurie Frankel shares her summer reading”

Sense and Sustainability Programs at the Capitol Hill Branch

coins-by-cc-attribution-license-joe-shlabotnikWe’re probably all searching for the magic bullet when it comes to the economy. And while there’s not much that we can do on a macro level, we just might be able to change things on our own personal micro level. Where do we start? A good place would be the Personal Finance program at the Capitol Hill branch on Thursday night, April 9th, 6-7:30 as part of the spring series, “Sense and Sustainability.” You’ll get the scoop on managing your money from Becky House, counselor for American Financial Solutions, a non-profit agency which is a division of the North Seattle Community College Foundation. But if you can’t make it, many personal finance gurus beckon us.

To get you motivated, try any of the books of that publishing dynamo, Suze Continue reading “Sense and Sustainability Programs at the Capitol Hill Branch”