Start: 11:00 am
Join us for this fun round of readings from picture and storybooks ... Go to the castle in the children's section ... and the stories begin!
Start: 6:00 pm
Co-presented with FLEET FEET SPORTS SEATTLE and BROOKS RUNNING SHOES. Some neighborhood fun is in store as those who wish to begin this program with top world ultramarathoner Scott Jurek by running may do so by joining him around the corner from Elliott Bay at Fleet Feet Sports (yes, Molly Moon can happen, too, perhaps better after everything). Arrive by 5:45 at Fleet Feet, and embark on a four-mile run with Scott. All paces are welcome. After the run, things will move to a more sedentary nature at Elliott Bay following that, as he will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) at 7 p.m. Besides being known as one of the top ultramarathoners in the worldhe's been featured in both Born to Run and The 4-Hour BodyScott Jurek is one of the relatively few elite, world-class athletes who is vegan. Eat & Run, his first book, is also the first time he's ever told all his own story. This should be fun. Don't miss this opportunity to run with Scott Jurek, and then relax, listen, visit with and get books by and about this famous runner. For more information on the run part of thisand for more about Fleet Feet Sports, please see www.fleetfeetseattle.com. Fleet Feet Sports is at 911 East Pine Street. Attendees also may participate in a drawing for prizesa signed copy of Eat & Run, and a pair of Brooks running shoes.
Start: 6:30 pm
Our Global Issues & Ethics Book Group is devoted to discussing books that cover the most relevant topics of our everyday lives. For June, we will be discussing To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild. World War I was supposed to be the "war to end all wars." Over four long years, nations around the globe were sucked into the tempest, and millions of men died on the battlefields. To this day, the war stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Many of the dissenters were thrown in jail for their opposition to the war, and some were intimately connected to their enemy hawks. One of Britain's most prominent woman pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other. As Adam Hochschild brings the Great War to life as never before, he forces us to confront the big questions: Why did so many nations get so swept up in the violence? Why couldn't cooler heads prevail? And can we ever avoid repeating history? Christopher Hitchens said, " This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully, and also to think hard."
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Aimee Phan, who visited with her debut book of stories, We Should Never Meet, six years agoa collection which was named a Kiriyama Prize Notable Bookis back now with her much awaited first novel, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong (St. Martin's). "A powerful debut novel about reverse migration, the new American immigrant story. Cherry Truong's attempt to reconnect to her mother's family reaches around the world, from America to Vietnam to France, and reinvents what she knows of her family's history and her world. And with this novel, Aimee Phan reinvents what we know of ours at the same time." – Alexander Chee. "With tenderness and wisdom, this intricately woven tale presents a world both mysterious and familiar to readers. Aimee Phan is a keen observer and a beautiful writer." – Yiyun Li. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.