Start: 7:00 pm
From Seattle's Sasquatch Books comes writer Mark Baumgarten's lively chronicle of K Records, its founder Calvin Johnson, and the role played in changing the music scene in fundamental ways, Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. "No novelist, short of Ayn Rand, could come up with a character as iconoclastic and idealist as Calvin Johnson, which is one reason Love Rock Revolution is a compelling book. Mark Baumgarten methodically tells every nuance of K Records, and in doing so has written the best book yet on the Olympia, Washington scene. Whether you're a fan of Beat Happening, Bikini Kill, or Nirvana, this book will help you understand a scene that changed history." - Charles R. Cross.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with Town Hall's GLOBAL VOICES series. An evening of international literary importance is in store as John Dramani Mahama, a writer, former member of Parliament and minister of state, and the present vice president of Ghana, visits with his extraordinary, coming-of-age memoir, My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa (Bloomsbury). "With crisp yet sweeping prose, John Mahama's memoir, My First Coup d'Etat provides insights into Ghana's, and by extension, Africa's struggle to weather its historical burden and engage with a world much removed from her dilemma. Without sentimentality or condescension, he exposes homegrown African pathologies and helps us understand several contradictions of our postcolonial condition. His is a much welcome work of immense relevance to African studies and deserves serious critical attention." - Chinua Achebe. "Mahama's stories lure the reader into an unforgettable journey in which he interacts with history as a living tissue. The characters and the episodes are part of the everyday but one imbued with magic and suggestive power that go beyond the concrete and the palpable to hint at history in motion." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800-838-3006). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. The first of two Town Hall evenings this week in which Ghana plays a central role is this with the brothers Alexander, writer Max and Seattle entrepreneur/philanthropist (and Cranium game co-founder) Whit. Their adventures (and misadventures) are engagingly told in Max Alexander's Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan (Hyperion). "A zany, surreal terror ride into the bush ... At times improbable yet always comic and wise, Alexander's tale of the brothers making a business pitch to Africans renews our understanding of service, need, and determination in the global village." - Publishers Weekly. "My boss, Bill Gates, coined the phrase 'creative capitalism' to encourage the use of market forces to address the needs of the poor. But my friend, Whit Alexander, moved creative capitalism from ideas to bold practice. Bright Lights, No City will scratch your travel bug, tickle your business brain, and touch your heart." - Patty Stonesifer. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800-838-3006). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.