Start: 6:00 pm
From Spokane, where he teaches at Eastern Washington Universityand plays fiddle with John Reischman and the Jaybirds, comes Gregory Spatz with Inukshuk (Bellevue Literary Press), a book that powerfully looks at adolescenceand the Arctic north. "At its heart Inukshuk is about family. But Spatz has transfigured this beautifully told, wise story with history and myth, poetry and magic into something rarer, stranger and altogether amazing. A book that points unerringly true north." - Karen Joy Fowler.
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Drawing on his own long run as a successful business executive, and a determination to make a meaningful contribution to society, Gerald Chertavian, already a Big Brother since 1985, in 2000 founded Year Up (www.yearup.org)a program that helps offer those financially disadvantaged attain training, internships, employment, and mentoringthrough various, now-well-practiced ways. In A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success (Viking), he lays these principles out in engaging fashion. "Year Up founder and CEO Chertavian presents an intimate look, from inception to present, at both his unique program and its students ... Chertavian reveals the students' struggles and successes via the story of one of the program's classes ... With a touch of humor, the book most importantly shows what dedicated people and businesses are doing to make a difference today." - Publishers Weekly. 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.
Start: 8:00 pm
Falling into place as this month is announced is this first Elliott Bay visit by heralded debut novelist Natalie Bakopoulos, who has been winning widespread acclaim for The Green Shore (Simon & Schuster). "The Green Shore is an engrossing novel about political oppression, played out on an intimate family scale. Bakopoulos charts the subtle, gnawing pressures of life under the Greek juntathe steady drip of daily coercionwith an exacting empathy. In particular, her depiction of love under tyrannyby turns hesitant, furtive, and liberatingis as astute as it is moving." - Peter Ho Davies. "The slow descent of political oppression and its invasion of private lifeboth these subjects are treated with insight and deep feeling in Natalie Bakopoulos ambitious novel. Her characters are 'on fire, exploding from the inside out,' and the all reveal themselves memorably ..." - Charles Baxter.