Start: 11:00 am
Our twice-a-week Children's Storytimes, set for most Tuesday and Saturday mornings each month, commence for August May with this morning's reading from picture- and storybook favorites out of our children's section. One of our Elliott Bay bookfolk will do the reading and telling honors. Go to the castle in the children's section ... and the stories begin! Please join us.
Start: 2:00 pm
Here from Beirut to help owners Wassef and Racha Haroun with the imminent opening of Mamnoon, their much-anticipated restaurant featuring Lebanese fare (on Melrose at Pike, www.mamnoonrestaurant.com), is esteemed cookbook author, photographer, and food consultant Barbara Abdeni Massaad. This festive visit should include samples of her workto be featured, no doubt, in Mamnoon, and most certainly in her two mouth-watering cookbooks, Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry and Man'oushé: Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery. A winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award and the Lebanese Academy of Gastronomy Certificate of Merit, are also delightful cultural, as well as culinary guides.
Start: 5:00 pm
Rescheduled from July 31 to this afternoon, this poetry reading by Cairo-born, Seattle poet Maged Zaher should be a strong and engaging one, as his readings are. The co-author of a collaborative work, Farout Library Software (with Pam Brown), and 2009's Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer, he is here today with his newest collection, The Revolution Happened and You Didn't Call Me (Tinfish Press). "Deterritorialization is one of its main concerns and main activities, something that I think can be said about Zaher's work in general, whether he is undermining the reality effects of nation states and their borders, or corporate spectral omnipresence, or unpeeling his own personal multiply-deterritorialized lyric self. It is vital, lucid, and uncompromising work that leaves this reader feeling more alive and open to 'our moment,' and less secure than ever about what that might mean. Despite its often slashing irony, I find it a very tender book as well." - Anthony McCann.
Start: 7:00 pm
Two writers who have written widelywith works of fiction, poems, translations, and personal essays between themLia Purpura and Marjorie Sandor, read from strong new prose books here this evening. Based in Baltimore, though she also teaches in the Rainier MFA Writing Workshop, Lia Purpura is here with a wonderful new book of essays, Rough Likeness (Sarabande). "Lia Purpura is at the forefront of the New Essay, and this latest book (her best) takes us much closer into the rough terrain of her quirky mind than she has ever gone before. The surprises and insights keep coming. Rough Likeness is an astonishmenta book to savor, read slowly, smile at, sigh at, and cherish." - Phillip Lopate. "Purpura ... puts readers into a state of aesthetic arrest, as well as surprise, discomfort and meditative pleasure via her pristine, radiant, and unflinching, collage-like essays." - Donna Seaman, Booklist. Also here, from Corvallis, where she teaches in the MFA writing program at Oregon State University is Marjorie Sandor. Her newest book is the wondrous The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction (Arcade). "The most soulful garden book ... a testament to more good things emerging from all that rainis Marjorie Sandor's memoir ... This book covers her passage into middle age, as she falls in love with a colleague, leaves her husband, shares custody of a daughter through adolescence, buys and renovates a house, fights off a ravaging real estate agent and packs up the contents of her aging mother's beach house ... Through it all, she gardensand proffers nimble meditations on healing, friendship, literature, architecture and music."- Dominique Browning, New York Times Book Review.