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: 6:30 pm
Each month, the Elliott Bay Fiction Book Group reads and discusses the best in contemporary fiction with the occasional classic thrown in for good measure. Our August selection is The Victim by Saul Bellow. With his wife away visiting her mother, Asa Leventhal is spending his time alone. One evening, attempting to find relief from a New York heat wave, he is accosted in a park near his home by a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses Leventhal of ruining his life. When his immediate, indignant denial has no effect, Leventhal gradually succumbs to the man's story and comes to believe that he has, in fact caused them an irreparable damage. Unable to shake the stranger loose or stop his own self-doubts and suspicions, Leventhal descends in to a nightmare of paranoia and fear. "A kind of Dostoyevskian nightmare... written with unusual power and insight."
Start: 8:00 pm
The onset of August means that the start of school is right around the corner. In this neighborhood, with Seattle University and Seattle Central but blocks away, and UW not so far distant, How to Be a Person: The Stranger's Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos and Life Itself (Sasquatch Books)is a very handy book to have. All kinds of vital information, including what majors to avoid, how to come out, how not to get an STD, plus good advice on how to stay alive, among other things, is delivered with the usual sober reverence The Stranger is known for. Ahem. Buy a copy of How to Be a Person from us tonight and receive a free taco (and for over 21's a beer), courtesy of Seattle's Sasquatch Books. Expected to be on hand tonight are book contributors and The Stranger stalwarts Christopher Frizzelle, Lindy West, Bethany Jean Clement, and more. This should be fun. "I went to college armed only with a trash bag used as luggage, a boom box held together with duct tape, and a battered 1965 Chevy. I so needed this guide back then. I am jealous of people who have it now." - Sherman Alexie.