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
Our Global Issues & Ethics Book Group is devoted to discussing books that cover the most relevant topics of our everyday lives. Our August selected title is The Big Thirst:The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman. As Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this mind-changing narrative, water runs our world, yet we take it completely for granted. Bringing readers along on a fascinating journeyfrom the moons of Saturn to the hotels of Las VegasFishman vividly shows that we've already left behind a golden age of thoughtlessly abundant, free, and safe water, but also that as dramatic as the challenges are, we have all the means we need to meet them. Knowing what to do is not the problem; the hardest part is changing our water consciousness. The Big Thirst will forever change the way we think about water, our essential relationship to it, and the creativity we can bring to protecting it.
Start: 7:00 pm
We can't think of a year in which Seattle has been so in evidence in fiction as it has this year, with novels ranging from Ryan Boudinot's darkly humorous, dystopian Blueprints of the Afterlife to Jim Lynch's Seattle World's Fair-set Truth Like the Sun, with others along the way. None serves up present-day Seattle with the satirical bite that Maria Semple does with her wonderful, second novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Little, Brown). This evening is a celebrationthe publication of this book which does carry heart and empathy and at the same time messes with some of the manners and mores of our precious part of the planet. "At times bringing tears-to-your-eyes laughter that skewers my own hometown (and quite possibly my mother). Where'd You Go, Bernadette is also a compassionate look at family dysfunction, the paralysis of genius, and good old-fashioned parental love." - Garth Stein. "Maria Semple deliciously sends up the privileged, overachieving PC world of the Emerald City. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a crazy quilt of an epistolary novel, utterly contemporary yet pleasingly old-fashioned, and always light and witty." - Stewart O'Nan.