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
As the literature of ideas and imagination, Science Fiction and Fantasy simply demands discussion. Our selection for September is Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortuneand remarkable powerto whoever can unlock them.
Start: 7:00 pm
Seattle native Gillian Gaar, among other things, was one of the first music journalists to write about Nirvana. In her new book, Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana (Jawbone), she examines the band's early years and their rise to fame with their first album, Bleach, drawing on extensive interviews with key characters, including bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Chad Channing, and producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig. Gillian Gaar published her work for many years in The Rocket, and has also written for Goldmine, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. She is the author of several earlier books, including Return of the King, She's a Rebel, and The Rough Guide to Nirvana.
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. This evening marks a major milestone on several fronts, as longtime Seattle community activist Aaron Dixon tells a story that is at once personal and communal, local and national, historical and of present-day relevance in his much-awaited book, My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party (Haymarket). "My People Are Rising is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does a superb job of presenting life in the party from the perspective of a foot soldiera warrior for the cause of revolutionary change and Black Power in America. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back in writing honestly about those times as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist. This is an unforgettable, must-read book!" - Larry Gossett. "There have been many books about the Black Panther Party, but never has there been a Panther book as illuminating as this memoir by Aaron Dixon. It's the story from a different perspective than we've ever seen: the former member who has remained a long-distance runner for revolution. It's indispensable for anyone with an interest in black politics or the politics of change in the United States." - Dave Zirin, The Nation. Free admission. The Northwest African American Museum is at 2300 South Massachusetts Street. For more information, call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, or see www.naamnw.org or call (206) 518-6000.