Start: 5:00 pm
A century ago, pit bulls were regarded as all-American family dogs, championed by enthusiast owners such as Heller Keller and, later, Dr. Seuss. Ken Foster, author of I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet (Viking Studio), offers a corrective to the maligning of a breed that he portrays as athletic, loving and brave. "A beautiful book about some of the most of the most beautiful and big-hearted dogs in the worlddogs who've been misunderstood and discriminated against for far too long. Ken Foster and his rescue work are a gift to animals and people alike. Everyone should read I'm a Good Dog to learn the truth about pit bulls and celebrate them." - Rebecca Skloot. Ken Foster, founder of the New Orleans Sula Foundation, also wrote The Dogs Who Found Me and Dogs I Have Met.
Start: 7:00 pm
Eminent scholar and author Frederick Hoxie, the Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois, visits with a major new work of Native American history, This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made (Penguin Press). "This is a remarkable and absorbing book that shows why Indian peoples belong at the very center of American history. This Indian Country brings to life people who, unlike Crazy Horse or Tecumseh, would make terrible symbols and worse martyrs, but who made important history ... Without them Indian country and the republic itself would be far different places." - Richard White. "A master historian at his very best, Frederick Hoxie deftly turns a series of evocative biographies into a compelling new synthesis of American Indian political resistance. In doing so, This Indian Country redefines the terrain of Native American historical memory, even as it centers Indian people in the full sweep of the history of the United States." - Philip J. Deloria.
Start: 7:00 pm
Presented as part of the FAITH AND VALUES IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE Series, hosted by the SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY, co-sponsored by THE ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. The 2012 election season has brought the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints into the center of the public eye. According to the 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Study, it's the fastest growing religious community in half of the states of the U.S. Still, the Church is a religious community unfamiliar to many, even as Mitt Romney's run for the presidency causes many to ask questions. This evening, religious studies scholars Joanna Brooks, author of Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith (Free Press), and Matthew Bowman, author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith (Random House), speak this evening about the role of faith in the LDS community's sense of the public arena. Advance tickets (free) are required, available via Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com) or at 1-800-838-3006. Campion Ballroom is on the Seattle University campus, 901 Twelfth Avenue. For more information, please see www.seattleu.edu.