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The author of two early, well-received, award-winning (PEN/Hemingway, Stephen Crane Prize) novels, Justin Cronin vaulted into the realm of both critical and popular acclaim two years ago when his vampire novel, The Passage, made its auspicious way into the world. Tonight, he is here with the much-anticipated second volume of the projected Passage Trilogy, The Twelve (Ballantine). The narrativeand actionmostly shifts back in time from The Passage's settingto Year Zerobefore scoping a century ahead. Three primary characters, survivors, make their way through a shattered, post-apocalyptic time and place. Of The Passage, Time wrote, "Magnificent ... Cronin has take his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them ... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy's The Road."
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Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. One of the eminent elders of the region where poetry is concerned, Duane Niatum has been publishing poetry, fiction, and essays for decades. A Jamestown S'Klallam tribal member who received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and has lived, written, and taught in this neck of the woods most of the while since, he reads here this evening with three recent publications: his eighth book of poems, The Pull of the Green Kite (Serif & Pixel Press); a book of poems for young people, Agate Songs on the Path of the Red Cedar (Jamestown/S'Klallam Tribe); and a chapbook of three stories, For Her with No Regrets (Pepin Wi). Free admission. The reading and signing will take place in the Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room (level 4, room 1) of Central Library, which is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please call (206) 386-4636 or see www.spl.org.