Start: 2:00 pm
"This is a hard planet and we're a vulnerable species. And all I can do is pray: Help," writes Anne Lamott in her new Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (Riverhead). Those three prayersasking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what one has that is good, and awe at the world around uswill be familiar but no less inspiring to all who appreciate the grace, wisdom, and compassion of this writer's work. She'll be making some brief remarks (not a full-fledged program) and signing books this afternoon at the bookstore. Anne Lamott is the author of many books, including Bird By Bird, Operating Instructions, Traveling Mercies, and, most recently, Some Assembly Required. "Anne Lamott is a cause for celebration. Her real genius lies in capturing the ineffable, describing not the perfect moments but imperfect ones ... perfectly." - The New Yorker. Anne Lamott will also appear on November 13 at 7 p.m. at Queen Anne Methodist Church (www.qaumc.org) with tickets ($25) via www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.
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 selection for November is Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Differences by Cordelia Fine. Brilliantly researched and wickedly funny, Delusions of Gender debunks the pseudo-scientific myth of hardwired differences between men's and women's brains. Unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men's brains aren't made for empathy and women's brains aren't meant to fix cars, Cordelia Fine provides us with a much-needed corrective to the belief that "men are from Mars and women are from Venus" a belief that all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our society. The New York Times said, "Fine's sharp tongue is tempered with humor and linguistic playfulness... Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is."
Start: 7:00 pm
Eminent U.S. Civil War historian James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, more than a dozen other Civil War-era books, and a professor who taught at Princeton for over forty years, makes this special visit with his newest work, War on the Waters: The Union & Confederate Navies, 1861 - 1865 (University of North Carolina Press). "James McPherson ... has turned his keen eye and eloquent pen to the naval war. In this new, concise history of the war at sea, McPherson not only tells an important story well, but he shows how the Union navy, with only 5 percent of Union military assets, had a disproportionate impact on the war." - Craig L. Symonds. "McPherson displays his massive knowledge of the Civil War, this time specifically concerning the naval battles ... A solid contribution to Civil War scholarship."- Kirkus Reviews.
Start: 7:00 pm
Presented by the WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL and GLOBAL WASHINGTON. Best-selling author/photographer Paola Gianturco visits Seattle with the newest in her striking series of books depicting women in the world, this Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon (powerHouse) is one of testimony and inspiration. "While grandmothers have traditionally been the support of beleaguered families, Gianturco contends that this is the first time they have campaigned universally for political, social, and economic change ... Visually captivating, this is an excellent gift book for feminists and other progressives with global perspective." – Publishers Weekly. Tickets ($10 members/students and $15 non-members) and more information are available at www.world-affairs.org. University Heights Auditorium is at 5031 University Way NE in Seattle.
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. One of the Pacific Northwest's foremost historians, Jack Nisbet is back to this side of the Cascades from his Spokane home with David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books), a companion volume to his popular and valuable biography on David Douglas, The Collector. "This new volume will delight anyone with an interest in wild Northwest history and the naturalist's adventure. In these elegantly crafted essays, Nisbet guides us beneath the surface of Douglas's narrative, and into deeper questions of plants, people, and place. The journey leaves the reader inspired, challenged, and more attuned to this unique landscape than ever before." - Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.