Start: 7:00 pm
Known for his earlier book, Saltwater Buddha, legendary surfer Jaimal Yogis visits with his newest book, The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing ... and Love (Rodale). "This book would be worth the price of admission for the Maverick's chapter alonethe first, and as far as I know, only literary first-person account of riding one of the greatest big-wave breaks on earth, for which Yogis has both the surfing ability and writing chops, making a unique combination to surf literature. But Yogis is also a man on an authentic missionto face down his deepest fears andas in all of his writingto interrogate the deepest sources of meaning in every aspect of human life. From his hapless Alcatraz swim at the book's beginning to his success at Maverick's to that biggest challenge of allfatherhoodYogis writes with confidence, clarity, and brio. This is a heartfelt, hard-won, and utterly worthwhile book."- Daniel Duane.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. A writer at one of the world's foremost newspapers, London's The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman writes a weekly psychology column, "This Will Change Your Life," that is one of the paper's most popular features. He visits tonight with his book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (Faber & Faber). "The Antidote is a gem. Countering a self-help tradition in which 'positive thinking' too often takes the place of actual thinking, Oliver Burkeman returns our attention to several of philosophy's deeper traditions and does so with a light hand and a wry sense of humor. You'll come away from this book enrichedand, yes, even a little happier." - Daniel H. Pink. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.strangertickets.com. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.