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: 2:00 pm
After an accident nearly blinded him in 1867, John Muir took a thousand-mile walk through the post Civil War-era South. According to Whitworth University history professor emeritus James B. Hunt, Muir's views on the relationship of humankind with nature, death, and faith were profoundly shaped by this walk, the story of which appears in his book, Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68 (Mercer University Press). "Hunt brings new insight and fresh enthusiasm to this engaging study of the legendary American conservationist." - Donald Worster.
Start: 5:00 pm
This early evening presentation features two authors whose work has been inspired by the art and life of iconic Northwest photographer Imogen Cunningham. Award-winning children's book author Amy Novesky will read from and discuss her new book, Imogen Cunningham: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys (Cameron + Company, with illustrations by Lisa Congdon). This is a short biography of Cunningham, told in the form of a children's picture book. She is joined here by Portland novelist Whitney Otto, whose recent, well-received novel, 8 Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner), tells the story of eight female photographers, including Imogen Cunningham.
Start: 7:30 pm
Poet and Western Washington University professor Bruce Beasley makes a welcome return to Elliott Bay this evening to read from Theophobia (BOA Editions)his seventh poetry collection. "Beasley outdoes his prior collection with this spiky, thoughtful, elaborate, sometimes scary, sometimes funny set of verse essays, riffs, and meditations on the idea of a Christian creator-god, and on ideas from evolutionary and molecular biology about how life comes to be .. .Careful, sympathetic attention will produce pleasure in Beasley's collisions between curiosity and doubt, as the newest oddities of the life sciences, and the oddest words he can find, crash into dark fears and grapple with ancient questions." - Publishers Weekly. Joining him this evening is Evan Peterson, a Seattle poet whose chapbook, Skinjob, has just been published by Minor Arcanum Press.