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« Saturday February 09, 2013 »
Sat
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
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS. Carver Gayton, who has long played a central role in the fabric of the community—from star football days at the University of Washington to pioneering coaching and administrative roles at the University, on through to being the founding director of the Northwest African American Museum—gives this special talk today for a book written by his great-grandfather, Lewis George Clarke in 1845, after he had escaped life in the South as a slave and become an abolitionist activist. Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke, During a Captivity of More Than Twenty-five Years Among the Algerines of Kentucky, One of the So-Called Christian States of North America, Dictated by Himself has been newly re-published in a facsimile edition by the University of Washington Press/V Ethel Willis White Books. This book was the first by a slave to be acquired by the Library of Congress and receive copyright protocols. And it served as some of the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe's catalyzing work, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Carver Gayton has written an illuminating introduction, which should help serve as the basis for a fascinating program today. 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.
Start: 7:00 pm
From Vancouver comes writer/curator Rachel Poliquin with an arresting, provocative book that's been receiving considerable attention, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing (Pennsylvania State University Press). "The Breathless Zoo is an intriguing and poetic meditation on an unlikely subject: stuffed animals in European museums that seem so familiar and intellectually musty. Rachel Poliquin teases out of them not just a typological order but also a human longing for beauty and wonder, story and allegory. In the dead specimens she finds immortality; in their stasis, movement across the world. The result is a rich panorama of human ideas and desires." – Marina Belozerkaya. "With The Breathless Zoo, Rachel Poliquin has made a major contribution to the blossoming field of animal studies. This book is the new benchmark on the place of taxidermy in the social history of art, science, and popular culture. Marvelous, rigorous, and extensively well researched, the work is also refreshingly pleasurable to read ... For those of us thinking about animals, this is the book on the culture of taxidermy we've long awaited—a book of great innovation that slices through the history of science, blood, sports, and art." – Mark Dion.
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