« Friday February 22, 2013 »
Start: 7:00 pm
Seattle poet and poetry editor Koon Woon reads from his much awaited second book Water Chasing Water, published by Kaya Press, a Los Angeles based publisher of writers from the Asian diaspora. Koon Woon, a largely self-taught poet who has written about his struggles with mental illness, homelessness and life on the margins of immigrant culture, and was the winner of the PEN Oakland Award for his first book, The Truth in Rented Rooms (Kaya). Also reading tonight is Keith Holyoak, who is both a distinguished Professor of Cognitive Psychology at UCLA and also a translator and poet in the classical Chinese style. His books include Foreigner (Dos Madres Press) and Facing the Moon: Poems of Li Bai and Du Fu (Oyster River Press).
Start: 7:00 pm
Presented by RICHARD HUGO HOUSE. Seattle poet and fiction writer Karen Finneyfrock is a fixture on the local spoken word and literary stages and a beloved teacher and mentor of writers of all ages. She's celebrating the launch of her debut young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door (Viking Children's Books) tonight at the Hugo House, where she has for many years read her work and helped nurture a venue for writers of all ages. "Karen Finneyfrock is an amazing poet so it is no surprise that her first novel is poetic. It is also hilarious, exciting and as painful as anybody's teenage years. Read it please." - Sherman Alexie. The Richard Hugo House is located at 1634 Eleventh Avenue, just North of Pine St. on Capitol Hill. More about their projects, classes and events at
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS. If you think that the Civil and War and slavery was something experienced far away from Seattle, you won't want to miss this talk by writer/historians Lorraine McConaghy and Judy Bentley, authors of Free Boy: a True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press). Free Boy is the story of Charles Mitchell, aged 13, whose escape from slavery in Washington territory in 1860 on a steamer bound for Victoria was made possible by help from free blacks. Written with young adults in mind, the authors provide the historical context to understand the lives of both Mitchell and the slaveholder, Washington territory surveyor-general James Tilton. Tilton's letter (which inspired the story) appears in Lorraine McConaghy's book, New Land, North of the Columbia (Sasquatch Books). Judy Bentley is also the author of Hiking Washington's History (University of Washington Press). 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 or call (206) 386-4636.
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