Start: 9:30 am
Saturday University Asia Crossings: Travel Accounts Through Asia's History Lecture Series, presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART AND IDEAS, in partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. This spring's nine-week series focuses on travel accounts within Asia written by travelers male and femalefrom monks to military, and merchants to pilgrimsdating from the 7th century onward. The series continues this morning with a talk by Tansen Sen, Associate Professor of Asian History, The City University of New York, who will speak about The Politics of Pilgrimage: Xuanzang and His Meetings with Indian Kings. Individual lecture tickets are $5 for SAM members, $10 for nonmembers. Series tickets are $43 for SAM members, $86 fpr nonmembers. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is at 1400 E. Prospect in Volunteer Park. For more information, please see www.seattleartmuseum.org.
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. With our friends at The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation, we are honored to help present former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright here. Her post-diplomatic life has become one, in good part, of author. She follows Madam Secretary, The Mighty and the Almighty, Memo to the President Elect, and Read My Pins with her much-praised memoir of childhood, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War (newly in paperback, Harper Perennial). "Madeleine Albright has written a remarkable story of adventure and passion, tragedy and courage, set against the backdrop of occupied Czechoslovakia and World War II. In so doing, she provides fresh insights into the events that shaped her career and challenges us to think deeply about the moral dilemmas that arise in our own lives." - Václav Havel. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). For more information, call Elliott Bay Book Company at (206) 624-6600, The Seattle Public Library at (206) 386-4636, or see www.spl.org.
Start: 7:00 pm
One of the longest-standing annual programs to take placewherever Elliott Bay has been locatedis the Seattle-based African American Writers Alliance. African American History Month has been highlighted on the last weekend here for upwards of twenty years now. These group readings feature a wide variety of dynamic voices, experiences, and approaches, and much enthusiasm. Among this year's special offerings is a reading of selections from Out of the Cave, II a new chapbook of work written by longtime Alliance member/organizer, Georgia McDade. For more information on the African American Writers Alliance, today's reading, and other AAWA activities over the year, please call Georgia McDade at (206) 722-0964.