Start: 6:00 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Bernard Lietear and Jacqui Dunne, two individuals who've long worked and written in the worlds of finance and policy have joined to write a new book on the idea of money itself, Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity (Berrett-Koehler). "Lietaer and Dunne describe the many thousands of new currencies in use by communities worldwide, and how those currencies are facilitating the needed transition of human societies to more peaceful, sharing, prosperous, and sustainable futures." - Hazel Henderson. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 5 p.m., or in advance via townhall.strangertickets.com (1-888-377-4510). 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.
Start: 7:00 pm
Nebraska-born writer Emily Rapp has written a moving account of her son Ronan's short life and death from Tay Sachs disease in her new book, The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press). Forced to set aside her expectations and dreams for her son's life, she and her husband learned to parent in the moment, find happiness in the midst of their sorrow and prepare for their son's impending death. "Despite her tragic loss, Rapp is fierce in her defense of the unique worth of her son's short life. He was 'in his own way, perfect,' and the author poses the rhetorical question: 'We are not what we become, how we look, what we doare we?' Searching for spiritual solace, Rapp and her husband attended a Buddhist retreat and cherished the words of one of the teachers: 'Remember there's a whole person behind whatever physical affect presents itself.' A beautiful, searing exploration of the landscape of grief and a profound meditation on the meaning of life." Emily Rapp, who teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, is also the author of Poster Child: A Memoir.
Start: 7:00 pm
Bestselling novelist Hugh Howey comes to Seattle from his Florida home with his heavily anticipated new omnibus edition of Wool (Wool 1 - 5, Silo Saga) (Simon & Schuster). Announcement of this book's publication made trade newsa big buzz has attended this release. "Wool is incredible. This is the best science fiction series I've read in years. Not since A Canticle for Leibowitz have I been so utterly and completely enthralled." - Douglas Preston. "Secrets unfold with just the right pacing ... If you're looking for a good post-apocalyptic read, you can't do much better than Wool." - Rick Riordan. This should be fun. Free admission. Richard Hugo House is at 1634 Eleventh Avenue (two blocks from Elliott Bay, just north of Pine Street). For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL CENTER FOR CIVIC LIFE. Following Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne at Town Hall, very much keeping sustainability in focus, is economist Joel Magnuson with his new book, The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post-Carbon Economy (Seven Stories). "The Approaching Great Transformation is a breath of fresh air in a world of hackneyed nonsolutions to our social and economic problems, Professor Magnuson pulls no punches regarding the coming collapse of the corporate-commercial-consumer society, or the inability of technological fixes and 'green capitalism' to bail us out of the historical crunch that is virtually upon us ... His message is simple: change or die." - Morris Berman. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via townhall.strangertickets.com (1-888-377-4510). 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.