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 ten-week series featuring an array of speakers on Asian travel as recorded by Asian travelers brings San Diego State emeritus professor of history Ross Dunn to SAAM to talk about "Ibn Battuta and the World of the 14th Century." Individual lecture tickets are $5 for SAM members, $10 for nonmembers. Series tickets are $43 for SAM members, $86 for 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
A few years after we hosted Jami Attenberg for her well-received novel, The Kept Man, we're pleased to welcome her back and add to the accolades she's receiving for her newest novel, The Middlesteins (Grand Central), which include the front page of The New York Times Book Review: "Life is fraught with disappointment, Attenberg tells us, and in our efforts to ease our pain we often make decisions that have the opposite effect ... We allow ourselves to fall prey to the bad habits that provide momentary comfort, and end up paying with our lives. If the message sounds dark, it is; if it sounds hopeless, it's not meant to be. In the near term, the tragedies that befall this suburban Jewish family break it apart, but the longer-term effects are different: parents and children find mutual understanding, siblings comfort each other, warring parties find common ground in grief, and those who approach the world with an open heart receive love in returneven if it's the last thing they do."
Start: 7:00 pm
Food writer and memoirist Elissa Altman was raised in New York City by a food-phobic mother and a food-fanatic father, worked for Dean and DeLuca, and, by her account, lived by the axiom that 'Fancy is Best.' Meeting and falling in love with Susan, a parsimonious Yankee and simple living devotee from Connecticut changed her life. She tells the story and shares recipes in her new book, Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking (Chronicle Books). Praised by Deborah Madison and Seattle's Molly Wizenberg, Elissa Altman was the winner of a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Individual Blog for "Craving the Food of Depravity" on her PoorMansFeast.com blog.