Start: 7:00 pm
Part of AWP Week in Seattle. This evening brings two highly touted debut authors to the stage, David James Poissant being here with an arresting debut of stories, The Heaven of Animals (Simon & Schuster), and Jennifer Percy with a superb work of nonfiction writing, Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism (Scribner). “The Heaven of Animals is an extraordinary debut, a Venn diagram of the miraculous and the absurd. Like Flannery O’Connor, Poissant’s stories are marked by violence, humor, and grace; like Carver and Diaz, Poissant writes scenes soaked in kerosene and seconds from combustion. In these pages you’ll find charming reprobates, and self-deluded hustlers, young lovers, alligators and dead dogs, fathers and sons, nudists who know that ‘cold is a state of mind,’ star-nosed moles that exhume the glow of a buried baby, all the warped love of family, the batshit hilarity of the South, and the ‘geometry’ of loss.” – Karen Russell. “Demon Camp is the amazing story of one mans’s journey to war and back. It’s a tale so extraordinary that at times it seems conjured from a dream, as it unfolds it’s not just Caleb Daniels that comes into focus, but America, too. Jennifer Percy has orchestrated a great narrative about redemption, loss, and hope.”- Dexter Filkins.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with Town Hall Civics. In a world where Twitter and Facebook are facilitating open dialogue, internet users are granting themselves freedom of speech and assembly through the internet. In Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices of the Internet Underground (Sarah Crichton Books), journalist (and digital diplomacy advisor for the New America Foundation) Emily Parker follows bloggers and others in China, Cuba and Russia to explore the power of the internet and show that despite government censorship, these citizens won’t be silenced. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.townhallseattle.org (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 Town Hall at 206.652.4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.