Start: 6:00 pm
Journalist and activist Ann Jones continues her coverage of the war in Afghanistan in her book, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story (Haymarket). This time she covers the story of the fate of American soldiers wounded in combat. "For a decade, Jones, through her firsthand reporting of war and life on the ground in Afghanistan, has given us more of the reality of that conflict than any dozen of her well-connected colleagues in the established media, attuned as they have been to the cant and spin pouring out of official mouths. Now, she has turned her shrewd, wise, compassionate, reality-bound eye to some of the bitterest facts of all: the almost unimaginable suffering of the American soldiers wounded and otherwise impaired in the conflict. The result is a harrowing and compelling tale that is hard to bear but must be borne if we are to understand the disaster this country unleashed in Afghanistan." - Jonathan Schell. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6 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. Following Ann Jones’ talk and booksigning, attendees are invited to stay for a talk and Q&A by newly elected Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, conducted by Charles Mudede of The Stranger.
Start: 6:30 pm
This month’s selected novel is Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Orb). Please see the book group page for more information – and please join us.
Start: 7:00 pm
Making this welcome Elliott Bay return after reading here a few years ago with her much-praised debut novel, Turn of Mind, is Alice LaPlante, with A Circle of Wives (Atlantic Monthly Press). A circle of wives is at the heart of this tale of suspense and intrigue, as Alice LaPlante tells the story of a closeted polygamist, a man who was married to three very different women in three different cities – and is found dead as this story unfolds. “LaPlante’s engrossing second thriller … explores love, loss, control, the influence of past relationships, and passion … Captivating.” – Publishers Weekly. “A page-turner that also offers much ironic commentary on the dynamics of love and marriage, emphasizing the great mystery at the heart of any romantic relationship.” – Booklist.