Start: 9:30 am
Saturday University Love, Loss, and Longing 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 morning concludes this winter/spring’s nine-part series featuring an array of scholars and others on aspects of Asia and forms of “love, loss, and longing” – from ancient to 20th-century Asia. This morning’s speaker is Michiko Suzuki, professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Her lecture subject is “Love and the ‘Modern Girl’ in Japan, 1920s-30s .” Individual lecture tickets at $5 SAM members, $10 nonmembers. Series tickets are SAM members $45, nonmembers $88. Free simulcast viewing is generally available in the Alvord Board room. 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: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Co-presented with ARTIST TRUST. Artist Trust presents the graduating writers and their final presentations for the 2014 EDGE Professional Development Program for Writers. Join arts enthusiasts, Artist Trust supporters, family, and friends for a showcase of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Artist Trust is dedicated to supporting Washington state artists working in all creative disciplines and provides professional resources and grant funding to writers, filmmakers, visual artists, and more. Today's presentations are free and open to all. For more about Artist Trust and its valuable, vital programs, please see www.artisttrust.org.
Start: 7:00 pm
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. We’re not making it easy for reader choices tonight – you can’t go wrong either at Elliott Bay, or here, this evening, with Lorrie Moore making this most welcome return visit. After years of living and teaching in Madison, she now comes from her new home of Nashville, where she is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt professor of English at Vanderbilt University. More to the point of this evening, she is here with a dazzling new book of stories, Bark (Knopf). “When Moore opens her sentences out, as she is able to do whenever the rhythm or emotional pitch of a tale demands it, one realizes just how much she is able to encompass, and how tenderly she renders the passage of time. A single Moore sentence can span lives … Even as Moore tells us precisely what we don’t want to hear, she does so in a voice we can’t stop listening to. Moore does not make us feel better, she hurts us. But she hurts us in vital, generous ways, and it is testament to the brilliance of her writing that we let her.” – Sam Byers, Times Literary Supplement. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Seattle Public Central Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information on the program, please see www.spl.org.
Start: 7:00 pm
Irish Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue, though best known for her novel, Room (an international bestseller and finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes) has long been known to her readers as a lively storyteller whose command of history enriches so many of her books. She’s here to read from her newest, Frog Music (Little Brown), set in San Francisco during the summer of 1876. During a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice – if he doesn’t track her down first.