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Published this past autumn to high praise in Canada, where it was shortlisted for the prestigious Governor General’s Award, Joseph Boyden’s extraordinary, historically-set third novel, The Orenda (Knopf), is finally being published here in the U.S. There are those among us who hadn’t been able to wait, gone north, read and loved this book – and now get to put it in readers’ hands here. Those who knew and loved Through the Black Spruce or Three Day Road will be delighted, as will those new to Joseph Boyden’s work. “Years from now, The Orenda will be called a classic, but for now Joseph Boyden will have to settle for visionary, majestic, awe-inspiring. The prose is incandescent – and the cultural, tribal, spiritual battles are as gripping as anything I have ever read. There is magic in these pages that will convince you there is magic in the world.” – Benjamin Percy. “A stunning, masterful work of staggering depth … it is like nothing you have ever read, and read it you must … The Orenda is a feat, an achievement [that] is impossible to read without coming away profoundly shaken, possibly changed.” – Robert J. Wiersema, The Vancouver Sun.
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Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. An educational change consultant who is based in Washington, D.C. and was the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, Sam Chaltain will discuss ground addressed in his new book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice (Teachers College Press). “Sam Chaltain is one of the most important voices in public education today, and he writes wonderfully well. Our School puts a human face on urban education, showing us what it’s like to be a teacher, student, or parent in the Brave New World of school choice. Parents, educators, and policymakers should read this book. The result will be a more informed and creative conversation about what public education ought to be, and how to make it that way.” – Parker J. Palmer. 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: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the SEATTLE SCIENCE Series. Published as part of the University of Washington Press’ remarkable Weyerhauser Environmental Series, Reed College professor Joshua Howe’s book, Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming, looks to be a major presence in the debates of the day, and in days to come. “Scientists have proven to be right about the causes of a warming planet, but they have failed to stop the warming. Stopping it involves politics and economics more than science, and in this important book Joshua Howe examines how scientists and environmentalists – although both live in intensely political worlds – have managed to get the science right and the politics wrong ... Few books published this year will tell a more important story.” – Richard White. $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.