Start: 7:00 pm
Poet, essayist, and fiction writer Roxane Gay returns to a familiar Seattle, having appeared in Hugo House’s 2013-14 Literary Series, and as part of the Seattle AWP festivities. She is here tonight with a powerful Haitian-set debut novel, An Untamed State (Black Cat/Grove). “An Untamed State is a harrowing, suspenseful novel about the connections between sexual violence and political rage, narrated in a voice at once traumatized and eerily controlled. Roxane Gay is a remarkable writer, an astute observer of Haitian society and a deeply sympathetic, unflinching chronicler of the compromises people make in order to survive under the most extreme conditions.” - Tom Perrotta. “Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. An Untamed State is a novel of hope, intermingled with fear … written at a pace that will match your racing heart.” – Edwidge Danticat.
Start: 7:30 pm
Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. SAL’s 2013-14 Literary\Arts Series closes out on a high note as one of the most vital, insightful essayists, and activist critics at work today, Rebecca Solnit, makes this welcome Seattle return. In the past year alone, she has had these books published: the National Book Critics Circle finalist, The Faraway Nearby (newly in paper, Penguin); Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press); a book of essays, Men Explain Things to Me (Dispatch Books/Haymarket); and a welcome, twentieth anniversary reissue of Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West (University of California Press). “What Solnit offers us, I think, is the future of the memoir. Not the story of the self … but the ways in which one’s story opens into other stories … literary nonfiction doesn’t get more beautiful and compelling.” – Jennifer Sinor, The American Scholar. Tickets and information are available via Seattle Arts & Lectures at www.lectures.org. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).