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Deep South by Paul Theroux

Thursday • May 11 • 6:30pm

Mill Creek store

Join the Odd Shelf book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!

Acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux turns his unflinching eye on an often underrepresented region in this luminous sojourn into the Deep South. What he finds is a place of paradox, full of unparalleled music, cuisine, and generosity, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. On road trips spanning four seasons, he deliberately bypasses obvious metropolitan pleasures to seek out the people and places he believes would truly help him to understand this remarkable but profoundly troubled area. He visits gun shows, small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where the farm up the road is still called "the plantation" to speak with mayors, social workers, writers, reverends, working poor, and farming families. Deep South probes the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, and the appalling poverty of back-road towns abandoned by industry in a vivid, haunting ode to a region bursting with life and loss alike.

Book club members save 20% when you purchase this title at our Mill Creek store.

Within the Sanctuary of Wings and The Summer Dragon TOR

Thursday • May 11 • 7pm

U District store

Here, there be dragons.

Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the thoroughly absorbing conclusion to Marie Brennan's thrilling Lady Trent Memoirs. After dragon naturalist and scandalous explorer Lady Isabella ...  Read more


Thursday • May 11 • 7:30pm


Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue

Enjoy a hysterical and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times best-selling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as ...  Read more

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela

Friday • May 12 • 6:30pm

U District store

Join Nancy Pearl's book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!

When history professor Natasha Wilson begins researching the life of Imam Shamil—a 19th-century chieftan who led Muslim tribes against the Russians in the Caucasian War—she is surprised to discover that her favorite student, Oz, is one of his descendants. As Natasha grows closer Oz and his actress mother, Malak, she is forced to confront something she's long avoided—her own Muslim heritage. Award-winning author Leila Aboulela weaves together the stories of three fascinating characters: Shamil, who had to give up his son to save his besieged city; Shamil's son, who grew up among the Russians; and Natasha, a modern half-Russian, half-Sudanese woman. Enjoy a nuanced story of heritage and identity that spans three continents and more than 200 years.

Assassin's Fate (RANDOM HOUSE)

Friday • May 12 • 7pm

U District store

When FitzChivalry Farseer's young daughter, Bee, is violently abducted by the Servants—a secret society whose members dream of possible futures and use these prophecies to add to their wealth and ...  Read more

Saturday • May 13 • 11am

Mill Creek store

Make a gift for Mom! Kids learn how to create pretty paper suncatchers in this guided class that make fantastic Mother's Day gifts. Gift wrap is included!

$5 ...  Read more

Saturday • May 13 • 11am

U District store

Come celebrate the winners of our 31st Annual Kids Bookmark Contest at this special awards ceremony and reception recognizing the top bookmark designs from school-aged readers in kindergarten through grade ...  Read more

Masao: A Nisei Soldiers Secret and Heroic Role in World War II

Saturday • May 13 • 3pm

U District store

Sandra Vea shares the important and fascinating story of her father-in-law in Masao. Masao Abe, a second-generation Japanese-American, lived the life of a typical child in San Bernardino, California until ...  Read more


Monday • May 15 • 7pm

The Neptune

Cory Doctorow offers a striking vision of the near-future in his new book, Walkaway.

Hubert, Seth, and their ultra-rich heiress friend Natalie are getting a little old to hang ...  Read more


The Best of Adam Sharp

Monday • May 15 • 7pm

U District store

Adam Sharp, an IT consultant in Melbourne, enjoys a happy—if not entirely passionate—life with partner Claire. But a one-word email from "the one that got away" evokes reaction in him ...  Read more

Tuesday • May 16 • 11am

U District store

Join us at our U District store for dramatic readings of the best in new and classic kids books.

You bring the kids, and we'll provide the activities and entertainment.

StoryTime for Kids is appropriate for ages 3 - 7.


Out of the Box and How to be a Scientist (DK)

Tuesday • May 16 • 7pm

Mill Creek store

Bring young scientists to meet two inspiring authors!

In Out of the Box, award-winning paper engineer Jemma Westing offers 25 interactive cardboard model projects that engage creativity, out-of-the-box ...  Read more


Tuesday • May 16 • 7pm

Sold Out

U District store

We couldn't be more excited to host this special book signing with legendary author S. E. Hinton for the 50th anniversary edition of The Outsiders.

No one ever said ...  Read more


The Good Doctor

Tuesday • May 16 • 7pm

Tacoma Public Library, Anna Lemon Wheelock Branch, 3722 North 26th Street

UW Tacoma professor Michael Kula treats us to a reading from his new book, The Good Doctor. In the summer of 1917, renowned veterinarian Dr. David Roberts and his socialite ...  Read more


Tuesday • May 16 • 7:30pm

Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue

In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr., a former Washington, D.C., public defender and current professor at Yale Law School, shows how our nation has gotten to the point ...  Read more


Wednesday • May 17 • 11am

Mill Creek store

Join us at our Mill Creek store for dramatic readings of the best in new and classic kids books. You bring the kids, and we'll provide the activities and refreshments. StoryTime for Kids is appropriate for toddler to preschool age children. Call 425.385.3530 for details.


Damn Fine Cherry Pie: And Other Recipes from TV's Twin Peaks and The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Wednesday • May 17 • 7pm

The Swiss Restaurant and Pub

Join us for Twin Peaks Trivia and "a damn fine cup of coffee" at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub! In celebration of the much-anticipated new season (premiering on May 21) ...  Read more

How to be a Supervillian (HACHETTE)

Wednesday • May 17 • 7pm

U District store

Victor Spoil comes from a long line of famous supervillains and one day he's expected to join their ranks. Unfortunately, Victor doesn't have a single bad-guy bone in his body. ...  Read more

Wednesday • May 17 • 7:30pm

Benaroya Hall, S Mark Tauper Foundation Auditorium, 200 University Street

The Moth—hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal—is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has ...  Read more

The Chicken Who Saved Us (BEHLER PUBLICATIONS)

Thursday • May 18 • 7pm

U District store

Two Moms in Conversation about Raising That Kid: How to Build a Village

Every kid is that kid: your special someone who's unique. Still, parents and authors Kristin ...  Read more

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