Fall Arts Preview 2016: Readings/Talks

Events to get you thinking

(Poetry) Megan Snyder-Camp
9/1 Seattle-based poet Megan Snyder-Camp celebrates the release of two new collections of poetry: Wintering and The Gunnywolf. The former concerns the historic legacy of Lewis and Clark, while the latter concerns the author’s reckoning with her own white privilege. 7 p.m. Free. Hugo House, First Hill, 1021 Columbia St.; 206.322.7030; hugohouse.org  
(Poetry) Ange Mlinko
9/8 Ange Mlinko, a professor at the University of Florida and a poetry editor for The Nation, will discuss the connection between seduction and language in the structure of poetry. 7 p.m. Free. Hugo House, First Hill, 1021 Columbia St.; 206.322.7030; hugohouse.org  

(Fiction) Colson Whitehead
9/17 Novelist, MacArthur fellow and essayist Colson Whitehead, author of The Intuitionist, will appear at Seattle Public Library to read and discuss his eagerly awaited new novel, The Underground Railroad. 6 p.m. Free. Seattle Public Library, downtown, 1000 Fourth Ave.; 206.386.4636; spl.org 

(Fiction) Ann Patchett
9/19 Acclaimed best-selling author Ann Patchett—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction)—comes to Seattle days after the release of her new novel, Commonwealth, an enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, downtown, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230; lectures.org 
(Science) Neil Degrasse Tyson
9/21–9/22 The dashing and charismatic astrophysicist, author and television star Neil deGrasse Tyson has become the nation’s leading advocate for science at a time when climate change deniers and others seek to undermine it, along with the public good. His talk, titled “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” should be a delight. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Paramount Theatre, downtown, 911 Pine St.; 206.682.1414; stgpresents.org

(Poetry) Ada Limon
10/5 Poet Ada Limón, author of Bright Dead Things, which was named a Top Ten Book of Poetry in 2015 by The New York Times, reads at McCaw Hall. Her poetry seeks to find what she describes as “disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.” 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St.; 206.621.2230; lectures.org

(Nonfiction) Timothy Egan
10/26 Seattle’s Timothy Egan, author of seven books and an opinion columnist with The New York Times, plays a crucial role in the national media by addressing the economies and culture of the American West. His nonfiction account of the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time (2006), won the 2006 National Book Award, and he was featured prominently in Ken Burns’ 2012 film on the Dust Bowl. His most recent book, The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, was published in March. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, downtown, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230; lectures.org

(Poetry) Rachel Zucker
11/14 New York City–based poet Rachel Zucker reads from her work at McCaw Hall. Zucker’s most recent works include the double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians (2014), and Museum of Accidents (2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Mothers (2013), a memoir narrating the complicated path to motherhood for Zucker, who is a certified doula and childbirth educator. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St.; 206.621.2230; lectures.org 

(Art) Marina Abramovic
11/18 Groundbreaking Serbian-born, New York City–based performance artist and international art world celebrity Marina Abramović established herself decades ago by lying upon blocks of ice and cutting her stomach with razor blades. She will speak at Town Hall as part of Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Women You Need To Know series. Her memoir, Walk Through Walls: Becoming Marina Abramović, will be published in October. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Town Hall Seattle, First Hill, 1119 Eighth Ave.; 206.621.2230; lectures.org 


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