From the author of the ultra-popular “The Boys in the Boat,” to an illustrator who created the covers for the 15th-anniversary editions of “Harry Potter,” book-related events this week, Aug. 11-17, 2017.
Even in the dog days of summer, the book events keep coming: This week brings visits from an illustrator who knows Hogwarts, the novelist behind the HBO series “The Leftovers,” and three local historians who’ll tell us things about Capitol Hill that we probably don’t know. A selection of events is below; for full schedules, visit the website of your favorite bookstore or venue.
The author of “Dear Mr. President” is in town with his new coming-of-age novel, “Gork, the Teenage Dragon,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Elliott Bay Book Co.
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Daniel James Brown
Surely you have read “The Boys in the Boat,” Brown’s tale of the nine working-class young men who made up the remarkable U.S. men’s rowing team in the 1936 Olympics? If not, now’s your chance; Brown, a local resident, will speak at the new Eastside bookstore Brick & Mortar Books at 7 p.m. Aug. 11.
The author and illustrator of the popular “Amulet” series, creator of the web comic “Copper” and the artist who created the covers for the 15th-anniversary special editions of the “Harry Potter” series (not a bad résumé, no?), will appear at 3 p.m. Aug. 12, also at Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond.
Senna, the 2017 winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, is here with her latest novel, “New People,” described by Seattle Times reviewer Michael Upchurch as “a combustible mix of racial confusion, wayward desire and identity-politics resentment.” Her previous works include the novel “Caucasia” and the memoir “Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History.” 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Elliott Bay Book Co.
David B. Williams
Williams, the local author of “Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City,” will be joined by Rob Ketcherside and Tom Heuser of the Capitol Hill Historical Society, for an evening of conversation about Capitol Hill history. 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Elliott Bay Book Co.
Scott Kurashige and Michael Hardt
The authors, respectively, of “The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit” and (with Antonio Negri) “Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire” will lead a conversation on moving from resistance to social transformation. 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.
Eric B. Larson
Dr. Larson, executive director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, will be joined by his co-author Joan Declaire for an evening of discussion about their new book, “Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life.” 7 p.m. Aug. 16, Elliott Bay Book Co.
The local writer and book editor (at Pharos Editions) is here to introduce his first novel, the down-South saga “Darkansas.” 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Elliott Bay Book Co.
Perrotta recently told me, of his new novel “Mrs. Fletcher,” that he’d originally intended it to be only from one character’s point of view, but another character caught his eye and “I had to see what he’s up to.” This author’s novels (“Election,” “The Wishbones,” “Little Children,” “The Leftovers”) tend to blend a touch of satire with a warmhearted realism; an evening with him should be a great pleasure. 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library.
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