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October 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Another literary evening in Seattle – 2 National Book Award winners, 1 Harvard historian, and Allan Gurganus
It’s another Wednesday in literary Seattle, when, not one, but two National Book Award winners are reading on the same evening. Here is a true embarrassment-of-riches lineup. And on a weeknight!
- Alice McDermott. This phenomenal novelist won the 1998 National Book Award for her novel “Charming Billy,” which was hands down one of the best books I have ever read. McDermott reads from her new novel “Someone,” a finalist for this year’s National Book Award in fiction (winners announced in November). 7 p.m., Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org). Here’s the Seattle Times review.
- Allan Gurganus. Gurganus is the author of “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.” Published in 1989, this debut novel sold four milllion copies. He has a new collection of novellas, “Local Souls,” set in his native North Carolina. 7 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or www.elliottbaybook.com). Here is the Seattle Times review.
- Jesmyn Ward. Another National Book Award winner for her 2011 novel “Salvage the Bones,” Ward has a new nonfiction book out, the memoir “Men We Reaped,” about the lives of four young men she knew in her native Mississippi, all of whom died young. 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or www.townhallseattle.org.)
- Jill Lepore. Lepore, an exceedingly lively writer for the New Yorker, teaches history at Harvard. She discusses “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin.” Also at 7:30 p.m., also at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or >www.townhallseattle.org). Here’s the Seattle Times review.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention an event this weekend for those who like their books well-aged – the annual Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Seattle Center. For more information go to www.seattlebookfair.com.
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