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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Philippe Petit, the ‘Man on Wire,’ comes to town

You never know who might turn up in Seattle (or, in this case, Lake Forest Park). Philippe Petit, the brilliant high-wire artist and subject of the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary “Man on Wire,” will be here next Wednesday (the 24th) at 7 p.m. at Third Place Books (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park), to talk about and sign his new book “Why Knot? How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!” You can imagine that a guy who rigged ropes to walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974 (along with many other locations around the world) might know a thing or two about knots, and about risk-taking. The event is free, but if you want Petit to sign your book, you’ll need to buy a copy from Third Place to get a signing-line ticket.

And, while we’re talking about “Man on Wire,” have you seen it? One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen — and all the more remarkable considering that there’s no film footage of Petit’s WTC walk. Check it out; here’s the trailer, to tantalize you . . .

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