The Seattle Public Library will feature writers and their work at several locations throughout Seattle in April.


Laila Lalami7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636. Pulitzer Prize finalist and former Seattle Reads author Lalami will discuss "The Other Americans," her powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—a family saga, murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Kurt Armbruster6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Southwest Branch. Armbruster discusses his newest railway history, "Pacific Coast, Seattle's Own Railroad." It tells the story of Northern Pacific Railroad made Tacoma its western terminus in 1870, prompting Seattle to build its own railroad. This event is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle series, which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula, and presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Thi Bui – Our 2019 Seattle Reads Selection, "The Best We Could Do" is a haunting memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for a simpler past. Bui documents her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America.

Seattle Reads "The Best We Could Do" is presented in partnership with Vietnamese Friendship Association, The Wing Luke, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Friends of Little Saigon, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Northwest African American Museum. Seattle Reads "The Best We Could Do" is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Abrams Books.

Adrienne Maree Brown - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Join activist and author Brown for a reading centered on her book "Emergent Strategy" and a celebration of community-led organizing in Seattle. This event is made possible with support from the Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Seattle Office of Civil Rights.           

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