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


Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., 206-684-7455. Local authors Rodger Pettihord, Jim Rubin and David Ward present "R.O.O.R.D: To War in a Rubber Duck," a novel of World War II. According to the novel’s fictional premise, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt created a covert unit to aid in the British prosecution of the war in 1939. The unit was named "Reconnoitering, Observation, Opposition Resources and Destruction." Americans soon redefined the acronym ROORD to stand for The Royal Order of Rubber Ducks. They named their seven B-25 Mitchell aircraft accordingly -- for example, Rubber Ducky, Duck Butt, Duck and Cover, etc. Only two of the planes would survive the war.

Daniel Levitin - 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Levitin, an award-winning neuroscientist and bestselling author, explores the new science of aging in "Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives."

Peter Curtis - 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2, 206-386-4636. Curtis talks about "Pavel’s War," the third book of his WWII trilogy based on true events. In 1939, the Kohut family endures violence and exile, surviving with love and resilience as they escape Prague and cross Nazi-occupied Europe arriving in the London Blitz. As family bonds splinter, they struggle to adapt to wartime British society.


Author readings at the Central Library are supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, Seattle City of Literature, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.


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