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University Bookstore events for April 2004

Tuesday, April 13, 7pm
David McCumber
An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
One of the two Pulitzer Prize winning journalists involved in this book will be in store to talk about the disaster in Libby. For 60 years, the Grace Corporation blanketed the small Montana town in a poison dust, sickening a significant number of people. And all of it would have remained covered up without the investigative work of Seattle Post-Intelligencer correspondent Andrew Schnieder and managing editor McCumber. It's the free press at its best.

Wednesday, April 14, 7pm
Marv Thomas
Personal Village: How to Have People in Your Life by Choice, Not Chance
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
Seattle psychotherapist Marv Thomas has led quite a life: he built race cars, was a skilled metal worker and carpenter. After he received a degree in engineering, he joined the aerospace industry and worked on the team that sent men to the moon. And then, he decided to give Social Work a try. Now, he works as a psychotherapist and educator, where he focuses on the skills you can develop to get the most out of the most valuable asset in your life, the people around you. Who are the people in your neighborhood? How can you get the most out of your interactions with them? Ask Marv.

Wednesday, April 14, 7am & 7pm
Robin Hobb
Fool's Fate
Reading & Book Signing
Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma
For details of this event, let's go to our Fantasy/Sci-Fi buyer, Duane. Take it away Duane: "Join us as acclaimed fantasy writer Robin Hobb celebrates the U.S. publication of Fool's Fate. Here we see the final answers to the struggle of the White Prophets, Fitz's attempts to solidify the Farseer Dynasty, the mysteries of 'The Wit', and much more. Come as the last three trilogies conclude and the world is sealed, but all your questions are answered." Thanks Duane. We're on pins and dagger points. No tickets required.

Thursday, April 15, 3:30-5pm
Larry Gostin, JD, LLD
Lecture:"Law and Ethics in Population Health: A National and Global Perspective
UW William H. Gates Hall, Magnuson Jackson Courtroom 138
Larry Gostin is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Georgetown/Johns Hopkins Degree in Public Health and Law. Dr. Gostin will be available to sign books at 3:00, and a reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by Dean's Offices, School of Public Health and the School of Law. For more information contact Holly Weese at (206) 685-6643.

Friday, April 16, 7pm
The Danz Lecture Series Presents: Anna Deavere Smith
UW Meany Hall Theater, 15th Ave. NE & NE 41st Ave., Seattle
The always engaging Anna Deavere Smith - hailed by Newsweek as "the most exciting individual in American theater" - comes to the Meany to...Well, bring excitement to that theater! Her award-winning one woman plays combine her gifts as an actress with her skills as an interviewer, to shed light on the stories of real people in American cities, and the racially tensions of contemporary life. Part of The Danz Lecture Series. Department sponsors: The Graduate School, Graduate Opportunities and Minority Affairs Program. Free and open to the public; no tickets required.

Friday, April 16, 7pm
David Liss
A Spectacle of Corruption: A Novel
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
A Spectacle of Corruption is the return to the page of Benjamin Weaver, ex-boxer, "thieftaker" (think bounty hunter or private investigator) and hero of A Conspiracy of Paper. Back in the grime of eighteenth century London, Weaver finds himself framed for a crime, and must disguise himself to find out why. Political intrigue, coffeehouse life and soot mix together in this wonderful historical mystery.

Sunday, April 18, 7pm
Seattle Spiritual Reading Series Presents: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God
University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd, Seattle
The quest of discovery in spirituality is a deeply personal one, but that doesn't mean it can't involve the world at large. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, teacher of Christian ethics at Seattle University, will discuss the intersection of global capitalism and Christian doctrine in search of a just and ethical world. This event is part of the Seattle Spiritual Reading Series.

Monday, April 19, 7pm
Film Rap with Warren Etheredge: "Assaulting the Senses: A Case Against Cinematic Sex Crimes"
Panel Discussion
University District Store

Tuesday, April 20, 7pm
Brenda Peterson
Animal Heart: A Novel
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
The latest novel by Peterson combines cutting-edge science and her compassion for marine mammals to tell a story about a mass stranding of whales, a forensic wildlife pathologist and an undersea photographer with a mysterious new transplanted heart. It warns of a future of Dead Zone oceans because of the damage low-frequency active sonar does to marine life. Peterson, an acclaimed novelist and writing mentor here in Seattle, brings her concern for the natural world to any story she tells, and always with power.

Tuesday, April 20, 7pm
Dee Boersma
Lecture: "Insights from Penguins on Environmental Variation"
UW Kane Hall 130
Dee Boersma is a UW professor of biology and adjunct professor of women's studies. Part of the "Exploring Our World: Discovering New Frontiers" Univesity of Washington Alumni Association science forum. Co-sponsored by the UWAA and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call (206) 543-3839 or go to uwalum.com.

Wednesday, April 21, 7pm
Walker-Ames Lecture Series Presents: Michael Schudson
Lecture: "The Ideal of 'The Informed Citizen' - Why the Founders Didn't Encourage It, Why the Progressive Era Did, and Why We Should Move Beyond it If We Dare"
UW Kane Hall 120
Boy, that title's a mouthful. You think it takes a while to say - not to mention unpack - try typing it. And that, we think, is the charm of University of California, San Diego professor Michael Schudson's upcoming lecture. If the title takes a while to wrap your head around, and leaves you with so many questions, well the lecture is sure to be all the more thought-provoking. Part of the Walker-Ames lecture series. No tickets are required. For more information, call (206) 616-1825.

Thursday, April 22, 7pm
William Calvin
A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
University of Washington's own neurobiology superstar, William Calvin is always a draw. His newest book offers exactly the mix the title suggests: evolution, the biology of the brain, paleoanthropology and the studies of consciousness distilled and explained to the layman. This is Calvin in his element, the swirling pools of thought and lumpy, gray brain matter. Dig in!

Thursday, April 22, 7pm
Fareed Zakaria
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
Reading & Book Signing
UW Kane Hall 120
Hey, don't get us wrong: we love democracy. Can't get enough of it. But, is democracy inherently good? That's the question Fareed Zakaria poses with his new book. He concludes that, in fact, democracy is not the cure for all international social ills. What about elected dictatorships? Nazi Germany? Civic apathy? Zakaria examines the pitfalls of our favorite form of government. Co-sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Ticket Required - tickets available beginning April 1 at all our locations, while supplies last.

Friday, April 23, Noon
Mick Napier
Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
Mick Napier, a director and teacher of theater for over 20 years, offers his own philosophy of improvisation. He talks about group scenes, auditioning, how to enter a scene and gives suggestions for solo exercises actors can do at home. Napier is the founder of the Annoyance Theater as well as Resident Director and Artistic Consultant for Second City.

Saturday, April 23, 7pm
Puget Sound Speaks: America in the World
University District Store
Another in our monthly series of discussions about contemporary America's place in the world. Co-sponsored by The World Affairs Council, KCTS, KUOW-FM 94.9, King County and Seattle Public Libraries, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and other community partners. For more information please visit www.world-affairs.org.

Saturday, April 24, 3pm
Anthony Everitt
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Lecture & Book Signing
University District Store
Anthony Everitt's biography of Cicero is long on everything you want it to be long on: descriptions of Roman life, Cicero's powerful rhetoric, the political battles fought between he and Caesar. But, using his correspondence as a source, it also manages to capture the inner life of this politician and philosopher who so exemplifies the Roman world. Sponsored by the Roosevelt High School Junior Classical League, 1410 N.E. 66th, Seattle, WA 98115. A $3 donation is requested at the door.

Monday, April 26, 7pm
Lynne Truss
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation!
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
Who needs, proper punctuation) what good would it? do any of us TO know how. to use - say a semico-lon or something like, that None. Sorry. Pretty grating, wasn't it? Well, if that little display of improvisational punctuation ineptitude annoyed you to read as much as it pained us to write, have we got an event for you. Lynne Truss is coming to whip us all in to shape with the long, curling bit of a question mark under her arm like a riding crop.

Monday, April 26, 7pm
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
Reading & Book Signing
UW Kane Hall 110
The enormity of Stalin's crimes against his people - try if you can to imagine 20 million dead - have inspired many a writer. But Montefiore's Stalin examines more than just the Soviet dictator. He delves into the lives of the men and women who surrounded Stalin, helped him carry out his terrible agenda and who, quite often, found themselves betrayed by him. He also offers a portrait of the inner lives of Koba and his macabre retinue of backstabbing, paranoid thugs.

Monday, April 26, 7pm
Nick's Book Club with Nick DiMartino
University District Store, Conference Room
Join our own resident writer, the one and only Nick DiMartino, for a lively discussion of this month's pick!
This month's title: THE BOOK OF JOE by Jonathan Tropper $16.96
A best-selling author is about to return to the little town that hates him.
When Joe Goffman left Bush Falls, he wrote a shocking bestseller exposing the town's secrets plus a few he made up.
Now his father's in a coma and Joe has to return to a town that hasn't forgiven him, to stand by the gay friend who needs him, to face the cop and the coach who despise him, and to encounter again the girl he left behind.
This wildly funny emotional rollercoaster is a smart take on Capra and Spielberg country, studded with surprises and payoffs, packed with great scenes right up to the triple-topper, choke-up ending. A well-crafted, heartfelt piece of high-quality entertainment, so unstoppable it practically reads itself.

Tuesday, April 27, 7:30pm
Seattle Arts and Lectures Presents: Susan Sontag
Lecture Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle
There is only one Susan Sontag. She's a critic, a novelist, a playwright, a cultural icon; a public intellectual in the best sense of the term. On Tuesday, April 27, she will present an original lecture for Seattle Arts and Lectures and we will be there, basking quietly in the glow, the stars in our eyes. Don't miss it. For ticket information call (206) 621-2230, or visit www.lectures.org.

Tuesday, April 27, 7pm
Alan Weiner
Lecture: "Biology is Nanotechnology: How Our Cells Write, Read, Copy and Store Genetic Information"
UW Kane Hall 130
Professor and chair of UW's biochemistry department Alan Weiner will discuss biological nanotechnology, the phenomenal feat of engineering that occurs within every body. Co-sponsored by the UWAA and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call (206) 543-3839 or go to uwalum.com.

Tuesday, April 27, 7pm
Anderson Ferrell
Have You Heard?
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
Jerry Chiffon - protagonist of Have You Heard? - is wearing a wig, a red pants suit, and is carrying a fake Chanel purse when arrested for attempting to murder a homophobic right-wing senator. In other words, he's come a long way from the etiquette and hostessing lessons he learned growing up in a the small town of Branch Creek, N.C. Ferrell's Chiffon is preternaturally gifted in the ways decorating and housewifery, and gay as the day is long, in this sweet, sad and funny new novel.

Tuesday, April 27, 7pm
Neal Bascomb
The Perfect Mile: Three Atheletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
Reading, Q and A, & Book Signing
Seattle Running Company, 919 E. Pine, Seattle
Three men from three countries chased the elusive four-minute mile in 1952: Wes Santee, Roger Bannister and John Landy. The Perfect Mile is the story of the three athletes, and how they captured the headlines, trained endlessly and pushed themselves to a level of endurance and speed many thought was beyond the human body. If you don't already know, we're sure you're tempted to get online and check Google to find out who won, but wouldn't you rather go to the reading and find out? Huh? Co-sponsored by Seattle Running Company.

Wednesday, April 28, 7pm
Diana Preston
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
William Dampier had, arguably, a much more exciting, and intellectually productive career in exploration than almost anyone. As he swashbuckled his way around the Caribbean, he deduced that winds caused currents, introduced the concept of "sub-species" Darwin would later build upon, and became the inspiration for both Swift and Defoe. So, who the heck was he, and why haven't we all heard about him? Diana Preston knows the man, and will be introducing him to us all on the 28.

Wednesday, April 28, Noon
Sharon Butala
Lecture
UW Faculty Club, Main Campus, Seattle
Sharon Butala, acclaimed Canadian author, will be on campus to give an afternoon lecture at the Faculty Club. Butala, a native of Saskatchewan, is noted for both her fiction and creative nonfiction. Her The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature was nominated for a Governor General's Award. Part of the Conversations With Our Canadian Sisters series. Co-sponsored by the Women's Center and the Canadian Studies Department. For more information, call (206) 685-1090. Open to the public.

Thursday, April 29, 7pm
Steve Olson
Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
We couldn't take the pressure. At the Shawanoe Elementary Spelling Bee, we got knocked out on "receive". Stupid i before e rule. So, don't even ask us how we think we'd do at the International Math Olympiad. Olson follows six brilliant - and far more unflappable - kids as they compete in the biggest math-related competition around. Prepare yourselves. If a train leaves Los Angeles traveling East at 60mph at the same time a train leaves Chicago...

Friday, April 30, 7pm
Edmund Blair Bolles
Einstein Defiant: Genius versus Genius in the Quantum Revolution
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
It's another raucous battle of scientific giants. In one corner, Albert Einstein, always unable to come to terms with the randomness in quantum physics, a discipline he helped found. In the other, Neils Bohr, willing to look pragmatically at theories that worked, even if they did appear to be God playing dice with the universe. Einstein Defiant offers readers a look at this duel over theory, and the fate of the future of science.
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