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Event reviews from around the region

Afterwords // Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Honored at the SPL

Readings for Chinese writer and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium Join us for a short film and an evening of bilingual readings from the work of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo. When Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo. Liu Xiaobo has been in detention in his home country of China for more than three years, following his involvement in creating and publishing the human rights manifesto, “Charter 08.” Liu is a renowned literary critic, writer, and political activist. Two recent books in English translation are No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems and June Fourth Elegies. This event is part of an international effort organized by the Berlin International Literature Festival. Cultural institutions, schools, and others will participate in a worldwide reading of prose and poems by Liu Xiaobo on March 20, 2012. Readers include: – Seattle poets: Kevin Craft, Sharon Cumberland, Kathleen Flenniken, Alan Lau, Erin Malone, and …

Afterwords // Eating Words at the Seattle Edible Book Festival

The Seattle Edible Book Festival is a tongue-in-page celebration of the art created when favorite books meet innovative cooking. Participants encounter displays such as “A Sweet Car Named Desire” and “The Bun Also Rises,” in categories like “Most Punderful” and the “Best Young Edible Artist.” Then, as the exhibit time comes to a close and the award ceremony begins, throngs of people stake out their favorite books for a chance to eat it when the signal is given.

Afterwords // Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell; Conversations About the Weather, Bulimia, Popsicles and Acronyms

By Kristen Steenbeeke, Contributing Writer Last Friday night’s installment of the Hugo House Literary Series mixed a self-described fat, bulimic, black boy, a singing/viola-and-violin-playing musician, a blond swimmer/memoirist from Oregon, and a self-proclaimed “fag hag” (who also happens to be, as everyone pointed out that night, a MacArthur Genius). Performance artist and writer Chad Goller-Sojourner, violinist/violist Alex Guy of the band Led to Sea, memoirist and fiction writer Lidia Yuknavitch, and the famed poet Heather McHugh all read original pieces on the theme “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — both the secretive aspect of it as well as the literal, political side. Goller-Sojourner — first joking that he asked his friends what they were doing over the weekend just so he could tell them he was “sharing the stage with a MacArthur Genius” — read three brief, humorous essays on topics ranging from his adoption to failing P.E. to the moment he was forced to confront and end his bulimia. Especially relatable was his description of those giant, scratchy ropes attached to gym ceilings pinned up …

Afterwords // Ben Lerner at Open Books

Friday, January 7, 2010. 7:30 pm

Some of us chugged a beer or cheapy white wine or cash-only whiskey at the Blue Moon before venturing over the I-5 bridge and filtering into Open Books’ long corridor, familiar to most Seattle poetry-lovers, which was packed beyond privacy with bodies and anticipation well before the reading’s start. Co-owner Christine Deavel declared us officially full at 7:25 and shut the door. Her husband and host John Marshall readied the microphone and the woman in front of me said, “I hope this isn’t a night the fire department happens by.”

There was a steady but starving quality to Lerner’s reading voice as he worked his way through the first long section of Mean Free Path (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). “In physics,” he explained…