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April 2015

20 Years, Oh My!

April 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On April 28, 1995, we unlocked the door to Open Books: A Poem Emporium for the first time, and you walked in. You kept walking in, bless you, and so here we are. Let’s have a little party, shall we? Nothing fancy, nothing over the top (you know what we’re like), just a chance to be a bit giddy over the way poetry books and the readers and writers of poetry books have helped to shape all our lives. Meet…

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May 2015

Independent Bookstore Day

May 2, 2015

You’re saying, I didn’t know such a day existed. Yup, it does! A number (17) of Seattle-area stores, including Open Books, have joined together to mark the day with a special passport challenge and other programs, which you can read about below in an article written by Sydney Jarrard for Bookweb.  We’ll be passing the day in our usual low-key fashion, but we are offering, with every purchase, a free book from our sale table or rack. Go indie. “Independent booksellers in…

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March 2016

Don Mee Choi, signing her new book, Hardly War

March 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Come and celebrate the arrival of poet and translator Don Mee Choi’s second full-length, Hardly War, published by our friends at Wave Books.

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April 2016

Lucia Perillo, signing her new book Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones

April 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lucia Perillo, a long-time dear friend of Open Books, will enliven the store with a three hour visit and book-signing and we’re very happy it’s happening.

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May 2016

Book Signings: Amaranth Borsuk & Sarah Mangold

May 21, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Amaranth Borsuk signs Pomegranate Eater and Sarah Mangold signs Giraffes of Devotion, new books by these marvelously inventive poets published by Kore Press.

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December 2017

9 Ounces: A One-Woman Show by Anastacia-Renee ** Friday night is sold out! **

December 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - December 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

*** Friday night is sold out! *** There will be two performances of 9 Ounces at Open Books: one on Friday, December 1 at 7:00 pm and one on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 pm. About 9 Ounces: In this gripping one-woman play, Anastacia-Renee embodies three major characters—Luna, Alice, and Saraphina—braiding their multigenerational stories into a crescendo of deeply affecting social commentary. This stunning piece of theater “unapologetically downward-dogs its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany.” Individual tickets are…

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August 2018

Don Mee Choi & Joshua Beckman Interviewed by Amaranth Borsuk

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, poets Don Mee Choi and Joshua Beckman will be interviewed by Amaranth Borsuk. Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of a number of books, including The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks (Wave Books, 2018), The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaž Šalamun, which was…

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