April 9, 2020

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Emily Nemens

Spring training may have been suspended, but America's love of baseball has not. Author and editor of The Paris Review Emily Nemens joins Nancy Pearl to talk about short stories, writing,! Nemens' debut novel, "The Cactus League," is about a fictional baseball player on a fictional team during the excitement of spring training. As stories often go, it's about baseball but it's also not about baseball. They also share a long list of sports-centered (and sports-adjacent) literary fiction to get you through the dry spell until the season returns.

October 10, 2019

Mayumi Tsutakawa presents Washingtons Undiscovered Feminists

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum & Humanities Washington present an event remembering some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest. Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa discusses five "woman warriors" in the arts and journalism whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region. Meet the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, she explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

October 3, 2019

Historic Weather in the Evergreen State

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum & Humanities Washington present local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel exploring our region's darkest weather days and most infamous storms. With archival photos, radio, and TV clips, Banel takes us back in time to hear stories of those who survived some of the worst Pacific Northwest weather in recorded history. Further, Banel explores how these storms can revive our shared humanity. Frightening weather can bind communities together to share resources, commiserate, and protect each other. Participants are encouraged to share their own memories of how they survive being snowed in, washed out, or left without power in the wake of a big storm-and why we remember those moments for the rest of our lives.

October 3, 2019

Sweet Taste of Liberty

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum and Elliott Bay Books presented author and historian W. Caleb McDaniel in conversation with WWU Professor Johann Neem. McDaniel's epic tale Sweet Taste of Liberty. A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America recounts the incredible story of Henrietta Wood, who was born enslaved, freed, and later kidnapped and sold back into slavery. After being freed again by the Civil War, Wood sued her abductor in federal court -- and won.

July 5, 2019

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Sujata Massey

Love reading novels set in India? Sujata Massey has a new mystery series set in 1920s India and featuring Perveen Mistry, a barrister in Bombay who's sent to mediate a disagreement between two women in one of India's princely states. Nancy and Sujata discuss what led her to writing mysteries, how and why she chose the setting for her new series, and the research she does before sitting down to write each novel.

July 1, 2019

Chronicles of the Pike Place Market and Prohibition-era Seattle

Author Brad Holden's impassioned investigation of prohibition-era Seattle was sparked by his discovery of a copper moonshining still in a musty Seattle basement. When an unexpected trove of historical documents revealed that the original owner of the still had been jailed for supplying moonshine to his neighbors, Holden was off at a run to record fascinating tales along with artifacts ranging from never-before-seen photographs to a search warrant from 1928. His book exposes captivating stories of that era in all its glory, including interconnections of key people, places, and events. The book also features photographs of prohibition-related artifacts, some shared at this event, that Holden has uncovered, along with their stories.

February 5, 2019

Town Square: Murray Morgan - Skid Road

Murray Morgan's Skid Road, the story of Seattle's first century, was published 67 years ago. It has never been out of print and has sold more copies than any other history of Seattle. It's the history of Seattle's first dreamers, schemers and grifters, told from "the bottom up." Seattle's National Book Award winning author Timothy Egan says of Morgan's masterpiece: "Over more than half a century, no one has written a better book about Seattle. I keep looking for something, but Skid Road has our soul down cold." Now the University of Washington Press has published a new, redesigned edition of Skid Road along with Morgan's Puget's Sound and The Last Wilderness (forthcoming).

September 25, 2018

Folio Panel: The Perilous Quest for a new Relationship with Russia

Amid all the dramatics about Trump's relationship with Putin and the oligarchs, there is an important underlying story: America's search for a new geopolitical relationship with Russia. How did U.S.-Russian relations become so poisonous? Can they be repaired anytime soon? What is Trump's gambit and is he Putin's poodle? Have we entered a new kind of Cold War? Trump has clumsily put many of these issues, such as NATO's role, on the table, but is there any strategy or opportunity behind the overturned apple cart? To discuss aspects of this saga, Folio assembled a panel of knowledgeable local experts and reporters with varied viewpoints on this critical moment in international relations.

March 8, 2017

Historian Coll Thrush: The Transformative Native Presence in Seattle and London

Coll Thrush, author of "Native Seattle" and "Indigenous London" in conversation with Knute Berger, columnist at Crosscut. Recorded March 8, 2017 at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum in Seattle, WA.

May 24, 2016

Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Seattle-based journalist Ruchika Tulshyan discusses The Diversity Advantage, her new book on how global businesses are finding ways to attract, retrain, and promote women in the workplace, and make inclusion a vital part of their entire culture, not just their hiring processes. She focuses on how well Seattle businesses are doing, citing case studies, and offering practical advice for addressing inequality.