The Shelf Life

Good Vibrations

posted on October 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm by Brad Craft

Beach Boys Bruce Johnston (L) and Mike Love will be touring the greater Philadelphia are over the next several weeks.

Mike Love
Sunday • October 30 • 3:30PM
University Book Store, U District Branch


In his new memoir, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, the legendary front man of The Beach Boys, Mike Love tells the full story of the band who has spread California vibes across the globe over a triumphant five-decade career of quixotic harmonies.


Love recalls the over-night success of America’s favorite surf band while painting a vivid portrait of the raucous lives of the band members. Join us for a reading and signing with Love as he discusses the age-defying longevity of The Beach Boys.

UW’s Own Joel McHale!

posted on October 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Brad Craft


Joel McHale
Saturday • October 29 • 7:30PM
University Temple United Methodist Church, The Sanctuary, 1415 NE 43rd Street

From his long-running stint making fun of pop culture on E!’s The Soup to his starring role in the cult sitcom Community, Joel McHale has been making us laugh for over a decade. This fall, he continues the hilarity in his first memoir. Poking fun at himself and his industry in a laugh-out-loud mash-up of a satirical self-help and celebrity tell-all, McHale shares stories of his early love of performance and boyhood injuries, his meeting and stalking of his future wife, his Hollywood breakthrough, and the many on- and off-set antics he’s found himself in the middle of since. As Thanks For the Money hits shelves, we’re delighted to welcome the Seattle-area native and UW alum back home for this special reading and book signing. Join us for an entertaining evening!


Tickets are $30.64 and available at Each ticket admits up to two people and includes a copy of Thanks For the Money.

The Pack Rewards members and their guests receive preferred seating at this event. (Guests do not need to be members.) To guarantee preferred seating, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Senator Bernie Sanders

posted on October 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm by Brad Craft


Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In 

Wednesday • November 30 • 7pm

University Temple United Methodist Church Chapel, 1415 NE 43rd Street

Discussion & Book Signing


At the beginning of Bernie Sanders’ race for the presidency, the political establishment and the media didn’t consider him a figure to be taken seriously. Despite having no money, no political organization and taking on the entire Democratic Party, by the close of his campaign, Sanders had defied the odds, receiving more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country and winning twenty-two states. But Sanders’ biggest accomplishment was providing a new hope for the people of our nation, proving they are ready to take on the greed of corporate America and the one 1 percent. In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. Join us for what’s sure to be an inspiring evening for a book discussion with Sanders.

Tickets are $27.00 and available at Each ticket admits one person and includes a copy of Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.

Signing Guidelines

  • Each ticket comes with one copy of the book.
  • This event is not a public signing.
  • A limited quantity of signed copies will be randomly distributed.
  • Personal items that cannot be pocketed are not permitted at the event. This includes: backpacks, purses, shopping bags, etc.

Signing guidelines subject to change.


 Bernie Sanders ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 2015 and 2016. He served as mayor of Burlington, Vermonts largest city, for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. He was elected to the Senate in 2007 and is now in his second term, making him the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Jane, and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Alexander McCall Smith

posted on October 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Brad Craft


Alexander McCall Smith
Friday • October 14 • 7:30PM
Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall, 1119 8th Avenue


Born in what is now Zimbabwe and having spent much of his life in Africa, Scotland-based author Alexander McCall Smith has become best known for his internationally acclaimed, Botswana-set No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. In the seventeenth installment, Precious and Grace, readers once again find Botswana’s premier lady detective, Precious Ramotswe, searching for clues to a perplexing case—this time involving a young woman looking for someone from her past. But as she discovers, sometimes certain things are better off unfound. For an inside look at the new book, join us for this reading and signing, where Smith will also discuss what it’s like to write such a long running series, and how he manages to keep each story exciting and new.


Tickets are $5 and available at

Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Arts & Culture series.

Caitlin’s Halloween Recommendations

posted on October 10, 2016 at 8:43 pm by Brad Craft


Caitlin recommends;

Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America, by Jerry Thompson, $16.95, ISBN# 9781582438245, from Counterpoint.

Crippled in America: How to make America Great Again, by Donald T. Trump, $25.00, ISBN# 9781501137969, from Simon and Schuster.

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, $9.95, ISBN# 9780231169547, from Columbia University Press.

Dan’s Halloween Recommendations

posted on October 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm by Brad Craft


Dan recommends:

Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories, by M. R. James, $16.00, ISBN# 0143039393, from Penguin.

American Supernatural Tales, edited by S. T. Joshi, $17.00, ISBN# 9780143105046, from Penguin.

Haunted Castles; The Complete Gothic Stories, by Ray Russell, $16.00, ISBN# 9780143129318, from Penguin.

The Troop, by Nick Cutter, $16.00, ISBN# 9781501144820, from Simon and Schuster.

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories, by Charles Beaumont, $16.00, ISBN# 9780143107651, from Penguin.