The Shelf Life

Chas Smith Event

posted on July 26, 2018 at 11:37 pm by Brad Craft

cs1Cocaine & Surfing (RARE BIRD BOOKS)

Tuesday • August 28 • 7pm

U District store

Reading & Book Signing


Former war correspondent and current Editor at Large at Surfing Magazine Chas Smith peels the curtains back on a hopped up, sometimes sexy sometimes deadly relationship with his new book Cocaine + Surfing. Using cocaine as the vehicle, he exposes and explains the utterly absurd surf industry to outsiders and explores where dreams go when they die.

Chas Smith the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell (It Books, November 2013), which was optioned for television by Fox 21 (Homeland and Sons of Anarchy) with producers at Television 360 (Game of Thrones) and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction.

Chas began his writing career as a foreign correspondent, penning pieces for Vice, Paper, and Blackbook, amongst others, from Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Azerbaijan and Colombia which led to a brief career as a war correspondent for Current TV

Important Reissue

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“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Adre Lorde, from her classic collection, A Burst of Light and Other Essays. It’s just been reissued in a handsome hardcover edition, with a new foreword by Sonia Sanchez, from ixia Press.

Happy Birthday

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“In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.” — Andre Maurois, born July 26, 1885.

Laura K. Hamilton Event

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ser1Serpentine (PENGUINRANDOM)

Tuesday • August 7 • 7pm

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


Discussion & Book Signing

#1 New York Times best-selling author of the Merry Gentry series, Laurell K. Hamilton, joins us for a discussion of her latest Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter book, Serpentine.

Anita Blake faces new, even deadlier enemies as she and the people she loves confront major changes in their lives, in the latest thrilling adventure featuring the fan-favorite vampire hunter.


True Grace Book Club

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mb3Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

Wednesday • August 8 • 6pm

U District store

Book Club

Join True Grace book club for a lively discussion of this month’s book.

Mary Beard traces the origins of misogyny to its ancient roots in Women and Power. As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life. From Medusa to Philomela (whose tongue was cut out), from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren (who was told to sit down), Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship to power. Beard asks: If women aren’t perceived to be within the structure of power, isn’t it power itself we need to redefine? And how many more centuries should we be expected to wait?

Book club members, save 20% when you purchase this title at our U District store.

No Image AvailableA professor of classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

A Glimpse of Paris

posted on July 25, 2018 at 9:39 am by Brad Craft


“A breath of Paris preserves the soul.” — Victor Hugo. (The photos taken at Victor Hugo’s apartment and museum in Paris by a friend and former bookseller at University Book Store.)

Happy Birthday

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Photograph of Elias Canetti used as the image side of a postcard blank 1978 Presented by the Trustees of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Trust, March 2012

“Relearn Astonishment.” — Elias Canetti, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Literature, born July 25, 1905.

Queer Book Club Seattle for August

posted on July 24, 2018 at 10:15 pm by Brad Craft

Well, I’ve never read a gay novel like Stephen McCauley’s MY EX-LIFE! I’ve been embarrassing myself on the bus, exploding into these laughs that are just too loud to be in public, thoroughly enjoying this book and these characters.  Join a very appealing gay narrator in a world of straight people, trying to do the right thing when his lover of five years leaves him and tries to buy the house out from under him, trying to help the wife he once married when he didn’t know he was gay who desperately needs his help now. Watch a gay man functioning in the straight world – something we all know a little about.


It’s a big hardback (I apologize!) that costs $25.99 but with a 20% discount at University Book Store (just tell the cashier that it’s for Nick’s book club)it comes to $20.79, and not only does it read like the wind, but we have 5 Wednesdays next month to read our book, which is an easy 65 pages a week. I was trying to just check out the first half, so I could read the rest along with you. Sorry, but there’s no stopping now.


University Book Store has one copy and is ordering three more. Call them and place a reserve on one. 206-634-3400, and ask for General Books.

Nick’s Pick for August

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lion1This little book is a true mystery! And I can’t seem to solve it by myself. It’s fascinating, touching, sometimes a little scary – but when I was finished, I could tell I didn’t “get” it. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I want to understand it. So I’m calling out to anyone who enjoys short books – this is a novella, at best, at 121 pages – or is acquainted with Kawabata or other Japanese stylists – because this is a Japanese story, first and foremost. I’m going to read it again before our August meeting, and hope that with a second reading and your opinions and solutions, LION CROSS POINT will reveal its secrets.



by Masatsugu Ono

Regular price $19.95

20% off at University Book Store

Our price $15.96



This moody, baffling short novel by Japanese master Masatsugu Ono is both utterly normal and hauntingly mysterious. Ten-year-old Takeru has been sent to stay for his summer vacation with his mother’s friend in the hometown his mother hated, her old village by the sea.

He becomes friends with the eight-year-old girl next door and they dream of going to Dolphin World down the coast. Takeru hears stories about his mother. He remembers her violent boyfriend.

He seems to miss a brother he calls Bunji, who may be dead. Or perhaps he is being haunted by an ancestor of that name. And what exactly happened at Lion Cross Point? This fascinating story is not so much a mystery to solve as it is a ten-year-old’s vision of the mystery of life.

Come discuss the book with us!

Nick’s Picks Book Club


4326 University Way NE

Monday, August 27, 6 pm


posted on July 22, 2018 at 7:52 pm by Brad Craft


“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” —George Bernard Shaw, born July 26, 1856