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Frederick L. Brown reading - The City is More Than Human


Join us for an evening with local author Frederick L. Brown. About the book: Animals rarely appear in urban history books. But cows, horses, pigs, and chickens, dogs and cats, salmon, beaver, cougars and other creatures have always accompanied humans on their urban journey. In Seattle and in other American cities, they played crucial roles in urban struggles over property and power. From Seattle’s founding amid existing indigenous towns in the mid-nineteenth century to the livestock-friendly town of the late nineteenth century to the pet-friendly modern city, deciding how to live in a city has always had a great deal to do with deciding how to live with urban animals. About the author: Frederick L. Brown holds a PhD in history from the University of Washington and works as an independent historian and book indexer in Seattle. His book, The City is More Than Human, won the 2017 Hal K. Rothman book prize from the Western History Association for best new book in Western environmental history.


• Sat 5/11/19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ryann Donnelly reading - Justify My Love: Sex, Subversion, and Music Video


Join us for an evening with Ryann Donnelly. About the book - Justify My Love: Sex, Subversion, and Music Video: In Justify My Love, Ryann Donnelly explores sex and gender in one of the most widely consumed art forms of our age — the music video. Through an autobiographical reckoning with the author’s life in a band and collaboration with past lovers, and a close analysis of the erotic iconography of music videos, Justify My Love tells the subversive history of this medium, from the inception of MTV in 1981 through to the 2010s. Covering everything from Lady Gaga and Beyonce to Nine Inch Nails and George Michael, Justify My Love shows how subversion became mainstream, and how marginalized voices shaped some of the biggest music videos of the last thirty years. About the author: Ryann Donnelly was the lead singer of Seattle-based band, Schoolyard Heroes, signed to Stolen Transmission, an imprint of Island Records from 1999-2010. She is currently an assistant lecturer in the department of Visual Culture at the University of Goldsmiths, London.


• Thu 5/16/19 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM