Capitol Hill Lists | Elliott Bay Bestsellers — Plus, Sherman Alexie takes it to the hoop

Capitol Hill restaurants, bars, shops, etc., send us your lists. Bestsellers, etc — we’ll share them here. Send a note to chs@capitolhillseattle.com. The latest top sellers from 10th Ave’s Elliott Bay Book Co. are below. We also have information on a free Wednesday night event that should be a fun way to experience Seattle writer Sherman Alexie.

By the way, we know the lists would be *even better* if we provided a link for more information on the books. We’re working on a simple way to make it happen.


Elliott Bay Book Company Bestsellers — Week ending November 25th

FICTION
  1. THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
  2. CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell
  3. WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
  4. THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER by Junot Diaz
  5. FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
  6. STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett
  7. DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro
  8. THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling
  9. LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
  10. THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka

 

NON-FICTION
  1. SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER by Timothy Egan
  2. THE GLOBAL MINOTAUR by Yanis Yaroufakis
  3. I COULD PEE ON THIS by Francesco Marciuliano
  4. HOW MUSIC WORKS by David Byrne
  5. THE FUTURE REMEMBERED by Paula Becker & Allan Stein
  6. HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamott
  7. THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE by the Onion Staff
  8. HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED by Paul Tough
  9. HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran
  10. THE SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK by Deb Perelman

Alexie is no stranger to the hardwood. Here is in a Moscow, Idaho tournament via Indian Country Today Media Network

Alexie hoops: Meanwhile, you can see one of Seattle’s favorite writers performing in a different format than usual tonight at Seattle U:

FOUR ON THE FLOOR: SHERMAN ALEXIE & NATALIE DIAZ with SHANN RAY & JESS WALTERS – Poetry, Prose, Basketball at Connolly Center

Start: 11/28/2012 7:00 pm

Co-presented by THE WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, COPPER CANYON PRESS, ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, and SEATTLE UNIVERSITY. Having helped launch the publication of Sherman Alexie’s marvelous book of new and selected stories, Blasphemy (Grove Press) with a fabulous midnight signing featuring music, fry bread, and balloons as part of the evening, we venture to something both different and yet aligned in spirit to that evening and the way Sherman Alexie goes at things. With the help of the friends listed above, we present this evening which will in part be a reading of poems and stories. Sherman Alexie will be part of it, as will Spokane short-story writer Shann Ray, most recently author of American Masculine (Graywolf Press) and Spokane’s Jess Walter, most recently with his bestselling Beautiful Ruins (Harper).

Central to things will be this debut appearance by the amazing poet Natalie Diaz. She is here from her home in Mohave Valley, Arizona, with an incandescent first book of poems, When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press). “This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life. In darkly humorous poems, Diaz illuminates far corners of the heart.” – Publishers Weekly. Having a reading or appearance by the four of these is occasion in and of itself.

Putting some literal bounce in things will be a joint passion they all share: basketball. It’s a presence in their work and life, quite notably in much of Sherman Alexie’s public discourse. It’s been big in Natalie Diaz’s life, too. She was a star, all-conference guard at Old Dominion University (averaged 12.3 points her senior year, with special recognition for her defense) who played pro basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to live and work as director of a Mojave language revitalization program at the Fort Mojave Reservation. We’ll see what they all come up with. This should be fun. Free admission, thanks to the support of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library and Seattle University. For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636 (or call Elliott Bay). The Connolly Center is at 550 Fourteenth Avenue, the corner of 14th & E. Cherry, with entry for this evening on E. Cherry.

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