To those who aren’t already aware, Wednesday, March 31 marks the last day Elliott Bay Book Company will be open in Pioneer Square. If you haven’t yet, don’t miss the chance to wander the labyrinthine aisles one last time—go during lunch, stop in before happy hour. Or, come at 7pm tonight for the final reading, by Paul Verhoeven.

Apparently there’s more to Dutch filmmaker Verhoeven than flicks like Robocop, Starship Troopers, and Basic Instinct. He’s here to tout his book, Jesus of Nazareth, in which he paints a somewhat radical picture of the biblical figure: aggressive revolutionary, a child resulting from rape, outrageous spiritualist. Doug Thorpe, a professor at Seattle Pacific University, will moderate the discussion.

The next chapter of Elliott Bay commences April 14, when the bookstore reopens at 1521 10th Avenue (next to Oddfellows Cafe and the recently relocated Everyday Music) in Capitol Hill. To celebrate, an all-day block party on 10th Ave is planned for April 15. See you there.

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