Books & Talks

From Junot Díaz to Fifty Shades of Grey: 10 Days of Seattle Readings

One's a Pulitzer winner, the other's been dubbed "mommy porn." Never a dull moment in Seattle.

By Laura Dannen September 13, 2012

So many great author appearances this coming week (Junot Díaz!), but none more notorious than E.L. James, the London mom who brought S&M erotica to the people with her bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy. Millions of readers have unlocked their chastity belts and embraced the kinky romance of Anastasia Steele, a virginal 22-year-old Washington State University student, and Christian Grey, a handsome, tortured 27-year-old billionaire who provokes Steele’s “inner goddess” and coaches her in all things BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism).

But if you're new to the story—or aren't quite ready to read about spanking on your morning commute—check out our October issue. We did the dirty work for you and found a Seattle U professor to explain the craze.

You can also ask James yourself. She'll be in town on September 22 at 5 for a book signing at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. This is a ticketed event with some serious guidelines—lest there be a housewife stampede—so visit for details.

More upcoming author events

Martin Amis
Sept 15 at 4, Seattle Public Library; Sept 16 at 3, University Book Store
The reviews for his new novel Lionel Asbo: State of England have been (way) less than friendly, but the British novelist is still something of a show. Consider what the Wall Street Journal says: "He reads like a university don telling dirty jokes to astonish the groundlings while never letting them forget how well he knows his Milton."

Junot Díaz
Sept 17 at 7, Town Hall, free
Junot Díaz covers romance, infidelity, 
and loving thy neighbor a little too literally in his new collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her, his first book since the Pulitzer-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Gillian Gaar
Sept 18 at 7, Elliott Bay Book Co
With her new book Entertain Us, longtime Seattle music writer (and Seattle Met contributer) Gillian Gaar does what she does best: provide a knowledgable, in-depth account of the rise of Nirvana, thanks to multiple interviews with bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Chad Channing, and producer Jack Endino, and I-was-there insight into the band's early years.

Lidia Yuknavitch
Sept 19 at 7, Elliott Bay Book Co
The Portland author's latest novel, Dora: A Headcase, is one of the most anticipated new releases of the season: a retelling of Freud's famed case study from the point of view of the patient.

Raffaele Sollecito in conversation with Dennis Bounds
Sept 25 at 7, UW Kane Hall, Room 110
Three words: Amanda Knox's boyfriend. Now that Knox and her fellow defendant have been cleared of murder charges, Sollecito is embarking on a book tour behind his account of the story, Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox.

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