Celebrity Book-Off

Lots of Celebrity Authors Will Be in Seattle This Month

Famous faces are peddling their new books across town in November. Are any worth your time?

By Seth Sommerfeld November 1, 2015 Published in the November 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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Drew Barrymore


The actress’s new memoir tells her story through stitched-together essays. Since the reading is at the Center for Spiritual Living, we assume Barrymore will discuss the deep reflection on zen enlightenment that is Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
Nov 7  Center for Spiritual Living, lectures.org

Rainn Wilson 

The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy

The Seattle native turned The Office star waxes comedic in a memoir that covers his band geek upbringing and Bahá’í faith. It’s certainly funnier than Backstrom (you don’t get that joke, because nobody watched Backstrom).
Nov 14  University Temple United Methodist Church, ubookstore.com

Carrie Brownstein 

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Forget Portlandia: Brownstein’s first book is all about the music, following her journey from troubled Northwest girl to feminist rock icon with Sleater-Kinney. It’s an empowering tale of self-invention, subcultures, and the good kind of riot starting.
Nov 6  Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org

Chelsea Clinton 

It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going

Clinton offers a guide to social engagement for 10- to 14-year-olds. Tweens haven’t gotten over the emotional devastation of Zayn leaving One Direction, but I’m sure they’re ready to combat climate change and rally for chronic disease prevention.
Nov 7 University Book Store, ubookstore.com

Patti Smith 

M Train

Patti Smith might scoff at being on a list with these celeb-lit lightweights, but that reaction would be justified, not merely a case of New York rock legend snobbery. The woman won a frickin’ National Book Award! Of course her latest memoir is worth your time.
Nov 22 Town Hall, townhallseattle.com

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