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Saturday, August 31
 

12:00pm

The Better Bombshell
The Better Bombshell is a recently released anthology that asks writers and artists to work together to redefine the female role model. Editor Charlotte Austin and artistic director Siolo Thompson discuss the making of this fabulous new book.
Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

2:00pm

Why Froyo? Why YOLO? Why Now?
Our popular panel series “Why This? Why That? Why Now?” returns for a third year. Each day will highlight a pair of current trends explored by cultural experts and this year’s moderator, Corn Mo, a New York City-based musician and entertainer. What is the appeal of games like Settlers of Catan? Why are board games getting popular in the age of video games? Why have zombies risen over vampires in the interest of the undead? Why do they keep coming back after it seems they've peaked? Why is froyo so popular? Why are denizen, frozen-yogurt establishments eclipsed? Why is YOLO a reason to leave a comfort zone? Why not write "You Only Live Once" in cursive? Why is fan fiction taking off? Who is the Richard Brautigan of fan fiction? Why does George RR Martin despise it? Why YA? Because of the way it sounds.

Featuring: Katie HudsonDonna & Tom Hudson (Owners of Zoeyogurt) and  Joel Watson (Creator of the web comic Hijinks Ensue)
Saturday August 31, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

4:00pm

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents The Lunchbox Podcast Live: Literary Pleasures and Musical Shenanigans
The Lunchbox Podcast Live: Literary Pleasures and Musical Shenanigans will feature fiction writer J. Robert Lennon and poet Ed Skoog, with Portland poet Matthew Dickman and musical guest Abilene Slim. A variety hour for the 21st century, the presentation will feature music, poems, and sparklingly irreverent conversation on the literary world and beyond. 
 

Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

6:00pm

Fantagraphics Follies
Fantagraphics Follies features some of Seattle's most accomplished cartoonists performing diverse works in a late night talk show format hosted by Larry Reid. From Kelly Froh's stand-up comedy to Eroyn Franklin's shadow puppet show; Jim Woodring and his giant pen to Peter Bagge's pop combo Can You Imagine?; Danny Bland's grunge-era novel to Ellen Forney's moving memoir, this program offers a colorful snapshot of the current state of Seattle's counterculture.

Saturday August 31, 2013 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Words & Ideas Stage
 
Sunday, September 1
 

12:00pm

15 Years of Barsuk Records
A conversation celebrating the 15th anniversary of Barsuk Records, hosted by noted musician/writer/actor Sean Nelson and featuring fascinating longtime Barsuk roster members John Roderick and David Bazan, comparatively boring label co-founder Josh Rosenfeld, and others TBA
Sunday September 1, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

2:00pm

Why Fan Fiction? Why YA? Why Now?
Our popular panel series “Why This? Why That? Why Now?” returns for a third year. Each day will highlight a pair of current trends explored by cultural experts and this year’s moderator, Corn Mo, a New York City-based musician and entertainer. What is the appeal of games like Settlers of Catan? Why are board games getting popular in the age of video games? Why have zombies risen over vampires in the interest of the undead? Why do they keep coming back after it seems they've peaked? Why is froyo so popular? Why are denizen, frozen-yogurt establishments eclipsed? Why is YOLO a reason to leave a comfort zone? Why not write "You Only Live Once" in cursive? Why is fan fiction taking off? Who is the Richard Brautigan of fan fiction? Why does George RR Martin despise it? Why YA? Because of the way it sounds.

Featuring: Karen Finneyfrock (Author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door) and Sharon Cumberland, Ph.D. (Ph.D. Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University)

 

Sunday September 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

4:00pm

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Allie Brosh of "Hyperbole and a Half"

The hilarious Allie Brosh of the beloved blog and forthcoming book Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened will speak and show slides. “Here’s a rough analogy: David Sedaris sets out to write a graphic memoir, but decides to use the MS Paint application on his computer rather than hire an artist….[Brosh’s] naïve art plays brilliantly against dark comic themes.”  --(Michael Humphrey, True/Slant). The program will open with brief readings by local writer Michael Overa and his Writers in the Schools student from TOPS K-8. 


Sunday September 1, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

6:00pm

Writing Staff of NBC's Parks & Recreation
A continuation of Bumbershoot’s popular Television Writers series, this year features writers from Parks & Recreation, an ensemble comedy series on the NBC television network, starring Amy Poehler as city councilwoman Leslie Knope, in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana.  Featured writers include Alan Yang, Aisha Muharrar, David King, Joe Mande, Megan Amram, and Matt Murray.

Moderated by Paul Constant. 
Sunday September 1, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage
 
Monday, September 2
 

12:00pm

Put It All on the Table: Inappropriate Lectures By Irreverent Artists and Spoiled Children
Intiman Theatre’s provocative artists have some fresh ideas on the "forbidden at dinner" subjects of race, sex, politics, and money. Highly opinionated writers at The Stranger are always happy to chime in on these culturally taboo subjects. Together, they’ve teamed up to present this satirical version of TED Talks on topics too distasteful to discuss over dinner.

Featuring: Andrew Russell, Cienna Madrid, and Valerie Curtis-Newton, plus a surprise host.


Monday September 2, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00am
Words & Ideas Stage

2:00pm

Why Board Games? Why Zombies? Why Now?
Our popular panel series “Why This? Why That? Why Now?” returns for a third year. Each day will highlight a pair of current trends explored by cultural experts and this year’s moderator, Corn Mo, a New York City-based musician and entertainer. What is the appeal of games like Settlers of Catan? Why are board games getting popular in the age of video games? Why have zombies risen over vampires in the interest of the undead? Why do they keep coming back after it seems they've peaked? Why is froyo so popular? Why are denizen, frozen-yogurt establishments eclipsed? Why is YOLO a reason to leave a comfort zone? Why not write "You Only Live Once" in cursive? Why is fan fiction taking off? Who is the Richard Brautigan of fan fiction? Why does George RR Martin despise it? Why YA? Because of the way it sounds.

Featuring: Charley Miller (Game Designer) and Isaac Marion (Author of Warm Bodies)


Monday September 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

4:00pm

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Compounded: Writers in the Schools

Ever wonder what’s behind a compound word? A word like “Bumbershoot,” say? Some compound words are straightforward in meaning—schoolhouse, airport, crosswalk—while others take on meanings different from each original word: headline, championship, clockwise. Writers in the Schools K-12 students and Teaching Artists tackle the “problem” of compound words in original poems and stories, read in tandem from stage.

Featuring Daemond Arrindell, Emily Bedard, Aaron Counts, Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock, Rachel Kessler, Corinne Manning, Sierra Nelson, Katie Ogle, Ann Teplick and their students. Musical interlude by The Drop Shadows.

Monday September 2, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage

6:00pm

The Marijuana Chronicles
The Marijuana Chronicles is the latest literary collection in Akashic Books’ popular Drug Chronicles series, and features brand new stories from a “who’s who” of literary heroes bringing short fiction to a higher level (though they don’t inhale). Writer/spoken word poet Maggie Estep is joined by literary star Amanda Stern.

Moderated by Matt Besser.

 

Monday September 2, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Words & Ideas Stage
 
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