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Novels & Notables

Thursday, September 6, 2018
7 to 9 p.m.

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Share your love of literature with some of our region’s brightest personalities at Novels & Notables! Join iconic librarian Nancy Pearl as she leads a conversation with some surprising reading enthusiasts, including celebrity chef Tom Douglas; Seattle Mariners’ announcer Dave Sims; and author of Like a Mother, Angela Garbes. Panelists will discuss their favorite books, as well as topics such as heroes, villains and monsters, other worlds, and “the things we do for love.” 

Novels & Notables is produced in promotion of PBS' The Great American Read.

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM/Program begins at 7:30 PM
Location: McCaw Hall - Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

VIP Reception will take place at KCTS 9 Studios (401 Mercer St. Seattle) from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

VIP Tickets ($60) SOLD OUT - Includes VIP pre-reception featuring complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres from Tom Douglas. Also includes reserved seating at McCaw Hall and membership to KCTS 9 and Passport. 

General Admission ($25) - Includes general admission seating at McCaw Hall.

About the Panelists:

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world.  She can be found on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma talking about her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee "Librarian Action Figure." Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, and literary critic, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.

Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas, Seattle-based chef, has been cooking up Pacific Northwest cuisine since 1984, opening his own restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, in 1989. For the last 30 years, he’s made a name for himself alongside business partner and wife Jackie Cross and business partner (since 2006) Eric Tanaka by opening 13 full-service restaurants; an event space, Palace Ballroom; a cooking school, Hot Stove Society; and a product line including rubs, spices and knives. Beyond the restaurants, the James Beard Outstanding Restauranteur award winner has a weekly radio show, Seattle Kitchen, where he talks food, wine, and anything else that’s on his mind. The recognizable chef, self-described as “middle-aged, tall, and round”, can be found at any of his restaurants on a given day putting in the work to create a successful restaurant group. As he reminds himself and his staff, “no one can out effort us.”

Angela Garbes

Angela Garbes is a Seattle-based writer specializing in food, bodies, women’s health, and issues of racial equity and diversity. Garbes began writing for The Stranger in 2006, and became a staff writer in 2014. Her piece “The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am” is the publication’s most-read piece in its twenty-four-year history, and the inspiration for this book. A former staff writer for The Stranger, her book Like a Mother, essays exploring the emerging science and long-standing cultural myths of pregnancy and motherhood, was published by Harper Wave in May 2018. She grew up in a food-obsessed, immigrant Filipino household and now lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.

Dave Sims

Dave Sims is in his 12th season with the Mariners broadcast team in 2018. The versatile Sims, who has national experience in baseball, basketball and football, grew up in Philadelphia and attended Bethany College in West Virginia. Sims, who focuses on play-by-play duties on Mariners television broadcasts, is familiar to sports fans across the country for calling MLB and college basketball games for ESPN, as well as NFL play-by-play on Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports, including multiple AFC and NFC title games as well as several Pro Bowls. The two time Emmy Award winner has also called NCAA Basketball Tournament action for Westwood One. Sims was the recipient of the Big East Media Award in 2005, and also won the American Football Foundation's Lindsey Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster Award. Sims began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News. He then became a weekend sports anchor at WCBS-TV in New York. In 1991, Sims joined ESPN as a play-by-play announcer for college basketball. On radio, he provided play-by-play for CBS Radio/Westwood One's Sunday night NFL broadcast starting in 2005. He co-hosts “Basketball & Beyond with Coach K” for Sirius XM Satellite Radio with Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski. He is also a correspondent for MLB Network. Sims and his wife Abby have two sons, and one granddaughter.

Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret C. Cargill Philanthropy. Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.

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