Sunday, November 9, 2008

Greenwood Space Supply Company - AKA: 826 Seattle

The Seattle Times recently posted an article about the Greenwood Space Supply Company which is also know as "826 Seattle". 826 Seattle is one of Dave Eggers' writing-focused centers that are located around the US. Other centers are located in San Franciso, Brooklyn, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston. Each center has it's own theme with the Seattle center being focused on space.

According to the article "826 offers free writing classes on the weekends for kids between the ages of 8 and 18; and fee-based workshops for adults about once a month." This is a really great idea to get kids interested writing and in the case of the Seattle of the Seattle center, get kids intersted in space and science as well. Dave Eggers and those that are working with him have a great idea and they seem to be getting their local community support as well. Here is the URL for their site http://www.826seattle.org/ and their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/826seattle which features student-made videos.


I am rushing to get this posted, and I really didn't get a chance to read everything about the center so if you have something to add then feel free to comment ~ Jim

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Local events for November 2008

I will be adding to this list as I find time, so check back often ~ Jim

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SPECULATIONS - ELLIOTT BAY SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOK GROUP
Spook Country by William Gibson, Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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University Book Store - Selected Highlights from the University Book Store Events Calendar
Below is a select listing of upcoming events presented by the UW Book Store.

Wednesday, November 5, 7pm - Brandon Sanderson and David Farland
"Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn" and "Wyrmling Horde: The Seventh Book of the Runelords" - Reading & Book Signing @ U District store
It's a fantasy invasion! Brandon Sanderson stops by to talk about the third in his Mistborn series, the final book of the trilogy where Allomancers (the Mistborn) ingest small particles of metal to enhance their physical and mental abilities. And David Farland will discuss the plight of Fallion Orden, downtrodden after his failure to unite the shadow worlds into "one true world."

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm - Robert Park "Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science"
Pacific Science Center, Eames Theater, 200 Second Avenue North, Seattle
From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane, to exploring past lives through hypnosis, has superstition become pervasive in contemporary culture? Professor Robert Park argues that it has. In Superstition, Park asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded. He examines recent controversies and concludes that science is the only way we have of understanding the world. This lecture is a part of the Seattle Science Lecture Series. Note: $5 General Admission; Free to Pacific Science Center members and students with ID.

Monday, November 17, 7pm - Fantastic Fiction Salon with Connie Willis
Richard Hugo House Cabaret, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle
Connie Willis has won more awards (19) than any other SF author for her insightful, witty novels and numerous works of short fiction. Celebrated as a humorist with spot-on comic timing, she also uses her fiction to examine larger questions: the nature of God, the persistence of suffering and loss, and the role of love and redemption. Her much-anticipated new novel All Clear will be released in 2009. Sponsored by NW MediaArts, Richard Hugo House, and University Book Store. $5 donation at the door.

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm - Jesse Reklaw and Special Guests: Theo Ellsworth & Kazimir Strzepek
"The Night of Your Life: A Slow Wave Production" - Q&A, Reading & Book Signing @ U District store
What do our dreams look like? Portland's Jesse Reklaw takes the dreams of others and illustrates them to give us a peek into the subconscious playground of those around us. Joining Reklaw will be fellow Portlandian Theo Ellsworth (Capacity), self-taught artist and zinester (see his work at artcapacity.com), and Seattle cartoonist Kazimir Strzepek, The Morning Star.

You can find University Book Store locations here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Clarion West News

Check out these latest news items from the Clarion West site:

Now Accepting Applications for 2009 Workshop: "Clarion West is an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for ­pr­ofession­al careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually in Seattle, Washington, USA."

Challenge Grant from Amazon: "In celebration of our 25th consecutive workshop, Amazon is donating one dollar to Clarion West for every dollar we receive from individuals, corporations, government offices, charitable foundations, and special events—up to $25,000. We have until October 31, 2009 to raise $25,000; Amazon’s grant can double that to $50,000.

If you'd like to make a donation to Clarion West for Amazon to match, visit our Donate page. Read more »"