Celebrate The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood at Fantagraphics Bookstore on January 14

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 14 as we celebrate one of midcentury America’s most influential artists. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood debuts with an exhibition and slide talk by co-editor J. Michael Catron.

Wallace Wood was among the most prolific and diverse artists of his era. His work included colorful covers for 1950s science fiction magazines and romance comics before contributing to the wildly popular war, crime, horror, and suspense comics on the notorious EC imprint, prior to its demise as result of the draconian restrictions imposed by the Comics Code Authority. He went on to become one of the founding artists of the phenomenally successful MAD Magazine, all the while working with superhero comic book pioneers like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Will Eisner. Wood worked on commercial projects ranging from Alka-Seltzer to Topps bubblegum. He later went on to self-publish the avant garde witzend comics anthology, which included many of the contemporary cartoonists now associated with the alternative comix movement. Wallace Wood was, in the words of filmmaker George Lucas, “One of the all-time great comic book artists.”

The lavishly illustrated Life and Legend of Wallace Wood is the first of two volumes chronicling the work of this amazing artist through commentary by friends and colleagues. The book launch party at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, January 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM will include reproductions of his illustrations, covers, and comics, as well as a selection of books documenting his career. Co-editor J. Michael Catron will talk about the artist at 7:00 PM. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206-658-0110.

An Evening with Patti Smith


Patti Smith will be reading from her book “M Train” on Monday, October 3rd at University Temple United Methodist Church in The Sanctuary. Tickets available on Brown Paper.

Written by the iconic poet, artist, and National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids, Patti Smith’s M Train is a memoir unlike any other. Told through her travels to cafes, cemeteries, hotels, and train stations around the world, Smith’s drifting, meditative essays recount moments of her creative and personal life from her time spent with her late husband Fred Sonic Smith to a strange encounter with chess master Bobby Fischer and visits to the graves of Yukio Mishima and Sylvia Plath. But more than just descriptions of people, places, and encounters, her poetic reflections take on a life of their own punctuated by Smith’s iconic Polaroid photos and woven through with ruminations that move in and out of dreams and reality, past and present, interior and exterior, and the vast landscape of creative aspiration and inspiration that has informed her life.

As M Train comes out in paperback, join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening with Smith. Following a reading and discussion of her book, Smith will end the night by performing several songs with musician and frequent collaborator Lenny Kaye.

Artist Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art – book release: “Feathers, Form and Function”

Artist Chris Maynard’s new book, Feathers, Form and Function, offers a unique artistic perspective on and insight into the evolution, function and symbolism of feathers. Through both thoughtful commentary and evocative images of his celebrated feather artwork, Maynard explores how humans have found meaning in feathers for many millennia. A perfect gift for the holidays (order here).

Using a small scalpel, Maynard carves bird-related artwork out of feathers. Each design highlights the feathers’ beauty and form, and calls attention to topics important both to us and the birds such as flight, lightness and attraction. With a sophisticated sense of design and a bit of humor, Maynard offers a sense of the lives and movements of the birds.

How is a feather like a volcano? Why does a duck shrink before it dives? What role does color play in a bird’s life? In Feathers, Form, and Function, you’ll find insight into these questions as well as new ways of seeing through the eyes of an artist, biologist, philosopher—and the birds themselves.

Chris Maynard is a Pacific Northwest artist, author, speaker and naturalist. Working with feathers since the age of 12, Maynard creates shadow boxes and art installations using tiny tools and a family heirloom magnifying glass. His creations are sought after globally by art collectors and bird lovers alike. Note: All feathers are legally-acquired, naturally shed by birds such as parrots, peacocks, crows and turkeys, and many others.

Joe Guppy’s “My Fluorescent God”

My Fluorescent God . Joe Guppy

Local author and therapist Joe Guppy writes about his experience with paranoid psychosis caused from taking some medication proscribed by his doctor for gastrointestinal distress. Following the breakdown, Joe spent two and a half months in a mental hospital and another two and a half months at a halfway house. His book My Fluorescent God details his journey of illness and recovery.

Joe’s next public readings are as follows:

November 6, 7 pm, Third Place Books (Ravenna location)
November 16, Sunday, 3 pm, Eagle Harbor Book Co.

“Joe Guppy’s My Fluorescent God is a moving and poignant examination of madness and redemption.”

–Charles R. Cross
New York Times best-selling author of
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Click HERE for to see Nancy Guppy interview Joe Guppy for Art Zone

My Fluorescent God–Joe Guppy from joeguppy on Vimeo

Vicki Marie Stolsen’s “Bachelor Chapters” in Seattle!

Vicki Stolsen Bachelorette Diaries

Seattle native and adventurer Vicki Marie Stolsen returns to the West Coast to read from her newest book, The Bachelor Chapters, and you won’t want to miss it!

Staking out the terrain between Sex and the City and Eat, Pray, Love, The Bachelor Chapters’ contagious narrative follows the author’s grand experiment to carve out a model of respectable bachelorhood for women. Crafted as part middle-age memoir, part thinking woman’s romance, the story highlights Vicki Marie’s sexy, comical, and controversial attempts to reinvent romantic relationships after twenty years of monogamy. More than just one woman’s story, the book explores fresh and frank ideas about sex, love, adultery, men, women, race, gay identity, body image, and aging. Women of all ages will respond to the dilemma that is central to the real-life protagonist: How does one manage the rise and fall of love? How does one reconcile mythology with real life? How does one get laid and not get screwed?

Vicki’s making a number of important personal appearances up and down the West Coast:

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 | Seattle, WA, The Upstairs, 2209 2nd Avenue, 98121, 7:00pm

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 | Portland, OR, The Rialto, 529 SW 4th Avenue, 97204, 2:00pm w/ Rob Yardumian and Paul Rome

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | San Francisco, CA, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, 94102, 7:00pm w/ Joseph Di Prisco and Madison Young

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 | Los Angeles, CA, Stories Books & Cafe, 90020, 7:30pm w/ Jerry Stahl and Antonia Crane

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Seattle, WA, Third Place Books (Ravenna), 6504 20th Avenue NE, 98115, 7:00pm

Local Author Gillian Gaar sells massive pop culture collection to fund eye surgery

Gillian Gaar

Local author Gillian Gaar needs eye surgery and has no insurance. Having written dozens of books and articles, she has a massive collection of books, records and ephemera that she has used for pleasure and research and she’s selling off a number of items in order to help pay for her needed surgery.

Click here for a list of all the collectables for sale

You can contact Gillian at GGGaar@aol.com to purchase any of these items.

Gillian Gaar. Shes a Rebel

Her first book, She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion, Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock, Goldmine: The Beatles Digest (volumes one and two), Best of the Beatles Book, The Stranger Guide To Seattle, Music: The Little Black Book, 33 1/3 Greatest Hits Vol 2, A Survey of American Culture, and various editions of The Scribner Encylopedia of American Lives. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic’s book From Grunge To Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy!

Gillian Gaar. Elvis Remembered

In addition, she’s author of one of my favorite books, Return Of The King Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback (Genuine Jawbone Books)

She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana’s box set “With The Lights Out.” She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.

She has also written liner notes for collections by Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole and Mat Kearney, among others.

If you don’t see anything you want or need on the list, please consider making a donation directly to her surgery fund at You Caring

Thank you for supporting our local authors, artists and musicians.

The Band and the Brand


Sub Pop Records founder Bruce Pavitt has put out Experiencing Nirvana, an ebook sold exclusively through Apple’s “iBooks.” It’s a fully illustrated account of the Nirvana/Mudhoney/TAD tour of Europe in November-December 1989, eight days that put Kurt Cobain on the road to the stardom he never seemed to enjoy. A portion of the ebook’s proceeds will benefit the Vera Project, Seattle’s teen music center.

Pavitt also recently talked to Fast Company about how he sold Sub Pop as a brand, signifying coolness to two continents. Yes, the article holds up Sub Pop’s “anti-corporate” image as something for corporations to emulate. But such contradictions, Pavitt explains, were part of the label’s image from the start.

Local author Ginny NiCarthy speaks tonight on her book “Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir.”


Tonight at Common Good Cafe, University Temple Church, 1415 43rd Street NE, Seattle, WA 98105 — October 29th, 2012, 7pm, local author Ginny NiCarthy speaks about her book, a political travelers memoir.

Event Page:

Advance praise for the book:

“This is one of those “can’t-put-it-down” books. NiCarthy doesn’t just tiptoe outside her comfort zone, she dives in heart first. She takes her readers on whirlwind journeys to Iraq just before the U.S. invasion, to Afghanistan in the middle of a war, and to Colombia embroiled in civil strife. NiCarthy’s lens is always through the eyes of women and the oppressed. She is a first-class story teller who mixes local color with brilliant observations and political analysis. Readers will learn a lot about the world and pick up lessons on how to be sensitive, mindful travelers. But most of all, they will close the book in awe of this octogenarian who lives life to the fullest. They’ll be inspired to follow in her footsteps if they can keep up!”

Holiday Book Signing at Phinney Neighborhood Association

Saturday, November 19, 3-6 pm. Free.
Phinney Neighborhood Association, Blue Building , Room 7-8 and Gallery.

Enjoy an afternoon of readings and signings. Meet your favorite local authors, do your holiday shopping and support literacy and community! Participating authors include Garth Stein, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larsen, Kevin O’Brien, Erica Bauermeister, Elizabeth George, Carol Cassella, Jennie Shortridge, Randy Sue Coburn, Laurie Frankel, Maria Dahvana Headley, Bob Dugoni, Thea Cooper, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Lynne Brunelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Boyd Morrison, Kathleen Alcala and Peter Mountford. Our local bookseller, Santoro’s Books, will create a mini-bookstore on site and we have a full schedule of readings by the authors.

Proceeds benefit 826 Seattle and the PNA.

Alice Bag Reading and Acoustic Performance at Roq La Rue Gallery

Friday November 4th 2011 at 7pm-9pm

Roq La Rue Gallery will host a reading and acoustic performance with the legendary Alice Bag. Alice has written about growing up in the LA Punk scene, and will be doing a reading as well as a book signing at the gallery on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4TH at 7:00PM.

In addition, Alice Bag will duet on a few songs with special guest El Vez.

Books will be available for purchase at Roq la Rue, located at 2312 2nd Avenue in Belltown in Seattle

Maria Dahvana Headley reads and signs “Queen of Kings”


Seattle author Maria Dahvana Headley will be reading and signing Queen of Kings at Seattle’s University bookstore on Tuesday, June 7th, from 7-10pm. She promises a party and says there’ll be Egyptian snacks from Golden Beetle and mummified milk and honey from the tombs of pharaohs and kings (well, maybe.)

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Here’s the UW Bookstore listing:

Of this debut novel by the Seattle author of The Year of Yes, no less than fantasy superstar Neal Gaiman says: “It’s rare that a first novel is so magical, so dark, so well-researched, so smart or so compelling. Queen of Kings is a powerful work of the imagination, stalking the murky, dangerous territory between Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned and Robert Graves’ I, Claudius and should appeal to those who like their historical fiction and those who crave dark magics and sharp teeth in the night.” It’s the epic story of a Cleopatra who, distraught over the loss of her beloved Antony, makes a dark pact with a goddess to bring back her love.

Passion, magic and adventure! Queen of Kings novel by Seattle author Maria Dahvana Headley debuts May 12th

Renowned Seattle author Maria Dahvana Headley debuts her hotly anticipated novel Queen of Kings on May 12th.


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Once there was a queen of Egypt…a queen who became through magic something else…

The year is 30 BC. Octavian Caesar and his massed legions are poised to enter Alexandria. A messenger informs Queen Cleopatra that her beloved Mark Antony has died by his own hand. Desperate to save her kingdom and resurrect her husband, Cleopatra turns to the gods for help. Ignoring the warnings of those around her, she summons Sekhmet, goddess of death and destruction, and strikes a mortal bargain. But not even the wisest of Egypt’s scholars could have predicted what would follow…

In exchange for Antony’s soul, Sekhmet demands something in return: Cleopatra herself. Egypt’s queen is possessed, transformed into a vampiric creature of mythical proportions, an immortal shapeshifter with superhuman strength—at once ferocious and seductive. Fighting to preserve something of her humanity, Cleopatra pursues Octavian back to Rome: she desires revenge, she yearns for her children…and she craves human blood.

Clashing against witches and monsters, gods and warriors, Cleopatra journeys from the tombs of the Pharaohs to the great amphitheaters of imperial Rome to the ancient underworld—where she will meet her love once again, and where the battle between man and beast will determine the fate of the world.

Blending history, mythology and the darkest of fantasy, Queen of Kings brings the timeless story of Cleopatra to life like never before in this stunningly original and spellbinding debut.

Science, literature and beer

The Science Cafe, sponsored by the Pacific Science Center, is this Tuesday March 1 7:30-10:30 at T.S. McHugh’s at 21 Mercer near the Seattle Center. Come hear writer Thea Cooper, co-author of Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle and trace the intersecting stories of the principle discoverer and one of the first recipients of this miracle drug. The speaker will be available afterward to sign copies of her book.

In the early 1900s, the best hope for a child with diabetes was to follow a risky starvation diet while waiting for a cure to be discovered. But the discovery of insulin in 1922 was a most unlikely medical breakthrough. Relax, have a beer and hear all about this fascinating history of the discovery of insulin.

Literary events for the cultured masses

On Saturday 3pm-6pm, the Phinney Neighborhood Center will be crawling with many luminaries of the Seattle’s literary community with local authors from Seattle 7 on hand signing and selling their wares. The poster says “17 authors” but they’ve added several new ones, including Thea Cooper, author of the new book, BREAKTHROUGH. You won’t be able to throw a Kindle without hitting an author. Neighborhood bookstore Santoro’s will supply the merchandise, and plans to donate 10 percent of sales to Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program and the Phinney Center. For extra deliciousness, the authors are bringing their own homemade cookies for shoppers to nibble while perusing the wares.

Some of the authors in attendance: Thea Cooper, Maria Dahvana Headley, Garth Stein, Stephanie Kallos, Jim Lynch, Erica Bauermeister, Erik Larson, Carol Cassella, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Elizabeth George, Randy Sue Coburn, Kit Bakke, Robert Dugoni, Sean Beaudoin, Kathleen Alcala, Suzanne Selfors, David Boling, Laurie Frankel and Susan Wiggs.

Another opportunity to purchase holiday books and gifts will be on Saturday, December 11 which marks the 4th anniversary of the fabulous Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. To celebrate this auspicious occasion they’re having a big party with music, comix, and art, and Larry will post more about that closer to the event.

And by the way, did you see Larry (one of our featured contributors on Seattle Twist) on the City of Seattle website?

The store is featured on this city-sponsored website and other promotional materials as part of their “Only in Seattle” campaign to encourage local commerce in the city’s neighborhoods.

Local author Thea Cooper writes dramatic true story of medical breakthrough, makes local appearances

BREAKTHROUGH: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle, by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg is the dramatic true story of one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the 20th century: insulin. Told with the suspense and drama of a thriller, BREAKTHROUGH chronicles the discovery through the fragile life of young girl.

The book was written by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg and together, they embarked on an exploratory research effort that would ultimately take them to medical centers, universities, libraries, archives, and other sites of significance located in twenty-five cities and towns in eight states and four countries over the course of five years.

Seattle resident Thea Cooper will be talking about Breakthrough and signing copies of the book at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle on September 18 and at Third Place Books in Seattle on November 16, and more events will be posted on the book’s website and on Thea’s Amazon author page.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Breakthrough will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Life for a Child Program of the International Diabetes Federation.

Return of the King, in more ways than one

Come to the Fremont Fair, see the Mighty Elvis Mobile and hear Gillian G. Gaar read from her latest book Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback.

Gillian will make an appearance on Saturday, June 19th at 2pm at the Fremont Fair in the upper parking lot of the Burke Building on N. 35th between Phinney and Evanston.

If you would like to see her in a more traditional environment, she will also be reading at the Elliott Bay Book Company, Sunday June 20th at 4pm.

Return Of The King tells the story of a tumultuous period in the life
of Elvis Presley. By 1967, The King Of Rock & Roll was all but washed-up, thanks to a string of bland movie roles and lackluster records. But within a year he had roused himself, loosened the creative shackles imposed by his grasping manager, “Colonel” Tom Parker, and reconnected with the rock audience through a riveting TV special. There followed a glorious but all too brief artistic flowering, in which he
made some of his most enduring records, including “Suspicious Minds” and “In The Ghetto.” This meticulously researched and elegantly written book, based on a string of new interviews with colleagues, friends, fans, and observers of The King, sheds new light on the events of Elvis’s great comeback.

Seattle’s legendary book store the Elliott Bay Book Company has now
relocated to the Capitol Hill neighborhood at 1521 10th Ave.
(www.elliottbaybook.com). The reading is set for June 20, at 4 pm, and
will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Gillian G. Gaar is the author of She’s A Rebel: The History Of Women In
Rock & Roll; Green Day: Rebels With A Cause; Nirvana: In Utero; and The
Rough Guide To Nirvana. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies
and publications. She lives in Seattle.


Stuck with another ugly sweater, useless gadget, or awful CD this year? We know. Santa sucks! Get yourself the gifts you really want this weekend at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery’s storewide sale. At least 20% off on every item in stock! Two days only – Saturday and Sunday, December 26 & 27. Hundreds of titles by your favorite artists and a big batch of brand new books. 2009 was a banner year for Fantagraphics Books. Don’t miss this chance to catch up on the graphics action.

For all you procrastinating shoppers, Fantagraphics Bookstore is open this week 11:30 to 8:00 PM and on Christmas Eve until 5:00 PM. Avoid the mall nuts and parking hassles. Perfect presents for everyone on your list. – many priced under $20.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport way S.) just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.


What, me study? Not this Saturday, when Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts a storewide sale! Get 20% to 50% off cover price on cool comix, graphic novels, and awesome art books. Lots of gorgeous new books by Fantagraphics favorites as well as some pleasant new surprises. And you’ll get a chance to see the critically acclaimed exhibition “Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists” featuring local legends like Jim Woodring, Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, Charles Burns, Jim Blanchard and others.

Drop by for major bargains all day Saturday, September 12. And join us between 6:00 and 9:00 PM for the lively Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack with visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. (Then meander up to Capital Hill to see Rhea, Eric & Adam play with Fox Hallow at the Wildrose.)

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206. 658.0110.