Book Events at PLU

Common Reading Events: Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Fri., Sept. 13, 2-3:30PM, KHP, Panel Discussion, followed by ice-cream social in Red Square

Thurs., Sept. 26, 7-8PM, 3rd annual Callista Brown Common Reading lecture: “Slavery Now – Imagining Violence and Change in Octavia Butler’s Kindred: The Graphic Novel as Adapted by Damien Duffy and John Jennings,” presented by Alison Mandaville, associate professor of English, Fresno State University (and former PLU faculty member)

Constitution Day Lecture: Rebecca Poynter, Publisher of Tacoma News Tribune

Fri., Sept. 20, 11AM, AUC 133

Scribe America Information Session

Mon., Sept. 23, 3PM, Nesvig House

Political Science Speaker Series: Mike Purdy, Author of 101 Presidential Insults

Thurs., Sept. 26, 7:30PM, AUC 133, Reading and book-signing

The Periodic Table: A Work of Ages: Theodore Gray

Thurs., Oct. 3, 7:30PM, Leraas Lecture Hall, Rieke, Lecture and book-signing

Benson Lecture: Sven Beckert, Author of Empire of Cotton

Wed., Oct. 9, 7:30PM, CK Hall, AUC

Robinson Crusoe Tercentenary Events with Guest Speaker Dr. Christopher Loar

Thurs., Oct. 10, 3-5:30PM, Public reading from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Red Square

5:30-6:30PM, Xavier 150, Digital Defoe: Experiences in Digital Publishing

Fri., Oct. 11, 1-2:30PM, CK Hall, Lecture: “Defoe’s Religious Ecologies: Vulnerability and Mastery on Crusoe’s Island of Despair”

Visiting Writer Series

Poet Anders Carlson-Wee, Winner of 2017 Poetry International Prize and other honors

Wed., October 23, 2019, 4-5PM, Admin 208, Craft Presentation and Q&A

5:30-6:30PM, Ness Family Lobby in the KHP Center, Poetry Reading

English Department Celebration of Scholarship

To come


Regional Book Events

Tacoma Arts Month: Studio Tours

Sat. & Sun., October 12 & 13, 2019, 11am-5pm

Includes studio tours of independent printers and publishers. See the complete program at

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

Sat. & Sun., October 12 & 13, 2019, 10AM-6PM, Seattle Center. See details at

Tacoma Reads Events

To come

King’s Books, Tacoma: Literary Events (ongoing)

Author readings, book launches, book clubs, writing clubs, and more

Hugo House Literary Series 2019-2020, Seattle (Sept. -May, ongoing)


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Elliott Press Letterpress Lunches

To come