Fascinating variety of books represented at author events in LFP this week

Sunday, April 21, 2019

It's non-fiction week at Third Place Books this week. A Native American tells the story of Indian Relay Racing. The true story of how a Seattle team won the Stanley Cup in 1917. The biography of a sideshow performer. Shakespeare's "mean girls." Plus a romance novel.


Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm
Lawney Reyes

The Horse Nation

In the early 17th Century, when horses were first introduced to Northwest America, young Indian men took pleasure in finding ways to compete with one another. It was then that Indian Relay Racing was born. Award-winning Native sculptor and artist Lawney Reyes tells the story of the people and the sport.

Thursday, April 25 at 7pm
Kevin Ticen

When It Mattered Most: The Forgotten Story of America’s First Stanley Cup, and the War to End All Wars

In the winter of 1917, as Europe spiraled rapidly out of control and pulled the U.S. into the greatest conflict the world had ever seen, a talented band of athletes in the Pacific Northwest fought to turn themselves into an elite team. That elite team would battle the looming war, their own insecurities, and fierce opponents on both coasts of Canada to captivate a community and journey toward hockey immortality. This is the true story of the Seattle Metropolitans, America’s first Stanley Cup Champions.

Friday, April 26 at 6pm
Bill Griffith

Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

In 1971, Bill Griffith created his classic comic strip Zippy the Pinhead. Griffith’s inspiration for Zippy came from the 1932 film Freaks, which featured a circus where all of the sideshow performers were real, not actors. Schlitzie Surtees, aka Schlitzie the Pinhead, was a standout star in the film, and Griffith became fascinated with the real, legendary career of this singular performer. The result is Nobody’s Fool, the exhaustive, celebratory, definitive, first-ever biography of Schlitzie.

Saturday, April 27 at 6pm
Laura Kalpakian

The Great Pretenders

The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Roxanne Granville is used to getting what she wants— even if she has to break the rules. But after a falling-out with her grandfather, a powerful movie mogul, she has to face life on her own for the first time. She won't let men make all the rules, and won't let skin color determine whom she can love. The Great Pretenders is a riveting, emotional novel that resonates in today's world, and reminds us that some things are worth fighting for.

Sunday, April 28 at 6pm
Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls

Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it's pretty surprising Shakespeare didn't write Mean Girls. Now, fans can treat themselves to the epic drama -- and heroic hilarity -- of the classic comedy rendered with the wit, flair, and iambic pentameter of the Bard, from the author who brought you William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.


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