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The movie “Wild” hits select theaters Friday, December 5. It's based on a memoir by a Portland author who made a life-changing trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Dr. Cornel West.
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Are you caught in an egocentric predicament? You’ll be asked to consider such a question in this episode of Speakers Forum.

Dr. Cornel West speaks forcefully on a wide range of subjects including the struggle for truth and justice; political discourse and dysfunction; African American religious, cultural and music history; and the impact of the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Iraq War veteran Phil Klay has won the National Book Award for fiction. The judges described the short stories in Klay’s collection “Redeployment” as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

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A literary festival and a pub crawl combined? We have the audio to prove it. We bolted from space to space during this year’s Lit Crawl Seattle to gather as many readings as we could. 

David Shafer's book "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"

Marcie Sillman gets book explorer Nancy Pearl's pick of the week: David Shafer's dystopian fantasy, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot."

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So a poet walks into a noisy bar, starts reading her poems, and everyone falls silent and listens.

Lit Crawl Seattle was inspired by Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival. The now yearly event is a one night mash-up of a literary festival and a pub crawl. Over 60 authors do their best to silence you, or rile you up, as you make your way from space to space.

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Waldron Island poet Sam Green reads two poems from his newest book, "All That Might Be Done." Each in its own way offers the gift of perspective.

"Constellations" tells the story of an outsider ("We knew he was different,") who prompts a group of boys playing baseball to see themselves -- momentarily -- as "stars in a field / of sky, said we should imagine each of us /a billion miles apart." 

Jane Smiley's book "Some Luck."

Marcie Sillman talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley about her career and new book "Some Luck," an epic family trilogy.

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TJ Langley wished that he had been born a century prior, even if REI didn't exist back then.

Langley loved the outdoors and riding his bike around Seattle, but at his core, Langley was a climber. Five years ago, he died on a trip in the North Cascades.

Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's book "Sorcery and Cecelia"

Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about the stalwart librarian's latest recommendation: a trip back in fictional time to the 19th century with the book, "Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanged Chocolate Pot" by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.

Seattle Loves Books, But Can It Be A City Of Literature?

Nov 3, 2014
Ryan Boudinot says books like Charles Burns' 'Black Hole' (Fantagraphics) helped lift comics into the realm of literature and convey a local perspective borne of Seattle's 'rainy, freaky weirdness.'
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The past couple weeks have been a period of intense lobbying, as Seattle lawmakers prepare the city budget.

On Tuesday, City Council members will start revealing which causes and organizations they’ve chosen to fund with the city's limited pot of discretionary funds.

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Ross Reynolds has a wide-ranging discussion of end-of-life issues with Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."  

Gawande discusses  several issues such as how medical science views death as a failure, and does not always examine how medical treatments affect people at the end; innovations in assisted living and hospice to not only improve the quality of life, but also allow people to live longer; and how health care professionals are trying to become better at end of life care.

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Marcie Sillman talks with revered librarian Nancy Pearl who recommends "The Diamond Lane," by Karen Karbo. It is a Hollywood satire that should cheer up the gray, rainy weather. 

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Ross Reynolds interviews Matt Bai, national political correspondent for Yahoo News, about his book on the Gary Hart debacle.

If you know who Hart is, you probably remember his flame-out campaign for president. In 1987 the Democratic Senator from Colorado was running against George H.W. Bush was ahead by double digits. But when the Miami Herald ran a story about a supposed affair Hart was having with model Donna Rice, his campaign fell apart within a week. 

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Robert Spitzer, author of  "The Politics of Gun Culture," about the place guns have in our culture. 

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