West Seattle Event Calendar

*NOTE: We’ve ramped the calendar back to some level of usefulness, as more events continue being planned, both online and in-person, so let us know if you have something coming up that’s open to the public!*

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Apr
14
Wed
34th District Democrats’ April meeting @ online
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm

In April we will begin our Membership meeting with a special program. April is the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During this time, it is important to bring awareness to sexual violence and educate the community on prevention tactics. Sexual assault is a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue, and it requires everyone’s help to bring it to an end.

This program will be presented by Riddhi Mukhopadhyay (she/her), who is currently the Executive Director at the Sexual Violence Law Center and has been with SVLC since 2012. Riddhi was as a sexual assault and hospital advocate prior to her legal career. Before joining SVLC, Riddhi practiced criminal defense and is a former Berkeley Law Foundation Legal Fellow and attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) where she represented immigrant detainees with mental health and competency issues. She currently serves by appointment on Washington State’s Gender and Justice Commission and the City of Seattle’s Immigrant & Refugee Commission. She is on the board for the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence and is adjunct faculty at the University of Washington School of Law. Riddhi received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

The program will begin at 6:15 pm and will be followed by a Q&A session which will end at 7pm, when our monthly meeting will be called to order. This event is open to the community. Join via Zoom: zoom.us/j/98150692239

Come learn about the challenges survivors of sexual violence face in our court system, the legislative rights survivors are gaining, and how the Sexual Violence Law Center works to uphold those rights and support survivors.
If you or someone you know have witnessed or been victim to an assault, please call 911; your local assault hotline; the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE; or the National Center for Victim or Crime Victim Service Helpline at 1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996.

34th Website: https://34dems.org/sexual-assault-awareness-month-program-4-14

Apr
22
Thu
Rónán Hession And Nancy Pearl Discuss “Leonard And Hungry Paul” @ Online (see listing)
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a special conversation between beloved rock star librarian Nancy Pearl and Rónán Hession, whose novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is the 2021 One Dublin One Book selection. Registration required. Click here to register.
Did you know that The Seattle Public Library started the original “one book, one city” program when we launched “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” (better known now as “Seattle Reads”) back in 1998? The program has been a huge success, spreading throughout the United States as well as to cities around the world.

For the first time ever, we’re partnering with another city to celebrate their “one book” selection and to talk a bit about why shared reading experiences are so powerful.

This event is presented in partnership with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle City of Literature and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Thank you to author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be pre-recorded and streamed on SPL’s YouTube channel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A disarming novel that asks a simple question: Can gentle people change the world?

In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musician Rónán Hession tells the story of two single, thirty-something men who still live with their parents and who are . . . nice. They take care of their parents and play board games together. They like to read. They take satisfaction from their work. They are resolutely kind. And they realize that none of this is considered . . . normal.

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends struggling to protect their understanding of what’s meaningful in life. It is about the uncelebrated people of this world — the gentle, the meek, the humble. And as they struggle to persevere, the book asks a surprisingly enthralling question: Is it really them against the world, or are they on to something?

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer, musician, and social worker based in Dublin. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of songs, and his most recent album, Dictionary Crimes, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for album of the year. Leonard and Hungry Paul is his first novel, and was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year award.

Bestselling author, librarian, literary critic, and devoted reader Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world. She can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma, discussing her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee “Librarian Action Figure.”

View in Catalog: Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

ADA Accommodations: We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.