West Seattle Event Calendar

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Josephine Ensign Discusses ‘Skid Road: On The Frontier Of Health And Homelessness In An American City’ @ Online (see listing)
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Informed by her own lived experience of homelessness, and many years providing primary health care to homeless people, Ensign will discuss this complicated issue.

Patrons can register via Eventbrite here. Registration required.

The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL’s YouTube channel after the event.

About the Book:

A compelling look at the historical roots of poverty and homelessness, the “worthy” and “unworthy” poor, and the role of charity health care and public policy in the United States.

Home to over 730,000 people, with close to four million people living in the metropolitan area, Seattle has the third-highest homeless population in the United States. In 2018, an estimated 8,600 homeless people lived in the city, a figure that does not include the significant number of “hidden” homeless people doubled up with friends or living in and out of cheap hotels. In Skid Road, Josephine Ensign digs through layers of Seattle history—past its leaders and prominent citizens, respectable or not—to reveal the stories of overlooked and long-silenced people who live on the margins of society.

The sometimes fragmentary tales of these people, their lives and deaths, are not included in official histories of a place. How, Ensign asks, has a large, socially progressive city like Seattle responded to the health needs of people marginalized by poverty, mental illness, addiction, racial/ethnic/sexual identities, and homelessness? Drawing on interviews and extensive research, Ensign shares a diversity of voices within contemporary health care and public policy debates.

A timely story in light of the ongoing health care reform debate, the affordable housing crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the stories from Skid Road illuminate issues surrounding poverty and homelessness throughout America.

About the Speaker:

Josephine Ensign is a professor in the School of Nursing and an adjunct professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She works as a Nurse Practitioner and Faculty Preceptor at UW’s Health Equity Circle/Tent City Collective Foot Care and Health Outreach Clinics, University District Street Medicine project, and the Teeth and Toes Clinic. She is the author of Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling through the Safety Net and Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins. Her newest book, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in August 2021.

View in Catalog: Skid Road by Josephine Ensign

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.

Virtual Chef Talk + Cooking Demo with PBS Star Pati Jinich
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm

Mexican-Jewish family stories + recipes from her new cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table”

In conversation with food writer Adeena Sussman

SUN | Nov 14 | 1PM

Pati Jinich, star of PBS’s “Pati’s Mexican Table,” discusses her new cookbook and her Mexican-Jewish heritage and recipes with food writer Adeena Sussman (“Sababa”) in this virtual chef talk and cooking demo.

For ten seasons, Jinich has cooked her heart out on her James Beard Award-winning, Emmy-nominated TV series. The Mexican-Jewish chef, cooking teacher, food writer, and mom devotes each episode to the evolution of authentic Mexican food and Mexico’s rich history and culture.

For her new cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table,” Jinich shares Mexican-Jewish recipes and discusses ‘what it’s like to be a Yiddishe mama Mexicana,” to quote moderator and food writer Adeena Sussman.

Cooking demo and recipes will be provided.


$5*-10 talk | $30-35 talk and cookbook (includes free ticket + shipping)

*discount for J members, students, seniors 65+ and Program Partners patrons

Zoom link emailed one (1) hour before the program start time. Books shipped after November 23 (US only).

Ticket sales close one hour before event.

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