Live From Town Hall July 23rd ( Well Taped Now, of course-but we were Live then)

That Stack of Books, the Town Hall Summer Edition.

Nancy Pearl, Katy Sewall and Steve Scher were at Town Hall July 23rd, helping celebrate 15 years of great programs at the young, robust and august cultural center.


We hope you like this show. If you do, please join us at Town Hall Sunday October 18th at 6:30- after the Seahawks game. Tickets are just $5.  Invite your friends. Win fabulous prizes.  

We told a few book jokes to start the show. Nancy shared book suggestions with audience members.  We played a trivia game which was way too hard.

Our guest was author Jason Schmidt whose memoir A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me, chronicles growing up poor in Seattle in the 1980’s.  His mom had left; his single Dad was a gay petty thief, a drug dealer and an addict.  A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me is tough and honest story that takes place in a town some of us may not recognize.  

Here are a few of the books we talked about on this podcast.


“Cold, Cold Ground,” Adrian McKinty

“Hans Christian Andersen Complete Fairy Tales and Stories”, Hans Christian Andersen

“Hold Still: A Memoir,” Sally Mann

“Unbecoming: A Novel,” Rebecca Sherm

“Angle of Repose,” Wallace Stegner

“Jayber Crow,” Wendell Berry

“The Passion.” by Jeannette Winterson

“Why Be Happy When You Can be Normal,” Jeannette Winterson

“Things Invisible to See,” Nancy Willard

“Me Before You, “Jojo Moyes

“Refuge”, Terry Tempest Williams

“A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me,” Jason Schmidt


We will be back at Town Hall October 18th.  We would love to fill the seats with book lovers and language aficionados. Our guests will be of National Grammar Day founder Martha Brockenbrough, author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and graphic designer Frida Clements, , whose new book is Have a Little Pun: an Illustrated Play on Words.


We will be back next week with another episode, taped at the Bryant Corner Café, 32nd and 65th in NE Seattle. Drop on by. We tape on Tuesdays about 3. Check our Facebook page for updates. Find the podcast on ITunes, Stitcher and at


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