Seattle: Talking ‘Spring’ at Open Books

Open Books, Seattle’s all-poetry bookstore in Wallingford, hosts a number of events in the coming months, including the first installment of its “Poetry in Conversation” series, featuring Spring and All by William Carlos Williams.


In an email, Christine Deavel, co-owner with John Marshall of Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., wrote that the series evolved because “so much of the book business is focused on newly released titles, an aspect of it that’s both exciting and relentless. We want to make time in our reading and bookstore lives for older but still vital books, and we figure we’re not the only ones.”

Spring and All was a natural start because it fit their criteria of “an influential collection by a dead author that’s a good read, in print, and not too expensive.” In conjunction with the discussion series, Open Books will be selling the recent New Directions facsimile edition of Williams’ 1923 work, with an introduction by C.D. Wright, for just $11.

Potential titles for future installments of the “Poetry in Conversation” series include Elizabeth Bishop’s Geography III, then either “HD’s Trilogy or Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.

For more information, and to check out Open Books’ spiffy new website. Here is the remaining event schedule for October and November:

Poetry in Conversation, No. 1: October 22 @ 7:30 p.m.

Brenda Hillman, Oct. 27 @ 3 p.m.

Amber Nelson, Nov. 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

Carol Light, Nov. 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Burt, Nov. 12 @ 7:30 p.m.

Jennifer Boyden & Rebecca Hoogs, Nov. 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Stan Sanvel Rubin & Gary Thompson, Nov. 24 @ 3 p.m.


Bill Carty