Thursday, February 26, 2009
Pugetopolis debate on TV and radio, and my next local readings
Just a few quick notes. Last night (Wednesday) we had a great turnout at Town Hall for the Berger/Egan "debate." In case you missed it, you can watch it in full on the Seattle Channel (Cable 21), no doubt muscling aside our strongman mayor for a little air time. But the air date is still to be determined. The photograph here was taken by journalist Steve Shay. Also, KUOW's The Conversation ran excerpts from the on-stage discussion about growth and the shaping of Seattle on Feb. 26. They added some additional commentary from other pundits and, of course, calls from listeners. You can find it at the link provided below.
Thanks to Tim, moderator David Brewster, Town Hall, Crosscut, Seattle Weekly, KUOW, the Seattle Channel, Sasquatch Books, the University Bookstore which sold out their on-hand supply of Pugetopolis, and all the 200 or so folks who attended. I know it was a tough choice: upstairs, my KUOW air-mate Cliff Mass was lecturing at the same time about the weather to a big crowd and promoting his bestselling book on the topic (buy a copy, it's a must-have for the Northwest bookshelf). I don't know how Cliff does it, but when he wants to sell some books, he manages to conjure up a timely snow storm. He's definitely got some pull with the weather gods.
Looking ahead to next week: I'll be at the Barnes & Noble at University Village on Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm. U-Village actually came up in our debate last night (Tim likes it, I think it's Bellevue Square without the roof). Was it better in the days when it had a bowling alley and a Lamont's? Or does a Fran's and a Pottery Barn get your juices flowing? Come and decide for yourself.
Also, for Eastsiders, note that I'll be reading at my former neighborhood indie bookstore, Parkplace Books, on Tuesday, March 10 at 7pm.