An Evening with Terese Mailhot, Tommy Orange, & Swil Kanim

An Evening with Terese Mailhot, Tommy Orange, & Swil Kanim

Past Event: Friday, February 2, 2018

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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Join us for an evening with emerging Native authors Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange, in conversation with Jess Walter and featuring a musical performance by violinist Swil Kanim.

Heart Berries, the first book by Terese Mailhot (Seabird Island Band) is a collection of essays and will be published by Counterpoint Press. She’s the Saturday editor at The Rumpus, a columnist for Indian Country Today, and a former fellow at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. Her work has been featured in The Toast, Carve, The Offing, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

There There, the first novel by Tommy Orange, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf. Translation rights have already been sold in Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and France. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow, and a 2017 Yaddo Fellow. Tommy was born and raised in Oakland, California, and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Angels Camp, California. He is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. Music and the performance of music helped him to process the traumas associated with his early placement into the foster care system. Swil’s compositions incorporate classical influences as well as musical interpretations of his journey from depression and despair to spiritual and emotional freedom. The music and stories that emerge from his experiences have been transforming people’s lives for decades.

Namaka Auwae-Dekker is our 2017/18 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. She attends Franklin High School and is a proud member of the school’s Drama Department, a YouthSpeaks intern, and a participant in the Young Women Empowered Y-WE Lead program.

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Know Before You Go

Program

Jess Walter will interview emerging Native authors Terese Mailhot and Tommy Orange, and Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador Namaka Auwae-Dekker. The event will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the audience.

 

Books

Phinney Books will have copies of Terese Mailhot’s book, Heart Berries, for sale, and Alfred A. Knopf has generously provided free, limited excerpts of Tommy Orange’s book, There There.

 

Book-Signing

There will be a book-signing onstage following this event.

 

 

Grand Patron & Patron Reception from 6:30–7:15 at the Musicquarium!

Grand Patron and Patron ticket holders, join us for a chance to meet Terese Mailhot, Tommy Orange, and Supaman at the pre-event reception at The Triple Door’s Musiquarium. The Musicquarium is located just across the street from Benaroya Hall off the corner of 3rd Ave. and Union St. Mingle and enjoy light bites and wine thanks to the Triple Door and Wild Ginger. The reception will take place from 6:30–7:15.

 

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Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.


By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Click here for more information about accessibility and ADA services at Benaroya Hall.

Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.