Bumbershoot announces literary events
Bumbershoot, the Seattle music festival that takes place each Labor Day weekend, has announced the arts events scheduled for this year's edition. As always, the music is the main event -- among the more than 120 bands set to perform are Broken Social Scene, Mavis Staples, Big Boi, Hall & Oates, Butthole Surfers, Wiz Kahlifa, Reverend Horton Heat, Presidents of the United States of America, Veitver, the Kills, Urge Overkill and YACHT.
So it's probably no surprise that the literary component of the Bumbershoot festival features the intersection between words and music -- from people who know. One panel includes two musicians -- Nathan Larson of the band Shudder to Think, who is the author of the new dystopian novel "The Dewey Decimal System," and Kristin Hersh, the author of the memoir "Rat Girl" who started her musical career in Throwing Muses. They'll be joined by hip-hop journalist Nelson George, whose first novel, "The Plot Against Hip Hop," will be released in November.
Also appearing will be Pamela Des Barres, longtime writer and author of the seminal fan memoir "I'm With the Band." Ask her about Jimmy Page.
The Decemberists' Colin Meloy and his wife, the graphic artist Carson Ellis, will talk about their upcoming fantasy book for young adults, "Wildwood," and provide a preview.
Less musical but sure to sell out is Seattle's own Dan Savage, editorial director of the altweekly The Stranger and founder of the It Gets Better Project -- he's also the author of the book "It Gets Better" -- who will be appearing with his husband, Terry Miller.
Also on the bill: a panel of writers from Dublin; novelist Christopher Rice talking about his mother, Anne Rice, and vampires; and Ronald Moore, the creator of the rebooted "Battlestar Galactica." Tickets for Bumbershoot are available now.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Kristin Hersh in 2006. Credit: L. Fletcher