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Discover Seattle's Lost Place & Hidden History

May 04, 2017

Discover Seattle's Lost Place & Hidden History


David Ishii, bookseller looks over thousands of titles as he prepares to
close his business in Pioneer Square. 
Photo by the Seattle Times.


Dean Wong in Canton Alley in front of a photo of his life long friend,
Donnie Chinn who was killed in the International District on July 23, 2015.

Ghosts of Seattle Past
Speaker Event | Book signing
by Chin Music Press +Atlas Obscura

Saturday, May 6, 2017
KOBO (at Higo), Japantown
4:00 - 5:00 pm, Speaker Event
Booksigning to follow
Event information

Ghosts of Seattle Past began as an effort to commemorate Seattle's lost places, under the guiding vision of Jaimee Garbacik. Their call for submissions prompted a hailstorm response that then evolved into a successful series of art exhibits, performances and forums, hand-drawn maps pinned with Seattleites beloved haunts, and now an anthology filled with stories, art, maps, and memories of Seattle's former lives.

The Seattle Obscura Society announces a unique event to showcase some of the contributions to this exciting new book, just released this month from Seattle-based Chin Music Press.

Featured authors
Dean Wong reading a piece about grief, Donnie Chin, and Canton Alley

Shelly Leavens reading from an interview with Roger Shimomura about the Wah Mee and Bush Garden

Dave Holden (son of Jazz Patriarch of Seattle, Oscar Holden) in conversation with Jaimee Garbacik about the Palomar Theatre and old jazz scene

Noel Franklin reading a comic about the OK Hotel

Judy T. Oldfield reading from an essay about the Merchant’s Café and the effects of tech culture

Tamiko Nimura reading about the inspiration she found in David Ishii bookstore