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Portrait Gallery: Nichelle Nichols

Each week, Christine Marie Larsen creates a portrait of a new author for us. Have any favorites you’d love to see immortalized? Let us know

A subject who needs no introduction, and whose name is widely known. Nichols, of course, played Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series and movies. She was going to leave the role after the first season, but at a NAACP fundraiser, she met fan of the show who convinced her to stay on:

I looked across the way and there was the face of Dr. Martin Luther King smiling at me and walking toward me. And he started laughing. By the time he reached me, he said, yes, Ms. Nichols, I am your greatest fan. I am that Trekkie.

And I was speechless. He complimented me on the manner in which I'd created the character. I thanked him, and I think I said something like, Dr. King, I wish I could be out there marching with you. He said, no, no, no. No, you don't understand. We don't need you on the - to march. You are marching. You are reflecting what we are fighting for. So, I said to him, thank you so much. And I'm going to miss my co-stars.

And his face got very, very serious. And he said, what are you talking about? And I said, well, I told Gene just yesterday that I'm going to leave the show after the first year because I've been offered — and he stopped me and said: You cannot do that. And I was stunned. He said, don't you understand what this man has achieved? For the first time, we are being seen the world over as we should be seen. He says, do you understand that this is the only show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to stay up and watch. I was speechless.

On Sunday, join the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library for the "Star Trek Geek Out". Costumes are encouraged.

Portrait Gallery: Raul Alvarez

Each week, Christine Marie Larsen creates a portrait of a new author for us. Have any favorites you’d love to see immortalized? Let us know

Poet Raul Alvarez reads, with Julie Carr and Diana Khoi Nguyen, this Sunday at Fred Wildlife Refuge.

Portrait Gallery: Red Pine

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Red Pine (also known as Bill Porter) will be appearing Saturday at The Elliott Bay Book Company, reading from his latest book Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past.

Portrait Gallery: Ru Freeman

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Ru Freeman appears tonight at the Elliott Bay Book Company to talk about Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine, which she edited. Appearing with her will be contributing writers Tess Gallagher, Peter Mountford, and Alice Rothchild.

Portrait Gallery: Sarah Galvin

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Sarah Galvin is appearing Sunday at Hugo House. Yesterday, we published a review by Paul Constant about her new book.

Portrait Gallery: Nancy Pearl

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Seattle's own best-known librarian appears Sunday, at Town Hall. Find out more about her on her website, hear her every week on KUOW, or watch her interview book people on the Seattle Channel (including our very own Paul Constant, back when he was somebody else's Paul Constant).

Portrait Gallery: Ellen Swallow Richards

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Today is the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards. She was an American chemist and author, the founder of the Home Economics movement, the first American woman to earn a degree in chemistry, the first woman admitted to MIT, and the first woman to teach at MIT.

She was a feminist (some say the first eco-feminist), and was an environmental scientist who studied air quality, groundwater, soil, and food. She authored books about science for use in the home, particularly about nutrition and sanitation, bringing a scientific rigor to what once was the realm of hand-me-down tales.

You can see all of her books on Archive.org, but, you the one you might find most interesting is The Chemistry of Cooking and Cleaning: A Manual for Housekeepers.

Portrait Gallery: Patti Smith

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Patti Smith talks about her new book M Train this Sunday at Town Hall. It’s sold out. If you didn’t get tickets, perhaps you could listen to Horses on repeat while watching Robert Having His Nipple Pierced. We do love Patti Smith.

Portrait Gallery: Salim Ali

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Salim Ali was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist. His 1941 book The Book of Indian Birds went through at least fourteen editions. He won the second J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation prize, from the World Wildlife Fund in 1975. Ali died in 1987 at the age of 90. Today is his birthday.

Portrait Gallery: Gloria Steinem

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The one-and-only Ms. Steinem appears Sunday at Benaroya Hall, in conversation with Cheryl Strayed, sponsored by Hedgebrook. This is going to be a very interesting night.

Portrait Gallery: Harriet Angeline Powers

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Today's the birthday of American folk-artist and quilter Harriet Angeline Powers, born October 29, 1837, the "mother of African-American quilting." Her story quilts depict bible stories and astronomical events in striking graphic panels. Two quilts have survived and are on display at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

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Portrait Gallery: G. Willow Wilson

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G. Willow Wilson, and Margaret Stohl, will discuss their work and have a book signing Saturday at University Book Store in Bellevue — a rare opportunity to hear two women talk about the amazing work they've been doing with female superheroes.

Portrait Gallery: Eileen Myles

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Everybody's talking about Eileen Myles this week! That's because she'll be reading at Elliott Bay Book Company on Saturday. You should go see her. Until then, here she is with her dog, Honey.

Portrait Gallery: Amitav Ghosh

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I’ve seen Ghosh speak on his previous trips to Seattle. He’s a funny, dynamic, and fascinating storyteller. Be sure not to miss him tomorrow at Town Hall.

Portrait Gallery: Anastacia Renee Tolbert

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Anastacia reads tonight, but don't forget to check out her poem "Rattail" that we published about a month ago.

Portrait Gallery: Charles Mudede

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Mudede reads Friday Night at Hugo House, as part of the celebration for the Seattle: City of Literature anthology from Sasquatch Books.

Portrait Gallery: Kate Beaton

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Kate Beaton's new collection Step Aside, Pops is available now, and absolutely delightful.