Geoff Baker presents 'Rising From the Deep: The Seattle Kraken, a Tenacious Push for Expansion, and the Emerald City's Sports Revival'

In 2021, Seattle released the Kraken. A Seattle Times investigative reporter takes readers behind the scenes and back to the start with power brokers, players, and fans in this fascinating, hard-fought saga.


Kraken fans, unite! Third Place Books has the pleasure of welcoming sports journalist Geoff Baker to our Lake Forest Park store. Baker will be discussing Rising From the Deep: The Seattle Kraken, a Tenacious Push for Expansion, and the Emerald City's Sports Revival, the first definitive, book-length account of Seattle's favorite new sports enterprise. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Rising From the Deep will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Rising from the Deep. . .

Encompassing sports, civics, and regional identity, this is a multifaceted narrative of launching a franchise from the ground up. 

In 2021, Seattle released the Kraken. 

Evoking the aquatic mystique of Puget Sound while epitomizing colorful innovation, the Seattle Kraken, the National Hockey League's newest expansion franchise, entered its inaugural season backed by league-wide fanfare and with an eye toward the future of both the team and its city. 

In true Seattle fashion, they would play their games on ice from recycled rainwater in front of sold-out crowds at the privately funded, all-electric, Amazon-sponsored Climate Pledge Arena. If an organic union of sports and civic identity was ever possible, this would seem to be it. 

How did it go so right? What made the Emerald City the perfect setting for a new hockey franchise just years after it had failed to retain the NBA's SuperSonics? And could the same forces that propelled the Kraken into existence be redeployed to attract a basketball team once again? 

Rising From the Deep traces the dynamic origins of the NHL's newest team, from the history of Seattle hockey in the early 20th century, to the winter sports void left by the bitter departure of the Sonics, to the development of a team identity that captured the imagination of hockey fans everywhere. 

Geoff Baker covers Seattle Kraken hockey and is a sports enterprise and investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. Previously he has written for the Montreal Gazette and Toronto Star. Born and raised in Quebec, Baker has won Canada's National Newspaper Award three times and has won three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) awards.

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