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Book News
There is always so much book-related news out there, we decided to dedicate a page to attempting to organize some of it in one place. On this page you will find: Recent Releases; Upcoming Releases; Reviews; Movies, TV & Plays; Book Awards; and other Book-related news.

Recent & Upcoming Releases
Books that are being released soon, new hardcover titles that we are already excited about, or paperback releases that we've been waiting and waiting for.


Recent Releases

April 25, 2017:

Anything Is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout. An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman. A profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

Golden Prey by John Sandford. Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory. Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, comes a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman. Now in paperback.

The Obsidian Chamber : An Agent Pendergast Novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Now in paperback.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. France, 1939. With courage, grace and powerful insight, the bestselling author captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. Finally in paperback.

Diana's Altar : A Detective Joe Sandilands Novel by Barbara Cleverly. Cambridge, 1933. On All Hallows’ Eve, in a candlelit pew in an ancient church, Doctor Adelaide Hartest witnesses a stranger’s dying moments. Adelaide is just in time to hear his final confession: that he has plunged the dagger into his own chest, and that his death will be a suicide, despite its suspicious appearance. Paperback.

For ages 8 - 12  Arf: A Bowser and Birdie Novel by Spencer Quinn. Why would anyone break into the Gaux family's hosue? Everyone knows the house is usually guarded by Birdie Gaux's dog, Bowser, a large and handsome fellow with a big set of sharp teeth. Someone is coming after Birdie and her family, and Bowser must be ready to protect them from anything. In paperback.

For ages 8 - 12  Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein. Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to the bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games begin! In paperback.

April 18, 2017:

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. From New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in the 1920s in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

The Stars Are Fire: A Novel by Anita Shreve. From the best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife, comes an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history.

The Fix by David Baldacci. Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling.

Seattle Family Adventures: City Escapades, Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Itineraries for Fun-Loving Families by Kate Calamusa. In paperback.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer. The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.

The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton. From  the bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author comes an unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and into a harrowing double life that is anything but free. In paperback.

Joe Gould's Teeth by Jill Lepore. From the New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian, comes the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the missing longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History of Our Time.” In paperback.

Eligible: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld. Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, the novel tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today. This is a "...playful, wickedly smart retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice."
“Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find herself seduced.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

What's Become of Her: A Novel by Deb Caletti. An emotionally riveting story of a woman falling for a man who may be hiding a dangerous secret—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah. New [4/23/17] review in The Seattle Times. In paperback.

April 11, 2017:

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. From the bestselling author of The Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present--and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. Chosen for April IndieNext.

Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak by Lynda V. Mapes. A writer spends a year exploring a red oak’s changes. Trees may seem inactive, but they are actually quite busy, as the environmental writer learned. New [4/6/17] review in The Seattle Times. Feature article in PacificNW magazine April 16, 2017.

My Cubs: A Love Story by Scott Simon. The Chicago Cubs, while beloved, have been the living example of disappointment and failure for more than a century—until now. In his new book, NPR's Scott Simon shares his heartfelt reflections on his beloved Cubs, and how their big win transcended sports, positioning them as the ultimate underdog for an entire nation.
Mr. Simon is scheduled to appear at Town Hall Seattle on Monday, April 24, 2017. More information here.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro. The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Chosen for April IndieNext.

A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City by Drew Philp. Part social history, part brash generational statement, part comeback story, this is an intimate account of the tentative revival of an American city—home by home and person by person—and a glimpse at a new way forward for generations to come.

For ages 3 - 7  Little Wolf's First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Some may favor the proper way to howl, but what if you have a song in your heart that needs to come out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for little and big wolves everywhere.

Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx. From the Pulitzer Prize-­­winning author comes the bestselling epic about the demise of the world’s forests. Chosen for April IndieNext. In paperback.

LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich. The winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction now in paperback.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read -- one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned. Chosen for April IndieNext. In paperback.

The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short Stories by Carys Davies. From remote Australian settlements to the snows of Siberia, from Colorado to Cumbria, restless teenagers, middle-aged civil servants, and Quaker spinsters traverse expanses of solitude to reveal the secrets of the human heart. Written with raw and rigorous prose, charged throughout by a prickly wit, these stories remind us how little we know of the lives of others. Chosen for April IndieNext. In paperback.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. A stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future. Chosen for April IndieNext. In paperback.

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay. A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "Audaciously well written...the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd even finished it."  In paperback.

The Horse Dancer: A Novel by Jojo Moyes. A quintessential Jojo Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything. In paperback.

April 4, 2017:

Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon. The twenty-sixth novel in this series is quintessential Donna Leon, and a powerful addition to the celebrated series, in which Brunetti’s endurance is tested more than ever before.

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann. From the National Book Award winner of Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that.
It's the sort of thing that Colum McCann says he would have liked to have had when he was younger.  McCann says he writes advice about plot and characterization, as well as empathy and not locking yourself away from the world. He sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss the teaching of writing and more, on The PBS NewsHour.

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott.
From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it.
Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, this is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality. Chosen for April IndieNext.

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah. A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. Chosen for April IndieNext.

American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad. An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. Chosen for April IndieNext.

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J. Sharfstein. The epic clash of two American legends―their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction.

Killings by Calvin Trillin. The author, a longtime writer for The New Yorker, spent years traveling the country and chronicling American life, sometimes uncovering riveting tales of murder and mayhem. New [4/9/17] review in The Seattle Times.

For ages 4 - 8  Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer. Everyone’s favorite pig is about to have a birthday…but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents?

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list... finally in paperback comes the stunningly beautiful bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Chosen for April IndieNext.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer. To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post). In paperback.

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith. A rare seventeenth-century painting links three lives, on three continents over three centuries. Now in paperback. Chosen for April IndieNext.

Extreme Prey by John Sandford. The latest Lucas Davenport thriller, now in paperback.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants. This novel deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift. Chosen for April IndieNext. In paperback.

Maestra by L. S Hilton. The beginning of a darkly irresistible trilogy, this follows the rise of Judith, a woman whose vulnerability and ruthlessness have left readers worldwide begging to know: where do you go when you've gone too far? A twenty-first-century femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as Bacall.- --Vogue  Chosen for April IndieNext. In paperback.

Book 2 in the series is coming July 11, 2017: Domina by L.S. Hilton. In this riveting sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Maestra, femme fatale Judith Rashleigh once again leads readers into the mesmerizing and dangerous underworld of Europe’s glamorous elite.

Upcoming Releases.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter by Jeff Kinney. Hit the road with author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the latest 20th Century Fox movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. May 9, 2017.

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville. The acclaimed fantasy author plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down. On the centenary of the Russian revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?  Here is a book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Miéville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story. May 9, 2017.

Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer. The bestselling Seattle author was a happily married mother of two, when she suddenly found herself in the midst of an erotic reawakening. While that may sound exciting in theory, the reality was not so pleasant. Dederer’s new memoir shifts between her experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of unexpected sexual sensitivity and longing and her teen years. Her revealing stories uncover something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife. May 9, 2017.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Roxane Gay. In her popular essays and Tumblr blog, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body. She takes readers along on her journey to understand herself in a memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. June 13, 2017.

The Force by Don Winslow. “Ever since I started writing, I’ve wanted to write a big, New York City cop book,” says Edgar Award-finalist Winslow. This is it. June 20, 2017.

The Child by Fiona Barton. The British author follows her bestselling debut, The Widow, with a psychological thriller that examines the impact of a secret on three women who have never met. June 27, 2017

Y is for... : A Kinsey Millhone Novel by Sue Grafton. The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
                Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…August 22, 2017.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. A love story set in Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an immigrant from Guatemala. November 7, 2017.



Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting -- and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of links to articles about books.


April 13, 2017. Alec Baldwin plus other don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle, April 14-21. The column here.

April 11, 2017. Alec Baldwin’s new memoir, Nevertheless, is a rare celebrity memoir that’s neither painted in pastels nor glossed with self-actualization... the entire review here.



April 13, 2017./span> LitLife column. 7 questions with Ann Cleeves on her literary career. Column here.


April 13, 2017. 14 new baseball books include a study of the Chicago Cubs; biographies of Casey Stengel and Leo Durocher; and the history of pitching. The column here.



April 11, 2017. A roundup of April’s best crime fiction — and nonfiction. The columnn here.


April 6, 2017. Visiting authors the week of April 7-14 include Lynda Lynn Haupt, Daniel James Brown, Hari Kunzru, Lisa See and Matt Ruff. The details in The Seattle Times.



April 6, 2017. Ghosts of Seattle Past by Jaimee Garbacik and Joshua Powell. The paperback will be published May 16, 2017. More than a book — it’s a collection of love letters to what we’ve lost. The article here.



March 31, 2017. Authors in Seattle this month include Neil Gaiman and G. Willow Wilson. See the entire list here.


March 30, 2017. Arts critic Moira Macdonald recommends debuts by Annie Hartnett, Tom McAllister, Jess Kidd and Patty Yumi Cottrell. The column here.



March 30, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Recent biographies of Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Carter and George Harriman, among others, prove once again that truth can be stranger than fiction. The column here.



March 29, 2017. Movie review: The Zookeeper’s Wife. The film tells the true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinska, who sheltered more than 300 Polish Jews during World War II. The movie review here. The review ends with "...you leave wanting to know more of their story." We have the book with all of the story!



March 28, 2017. In George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo the ghostly inhabitants of a cemetery don't yet know they're dead. Instead, they're stuck in whatever neurotic condition they were in when they died, narrating the story of Abraham Lincoln's visit to the graveyard to visit his dead son.
Jeffrey Brown speaks with Saunders about the challenge of writing about Lincoln and the importance of being baffled, on The PBS NewsHour.




March 23, 2017. Waiting for the paperback? Here are 11 good reads, out now .
Arts critic Moira Macdonald recommends new paperback books by Helen Oyeyemi, Jim Harrison, Jim Lynch, Matthew Desmond and Lindy West — plus 6 more fiction and nonfiction titles in the LitLife column.



March 20, 2017. Seattle Jewish Film Festival to feature the new movie Zookeeper’s Wife. It is an adaptation of the true story of Polish resistance in World War II: the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
The book: The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
The movie, starring Jessica Chastain, is getting widely released beginning March 31, 2017. New review in The Seattle Times.
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival runs March 25 - April 2, 2017. All the information at their web site.



March 19, 2017.  The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan. A charming if occasionally awkward tale of life in a rural English village in early World War II. [published February 14, 2017]. New [3/19/17] review in The Seattle Times.  The novel has been optioned for television by the production company behind “Downton Abbey.”  [stay tuned!]



March 16, 2017. Louise Erdrich’s LaRose has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction, an honor she first received more than 30 years ago for her debut novel Love Medicine. The nonfiction prize went to Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, one of many recent books about the class divide that have received increased attention since the political rise of Donald Trump.
The Seattle Times article here.
The complete list of winners on our News page here.
And all kinds of great information, including the complete list of finalists for this year, and all the previous years, is here at the National Book Critics Circle page.




March 15, 2017. American poets Morgan Parker, Stephen Dunn and the late Robert Lowell are represented with new volumes this season. To help get ready for April, National Poetry month. Column in the Seattle Times.



March 15, 2017. The movie adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending, gets 3 stars out of 4, which boasts a cast of Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer. The movie review here.
Reading the novel — the reflections of Tony, a 60-ish Englishman looking back on his life — is an experience in diving through layers; stages of life overlap like petals as memories shift to accommodate new understanding, and new questions.



December 20, 2016.  Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.  The Turner House, a debut novel by Angela Flournoy about the history of a large African American family in Detroit, is the 2017 Seattle Reads pick.

The Turner House, a National Book Award finalist in fiction, begins in 2008 during the post-crash recession, 13 adult siblings meet to try to decide what to do with the family home, worth one tenth of the mortgage. The New York Times called it “an engrossing and remarkably mature first novel.”

The Seattle Reads program, sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library, chooses one book for library patrons throughout the city to read and discuss. Flournoy will visit the city in May for several appearances focusing on the book.

Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...




Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Adapted by Selena Gomez for Netflix, the 13-part series starts streaming Friday, March 31, 2017.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. This true story follows the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped to save hundreds of people from the Nazis in World War II by smuggling them into empty cages. Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl. Scheduled release date March 31, 2017.

The Son by Philipp Meyer premieres Saturday April 8, 2017 on AMC.
Philipp Meyer on adapting his book for TV.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The challenges he faces help others learn to not judge a book by its cover. Scheduled release date is April 7, 2017.

Future release dates ...

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann.
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Starring Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson. Release Date: April 14, 2017.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. TV movie on HBO starring Oprah Winfrey premieres April 22, 2017.

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Coming as a Hulu original series. Adapted from the classic novel this is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. Also starring Alexis Bledel [Gilmore Girls] and Samira Wiley [Orange is the New Black]. The 10-episode first season premieres on April 26, 2017.

The Circle by Dave Eggers. Chronicles tech worker Mae Holland (Emma Watson) as she joins a powerful Internet company which starts out as an incredibly rewarding experience, but as she works there longer things start to fall apart. Also starring Tom Hanks as a Steve Jobs-esque leader of the company. Scheduled release date April 28, 2017.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to Starz network. April 30, 2017.

The Dinner by Herman Koch. With its page-turning plot, this novel was destined for an adaptation since its original publication in 2009 (it was released in the U.S. in 2012). The parents of two teenage boys (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall) meet at an expensive restaurant to discuss what to do about a crime their boys have committed--a crime for which they haven't been identified yet, but that was caught by a security camera. Scheduled Scheduled release date May 5, 2017.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. Starring Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World). Scheduled release date May 19, 2017.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. Based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Movie scheduled for May 19, 2017.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. In the 1951 romantic-mystery novel, a young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Starring: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. by Scheduled release date June 9, 2017.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King. This adaptation has been in development limbo forever. Combining sci-fi, western, and horror elements, the film is about Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) traversing an Old West-style world in search of the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), as well as the Dark Tower, which might save the world. Nikolaj Arcel is directing and King, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer are producing. A TV series is expected to follow in 2018, showing Sony's commitment to the project. Possible release date July 28, 2017.

It by Stephen King. In the small town of Derry, Maine, seven children come face-to-face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. This time around Bill Skarsgård is playing Pennywise. The first trailer has been released. Scheduled for release September 8, 2017.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. Detective Harry Hole, the hard-boiled detective created by the Norwegian crime novelist, investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Starring Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons. Scheduled for release October 13, 2017.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. A novel based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.
Margaret Atwood will be stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV adaptation of her novel in a cameo as "the disapproving woman." [which she gleefully tweeted to all of her followers!]
Special 6-episode mini-series co-production [CBS/Netflix] coming in 2017.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Based on the 2005 memoir. Walls herself (the adult version is played by Brie Larson, the 10-year-old version by Ella Anderson), her artist mother (Naomi Watts), alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson), and Walls's three siblings. TBA 2017.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. The author adapted his delicate novella, about a young couple on their wedding night in 1962, for the screen; Saorise Ronan, who starred in the excellent movie version of Atonement, plays the new bride. No date set, but this sounds like the sort of movie that gets held for end-of-year release. TBA 2017.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on  2014 novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), is about an expedition to find a missing man in an environmental disaster zone (the less you know, the better). The cast includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and David Gyasi. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is directing. TBA 2017.

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario. [published February 5, 2015] A Pacific Northwest bestseller spring of 2015. A memoir by the award-winning international photojournalist. Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence. Coming to theaters in 2017.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Green's first young adult novel. TBA 2017.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. A 2012 bestselling autobiography by the New York Post writer. It details her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease and her recovery. TBA 2017.

The November Criminals by Sam Munson. The author's first novel for young adults is a thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging teenage noir. TBA 2017.

Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James. The final book in the Fifty Shades saga, Christian and Ana navigate their most dangerous, treacherous relationship yet: marriage.
Who's starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like Arielle Kebbel will join the franchise. Scheduled release date February 9, 2018.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his billions. A contest users are willing to kill to win. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date March 30, 2018.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith will star. Smith will play a young slave who hooks up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas. The Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in 2017, or...

The Passage by Justin Cronin. No date announced yet. Book #2 in the series, The Twelve, was finally published October 16, 2012. And is now available in paperback [7/30/13]. Book three: The City of Mirrors: A Novel was finally published May 24, 2016! The first movie is still listed as "in development..."

Moviemaker Todd Field has arranged to produce, co-write and direct Beautiful Ruins, the newest [2012] Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed Little Children, based on the Tom Perrotta novel. More info as it becomes available...


Book Awards
There are an amazing number of awards given to books and authors throughout the year. We will attempt to keep you updated on the big ones, and on the ones we particularly agree with.



April 10, 2017. 2017 Pulitzer winners have been announced!

Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.

Fiction finalists:

  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.

  • The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

History:  Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson.

Biography or Autobiography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar.

Biography finalists:

  • In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi
  • When Breath Becomes Air, by the late Paul Kalanithi

General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

The complete list of winners and finalists in all categories are available at the official Pulitzer web site.





March 27, 2017. PEN America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. 

  • PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction: To an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction published in 2015 or 2016 possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues:
    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
  • PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2016:
    Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich.
  • PEN Open Book Award: For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016:
    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

For all of the information visit the PEN web site.




March 16, 2017. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for publishing year 2016:

  • Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson. House of Lords and Commons.
  • Criticism. Carol Anderson. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
  • Autobiography. Hope Jahren. Lab Girl.
  • Biography. Ruth Franklin. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
  • Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • Fiction. Louise Erdrich. LaRose.
  • The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize which honors an author's first book in any genre:
    Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing.
  • The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Atwood.

More information and all of the details available at the web site: bookcritics.org



January 23, 2017. American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners:

  • John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill. The story is pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe, an author and artist who has illustrated a dozen books, is the son of illustrator John Steptoe. Radiant Child also earned the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.
    Like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy, evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.
  • Printz and YALSA awards for excellence in literature and nonfiction for young adults, respectively: March: Book Three, created by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, took home both the Printz and the YALSA, as well as the Robert F. Sibert award for most distinguished informational book for children. Lewis and co-writer Aydin were also awarded the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.

For more information about the winners, the 2017 Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year: ala.org web site


2017 PNBA book awards


January 10, 2017.  2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards announced:

  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie. Alexie's first book for children is a picture book to cherish, starring a strong-willed little boy who just wants to make his mark on the world with a name all his own.
  • Bitch Planet Book One: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick. A smart, profane, and thoroughly terrifying examination of widespread intersectional oppression that feels all too familiar. Pick up this book and join the ranks of the Non-Compliant.
  • To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey. Returning to the same lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. An absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure, danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal fear of the unknown.
  • On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor. In this excellent debut, Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology, adventure and reflection through the literal and metaphorical trails that lead our lives.
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx. A sweeping saga spanning more than 700 pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two families for generations as they attempt to tame their world and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that may be her best work yet.
  • Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith. Marrow Island was once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of Lucie’s father. Addressing environmental issues, cult behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island is an original and riveting read.
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. This brilliant book will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist woman in today's world. West uses humor as a gateway to grab the attention of those who may not normally want to read a "feminist book." A conversation starting read.





November 16, 2016. The National Book Award winners have been announced.

  • Fiction: Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
  • Nonfiction: Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
  • Young People's Literature: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist), March: Book Three

For all of the long lists and the finalists visit the National Book Foundation web site.

Great article in The Seattle Times.



October 26, 2016. Paul Beatty Becomes First American To Win Man Booker Prize For Fiction. The chair of the judging panel said his novel The Sellout was a unanimous choice.
Three years after the Man Booker Prize was opened up to all novels written in English and published in the UK – regardless of whether they were British, Irish, Commonwealth or from, say, Micronesia – the Americans finally have a winner: Paul Beatty with The Sellout. All the information and details on the Man Booker web site.



October 13, 2016. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016. Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins the Nobel in literature. The singer-songwriter was recognized for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Article in The Seattle Times.

And for all kinds of "interesting" reactions, [pro and con!] just Google it... fascinating!



October 8, 2016. The Washington State Book Awards.
A book award is given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality. The awards and celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

2016 Book Award Winners (for books published in 2015):

  • Fiction: The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields
  • Poetry: Reconnaissance by Carl Phillips
  • Biography/Memoir: Road Trip by Mark Rozema
  • History/General Nonfiction: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award Finalists:

  • Picture Book: Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
  • Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8) Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood
  • Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12) Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18): The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough




June 8, 2016. Author Lisa McInerney wins the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Glorious Heresies.

Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges, commented: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.”

See the entire announcement, and more, here.

The other short-listed finalists were:

  • Cynthia Bond. Ruby.
  • Hannah Rothschild. The Improbability of Love.
  • Elizabeth McKenzie. The Portable Veblen.
  • Anne Enright. The Green Road,
  • Hanya Yanagihara. A Little Life.

See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners, current and former, here.


April 28, 2016. Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the winners of the
2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards
, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015.
A few highlights:

  • Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy.
  • Best First Novel: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
  • Best Paperback Original: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
  • Best Fact Crime:  Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil
  • Best Young Adult: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.

For the complete list of the winners and all of the nominees visit The Edgars web site.



Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.



Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season continues:

  • April 25, 2017. Helen Oyeyemi, author of “What is Not Yours is Not Yours.”
  • May 11, 2017, Thursday at 7:30 pm. Sherman Alexie Loves: First Loves: Park, Schrag & Yapa:
    • Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane, named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and American Library Association's Best Books of 2015
    • Ariel Schrag is a graphic artist and novelist. She is the author of the debut novel ADAM (2014) 
    • Sunil Yapa is the author of the debut novel, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist (2016). He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award.

A personal note from your favorite webmistress: If you have never had the fun/privelege of seeing Sherman Alexie in person, I can highly recommend any evening spent in his company. And when the subject matter is authors whose debut novels he loved -- it will no doubt be a fantastic evening! [not to mention that SAL is a great local non-profit that "champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region."]

For the complete schedule, more information about the series, and to buy tickets, visit the Seattle Arts & Lecture web site.


Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
A few of the upcoming events:

  • April 24, 2017. Monday. 7:30pm. Scott Simon. My Cubs: A Love Story. The Chicago Cubs, while beloved, have been the living example of disappointment and failure for more than a century—until now. In his new book, NPR's Simon shares his heartfelt reflections on his beloved Cubs, and how their big win transcended sports, positioning them as the ultimate underdog for an entire nation. Book published April 11, 2017.
  • April 26, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm. An Evening with Anne Lamott.
    Prolific author of memoir and fiction, Lamott writes about all sorts of things: family, writing, addiction, and faith. But much of her work revolves around the themes of recovery and redemption. She will read from her new book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, and share stories from her experience. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Recovery Café.
  • May 12, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm. Claire Dederer: A Midlife Erotic Awakening. The bestselling Seattle author was a happily married mother of two, when she suddenly found herself in the midst of an erotic reawakening. Her revealing stories uncover something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife. Her new memoir, Love and Trouble: A Mid-Life Reckoning, shifts between her experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of unexpected sexual sensitivity and longing and her teen years. She shares poignant stories from both sides of this hormonal teeter-totter, from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen to raising a teenage daughter herself.
  •  May 25, 2017. Thursday. 7:30pm. China Miéville with Monica Guzman.
    The Story of the Russian Revolution. In February 1917, in the midst of a bloody war, Russia was an autocratic monarchy. Nine months later, it was the first socialist state in world history. How did this remarkable transformation take place? Award-winning author China Miéville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and now, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on this historic moment. His new book, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution is being published May 9, 2017.
  • May 26, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm. Philip Caputo. The New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author began his writing career in 1968, when he joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune. He was a general assignment and team investigative reporter and a a foreign correspondent. In 1977, he left the paper to focus on writing books. He has written 16 books, including two memoirs, five books of nonfiction, and nine novels. Caputo has won 10 journalistic and literary awards. Some Rise by Sin is his first novel since 2013. It is the story of a Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican village.

Visit the web site for more information, and more scheduled events.



The Seattle Public Library always has lots of visiting authors and book-related events.

  •  July 11, 2017. Tuesday. 7pm. Clarion West presents science fiction author Connie Willis at the Central Library.

Visit the Seattle Public Library web site for the details, and the complete schedule of events.



Seattle Children's Theatre has great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a book involved.

The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:

  • September 28–November 26, 2017 Go, Dog. Go!
    The madcap party never stops with these zany canines. High-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics will have the whole family in stitches.
  • November 9–December 31, 2017 Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay!
  • January 18–March 4, 2018 The Little Prince
    In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe.

Visit the web site for the details and the complete schedule!



Book-It Repertory Theater.

Visit the Book-It web site for the complete schedule and more details.

The 2016-17 slate of Book-It mainstage productions:

  • June 6 – July 2, 2017. Welcome To Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson. This is a literary coming-of-age story for a new generation that skewers issues of race, class, social media, and more. The artistic team is led by the adapter/director of last season’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

The 5th Avenue Theatre 2016-17 season schedule has been announced. As usual, it includes a couple of performances based on books!

  • April 14 - May 6, 2017. The Secret Garden. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
    A story of great love and great loss, great sadness and great joy.
    A hauntingly beautiful musical, this is the celebrated tale of a young orphaned girl, sent to live with a reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion overrun with spirits of the past. Called “smart and sensitive” and “blessedly grownup” with “a yearning magical pulse” by the Washington Post, this fantastical tale features stunning sets and costumes, a gorgeous score and rich, lush story-telling. This dark and mysterious gothic thriller brings to exuberant life a saga of deception, grief, jealousy, love and ultimately, rebirth.
    With sun, water, earth and love, any seed can bloom...

  • July 11 - 30, 2017. Fun Home. Alison Bechdel’s autobiographic graphic novel about coming of age as a lesbian in a family full of secrets thrives in this moving and much-lauded Broadway hit. The five-time Tony winner comes to Seattle on national tour.

Visit the web site for the entire season schedule and all of the other details. 5thAvenue.org

The Village Theatre. Locations in Everett and Issaquah.

For all kinds of information visit the web site: VillageTheatre.org


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