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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

September 19, 2017:

The Good People by Hannah Kent.
Short-listed for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, this startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue child from a superstitious community in which absolute belief and devoted love are in turn terrifying, thrilling and moving.

The Ninth Hour: A Novel by Alice McDermott. A powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.
The characters we meet are all rendered with extraordinary sympathy and McDermott’s trademark lucidity and intelligence.

The Best Kind of People: A Novel by Zoe Whittall. A local schoolteacher is arrested, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.

For young readers and readers young at heart  Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein. A collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.

To Be Where You Are : A Mitford Novel by Jan Karon. The fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.
Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

An Echo of Murder: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry. In this riveting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into the diverse population of Victorian London, whose disparate communities force Monk to rethink his investigative techniques—lest he be caught in the crosshairs of violent bigotry.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao. The story of a whistleblower who aims to empower everyone struggling to be heard, in Silicon Valley and beyond.

The Scarred Woman : A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel yet—perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson.
Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us. In paper.

September 12, 2017:

Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel by Jamie Ford. From the bestselling author comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair. His new novel is again set in a Seattle of the past. Here are the true stories of some of these places, which still stand today. The column here. We have a few autographed copies available!

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. The author of The History of Love offers a novel of metamorphosis and self-realization. In present-day Israel, two visiting Americans—one a young wife, mother, and novelist, the other an elderly philanthropist—experience existential crises and transcendence.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. The author draws inspiration from her high-school years for her second novel which is a layered tale of mothers and daughters. New [9/12/17] review in The Seattle Times.

A Column of Fire: A Kingsbridge Novel by Ken Follett. Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. His saga of the Middle Ages, set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge, now continues with this magnificent new epic.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz.
Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others—even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally, fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help the editor of the muckraking, investigative journal Millennium. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, together, are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel that takes on some of the most insidious problems facing the world at this very moment.

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum. Intricate, heartrending, and morally urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no other. A good kid just out of high school gets swept up into a plot to rob a bank. Ben Blum tells Linda Wertheimer the true story of his cousin Alex. Conversation with the author on npr [9/10/17].

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, she takes us inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. HRC has recently been on The PBS NewsHour and The Rachel Maddow Show. [9/14/17]

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown. "True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives.

for young adult readers  Warcross by Marie Lu. When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. In this sci-fi thriller, the bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jonathan Alderfer and Jon L. Dunn. Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, this fully revised edition of the best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market.

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn. From the award-winning memoirist and critic, comes a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic masterpiece.

The Fix : Memory Man series by David Baldacci. Now in paperback.

September 5, 2017:

The Golden House: A Novel by Salman Rushdie. A modern American epic set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, it also marks Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. New [9/17/17] review in The Seattle Times.

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. This lavishly illustrated companion volume to Ward and Burns’s latest documentary miniseries features scores of interviews with key figures of all levels in both the U.S. and Vietnam. More than 40 years after the war ended, Ward and Burns investigate how it started and why it unfolded in the manner it did. New [9/8/17] column about the new 10-part Ken Burns/PBS series, here.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. When the father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out for Parchman farm, on a journey rife with danger and promise. This mesmerizing, cathartic family story is steeped in the painful legacy of American racism. New [9/10/17] review in The Seattle Times.
"Ward tells the story of three generations of a struggling Mississippi family in this astonishing novel ... Their stories are deeply affecting, in no small part because of Ward's brilliant writing and compassionate eye." --Publishers Weekly, starred review.

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré. George Smiley returns in this spy novel from the MWA Grand Master, though it’s Peter Guillam, Smiley’s devoted assistant from MI6, who takes center stage. New [9/6/17] review in The Seattle Times. And a great LitLife column by Mary Ann Gwinn from 8/31/17, here.

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carré. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. In paperback.

The Child Finder: A Novel by Rene Denfeld. A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.
Told in the alternating voices of the investigator and a deeply imaginative child, this is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.

Fever by Deon Meyer. Nico Storm and his father drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in the world, as far as they know, to have survived a devastating virus that has swept over the planet. Their lives turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy. Nico undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this brand new world, testing his loyalty to the limits.
Propulsively readable,this is a gripping epic of humanity striving for a noble vision against its basest impulses.

George and Lizzie: A Novel by Nancy Pearl. From “America’s librarian” and the NPR books commentator comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. Great new [9/3/17] review in The Seattle Times.

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions: Kopp Sisters Novel #3 by Amy Stewart. Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, this is a spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike.

For young adult readers  Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. Her 2014 YA novel, We Were Liars, made waves with its twisty plot and narration, and she unleashes even more trickery in this thriller. Centered on the uneasy friendship between two teenage girls, the novel essentially unfolds in reverse, and is no less gripping for it.

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper. This debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right. Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman.
We are thrilled to welcome author Elise Hooper, and her debut novel, as our artist for Third Thursday Art Walk, October 19, 2017 from 5 - 8pm. For more information visit our Events page.

Browse: The World in Bookshops by Henry Hitchings. A celebration of the greatest kind of shop in the world, a dazzling collection of original essays about the bookshop by fifteen bestselling international authors.

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews. In this debut novel, three Irish brothers, new immigrants, are caught up in a whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal culminating in an assassination plot, set in 1939 New York. Great review on npr 9/3/17.

Proof of Life: A J. P. Beaumont Novel by J. A. Jance. J. P. Beaumont’s latest investigation strikes too close to home in this riveting mystery from the bestselling author. Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn’t suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t mean it’s over.

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters. The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant, Chez Panisse, the Berkeley restaurant that opened in 1971 and established the farm-to-table movement. Great review in The New York Times.

Dinner at the Center of the Earth: A Novel by Nathan Englander. A political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. 

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. The bestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain.

At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York by Adam Gopnik. From The New York Times best-selling author of Paris to the Moon comes a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s.

A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom by Matt Sewell.

Books for Living: Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life by Will Schwalbe. In paperback.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. A tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil. Now in paperback.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan. The struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II. In paperback.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett. In paperback.

Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker. The inner life of the classroom is examined anew—mundane work­sheets, recess time-outs, surprise nosebleeds, rebellions, griefs, jealousies, minor triumphs, kindergarten show-and-tell, daily lessons on everything from geology to metal tech to the Holocaust—as he and his pupils struggle to find ways to get through the day. Baker is one of the most inventive and remarkable writers of our time, and Substitute, filled with humor, honesty, and empathy, may be his most impressive work of nonfiction yet. In paperback. .

For young readers  When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin.
A National Book Award Finalist
This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is now available in paperback! .

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens. In paperback..

Turbo Twenty-Three: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich. In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts.
                  The next one: Hardcore Twenty-Four is coming November 14, 2017.

El Paso: A Novel by Winston Groom. This sweeping American epic is replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight. It becomes an indelible portrait of the American Southwest in the waning days of the frontier. In paperback..

Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith.
*Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize*
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa. Now in paperback.

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick. This enthralling history of time travel—a concept that has preoccupied physicists and storytellers over the course of the last century. In paperback.

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker. In paperback. September 5, 2017.

Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry. A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry. In paperback.

Enemy of the State: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. Rapp finds himself alone and targeted by a country that is supposed to be one of America’s closest allies.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The best selling book that shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end. Finally in paperback.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. The revelatory and wildly bestselling memoir by the legendary rock star is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This book is a “a virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band's famous four-hour concerts: Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more” (NPR). in paperback.

August 29, 2017:

Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny. When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead.
In her latest utterly gripping book, the bestselling author shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A court that supersedes all others. New [8/19/17] review in The Seattle Times.

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud. In her first novel since The Woman Upstairs, Messud follows two childhood friends, Julia and Cassie, in their hometown of Royston, Mass. But after Cassie makes a life-threatening journey and damages their relationship, the two drift apart. A bracing, hypnotic coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends. Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, this gets to the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey. In the third of this comic-style series for middle graders, the eponymous hero is half-dog, half-man. Plus he’s a cop, whose nemesis is a cat criminal named Petey. On a more existential level, Dog Man has to wrestle with his baser canine instincts (like the desire to tinkle on the carpet) as he battles crime. Internal 10-year-old of all kinds of adults may find Pilkey’s blend of complete absurdity, wordplay, and pee references hilarious!

Guinness World Records 2018: Meet our Real-Life Superheroes by Guinness World Records. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features.
From science to showbiz via stunts and sports, there are real-life heroes all around us in all shapes and sizes, achieving the extraordinary every day.

Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles. A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It’s a road trip full of surprises.

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre. In paperback.

for young readers  Moo: A Novel by Sharon Creech. Following one family's momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we're open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. In paperback.


Upcoming Releases.

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King and Owen King. In this spectacular father/son collaboration, the authors tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, this is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today. September 26, 2017.

For young readers  Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, illus. by Charles Santoso. Newbery Medalist Applegate (The One and Only Ivan) movingly explores the way that prejudice affects a neighborhood after a Muslim family moves in. The novel unfolds through the memorable voice of a character with real perspective on the area: an oak tree that has been around for more than 200 years. September 26, 2017.

The Power by Naomi Alderman.
What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
This is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
The world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. October 10, 2017.

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science.
Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different. October 17, 2017.

The Book of Dust : Volume 1 by Philip Pullman. The much-anticipated new work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last! He returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. October 19, 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.

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?
Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher. November 7, 2017.

Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir. The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon. November 14, 2017.

Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich. As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events? November 14, 2017

The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson. Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? November 20, 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.


September 17, 2017. Indian culture adds spice to Bharti Kirchner’s new Seattle mystery series, beginning with Season of Sacrifice. The new article/review here.  




September 16, 2017. Crime-fiction roundup: Two great female detectives — and a call for help. The column here.




September 15, 2017. Joyce Maynard, Jamie Ford, Marie Lu among author appearances this week. The list here.




September 10, 2017. A grand, fluid dive into the exploration of "Tides."  Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White and Peter Matthiessen offers a grand mix of science history, ocean lore and literary travel writing. Lovely review in The Seattle Times.



September 7, 2017. Want to feel connected? There’s a book for that.
Books “make people who are not like us more human,” says Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation [presenter of the National Book Award]. She grew up loving books and their ability to make readers more empathetic to unfamiliar ideas and characters, even when all the reading is done in our bedrooms by ourselves. Lucas gives us her Brief but Spectacular take on how books can connect us to one another. On The PBS NewsHour.


September 7, 2017. LitLife column. The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 by Richard White.
The Stanford historian, a former star teacher and scholar at the University of Washington, has completed a 10-year odyssey: a history of the United States during 30 tumultuous 19th-century years, from Reconstruction to the Gilded Age. Book published September 1, 2017. The column here.



September 9, 2017.  New science fiction/fantasy novels to read in September.
Visit a trio of different worlds in books by Maggie Shen King, Ann Leckie and Marie Lu. The column here.


August 31, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. John le Carre fans, take note: Smiley’s still in the spy game. More than 50 years after making his literary debut, le Carré’s beloved character returns in a new novel: A Legacy of Spies. The column here.



August 30, 2017. NPR’s Ann Powers talks new book, music and her Seattle roots.
Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music was piblished August 15, 2017. See the column here.



August 29, 2017. Kevin Kwan: Americans will embrace Crazy Rich Asians movie. The column here.



August 24, 2017. With Y is for Yesterday, Sue Grafton prepares for the alphabet series’ end.  A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and the final book  Z Is for Zero, will be out in 2019. The column here.



August 10, 2017.  King Felix — and his masterful changeup — gets the royal treatment. In his new book, Off Speed, Terry McDermott explores pitching, Felix Hernandez’s 2012 perfect game and life — one pitch, and one inning (or chapter) at a time. An article and an exerpt in Pacific NW Magazine.

Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott published May 16, 2017.




August 7, 2017. Ted Chiang, Annie Proulx, Lindy West among Washington State Book Awards finalists. The Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for this year's Washington State Book Awards, which honors books published in 2016 by Washington authors. The article here.




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...




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.

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 premiered on April 26, 2017.

New [4/26/17] review here. "... a terrifying story of a future that looks like the past. The Hulu series, based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and scary as hell."

Future release dates ...

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.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The classic mystery tells the tale of a murder on a train under investigation by detective Hercule Poirot. This new adaptation will star Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Star Wars: The Force Awaken breakout actress Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November 22, 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.

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. TBA 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.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Director: Richard Linklater; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup. TBA.

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.



September16, 2017. The National Book Foundation has released the long lists for the 2017 National Book Awards.
The lists will be narrowed to five on October 4, 2017. And winners will be announced at a dinner ceremony in Manhattan on November 15, 2017.
All the long lists here.

September 7, 2017. The executive director of the National Book Foundation has a great "Brief but Spectacular" take on how books can connect us to one another on the PBS NewsHour. Here. Want to feel connected? There’s a book for that.



September 13, 2017. The Man Booker Prize 2017 Short List announced. Visit the ManBooker website for all kinds of information. Winner announced October 17, 2017.

  • 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US)
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US)
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK)
  • Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US)
  • Autumn by Ali Smith (UK)




August 7, 2017. The Washington State Book Awards: Ted Chiang, Annie Proulx, Lindy West among Washington State Book Awards finalists. The Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for this year's Washington State Book Awards, which honors books published in 2016 by Washington authors. The article here. The entire list of finalists here.

Winners will be announced at the Washington State Book Awards ceremony and reception held on October 14, 2017.

A partial list here:

The Solace of Monsters by Laurie Blauner, of Seattle
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Barkskins by Annie Proulx, of Carnation
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, of Seattle
Daredevils by Shawn Vestal, of Spokane

History/General Nonfiction
The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan, of Seattle
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson, of Seattle
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders, of Seattle
Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild by Adrienne Ross Scanlan, of Seattle
Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge by Margaret Willson, of Seattle




June 15, 2017. Author Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Power.

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

 To be published in the United States October 10, 2017.

Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas and her fantastic imagination.”

The other short-listed finalists were:

  • Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
  • First Love by Gwendoline Riley
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

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



April 27, 2017. Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the winners of the
2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards
, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.
A few highlights:

  • Best Novel: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. [also staff recommended]
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry.
  • Best Paperback Original: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty.
  • Best Fact Crime:  The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale
  • Best Critical/Biography: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

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



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.




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!





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 2017-18 season announced:

The Literary Arts Series presents original talks by six outstanding authors whose works range from multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social commentaries and biographies. 

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Ron Chernow.  A new biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Isabel Allende. With her new novel In the Midst of Winter.
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn Ward.
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson Whitehead.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman and David Simon.
  • Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.

2017 - 2018 Season Schedules announced for all of the series: The Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves; Latest Works and Literary Delights.

For the complete schedules, more information about all of 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.

Visit the web site for scheduled events.



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

  • October 14, 2017. Saturday at 7 pm. 2017 Washington State Book Awards.
    At the Central Library. Celebrate the literature and incredible authors of Washington at this year's Washington State Book Awards! Free and open to the public.

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.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Mainstage Season:

  • September 13–October 15, 2017. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.

  • February 7–April 2, 2018. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
    A theatrical culinary collaboration with Café Nordo in Pioneer Square.

  • April 19–May 6, 2018. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz.

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

  • April 6 - 29, 2018. Kiss Me, Kate. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary! Kiss Me, Kate is the multi-Tony Award®-winning Cole Porter masterpiece that set the standard for great musicals and then broke the mold. A play-within-a-play inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,

  • June 1 – 24, 2018. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
    A glorious retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, this powerful tale of love, faith and prejudice will leave you utterly spellbound. Its lush, beautiful score is unlike anything in musical theater today, featuring songs from the Disney animated feature and new music from legendary composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Immerse yourself in the power and glory of rapturous music; melt with the passion of a magnificent story.

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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