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.
January 16, 2018:
Iron Gold: Book 4 of the Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown.
In the epic next chapter of the Red Rising Saga, the bestselling author pushes the boundaries
of one of the boldest series in fiction.
A decade ago Darrow
was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the
chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything:
Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he
must risk all he has fought for on one last desperate mission.
Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save
Red Clocks: A Novel by
Leni Zumas. Like
Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid’s Tale, the Portland author's
new book describes a future both frightening and all too
possible. New [1/14/18] review in
The Seattle Times.
The Girls in the Picture:
A Novel by Melanie Benjamin. From
the bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth
Avenue, comes a fascinating novel of the friendship and
creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female
legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford.
Munich: A Novel by
Robert Harris. From the internationally best-selling author of
Fatherland--a new spy thriller about
treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the
backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938.
It's Even Worse Than You
Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
by David Cay Johnston. The bestselling
author and longtime Trump observer shines a light on the
political termites who have infested our government under the
Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising
our jobs, safety, finances, and more.
The Girl at the Baggage
Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by
Gish Jen. As East and West become more
and more entwined, we also continue to baffle one another. As
engaging as it is fascinating, this is a book that profoundly
transforms our understanding of ourselves and our time. In
Other People: Takes &
Mistakes by David Shields. This is something of a revelation:
seventy-plus essays that form neither a miscellany nor a memoir
but an intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching
investigation of otherness. In paperback.
The Last Days of New Paris
by China Miéville. A thriller of
war that never was—of survival in an impossible city—of surreal
cataclysm. In this book, the award-winning author entwines true
historical events and people with his daring, uniquely
imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into
something new. Now in paperback.
The Largesse of the Sea
Maiden by Denis Johnson. The
second story collection from the late Johnson (Jesus'
Son) is a masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing
Everything Here Is Beautiful
by Mira T. Lee. This debut novel is
getting a lot of early attention; it’s the story of two very
different sisters and their unshakable bond, even as their
separate lives take them to faraway countries.
January 9, 2018:
The Immortalists by
Chloe Benjamin. If you knew the date of
your death, how would you live your life? A sweeping debut novel
of remarkable ambition and depth, it probes the line between
destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the
next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the
nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.
Great new [1/4/18]
review in The Seattle Times. Fascinating
interview on npr.
Two Girls Down by
Louisa Luna. When two young sisters
disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania
town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter,
Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a
local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts
and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the
help of a disgraced former cop and she will not be denied.
Winter: A Novel by
Ali Smith. The second novel in the Man
Booker Prize–nominated author’s Seasonal cycle; the
much-anticipated follow-up to Autumn.
When four people, strangers and family, converge on a
fifteen-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas, will there be
enough room for everyone?
This novel casts a warm, wise,
merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story
rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the
evergreens, art and love.
The Black Painting: A
Novel by Neil Olson. An old-money
East Coast family faces the suspicious death of its patriarch
and the unsolved theft of a Goya painting rumored to be cursed.
The Chalk Man: A Novel
J. Tudor. A riveting and relentlessly compelling
psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a
childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers
guessing right up to the shocking ending.
Gnomon: A novel by
Nick Harkaway. From the widely acclaimed author of
The Gone-Away World, comes a virtuosic new novel set in a near-future,
high-tech surveillance state, that is equal parts dark comedy,
gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle.
review on npr [1/7/18]. A Best Science Fiction Book of 2017 -- The Guardian.
Fools and Mortals: A Novel
by Bernard Cornwell. The bestselling
author makes a dramatic departure with this enthralling,
action-packed standalone novel that tells the story of the first
production of A Midsummer Night's Dream—as related by William
Shakespeare’s estranged younger brother.
Peculiar Ground by
Lucy Hughes-Hallett. An award-winning
biographer makes her fiction debut with this sprawling novel,
which encompasses three centuries in the life of an English
A Really Good Day: How
Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and
My Life by Ayelet Waldman. In
The Perfect Nanny: A Novel
by Leila Slimani. She has the keys to their
apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so
deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove
her. npr recommended: "She writes so
beautifully about these sort of intersections of race and class,
which are so prevalent whenever we talk about babysitting and
nannyhood and all of that world. And I - at the end of reading
this book, I was so devastated, but I really felt like I was
looking at the world through new eyes." In paperback.
Setting Free the Kites
by Alex George. A powerful story
of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship,
loss, and hope. The staff favorite now in paperback.
Ill Will: A Novel
by Dan Chaon. Two sensational unsolved
crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one
man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of
literary suspense from the National Book Award finalist. Now in
Midnight at the Bright
Ideas Bookstore: A Novel by Matthew Sullivan. When a
bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must
unravel the puzzle he left behind in this “intriguingly dark,
twisty” debut novel from an award-winning short
story writer, In paperback. January 9, 2018.
Beneath the Sugar Sky
(Wayward Children) by Seanan McGuire.
In this standalone contemporary fantasy, we return to
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.
At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced
fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.
January 2, 2018:
The Woman in the Window: A
Novel by A. J. Finn. A twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an
agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a
neighboring house. Staff recommended.
The Gentle Art of Swedish
Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a
Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta
Magnusson. A charming, practical, and unsentimental
approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny
joys that make up a long life.
Novel by James Lee Burke. His most
beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty,
atmospheric mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana.
New [1/2/18] review in
The Seattle Times.
The Better Brain Solution: How to Start
Now--at Any Age--to Reverse and Prevent Insulin Resistance of
the Brain, Sharpen Cognitive Function, and Avoid Memory Loss by
Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living
by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici.
The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living
and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
The Women in the Castle: A Novel by
Shattuck. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling
Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high
society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose
lives and fates become intertwined. Now in paperback.
Celine: A Novel by
Peter Heller. The latest for the staff
favorite author, in paperback.
The Music Shop: A Novel
Rachel Joyce. A love story and a journey
through music, the exquisite and perfectly pitched new novel
from the bestselling author of The Unlikely
Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
South and West: From a
Notebook by Joan Didion. Extended
excerpts from notebooks she kept in the 1970s. Now in paperback.
The Dry: A Novel by
Jane Harper. A small town hides big
secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by the
award-winning author. Staff recommended. Now in paperback.
The Most Dangerous Place
on Earth: A Novel by Lindsey Lee Johnson.
An unforgettable cast of characters is unleashed into a realm
known for its cruelty—the American high school—in this
captivating debut novel. Now in paperback.
The Girl Before: A Novel
by JP Delaney. An enthralling
psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good
fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a
kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception. In paperback.
The Wanderers by
Meg Howrey. A brilliantly inventive
novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission
to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real
and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them—and
their families—changed forever.
Stalling for Time: My
Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner.
The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs,
including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch
Davidians, in a memoir that serves as a basis for the upcoming
series Waco. Now in paperback.
My Russian Grandmother
and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir
by Meir Shalev and Evan Fallenberg. We meet Shalev’s amazing Grandma Tonia, who arrived in
Palestine by boat from Russia in 1923 and lived in a constant
state of battle with what she viewed as the family’s biggest
enemy in their new land: dirt. In paperback.
December 26, 2017:
The Hearts of Men: A Novel
by Nickolas Butler. An epic novel of
intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of
Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp—from the
bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs.
Now in paperback.
The Wanted: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by
Robert Crais. Investigator Elvis Cole
and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their
lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from the bestselling
Assassin's Fate: Book III of the Fitz and
the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb.
The stunning conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.
For young adult readers
Carve the Mark by
Veronica Roth. The first in a breathtaking new fantasy
series featuring an unusual friendship, an epic love story, and
a galaxy-sweeping adventure. Now in paperback.
For middle grade readers
Dog Man and Cat Kid: Dog man #4 by
Dav Pilkey. Hot diggity dog! Dog Man is
back -- and this time he's not alone. The heroic hound with a
real nose for justice now has a furry feline sidekick, and
together they have a mystery to sniff.
This Is How It Always Is:
A Novel by Laurie Frankel. This
is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up
This is how a family lives happily ever
after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.
how children change…and then change the world.
Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and
loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress,
and dreams of being a princess.
When he grows up, Claude
says, he wants to be a girl.
Rosie and Penn want Claude to be
whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready
to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping
Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.
This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations,
transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the
ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and
miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the
unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but
not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t
get to keep them forever.
In paperback. January 23, 2018.
The local author
Laurie Frankel discusses her book at The
Seattle Public Library, Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018.
More information at
The Wizard and the
Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to
Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C.
Mann. From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491
and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known
twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt,
whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the
environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the
twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow's world.
January 23, 2018.
Need to Know: A Novel
by Karen Cleveland. A debut novel.
Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar?
In pursuit of
a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, CIA analyst Vivian
Miller uncovers a dangerous secret that will threaten her job,
her family—and her life. On track for a much-needed promotion,
she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents,
seemingly normal people living in plain sight.
accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian
stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within
America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters
to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—is
Film rights sold to Universal Pictures for
Charlize Theron. January 23, 2018.
The Underground Railroad by
Colson Whitehead. The Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and countless other
award-winning novel now in paperback! Mr. Whitehead will be in town February 15, to
speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures.
More information about the event here. January 30, 2018.
Still Me: A Novel by
Jojo Moyes. A brand new book featuring her iconic heroine of
Before You and After You.
January 30, 2018.
The Monk of Mokha by
Eggers. A heart-pounding true story that weaves
together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday
Yemenis living through civil war and the courageous journey of a
young man--a Muslim and a U.S. citizen--following the most
American of dreams. January 30, 2018
The Great Alone by
Hannah. The latest from the Northwest
author: a novel about a family in crisis. A young father and POW
returns from Vietnam suffering from PTSD. The family, barely
making ends meet in 1974, moves from Seattle to the untamed
wilderness of Kaneq, Alaska, to claim a parcel of land left to
Ernt by a slain Army buddy. February 6, 2018.
Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa. The Nobel prizewinner’s latest novel is a tale of
gossip and politics set during a corrupt regime in Lima, Peru.
February 6, 2018.
American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
“Subtle, well-crafted and powerful”
reads the starred Kirkus Review of this contemporary novel,
about a couple facing the husband’s incarceration for a crime he
did not commit. February 6, 2018.
Lincoln in the Bardo: A
Novel by George Saunders. The
long-awaited first novel from the author of
Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story
featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an
unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead,
historical and invented. In paperback. Winner of the
2017 Man Booker Prize. Staff recommended.
February 6, 2018.
Down the River Unto the Sea by
Walter Mosley. The author of
the Easy Rawlins mystery series starts a new franchise here with a crime novel
featuring Joe King Oliver, a former NYPD detective turned
private Brooklyn investigator. February 20, 2018.
The Future of Humanity:
Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our
Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku.
author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of
astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a
stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to
traveling to distant galaxies. February 20, 2018.
Laura Lippman. A noirish crime novel that’s a
delicious homage to James M. Cain. Lippman
will speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures March 30 with her husband
David Simon, the Emmy-winning/screenwriter producer of “The
Wire.” February 20, 2018.
Winter Sisters by
Robin Oliveira. Another best-selling writer based in the Seattle
area; Oliveira sets her novels in the 19th century. Her latest,
set in 1879 New York and involving two missing little girls, is
getting early praise. February 27, 2018.
Speak No Evil by
Uzodinma Iweala. This PW-starred second
novel from the author of Beasts of No Nation
is set in Washington, D.C., as top student Niru’s life shifts
when his conservative Nigerian parents find out he’s queer.
March 6, 2018.
The Parking Lot Attendant
by Nafkote Tamirat. This debut is a
coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly knit
Ethiopian community who falls under the influence of a
charismatic hustler. The novel received a starred PW review.
March 13, 2018.
The Sparsholt Affair
by Alan Hollinghurst. PW starred this
family epic spanning the 1940s to the present. Hollinghurst is a
past winner of the Man Booker Prize. March 13, 2018.
The Sparsholt Affair by
Alan Hollinghurst. The Man Booker
Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty
returns with a novel beginning during the second World War and
ending in 2012; it is, as The Guardian
wrote in a rapturous review upon its British release, “about
gay life, about art, about family, but most of all it’s about
the remorseless passage of time.” March 20, 2018.
The Italian Teacher by
Rachman. Rachman’s best-selling The Imperfectionists took
place in the world of journalism; his new book explores the
world of art, focusing on a world-famous painter and his
struggling-artist son. March 20, 2018.
Charles Frazier. The National Book Award-winning
author of Cold Mountain returns to the Civil War period with a
novel based on the true story of Varina Howell Davis, the young
wife of the much-older Confederacy president Jefferson Davis.
April 2, 2018.
The Overstory: A
Novel by Richard Powers. Powers
won the National Book Award in 2006 for The
Echo Maker. This, his 12th
novel, tells of a group of people mysteriously brought together
to save the continent’s few acres of forest. April 3, 2018.
The Female Persuasion by
Meg Wolitzer. For all of us who got happily lost in
The Interestings, Wolitzer returns with what’s said to be another
multilayered tale, this one focusing on women and power.
April 3, 2018.
The Norwegian author of the wildly popular Harry Hole
crime-fiction series tries his hand at Shakespeare, setting “the
Scottish play” in a 1970s industrial town, where a drug lord
named . Hecate tries to manipulate the violent, paranoid SWAT team
head, Inspector Macbeth. Ooh! April 10, 2018.
The Fates Divide : Carve
the Mark #2 by Veronica Roth.
April 10, 2018.
Madeline Miller. With unforgettably
vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning
suspense, this is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating
epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well
as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's
world. npr recommended: "this one I really
can't recommend highly enough..."
The whole review here. April 10, 2018.
You Think It, I’ll Say It by
Sittenfeld. We were charmed by Sittenfeld’s 2016 take on Jane
Austen, Eligible, now the author is back with her first collection of short stories. April 24,
Adjustment Day by
Chuck Palahniuk. Smug, geriatric
politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of
young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and
professors propound theories that offer students only the
bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates the
new, disunited states. May 1, 2018.
Michael Ondaatje. In Ondaatje’s first
work of fiction since 2011, it’s 1945 and 14-year-old Nathaniel
and his older sister, Rachel, stay behind in London when their
parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a
mysterious figure named the Moth. He might be a criminal, but
they are less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew
of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of
unspecified service during the war. May 8, 2018.
The Mars Room by
Rachel Kushner. It’s 2003 and Romy Hall
is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville
Women’s Correctional Facility, where she experiences the
absurdities of institutional living. From the author of
The Flamethrowers. May 8, 2018.
Shelter in Place by
Nora Roberts. Shooters arrive one
evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. The violence lasts
only eight minutes before the killers are taken down, but for
those who lived through it, the effects last forever. May 29,
Outline and Transit, this novel
completes Cusk’s trilogy: a woman writer visits a Europe in
flux, where questions of personal and political identity rise to
the surface. June 5. 2018.
There There by
Tommy Orange. In this debut novel, the
lives of a disparate cast of characters are altered at the Big
Oakland Powwow. June 5, 2018.
My Year of Rest and
Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.
The latest from the Man Booker finalist is about a young woman’s
efforts to duck the world by embarking on an extended
hibernation with the help of the worst psychiatrist in the
world. July 10, 2018.
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.
January 14, 2018.
Crime fiction: James Lee Burke’s
Robicheaux revisits the author’s best-known figure: Dave
Robicheaux, a Cajun sheriff’s deputy in Iberia Parish,
Great new review here.
January 12, 2018.
Nicole & Co. column. One of the most important American
writers today: Jesmyn Ward comes to
Seattle. Armed with two National Book Awards and a MacArthur
“Genius” Grant, author Jesmyn Ward will speak at Benaroya Hall
on January 17.
the column here.
January 11, 2018.
LitLife column. ‘Frankenstein’ turns
200: Mary Shelley’s horror story was published this month
in 1818. The genesis of “Frankenstein” began in 1816 when young
Mary Shelley and a group of illustrious writers sat around a
fireplace telling ghost stories...
The column here.
January 10, 2018. In remembrance of
Sue Grafton, who created memorable
detective Kinsey Millhone, and left a remarkable literary
A lovely column here.
January 6, 2018.
Women & Power
Links Today's Trolls With Ancient Ancestors.
Women & Power: A Manifesto by
Book published December 12, 2017.
December 30, 2017.
Books to look forward to in 2018. Some suggestions for
winter-to-spring fiction, as well as some older titles that
we’ll be seeing on-screen soon.
The column here.
December 14, 2017. Famed photographer
Annie Leibovitz shares the meaning of
her latest book of images and talks about using her portraits to
explore who we are. The great article in
The Seattle Times here.
December 13, 2017.
Caroline Fraser’s new biography of Laura
Ingalls Wilder takes a close look at fact vs. fiction in
the ‘Little House’ books. Prairie Fires: The
American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder published
November 21, 2017.
December 13, 2017.
Lit Life: Moira Macdonald Though we tend to read the
“Little House” books as autobiography, they are “heavily
fictionalized in many ways,” said Caroline Fraser, author of
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura
Ingalls Wilder, a fascinating new biography.
The article here.
December 7, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn, Lit Life
Columnist : favorite books of 2017.
The column here.
2017. Khizr Khan challenged Trump with a copy of the Constitution. Now
he’s telling his own story.
The column about the gold star family here.
December 4, 2017. "Eddie Izzard is a
comic genius" by Bill Gates.
Gates tells us why he likes the new memoir from Mr. Izzard, one
of his 5 favorite books of 2017.
about this book, here. His
entire list here.
Believe Me: A
Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by
December 4, 2017. “Reading is my
favorite way to indulge my curiosity,” Gates writes. “I still
think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest
you.” Here are 5 of Bill Gates’ favorite
books from 2017. The article in
The Seattle Times here, direct to
December 4, 2017. Nicole Brodeur /
Columnist. Q&A: Tom Hanks on Seattle,
his love of typewriters, and the free press.
November 30, 2017.
The year’s top 10 best books, selected by the
editors of The New York Times Book Review:
- Autumn by Ali Smith
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory
of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us by
- Grant by Ron Chernow
- Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black
America by James Forman Jr.
- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls
Wilder by Caroline Fraser
- Priestdaddy by
The editors' complete reviews of the books
November 25, 2017.
Nicole Brodeur / Column
An intimate peek into the
Obama White House by official photographer Pete
Souza, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.
Just published November 7, 2017.
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...
Future release dates ...
Horse Soldiers by
Doug Stanton, Based on this biography, the movie
"12 Strong" tells the tale of a chosen
group of Green Berets who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001,
terror attacks by deploying to Afghanistan, where their only
chance to take down the Taliban meant working with a known
warlord. The film stars Chris Hemsworth and is
due in theaters on January 19, 2018.
The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The Alienist
is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a
serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy
prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel
by Caleb Carr. TNT series premiering January 22, 2018. More
information here at
the TNT web site.
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI
Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner.
In paperback January 2, 2018. The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator
recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with
David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves
as a basis for the upcoming TV mini-series Waco, on Spike TV.
First episode scheduled to be aired January 24,
The Death Cure: The Maze Runner #3
by James Dashner. Dylan O'Brien reprises
his role as Thomas in the sequel to Maze Runner. The movie,
about Thomas' dangerous journey to find a cure for a fatal
disease known as the "Flare," also stars Giancarlo Esposito,
Dexter Darden and Rosa Salazar. It's scheduled to arrive
in theaters on January 26, 2018.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by
Beatrix Potter. Based on the children's
book series the animated adventure "Peter Rabbit" promises to be
seriously nostalgic. Featuring James Corden as the voice of said
bunny (who's trying his best to sneak some veggies from a nearby
farmer's garden), the film debuts in theaters
on February 9, 2018.
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:
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.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on 2014
novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), promises to
keep audiences (and readers) on the edge of their seats. The
film stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac and
Tessa Thompson in a riveting post-apocalyptic story about a
scientist's search for her missing husband and her encounter
with a mysterious force wreaking havoc on the world. In
theaters on February 23, 2018.
Red Sparrow by
James Matthews. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Russian
intelligence agent Dominika Egorova a trained Russian operative
who uses her sexuality to entice her targets -- but she finds
trouble when her first mission involving a CIA agent threatens
to risk more than she bargained for. The fast-paced thriller
arrives in theaters on March 2, 2018.
A Wrinkle in Time by
Madeleine L'Engle. The cinematic
masterpiece stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy
Kaling, Storm Reid, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis and tells
the story of a girl named Meg who's sent on a journey across the
universe with her friends to rescue her missing father. The
film arrives in theaters on March 9, 2018.
Ready Player One by
Ernest Cline. The post-apocalyptic tale
is set in 2045, when life is bleak. For many, their only sense
of purpose and excitement comes from their virtual reality
gaming systems. When one of the creators of a popular virtual
world dies, he leaves behind clues for other players to solve in
a race to inherit his fortune. 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. In theaters May 11, 2018.
Sharp Objects by
Gillian Flynn. This one has quite the pedigree: An
adaptation of a book by the author of Gone
Girl, directed by the director of “Big Little Lies”
(Jean-Marc Vallée), starring five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams
as a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover a violent
murder. It is set to air on HBO June 2018, 8
Crazy Rich Asians by
Kevin Kwan. This book, the first of a
wonderfully funny trilogy set among an ultrarich Singapore
family, is a treat; here’s hoping the movie — which stars
Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding — is every bit as
much fun. It’s in theaters August 17, 2018.
The Little Stranger by
Sarah Waters. A Gothic haunted-house
novel published in 2009, should make an awfully good movie...
Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling star.
In theaters August 31, 2018.
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
by James R. Hansen. Ryan Gosling is
starring based on the biography. The story explores what led up
to Neil's historic space mission in 1969, which made him one of
the most famous astronauts in the world. The historical drama
debuts in theaters on October 12, 2018.
The Jungle Book by
Rudyard Kipling. This go-round will star
Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch in a
depiction director Andy Serkis claims is "very truthful to the
original book. It doesn't shy away from its darkness." The
family drama is scheduled for release on
October 19, 2018.
The Bell Jar by
Sylvia Plath. Her only published novel, will be a
movie starring Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons. Directed by
Kirsten Dunst (who also co-wrote the screenplay). The story
follows a successful 19-year-old woman named Esther (played by
Dakota) who has a mental breakdown and struggles with severe
depression and thoughts of suicide. The haunting, emotional
drama is due in theaters sometime in 2018.
Between Shades of Gray by
Ruta Sepetys. The movie based on this YA
historical fiction novel will be called Ashes in the Snow. The
story, set in 1941, follows a young girl named Lina who, along
with her family, is forced to Siberia during Joseph Stalin's
reign of terror. In the cold and bleak wilderness, Lina relies
on her passion for art to keep record of the harrowing
experience. TBA 2018.
The Long Home by
William Gay. James Franco-directed and --starring film
about a young man who unwittingly begins working for the same
man who murdered his father. TBA 2018.
Bel Canto by Ann
Patchett. Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken
Watanabe star in the screen adaptation of the 2001 PEN/Faulkner
Award-winning novel, set during a hostage situation in a South
American country. TBA 2018.
The Hate U Give by
Angie Thomas. A YA novel about a black
teenage girl whose life is changed after she watches a cop shoot
her unarmed best friend, Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”)
and Regina Hall star in the film version TBA
The Girl Before by
J.P. Delaney. A woman falls for an
architect and gets an eerie premonition about his house, when
she finds out that another woman died there.
Director: Ron Howard. TBA.
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.
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.
Looking for Alaska by
John Green. Green's first young adult
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.
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.
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 
Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed
Little Children, based on the
novel. More info as it becomes available.
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.
January 9, 2018.
PNBA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Pacific
Northwest Book Awards. A volunteer Committee of
independent booksellers chose these six books from more than 400
nominated titles published in 2017.
- American War: A Novel by
Omar El Akkad [Portland, OR]
- The Book of Mistakes by
Corinna Luyken [Olympia, WA]
- Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in
Living Color by Chandler O'Leary and
Jessica Spring [Tacoma, WA]
- Idaho: A Novel by
Emily Ruskovich [Idaho City, ID]
- Tides: The Science and Spirit of the
Ocean by Jonathan White [Orcas
- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A
Memoir by Sherman Alexie [Seattle,
- Indie Spirit Honor:
Brian Doyle, 1956 - 2017 [Lake Oswego, OR]
More information about the winners, and links to all of the
lists for this year and previous years' awards,
November 15, 2017.
The 2017 National Book Awards have been announced.
The winners in each of the four categories:
- Young People’s Literature.
Far From the Tree by Robin
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists
November 10, 2017.
2018 Pacific Northwest Book Awards, Shortlist Announced.
From more than 400 nominations. The winners will be announced in
- All's Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson (Portland, OR)
For middle grade readers.
- American War: A Novel by
Omar El Akkad (Portland, OR) Adult
- The Book of Mistakes by
Corinna Luyken (Olympia, WA) A
picture book for little kids.
- Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in
Living Color by Chandler O'Leary and
Jessica Spring (Tacoma, WA) Adult non-fiction.
- The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi
Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness by
Barbara Johns (Seattle, WA) Art/Asian Studies/History
- Idaho: A Novel by
Emily Ruskovich (Idaho City, ID)
- Little Blue Chair by
Madeline Kloepper, Illustrator
(Prince George, BC) A picture book for little kids.
- The Selected Short Fiction of Ursula
K. Le Guin: Boxed Set: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal
and the Real by Ursula K. Le Guin
(Portland, OR) Adult fiction.
- Speed of Life by
J.M. Kelly (Gabriola Island, BC)
Fiction for young adult readers.
- This Is How It Always Is: A Novel
by Laurie Frankel (Seattle, WA)
- Tides: The Science and Spirit of the
Ocean by Jonathan White
(Orcas Island, WA) Adult science.
- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A
Memoir by Sherman Alexie
(Seattle, WA) Adult memoir.
October 17, 2017.
George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming
the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary
The announcement in the
Washington Post here.
Man Booker website for all kinds of information.
October 14, 2017. The
Washington Center for the Book announced
its annual Washington State Book Awards
honoring books published by Washington authors in 2016.
Books for adults:
Daredevils by Shawn Vestal,
My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy,
An Earlier Life by
Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
- History/General Nonfiction
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St.
Helens by Steve Olson, of
Books for youth:
- Picture Book
Thunder Boy Jr. written by
Sherman Alexie, of Seattle, and
illustrated by Yuyi Morales
- Books for Young Readers (ages 6
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9
Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13
Useless Bay by
M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle
Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the
award, current and past winners and nominees,
October 6, 2017. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017.
Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro
wins Nobel Literature Prize.
described as "a very interesting writer in many ways ... I would
say that if you mix Jane Austen — her comedy of manners and her
psychological insights — with Kafka, then I think you have
The Seattle Times.
The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro
The Seattle Times article here.
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
- The Dark Circle by Linda
- The Sport of Kings by C.E.
- First Love by Gwendoline
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine
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,
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
- Best Paperback Original:
Rain Dogs by
- Best Fact Crime: The
Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by
- Best Critical/Biography:
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by
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!
The Underground Railroad, by
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.
- In the Darkroom, by
- When Breath Becomes Air, by
the late Paul Kalanithi
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:
A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by
- PEN Open Book Award: For an
exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of
color published in 2016:
Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen
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
- Autobiography. Hope Jahren.
- Biography. Ruth Franklin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
- Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
- Fiction. Louise Erdrich.
- The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize
which honors an author's first book in any genre:
Yaa Gyasi for
- The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award:
More information and all of the details available at the web
January 23, 2017.
American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award
- 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.
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:
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
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
The Literary Arts Series presents
original talks by outstanding authors whose works range from
multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social
commentaries and biographies.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn
Ward. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
- Thursday, January 25, 2018. Women
You Need to Know.
is a Seattle-based author, speaker, active feminist
and internet yeller. Oluo embodies a rare ability to be
straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of
sensitive and hyper-charged issues in America.
book, So You Want to Talk About Race
[January 16, 2018], is an accessible and actionable take on
the racial landscape in contemporary America, addressing
head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality,
intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter
movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge
the gap between people of color and white Americans
struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the
questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts
that continue to elude everyday white Americans.
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- Monday, March 5, 2018 7:30 pm.
SAL Presents Daniel Pink.
Daniel H. Pink is the author of
several provocative, bestselling books about business, work,
and behavior. His newest book is The
Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. The bestselling
author of Drive and To Sell Is Human,
unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you
flourish at work, at school, and at home.
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
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
more information and all scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- Thursday, January 18, 2018. 7 – 8:10 p.m.
Carmen Maria Machado discusses "Her
Body and Other Parties"
Summary: Join us to hear
Carmen Maria Machado read from her debut book, a
genre-bending collection of stories that have been
longlisted for the National Book Award.
- Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 7 - 8:15 p.m.
Laurie Frankel discusses 'This
Is How It Always Is'
Summary: Join us to celebrate
the paperback release of local author Laurie Frankel’s novel
about a family that is faced with new challenges when their
son Claude tells them that he wants to be a girl.
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
The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:
- 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.
the web site for the details and the complete schedule!
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.