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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

October 17, 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.

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound by David M. Buerge. This is the first thorough historical account of Chief Seattle and his times--the story of a half-century of tremendous flux, turmoil, and violence, during which a native American war leader became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful hybrid racial community.

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly. A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys that preceded it, and of his colorful and inspirational formative years.

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee. The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. A new page-turning mystery about science, faith, love and belonging, set in a friendly desert community where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life. Welcome to Night Vale…

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks. A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan. The bestselling author shares her life as a writer, her traumatic childhood, and the connection between fiction and emotional memory.

Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump by David Neiwert. The story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States, this is the product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of American society.

The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too! by Bryant Johnson. A fun, fully illustrated exercise book that details Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workout, written by her trainer.

Killing Season: A Thriller by Faye Kellerman. An electrifying novel of suspense as a young man's investigation into his sister's death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer. He went searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him.

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines. The most important step is taking the first one. The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert. Long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. The perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business but more importantly in life.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe. This book tells Joni Mitchell’s story, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell and her friends, as well as analyses of her well-known lyrics, their imagery and style, and what they say about the woman herself.

The Rain in Portugal: Poems by Billy Collins. The twelfth collection of poetry offering over fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.” In paperback.

House of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery by Nicola Cornick. The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, deceit and destiny… In paperback.

The Patriots: A Novel by Sana Krasikov. A sweeping multigenerational novel about idealism, betrayal, and family secrets set in the U.S. and Russia, from one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. In paperback.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith.
Named a Top Ten Science Book of Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly
The distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being―how nature became aware of itself.
By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, the author casts crucial new light on the octopus mind―and on our own. Now in paperback.

October 10, 2017:

The Power by Naomi Alderman.
WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
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.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. In this delightful prequel to Practical Magic, three siblings discover both the power and curse of their magic. This novel is a coming-of-age tale replete with magic and historical references to the early witch trials. The spellbinding story, focusing on the strength of family bonds through joy and sorrow, will appeal to a broad range of readers. Fans of Practical Magic will be bewitched.

Grant by Ron Chernow. The Pulitzer Prize winner returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.

For teen readers  Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. In this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship, sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son.

Children of the Fleet (Fleet School) by Orson Scott Card. From the award-winning and bestselling author of Ender's Game, comes his first solo Enderverse novel in years. This is a new angle on the series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender’s Shadow series.

For little kids   The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen. The great author/illustrator duo is back with a book about making the best of a bad situation. After a mouse gets swallowed by a wolf, he finds a duck already in there, living the good life. There isn’t much of a view, but with records to listen to and wine to drink, what’s not to like?

For teen readers  Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi. This intense and violent follow-up to Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities finds Tool—a powerful “augment” made from animal and human DNA—finally in control of the Drowned Cities. Bacigalupi’s environmentally ravaged world remains both richly described and terrifying, his characters diverse and complex. Through Tool, he explores free will and the consequences of humans playing at being gods. Not unlike the previous books, this amounts to a bloody, brutal race to survive, and is well worth the wait.

The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests by Chris Smith and Jon Stewart. Now in paperback.

October 3, 2017:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Anna, sole provider for her mother and her severely disabled sister, meets a man who may hold clues to her father’s disappearance.

Origin by Dan Brown. The author of The Da Vinci Code brings back Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology. The adventure begins at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and what is supposed to be the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.”

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The 2016 National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me offers essays that look back at the Obama era, and forward to what’s coming next.

The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow. The novel centers on a young musicologist trying to find the missing pieces of a sonata divided and lost in Nazi-invaded Prague. New [10/7/17] review in The  Seattle Times.

The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People by Dan Buettner and Ed Diener. The surprising secrets of what makes the world's happiest places—and shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.

Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. A collection of over 110 recipes for sweets, baked goods, and confections from superstar chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

The Myrtlewood Cookbook: Pacific Northwest Home Cooking by Andrew Barton and Peter Schweitzer. Experience beautiful home cooking that takes its cues from the kitchen gardens and forest harvests of the Pacific Northwest. 100 recipes that amplify the tastes, colors, and textures of summer tomatoes, fall mushrooms, winter roots, and spring greens.

For young readers  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. Now he faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?

For little kids  Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown and Loren Long. A never-before-published picture book from the bestselling author of Goodnight Moon, brought to life by the bestselling illustrator Loren Long.
When the sun comes up and the day begins, the little bunny says good day to all the familiar things outside. To the birds in the skies and the bees in their hives, to everything one by one. And as the sun starts to set, it’s time for the little bunny to say goodnight.

The Sleepwalker: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian. The bestselling author's most spine-tingling novel yet--the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed one night and the daughter determined to find her. In paperback.

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy. Final words and heartfelt remembrances from the bestselling author take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends. In paperback.

Felicity: Poems by Mary Oliver. The Pulitzer Prize winner celebrates love in her new collection of poems. In paperback.

Absolutely on Music: Conversations by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa. A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In paperback.

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird. The true story for fans of the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, this page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen—a Victoria for our times. In paperback.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley. Hailed as “a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes” by The Boston Globe, Flavia de Luce returns in a much anticipated new Christmas mystery. In paperback.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham. In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things by Peter Zheutlin. Now in paper.

September 26, 2017:

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.

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.

Complete Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. Here for the first time is the complete short fiction of one of the twentieth century's foremost imaginative geniuses. These ninety-eight stories were written from 1941 to 2007.

Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One by Alison Weir. In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s medieval queens to life.

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben. The big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in a powerful new thriller.

Sleep Like a Baby: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery by Charlaine Harris. In this latest installment Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle -- who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia? This heart-pounding and exciting next installment of the Aurora Teagarden series will leave fans happy and hungry for more.

Neverwhere: Illustrated Edition by Neil Gaiman.
Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time
The bestselling author’s dark classic of modern fantasy, beautifully illustrated for the first time by award-winning artist Chris Riddell, and featuring the author’s preferred text.

Provenance by Ann Leckie. Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel. From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel--a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time.

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella and Greg Shaw. About individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives.

The Art of Flora Forager by Bridget Beth Collins. Flora Forager creates images out of flower petals, leaves, stones, twigs, and other natural materials that she finds in her garden and in urban wild areas in her neighborhood. This intimate, lovely book collects her best pieces, including new, exclusive art, along with a peek into her unique creative process.

The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli. For Alex Guarnaschelli—whose mother edited the seminal edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century—a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished chef and author in her own right (and mom to a young daughter), Alex pens a cookbook for the way we eat today. This is an all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails.

My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the Lines by Rachel Yang and Jess Thomson. From James Beard Best Chef-nominee Rachel Yang, this is a cookbook with 75 recipes based on her deeply comforting Korean fusion cuisine, inspired by cultures from around the world.

Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self by Moorea Seal. From the author of the blockbuster hit journals The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness, comes a book to help you design your space to discover what is really important to you and express the creativity and style you already have!

Bloom County: Brand Spanking New Day by Berkeley Breathed. The blowhard-skewering saga continues, with all-new, never-before-printed strips featuring everyone's favorite penguin and all the other quirky denizens of the magical land called Bloom County.

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith. A suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. In paperback..

The Snowman : A Harry Hole Novel by Jo Nesbo. Inspector Harry Hole tracks a Norwegian serial killer in this installment of the bestselling series. A new edition in paperback to tie-in with the movie coming October 20, 2017, starring Michael Fassbender.

 



Upcoming Releases.

Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. More than 20 years after the release of The Golden Compass, Pullman returns to his world of dust and daemons in a novel set 10 years before the His Dark Materials books. First in a trilogy, the story will again focus on Lyra Belacqua though, as Pullman has said, “It’s not a sequel, and it’s not a prequel, it’s an equal.” October 19, 2017.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by British Library.
As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this book uncovering thousands of years of magical history.
Carefully curated by the British Library and full of extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. October 20, 2017.

For young readers  The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis. Meloy and Ellis’s first literary collaboration since Wildwood Emporium introduces Charlie Fisher, a boy who gets drawn into a world of young pickpockets and thieves—suddenly his life is far more exciting (and dangerous) than he ever imagined. October 24, 2017.

Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin. A revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon, by the bestselling rock biographer. In paperback. October 24, 2017

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks. Sacks, a larger-than-life figure in the field of neurology, was working on two manuscripts when he died in 2015. This essay collection, which contains two previously unpublished pieces, revolves around core concepts in understanding the human condition and sees Sacks engaging with evolution, creativity, memory, and much more. October 24, 2017.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman.
Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery. This collection presents more than one hundred impossible-to-resist recipes—almost all of them brand-new, plus a few favorites from her website—that will make you want to stop what you’re doing right now and cook. These are real recipes for real people—people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavor or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about. October 24, 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.

Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis. Davis’s candid, energetic book reveals the life of the woman who’s arguably one of rock’s greatest singer-songwriters. November 21, 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.

 

 

October 14, 2017. Five new crime fiction novels for early-fall reading: spies, arson and pre-hipster Ballard. The column here.

 

 


 

October 12, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Column. Seattle author David Neiwert’s Alt-America is the result of years of watching, researching and reporting. The column here.

 


 

October 7, 2017. Did you love "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You’ve Got Mail?" Then this new book is for you. I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy by Erin Carlson.
A new review in The Seattle Times.

 

 


 

October 6, 2017. Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America is a collection of 23 essays designed to explain, inspire and unite. And an evening of talk in Seattle, 7:30 p.m. October 10, 2017. The article here.

 



 

October 6, 2017. Art Garfunkel, Masha Gessen and actor Bruce Campbell among authors in town this week. The column here.

 


 

October 5, 2017. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, who wrote about her experiences in the last election in her new memoir “What Happened,” will be in Seattle at Elliott Bay Book Co. on December 12 at noon. More info here.

 


 

October 5, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist who in The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and other novels captured memory’s lasting pain and dangerous illusions in precise and elegant prose, won the Nobel Literature Prize. The article here.

 



 

September 28, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
Seattle author Blaine Harden has become an expert on North Korea, a country shackled by a tragic past and a fraught present. He’s written about a harrowing escape from a North Korean labor camp (Escape from Camp 14) and a North Korean pilot who flew a MiG-15 Soviet jet out of North Korea and into the hands of the Americans (The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot). But the true story he tells in his third book, King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea, may be the strangest of the three. The column here.

 

 




September 28, 2017. From historical fiction to thriller to novella to novel of manners, here are some recently published books that create worlds you might want to lose yourself in. The column here.

 

 


 

September 24, 2017. The young adult novel The Hate U Give tells the story of a teenager whose childhood friend is shot and killed by a police officer. In the book, now a finalist for a National Book Award and Kirkus Prize, author Angie Thomas addresses difficult topics including race relations, police violence and racial stereotypes. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with Thomas. The interview here.

 


 

September 19, 2017. Jesmyn Ward’s ghostly Sing, Unburied, Sing and Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed novel about refugees Exit West are among the finalists for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize. The article 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.

 



 

 


 




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...

 


Current...

Goodbye Christopher Robin: A. A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh by Ann Thwaite.
A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne, drawn from Ann Thwaite’s Whitbread Award-winning biography of A. A. Milne. In limited US release October 13, 2017.

Future release dates ...

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. Starring Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear. Scheduled for release October 20, 2017.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. Detective Harry Hole, the hard-boiled detective created by the Norwegian crime novelist, investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Starring Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons. Scheduled for release October 20, 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, Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November 10, 2017.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Based on the bestselling young readers' novel, this tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Starring Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson. In theaters November 17, 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.

 

 


October 17, 2017. George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary award.

The announcement in the Washington Post here.
Visit the ManBooker 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:

  • Fiction
    Daredevils by Shawn Vestal, of Spokane
  • Poetry
    My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy, of Seattle
  • Biography/Memoir
    An Earlier Life by Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
  • History/General Nonfiction
    Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson, of Seattle

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 to 8)
    Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
  • Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
    Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)
    Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle

The Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the award, current and past winners and nominees, here.

 

 


 

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 Ishiguro."
Article in The Seattle Times.

The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro celebrated. The SeattleTimes article here.

 


 

October 4, 2017. The National Book Foundation has released the list of finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards.
The winners will be announced at a dinner ceremony in Manhattan on November 15, 2017.
All the long lists and finalists 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.

Fiction Finalists:

  • Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing
  • Lisa Ko, The Leavers
  • Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
  • Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

 

 




 

 


 

 

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.

 



 



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.

  • November 29 - December 30, 2017. Howl's Moving Castle, a new musical.
    We're bringing magic, adventure, and inspiration this holiday season with Howl’s Moving Castle, a new musical based on an original book by Diana Wynne Jones. Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt will adapt and direct and local actor Justin Huertas will write music and lyrics.
    When Sophie (Sara Porkalob) unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself transformed into an old woman. To break the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the heartless wizard Howl before facing the Witch head-on. Recommended for ages 10+.

  • February 8–April 1, 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.
    Book-It presents a Young Audiences New York adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco of “American Crime” fame, this production shows the importance of facing fear with love.




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



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