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

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


Recent Releases

December 12, 2017:

16th Seduction : Women's Murder Club by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
Filled with the trademark suspense and emotion that have made Patterson a bestselling writer, this is the Women's Murder Club's toughest case yet--and an exhilarating thrill ride from start to finish. Now in paperback.

Signals: New and Selected Stories by Tim Gautreaux. Containing twelve new stories and nine classics from previous collections, this is Gautreaux at his best. In paperback.

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. A groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. In paperback.

December 5, 2017:

Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini. The bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker illuminates the fascinating life of the world’s first computer programmer Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have gone unsung for too long.

Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard. The final work from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, actor, and musician, drawn from his transformative last days.

Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) by James S. A. Corey. The seventh novel in the bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series.

The Roanoke Girls: A Novel by Amy Engel. This new novel shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart. In paperback.

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby. The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time, In paperback.

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe by Stephon Alexander. This will fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our universe, music, and life itself. Following the great minds that first drew the links between music and physics-a list including Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-- this book reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the 'Music of the Spheres,' taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in physics, Now in paperback.

The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig. Featuring 150 all new, Whole30-compliant recipes—all fast and easy to prepare.
Whether you’re doing your first Whole30 or your fifth, or just looking for some healthy, fast, and easy recipes to try, this collection is a must-have for any kitchen.

November 28, 2017:

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook, Gift Edition: 650 Recipes for Everything You'll Ever Want to Make by America's Test Kitchen. Part kitchen manual, part cookbook, this groundbreaking volume was the first of its kind to engineer recipes from the ground up for the two-person household.
We put our kitchen expertise to work to figure out how to scale down the trickiest dishes, from soups and stews to stir-fries and lasagnas--even cakes and pies. America's Test Kitchen takes out all the guesswork and delivers creative solutions for foolproof and delicious meals for two.

The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak. A love letter to the 1980s and to nerds everywhere—this will make you remember what it feels like to love someone—or something—for the first time. Now in paperback.

November 21, 2017:

For young readers  The Caldera: The Brotherband Chronicles #7 by John Flanagan. The Herons take to the high seas to fend off pirates and rescue the heir to an empire in the newest adventure from John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice!
Includes BONUS content--a brand-new Ranger's Apprentice short story featuring fan-favorites Will and Maddie!

The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg. An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them.

The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz. Jane continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to the staff recommended The Silent Corner.

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?

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.

For young readers  The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris and Lissy Marlin. From the award-winning actor comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton and Ken Gire. The most gripping, intimate, and inspiring account of Pearl Harbor. The first memoir ever published by a USS Arizona survivor. Now in paperback.

The Kid: A Novel by Ron Hansen. “A marvelous journey into both history and imagination…A perfectly compelling and fast-paced story” (San Francisco Chronicle) about an iconic American criminal of the old West: legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid. In paperback.


Upcoming Releases.

check back soon....




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.



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. 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 4, 2017. "Eddie Izzard is a comic genius" by Bill Gates.
Mr. Gates tells us why he likes the new memoir from Mr. Izzard, one of his 5 favorite books of 2017.
His notes about this book, here. His entire list here.
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard.


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 Mr. Gates' blog, here.



December 4, 2017. Nicole Brodeur / Columnist. Q&A: Tom Hanks on Seattle, his love of typewriters, and the free press. Column here.





December 3, 2017. Marion Rankine’s nonfiction work whimsically explores the history of the umbrella . Brolliology: A History of the Umbrella in Life and Literature, published November 7, 2017. The lovely review here.


December 2, 2017. Lucia Perillo’s poems described life, in all its savage beauty. The Northwest author, who died last year, left behind a collection of whip-smart, stylishly brilliant work. The column here.



December 1, 2017 Nicole Brodeur / Columnist. Neil Patrick Harris brings his love of magic to Seattle. Column here.



November 30, 2017. Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre presents its first full-scale musical: ‘Howl’s Moving Castle.’ With this produciton, Book-It Repertory Theatre takes on a host of challenges, from mounting a pop-rock musical to adapting source material dense with stagecraft-confounding magic. The column/review here.



November 30, 2017. And because who knew there was such a thing?! U.S. author Christopher Bollen wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize. Here.



November 29, 2017. Here are a half dozen books, new in paperback this season, that Seattle Times writers loved. The column here.




November 26, 2017. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. While not a work of magical realism per se, Allende’s 19th novel forthrightly embraces both harsh realities and whimsy, pleasure and pain in this buoyant adventure, a heartfelt story of resilience and respect that seems just the thing to help us through these darkest of days in our land of exiles. Published 10/31/17.  New review in the Seattle Times.


November 26, 2017. The year’s best crime fiction, Part 2: more notable books from various subgenres of crime fiction, here.


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.


November 25, 2017. The Martian author takes readers to the moon in Artemis. [published 11/14/17] Andy Weir knows how to make cutting-edge science sexy and relevant without losing the story. New review in The Seattle Times.




November 23, 2017. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young, just published November 14, 2017, New review in The Seattle Times.



November 19, 2017. Timely ‘Fable of Resistance’ involves global warming, Starbucks, beer.
Bill McKibben, known primarily as an environmentalist who writes for the layman, never lets his politics sour what is, at heart, a romp. Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance published November 7, 2017. The column/review here.


November 19, 2017. Mrs. Osmond continues Henry James’ 1881 masterpiece with vigor and style.
The Portrait of a Lady has been begging for a sequel for 136 years. Enter Man Booker Prizewinner John Banville, who audaciously picks up where Henry James left us hanging. The new review here.
Mrs. Osmond: A Novel by John Banvile, published November 7, 2017.



November 16, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. New biography of Chief Seattle is thorough, insightful and, at times, heartbreaking. David M. Buerge’s new biography is the result of 20 years of research about the man who gave our city its name: Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound. Published October 17, 2017. The LitLife column here.



November 12, 2017. Astronaut Scott Kelly details his extraordinary year aboard the International Space Station in his new book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, just published October 17, 2017. New, great, review in The Seattle Times.



November 12, 2017. 2017 crime-fiction roundup: Let’s begin with 4 notable thrillers. The column here.



November 8, 2017. New cycling guide offers epic Pacific Coast ride.
Cycling the Pacific Coast is new from Mountaineers Books and Seattle rider/writer Bill Thorness. Published 11/1/17.  New review in the Seattle Times here.


November 5, 2017. Who knew tracking wildlife would come so far?
Where the Animals Go — Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, published September 19, 2017.
It’s a lot of information packed in a short space, well laid out, easy to understand and a pleasure to return to many times. The column/review here.




November 3, 2017. Nicole Brodeur / Column. Ta-Nehisi Coates talks #MeToo, racism and our state of disunion. His new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, was published October 3, 2017. The column here.




November 1, 2017. Slow down by painting watercolors as you travel and explore. A new book by a Seattle artist documents Colors of the West and offers tips and techniques for aspiring watercolorists. The review 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.



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...



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.

Future release dates ...

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.

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.



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 Benway
  • Poetry. Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • Nonfiction. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Fiction. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists here.


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.





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 outstanding authors whose works range from multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social commentaries and biographies. 

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Isabel Allende. With her new novel In the Midst of Winter.
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn Ward. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winner
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson Whitehead.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman and David Simon.
  • Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winner

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.

  • November 13, 2017. Monday. 7:30pm. Matthew Weiner with Maria Semple.
    The creator of Mad Men debuts his thrilling first novel, Heather, the Totality.
  • November 15, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm. Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon. Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze.
  • November 19, 2017. Sunday. 6:00pm. Irene Skyriver and her memoir Paddling with Spirits.
  • December 7, 2017. Thursday. 6:30pm. Neil Patrick Harris. The Magic Misfits, the debut book in his newly premiering children’s series.

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.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
    A Panel on "Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name"
    At the Central Library.
    Summary: Join us for a discussion of Chief Seattle and his times. Panelists include Duwamish Tribal Chairperson Cecile Hansen, historian [and author] David Buerge, linguist Nile Thompson, and moderator David Brewster.
  • Friday, November 10, 2017. 7 – 8:40 p.m.
    Jeffrey Eugenides in Conversation with Mary Ann Gwinn at Seattle First Baptist Church.
    Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides will read from his first collection of short stories, "Fresh Complaint."
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
    Richard Rothstein discusses "The Color of the Law"
    At the Central Library.
    Summary: Join us to hear National Book Award finalist Rothstein discuss the laws and policies that promoted racial segregation in the past, and the discriminatory patterns that continue even today.
  • 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.

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:

  • 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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