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.
September 19, 2017:
The Good People by
for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, this
startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn
together to rescue child from a superstitious community in which
absolute belief and devoted love are in turn terrifying,
thrilling and moving.
The Ninth Hour: A Novel by
Alice McDermott. A powerfully affecting
story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter
and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in
The characters we meet are all rendered with
extraordinary sympathy and McDermott’s trademark lucidity and
The Best Kind of People:
A Novel by Zoe Whittall. A local
schoolteacher is arrested, leaving his family to wrestle with
the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about
loyalty, truth, and happiness.
For young readers and readers
young at heart Runny
Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook by
Shel Silverstein. A collection of 41
never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and
other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all
To Be Where You Are : A
Mitford Novel by Jan Karon. The
fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three
generations of Kavanaghs. After twelve years of wrestling with
the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he
doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one.
As for what it proves, heaven only knows.
Jan Karon weaves
together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh
families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world
now love like kin.
An Echo of Murder: A
William Monk Novel by Anne Perry.
In this riveting new William Monk novel, Anne Perry delves into
the diverse population of Victorian London, whose disparate
communities force Monk to rethink his investigative
techniques—lest he be caught in the crosshairs of violent
Reset: My Fight for
Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen
Pao. The story of a whistleblower who aims to empower
everyone struggling to be heard, in Silicon Valley and beyond.
The Scarred Woman : A
Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen.
The most captivating and suspenseful Department Q novel
yet—perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson.
Detective Carl Mørck
of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his
toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of
his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.
Moonglow: A Novel by
Michael Chabon. The Pulitzer
Prize-winning author delivers another literary masterpiece: a
novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential
adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us. In paper.
September 12, 2017:
Love and Other
Consolation Prizes: A Novel by Jamie
Ford. From the bestselling author comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true
story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic
1909 World’s Fair. His new novel is again set in a Seattle of
the past. Here are the true stories of some of these places,
which still stand today.
The column here. We have a few autographed
Forest Dark by
Nicole Krauss. The author of
The History of Love offers a novel of
metamorphosis and self-realization. In present-day Israel, two
visiting Americans—one a young wife, mother, and novelist, the
other an elderly philanthropist—experience existential crises
Everywhere by Celeste Ng. The
author draws inspiration from her high-school years for her
second novel which is a layered tale of mothers and daughters.
New [9/12/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
A Column of Fire: A Kingsbridge Novel
by Ken Follett. Follett has enthralled
millions of readers with The Pillars of the
Earth and World Without End.
His saga of the Middle Ages, set in the fictional city of
Kingsbridge, now continues with this magnificent new epic.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A
Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's
Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz.
Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant
hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice
for herself and others—even she has never been able to uncover
the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets
that might finally, fully explain her to herself. Now, when she
sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the
help the editor of the muckraking, investigative journal
Millennium. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist,
together, are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel
that takes on some of the most insidious problems facing the
world at this very moment.
Ranger Games: A Story of
Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime
by Ben Blum. Intricate, heartrending, and morally
urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no other. A good kid
just out of high school gets swept up into a plot to rob a bank.
Ben Blum tells Linda Wertheimer the true story of his cousin
Conversation with the author on npr [9/10/17].
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was
thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and
unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from
the constraints of running, she takes us inside the intense
personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for
president by a major party in an election marked by rage,
sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows,
stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an
opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal
memoir yet. HRC has recently been on
The PBS NewsHour and
The Rachel Maddow Show. [9/14/17]
Braving the Wilderness:
The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by
"True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It
requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist
has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that
bring meaning to our lives.
for young adult readers
Warcross by Marie
Lu. When a game called Warcross
takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its
dangerous depths. In this sci-fi thriller, the bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive,
exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the
biggest gamble of all.
National Geographic Field
Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by
Jonathan Alderfer and Jon
L. Dunn. Perfect for beginning to advanced birders, this
fully revised edition of the best-selling North American bird
field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market.
The Four Tendencies: The
Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your
Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by
An Odyssey: A Father, a
Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn.
From the award-winning memoirist and critic, comes a deeply moving tale of a father and son's
transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic
The Fix : Memory Man
series by David Baldacci. Now in
September 5, 2017:
The Golden House: A Novel by
Salman Rushdie. A modern American epic
set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current
American culture and politics, it also marks Rushdie’s
triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a
modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a
powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that
make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. New
[9/17/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
The Vietnam War: An Intimate History
by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns. This
lavishly illustrated companion volume to Ward and Burns’s latest
documentary miniseries features scores of interviews with key
figures of all levels in both the U.S. and Vietnam. More than 40
years after the war ended, Ward and Burns investigate how it
started and why it unfolded in the manner it did. New [9/8/17]
column about the new 10-part Ken Burns/PBS series,
Sing, Unburied, Sing by
Jesmyn Ward. When the father of Leonie’s
children is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a
friend into her car and sets out for Parchman farm, on a journey
rife with danger and promise. This mesmerizing, cathartic family
story is steeped in the painful legacy of American racism. New [9/10/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
"Ward tells the
story of three generations of a struggling Mississippi family in
this astonishing novel ... Their stories are deeply affecting,
in no small part because of Ward's brilliant writing and
compassionate eye." --Publishers Weekly, starred review.
A Legacy of Spies by
John le Carré. George Smiley returns in
this spy novel from the MWA Grand Master, though it’s Peter
Guillam, Smiley’s devoted assistant from MI6, who takes center
stage. New [9/6/17]
The Seattle Times. And a great
LitLife column by Mary Ann Gwinn from 8/31/17,
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by
John le Carré. In
this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive,
reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity
with which he imbues his novels. In paperback.
The Child Finder: A Novel by
Rene Denfeld. A haunting, richly
atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel about an investigator
who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.
Told in the alternating voices of the investigator and a deeply
imaginative child, this is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered
literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality
and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.
Deon Meyer. Nico Storm and his father drive a truck
filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are
among the few in the world, as far as they know, to have
survived a devastating virus that has swept over the planet.
Their lives turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb
marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his
father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy. Nico
undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this brand new
world, testing his loyalty to the limits.
readable,this is a gripping epic of humanity striving for a
noble vision against its basest impulses.
George and Lizzie: A Novel by
Nancy Pearl. From “America’s librarian”
and the NPR books commentator comes an emotionally
riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.
Great new [9/3/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
Miss Kopp's Midnight
Confessions: Kopp Sisters Novel #3 by Amy
Stewart. Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn
once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, this is a
spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of
historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike.
For young adult readers
Genuine Fraud by E.
Lockhart. Her 2014 YA novel, We Were
Liars, made waves with its twisty plot and narration, and
she unleashes even more trickery in this thriller. Centered on
the uneasy friendship between two teenage girls, the novel
essentially unfolds in reverse, and is no less gripping for it.
The Other Alcott by
Hooper. This debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold
story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in
her own right. Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up
longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord,
Massachusetts. May embarks on a quest to discover her own true
identity, as an artist and a woman.
We are thrilled to
welcome author Elise Hooper, and her debut novel, as our artist
for Third Thursday Art Walk, October 19, 2017 from 5 - 8pm.
For more information visit our Events page.
Browse: The World in Bookshops by
Henry Hitchings. A celebration of the
greatest kind of shop in the world, a dazzling collection of
original essays about the bookshop by fifteen bestselling
The World of Tomorrow by
Brendan Mathews. In this debut novel,
three Irish brothers, new immigrants, are caught up in a
whirlwind week of love, blackmail, and betrayal culminating in
an assassination plot, set in 1939 New York.
Great review on npr 9/3/17.
Proof of Life: A J. P. Beaumont
Novel by J.
A. Jance. J. P. Beaumont’s latest investigation strikes
too close to home in this riveting mystery from the bestselling
author. Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to
having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn’t
suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime
nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in
what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is
astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request
of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process
Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t
mean it’s over.
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a
Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters.
The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard
bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous
times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most
influential restaurant, Chez Panisse, the Berkeley restaurant
that opened in 1971 and established the farm-to-table movement.
Great review in
The New York Times.
Dinner at the Center of the Earth: A
Novel by Nathan Englander. A
political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex
relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.
Altered Traits: Science Reveals How
Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by
Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. The
bestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation
can really do for the brain.
At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New
York by Adam Gopnik.
From The New York Times best-selling author of
Paris to the Moon comes a memoir that
captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s.
A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild
Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom by
Books for Living: Some Thoughts on
Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life by
Will Schwalbe. In paperback.
The Wonder by
Emma Donoghue. A tale of two strangers who transform each
other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of
love pitted against evil. Now in paperback.
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by
Jennifer Ryan. The struggles, affairs,
deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of
Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by
Carol Burnett. In paperback.
Substitute: Going to School With a
by Nicholson Baker. The inner life of
the classroom is examined anew—mundane worksheets, recess
time-outs, surprise nosebleeds, rebellions, griefs, jealousies,
minor triumphs, kindergarten show-and-tell, daily lessons on
everything from geology to metal tech to the Holocaust—as he and
his pupils struggle to find ways to get through the day. Baker
is one of the most inventive and remarkable writers of our time,
and Substitute, filled with humor, honesty, and empathy, may be
his most impressive work of nonfiction yet. In paperback. .
For young readers
When the Sea Turned to Silver by
Book Award Finalist
This breathtaking, full-color illustrated
fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to
the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
is now available in paperback! .
The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of
the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens.
Turbo Twenty-Three: A Stephanie Plum
Novel by Janet Evanovich. In the
heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone
gets his just desserts.
The next one: Hardcore Twenty-Four
November 14, 2017.
El Paso: A Novel by
Winston Groom. This sweeping American
epic is replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an
unforgettable bullfight. It becomes an indelible portrait of the
American Southwest in the waning days of the frontier. In
Swing Time: A Novel by
*Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize*
An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London
to West Africa. Now in paperback.
Time Travel: A History by
James Gleick. This enthralling history
of time travel—a concept that has preoccupied physicists and
storytellers over the course of the last century. In paperback.
The Lion in the Living Room: How House
Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker.
In paperback. September 5, 2017.
Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends
His Homeland by Dave Barry. A
brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man
who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry. In
Enemy of the State: A Mitch Rapp Novel by
Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. Rapp finds
himself alone and targeted by a country that is supposed to be
one of America’s closest allies.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters
in the End by Atul
Gawande. The best selling book that shows how the
ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to
the very end. Finally in paperback.
Born to Run by Bruce
Springsteen. The revelatory and wildly
bestselling memoir by the legendary rock star is much
more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This book is a “a
virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of
Springsteen and the E Street Band's famous four-hour concerts:
Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike
depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more”
(NPR). in paperback.
August 29, 2017:
Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache
Novel by Louise Penny. When a
mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day,
Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first
curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands
unmoving, staring ahead.
In her latest utterly gripping book,
the bestselling author shatters the conventions of the crime
novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A
court that supersedes all others. New [8/19/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
The Burning Girl by
Claire Messud. In her first novel since
The Woman Upstairs, Messud follows
two childhood friends, Julia and Cassie, in their hometown of
Royston, Mass. But after Cassie makes a life-threatening journey
and damages their relationship, the two drift apart. A bracing,
hypnotic coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends.
Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, this gets to
the heart of these matters in an absolutely irresistible way.
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
by Dav Pilkey. In the third of this
comic-style series for middle graders, the eponymous hero is
half-dog, half-man. Plus he’s a cop, whose nemesis is a cat
criminal named Petey. On a more existential level, Dog Man has
to wrestle with his baser canine instincts (like the desire to
tinkle on the carpet) as he battles crime. Internal
10-year-old of all kinds of adults may find Pilkey’s blend of
complete absurdity, wordplay, and pee references hilarious!
Guinness World Records 2018: Meet our
Real-Life Superheroes by Guinness World
Records. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and
1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and
facts and dazzling new features.
From science to showbiz via
stunts and sports, there are real-life heroes all around us in
all shapes and sizes, achieving the extraordinary every day.
Quakeland: On the Road to
America's Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles.
A journey around the United States in search of the truth about
the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries,
unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that
will actually help guide us through disasters. It’s a road trip
full of surprises.
Rogue Heroes: The History
of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged
the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
by Ben Macintyre. In paperback.
for young readers
Moo: A Novel by
Sharon Creech. Following one family's momentous
move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops
between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. This uplifting tale reminds us that if
we're open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. In
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by
Stephen King and Owen King. In this
spectacular father/son collaboration, the authors tell the
highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women
disappeared from the world of men?
Set in a small Appalachian
town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, this is a
wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic collaboration that feels
particularly urgent and relevant today. September 26, 2017.
For young readers
Katherine Applegate, illus. by Charles
Santoso. Newbery Medalist Applegate
(The One and Only Ivan) movingly
explores the way that prejudice affects a neighborhood after a
Muslim family moves in. The novel unfolds through the memorable
voice of a character with real perspective on the area: an oak
tree that has been around for more than 200 years. September 26,
The Power by
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.
October 10, 2017.
Leonardo da Vinci by
Walter Isaacson. He was history’s most
creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Based on
thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new
discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative
that connects his art to his science.
Leonardo’s delight at
combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for
creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit:
illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted,
and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the
importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children,
not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to
be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era,
to think different. October 17, 2017.
The Book of Dust : Volume 1 by
Philip Pullman. The much-anticipated new
work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last! He
returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark
Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons,
alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. October 19,
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,
Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a
specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting --
and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of
links to articles about books.
September 17, 2017. Indian culture
adds spice to Bharti Kirchner’s new
Seattle mystery series, beginning with
Season of Sacrifice. The
new article/review here.
September 16, 2017.
Crime-fiction roundup: Two great female detectives — and
a call for help.
The column here.
September 15, 2017. Joyce Maynard, Jamie Ford, Marie Lu among
author appearances this week.
The list here.
September 10, 2017. A grand, fluid
dive into the exploration of "Tides."
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by
and Peter Matthiessen offers a grand mix of
science history, ocean lore and literary travel writing. Lovely
The Seattle Times.
September 7, 2017.
Want to feel connected? There’s a book for that.
“make people who are not like us more human,” says Lisa Lucas,
executive director of the National Book Foundation
[presenter of the National Book Award]. She grew up
loving books and their ability to make readers more empathetic
to unfamiliar ideas and characters, even when all the reading is
done in our bedrooms by ourselves. Lucas gives us her Brief but
Spectacular take on how books can connect us to one another. On
The PBS NewsHour.
September 7, 2017. LitLife column.
The Republic for Which It
Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded
Age, 1865-1896 by Richard White.
The Stanford historian, a
former star teacher and scholar at the University of Washington,
has completed a 10-year odyssey: a history of the United States
during 30 tumultuous 19th-century years, from Reconstruction to
the Gilded Age. Book published September 1, 2017. The
September 9, 2017.
New science fiction/fantasy novels to read in
Visit a trio of different worlds in books
by Maggie Shen King, Ann Leckie and Marie Lu. The
August 31, 2017.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
John le Carre fans, take note: Smiley’s still in the spy game.
More than 50 years after making his literary debut, le Carré’s
beloved character returns in a new novel: A
Legacy of Spies.
The column here.
August 30, 2017.
NPR’s Ann Powers talks new book, music and her Seattle
Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black
and White, Body and Soul in American Music was piblished
August 15, 2017.
See the column here.
August 29, 2017.
Kevin Kwan: Americans will embrace
Crazy Rich Asians movie.
The column here.
August 24, 2017. With
Y is for Yesterday,
Sue Grafton prepares for the alphabet series’ end.
A Is for Alibi was published in 1982
and the final book Z Is for Zero,
will be out in 2019.
The column here.
August 10, 2017. King Felix —
and his masterful changeup — gets the royal treatment. In his
new book, Off Speed,
Terry McDermott explores pitching, Felix Hernandez’s 2012
perfect game and life — one pitch, and one inning (or chapter)
at a time. An article and an exerpt in
Pacific NW Magazine.
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of
Deception by Terry McDermott
published May 16, 2017.
August 7, 2017. Ted Chiang, Annie Proulx, Lindy
West among Washington State Book Awards finalists. The
Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for
this year's Washington State Book Awards, which honors books
published in 2016 by Washington authors.
The article here.
Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...
It by Stephen King. In the small town of Derry, Maine, seven
children come face-to-face with life problems, bullies and a
monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. This
time around Bill Skarsgård is playing Pennywise. The
first trailer has been released.
Scheduled for release September 8, 2017.
Handmaid's Tale by
Margaret Atwood. Coming as a Hulu
original series. Adapted from the classic novel this is the
story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society
in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental
disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted
fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional
values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred
(Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one
of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last
desperate attempt to repopulate the world. Also starring Alexis
Bledel [Gilmore Girls] and Samira Wiley [Orange is the New
Black]. The 10-episode first season premiered
on April 26, 2017.
review here. "... a terrifying story of a future that
looks like the past. The Hulu series, based on the 1985 Margaret
Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a
work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and
scary as hell."
Future release dates ...
The Snowman by Jo
Nesbo. Detective Harry Hole, the hard-boiled detective
created by the Norwegian crime novelist, investigates the
disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped
around an ominous-looking snowman. Starring Michael Fassbender,
Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons. Scheduled for release October 13, 2017.
Murder on the Orient Express by
Agatha Christie. The classic mystery
tells the tale of a murder on a train under investigation by
detective Hercule Poirot. This new adaptation will star Johnny
Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Star Wars: The Force Awaken breakout
actress Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope
Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in
development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in
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.
The National Book Foundation has released the long lists
for the 2017 National Book Awards.
The lists will be
narrowed to five on October 4, 2017. And winners will be
announced at a dinner ceremony in Manhattan on November 15,
All the long lists here.
September 7, 2017. The executive director of the National Book
Foundation has a great "Brief but Spectacular" take on
how books can connect us to one another on the PBS NewsHour.
Here. Want to feel
connected? There’s a book for that.
September 13, 2017. The
Man Booker Prize 2017 Short List announced. Visit
ManBooker website for all kinds of information.
Winner announced October 17, 2017.
- 4 3 2 1 by
Paul Auster (US)
- History of Wolves by
Emily Fridlund (US)
- Exit West by
Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK)
- Elmet by
Fiona Mozley (UK)
- Lincoln in the Bardo by
George Saunders (US)
- Autumn by
Ali Smith (UK)
August 7, 2017. The
Washington State Book Awards: Ted Chiang, Annie Proulx, Lindy
West among Washington State Book Awards finalists. The
Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for
this year's Washington State Book Awards, which honors books
published in 2016 by Washington authors.
The article here. The
entire list of finalists here.
Winners will be announced at the Washington State
Book Awards ceremony and reception held on October 14, 2017.
A partial list here:
The Solace of Monsters by
Laurie Blauner, of Seattle
Stories of Your Life and Others by
Barkskins by Annie Proulx, of
Lovecraft Country by
Matt Ruff, of Seattle
Daredevils by Shawn
Vestal, of Spokane
Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan,
Eruption: The Untold Story of
Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson,
While the City Slept: A Love
Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness
by Eli Sanders, of Seattle
Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature
in the Urban Wild by Adrienne Ross
Scanlan, of Seattle
Iceland: Survival on the Edge by
Margaret Willson, of Seattle
June 15, 2017. Author
Naomi Alderman wins the
2017 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Power.
What would happen if women suddenly
possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable
place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family
pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true
nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl
from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and
flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating
effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can
cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist
of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative
fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us
on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our
own world in bold and surprising ways.
To be published in the
United States October 10, 2017.
Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The
judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated
this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to
Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas
and her fantastic imagination.”
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Stay With Me by
- 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
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
- To The Bright Edge Of The World
by Eowyn Ivey. Returning to the same
lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second
novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. An
absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure,
danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal
fear of the unknown.
- On Trails: An Exploration by
Robert Moor. In this excellent
debut, Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology,
adventure and reflection through the literal and
metaphorical trails that lead our lives.
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx. A sweeping saga spanning more than 700
pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two
families for generations as they attempt to tame their world
and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that
surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that
may be her best work yet.
- Marrow Island by
Alexis M. Smith. Marrow Island was
once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become
the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of
Lucie’s father. Addressing environmental issues, cult
behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island
is an original and riveting read.
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West. This brilliant book
will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring
empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist
woman in today's world. West uses humor as a gateway to grab
the attention of those who may not normally want to read a
"feminist book." A conversation starting read.
October 13, 2016. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016.
Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins the
Nobel in literature. The singer-songwriter was recognized
for "having created new poetic expressions within the great
American song tradition." Article in
The Seattle Times.
And for all kinds of "interesting" reactions, [pro and
con!] just Google it... fascinating!
Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.
Seattle Arts & Lectures 2017-18
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
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- 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
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.
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:
- 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
Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English
town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to
- 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.