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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

July 18, 2017:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly. Introducing Renée Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat, the night shift in Hollywood--also known as the Late Show.

Order to Kill: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. In a pulse-pounding race to save America, covert operative Mitch Rapp confronts a mortal threat. But this time he might have met his match.

Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean. The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. This is a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters. It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.
A ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we'd like to believe. In paperback.

July 11, 2017:

House of Spies: A Gabriel Allon Novel by Daniel Silva. The new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon. He is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais. Two lives intersect in aftermath of deadly apartheid protest. New [7/16/17] review in The Seattle Times.

Two Nights: A Novel by Kathy Reichs. A standalone thriller featuring a “tough-talking, scarred heroine” from the author of the Temperance Brennan series. Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . . .

Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls. Just in time for the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, former Seattleite Laura Dassow Walls’ biography revisits his works, letters, relationships, exploits, and contradictions. New [7/7/17] review in the Seattle Times.

God and Starbucks: An NBA Superstar's Journey Through Addiction and Recovery by Vin Baker and Joe Layden. An astonishing memoir of redemption—the moving story of a former top NBA player who miraculously rebounded from a monumental fall thanks to hard work and his deep, transformative faith. A wise and unflinching look at the real dangers of addiction and the importance of taking charge of your life with meaning and purpose. Mr. Baker played for the Seattle Supersonics 1997 - 2002.

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, and recently graduated from Harvard University, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship as a Teach for America volunteer in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas of one student and his remarkable literary and political awakening.

A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington. Billy Flynn always wanted to fly. An attractive young man, a patriot, he is also an artist with pencil and paint and has an abiding affinity for nature. It’s 1970 and he cannot resist the call to serve in Vietnam. A year later he is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. The story of a family and a community confronted with a loss of innocence and wounds that may never heal. The legacy of war and its destruction of nature is seared onto the memories of a small American town. In paperback.

For young readers  The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer. In the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the fairy tale characters--heroes and villains--are no longer confined within their world!
With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?
Breathtaking action mixed with laugh out loud moments and lots of heart will make this a gripping conclusion for many fans!

For young readers  The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. Callie Vee, Travis, Granddaddy, and the whole Tate clan are back in this charming follow-up to Newbery Honor-winner The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. In paperback.

The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook: From Appetizers to Desserts-500 Recipes You Can Make in Advance by America's Test Kitchen. Take back your kitchen with a collection of 500 foolproof recipes for everything you would ever want to make ahead of time. Paperback original.

The Whistler: A Novel by John Grisham. A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State... what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? In paperback.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she's one of the world's bestselling authors. In paperback.

Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard. In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own. In paperback.

July 4, 2017:

Made for Love: A Novel by Alissa Nutting. Perceptive and compulsively readable, it is at once an absurd, raunchy comedy and a dazzling, profound meditation on marriage, monogamy, and family.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams. A literary celebration of our national parks and an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them. In paperback.

On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor. A wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the world—from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. 2017 PNBA award winner, now in paperback.

Triple Crown: A Dick Frances Novel by Felix Francis. Jefferson Hinkley is back in the newest thriller in the Dick Francis tradition, this time on a special mission to the United States to investigate a conspiracy involving the biggest horse races in the country. In paperback.

June 27, 2017:

Quiet Until the Thaw: A Novel by Alexandra Fuller. The debut novel from the bestselling author of the memoir Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.
Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage.
A complex tale that spans generations and geography, this conjures the implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, and, most of all, to the notion that everything was always, and is always, connected.

The Child by Fiona Barton. The British author follows her bestselling debut, The Widow, with a psychological thriller that examines the impact of a secret on three women who have never met.

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction by Diana Gabaldon. A magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction—including two never-before-published novellas—featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more.

The Windfall: A Novel by Diksha Basu. A heartfelt comedy of manners, this debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India.

The Fate of the Tearling: Queen of the Tearling, Book 3 by Erika Johansen. The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

For teen readers  The Waking Land by Callie Bates. This is a riveting debut from a brilliant young writer whose boundless imagination places her among the finest authors of fantasy fiction, including Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. Lady Elanna is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder—and must flee for her life.
Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.

The Spy: A Novel of Mata Hari by Paulo Coelho. In his newest novel, the bestselling author of The Alchemist, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. In paperback.

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, this is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure. In paperback.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund. In a Stockholm city park, police find the tortured body of a youth. Then, they find two more, and it becomes clear that they are facing an extraordinary case—and an extraordinarily twisted killer. A tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds and of the catastrophic damage, and the profound need for revenge, left in their wake. In paperback.

Smoke: A Novel by Dan Vyleta. This is a thrilling blend of historical fiction and fantasy, as three young friends scratch the surface of the grown-up world to discover startling wonders—and dangerous secrets. Staff recommended. In paperback.

 



Upcoming Releases.

Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by Tom Perrotta. From one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. August 1, 2017.

Y is for Yesterday : A Kinsey Millhone Novel by Sue Grafton. The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
                Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…August 22, 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. August 29, 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. October 10, 2017.

The Book of Dust : Volume 1 by Philip Pullman. The much-anticipated new work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last! He returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. October 19, 2017

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. A love story set in Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an immigrant from Guatemala. November 7, 2017.

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.

 



 

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.

 

July 17, 2017. Edmonds resident wins book award.  Lisle A. Rose was awarded an honorable mention by the North American Society for Oceanic History in the 2016 Lyman Awards in U.S. Naval History for America's Sailors in the Great War: Seas, Skies, and Submarines, published November 29, 2016. View the article in the Edmonds Beacon here.
We have the book in stock, let us know if you would like us to hold a copy for you.

 


 

July 15, 2017. Crime-fiction roundup: 3 new books map searches for lost treasure.
It’s hardly a new plot device, but the search for treasure — be it surrealist sculptures, Egyptian antiquities or Ernest Hemingway’s fishing gear — is gripping in these three books. The column here.

 


 

July 14, 2017. Local publisher revives lost Northwest classics. Pharos Editions, with the help of some contemporary local writers, brings some out-of-print Northwest books back to local shelves. The article here.

 


 

 

July 13, 2017. Author David Grann talks about the genesis of his true-crime story Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. The article here. The book was published April 18, 2017.

 


 

 

July 13, 2017. Visiting authors in Seattle talk baseball, true crime and more.
Ila Borders, David Grann, Claire Dederer, Sarah Healy and David Levine are among the authors coming to town the week of July 14. the column/list of events here.

 


 

 

July 10, 2017. Well Read TV. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie. The episode here, and there is a bonus web extra moment with Mr. Alexie. Worth it.

 


 

July 9, 2017.  A House Among the Trees: A Novel by Julia Glass. Published June 13, 2017. Julia Glass’ sixth and latest novel starts with the death of an author/illustrator, a fictional counterpart of the late and legendary Maurice Sendak, but it’s not gloomy. It starts with a death but then branches out to other kinds of absence — the loss of innocence, identity and control, among them. Emotional voids can have many sources. The complete article/review here.

 


 

July 6, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Column.
The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness by Barbara Johns and Sandy Kita. Book published April 12, 2017. Takuichi Fujii, a Seattle resident before WWII, drew and painted throughout his incarceration in the Minidoka camp in Idaho. Barbara Johns has brought his works back into public view with the help of Fujii’s family. New article/review here.

 



 

July 2, 2017. New U.S. poet laureate wants to reach out by listening.
“I feel like a poem draws us, draws me, into a quieter space, a decibel level that sits below the register of the media that we live with,” says Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Princeton professor.
The article here.

 


 

 

July 1, 2017. Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, whose Fun Home — about growing up in a funeral home with a closeted gay father, among many other subjects — won a fistful [5!] of Tony Awards. Now it’s coming to Seattle. Article/interview with Ms. Bechdel here.
The show is at 5th Avenue Theater July 11-30, 2017: more information on their web site.

 


 

 

July 1, 2017. Crime fiction roundup: A new Quinn Colson tale from author Ace Atkins; Martin Walker’s The Templars’ Last Secret, and the final book from Seattle’s Larry Karp. The column here.

 



 

June 29, 2017. LitLife column. Some books are too good to read just once (or twice). There’s something so comforting about the way books remain a still point in time: We move and change in our lives, while the characters in the books stay who they are, writes arts critic Moira Macdonald. Her column here.

 


 

 

June 27, 2017. An East Coast transplant, and one of the pioneers of ‘Meatless Mondays,’ brings an experienced outsider’s insight to Northwest vegetables: PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest by Kim O'Donnel, published in paperback May 9, 2017. A fantastic article in Pacific Northwest Magazine here.

 


 

June 25, 2017. A fateful literary meeting: Raymond Carver and Haruki Murakami. The two writers met in person only once, but it provided a lifetime of inspiration; most recently shown in Murakami’s new collection Men Without Women: Stories, published May 9, 2017. An interesting article all about it, here.

 


 

June 22, 2017. The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Summer Reading Bingo program is going on now; arts critic Moira Macdonald shares how she’s tackling some of those tough categories. Her column with suggestions here.

 


 

June 20, 2017. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). David Sedaris’ diaries paint a life spent in observation. New interview on The PBS NewsHour Bookshelf, here.

 



cover image: Images of the West

June 15, 2017. Images of the West, a lovely coffee table book by local author and gallery owner, Randall J. Hodges.
We are thrilled to be one of the very few places to carry Mr. Hodges' beautiful new book.

Randall J Hodges Fine Art Photography Gallery is located at 317 Main Street, Edmonds.

Visit his web site here.

And there is a fantastic article/interview in the Edmonds Beacon that tells all: how he started taking photos; how he ended up in Edmonds; the tripod rule... here.

 

 


 

 

May 31, 2017. Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue, published in paperback, May 1, 2017. Local author/climber Bree Loewen writes about a life in mountain rescue. Loewen, who lives in Carnation, writes a page-turner of a memoir about her volunteer work with Seattle Mountain Rescue. The review here.

 


 

May 26, 2017. From the PBS NewsHour: 19 summer books that will keep you up all night reading.
For the best summer reads, we turned to two authors who own independent bookstores and their book-loving staff. Louise Erdrich, is the author of 15 novels, and owns Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, while Emma Straub, whose novels include “Modern Lovers” and the “Vacationers,” recently opened Books are Magic with her husband in Brooklyn.
Here are Erdrich and Straub’s essential summer books, along with more recommendations from their staff.

 


 

May 16, 2017. 15 books recommended for your summer reading pleasure — plus a dozen paperbacks. The column in The Seattle Times 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...

 

 


Current...

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to Starz network. Beginning April 30, 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 premieres on April 26, 2017.

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

Future release dates ...

The Dark Tower by Stephen King. This adaptation has been in development limbo forever. Combining sci-fi, western, and horror elements, the film is about Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) traversing an Old West-style world in search of the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), as well as the Dark Tower, which might save the world. Nikolaj Arcel is directing and King, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer are producing. A TV series is expected to follow in 2018, showing Sony's commitment to the project. Official movie trailer here Scheduled release date: August 4, 2017.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Based on the 2005 memoir. Walls herself (the adult version is played by Brie Larson, the 10-year-old version by Ella Anderson), her artist mother (Naomi Watts), alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson), and Walls's three siblings. Scheduled release date: August 11, 2017.

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.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. Detective Harry Hole, the hard-boiled detective created by the Norwegian crime novelist, investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Starring Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons. Scheduled for release October 13, 2017.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The classic mystery tells the tale of a murder on a train under investigation by detective Hercule Poirot. This new adaptation will star Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Star Wars: The Force Awaken breakout actress Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November 22, 2017.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. A novel based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.
Margaret Atwood will be stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV adaptation of her novel in a cameo as "the disapproving woman." [which she gleefully tweeted to all of her followers!]
Special 6-episode mini-series co-production [CBS/Netflix] coming in 2017.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. The author adapted his delicate novella, about a young couple on their wedding night in 1962, for the screen; Saorise Ronan, who starred in the excellent movie version of Atonement, plays the new bride. No date set, but this sounds like the sort of movie that gets held for end-of-year release. TBA 2017.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on  2014 novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), is about an expedition to find a missing man in an environmental disaster zone (the less you know, the better). The cast includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and David Gyasi. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is directing. TBA 2017.

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario. [published February 5, 2015] A Pacific Northwest bestseller spring of 2015. A memoir by the award-winning international photojournalist. Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence. TBA 2017.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Green's first young adult novel. TBA 2017.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. A 2012 bestselling autobiography by the New York Post writer. It details her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease and her recovery. TBA 2017.

The November Criminals by Sam Munson. The author's first novel for young adults is a thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging teenage noir. TBA 2017.

Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James. The final book in the Fifty Shades saga, Christian and Ana navigate their most dangerous, treacherous relationship yet: marriage.
Who's starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like Arielle Kebbel will join the franchise. Scheduled release date February 9, 2018.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his billions. A contest users are willing to kill to win. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date March 30, 2018.

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

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith will star. Smith will play a young slave who hooks up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas. The Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in 2017, or...

The Passage by Justin Cronin. No date announced yet. Book #2 in the series, The Twelve, was finally published October 16, 2012. And is now available in paperback [7/30/13]. Book three: The City of Mirrors: A Novel was finally published May 24, 2016! The first movie is still listed as "in development..."

Moviemaker Todd Field has arranged to produce, co-write and direct Beautiful Ruins, the newest [2012] Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed Little Children, based on the Tom Perrotta novel. More info as it becomes available...

 



Book Awards
There are an amazing number of awards given to books and authors throughout the year. We will attempt to keep you updated on the big ones, and on the ones we particularly agree with.

 


 

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.

 

 


 

 

November 16, 2016. The National Book Award winners have been announced.

  • Fiction: Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
  • Nonfiction: Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
  • Young People's Literature: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist), March: Book Three

For all of the long lists and the finalists visit the National Book Foundation web site.

Great article in The Seattle Times.

 


 

October 26, 2016. Paul Beatty Becomes First American To Win Man Booker Prize For Fiction. The chair of the judging panel said his novel The Sellout was a unanimous choice.
Three years after the Man Booker Prize was opened up to all novels written in English and published in the UK – regardless of whether they were British, Irish, Commonwealth or from, say, Micronesia – the Americans finally have a winner: Paul Beatty with The Sellout. All the information and details on the Man Booker web site.

 


 

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!

 


 

October 8, 2016. The Washington State Book Awards.
A book award is given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality. The awards and celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

2016 Book Award Winners (for books published in 2015):

  • Fiction: The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields
  • Poetry: Reconnaissance by Carl Phillips
  • Biography/Memoir: Road Trip by Mark Rozema
  • History/General Nonfiction: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award Finalists:

  • Picture Book: Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
  • Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8) Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood
  • Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12) Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18): The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

 

 


 

 



 



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.

For the complete schedule, more information about 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.

  •  July 11, 2017. Tuesday. 7pm. Clarion West presents science fiction author Connie Willis at the Central Library.

Visit the Seattle Public Library web site for the details, and the complete schedule of events.

 


 

Seattle Children's Theatre has great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a book involved.

The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:

  • September 28–November 26, 2017 Go, Dog. Go!
    The madcap party never stops with these zany canines. High-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics will have the whole family in stitches.
  • November 9–December 31, 2017 Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay!
  • January 18–March 4, 2018 The Little Prince
    In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe.

Visit the web site for the details and the complete schedule!

 


 

Book-It Repertory Theater.

Visit the Book-It web site for the complete schedule and more details.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Mainstage Season:

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

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

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




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

  • July 11 - 30, 2017. Fun Home. Alison Bechdel’s autobiographic graphic novel about coming of age as a lesbian in a family full of secrets thrives in this moving and much-lauded Broadway hit. The five-time Tony winner comes to Seattle on national tour.

Visit the web site for the entire season schedule and all of the other details. 5thAvenue.org



The Village Theatre. Locations in Everett and Issaquah.

For all kinds of information visit the web site: VillageTheatre.org


 

 
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