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.
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
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.
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. . . . .
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
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!
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
July 6, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Column.
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
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
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
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,
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
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,
June 15, 2017.
Images of the West, a lovely coffee table
book by local author and gallery owner, Randall J. Hodges.
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.
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
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.
the best summer reads, we turned to two authors who own
independent bookstores and their book-loving staff.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2016 Book Award Winners (for books published
- Fiction: The
Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma
- Poetry: Reconnaissance by
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
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.
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
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
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.