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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

January 16, 2018:

Iron Gold: Book 4 of the Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown. In the epic next chapter of the Red Rising Saga, the bestselling author pushes the boundaries of one of the boldest series in fiction.
A decade ago Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk all he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas. Like Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid’s Tale, the Portland author's new book describes a future both frightening and all too possible. New [1/14/18] review in The Seattle Times.

The Girls in the Picture: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin. From the bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, comes a fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford.

Munich: A Novel by Robert Harris. From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland--a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938.

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston. The bestselling author and longtime Trump observer shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.

The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen. As East and West become more and more entwined, we also continue to baffle one another. As engaging as it is fascinating, this is a book that profoundly transforms our understanding of ourselves and our time. In paperback.

Other People: Takes & Mistakes by David Shields. This is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays that form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but an intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness. In paperback.

The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville. A thriller of war that never was—of survival in an impossible city—of surreal cataclysm. In this book, the award-winning author entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new. Now in paperback.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson. The second story collection from the late Johnson (Jesus' Son) is a masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose.

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee. This debut novel is getting a lot of early attention; it’s the story of two very different sisters and their unshakable bond, even as their separate lives take them to faraway countries.

January 9, 2018:

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? A sweeping debut novel of remarkable ambition and depth, it probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. Great new [1/4/18] review in The Seattle Times. Fascinating interview on npr.

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna. When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop and she will not be denied.

Winter: A Novel by Ali Smith. The second novel in the Man Booker Prize–nominated author’s Seasonal cycle; the much-anticipated follow-up to Autumn.
When four people, strangers and family, converge on a fifteen-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas, will there be enough room for everyone?
This novel casts a warm, wise, merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens, art and love.

The Black Painting: A Novel by Neil Olson. An old-money East Coast family faces the suspicious death of its patriarch and the unsolved theft of a Goya painting rumored to be cursed.

The Chalk Man: A Novel by C. J. Tudor. A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending.

Gnomon: A novel by Nick Harkaway. From the widely acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, comes a virtuosic new novel set in a near-future, high-tech surveillance state, that is equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle. Interesting review on npr [1/7/18]. A Best Science Fiction Book of 2017 -- The Guardian.

Fools and Mortals: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell. The bestselling author makes a dramatic departure with this enthralling, action-packed standalone novel that tells the story of the first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream—as related by William Shakespeare’s estranged younger brother.

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett. An award-winning biographer makes her fiction debut with this sprawling novel, which encompasses three centuries in the life of an English country house.

A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life by Ayelet Waldman. In paperback.

The Perfect Nanny: A Novel by Leila Slimani. She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her. npr recommended: "She writes so beautifully about these sort of intersections of race and class, which are so prevalent whenever we talk about babysitting and nannyhood and all of that world. And I - at the end of reading this book, I was so devastated, but I really felt like I was looking at the world through new eyes." In paperback.

Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. A powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope. The staff favorite now in paperback.

Ill Will: A Novel by Dan Chaon. Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from the National Book Award finalist. Now in paperback.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel by Matthew Sullivan. When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this “intriguingly dark, twisty” debut novel from an award-winning short story writer, In paperback. January 9, 2018.

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children) by Seanan McGuire. In this standalone contemporary fantasy, we return to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.

January 2, 2018:

The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A. J. Finn. A twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house. Staff recommended.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson.  A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.

Robicheaux: A Novel by James Lee Burke. His most beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty, atmospheric mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana. New [1/2/18] review in The Seattle Times.

The Better Brain Solution: How to Start Now--at Any Age--to Reverse and Prevent Insulin Resistance of the Brain, Sharpen Cognitive Function, and Avoid Memory Loss by Steven Masley.

New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici. The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined. Now in paperback.

Celine: A Novel by Peter Heller. The latest for the staff favorite author, in paperback.

The Music Shop: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. A love story and a journey through music, the exquisite and perfectly pitched new novel from the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion. Extended excerpts from notebooks she kept in the 1970s. Now in paperback.

The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper. A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by the award-winning author. Staff recommended. Now in paperback.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel by Lindsey Lee Johnson. An unforgettable cast of characters is unleashed into a realm known for its cruelty—the American high school—in this captivating debut novel. Now in paperback.

The Girl Before: A Novel by JP Delaney. An enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception. In paperback.

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey. A brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them—and their families—changed forever.

Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner.
The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves as a basis for the upcoming series Waco. Now in paperback.

My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir by Meir Shalev and Evan Fallenberg. We meet Shalev’s amazing Grandma Tonia, who arrived in Palestine by boat from Russia in 1923 and lived in a constant state of battle with what she viewed as the family’s biggest enemy in their new land: dirt. In paperback.

December 26, 2017:

The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler. An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp—from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs. Now in paperback.

The Wanted: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from the bestselling author.

Assassin's Fate: Book III of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb. The stunning conclusion to the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.

For young adult readers  Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. The first in a breathtaking new fantasy series featuring an unusual friendship, an epic love story, and a galaxy-sweeping adventure. Now in paperback.

For middle grade readers  Dog Man and Cat Kid: Dog man #4 by Dav Pilkey. Hot diggity dog! Dog Man is back -- and this time he's not alone. The heroic hound with a real nose for justice now has a furry feline sidekick, and together they have a mystery to sniff.


Upcoming Releases.

This Is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel. This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.
This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.
This is how children change…and then change the world.
This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.
When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.
Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.
Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
In paperback. January 23, 2018.
The local author Laurie Frankel discusses her book at The Seattle Public Library, Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018. More information at spl.org.

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann. From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow's world. January 23, 2018.

Need to Know: A Novel by Karen Cleveland. A debut novel.
Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar?
In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, CIA analyst Vivian Miller uncovers a dangerous secret that will threaten her job, her family—and her life. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.
After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—is threatened.
Film rights sold to Universal Pictures for Charlize Theron. January 23, 2018.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. The Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and countless other award-winning novel now in paperback! Mr. Whitehead will be in town February 15, to speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures. More information about the event here. January 30, 2018.

Still Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes. A brand new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You. January 30, 2018.

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a U.S. citizen--following the most American of dreams. January 30, 2018

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. The latest from the Northwest author: a novel about a family in crisis. A young father and POW returns from Vietnam suffering from PTSD. The family, barely making ends meet in 1974, moves from Seattle to the untamed wilderness of Kaneq, Alaska, to claim a parcel of land left to Ernt by a slain Army buddy. February 6, 2018.

The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa. The Nobel prizewinner’s latest novel is a tale of gossip and politics set during a corrupt regime in Lima, Peru. February 6, 2018.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. “Subtle, well-crafted and powerful” reads the starred Kirkus Review of this contemporary novel, about a couple facing the husband’s incarceration for a crime he did not commit. February 6, 2018.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders. The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. In paperback. Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Staff recommended. February 6, 2018.

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley. The author of the Easy Rawlins mystery series starts a new franchise here with a crime novel featuring Joe King Oliver, a former NYPD detective turned private Brooklyn investigator. February 20, 2018.

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth  by Michio Kaku. The bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies. February 20, 2018.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman. A noirish crime novel that’s a delicious homage to James M. Cain. Lippman will speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures March 30 with her husband David Simon, the Emmy-winning/screenwriter producer of “The Wire.” February 20, 2018.

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira. Another best-selling writer based in the Seattle area; Oliveira sets her novels in the 19th century. Her latest, set in 1879 New York and involving two missing little girls, is getting early praise. February 27, 2018.

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. This PW-starred second novel from the author of Beasts of No Nation is set in Washington, D.C., as top student Niru’s life shifts when his conservative Nigerian parents find out he’s queer. March 6, 2018.

The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat. This debut is a coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly knit Ethiopian community who falls under the influence of a charismatic hustler. The novel received a starred PW review. March 13, 2018.

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst. PW starred this family epic spanning the 1940s to the present. Hollinghurst is a past winner of the Man Booker Prize. March 13, 2018.

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst. The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty returns with a novel beginning during the second World War and ending in 2012; it is, as The Guardian wrote in a rapturous review upon its British release, “about gay life, about art, about family, but most of all it’s about the remorseless passage of time.” March 20, 2018.

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman. Rachman’s best-selling The Imperfectionists took place in the world of journalism; his new book explores the world of art, focusing on a world-famous painter and his struggling-artist son. March 20, 2018.

Varina by Charles Frazier. The National Book Award-winning author of Cold Mountain returns to the Civil War period with a novel based on the true story of Varina Howell Davis, the young wife of the much-older Confederacy president Jefferson Davis. April 2, 2018.

The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers. Powers won the National Book Award in 2006 for The Echo Maker. This, his 12th novel, tells of a group of people mysteriously brought together to save the continent’s few acres of forest. April 3, 2018.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. For all of us who got happily lost in The Interestings, Wolitzer returns with what’s said to be another multilayered tale, this one focusing on women and power. April 3, 2018.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo. The Norwegian author of the wildly popular Harry Hole crime-fiction series tries his hand at Shakespeare, setting “the Scottish play” in a 1970s industrial town, where a drug lord named . Hecate tries to manipulate the violent, paranoid SWAT team head, Inspector Macbeth. Ooh! April 10, 2018.

The Fates Divide : Carve the Mark #2 by Veronica Roth. April 10, 2018.

Circe by Madeline Miller. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, this is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. npr recommended: "this one I really can't recommend highly enough..." The whole review here. April 10, 2018.

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld. We were charmed by Sittenfeld’s 2016 take on Jane Austen, Eligible, now the author is back with her first collection of short stories. April 24, 2018.

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates the new, disunited states. May 1, 2018.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. In Ondaatje’s first work of fiction since 2011, it’s 1945 and 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel, stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named the Moth. He might be a criminal, but they are less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war. May 8, 2018.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, where she experiences the absurdities of institutional living. From the author of The Flamethrowers. May 8, 2018.

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts. Shooters arrive one evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. The violence lasts only eight minutes before the killers are taken down, but for those who lived through it, the effects last forever. May 29, 2018.

Kudos by Rachel Cusk.Following Outline and Transit, this novel completes Cusk’s trilogy: a woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity rise to the surface. June 5. 2018.

There There by Tommy Orange. In this debut novel, the lives of a disparate cast of characters are altered at the Big Oakland Powwow. June 5, 2018.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. The latest from the Man Booker finalist is about a young woman’s efforts to duck the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of the worst psychiatrist in the world. July 10, 2018.




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.


January 14, 2018. Crime fiction: James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux revisits the author’s best-known figure: Dave Robicheaux, a Cajun sheriff’s deputy in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Great new review here.



January 12, 2018. Nicole & Co. column. One of the most important American writers today: Jesmyn Ward comes to Seattle. Armed with two National Book Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, author Jesmyn Ward will speak at Benaroya Hall on January 17. the column here.



January 11, 2018. LitLife column.Frankenstein’ turns 200: Mary Shelley’s horror story was published this month in 1818. The genesis of “Frankenstein” began in 1816 when young Mary Shelley and a group of illustrious writers sat around a fireplace telling ghost stories... The column here.



January 10, 2018. In remembrance of Sue Grafton, who created memorable detective Kinsey Millhone, and left a remarkable literary legacy. A lovely column here.


January 6, 2018. Women & Power Links Today's Trolls With Ancient Ancestors. On npr.
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard. Book published December 12, 2017.



December 30, 2017. Books to look forward to in 2018. Some suggestions for winter-to-spring fiction, as well as some older titles that we’ll be seeing on-screen soon. The column here.




December 14, 2017. Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shares the meaning of her latest book of images and talks about using her portraits to explore who we are. The great article in The Seattle Times here.



December 13, 2017. Caroline Fraser’s new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder takes a close look at fact vs. fiction in the ‘Little House’ books. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder published November 21, 2017. Column here.


December 13, 2017. Lit Life: Moira Macdonald Though we tend to read the “Little House” books as autobiography, they are “heavily fictionalized in many ways,” said Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, a fascinating new biography. The article here.



December 7, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn, Lit Life Columnist : favorite books of 2017. The column here.



December 5, 2017. Khizr Khan challenged Trump with a copy of the Constitution. Now he’s telling his own story. The column about the gold star family here.


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


December 4, 2017. “Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity,” Gates writes. “I still think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you.” Here are 5 of Bill Gates’ favorite books from 2017. The article in The Seattle Times here, direct to Mr. Gates' blog, here.



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




November 30, 2017.
The year’s top 10 best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review:

  • Autumn by Ali Smith
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us by Richard O. Prum
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

The editors' complete reviews of  the books here.



November 25, 2017. Nicole Brodeur / Column
An intimate peek into the Obama White House by official photographer Pete Souza, Obama: An Intimate Portrait. Just published November 7, 2017.




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...



Future release dates ...

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, Based on this biography, the movie "12 Strong" tells the tale of a chosen group of Green Berets who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks by deploying to Afghanistan, where their only chance to take down the Taliban meant working with a known warlord. The film stars Chris Hemsworth and is due in theaters on January 19, 2018.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel by Caleb Carr. TNT series premiering January 22, 2018. More information here at the TNT web site.

Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner. In paperback January 2, 2018. The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves as a basis for the upcoming TV mini-series Waco, on Spike TV. First episode scheduled to be aired January 24, 2018

The Death Cure: The Maze Runner #3 by James Dashner. Dylan O'Brien reprises his role as Thomas in the sequel to Maze Runner. The movie, about Thomas' dangerous journey to find a cure for a fatal disease known as the "Flare," also stars Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden and Rosa Salazar. It's scheduled to arrive in theaters on January 26, 2018.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Based on the children's book series the animated adventure "Peter Rabbit" promises to be seriously nostalgic. Featuring James Corden as the voice of said bunny (who's trying his best to sneak some veggies from a nearby farmer's garden), the film debuts in theaters on February 9, 2018.

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.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on  2014 novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), promises to keep audiences (and readers) on the edge of their seats. The film stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac and Tessa Thompson in a riveting post-apocalyptic story about a scientist's search for her missing husband and her encounter with a mysterious force wreaking havoc on the world. In theaters on February 23, 2018.

Red Sparrow by James Matthews. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Russian intelligence agent Dominika Egorova a trained Russian operative who uses her sexuality to entice her targets -- but she finds trouble when her first mission involving a CIA agent threatens to risk more than she bargained for. The fast-paced thriller arrives in theaters on March 2, 2018.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. The cinematic masterpiece stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis and tells the story of a girl named Meg who's sent on a journey across the universe with her friends to rescue her missing father. The film arrives in theaters on March 9, 2018.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The post-apocalyptic tale is set in 2045, when life is bleak. For many, their only sense of purpose and excitement comes from their virtual reality gaming systems. When one of the creators of a popular virtual world dies, he leaves behind clues for other players to solve in a race to inherit his fortune. 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. In theaters May 11, 2018.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. This one has quite the pedigree: An adaptation of a book by the author of Gone Girl, directed by the director of “Big Little Lies” (Jean-Marc Vallée), starring five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams as a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder. It is set to air on HBO June 2018, 8 episodes.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. This book, the first of a wonderfully funny trilogy set among an ultrarich Singapore family, is a treat; here’s hoping the movie — which stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding — is every bit as much fun. It’s in theaters August 17, 2018.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. A Gothic haunted-house novel published in 2009, should make an awfully good movie... Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling star. In theaters August 31, 2018.

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. Ryan Gosling is starring based on the biography. The story explores what led up to Neil's historic space mission in 1969, which made him one of the most famous astronauts in the world. The historical drama debuts in theaters on October 12, 2018.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. This go-round will star Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch in a depiction director Andy Serkis claims is "very truthful to the original book. It doesn't shy away from its darkness." The family drama is scheduled for release on October 19, 2018.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Her only published novel,  will be a movie starring Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons. Directed by Kirsten Dunst (who also co-wrote the screenplay). The story follows a successful 19-year-old woman named Esther (played by Dakota) who has a mental breakdown and struggles with severe depression and thoughts of suicide. The haunting, emotional drama is due in theaters sometime in 2018.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. The movie based on this YA historical fiction novel will be called Ashes in the Snow. The story, set in 1941, follows a young girl named Lina who, along with her family, is forced to Siberia during Joseph Stalin's reign of terror. In the cold and bleak wilderness, Lina relies on her passion for art to keep record of the harrowing experience. TBA 2018.

The Long Home by William Gay. James Franco-directed and --starring film about a young man who unwittingly begins working for the same man who murdered his father. TBA 2018.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken Watanabe star in the screen adaptation of the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel, set during a hostage situation in a South American country. TBA 2018.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. A YA novel about a black teenage girl whose life is changed after she watches a cop shoot her unarmed best friend, Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) and Regina Hall star in the film version TBA 2018.

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney. A woman falls for an architect and gets an eerie premonition about his house, when she finds out that another woman died there. Director: Ron Howard. TBA.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


January 9, 2018. PNBA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Awards. A volunteer Committee of independent booksellers chose these six books from more than 400 nominated titles published in 2017.


 PNBA 2018 winners!


  • American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad [Portland, OR]
  • The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken [Olympia, WA]
  • Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring [Tacoma, WA]
  • Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich [Idaho City, ID]
  • Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White [Orcas Island, WA]
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie [Seattle, WA]
  • Indie Spirit Honor: Brian Doyle, 1956 - 2017 [Lake Oswego, OR]

More information about the winners, and links to all of the lists for this year and previous years' awards, here.



November 15, 2017. The 2017 National Book Awards have been announced.

The winners in each of the four categories:

  • Young People’s Literature. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Poetry. Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • Nonfiction. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Fiction. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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




November 10, 2017. 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Awards, Shortlist Announced.
From more than 400 nominations. The winners will be announced in January.

  • All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (Portland, OR) For middle grade readers.
  • American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad (Portland, OR) Adult fiction.
  • The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken (Olympia, WA) A picture book for little kids.
  • Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring (Tacoma, WA) Adult non-fiction.
  • The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness by Barbara Johns (Seattle, WA) Art/Asian Studies/History
  • Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich (Idaho City, ID) Adult fiction.
  • Little Blue Chair by Madeline Kloepper, Illustrator (Prince George, BC) A picture book for little kids.
  • The Selected Short Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin: Boxed Set: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal and the Real by Ursula K. Le Guin (Portland, OR) Adult fiction.
  • Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly (Gabriola Island, BC) Fiction for young adult readers.
  • This Is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel (Seattle, WA) Adult fiction.
  • Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White (Orcas Island, WA) Adult science.
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie (Seattle, WA) Adult memoir.


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

The announcement in the Washington Post here.
Visit the Man Booker website for all kinds of information.





October 14, 2017. The Washington Center for the Book announced its annual Washington State Book Awards honoring books published by Washington authors in 2016.

Books for adults:

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

Books for youth:

  • Picture Book
    Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, of Seattle, and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8)
    Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
  • Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
    Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)
    Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle

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




October 6, 2017. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017. Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize.
... described as "a very interesting writer in many ways ... I would say that if you mix Jane Austen — her comedy of manners and her psychological insights — with Kafka, then I think you have Ishiguro."
Article in The Seattle Times.

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





June 15, 2017. Author Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Power.

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

 To be published in the United States October 10, 2017.

Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas and her fantastic imagination.”

The other short-listed finalists were:

  • Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
  • First Love by Gwendoline Riley
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners, current and former, here.



April 27, 2017. Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the winners of the
2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards
, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.
A few highlights:

  • Best Novel: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. [also staff recommended]
  • Best First Novel by an American Author: Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry.
  • Best Paperback Original: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty.
  • Best Fact Crime:  The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale
  • Best Critical/Biography: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

For the complete list of the winners and all of the nominees visit The Edgars web site.



April 10, 2017. 2017 Pulitzer winners have been announced!

Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.

Fiction finalists:

  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.

  • The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

History:  Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson.

Biography or Autobiography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar.

Biography finalists:

  • In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi
  • When Breath Becomes Air, by the late Paul Kalanithi

General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

The complete list of winners and finalists in all categories are available at the official Pulitzer web site.





March 27, 2017. PEN America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. 

  • PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction: To an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction published in 2015 or 2016 possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues:
    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
  • PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: For a book of literary nonfiction on the subject of the physical or biological sciences published in 2016:
    Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich.
  • PEN Open Book Award: For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016:
    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

For all of the information visit the PEN web site.




March 16, 2017. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for publishing year 2016:

  • Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson. House of Lords and Commons.
  • Criticism. Carol Anderson. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
  • Autobiography. Hope Jahren. Lab Girl.
  • Biography. Ruth Franklin. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
  • Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • Fiction. Louise Erdrich. LaRose.
  • The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize which honors an author's first book in any genre:
    Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing.
  • The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Atwood.

More information and all of the details available at the web site: bookcritics.org



January 23, 2017. American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners:

  • John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill. The story is pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe, an author and artist who has illustrated a dozen books, is the son of illustrator John Steptoe. Radiant Child also earned the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.
    Like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy, evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.
  • Printz and YALSA awards for excellence in literature and nonfiction for young adults, respectively: March: Book Three, created by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, took home both the Printz and the YALSA, as well as the Robert F. Sibert award for most distinguished informational book for children. Lewis and co-writer Aydin were also awarded the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.

For more information about the winners, the 2017 Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year: ala.org web site



Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.


Seattle Arts & Lectures 2017-18 season announced:

The Literary Arts Series presents original talks by outstanding authors whose works range from multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social commentaries and biographies. 

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn Ward. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winner
  • Thursday,  January 25, 2018. Women You Need to Know.
    Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based author, speaker, active feminist and internet yeller. Oluo embodies a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive and hyper-charged issues in America.
    Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race [January 16, 2018], is an accessible and actionable take on the racial landscape in contemporary America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday white Americans.
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson Whitehead.
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 7:30 pm. SAL Presents Daniel Pink.
    Daniel H. Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work, and behavior. His newest book is The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. The bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman and David Simon.
  • Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winner

2017 - 2018 Season Schedules announced for all of the series: The Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves; Latest Works and Literary Delights.

For the complete schedules, more information about all of the series, and to buy tickets, visit the Seattle Arts & Lecture web site.


Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.

Visit the web site for more information and all scheduled events.



The Seattle Public Library always has lots of visiting authors and book-related events.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018. 7 – 8:10 p.m.
    Carmen Maria Machado discusses "Her Body and Other Parties"
    Summary: Join us to hear Carmen Maria Machado read from her debut book, a genre-bending collection of stories that have been longlisted for the National Book Award.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 7  - 8:15 p.m.
    Laurie Frankel discusses 'This Is How It Always Is'
    Summary: Join us to celebrate the paperback release of local author Laurie Frankel’s novel about a family that is faced with new challenges when their son Claude tells them that he wants to be a girl.

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:

  • 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:

  • February 8–April 1, 2018. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
    A theatrical culinary collaboration with Café Nordo in Pioneer Square.

  • April 19–May 6, 2018. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz.
    Book-It presents a Young Audiences New York adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco of “American Crime” fame, this production shows the importance of facing fear with love.

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

  • April 6 - 29, 2018. Kiss Me, Kate. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary! Kiss Me, Kate is the multi-Tony Award®-winning Cole Porter masterpiece that set the standard for great musicals and then broke the mold. A play-within-a-play inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,

  • June 1 – 24, 2018. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
    A glorious retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, this powerful tale of love, faith and prejudice will leave you utterly spellbound. Its lush, beautiful score is unlike anything in musical theater today, featuring songs from the Disney animated feature and new music from legendary composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Immerse yourself in the power and glory of rapturous music; melt with the passion of a magnificent story.

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

The Village Theatre. Locations in Everett and Issaquah.

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


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