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.
December 12, 2017:
16th Seduction : Women's Murder Club
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.
Filled with the trademark suspense and emotion that have
made Patterson a bestselling writer, this is the Women's Murder
Club's toughest case yet--and an exhilarating thrill ride from
start to finish. Now in paperback.
Signals: New and Selected Stories
by Tim Gautreaux. Containing twelve new
stories and nine classics from previous collections, this is
Gautreaux at his best. In paperback.
The Case Against Sugar by
Gary Taubes. A groundbreaking,
eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is
the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies,
entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. In paperback.
December 5, 2017:
Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by
Jennifer Chiaverini. The bestselling
author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
illuminates the fascinating life of the world’s first computer
programmer Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—a woman
whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have
gone unsung for too long.
Spy of the First Person
by Sam Shepard. The final work from the
Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, actor, and musician, drawn from
his transformative last days.
Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) by
James S. A. Corey. The seventh novel in
the bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series.
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel by
Amy Engel. This new novel shocks and
tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after
mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and
the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and
rips them apart. In paperback.
The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of
Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby.
The definitive biography of the most important economic
statesman of our time, In paperback.
The Jazz of Physics: The
Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe
by Stephon Alexander. This will
fascinate and inspire anyone interested in the mysteries of our
universe, music, and life itself. Following the great minds that
first drew the links between music and physics-a list including
Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, and Rakim-- this book
reveals that the ancient poetic idea of the 'Music of the
Spheres,' taken seriously, clarifies confounding issues in
physics, Now in paperback.
The Whole30 Fast & Easy
Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30
by Melissa Hartwig. Featuring 150 all
new, Whole30-compliant recipes—all fast and easy to prepare.
Whether you’re doing your first Whole30 or your fifth, or just
looking for some healthy, fast, and easy recipes to try, this
collection is a must-have for any kitchen.
November 28, 2017:
Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook, Gift Edition: 650 Recipes for
Everything You'll Ever Want to Make by
America's Test Kitchen. Part kitchen manual, part
cookbook, this groundbreaking volume was the first of its kind
to engineer recipes from the ground up for the two-person
We put our kitchen expertise to work to figure out
how to scale down the trickiest dishes, from soups and stews to
stir-fries and lasagnas--even cakes and pies. America's Test
Kitchen takes out all the guesswork and delivers creative
solutions for foolproof and delicious meals for two.
The Impossible Fortress: A Novel
by Jason Rekulak. A love letter to
the 1980s and to nerds everywhere—this will make you remember
what it feels like to love someone—or something—for the first
time. Now in paperback.
November 21, 2017:
For young readers
The Caldera: The Brotherband Chronicles #7
by John Flanagan. The Herons take to the
high seas to fend off pirates and rescue the heir to an empire
in the newest adventure from John Flanagan, author of the
worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice!
content--a brand-new Ranger's Apprentice short story featuring
fan-favorites Will and Maddie!
The Story of Arthur
Truluv: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg. An
emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the
one they love most, only to find second chances where they least
The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel
by Dean Koontz. Jane continues her
battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to
the staff recommended
The Silent Corner.
The People vs. Alex Cross by
James Patterson. Alex Cross has never
been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with
gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood,
Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy
cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was
self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?
Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie
Nicks by Stephen Davis. Davis’s
candid, energetic book reveals the life of the woman who’s
arguably one of rock’s greatest singer-songwriters.
For young readers
The Magic Misfits by
Neil Patrick Harris and Lissy Marlin. From the
award-winning actor comes the magical first book in a new series
with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's
Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by
Donald Stratton and Ken Gire. The most gripping,
intimate, and inspiring account of Pearl Harbor. The first
memoir ever published by a USS Arizona survivor. Now in
The Kid: A Novel by
Ron Hansen. “A marvelous journey into
both history and imagination…A perfectly compelling and
fast-paced story” (San Francisco Chronicle) about an iconic
American criminal of the old West: legendary outlaw, Billy the
Kid. In paperback.
check back soon....
Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a
specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting --
and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of
links to articles about books.
December 14, 2017. Famed photographer
Annie Leibovitz shares the meaning of
her latest book of images and talks about using her portraits to
explore who we are. The great article in
The Seattle Times here.
December 13, 2017.
Lit Life: Moira Macdonald Though we tend to read the
“Little House” books as autobiography, they are “heavily
fictionalized in many ways,” said Caroline Fraser, author of
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura
Ingalls Wilder, a fascinating new biography.
The article here.
December 4, 2017. "Eddie Izzard is a
comic genius" by Bill Gates.
Gates tells us why he likes the new memoir from Mr. Izzard, one
of his 5 favorite books of 2017.
about this book, here. His
entire list here.
Believe Me: A
Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by
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
December 4, 2017. Nicole Brodeur /
Columnist. Q&A: Tom Hanks on Seattle,
his love of typewriters, and the free press.
December 3, 2017.
Marion Rankine’s nonfiction work whimsically explores the history of the umbrella
. Brolliology: A History of the Umbrella in
Life and Literature, published November 7, 2017. The
lovely review here.
December 2, 2017.
Lucia Perillo’s poems described life, in all its savage
beauty. The Northwest author, who died last year, left behind a
collection of whip-smart, stylishly brilliant work.
The column here.
December 1, 2017
Nicole Brodeur / Columnist. Neil Patrick
Harris brings his love of magic to Seattle.
November 30, 2017. Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre
presents its first full-scale musical: ‘Howl’s Moving Castle.’
With this produciton, Book-It Repertory Theatre takes on
a host of challenges, from mounting a pop-rock musical to
adapting source material dense with stagecraft-confounding
The column/review here.
November 30, 2017. And because who
knew there was such a thing?! U.S. author
Christopher Bollen wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize.
November 29, 2017. Here are a half
dozen books, new in paperback this season, that
Seattle Times writers loved.
The column here.
November 26, 2017.
In the Midst of Winter by
Isabel Allende. While not a
work of magical realism per se, Allende’s 19th novel
forthrightly embraces both harsh realities and whimsy, pleasure
and pain in this buoyant adventure, a heartfelt story of
resilience and respect that seems just the thing to help us
through these darkest of days in our land of exiles. Published
10/31/17. New review
November 26, 2017. The year’s
best crime fiction, Part 2: more notable
books from various subgenres of crime fiction,
November 25, 2017.
Nicole Brodeur / Column
An intimate peek into the
Obama White House by official photographer Pete
Souza, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.
Just published November 7, 2017.
November 25, 2017.
The Martian author takes readers to
the moon in Artemis. [published
11/14/17] Andy Weir knows how to make
cutting-edge science sexy and relevant without losing the story.
New review in
The Seattle Times.
November 23, 2017.
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug,
Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by
Kevin Young, just published November 14,
2017, New review in
The Seattle Times.
November 19, 2017. Timely ‘Fable of Resistance’ involves global warming,
Bill McKibben, known primarily as an environmentalist who
writes for the layman, never lets his politics sour what is, at
heart, a romp. Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of
Resistance published November 7, 2017. The
November 19, 2017.
Mrs. Osmond continues
Henry James’ 1881
masterpiece with vigor and style.
The Portrait of a Lady has been begging for a sequel for
136 years. Enter Man Booker Prizewinner John Banville, who
audaciously picks up where Henry James left us hanging. The
new review here.
Mrs. Osmond: A Novel by
John Banvile, published November 7, 2017.
November 16, 2017.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. New biography of
Chief Seattle is thorough, insightful and, at times,
heartbreaking. David M. Buerge’s new
biography is the result of 20 years of research about the man
who gave our city its name: Chief Seattle
and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the
Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound. Published
October 17, 2017. The
LitLife column here.
November 12, 2017. Astronaut
Scott Kelly details his extraordinary
year aboard the International Space Station in his new book
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of
Discovery, just published October 17, 2017. New, great,
The Seattle Times.
November 12, 2017. 2017 crime-fiction roundup: Let’s begin
with 4 notable thrillers.
The column here.
November 8, 2017. New cycling guide
offers epic Pacific Coast ride.
the Pacific Coast is new from Mountaineers Books and
Seattle rider/writer Bill Thorness.
Published 11/1/17. New review in the
Seattle Times here.
November 5, 2017. Who knew tracking
wildlife would come so far?
Where the Animals Go —
Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, published September 19, 2017.
It’s a lot of information packed
in a short space, well laid out, easy to understand and a
pleasure to return to many times. The
November 3, 2017.
Nicole Brodeur / Column.
Ta-Nehisi Coates talks #MeToo, racism
and our state of disunion. His new book, We
Were Eight Years in Power, was published October 3, 2017.
The column here.
November 1, 2017. Slow down by painting watercolors as you
travel and explore. A new book by a Seattle artist documents
Colors of the West and offers tips and techniques for aspiring
The review here.
October 5, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro, the
Japanese-born British novelist who in The
Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go
and other novels captured memory’s lasting pain and dangerous
illusions in precise and elegant prose, won the
Nobel Literature Prize. The
Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...
Murder on the Orient Express by
Agatha Christie. The classic mystery
tells the tale of a murder on a train under investigation by
detective Hercule Poirot. This new adaptation will star Johnny
Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope
Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November
Wonder by R. J.
Palacio. Based on the bestselling young readers' novel,
this tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of
August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth
grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first
time. Starring Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson.
In theaters November 17, 2017.
Future release dates ...
The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The Alienist
is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a
serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy
prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel
by Caleb Carr. TNT series premiering January 22, 2018. More
information here at
the TNT web site.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. A novel based on the true story of Grace
Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned
in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas
Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the
facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to
help Grace recall her past.
Margaret Atwood will be
stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV
adaptation of her novel in a cameo as "the disapproving woman."
[which she gleefully tweeted to all of her followers!]
Special 6-episode mini-series co-production
[CBS/Netflix] coming in 2017.
On Chesil Beach by
Ian McEwan. The author adapted his
delicate novella, about a young couple on their wedding night in
1962, for the screen; Saorise Ronan, who starred in the
excellent movie version of Atonement,
plays the new bride. No date set, but this sounds like the sort
of movie that gets held for end-of-year release.
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.
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
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists
October 17, 2017.
George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming
the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary
The announcement in the
Washington Post here.
ManBooker website for all kinds of information.
October 14, 2017. The
Washington Center for the Book announced
its annual Washington State Book Awards
honoring books published by Washington authors in 2016.
Books for adults:
Daredevils by Shawn Vestal,
My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy,
An Earlier Life by
Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
- History/General Nonfiction
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St.
Helens by Steve Olson, of
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
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9
Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13
Useless Bay by
M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle
Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the
award, current and past winners and nominees,
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
The Seattle Times.
The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro
The SeattleTimes article here.
June 15, 2017. Author
Naomi Alderman wins the
2017 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Power.
What would happen if women suddenly
possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable
place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family
pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true
nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl
from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and
flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating
effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can
cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist
of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative
fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us
on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our
own world in bold and surprising ways.
To be published in the
United States October 10, 2017.
Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The
judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated
this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to
Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas
and her fantastic imagination.”
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Stay With Me by
- 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.
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 outstanding authors whose works range from
multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social
commentaries and biographies.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Isabel
Allende. With her new novel In the
Midst of Winter.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn
Ward. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
2017 - 2018 Season Schedules
announced for all of the series: The
Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves;
Latest Works and Literary Delights.
For the complete schedules, more information about all of the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
- November 13, 2017. Monday. 7:30pm.
Matthew Weiner with Maria Semple.
The creator of Mad Men debuts his thrilling first novel,
Heather, the Totality.
- November 15, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm.
Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon.
Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the
Influence of Butter & Booze.
- November 19, 2017. Sunday. 6:00pm.
Irene Skyriver and her memoir
Paddling with Spirits.
- December 7, 2017. Thursday. 6:30pm.
Neil Patrick Harris.
The Magic Misfits, the debut book
in his newly premiering children’s series.
Visit the web site for
more information and all scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
A Panel on "Chief Seattle and the Town
That Took His Name"
At the Central Library.
Summary: Join us for a discussion of Chief Seattle and his
times. Panelists include Duwamish Tribal Chairperson Cecile
Hansen, historian [and author] David Buerge,
linguist Nile Thompson, and moderator David Brewster.
- Friday, November 10, 2017. 7 – 8:40 p.m.
Jeffrey Eugenides in Conversation
with Mary Ann Gwinn at Seattle First Baptist Church.
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Jeffrey Eugenides will read from his first collection
of short stories, "Fresh Complaint."
- Thursday, November 16, 2017. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Richard Rothstein discusses
"The Color of the Law"
Summary: Join us to hear National Book
Award finalist Rothstein discuss the laws and policies that
promoted racial segregation in the past, and the
discriminatory patterns that continue even today.
- Thursday, January 18, 2018. 7 – 8:10 p.m.
Carmen Maria Machado discusses "Her
Body and Other Parties"
Summary: Join us to hear
Carmen Maria Machado read from her debut book, a
genre-bending collection of stories that have been
longlisted for the National Book Award.
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!
Book-It Repertory Theater.
Visit the Book-It web site for
the complete schedule and more details.
2017-2018 Mainstage Season:
November 29 - December
30, 2017. Howl's Moving Castle,
a new musical.
We're bringing magic, adventure, and
inspiration this holiday season with Howl’s
Moving Castle, a new musical based on an original book by
Diana Wynne Jones. Founding Co-Artistic
Director Myra Platt will adapt and direct and local actor Justin
Huertas will write music and lyrics.
When Sophie (Sara
Porkalob) unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the
Waste, she finds herself transformed into an old woman. To break
the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon
and seek the help of the heartless wizard Howl before facing the
Witch head-on. Recommended for ages 10+.
February 8–April 1,
2018. The Maltese Falcon, by
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
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
June 1 – 24, 2018.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on
the novel by Victor Hugo.
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
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.
The Village Theatre.
Locations in Everett and Issaquah.
For all kinds of information visit the web