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.
October 17, 2017:
Leonardo da Vinci by
Walter Isaacson. He was history’s most
creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Based on
thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new
discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative
that connects his art to his science.
Leonardo’s delight at
combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for
creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit:
illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted,
and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the
importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children,
not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to
be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era,
to think different.
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His
Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on
Puget Sound by David M. Buerge.
This is the first thorough historical account of Chief Seattle
and his times--the story of a half-century of tremendous flux,
turmoil, and violence, during which a native American war leader
became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful
hybrid racial community.
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of
Discovery by Scott Kelly. A
stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero
who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space
Station—a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the
journeys that preceded it, and of his colorful and inspirational
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival
and Obsession in the West by Nate
Blakeslee. The enthralling story of the rise and reign of
O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved
or feared her.
It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale
Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.
A new page-turning mystery about science, faith, love and
belonging, set in a friendly desert community where ghosts,
angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace
parts of everyday life. Welcome to Night Vale…
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by
Tom Hanks. A collection of seventeen
wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom
Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.
Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir
by Amy Tan. The bestselling author
shares her life as a writer, her traumatic childhood, and the
connection between fiction and emotional memory.
Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical
Right in the Age of Trump by David
Neiwert. The story of the remarkable resurgence of
right-wing extremists in the United States, this is the product
of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth
investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right, this is a
crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of
The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . .
. and You Can Too! by Bryant Johnson.
A fun, fully illustrated exercise book that details Ruth Bader
Ginsburg's workout, written by her trainer.
Killing Season: A Thriller by
Faye Kellerman. An electrifying novel of
suspense as a young man's investigation into his sister's death
draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer. He went
searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him.
Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned
Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines.
The most important step is taking the first one. The funny and
talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV
star, renovation expert. Long before the world took notice, Chip
was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next
challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. The
perfect book for anyone looking to succeed not only in business
but more importantly in life.
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni
Mitchell by David Yaffe. This
book tells Joni Mitchell’s story, composed of dozens of
in-person interviews with Mitchell and her friends, as well as
analyses of her well-known lyrics, their imagery and style, and
what they say about the woman herself.
The Rain in Portugal: Poems by
Billy Collins. The twelfth collection of
poetry offering over fifty new poems that showcase the
generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall
Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.” In
House of Shadows: An Enthralling
Historical Mystery by Nicola Cornick.
The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly
named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once
home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will
unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue,
deceit and destiny… In paperback.
The Patriots: A Novel by
Sana Krasikov. A sweeping
multigenerational novel about idealism, betrayal, and family
secrets set in the U.S. and Russia, from one of Granta’s Best of
Young American Novelists. In paperback.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and
the Deep Origins of Consciousness by
Named a Top Ten
Science Book of Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly
The distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba
diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept
into being―how nature became aware of itself.
tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and
comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal
relatives, the author casts crucial new light on the octopus
mind―and on our own. Now in paperback.
October 10, 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.
The Rules of Magic by
Alice Hoffman. In this delightful
prequel to Practical Magic, three
siblings discover both the power and curse of their magic. This
novel is a coming-of-age tale replete with magic and historical
references to the early witch trials. The spellbinding story,
focusing on the strength of family bonds through joy and sorrow,
will appeal to a broad range of readers. Fans of Practical Magic
will be bewitched.
Grant by Ron
Chernow. The Pulitzer Prize winner returns with a
sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling
generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary
Oliver by Mary Oliver. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
presents a personal selection of her best work in this
definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her
esteemed literary career.
For teen readers
Turtles All the Way Down by
John Green. In this brilliant novel of
love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship,
sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of
fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a
hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most
Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together,
they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate
them from Russell Pickett’s son.
Children of the Fleet (Fleet School)
by Orson Scott Card. From the
award-winning and bestselling author of
Ender's Game, comes his first solo Enderverse novel in
years. This is a new angle on the series, telling the story of
the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the
Ender’s Shadow series.
For little kids
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen.
The great author/illustrator duo is back with a book about
making the best of a bad situation. After a mouse gets swallowed
by a wolf, he finds a duck already in there, living the good
life. There isn’t much of a view, but with records to listen to
and wine to drink, what’s not to like?
For teen readers
Tool of War by
Paolo Bacigalupi. This intense and violent follow-up to
Ship Breaker and
The Drowned Cities finds Tool—a powerful “augment” made
from animal and human DNA—finally in control of the Drowned
Cities. Bacigalupi’s environmentally ravaged world remains both
richly described and terrifying, his characters diverse and
complex. Through Tool, he explores free will and the
consequences of humans playing at being gods. Not unlike the
previous books, this amounts to a bloody, brutal race to
survive, and is well worth the wait.
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral
History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and
Guests by Chris Smith and Jon Stewart.
Now in paperback.
October 3, 2017:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
and Jim Kay.
Manhattan Beach by
Jennifer Egan. Anna, sole provider for
her mother and her severely disabled sister, meets a man who may
hold clues to her father’s disappearance.
Origin by Dan
Brown. The author of The Da Vinci Code
brings back Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and
religious iconology. The adventure begins at the ultramodern
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and what is supposed to be the
unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American
Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The
2016 National Book Award–winning author of
Between the World and Me offers essays that look back at
the Obama era, and forward to what’s coming next.
The Prague Sonata by
Bradford Morrow. The
novel centers on a young musicologist trying to find the missing
pieces of a sonata divided and lost in Nazi-invaded Prague. New
[10/7/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
The Blue Zones of
Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People by
Dan Buettner and Ed Diener. The
surprising secrets of what makes the world's happiest places—and
shows you how to apply these lessons to your own life.
Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. A
collection of over 110 recipes for sweets, baked goods, and
confections from superstar chef Yotam Ottolenghi.
The Myrtlewood Cookbook:
Pacific Northwest Home Cooking by Andrew
Barton and Peter Schweitzer. Experience beautiful home
cooking that takes its cues from the kitchen gardens and forest
harvests of the Pacific Northwest. 100 recipes that amplify the
tastes, colors, and textures of summer tomatoes, fall mushrooms,
winter roots, and spring greens.
For young readers
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan.
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel
Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. Now he faces his
most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her
boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will
his training be enough?
For little kids
Good Day, Good Night by
Margaret Wise Brown and Loren Long. A
never-before-published picture book from the bestselling author
of Goodnight Moon, brought to life by
the bestselling illustrator Loren Long.
When the sun comes up
and the day begins, the little bunny says good day to all the
familiar things outside. To the birds in the skies and the bees
in their hives, to everything one by one. And as the sun starts
to set, it’s time for the little bunny to say goodnight.
The Sleepwalker: A Novel by
Chris Bohjalian. The bestselling
author's most spine-tingling novel yet--the mesmerizing story of
a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed one night and the
daughter determined to find her. In paperback.
A Lowcountry Heart:
Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat
Conroy. Final words and heartfelt remembrances from the
bestselling author take center stage in this winning nonfiction
collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many
friends. In paperback.
Felicity: Poems by
Mary Oliver. The Pulitzer Prize winner
celebrates love in her new collection of poems. In paperback.
Absolutely on Music:
Conversations by Haruki Murakami and
Seiji Ozawa. A deeply personal, intimate conversation
about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed
author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony
Orchestra. In paperback.
Victoria: The Queen: An
Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by
Julia Baird. The true story for fans of
the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, this page-turning biography
reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous,
unbreakable queen—a Victoria for our times. In paperback.
Thrice the Brinded Cat
Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by
Alan Bradley. Hailed as “a combination of Eloise and
Sherlock Holmes” by The Boston Globe, Flavia de Luce returns in
a much anticipated new Christmas mystery. In paperback.
Talking as Fast as I Can:
From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
by Lauren Graham. In this collection of
personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and
Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a
woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from
the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the
fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving
with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things by
Peter Zheutlin. Now in paper.
September 26, 2017:
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by
Stephen King and Owen King. In this
spectacular father/son collaboration, the authors tell the
highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women
disappeared from the world of men?
Set in a small Appalachian
town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, this is a
wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic collaboration that feels
particularly urgent and relevant today.
For young readers
Katherine Applegate, illus. by Charles
Santoso. Newbery Medalist Applegate
(The One and Only Ivan) movingly
explores the way that prejudice affects a neighborhood after a
Muslim family moves in. The novel unfolds through the memorable
voice of a character with real perspective on the area: an oak
tree that has been around for more than 200 years.
Complete Stories by
Kurt Vonnegut. Here for the first time
is the complete short fiction of one of the twentieth century's
foremost imaginative geniuses. These ninety-eight stories were
written from 1941 to 2007.
Queens of the Conquest: England's
Medieval Queens Book One by Alison Weir.
In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling
author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s
medieval queens to life.
Don't Let Go by
Harlan Coben. The big secrets and little lies that can
destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in a
powerful new thriller.
Sleep Like a Baby: An Aurora Teagarden
Mystery by Charlaine Harris. In
this latest installment Robin and Aurora have finally begun
their adventure in parenting. Roe also has to contend with a new
puzzle -- who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and
what happened to Virginia? This heart-pounding and exciting next
installment of the Aurora Teagarden series will leave fans happy
and hungry for more.
Edition by Neil Gaiman.
Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and
Fantasy Books of All Time
author’s dark classic of modern fantasy, beautifully illustrated
for the first time by award-winning artist Chris Riddell, and
featuring the author’s preferred text.
Provenance by Ann
Leckie. Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, the
winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards,
returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege
What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from
an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel.
From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon &
Garfunkel--a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the
making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a
life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the
most successful singing duos of their time.
Hit Refresh: The Quest to
Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for
Everyone by Satya Nadella and Greg Shaw.
About individual change, about the transformation happening
inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all
of our lives.
The Art of Flora Forager
by Bridget Beth Collins. Flora Forager
creates images out of flower petals, leaves, stones, twigs, and
other natural materials that she finds in her garden and in
urban wild areas in her neighborhood. This intimate, lovely book
collects her best pieces, including new, exclusive art, along
with a peek into her unique creative process.
The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart
by Alex Guarnaschelli. For Alex
Guarnaschelli—whose mother edited the seminal edition of The Joy
of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth
century—a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now
an accomplished chef and author in her own right (and mom to a
young daughter), Alex pens a cookbook for the way we eat today.
This is an all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with
300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast
chicken to birthday cake and cocktails.
My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the
Lines by Rachel Yang and Jess Thomson.
From James Beard Best Chef-nominee Rachel Yang, this is a
cookbook with 75 recipes based on her deeply comforting Korean
fusion cuisine, inspired by cultures from around the world.
Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space
to Discover Your True Self by Moorea
Seal. From the author of the blockbuster hit journals The
52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness, comes a book to
help you design your space to discover what is really important
to you and express the creativity and style you already have!
Bloom County: Brand
Spanking New Day by Berkeley Breathed.
The blowhard-skewering saga continues, with all-new,
never-before-printed strips featuring everyone's favorite
penguin and all the other quirky denizens of the magical land
called Bloom County.
The Girl from Venice by
Martin Cruz Smith. A suspenseful World
War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of
occupied Venice. In paperback..
The Snowman : A Harry Hole Novel
by Jo Nesbo. Inspector Harry Hole tracks
a Norwegian serial killer in this installment of the bestselling
series. A new edition in paperback to tie-in with the
movie coming October 20, 2017, starring Michael
Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by
Philip Pullman. More than 20 years after
the release of The Golden Compass,
Pullman returns to his world of dust and daemons in a novel set
10 years before the His Dark Materials books. First in a
trilogy, the story will again focus on Lyra Belacqua though, as
Pullman has said, “It’s not a sequel, and it’s not a prequel,
it’s an equal.” October 19, 2017.
Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History
of Magic by British Library.
As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in
the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic,
readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through
the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and
Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more
in this book uncovering thousands of years of magical history.
Carefully curated by the British Library and full of
extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an
unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the
heart of the Harry Potter stories. October 20, 2017.
For young readers
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by
Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis.
Meloy and Ellis’s first literary collaboration since
Wildwood Emporium introduces Charlie
Fisher, a boy who gets drawn into a world of young pickpockets
and thieves—suddenly his life is far more exciting (and
dangerous) than he ever imagined. October 24, 2017.
Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon
by Peter Ames Carlin. A revelatory
account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon,
by the bestselling rock biographer. In paperback. October 24,
The River of Consciousness by
Oliver Sacks. Sacks, a larger-than-life
figure in the field of neurology, was working on two manuscripts
when he died in 2015. This essay collection, which contains two
previously unpublished pieces, revolves around core concepts in
understanding the human condition and sees Sacks engaging with
evolution, creativity, memory, and much more. October 24, 2017.
Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and
Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman.
Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery.
This collection presents more than one hundred
impossible-to-resist recipes—almost all of them brand-new, plus
a few favorites from her website—that will make you want to stop
what you’re doing right now and cook. These are real recipes for
real people—people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice
flavor or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about.
October 24, 2017.
In the Midst of Winter by
Isabel Allende. A love story set in
Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an
immigrant from Guatemala. November 7, 2017.
The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child. Reacher takes a stroll
through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn
shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq,
then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her
initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky
circumstance made her give up something she earned over four
hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And
return her ring. Why not?
Turns out the ring was just a small
link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast
criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But
then, neither should Reacher. November 7, 2017.
Artemis: A Novel by
Andy Weir. The bestselling author of
The Martian returns with an irresistible
new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.
November 14, 2017.
Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum
Novel by Janet Evanovich. As
usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle
with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma
Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling
epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s
sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly
events? November 14, 2017
The People vs. Alex Cross by
James Patterson. Alex Cross has never
been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with
gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood,
Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy
cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was
self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? November 20,
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. November 21,
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.
October 14, 2017. Five new crime fiction novels for
early-fall reading: spies, arson and pre-hipster Ballard. The
October 12, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Column. Seattle
author David Neiwert’s
Alt-America is the result of years of
watching, researching and reporting. The
October 7, 2017. Did you love
"When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle"
and "You’ve Got Mail?" Then this new
book is for you. I’ll Have What She’s
Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic
Comedy by Erin Carlson.
The Seattle Times.
October 6, 2017.
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s
America is a collection of 23 essays designed to explain,
inspire and unite. And an evening of talk in Seattle, 7:30 p.m.
October 10, 2017. The
October 6, 2017. Art Garfunkel, Masha Gessen and actor Bruce
Campbell among authors in town this week.
The column here.
October 5, 2017. Democratic presidential nominee
Rodham Clinton, who wrote about her experiences in the last
election in her new memoir “What Happened,” will be in Seattle
at Elliott Bay Book Co. on December 12 at noon.
More info 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
September 28, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
Seattle author Blaine Harden has become an expert on North
Korea, a country shackled by a tragic past and a fraught
present. He’s written about a harrowing escape from a North
Korean labor camp (Escape from Camp 14) and a North Korean
pilot who flew a MiG-15 Soviet jet out of North Korea and into
the hands of the Americans (The Great Leader and the Fighter
Pilot). But the true story he tells in his third book,
Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea, may be the strangest of the three. The
September 28, 2017. From historical
fiction to thriller to novella to novel of manners, here are
some recently published books that create worlds you might want
to lose yourself in.
The column here.
September 24, 2017. The young adult
novel The Hate U Give tells the story
of a teenager whose childhood friend is shot and killed by a
police officer. In the book, now a finalist for a National Book
Award and Kirkus Prize, author Angie Thomas
addresses difficult topics including race relations, police
violence and racial stereotypes. NewsHour Weekend Special
Correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with Thomas.
The interview here.
September 19, 2017.
Jesmyn Ward’s ghostly Sing, Unburied,
Sing and Mohsin Hamid’s acclaimed
novel about refugees Exit West are
among the finalists for the fourth annual Kirkus Prize.
The article here.
September 10, 2017. A grand, fluid
dive into the exploration of "Tides."
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by
and Peter Matthiessen offers a grand mix of
science history, ocean lore and literary travel writing. Lovely
The Seattle Times.
September 7, 2017.
Want to feel connected? There’s a book for that.
“make people who are not like us more human,” says Lisa Lucas,
executive director of the National Book Foundation
[presenter of the National Book Award]. She grew up
loving books and their ability to make readers more empathetic
to unfamiliar ideas and characters, even when all the reading is
done in our bedrooms by ourselves. Lucas gives us her Brief but
Spectacular take on how books can connect us to one another. On
The PBS NewsHour.
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...
Goodbye Christopher Robin: A. A. Milne
and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh by Ann
A behind-the-scenes look at the life of
author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh
stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne, drawn from Ann Thwaite’s
Whitbread Award-winning biography of A. A. Milne.
In limited US release October 13, 2017.
Future release dates ...
Same Kind of Different As Me: A
Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely
Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron
Hall and Denver Moore. International art dealer Ron Hall
must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his
struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead
all three of them on the journey of their lives. Starring
Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear.
Scheduled for release October 20, 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
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.
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.
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.
October 4, 2017.
The National Book Foundation has released the list of finalists
for the 2017 National Book Awards.
The winners will be
announced at a dinner ceremony in Manhattan on November 15,
All the long lists and finalists here.
September 7, 2017. The executive director of the National Book
Foundation has a great "Brief but Spectacular" take on
how books can connect us to one another on the PBS NewsHour.
Here. Want to feel
connected? There’s a book for that.
- Elliot Ackerman,
Dark at the Crossing
- Lisa Ko, The
- Min Jin Lee,
- Carmen Maria Machado,
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
- Jesmyn Ward,
Sing, Unburied, Sing
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 six outstanding authors whose works range from
multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social
commentaries and biographies.
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Ron
Chernow. A new biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Isabel
Allende. With her new novel In the
Midst of Winter.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
2017 - 2018 Season Schedules
announced for all of the series: The
Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves;
Latest Works and Literary Delights.
For the complete schedules, more information about all of the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
Visit the web site for
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- October 14, 2017. Saturday at 7 pm.
2017 Washington State Book Awards.
At the Central Library. Celebrate the literature and
incredible authors of Washington at this year's Washington
State Book Awards! Free and open to the public.
Seattle Public Library web site
for the details, and the complete schedule of events.
Seattle Children's Theatre has
great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a
The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:
- September 28–November 26, 2017
Go, Dog. Go!
The madcap party
never stops with these zany canines. High-spirited singing,
zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night
antics will have the whole family in stitches.
- November 9–December 31, 2017
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English
town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to
- January 18–March 4, 2018
The Little Prince
In the middle
of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little
Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a
dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe.
the web site for the details and the complete schedule!
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.