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.
May 23, 2017:
Rich People Problems: A Novel by
Kevin Kwan. The bestselling author of
Crazy Rich Asians and
China Rich Girlfriend, is back with
an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife
driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through
couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest
fortunes locked out of his inheritance.
The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean
War by Jeff Shaara. The master of
military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the
Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic
story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of
the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of
Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin.
Dragon Teeth: A
Novel by Michael Crichton. The
bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns
to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a
thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age
of fossil hunting.
For ages: 8 - 12 years
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants
Melissa de la Cruz. The thrilling, perilous race to the
trident pits old friends-and current enemies-against each other
with the future of Auradon on the line. Both teams might like to
make waves, but only one will come out on top of this one.
Radiate : The Lightless Trilogy by
C.A. Higgins. In the follow-up to
Supernova, he again fuses science fiction, suspense, and
drama to tell the story of a most unlikely heroine: Ananke, once
a military spacecraft, now a sentient artificial intelligence.
Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a
very human longing: to know her creators.
The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S.
Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
by Elizabeth Letts. The remarkable story
of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of
World War II. Staff recommended. In
The Last Days of Night: A Novel by
Graham Moore. A thrilling novel based on
actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition,
and the battle to electrify America—featuring Edison, Tesla,
Westinghouse, and J. P. Morgan, among other 'real' people --
from the Oscar-winning screenwriter. Staff
Foreign Agent: A Thriller in The Scot
Harvath Series by Brad Thor.
Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States
has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very
special kind of operative. In paperback.
For teen readers
The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th
Wave by Rick Yancey. The
highly-anticipated finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series. In
these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide
what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what
makes us human. In paperback.
May 16, 2017:
Are You Anybody?: A Memoir by
Jeffrey Tambor. This memoir is funny,
insightful, and uplifting, touching on comedy and the
enduring chutzpah required to make it through life.
New [5/12/17] interview in
Eagle and Empire: The Clash of Eagles
Trilogy Book III by Alan Smale.
The conclusion of the masterful alternate-history saga of the
Roman invasion of North America.
Zero K: A Novel by
Don DeLillo. A meditation on death and an embrace of
life. Now in paperback.
The City of Mirrors: A Novel : The Passage
Trilogy #3 by Justin Cronin. As
the bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale, Justin
Cronin’s band of hardened survivors await the second coming of
unspeakable darkness. Staff recommended.
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to
Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb by Neal
Bascomb. Now in paperback.
For ages 9 - 12
What Elephants Know by
Eric Dinerstein. In simple poetic prose,
the author brings to life Nepal's breathtaking jungle wildlife
and rural culture, as seen through the eyes of a young outcast,
struggling to find his place in the world. In paperback.
Full Wolf Moon: A Novel by
Lincoln Child. A new thriller that
follows the trail of a killer who cannot exist . . . featuring
Jeremy Logan, the renowned investigator of the supernatural and
Gwendy's Button Box by
Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. The
little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange
events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one
story that has never been told... until now.
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by
Tracy Chevalier. William Shakespeare's
Othello retold. The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s
suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of
love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual
racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over
the shoulders of four 11 year olds Tracy Chevalier's powerful
drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal
will leave you reeling.
Hag-Seed: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare)
by Margaret Atwood. The novel take on
Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a play of enchantment,
retribution, and second chances, leads us on an interactive,
illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of
its own. In paperback.
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by
Simon Sebag Montefiore. The Romanovs
were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth
of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family
turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire?
And how did they lose it all?
Drawing on new archival
research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and
tragedy, love and murder, that is both a universal study of
power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.
Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific,
Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by
Chuck Klosterman. The bestselling author
and cultural critic compiles and contextualizes the best of his
articles and essays from the past decade.
Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the
United States of America, 1966-1971 by
Leigh Montville. An insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali
from the New York Times bestselling author of At the Altar of
Speed and The Big Bam. It centers on the cultural and political
implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military—and the
key moments in a life that was as high profile and
transformative as any in the twentieth century.
May 9, 2017:
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning
by Claire Dederer. From the bestselling
Seattle author comes a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about
going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl
she was with the woman she has become. New [5/7/17]
review here. New [5/5/17]
Since We Fell: A Novel by
Dennis Lehane. Rachel
Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental
breakdown, lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other
respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal
husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon she is sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception,
violence, and possibly madness. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and
sophisticated, this is a novel of profound
psychological insight and tension. Staff recommended.
The Thirst: A Harry Hole
Novel by Jo Nesbo. In this
electrifying new thriller, Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a
serial murderer who targets his victims . . . on Tinder.
October: The Story of the Russian
Revolution by China Miéville. The
acclaimed fantasy author plunges us into the year the world was
turned upside down. On the centenary of the Russian revolution,
he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February
1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic
monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state
in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take
place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a
desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two
revolutions? Here is a book for those new to the events,
told not only in their historical import but in all their
passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a
political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Miéville
reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story.
Saints for All Occasions: A Novel
by J. Courtney Sullivan. A sweeping,
unforgettable novel about the hope, sacrifice, and love between
two sisters and the secret that drives them apart. Chosen for
May IndieNext list.
For yong readers The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next
Chapter by Jeff Kinney. Hit the road with
author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get a behind-the-scenes
look at the making of the latest 20th Century Fox
movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
The Glorious Heresies: A
Lisa McInerney. A searing debut
novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash
society. Staff recommended. In paperback.
The Girls: A Novel by
Emma Cline. California, during the
violent end of the 1960s. An indelible portrait of girls, the
women they become, and that moment in life when everything can
go horribly wrong. Chosen for the
May IndieNext list. In paperback.
Night School: A Jack
Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Now in
Valiant Ambition: George Washington,
Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by
Nathaniel Philbrick. From the bestselling author comes a surprising account of the
middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic
relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
Chosen for the
May IndieNext list.
Now in paperback.
May 2, 2017:
Into the Water: A Novel
by Paula Hawkins. The author of the bestseller
The Girl on the Train returns with an
addictive new novel of psychological suspense. New [4/27/17]
The Seattle Times.
by Richard Russo. A new collection of short
fiction that demonstrates that the winner of the
Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls is also a master of the
The Best of Adam Sharp: A Novel by
Graeme Simsion. The Rosie
Project author returns with a second-chance love story set to the soundtrack of
our lives, this new novel follows along with emotion and humor
as one man looks back on his past and decides if having a second
chance is worth the risk. New [5/14/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
Ginny Moon: A Novel by
Benjamin Ludwig. Told in an extraordinary
and wholly original voice, this novel is at once quirky,
charming, heartbreaking, and poignant. It’s a story about being
an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making
sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up. Chosen for
May IndieNext list.
The Baker's Secret: A Novel
by Stephen P. Kiernan. From the multiple-award-winning,
critically acclaimed author comes a dazzling novel of World War
II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and
the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy
village on the eve of D-Day. Chosen for the
May IndieNext list.
Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of
Wild American Wolves by Brenda Peterson.
Seattle’s Brenda Peterson tackles restoration in this amazing
She calls her book “a narrative of restoration
science” in which “generational prejudice yielding to new ways
of living with wild wolves.” New [4/30/17]
For young readers
The Trials of Apollo Book Two : The Dark
Prophecy by Rick Riordan.
Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music,
archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the
form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named
Lester. [dang! how humiliating!] Come along for what promises to be a harrowing,
hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .
For ages 3 - 6
Goldfish Ghost by
Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown. Goldfish Ghost was born on the
surface of the water in the bowl on a dresser in a boy’s room.
The boy’s room was pleasant and familiar, but Goldfish Ghost
wanted company, so he set out to find a friend... New [5/1/17]
review in the
A Great Reckoning: A Chief Inspector Gamache
by Louise Penny. Her latest spellbinding
novel pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and
emotionally powerful truth. Now in paperback.
Commonwealth: A Novel by
Ann Patchett. The acclaimed,
bestselling author tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected
romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Now
in paperback. Chosen for the
May IndieNext list.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
This award-winning novel follows the parallel
paths of two half sisters, born into different villages in
eighteenth century Ghana, and their descendants, through eight
of the PEN/ Hemingway Award. Now in paperback. Chosen for the
May IndieNext list.
The Nix by
Nathan Hill. Staff
recommended. Now in paperback. Chosen for the
May IndieNext list.
Fatal Pursuit: A Novel of Bruno, Chief of
Police by Martin Walker. A
pair of murders, a romance, and rivals in pursuit of a long-lost
vintage car make for another mystery for Bruno, chief of police.
Now in paperback.
Dark Matter: A Novel by
Blake Crouch. A relentlessly surprising
science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how
far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of. Staff
recommended. Now in paperback.
The Gene: An Intimate History by
Siddhartha Mukherjee. In this biography,
the Pulitzer Prize-winning author braids science, history, and
memoir into an epic. Now in paperback. A Seattle Times Best Book of the Year.
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory,
Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich.
This is a propulsive,
haunting journey into the life of the most studied human
research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M.
For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks comes a
story that has much to teach us about our relentless pursuit of
knowledge. Now in paperback.
Razor Girl: A Novel by
Carl Hiaasen. A lovable con woman and
a disgraced detective team up to find a redneck reality TV star
in this raucous and razor-sharp new novel from the staff
favorite author. Now in paperback.
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in
Dangerous Times by Carolina De
Robertis. Now in paperback.
The Chalk Pit : Ruth Galloway Mysteries
by Elly Griffiths. In the ninth Ruth
Galloway mystery, Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of
murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels
hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich. May 30, 2017.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
by David Sedaris. David Sedaris tells
all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making.
For forty years, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he
records everything that captures his attention
Written with a
sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the
uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a
misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By
Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern
observers. May 30, 2017.
Marrow Island by
Alexis M. Smith. Captivates in the first few pages. PNBA
award winner. Staff recommended. In paperback. June 6, 2017.
Before the Fall by
Noah Hawley. On a foggy summer night,
eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck
painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for
New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the
plane plunges into the ocean. Winner of the
2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Staff
recommended. In paperback. June 6, 2017.
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel
by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.
From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed
historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland
comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining
history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that
questions the very foundations of the modern world.
Staff recomended. June 13, 2017.
As Good as Gone: A Novel by
Larry Watson. He captures our longing
for the Old West and its heroes, and he challenges our
understanding of loyalty and justice. Both tough and tender, it
is a stunning achievement. Staff recommended.
In paperback. June 13, 2017
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
by Sherman Alexie. A searing, deeply
moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the
critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning
author. June 13, 2017.
The Templars' Last Secret: A Bruno, Chief of
Police Novel by Martin Walker.
This time a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light,
and it's up to our hero--and favorite gourmand--to connect the
tangled threads of past and present. June 13, 2017.
A House Among the Trees: A Novel by
Julia Glass. The story of an unusual
bond between a world-famous writer and his assistant—a richly
plotted novel of friendship and love, artistic ambition, the
perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy. June
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gay. In her popular essays and
Tumblr blog, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about
food and body. She takes readers along on her journey to
understand herself in a memoir of food, weight, self-image, and
learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.
June 13, 2017.
The Force by Don
Winslow. “Ever since I started writing, I’ve
wanted to write a big, New York City cop book,”
says Edgar Award-finalist Winslow. This is it. June 20, 2017.
The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense
by Dean Koontz. A dazzling new series, a
pure adrenaline rush, debuts with Jane Hawk, a remarkable
heroine certain to become an icon of suspense. Staff
recommended. June 20, 2017.
The Child by
Fiona Barton. The British author follows her bestselling
debut, The Widow, with a
psychological thriller that examines the impact of a secret on
three women who have never met. June 27, 2017
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel by
Erika Johansen. The thrilling conclusion
to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy. June 27,
Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by
Tom Perrotta. From one of the most
popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and
hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the
frontlines of America’s culture wars. August 1, 2017.
Y is for Yesterday : A Kinsey Millhone Novel
by Sue Grafton. The darkest and most
disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone,
begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private
school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film
the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the
suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the
investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and
two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes
without a trace.
Now, it’s 1989 and one of
the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison.
Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his
ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives
with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey
Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she
keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being
haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against
Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…August
Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache
Novel by Louise Penny. When a
mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day,
Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first
curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands
unmoving, staring ahead.
In her latest utterly gripping book,
the bestselling author shatters the conventions of the crime
novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A
court that supersedes all others. August 29, 2017.
The Book of Dust : Volume 1 by
Philip Pullman. The much-anticipated new
work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last! He
returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark
Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons,
alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. October 19,
In the Midst of Winter by
Isabel Allende. A love story set in
Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an
immigrant from Guatemala. November 7, 2017.
Artemis: A Novel by
Andy Weir. The bestselling author of
The Martian returns with an irresistible
new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.
November 14, 2017.
Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a
specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting --
and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of
links to articles about books.
May 16, 2017. 15
books recommended for your summer reading pleasure — plus
a dozen paperbacks. The column in
The Seattle Times here.
May 16, 2017. Mary Ann
Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. 9 local literary celebs tell us
what they’re reading this summer.
The column here.
May 15, 2017. 10 of the
summer’s hottest crime-fiction titles.
The column here.
May 14, 2017. The
Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore. This book honors the
lives — and horrifying deaths — of early 20th-century women
whose work with the newly discovered substance radium maimed and
killed them, and whose deaths revolutionized the workplace. New
The Seattle Times.
May 11, 2017.
New in science fiction:
Stories, myths and heroes that live on.
The column here.
May 11, 2017.
Crime fiction roundup:
Sherlock Holmes, Jack Reacher star in short stories. Jack
Reacher returns in a new collection of stories, as does a tasty
Sherlock Holmes pastiche.
The column here.
March 8, 2017.
talks with award-winning author Adam
Haslett about his new novel
Imagine Me Gone,
a fiercely intimate story of the toll of mental illness and a
family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save
the people we love the most? Haslett discusses his approach to
writing, short stories verses novels, the benefits of a MFA and
his life as a reader. See the
interview on YouTube.
May 4, 2017. Five
books now out in paperback, including
Barkskins and Bad-Ass Librarians.
May 4, 2017.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
Talking to author Elizabeth Strout about her new novel,
Is Possible. The Pulitzer Prize-winner’s latest work continues
the story begun in her previous best-seller, My Name Is Lucy
the column here.
May 2, 2017.
Richard Nixon: The Life by John A.
On the PBS NewsHour. This new biography humanizes Nixon
while revealing his ‘most reprehensible’ act.
April 21, 2017. More Alive and Less Lonely by
Lethem. On his new mega-literary, meta-literary collection,
Lethem's newest book highlights selections from two decades of
his writing on books and authors, showing off not just his
commitment to the noncommittal but also his appreciation for and
understanding of the pure pleasure of reading. March 21, 2017.
L.A.Times review here.
April 13, 2017. Alec
Baldwin plus other don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle,
The column here.
April 11, 2017.
Alec Baldwin’s new
memoir, Nevertheless, is a rare celebrity memoir that’s
neither painted in pastels nor glossed with
self-actualization... the entire
April 13, 2017. LitLife column. 7 questions with
on her literary career.
April 6, 2017.
Ghosts of Seattle Past by Jaimee
Garbacik and Joshua Powell. The paperback will be
published May 16, 2017. More than a book — it’s a collection of
love letters to what we’ve lost.
The article here.
March 30, 2017. Arts critic
Moira Macdonald recommends debuts by Annie
Hartnett, Tom McAllister, Jess Kidd and Patty Yumi Cottrell.
The column here.
March 30, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Recent
biographies of Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Carter and George
Harriman, among others, prove once again that truth can be
stranger than fiction.
The column here.
March 28, 2017. In
Lincoln in the Bardo the ghostly
inhabitants of a cemetery don't yet know they're dead. Instead,
they're stuck in whatever neurotic condition they were in when
they died, narrating the story of Abraham Lincoln's visit to the
graveyard to visit his dead son.
Jeffrey Brown speaks with
Saunders about the challenge of writing about Lincoln and the
importance of being baffled, on
The PBS NewsHour.
March 23, 2017. Waiting for the
paperback? Here are 11 good reads, out now .
Moira Macdonald recommends new paperback
books by Helen Oyeyemi, Jim Harrison, Jim
Lynch, Matthew Desmond and Lindy West — plus 6 more
fiction and nonfiction titles in 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...
Everything, Everything by
Nicola Yoon. The story of a teenage girl
who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family
moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that
challenges everything she's ever known. Starring Amandla
Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson
(Jurassic World). Scheduled release date May 19, 2017.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney. Based on the
record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend
Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks
to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.
Movie scheduled for May 19, 2017.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to
Starz network. April 30, 2017.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot. TV movie on
HBO starring Oprah Winfrey
premieres April 22, 2017.
Handmaid's Tale by
Margaret Atwood. Coming as a Hulu
original series. Adapted from the classic novel this is the
story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society
in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental
disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted
fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional
values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred
(Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one
of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last
desperate attempt to repopulate the world. Also starring Alexis
Bledel [Gilmore Girls] and Samira Wiley [Orange is the New
Black]. The 10-episode first season premieres
on April 26, 2017.
review here. "... a terrifying story of a future that
looks like the past. The Hulu series, based on the 1985 Margaret
Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a
work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and
scary as hell."
Thirteen Reasons Why by
Jay Asher. Adapted by Selena Gomez for
Netflix, the 13-part series starts streaming
Friday, March 31, 2017.
The Son by Philipp Meyer
premieres Saturday April
8, 2017 on AMC.
Philipp Meyer on
adapting his book for TV.
Future release dates ...
My Cousin Rachel
by Daphne du Maurier. In the 1951
romantic-mystery novel, a young Englishman
plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin,
believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings
become complicated as he finds himself falling under the
beguiling spell of her charms. Starring: Rachel Weisz and Sam
Claflin. by Scheduled release date June 9, 2017.
The Dark Tower by Stephen King. This adaptation has been in development
limbo forever. Combining sci-fi, western, and horror elements,
the film is about Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) traversing an Old
West-style world in search of the Man in Black (Matthew
McConaughey), as well as the Dark Tower, which might save the
world. Nikolaj Arcel is directing and King, Ron Howard, and
Brian Grazer are producing. A TV series is expected to follow in
2018, showing Sony's commitment to the project. Possible release date July 28, 2017.
It by Stephen King. In the small town of Derry, Maine, seven
children come face-to-face with life problems, bullies and a
monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. This
time around Bill Skarsgård is playing Pennywise. The
first trailer has been released.
Scheduled for release September 8, 2017.
The Snowman by Jo
Nesbo. Detective Harry Hole, the hard-boiled detective
created by the Norwegian crime novelist, investigates the
disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped
around an ominous-looking snowman. Starring Michael Fassbender,
Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons. Scheduled for release October 13, 2017.
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.
The Glass Castle by
Jeannette Walls. A young girl comes of
age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a
mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who
would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction
to their poverty. Based on the 2005 memoir. Walls herself (the
adult version is played by Brie Larson, the 10-year-old version
by Ella Anderson), her artist mother (Naomi Watts), alcoholic
father (Woody Harrelson), and Walls's three siblings.
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.
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.
April 27, 2017.
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the
winners of the
2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards,
honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television
published or produced in 2016.
A few highlights:
- Best Novel:
Before the Fall by
Noah Hawley. [also staff recommended]
- Best First Novel by an American Author:
Under the Harrow by
- Best Paperback Original:
Rain Dogs by
- Best Fact Crime: The
Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by
- Best Critical/Biography:
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by
For the complete list of the winners and all
of the nominees visit
The Edgars web site.
April 10, 2017. 2017 Pulitzer winners
have been announced!
The Underground Railroad, by
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison
Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by
Heather Ann Thompson.
Biography or Autobiography:
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in
Between, by Hisham Matar.
- In the Darkroom, by
- When Breath Becomes Air, by
the late Paul Kalanithi
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American
City, by Matthew Desmond.
The complete list of winners and finalists in all categories are
available at the official
Pulitzer web site.
March 27, 2017. PEN
America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN
America Literary Awards.
- PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for
Nonfiction: To an author of a distinguished book
of general nonfiction published in 2015 or 2016 possessing
notable literary merit and critical perspective and
illuminating important contemporary issues:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
American City by Matthew Desmond.
- PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science
Writing Award: For a book of literary nonfiction
on the subject of the physical or biological sciences
published in 2016:
A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by
- PEN Open Book Award: For an
exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of
color published in 2016:
Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen
For all of the information visit the
PEN web site.
March 16, 2017. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2016:
- Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson.
House of Lords and Commons.
- Criticism. Carol Anderson.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our
- Autobiography. Hope Jahren.
- Biography. Ruth Franklin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
- Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
- Fiction. Louise Erdrich.
- The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize
which honors an author's first book in any genre:
Yaa Gyasi for
- The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award:
More information and all of the details available at the web
January 23, 2017.
American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award
- John Newbery Medal for most outstanding
contribution to children's literature:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by
Kelly Barnhill. The story is
pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a
complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters.
Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in
exquisite, lyrical prose.
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most
distinguished American picture book for children:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel
Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe, an author and artist
who has illustrated a dozen books, is the son of illustrator
John Steptoe. Radiant Child also earned the Coretta Scott
King (Illustrator) Book Award.
Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and
immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted
and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy,
evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant
Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with
Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.
- Printz and YALSA awards for excellence in literature and
nonfiction for young adults, respectively:
Three, created by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and
Nate Powell, took home both the Printz and the YALSA, as well as the Robert F.
Sibert award for most distinguished informational book for
children. Lewis and co-writer Aydin were also awarded the
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an
African American author of outstanding books for children
and young adults.
For more information about the winners, the 2017
Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year:
ala.org web site
January 10, 2017.
2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards announced:
- Thunder Boy Jr. by
Sherman Alexie. Alexie's first book
for children is a picture book to cherish, starring a
strong-willed little boy who just wants to make his mark on
the world with a name all his own.
- Bitch Planet Book One: Extraordinary
Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
A smart, profane, and thoroughly terrifying examination of
widespread intersectional oppression that feels all too
familiar. Pick up this book and join the ranks of the
- To The Bright Edge Of The World
by Eowyn Ivey. Returning to the same
lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second
novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. An
absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure,
danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal
fear of the unknown.
- On Trails: An Exploration by
Robert Moor. In this excellent
debut, Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology,
adventure and reflection through the literal and
metaphorical trails that lead our lives.
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx. A sweeping saga spanning more than 700
pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two
families for generations as they attempt to tame their world
and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that
surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that
may be her best work yet.
- Marrow Island by
Alexis M. Smith. Marrow Island was
once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become
the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of
Lucie’s father. Addressing environmental issues, cult
behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island
is an original and riveting read.
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West. This brilliant book
will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring
empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist
woman in today's world. West uses humor as a gateway to grab
the attention of those who may not normally want to read a
"feminist book." A conversation starting read.
November 16, 2016. The National Book Award winners have been announced.
- Fiction: Colson Whitehead,
The Underground Railroad
- Nonfiction: Ibram X. Kendi,
Stamped from the Beginning: The
Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
- Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky,
The Performance of Becoming Human
- Young People's Literature: John Lewis,
Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist),
March: Book Three
For all of the long lists and the finalists visit the
National Book Foundation web site.
Great article in
The Seattle Times.
October 26, 2016. Paul Beatty Becomes First American To Win Man Booker Prize For
Fiction. The chair of the judging panel said his novel
The Sellout was a unanimous choice.
Three years after the Man Booker Prize was opened up to all
novels written in English and published in the UK – regardless
of whether they were British, Irish, Commonwealth or from, say,
Micronesia – the Americans finally have a winner:
Paul Beatty with The
Sellout. All the information and details on the
Man Booker web site.
October 13, 2016. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016.
Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins the
Nobel in literature. The singer-songwriter was recognized
for "having created new poetic expressions within the great
American song tradition." Article in
The Seattle Times.
And for all kinds of "interesting" reactions, [pro and
con!] just Google it... fascinating!
October 8, 2016. The
Washington State Book Awards.
A book award is
given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit,
lasting importance and overall quality. The awards and
celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library
2016 Book Award Winners (for books published
- Fiction: The
Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma
- Poetry: Reconnaissance by
Road Trip by Mark Rozema
- History/General Nonfiction:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the
Lusitania by Erik Larson
Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award Finalists:
- Picture Book:
Boats for Papa written and
illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
- Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat
by Deborah Underwood
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):
The Game of Love and Death by
June 8, 2016. Author Lisa McInerney wins the
2016 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Glorious
Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges,
commented: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong
shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a
superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights
into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful
storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.”
See the entire announcement,
and more, here.
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Cynthia Bond.
- Hannah Rothschild.
The Improbability of Love.
- Elizabeth McKenzie.
The Portable Veblen.
- Anne Enright.
The Green Road,
- Hanya Yanagihara.
A Little Life.
See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners,
current and former,
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.
- Tuesdau, November 28, 2017. Isabel
Allende. Her new novel In the
Midst of Winter.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- Fridya, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Mon, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
For the complete schedule, more information about the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
A few of the upcoming events:
- May 25, 2017. Thursday. 7:30pm.
China Miéville with Monica Guzman.
The Story of the Russian Revolution. In February 1917, in
the midst of a bloody war, Russia was an autocratic
monarchy. Nine months later, it was the first socialist
state in world history. How did this remarkable
transformation take place? Award-winning author China
Miéville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian
Revolution and now, on the centenary of the revolution, he
provides his own distinctive take on this historic moment.
His new book, October: The Story of the
Russian Revolution is being published May 9, 2017.
- May 26, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm.
Philip Caputo. The New York Times
bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author began his
writing career in 1968, when he joined the staff of the
Chicago Tribune. He was a general assignment and team
investigative reporter and a a foreign correspondent. In
1977, he left the paper to focus on writing books. He has
written 16 books, including two memoirs, five books of
nonfiction, and nine novels. Caputo has won 10 journalistic
and literary awards. Some Rise by Sin
is his first novel since 2013. It is the story of a
Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through
the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican
Visit the web site for
more information, and more scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- July 11, 2017. Tuesday. 7pm.
Clarion West presents science fiction author
Connie Willis at the Central
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.