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.
February 20, 2018:
Down the River Unto the Sea by
Walter Mosley. The author of
the Easy Rawlins mystery series starts a new franchise here with a crime novel
featuring Joe King Oliver, a former NYPD detective turned
private Brooklyn investigator. Fantastic new [2/17/18] review in
The Seattle Times.
The Woman in the Water: A
Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series by
Charles Finch. This chilling new mystery in the
bestselling series by Charles Finch takes readers back to
Charles Lenox’s very first case and the ruthless serial killer
who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most
What Are We Doing Here?:
Essays by Marilynne Robinson. New
essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by
the Pulitzer Prize winner.
The Future of Humanity:
Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our
Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku.
author of The Future of the Mind
traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial
intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's
future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant
Laura Lippman. A noirish crime novel that’s a
delicious homage to James M. Cain. Lippman
will speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures March 30 with her husband
David Simon, the Emmy-winning/screenwriter producer of “The
For young readers
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
by J. Anderson Coats. High-spirited
young Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer’s plan to bring
Civil War widows and orphans to Washington Territory—but life
out west isn’t at all what she expects in this novel that’s
perfect for fans of Avi and
Little House on the Prairie. In
My Canadian Boyfriend,
Justin Trudeau by Carrie Parker.
A celebration of the man, the myth, and the meme that is
everyone’s political crush.
Accompanied by the author’s
sweetly off-kilter thoughts about Trudeau’s many remarkable
physical and intellectual assets, philosophies, and actions, as
well as her quirky observances about Canadian culture.
Small Great Things: A
Novel by Jodi Picoult. With
richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will
lead readers to question everything they know about privilege,
power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new
page-turner from Jodi Picoult. In paperback.
All Our Wrong Todays: A
Novel by Elan Mastai. This
acclaimed debut novel is a story of friendship and family, of
unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its
multitude of forms. In paperback.
The Boy on the Bridge
by M. R. Carey. From the author of the
bestselling The Girl With All the Gifts,
a great new novel set in the same post-apocalyptic world. In
February 13, 2018:
The Kremlin’s Candidate :
A Novel, The Red Sparrow Trilogy #3 by
Jason Matthews. In the final, thrilling installment of
the trilogy, Russian counterintelligence chief Dominika Egorova
and her lover, CIA agent Nate Nash, must find a Russian agent
about to be appointed to a very high office in the US
government. Book #1: Red Sparrow; Book #2: Palace of Treason.
The film, Red Sparrow,
starring Jennifer Lawrence will be in theaters March 2, 2018.
White Houses: A Novel
by Amy Bloom. For readers of
The Paris Wife and
The Swans of Fifth Avenue comes a
love story inspired by “one of the most intriguing relationships
in history”*—between Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena
Night Moves: An Alex
Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman.
The bestselling author and master of the psychological thriller
makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding
suspense. Even with all his years of experience, LAPD
homicide detective Milo Sturgis knows there are crimes his skill
and savvy cannot solve alone. That’s when he calls on brilliant
psychologist Alex Delaware to read between the lines, where the
darkest motives lurk.
The Legacy : A Thriller
by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The first
installment in a fantastic new series featuring the psychologist
Freyja and the police officer Huldar.
Enlightenment Now: The
Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by
Steven Pinker. The follow-up to his
groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our
Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people
are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and
while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the
Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker
shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge,
and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but
worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force.
It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason
and science can enhance human flourishing.
1/31/18: Billionaire philanthropist
Bill Gates has a new favorite book, and it'll make you
feel optimistic. The
Wallis in Love: The Untold
Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the
Monarchy by Andrew Morton. It’s
the story of the American divorcee whose love made a man give up
a kingdom, and how it relates even to the upcoming nuptials with
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
What Makes Your Brain
Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite: Updated and Revised
by David Disalvo. The science writer
distills the latest research on how our brains work into
easy-to-understand lessons that will give average readers
insights into their habitual behaviors. In paperback.
Woman No. 17: A Novel
by Edan Lepucki. Darkly comic, twisty
and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and
proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting
voices of her generation. In paperback.
New Boy: A Novel (Hogarth
Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier.
Shakespeare’s harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge [Othello!]
to a 1970s era elementary school playground. In paperback.
February 6, 2018:
The Great Alone by
Hannah. The latest from the Northwest author: a novel
about a family in crisis. A young father and POW returns from
Vietnam suffering from PTSD. The family, barely making ends meet
in 1974, moves from Seattle to the untamed wilderness of Kaneq,
Alaska, to claim a parcel of land left to him by a slain Army
buddy. Sony’s TriStar Pictures has preemptively purchased
movie rights already! Great new [2/18/18] review in
The Seattle Times.
American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
“Subtle, well-crafted and powerful”
reads the starred Kirkus Review of this contemporary novel,
about a couple facing the husband’s incarceration for a crime he
did not commit. *new Oprah book club pick!*
Force of Nature: A
Novel by Jane Harper. Five women
go on a hike. Only four return. The bestselling author asks: How
well do you really know the people you work with? Her debut,
The Dry is a staff favorite.
Feel Free: Essays
by Zadie Smith. Arranged into five
sections--In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the
Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this new collection poses questions we
immediately recognize. This is literary journalism at its
interview/review on npr here.
I Am, I Am, I Am:
Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie
O'Farrell. We are never closer to life than when we brush
up against the possibility of death. This is an astonishing
memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and
defined her life.
A great new [2/5/18] interview on
npr here: "After 17 Brushes With Death, A Writer
Reflects On Coming 'Back From The Brink'"
The Line Becomes a River:
Dispatches from the Border by Francisco
For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the
blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican
immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest.
Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border
Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions
crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they
learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through
frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention
those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the
stories go from there.
Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the
Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels
to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú
discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must
know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, this makes
urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides
of the line.
Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa.
The Nobel prizewinner’s latest novel is a tale of gossip and
politics set during a corrupt regime in Lima, Peru.
Tempests and Slaughter: The Numair
Chronicles, Book One by Tamora Pierce.
In the first book in
the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . .
. fated for danger. Readers will be
rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín
came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable
fantasy adventure where a kingdom's future rests on the
shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making
on npr "Tamora Pierce Writes One For The Boys (But Just
One) In 'Tempests And Slaughter'"
Lincoln in the Bardo: A
Novel by George Saunders. The
long-awaited first novel from the author of
Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story
featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an
unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead,
historical and invented. In paperback. Winner of the
2017 Man Booker Prize. Staff recommended.
White Tears: A Novel
by Hari Kunzru. Ghost story, murder
mystery, love letter to American music--White Tears is all of
this and more, a thrilling investigation of race and
appropriation in society today. In paperback.
Beartown: A Novel
by Fredrik Backman. The bestselling
author of A Man Called Ove returns
with a novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and
the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. In
4 3 2 1: A Novel by
Paul Auster. A sweeping and surprising
story of birthright and possibility, of love and of life itself.
Staff recommended. Shortlisted for the Man Booker
Prize. In paperback.
Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life
All the Way by Ryan White. A
candid, compelling, and rollicking portrait of the pirate
captain of Margaritaville—Jimmy Buffett. In paperback.
The Heirs: A Novel
by Susan Rieger.
one of NPR's Best Books of 2017
portrait of a family, with the tangled nature of inheritance,
told with compassion, insight, and wit. Moving seamlessly
through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, this is a
tale out of Edith Wharton for the 21st century. In paperback.
Full Wolf Moon: A Novel
in the Jeremy Logan Series by Lincoln Child. On the trail of a
killer who cannot possibly exist . . . Jeremy Logan, the
renowned "enigmalogist," has often found himself in situations
where keeping an open mind could mean the difference between
life and death, and that has never been more true than now. In
Last Hope Island:
Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn
the Tide of War by Lynne Olson. A
groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of
operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate
struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. In paperback.
January 30, 2018:
Still Me: A Novel by
Jojo Moyes. A brand new book featuring
the iconic heroine of
Before You and After You.
The Monk of Mokha by
Eggers. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together
the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living
through civil war and the courageous journey of a young man--a
Muslim and a U.S. citizen--following the most American of
The Underground Railroad by
Colson Whitehead. In this ingenious
conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor:
engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual
tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. It is both the
gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of
bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
The Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and countless other
award-winning novel now in paperback! Mr. Whitehead will be in town February 15,
speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures.
More information about the event here.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel
Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti.
As teenager Loo uncovers a history that’s darker than she could
have known, the demons of her father’s past spill over into the
present—and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning
yet to come. Staff recommended. Now in
A Piece of the World: A
Novel by Christina Baker Kline. A
stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art,
inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting
The author interweaves fact and fiction
to vividly reimagine a real moment in history, and presents a
powerful story of the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait,
her complicated relationship to her family and inheritance, and
how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and
timeless legacy. In paperback.
Winter Sisters by
Robin Oliveira. Another best-selling writer based in the Seattle
area; Oliveira sets her novels in the 19th century. Her latest,
set in 1879 New York and involving two missing little girls, is
a rich and compelling historical novel about the disappearance
of two young girls after a cataclysmic blizzard, and what
happens when their fate is discovered. February 27, 2018.
Exit West: A Novel
by Mohsin Hamid
THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK
CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
In a country teetering on the
brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely
independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a
furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature
intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. In paperback.
February 27, 2018.
Don't Let Go: A Novel
by Harlan Coben. With unmatched suspense
and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and
little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even
a town in this powerful new thriller. Now in paperback. February
In This Grave Hour: A
Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline
Winspear. Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime
Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s
declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent
breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. In paperback.
February 27, 2018.
Speak No Evil by
Uzodinma Iweala. This PW-starred second
novel from the author of Beasts of No Nation
is set in Washington, D.C., as top student Niru’s life shifts
when his conservative Nigerian parents find out he’s queer.
March 6, 2018.
The Heart's Invisible
Furies: A Novel by John Boyne.
From the beloved bestselling author of The
Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga
about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in
post-war Ireland. In paperback. March 6, 2018.
The Parking Lot Attendant
by Nafkote Tamirat. This debut is a
coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly knit
Ethiopian community who falls under the influence of a
charismatic hustler. The novel received a starred PW review.
March 13, 2018.
The Flight Attendant
by Chris Bohjalian. A powerful story
about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight
attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a
dead man - and no idea what happened. A spellbinding story of
memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating
consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home. March
The Sparsholt Affair
by Alan Hollinghurst. PW starred this
family epic spanning the 1940s to the present. Hollinghurst is a
past winner of the Man Booker Prize. March 13, 2018.
How to Taste: The Curious
Cook's Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and
Beyond--with Recipes by Becky Selengut.
This engaging and approachable (and humorous!) guide to taste
and flavor will make you a more skilled and confident home cook.
March 13, 2018.
The Sparsholt Affair by
Alan Hollinghurst. The Man Booker
Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty
returns with a novel beginning during the second World War and
ending in 2012; it is, as The Guardian
wrote in a rapturous review upon its British release, “about
gay life, about art, about family, but most of all it’s about
the remorseless passage of time.” March 20, 2018.
The Italian Teacher by
Rachman. Rachman’s best-selling The Imperfectionists took
place in the world of journalism; his new book explores the
world of art, focusing on a world-famous painter and his
struggling-artist son. March 20, 2018.
To Die but Once: A Maisie
Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear.
Maisie Dobbs faces danger and intrigue on the home front during
World War II. She investigates the disappearance of a young
apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news
of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches
of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the
threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie
makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.
March 27, 2018.
Charles Frazier. The National Book Award-winning
author of Cold Mountain returns to the Civil War period with a
novel based on the true story of Varina Howell Davis, the young
wife of the much-older Confederacy president Jefferson Davis.
April 2, 2018.
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel
of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie
Dray. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, the
authors used thousands of letters and original sources to tell
Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the
wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also
as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own
right. April 3, 2018
The Overstory: A
Novel by Richard Powers. Powers
won the National Book Award in 2006 for The
Echo Maker. This, his 12th
novel, tells of a group of people mysteriously brought together
to save the continent’s few acres of forest. April 3, 2018.
The Female Persuasion by
Meg Wolitzer. For all of us who got happily lost in
The Interestings, Wolitzer returns with what’s said to be another
multilayered tale, this one focusing on women and power.
April 3, 2018.
The Norwegian author of the wildly popular Harry Hole
crime-fiction series tries his hand at Shakespeare, setting “the
Scottish play” in a 1970s industrial town, where a drug lord
named . Hecate tries to manipulate the violent, paranoid SWAT team
head, Inspector Macbeth. Ooh! April 10, 2018.
The Fates Divide : Carve
the Mark #2 by Veronica Roth.
April 10, 2018.
Madeline Miller. With unforgettably
vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning
suspense, this is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating
epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well
as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's
world. npr recommended: "this one I really
can't recommend highly enough..."
The whole review here. April 10, 2018.
You Think It, I’ll Say It by
Sittenfeld. We were charmed by Sittenfeld’s 2016 take on Jane
Austen, Eligible, now the author is back with her first collection of short stories. April 24,
Twisted Prey : A Prey
Novel by John Sandford. A rich
psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S.
Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was
also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders,
though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had
gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another
fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.
right. A federal marshal now, he's heard rumors that Grant has
found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the
contacts she's made from it, to be very...useful. Pinning those
rumors down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and
considerably more dangerous. April 24, 2018.
Adjustment Day by
Chuck Palahniuk. Smug, geriatric
politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of
young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and
professors propound theories that offer students only the
bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates the
new, disunited states. May 1, 2018.
Michael Ondaatje. In Ondaatje’s first
work of fiction since 2011, it’s 1945 and 14-year-old Nathaniel
and his older sister, Rachel, stay behind in London when their
parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a
mysterious figure named the Moth. He might be a criminal, but
they are less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew
of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of
unspecified service during the war. May 8, 2018.
The Mars Room by
Rachel Kushner. It’s 2003 and Romy Hall
is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville
Women’s Correctional Facility, where she experiences the
absurdities of institutional living. From the author of
The Flamethrowers. May 8, 2018.
Shelter in Place by
Nora Roberts. Shooters arrive one
evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. The violence lasts
only eight minutes before the killers are taken down, but for
those who lived through it, the effects last forever. May 29,
Outline and Transit, this novel
completes Cusk’s trilogy: a woman writer visits a Europe in
flux, where questions of personal and political identity rise to
the surface. June 5. 2018.
There There by
Tommy Orange. In this debut novel, the
lives of a disparate cast of characters are altered at the Big
Oakland Powwow. June 5, 2018.
My Year of Rest and
Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.
The latest from the Man Booker finalist is about a young woman’s
efforts to duck the world by embarking on an extended
hibernation with the help of the worst psychiatrist in the
world. July 10, 2018.
Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a
specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting --
and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of
links to articles about books.
February 11, 2018. Reviewer
Adam Woog looks at Seattle writer
Robin Oliveira’s engrossing
Winter Sisters and
Karen Cleveland’s swift and sure-footed debut,
Need to Know. Strong women leading
two crime-fiction tales.
February 8, 2018. For
Valentine’s Day, arts critic Moira
Macdonald sifted through her pile of new releases to find some
especially appropriate reads for this most romantic of holidays.
Her column here.
February 8, 2018.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Steve Coll answers
questions about his new book, Directorate S:
the C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan,
the sequel to his 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book
The column here.
February 4, 2018.
Denis Johnson’s posthumous story collection is a
thrilling gift from the grave. The column in
The Seattle Times here.
February 3, 2018.
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America
[published 2/6/18] looks at a local story of rape and its
Column in The Seattle Times.
February 3, 2018. A young immigrant
from Yemen becomes a coffee exporter in Dave
Eggers’ latest nonfiction page-turner [published
1/30/18]. The lovely article/review in
The Seattle Times here.
January 31, 2018. Should you be in
need of a good paperback — Aren’t we all? Always? — here are a
half-dozen newly published options. The
January 28, 2018.
Mira Lee’s impressive debut,
Everything Here Is Beautiful tells of two sisters and the
way mental illness shapes family dynamics. The
new review here.
January 27, 2018. Two charming new
mysteries; one local, one set overseas.
Pre-Meditated Murder is the fifth lighter-than-air and
thoroughly enjoyable mystery from Seattleite
Tracy Weber. In paperback January 8, 2018. The
entire article/review here.
Saturday, February 3, 2018.
1-2 pm. We will welcome back one of our favorites, author
Tracy Weber, with her newest book! More
information on our Events Page.
January 25, 2018. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist
Four new biographies introduce us to remarkable people, two
entrepreneurs, a U.S. president, a sculptor and a social
firebrand come to life in the pages of these four books.
The column here.
January 17, 2018. Colson Whitehead on the wild ride of the last year and
a half, and casting the movie adaptation of The Underground
Fascinating interview here.
January 17, 2018. What award-winning
writer Jesmyn Ward told Chief Sealth IHS
"I asked myself, if you die tomorrow, or next
week, what did you do with your life that would give it meaning,
and the immediate response was, writing." Eavesdrop on what
two-time National Book Award winner
Jesmyn Ward told students during a visit
to Chief Sealth High School.
January 14, 2018.
Crime fiction: James Lee Burke’s
Robicheaux revisits the author’s best-known figure: Dave
Robicheaux, a Cajun sheriff’s deputy in Iberia Parish,
Great new review here.
January 11, 2018.
LitLife column. ‘Frankenstein’ turns
200: Mary Shelley’s horror story was published this month
in 1818. The genesis of “Frankenstein” began in 1816 when young
Mary Shelley and a group of illustrious writers sat around a
fireplace telling ghost stories...
The column here.
January 10, 2018. In remembrance of
Sue Grafton, who created memorable
detective Kinsey Millhone, and left a remarkable literary
A lovely column here.
January 6, 2018.
Women & Power
Links Today's Trolls With Ancient Ancestors.
Women & Power: A Manifesto by
Book published December 12, 2017.
December 30, 2017.
Books to look forward to in 2018. Some suggestions for
winter-to-spring fiction, as well as some older titles that
we’ll be seeing on-screen soon.
The column here.
December 14, 2017. Famed photographer
Annie Leibovitz shares the meaning of
her latest book of images and talks about using her portraits to
explore who we are. The great article in
The Seattle Times here.
December 13, 2017.
Caroline Fraser’s new biography of Laura
Ingalls Wilder takes a close look at fact vs. fiction in
the ‘Little House’ books. Prairie Fires: The
American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder published
November 21, 2017.
December 13, 2017.
Lit Life: Moira Macdonald Though we tend to read the
“Little House” books as autobiography, they are “heavily
fictionalized in many ways,” said Caroline Fraser, author of
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura
Ingalls Wilder, a fascinating new biography.
The article here.
December 7, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn, Lit Life
Columnist : favorite books of 2017.
The column here.
December 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
November 30, 2017.
The year’s top 10 best books, selected by the
editors of The New York Times Book Review:
- Autumn by Ali Smith
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory
of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us by
- Grant by Ron Chernow
- Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black
America by James Forman Jr.
- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls
Wilder by Caroline Fraser
- Priestdaddy by
The editors' complete reviews of the books
November 25, 2017.
Nicole Brodeur / Column
An intimate peek into the
Obama White House by official photographer Pete
Souza, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.
Just published November 7, 2017.
Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by
Beatrix Potter. Based on the children's
book series the animated adventure "Peter Rabbit" promises to be
seriously nostalgic. Featuring James Corden as the voice of said
bunny (who's trying his best to sneak some veggies from a nearby
farmer's garden), the film debuts in theaters
on February 9, 2018.
Fifty Shades Freed by
E. L. James. The final book in the
Fifty Shades saga, Christian and Ana
navigate their most dangerous, treacherous relationship yet:
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.
The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The Alienist
is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a
serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy
prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel
by Caleb Carr. TNT series premiering January 22, 2018. More
information here at
the TNT web site.
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI
Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner.
In paperback January 2, 2018. The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator
recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with
David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves
as a basis for the upcoming TV mini-series Waco, on Spike TV.
First episode scheduled to be aired January 24,
The Death Cure: The Maze Runner #3
by James Dashner. Dylan O'Brien reprises
his role as Thomas in the sequel to Maze Runner. The movie,
about Thomas' dangerous journey to find a cure for a fatal
disease known as the "Flare," also stars Giancarlo Esposito,
Dexter Darden and Rosa Salazar. It's scheduled to arrive
in theaters on January 26, 2018.
Future release dates ...
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on 2014
novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), promises to
keep audiences (and readers) on the edge of their seats. The
film stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac and
Tessa Thompson in a riveting post-apocalyptic story about a
scientist's search for her missing husband and her encounter
with a mysterious force wreaking havoc on the world. In
theaters on February 23, 2018.
Red Sparrow by
James Matthews. In this spy thriller, Dominika Egorova
(Jennifer Lawrence) is a former Russian ballerina forced into a
Russian intelligence program in order to get her mother medical
care. She falls for an American mole in Russia, whom she is
tasked with exposing. Directed by Francis Lawrence (who directed
three of the four Hunger Games movies), the film co-stars Jeremy
Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Charlotte Rampling. The fast-paced thriller
arrives in theaters on March 2, 2018.
A Wrinkle in Time by
Madeleine L'Engle. The cinematic
masterpiece stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy
Kaling, Storm Reid, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis and tells
the story of a girl named Meg who's sent on a journey across the
universe with her friends to rescue her missing father. The
film arrives in theaters on March 9, 2018.
Ready Player One by
Ernest Cline. The post-apocalyptic tale
is set in 2045, when life is bleak. For many, their only sense
of purpose and excitement comes from their virtual reality
gaming systems. When one of the creators of a popular virtual
world dies, he leaves behind clues for other players to solve in
a race to inherit his fortune. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest
Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date
March 30, 2018.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by
Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden
mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to
track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Director: Richard Linklater; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Kristen
Wiig, Billy Crudup. In theaters May 11, 2018.
Sharp Objects by
Gillian Flynn. This one has quite the pedigree: An
adaptation of a book by the author of Gone
Girl, directed by the director of “Big Little Lies”
(Jean-Marc Vallée), starring five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams
as a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover a violent
murder. It is set to air on HBO June 2018, 8
Crazy Rich Asians by
Kevin Kwan. Based on the bestselling
novel, the film follows American-born Chinese economics
professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who travels with her
boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to Singapore for his best
friend's wedding. There, she finds out Nick comes from an
extremely wealthy family and that he's a very sought-after
bachelor. The ensemble cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong,
Harry Shum Jr., Awkwafina, Jimmy O. Yang, and Gemma Chan. It’s in theaters August 17, 2018.
The Little Stranger by
Sarah Waters. This thoroughly creepy
gothic novel, which was a finalist for the Booker and one of
PW's best books of 2009, is a natural fit for a film adaptation...
Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling star.
In theaters August 31, 2018.
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
by James R. Hansen. Ryan Gosling is
starring based on the biography. The story explores what led up
to Neil's historic space mission in 1969, which made him one of
the most famous astronauts in the world. The historical drama
debuts in theaters on October 12, 2018.
The Jungle Book by
Rudyard Kipling. This go-round will star
Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch in a
depiction director Andy Serkis claims is "very truthful to the
original book. It doesn't shy away from its darkness." The
family drama is scheduled for release on
October 19, 2018.
Fahrenheit 451 by
Ray Bradbury. First adapted as a film in 1966 by François
Truffaut, the 1953 novel will see another version this year on
HBO, directed by Ramin Bahrani. In a dystopian world, fireman
Montag questions his job burning books and battles his mentor
Beatty. HBO has released a teaser trailer for the movie.
The Sisters Brothers by
Patrick deWitt. This ridiculously fun
buddy western, a finalist for the Booker and one of PW's best
books of 2011, is getting an adaptation by Jacques Audiard (A
Prophet). Set in the 1850s, the story follows two notorious
assassin brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and
Joaquin Phoenix), who are hired to kill prospector Hermann
Kermit Warm (Jake Gyllenhaal) by their boss, the Commodore
(Rutger Hauer). Much delightful chaos ensues. The film costars
Riz Ahmed as Warm's partner, Morris, and Carol Kane as Mrs.
Sisters. TBA 2018.
The Bell Jar by
Sylvia Plath. Her only published novel, will be a
movie starring Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons. Directed by
Kirsten Dunst (who also co-wrote the screenplay). The story
follows a successful 19-year-old woman named Esther (played by
Dakota) who has a mental breakdown and struggles with severe
depression and thoughts of suicide. The haunting, emotional
drama is due in theaters sometime in 2018.
Between Shades of Gray by
Ruta Sepetys. The movie based on this YA
historical fiction novel will be called Ashes in the Snow. The
story, set in 1941, follows a young girl named Lina who, along
with her family, is forced to Siberia during Joseph Stalin's
reign of terror. In the cold and bleak wilderness, Lina relies
on her passion for art to keep record of the harrowing
experience. TBA 2018.
The Long Home by
William Gay. James Franco-directed and --starring film
about a young man who unwittingly begins working for the same
man who murdered his father. TBA 2018.
Bel Canto by Ann
Patchett. Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken
Watanabe star in the screen adaptation of the 2001 PEN/Faulkner
Award-winning novel, set during a hostage situation in a South
American country. TBA 2018.
The Hate U Give by
Angie Thomas. A YA novel about a black
teenage girl whose life is changed after she watches a cop shoot
her unarmed best friend, Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”)
and Regina Hall star in the film version TBA
The Girl Before by
J.P. Delaney. A woman falls for an
architect and gets an eerie premonition about his house, when
she finds out that another woman died there.
Director: Ron Howard. TBA.
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of
Love and War by Lynsey Addario.
[published February 5, 2015] A Pacific Northwest bestseller
spring of 2015. A memoir by the award-winning international
photojournalist. Director: Steven
Spielberg. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence.
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.
Looking for Alaska by
John Green. Green's first young adult
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.
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.
February 12, 2018.
American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award
- John Newbery Medal for most outstanding
contribution to children's literature:
Hello, Universe written by
Erin Entrada Kelly. Filipino folklore and real life
converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and
portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency.
Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern
quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most
distinguished American picture book for children:
in the Snow, illustrated and written by
this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub
each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses
pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall
and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale
elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an
engrossing, emotionally charged story.
For more information about the winners, the 2018
Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year:
ala.org web site.
January 22, 2018.
Finalsits for the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2017 have been
Sing, Unburied, Sing, winner of the
National Book Award for fiction, is now a nominee for the
National Book Critics Circle prize.
Other finalists announced
include Mohsin Hamid’s
Exit West for fiction,
Roxane Gay’s Hunger for
autobiography and Masha Gessen’s
The Future is History, winner of the
National Book Award for nonfiction.
The critics circle chose
five nominees in each of six competitive categories: fiction,
nonfiction, autobiography, biography, poetry and criticism.
Winners will be announced March 15, 2018.
More information in
The Seattle Times, here. And visit the
official website for all kinds of information.
winners will be anounced March 15, 2018.
January 19, 2018. 2018 Edgars® Nominees
Mystery Writers of America
is proud to announce the Nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe
Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction
and television published or produced in 2017.
BEST NOVEL NOMINEES:
Dime by Kathleen Kent
- Prussian Blue by
- Bluebird, Bluebird by
- A Rising Man by
- The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN
- She Rides Shotgun by
- Dark Chapter by
Winnie M. Li
- Lola by Melissa
- Tornado Weather by
Deborah E. Kennedy
- Idaho by
The Edgar® Awards will be presented April
For all kinds of information, and the lists
of all of the nominees, visit
The Edgars website.
January 9, 2018.
PNBA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Pacific
Northwest Book Awards. A volunteer Committee of
independent booksellers chose these six books from more than 400
nominated titles published in 2017.
- American War: A Novel by
Omar El Akkad [Portland, OR]
- The Book of Mistakes by
Corinna Luyken [Olympia, WA]
- Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in
Living Color by Chandler O'Leary and
Jessica Spring [Tacoma, WA]
- Idaho: A Novel by
Emily Ruskovich [Idaho City, ID]
- Tides: The Science and Spirit of the
Ocean by Jonathan White [Orcas
- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A
Memoir by Sherman Alexie [Seattle,
- Indie Spirit Honor:
Brian Doyle, 1956 - 2017 [Lake Oswego, OR]
More information about the winners, and links to all of the
lists for this year and previous years' awards,
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.
Man Booker website for all kinds of information.
October 14, 2017. The
Washington Center for the Book announced
its annual Washington State Book Awards
honoring books published by Washington authors in 2016.
Books for adults:
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 Seattle Times article here.
June 15, 2017. Author
Naomi Alderman wins the
2017 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Power.
What would happen if women suddenly
possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable
place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family
pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true
nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl
from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and
flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating
effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can
cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist
of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative
fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us
on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our
own world in bold and surprising ways.
To be published in the
United States October 10, 2017.
Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The
judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated
this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to
Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas
and her fantastic imagination.”
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Stay With Me by
- 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
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.
- Monday, March 5, 2018 7:30 pm.
SAL Presents Daniel Pink.
Daniel H. Pink is the author of
several provocative, bestselling books about business, work,
and behavior. His newest book is The
Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. The bestselling
author of Drive and To Sell Is Human,
unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you
flourish at work, at school, and at home.
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
His novel The
Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won
the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016,
for what the Pulitzer Prize Citation observed as “a
layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice
of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the
2017 - 2018 Season Schedules
announced for all of the series: The
Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves;
Latest Works and Literary Delights.
For the complete schedules, more information about all of the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
Visit the web site for
more information and all scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Samuel Harrington discusses
working with patients and as a hospice trustee, Dr.
Harrington offers a unique perspective on end-of-life
planning and care. Harrington will appear in conversation
with Mary Ann Gwinn.
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:
- 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.