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There is always so much book-related news out there, we decided to dedicate a page to attempting to organize some of it in one place. On this page you will find: Recent Releases; Upcoming Releases; Reviews; Movies, TV & Plays; Book Awards; and other Book-related news.


Recent & Upcoming Releases
Books that are being released soon, new hardcover titles that we are already excited about, or paperback releases that we've been waiting and waiting for.

 



Recent Releases

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 Novel by 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 Lightless and 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 paperback.

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 recommended.

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 The SeattleTimes.

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. In paperback.

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 fantastic.

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. In paperback.

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] interview here.

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 the 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 Novel by 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 paperback.

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] review in The Seattle Times.

Trajectory: Stories 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 shorter genre.

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 the 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 new book. 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] review here.

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 Seattle Times.

A Great Reckoning: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel 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 generations. Winner 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.

 



Upcoming Releases.

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 13, 2017

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, 2017

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, Y 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 22, 2017.

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, 2017.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. A love story set in Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an immigrant from Guatemala. November 7, 2017.

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 review in 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. Nancy Pearl 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. The column here.

 


 

May 4, 2017.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Talking to author Elizabeth Strout about her new novel, Anything Is Possible. The Pulitzer Prize-winner’s latest work continues the story begun in her previous best-seller, My Name Is Lucy Barton. the column here.



May 2, 2017. Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell. On the PBS NewsHour. This new biography humanizes Nixon while revealing his ‘most reprehensible’ act.

 


 

April 21, 2017. More Alive and Less Lonely by Jonathan 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. The L.A.Times review here.

 


 

April 13, 2017. Alec Baldwin plus other don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle, April 14-21. 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 review here.

 


 

April 13, 2017. LitLife column. 7 questions with Ann Cleeves on her literary career. Column here.


 


 

 

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 George Saunders’ 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 .
Arts critic 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 LitLife column.

 

 






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...

 

 


Current...

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.

New [4/26/17] 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. TBA 2017.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. The author adapted his delicate novella, about a young couple on their wedding night in 1962, for the screen; Saorise Ronan, who starred in the excellent movie version of Atonement, plays the new bride. No date set, but this sounds like the sort of movie that gets held for end-of-year release. TBA 2017.

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. TBA 2017.

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. TBA 2017.

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: marriage.
Who's starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like Arielle Kebbel will join the franchise. Scheduled release date February 9, 2018.

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. The Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in 2017, or...

The Passage by Justin Cronin. No date announced yet. Book #2 in the series, The Twelve, was finally published October 16, 2012. And is now available in paperback [7/30/13]. Book three: The City of Mirrors: A Novel was finally published May 24, 2016! The first movie is still listed as "in development..."

Moviemaker Todd Field has arranged to produce, co-write and direct Beautiful Ruins, the newest [2012] Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed Little Children, based on the Tom Perrotta novel. More info as it becomes available...

 



Book Awards
There are an amazing number of awards given to books and authors throughout the year. We will attempt to keep you updated on the big ones, and on the ones we particularly agree with.

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.

Fiction finalists:

  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.

  • The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

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

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

Biography finalists:

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

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

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

 

 

 


 

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

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

For all of the information visit the PEN web site.

 

 


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

 






2017 PNBA book awards


 

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 Non-Compliant.
  • 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 Foundation.

2016 Book Award Winners (for books published in 2015):

  • Fiction: The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields
  • Poetry: Reconnaissance by Carl Phillips
  • Biography/Memoir: 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 Martha Brockenbrough

 

 


 

June 8, 2016. Author Lisa McInerney wins the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Glorious Heresies.

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. Ruby.
  • 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, here.

 



 



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

 

Seattle Arts & Lectures 2017-18 season announced:

The Literary Arts Series presents original talks by 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 Ward.
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson Whitehead.
  • 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 village.

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 Library.

Visit the Seattle Public Library web site for the details, and the complete schedule of events.

 


 

Seattle Children's Theatre has great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a book involved.

The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:

  • 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
    Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay!
  • January 18–March 4, 2018 The Little Prince
    In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe.

Visit the web site for the details and the complete schedule!

 


 

Book-It Repertory Theater.

Visit the Book-It web site for the complete schedule and more details.

The 2016-17 slate of Book-It mainstage productions:

June 6 – July 2, 2017. Welcome To Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson. This is a literary coming-of-age story for a new generation that skewers issues of race, class, social media, and more. The artistic team is led by the adapter/director of last season’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Mainstage Season:

  • September 13–October 15, 2017. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.

  • February 7–April 2, 2018. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
    A theatrical culinary collaboration with Café Nordo in Pioneer Square.

  • April 19–May 6, 2018. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz.




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

  • July 11 - 30, 2017. Fun Home. Alison Bechdel’s autobiographic graphic novel about coming of age as a lesbian in a family full of secrets thrives in this moving and much-lauded Broadway hit. The five-time Tony winner comes to Seattle on national tour.

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



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