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.
November 14, 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
Future Home of the Living
God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich.
The National Book Award-winning author of
LaRose paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for
her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that
manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.
Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum
Novel by Janet Evanovich. As
usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle
with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma
Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling
epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s
sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly
Seventh Decimate: The
Great God's War by Stephen R. Donaldson. The acclaimed
author of the Thomas Covenant Chronicles launches a powerful new
trilogy about a prince’s desperate quest for a sorcerous library
to save his people.
Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight
Archive by Brandon Sanderson. The
eagerly awaited sequel to the bestselling Words of Radiance,
from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his
For little kids
Here We Are: Notes for Living on
Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers.
One of the most influential creator of picture books
today offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and
wishes for his child--and in doing so gifts children and parents
everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our
world and those who call it home.
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales
by P. D. James and Peter Kemp. A new,
fiendishly entertaining gathering of previously uncollected
The Whole Town's Talking: A Novel
by Fannie Flagg. At her superb best in
this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly
alive. In paperback. Chosen for
Home Sweet Home: A Novel by
April Smith. This riveting drama follows
the Kusek family from New York City to America's heartland,
where they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear
campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder. In
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total
War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by
James D. Hornfischer. An unprecedented account of the
extraordinary World War II air, land, and sea campaign that
brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the
rise of the United States as a global superpower. In paperback.
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank
Gehry by Paul Goldberger. Here,
from the Pulitzer Prize–winning critic, is the first
full-fledged critical biography of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the
most famous architect of our time. Now in paperback.
Min Jin Lee. In this bestselling,
page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant
family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan,
exiled from a home they never knew. The National
Book Award Finalist now in paperback.
Wonderland: How Play Made
the Modern World by
Steven Johnson. A look at the
world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves
entertained. In paperback.
The Fall Guy: A Novel
by James Lasdun. In this taut
psychological thriller, a couple and their houseguest find
themselves caught in a deadly web of secrets, obsession, and
revenge. In paperback.
Difficult Women by
Roxane Gay. A national bestseller from
the “prolific and exceptionally insightful” (Globe and Mail)
author, this is a collection of stories of rare force that
paints a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America. In
paperback. Chosen for
The Fall Guy: A Novel by
James Lasdun. In this taut psychological
thriller, a couple and their houseguest find themselves caught
in a deadly web of secrets, obsession, and revenge. In
paperback. Chosen for
November 7, 2017:
The House of Unexpected Sisters: No. 1
Ladies' Detective Agency #18 by
Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe learns valuable
lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest
installment of the beloved and best-selling series.
God: A Human History by Reza Aslan. This
intriguing book explores questions about ‘God’. A new [11/12/17]
review in the Seattle Times.
For young readers
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12: The Getaway
by Jeff Kinney. With the cold weather
and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys
decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some
much-needed rest and relaxation. But the Heffleys soon discover
that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be.
The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child. Reacher takes a stroll
through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn
shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq,
then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her
initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky
circumstance made her give up something she earned over four
hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And
return her ring. Why not?
Turns out the ring was just a small
link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast
criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But
then, neither should Reacher.
The Shadow District: A Thriller by
Arnaldur Indridason. A deeply
compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The
Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series by
internationally bestselling author Arnaldur Indridason. Review
Adam Woog's crime fiction column here.
Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set.
This one-of-a-kind keepsake is a must-have for any fan of Harry
Potter and J.K. Rowling's Wizarding
World. Inspired by the mystical Pensieve--which allows any witch
or wizard to review and even relive memories.
Wonder Valley: A Novel by
Ivy Pochoda. When a teen runs away from
his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino
effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and
love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles. Chosen
Typhoon Fury: The Oregon Files by
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. Juan
Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon sail into a perfect storm of
danger when they try to stop a new world war in this thrilling
novel from the bestselling grand master of adventure.
Heather, the Totality by
Matthew Weiner. The explosive debut
novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of
the award-winning Mad Men.
A Christmas Return: A Novel by
Anne Perry. ’Tis the season of
giving—and with this wonderful book, New York Times bestselling
author Anne Perry shares a brand-new holiday mystery filled with
bygone relationships and hidden secrets.
Mrs. Osmond: A Novel by
John Banville. From the Man Booker
Prize-winning author of The Sea, a
dazzling and audacious new novel that extends the story of
Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James's
The Portrait of a Lady, into
For teen readers
Renegades by Marissa
Meyer. A high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger,
and betrayal. secret identities. Extraordinary powers. She wants
vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of
prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from
the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order
where chaos reigned.
The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief,
and Compassion―Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst.
President McKinley: Architect of the
American Century by Robert W. Merry.
In this great American story, the acclaimed historian resurrects
the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out
to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded
him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief
executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential
rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the
stamp he put on the country’s future role in the world.
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. At a
moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated
journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and
integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it
means to be an American.
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and
the Transformation of American Politics by
Lawrence O'Donnell. From the host of
MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an
important and enthralling new account of the presidential
election that changed everything, the race that created American
politics as we know it today.
God: A Human History by
Reza Aslan. This concise and fascinating
history explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine.
The Odyssey by
Homer and Emily Wilson. A lean, fleet-footed translation
that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient
epic to new life.
History of Wolves: A Novel by
Emily Fridlund. One of the most daring
literary debuts of last year and a national bestseller, now in
Idaho: A Novel by
Emily Ruskovich. A stunning debut novel about love and
forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence
of its loss—from the O. Henry Prize–winning author. In
October 31, 2017:
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by
Isabel Allende. A sweeping novel about
three very different people who are brought together in a
mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to
Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.
Hiddensee: A Tale of the
Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory
Maguire. An inventive novel inspired by a timeless
holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker
with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who
carves him. Chosen for
Two Kinds of Truth: A
Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold
cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out
to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been
murdered. Bosch and the town's 3-person detective squad sift
through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business
world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.
The Silent Corner: A Jane Hawk Novel
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. In paperback. [Book 2 coming in November!]
For young readers
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend. A breathtaking,
enchanting new series by a debut author, about a cursed girl who
escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then
tested beyond her wildest imagination.
For teen readers
Tales of the Peculiar by
Ransom Riggs and Andrew Davidson. Before
Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was
written in the Tales. A companion to the New York Times
bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, now in
a deluxe paperback edition with a never-before-seen story!
The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius,
Partisan, President by Noah Feldman.
An illuminating biography of the man whose creativity and
tenacity gave us America’s distinctive form of government. His
collaborations, struggles, and contradictions define the United
States to this day.
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the
Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by
Dava Sobel. In paperback.
His Final Battle: The Last Months of
Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld.
An extraordinary portrait of this famously inscrutable man, who
was full of contradictions but a consummate leader to the very
last. In paperback.
After the Fire by
Henning Mankell and Marlaine Delargy.
Henning Mankell's last novel about an aging man whose
quiet, solitary life on an isolated island off the coast of
Sweden is turned upside down when his house catches fire. In
Tortall: A Spy's Guide by
Tamora Pierce and Julie Holderman. The
must-have guide for any fan of the bestselling fantasy author.
Enter the world of Tortall in this full-color, behind-the-scenes
October 24, 2017:
For young readers
The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by
Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis.
Meloy and Ellis’s first literary collaboration since
Wildwood Emporium introduces Charlie
Fisher, a boy who gets drawn into a world of young pickpockets
and thieves—suddenly his life is far more exciting (and
dangerous) than he ever imagined.
The Rooster Bar by John
Grisham. This newest legal thriller takes you inside a
law firm that’s on shaky ground.
Strange Weather: Four
Short Novels by Joe Hill. A
collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of
terror from the brilliantly imaginative bestselling author of
Anna Faris. She has advice for you. And
it’s great advice, because she’s been through it all, and she
wants to tell you what she’s learned.
Pie & Whiskey: Writers
under the Influence of Butter & Booze by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon.
A literary collection of readings
presented at Pie & Whiskey, the event. Sam and Kate figured that
good writing served with a slice of pie and a shot of whiskey
would create an energized atmosphere uncommon at literary
events. The contributing authors responded with surprising, funny, heartbreaking,
fantastically written stories and poems.
Edition): Memories and the City by Orhan
Pamuk. A large-format, deluxe, collectible edition of his
beloved memoir about life in Istanbul, with more than 200 added
illustrations and a new introduction.
Friends Divided: John
Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood.
From the great historian of the American Revolution, and Pulitzer-winning
author comes a
majestic dual biography of two of America's most enduringly
fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation,
and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.
The Trump Leaks: The
Onion Exposes the Top Secret Memos, Emails, and Doodles That
Could Take Down a President by The
Editors of the Onion.
The Written World: The
Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by
The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen
acts—from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and
Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and
Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman.
Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery.
This collection presents more than one hundred
impossible-to-resist recipes—almost all of them brand-new, plus
a few favorites from her website—that will make you want to stop
what you’re doing right now and cook. These are real recipes for
real people—people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice
flavor or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about.
The River of Consciousness by
Oliver Sacks. Sacks, a larger-than-life
figure in the field of neurology, was working on two manuscripts
when he died in 2015. This essay collection, which contains two
previously unpublished pieces, revolves around core concepts in
understanding the human condition and sees Sacks engaging with
evolution, creativity, memory, and much more.
The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
by John Feinstein. From the bestselling author of A Good Walk
Spoiled, a dramatic chronicle of the bitterly-fought 2016 Ryder
Cup pitting a U.S. team out for revenge against the Europeans
determined to keep the Cup out of American hands.
Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939
by Volker Ullrich.
Winner of the Los Angeles
Times Book Prize for Biography
A New York Times
bestseller, this major new biography of Hitler puts an emphasis
on the man himself: his personality, his temperament, and his
beliefs. In paperback.
The Truth Matters: A
Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake
News in Its Tracks by Bruce Bartlett.
Now in paperback.
The Princess Diarist by
Carrie Fisher. This is
hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the
scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the
first Star Wars movie. In paperback.
Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon
by Peter Ames Carlin. A revelatory
account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon,
by the bestselling rock biographer. In paperback.
Bellevue: Three Centuries
of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky. From a
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a riveting history of New
York's iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of
American medicine. In paperback.
The People vs. Alex Cross by
James Patterson. Alex Cross has never
been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with
gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood,
Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy
cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was
self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? November 20,
The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel
by Dean Koontz. Jane continues her
battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to
The Silent Corner. November 21, 2017
Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie
Nicks by Stephen Davis. Davis’s
candid, energetic book reveals the life of the woman who’s
arguably one of rock’s greatest singer-songwriters. November 21,
For young readers
The Magic Misfits by
Neil Patrick Harris and Lissy Marlin. From the
award-winning actor comes the magical first book in a new series
with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. November 21, 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.
November 12, 2017. Astronaut
Scott Kelly details his extraordinary
year aboard the International Space Station in his new book
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of
Discovery, just published October 17, 2017. New, great,
The Seattle Times.
November 12, 2017. 2017 crime-fiction roundup: Let’s begin
with 4 notable thrillers.
The column here.
November 8, 2017. New cycling guide
offers epic Pacific Coast ride.
the Pacific Coast is new from Mountaineers Books and
Seattle rider/writer Bill Thorness.
Published 11/1/17. New review in the
Seattle Times here.
November 5, 2017. Who knew tracking
wildlife would come so far?
Where the Animals Go —
Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, published September 19, 2017.
It’s a lot of information packed
in a short space, well laid out, easy to understand and a
pleasure to return to many times. The
November 3, 2017.
Nicole Brodeur / Column.
Ta-Nehisi Coates talks #MeToo, racism
and our state of disunion. His new book, We
Were Eight Years in Power, was published October 3, 2017.
The column here.
November 1, 2017. Slow down by painting watercolors as you
travel and explore. A new book by a Seattle artist documents
Colors of the West and offers tips and techniques for aspiring
The review here.
November 1, 2017. In another
legal thriller, John Grisham tackles fresh territory:
student-loan debt and the sharks that profit from it.
The Rooster Bar, new
October 29, 2017. The incredible true story of the greatest
codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her
husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together
and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles
that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.
Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the
Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by
Fagone, published 9/26/17.
The new review in
The Seattle Times here.
October 29, 2017. Crime-fiction critic Adam Woog
looks at Sleep No More, coming 11/14/17, a slim volume of six
masterful tales of crime and psychological suspense by the
much-honored English writer P.D. James; and
Indridason’s excellent The Shadow District, coming 11/7/17.
The column here.
October 28, 2017. Women conquer evil in three new science
The Seattle Times column here.
October 23, 2017. Historical novel
published last year is big seller in 2017.
October 19, 2017. Years ago, a young man from Georgia moved
to New York with a camera and a plan to photograph 10,000
people. Now, Brandon Stanton’s
Humans of New York has
developed into two books.
Nicole Brodeur Column here.
October 14, 2017. Five new crime fiction novels for
early-fall reading: spies, arson and pre-hipster Ballard. The
October 12, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Column. Seattle
author David Neiwert’s
Alt-America is the result of years of
watching, researching and reporting. The
October 6, 2017.
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s
America is a collection of 23 essays designed to explain,
inspire and unite. And an evening of talk in Seattle, 7:30 p.m.
October 10, 2017. The
October 5, 2017. Democratic presidential nominee
Rodham Clinton, who wrote about her experiences in the last
election in her new memoir What Happened, will be in Seattle
at Elliott Bay Book Co. on December 12 at noon.
More info here.
October 5, 2017. Kazuo Ishiguro, the
Japanese-born British novelist who in The
Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go
and other novels captured memory’s lasting pain and dangerous
illusions in precise and elegant prose, won the
Nobel Literature Prize. The
September 28, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
Seattle author Blaine Harden has become an expert on North
Korea, a country shackled by a tragic past and a fraught
present. He’s written about a harrowing escape from a North
Korean labor camp (Escape from Camp 14) and a North Korean
pilot who flew a MiG-15 Soviet jet out of North Korea and into
the hands of the Americans (The Great Leader and the Fighter
Pilot). But the true story he tells in his third book,
Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea, may be the strangest of the three. The
September 24, 2017. The young adult
novel The Hate U Give tells the story
of a teenager whose childhood friend is shot and killed by a
police officer. In the book, now a finalist for a National Book
Award and Kirkus Prize, author Angie Thomas
addresses difficult topics including race relations, police
violence and racial stereotypes. NewsHour Weekend Special
Correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with Thomas.
The interview here.
September 7, 2017.
Want to feel connected? There’s a book for that.
“make people who are not like us more human,” says Lisa Lucas,
executive director of the National Book Foundation
[presenter of the National Book Award]. She grew up
loving books and their ability to make readers more empathetic
to unfamiliar ideas and characters, even when all the reading is
done in our bedrooms by ourselves. Lucas gives us her Brief but
Spectacular take on how books can connect us to one another. On
The PBS NewsHour.
Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...
Murder on the Orient Express by
Agatha Christie. The classic mystery
tells the tale of a murder on a train under investigation by
detective Hercule Poirot. This new adaptation will star Johnny
Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope
Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November
Future release dates ...
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.
Wonder by R. J.
Palacio. Based on the bestselling young readers' novel,
this tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of
August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth
grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first
time. Starring Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson.
In theaters November 17, 2017.
On Chesil Beach by
Ian McEwan. The author adapted his
delicate novella, about a young couple on their wedding night in
1962, for the screen; Saorise Ronan, who starred in the
excellent movie version of Atonement,
plays the new bride. No date set, but this sounds like the sort
of movie that gets held for end-of-year release.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on 2014
novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), is about an
expedition to find a missing man in an environmental disaster
zone (the less you know, the better). The cast includes Natalie
Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson,
Oscar Isaac, and David Gyasi. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is
directing. TBA 2017.
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of
Love and War by Lynsey Addario.
[published February 5, 2015] A Pacific Northwest bestseller
spring of 2015. A memoir by the award-winning international
photojournalist. Director: Steven
Spielberg. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence.
Looking for Alaska by
John Green. Green's first young adult
novel. TBA 2017.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan. A 2012 bestselling
autobiography by the New York Post writer. It details her
struggle with a rare autoimmune disease and her recovery.
The November Criminals by
Sam Munson. The author's first novel for
young adults is a thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging
teenage noir. TBA 2017.
Fifty Shades Freed by
E. L. James. The final book in the
Fifty Shades saga, Christian and Ana
navigate their most dangerous, treacherous relationship yet:
Who's starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like
Arielle Kebbel will join the franchise. Scheduled release date February 9, 2018.
Ready Player One by
Ernest Cline. When the creator of a
popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to
compete for his billions. A contest users are willing to kill to
win. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest
Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date
March 30, 2018.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by
Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden
mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to
track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Director: Richard Linklater; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Kristen
Wiig, Billy Crudup. TBA.
The Good Lord Bird by
James McBride. Liev Schreiber and Jaden
Smith will star. Smith will play a young slave who hooks up with
radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas.
Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in
development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in
The Passage by Justin Cronin. No date announced yet. Book #2 in the series,
The Twelve, was finally published October 16, 2012. And is now available in paperback [7/30/13].
Book three: The City of Mirrors: A Novel
was finally published May 24, 2016! The first movie is still listed
as "in development..."
Moviemaker Todd Field has arranged to produce, co-write and direct
Beautiful Ruins, the newest 
Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed
Little Children, based on the
novel. More info as it becomes available...
are an amazing number of awards given to books and authors
throughout the year. We will attempt to keep you updated on the
big ones, and on the ones we particularly agree with.
November 15, 2017.
The 2017 National Book Awards have been announced.
The winners in each of the four categories:
- Young People’s Literature.
Far From the Tree by Robin
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists
October 17, 2017.
George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming
the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary
The announcement in the
Washington Post here.
ManBooker website for all kinds of information.
October 14, 2017. The
Washington Center for the Book announced
its annual Washington State Book Awards
honoring books published by Washington authors in 2016.
Books for adults:
Daredevils by Shawn Vestal,
My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy,
An Earlier Life by
Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
- History/General Nonfiction
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St.
Helens by Steve Olson, of
Books for youth:
- Picture Book
Thunder Boy Jr. written by
Sherman Alexie, of Seattle, and
illustrated by Yuyi Morales
- Books for Young Readers (ages 6
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9
Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13
Useless Bay by
M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle
Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the
award, current and past winners and nominees,
October 6, 2017. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017.
Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro
wins Nobel Literature Prize.
described as "a very interesting writer in many ways ... I would
say that if you mix Jane Austen — her comedy of manners and her
psychological insights — with Kafka, then I think you have
The Seattle Times.
The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro
The SeattleTimes article here.
June 15, 2017. Author
Naomi Alderman wins the
2017 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Power.
What would happen if women suddenly
possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable
place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family
pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true
nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl
from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and
flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating
effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can
cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist
of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative
fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us
on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our
own world in bold and surprising ways.
To be published in the
United States October 10, 2017.
Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The
judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated
this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to
Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas
and her fantastic imagination.”
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Stay With Me by
- The Dark Circle by Linda
- The Sport of Kings by C.E.
- First Love by Gwendoline
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction
written by a woman.
See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners,
current and former,
April 27, 2017.
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the
winners of the
2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards,
honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television
published or produced in 2016.
A few highlights:
- Best Novel:
Before the Fall by
Noah Hawley. [also staff recommended]
- Best First Novel by an American Author:
Under the Harrow by
- Best Paperback Original:
Rain Dogs by
- Best Fact Crime: The
Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by
- Best Critical/Biography:
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by
For the complete list of the winners and all
of the nominees visit
The Edgars web site.
April 10, 2017. 2017 Pulitzer winners
have been announced!
The Underground Railroad, by
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison
Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by
Heather Ann Thompson.
Biography or Autobiography:
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in
Between, by Hisham Matar.
- In the Darkroom, by
- When Breath Becomes Air, by
the late Paul Kalanithi
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American
City, by Matthew Desmond.
The complete list of winners and finalists in all categories are
available at the official
Pulitzer web site.
March 27, 2017. PEN
America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN
America Literary Awards.
- PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for
Nonfiction: To an author of a distinguished book
of general nonfiction published in 2015 or 2016 possessing
notable literary merit and critical perspective and
illuminating important contemporary issues:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
American City by Matthew Desmond.
- PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science
Writing Award: For a book of literary nonfiction
on the subject of the physical or biological sciences
published in 2016:
A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by
- PEN Open Book Award: For an
exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of
color published in 2016:
Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen
For all of the information visit the
PEN web site.
March 16, 2017. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2016:
- Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson.
House of Lords and Commons.
- Criticism. Carol Anderson.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our
- Autobiography. Hope Jahren.
- Biography. Ruth Franklin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
- Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
- Fiction. Louise Erdrich.
- The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize
which honors an author's first book in any genre:
Yaa Gyasi for
- The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award:
More information and all of the details available at the web
January 23, 2017.
American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award
- John Newbery Medal for most outstanding
contribution to children's literature:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by
Kelly Barnhill. The story is
pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a
complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters.
Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in
exquisite, lyrical prose.
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most
distinguished American picture book for children:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel
Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe, an author and artist
who has illustrated a dozen books, is the son of illustrator
John Steptoe. Radiant Child also earned the Coretta Scott
King (Illustrator) Book Award.
Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and
immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted
and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy,
evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant
Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with
Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.
- Printz and YALSA awards for excellence in literature and
nonfiction for young adults, respectively:
Three, created by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and
Nate Powell, took home both the Printz and the YALSA, as well as the Robert F.
Sibert award for most distinguished informational book for
children. Lewis and co-writer Aydin were also awarded the
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an
African American author of outstanding books for children
and young adults.
For more information about the winners, the 2017
Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year:
ala.org web site
January 10, 2017.
2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards announced:
- Thunder Boy Jr. by
Sherman Alexie. Alexie's first book
for children is a picture book to cherish, starring a
strong-willed little boy who just wants to make his mark on
the world with a name all his own.
- Bitch Planet Book One: Extraordinary
Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
A smart, profane, and thoroughly terrifying examination of
widespread intersectional oppression that feels all too
familiar. Pick up this book and join the ranks of the
- To The Bright Edge Of The World
by Eowyn Ivey. Returning to the same
lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second
novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. An
absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure,
danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal
fear of the unknown.
- On Trails: An Exploration by
Robert Moor. In this excellent
debut, Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology,
adventure and reflection through the literal and
metaphorical trails that lead our lives.
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx. A sweeping saga spanning more than 700
pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two
families for generations as they attempt to tame their world
and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that
surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that
may be her best work yet.
- Marrow Island by
Alexis M. Smith. Marrow Island was
once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become
the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of
Lucie’s father. Addressing environmental issues, cult
behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island
is an original and riveting read.
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West. This brilliant book
will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring
empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist
woman in today's world. West uses humor as a gateway to grab
the attention of those who may not normally want to read a
"feminist book." A conversation starting read.
Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.
Seattle Arts & Lectures 2017-18
The Literary Arts Series presents
original talks by outstanding authors whose works range from
multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social
commentaries and biographies.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Isabel
Allende. With her new novel In the
Midst of Winter.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn
Ward. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
2017 - 2018 Season Schedules
announced for all of the series: The
Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves;
Latest Works and Literary Delights.
For the complete schedules, more information about all of the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
- November 13, 2017. Monday. 7:30pm.
Matthew Weiner with Maria Semple.
The creator of Mad Men debuts his thrilling first novel,
Heather, the Totality.
- November 15, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm.
Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon.
Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the
Influence of Butter & Booze.
- November 19, 2017. Sunday. 6:00pm.
Irene Skyriver and her memoir
Paddling with Spirits.
- December 7, 2017. Thursday. 6:30pm.
Neil Patrick Harris.
The Magic Misfits, the debut book
in his newly premiering children’s series.
Visit the web site for
more information and all scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
A Panel on "Chief Seattle and the Town
That Took His Name"
At the Central Library.
Summary: Join us for a discussion of Chief Seattle and his
times. Panelists include Duwamish Tribal Chairperson Cecile
Hansen, historian [and author] David Buerge,
linguist Nile Thompson, and moderator David Brewster.
- Friday, November 10, 2017. 7 – 8:40 p.m.
Jeffrey Eugenides in Conversation
with Mary Ann Gwinn at Seattle First Baptist Church.
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Jeffrey Eugenides will read from his first collection
of short stories, "Fresh Complaint."
- Thursday, November 16, 2017. 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Richard Rothstein discusses
"The Color of the Law"
Summary: Join us to hear National Book
Award finalist Rothstein discuss the laws and policies that
promoted racial segregation in the past, and the
discriminatory patterns that continue even today.
- Thursday, January 18, 2018. 7 – 8:10 p.m.
Carmen Maria Machado discusses "Her
Body and Other Parties"
Summary: Join us to hear
Carmen Maria Machado read from her debut book, a
genre-bending collection of stories that have been
longlisted for the National Book Award.
Seattle Public Library web site
for the details, and the complete schedule of events.
Seattle Children's Theatre has
great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a
The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:
- September 28–November 26, 2017
Go, Dog. Go!
The madcap party
never stops with these zany canines. High-spirited singing,
zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night
antics will have the whole family in stitches.
- November 9–December 31, 2017
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English
town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to
- January 18–March 4, 2018
The Little Prince
In the middle
of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little
Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a
dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe.
the web site for the details and the complete schedule!
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.