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Book News
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

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 moon.

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 events?

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 game.

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 stories.

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 IndieBound November.

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 paperback.

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.

Pachinko by 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 IndieBound November.

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 IndieBound November.

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 in 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 for IndieBound November.

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 unexpected territory.

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 paperback.

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 paperback.

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 IndieBound November.

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 paperback.

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 collectible guide.

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 The Fireman.

Unqualified by 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.

Istanbul (Deluxe 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 Martin Puchner. The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen acts—from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter.

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 the intimate, 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.

 



Upcoming Releases.

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, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, review in 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.
Cycling 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
by 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 column/review here.

 


 

 

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 watercolorists. 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 review here.

 


 

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.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason 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 Arnaldur Indridason’s excellent The Shadow District, coming 11/7/17. The column here.

 


 

October 28, 2017. Women conquer evil in three new science fiction/fantasy novels. The Seattle Times column here.

 


 

October 23, 2017. Historical novel published last year is big seller in 2017. Column here.

 


 

 

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 column here.

 

 


 

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 column here.

 

 

 


 

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 article here.

 


 

October 5, 2017. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary 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 article here.

 



 

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, King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea, may be the strangest of the three. The column here.

 

 


 

September 24, 2017. The young adult novel The Hate U Give tells the story of a teenager whose childhood friend is shot and killed by a police officer. In the book, now a finalist for a National Book Award and Kirkus Prize, author Angie Thomas addresses difficult topics including race relations, police violence and racial stereotypes. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Alison Stewart spoke with Thomas. The interview here.

 

 


 

September 7, 2017. Want to feel connected? There’s a book for that.
Books “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...

 


Current...

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 10, 2017.

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. 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.

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. 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.

 

 

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 Benway
  • Poetry. Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • Nonfiction. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Fiction. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists here.

 




October 17, 2017. George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary award.

The announcement in the Washington Post here.
Visit the 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:

  • Fiction
    Daredevils by Shawn Vestal, of Spokane
  • Poetry
    My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy, of Seattle
  • Biography/Memoir
    An Earlier Life by Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
  • History/General Nonfiction
    Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson, of Seattle

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 to 8)
    Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
  • Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
    Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)
    Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle

The Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the award, current and past winners and nominees, here.

 

 


 

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 Ishiguro."
Article in The Seattle Times.

The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro celebrated. 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 Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
  • First Love by Gwendoline Riley
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

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, here.

 


 

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.

 



 



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 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’ Grant Winner
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson Whitehead.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman and David Simon.
  • Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen. MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winner

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"
    At the Central Library.
    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.

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.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Mainstage Season:

  • November 29 - December 30, 2017. Howl's Moving Castle, a new musical.
    We're bringing magic, adventure, and inspiration this holiday season with Howl’s Moving Castle, a new musical based on an original book by Diana Wynne Jones. Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt will adapt and direct and local actor Justin Huertas will write music and lyrics.
    When Sophie (Sara Porkalob) unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself transformed into an old woman. To break the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the heartless wizard Howl before facing the Witch head-on. Recommended for ages 10+.

  • February 8–April 1, 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.
    Book-It presents a Young Audiences New York adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco of “American Crime” fame, this production shows the importance of facing fear with love.




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

  • April 6 - 29, 2018. Kiss Me, Kate. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary! Kiss Me, Kate is the multi-Tony Award®-winning Cole Porter masterpiece that set the standard for great musicals and then broke the mold. A play-within-a-play inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,

  • June 1 – 24, 2018. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
    A glorious retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, this powerful tale of love, faith and prejudice will leave you utterly spellbound. Its lush, beautiful score is unlike anything in musical theater today, featuring songs from the Disney animated feature and new music from legendary composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Immerse yourself in the power and glory of rapturous music; melt with the passion of a magnificent story.

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



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