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.
June 27, 2017:
Quiet Until the Thaw: A Novel by
Alexandra Fuller. The debut novel from
the bestselling author of the memoir Don't
Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight.
Lakota Oglala Sioux
Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, though bound
by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple
with the implications of their shared heritage.
tale that spans generations and geography, this conjures the
implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just
to immediate family but to all who have come before and will
come after us, and, most of all, to the notion that everything
was always, and is always, connected.
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.
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A
Collection of Outlander Fiction by Diana
Gabaldon. A magnificent collection of Outlander short
fiction—including two never-before-published novellas—featuring
Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more.
The Windfall: A Novel by
Diksha Basu. A heartfelt comedy of
manners, this debut novel unfolds the story of a family
discovering what it means to “make it” in modern India.
The Fate of the Tearling: Queen of the
Tearling, Book 3 by
Erika Johansen. The thrilling conclusion
to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
For teen readers The
Waking Land by Callie Bates. This
is a riveting debut from a brilliant young writer whose
boundless imagination places her among the finest authors of
fantasy fiction, including Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. Lady
Elanna is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a
daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances,
Elanna is accused of his murder—and must flee for her life.
Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage
to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.
The Spy: A Novel of Mata Hari by
Paulo Coelho. In his newest novel, the
bestselling author of The Alchemist,
brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari.
Heroes of the Frontier by
Dave Eggers. A captivating, often
hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a
violent America, this is a powerful examination of our
contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure. In
The Crow Girl by
Erik Axl Sund. In a Stockholm city park, police find the
tortured body of a youth. Then, they find two more, and it
becomes clear that they are facing an extraordinary case—and an
extraordinarily twisted killer. A tale of almost unfathomably
heinous deeds and of the catastrophic damage, and the profound
need for revenge, left in their wake. In paperback.
Smoke: A Novel by
Dan Vyleta. This is a thrilling blend of historical
fiction and fantasy, as three young friends scratch the surface
of the grown-up world to discover startling wonders—and
dangerous secrets. Staff recommended.
June 20, 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.
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
Dangerous Minds: A Knight
and Moon Novel by Janet Evanovich. The irrepressibly charming duo of Emerson
Knight and Riley Moon returns in another gripping mystery,
embarking on a worldwide investigation that exposes a
conspiracy one hundred years in the making.
Kiss Carlo: A Novel by
Adriana Trigiani. An
exhilarating, epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the
story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.
Here and Gone: A Novel
by Haylen Beck. A gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller
about a mother's desperate fight to recover her stolen children
from corrupt authorities.
Kangaroo Too : The
Kangaroo Series Book #2 by Curtis C. Chen.
bursting with adrenaline and intrigue in a unique outer space
On the way home from his latest mission, secret
agent Kangaroo’s spacecraft is wrecked by a rogue mining robot.
The agency tracks the bot back to the Moon, where a retired
asteroid miner―code named “Clementine” ―might have information
about who’s behind the sabotage.
The Underground River: A
Novel by Martha Conway. Set aboard
a nineteenth century riverboat theater, this is the moving,
page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress
who is blackmailed into saving runaways on the Underground
Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new
News of the World: A
Novel by Paulette Jiles. In the
aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader
agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her
people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex,
multilayered novel of historical fiction. National Book Award
Finalist. Now in paperback.
The Mandibles: A Family,
2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver.
With dry wit and psychological acuity, this near-future novel
explores the aftershocks of an economically devastating U.S.
sovereign debt default on four generations of a once-prosperous
American family. Down-to-earth and perfectly realistic in scale,
this is not an over-the-top Blade Runner tale. It is not science
It is about money. Thus it is
necessarily about bitterness, rivalry, and selfishness—but also
about surreal generosity, sacrifice, and transformative
adaptation to changing circumstances. Now in paperback.
Novel by Nell Zink. A novel of
obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young
woman who inherits her bohemian father's childhood home. In paperback.
Cooking for Picasso: A
Novel by Camille Aubray. This captivating
novel is inspired by a little-known interlude in the artist’s
life. The French Riviera, spring 1936... now in paperback.
The Tea Planter's Wife: A
Novel by Dinah Jefferies.
bestselling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young
Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and
widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about
his past, including what happened to his first wife. In
The Fire This Time: A New
Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward.
These groundbreaking essays and poems
about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward
and written by the most important voices of her generation—are
“thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. This is vivid proof
that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse
and to clarify." In paperback.
June 13, 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.
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. New [6/8/17] interview with Mary Ann Gwinn in The
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.
The Marsh King's Daughter by
Karen Dionne. Mesmerizing psychological
suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt
down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to
steal her future: her father.
She has a secret: she is the
product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager
by her father and kept in a remote cabin. Born two years after
the abduction, she loved her home in nature—fishing, tracking,
hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes
brutal behavior, she loved him, too . . . until she learned
precisely how savage a person he could be.
The Chalk Artist: A Novel
by Allegra Goodman. A tender affair and
the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling
novel from the National Book Award finalist.
Wise, warm, and
enchanting, this is both a finely rendered portrait of modern
love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and
imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet
Lockdown: A Novel of
Suspense by Laurie R. King.
A community comes together when threatened by someone with a
thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted
novel of rich psychological suspense from the bestselling author
of the Mary Russell mysteries.
Tense, poignant, and
brilliantly paced, this novel charts compelling characters on a
collision course—a chain of interactions that locks together
hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the
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.
The Space Between the Stars by
Anne Corlett. In a breathtakingly vivid
and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront
the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a
devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.
Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she
willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And
when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating
sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of
civilization. Then the virus hit...
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 searingly honest memoir of food, weight,
self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking
care of yourself.
The Black Elfstone: The
Fall of Shannara by Terry Brooks.
The first book of the triumphant and epic four-part conclusion
to the Shannara series, from one of the all-time masters of
Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for
generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is
massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and
wondrous power wielded by the attackers—a breed of magic
unfamiliar even to the Druid order.
Swimming in the Sink: A
Memoir by Lynne Cox. In this
stunning memoir of life after loss, open-water swimming legend
and bestselling author, Lynne Cox tells of facing the one
challenge that no amount of training could prepare her for. In
A Truck Full of Money by
Tracy Kidder. With the power of a
consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical,
and often humorous eye on the way new ideas and new money are
reshaping our culture and the world. A Truck Full of Money is a
mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is
indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.
June 6, 2017:
The Ministry of Utmost
Happiness: A Novel by Arundhati Roy.
An intimate journey of many years across the Indian
subcontinent, this ravishing, deeply humane novel reinvents what
a novel can do and can be.
Do Not Become Alarmed: A
Novel by Maile Meloy. The sun is
shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared...
The Shark Club by
Ann Kidd Taylor. In her first novel, Taylor (daughter of
The Secret Life of Bees author Sue Monk Kidd) crafts an
unexpected tale of romance and shark attacks set against the
Gulf Coast's sparkling waters. A novel about love, loss, and
Magpie Murders: A Novel
by Anthony Horowitz. This fiendishly
brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of
Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day
mystery. Chosen for the lead review in
Camino Island: A Novel
by John Grisham. A daring heist from a
secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone
Library; a prominent dealer in rare books, who occasionally
dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts; a
young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. Inevitably
there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.
Before We Were Yours: A
Novel by Lisa Wingate. Two
families, generations apart, are forever changed by a
heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a
Defectors: A Novel by
Joseph Kanon. The gripping story of one family torn apart by the
divided loyalties of the Cold War, but it's also a revealing
look at the wider community of defectors, American and British,
living a twilit Moscow existence, granted privileges but never
trusted, spies who have escaped one prison only to find
themselves trapped in another that is even more sinister. Filled
with authentic period detail and moral ambiguity, Defectors
takes us to the heart of a world of secrets, where no one can be
trusted and murder is just collateral damage.
The Essex Serpent: A
Novel by Sarah Perry. An
exquisitely talented young British author makes her American
debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in
late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded
young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that
explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and
faith, independence and love.
She Rides Shotgun: A
Novel by Jordan Harper. A
propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must
fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most
frightening man she knows—her father. A gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even
our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and
victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it
may very well be Polly who saves him.
Hue 1968: A Turning Point
of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden.
From the author of Black Hawk Down
comes his most ambitious work yet,
the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning
point in the American War in Vietnam.
For ages 8 - 12
Bravelands #1: Broken Pride by
Erin Hunter. Heed the call
of the wild with this brand-new, action-packed animal fantasy
series from the bestselling author of Warriors.
A lion cast out from his pride.
elephant who can read the bones of the dead.
rebelling against his destiny.
For generations, the animals
of the African plains have followed a single rule: only kill to
survive. But when an unthinkable act of betrayal shatters the
peace, the fragile balance between predators and prey will rest
in the paws of three unlikely heroes.
Set in an epic new
world and told from three different animals’ points of view,
Bravelands will thrill readers who’ve made
Erin Hunter a bestselling phenomenon.
For teen readers
Once and for All by
Sarah Dessen. In this latest teen
romance, cynical Louna finds an unexpected match while pitching
in with her family’s wedding business over the summer.
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.
Marrow Island by
Alexis M. Smith. Captivates in the first few pages. PNBA
award winner. Staff recommended. In
Dear Mr. M: A Novel
by Herman Koch. In the
tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel told from alternating
points of view, where no one is to be trusted, Herman Koch
weaves together an intricate tale of a writer in decline, a
teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book
that entwines all of their fates. In paperback.
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.
The Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang. A Chinese-American family
tumbles from riches to rags in this jam-packed, high-energy
debut. Switching among the points of view of all the Wangs and
several supporting players, racing back and forth in time and
across the country and the world, dropping into Chinese,
stuffing in stand-up routines and savvy details on finance,
journalism, the beauty industry, and the art world, this debut
novelist holds nothing back. Head-spinning fun. In paperback.
Miller's Valley: A Novel
by Anna Quindlen. In a small town on the
verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about
her family and unexpected truths about herself. In paperback.
Mercury: A Novel by
Margot Livesey. At once a tense psychological
drama and a taut emotional thriller exploring love, obsession,
and the deceits that pull a family apart, this is a riveting
tour de force. A Seattle Times Best Book of the
Year. In paperback.
American Ulysses: A Life
of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White.
A major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and
most misunderstood presidents. In paperback.
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing
Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin
Armstrong. This intimate history is full of gossipy
details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came
to be. In paperback.
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at
War by Mary Roach. A
finalist for the Los Angeles Times Science & Technology Book
Prize. The inimitable author explores the science
of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected and
uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. In
Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local's Guide by
Linnea Westerlind. A new guide from writer who visited all of
the city’s 400+ parks and wrote about her favorites. In
paperback. New [7/7/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by
Tom Perrotta. From one of the most
popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and
hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the
frontlines of America’s culture wars. August 1, 2017.
Y is for Yesterday : A Kinsey Millhone Novel
by Sue Grafton. The darkest and most
disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone,
begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private
school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film
the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the
suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the
investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and
two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes
without a trace.
Now, it’s 1989 and one of
the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison.
Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his
ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives
with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey
Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she
keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being
haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against
Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…August
Glass Houses: A Chief Inspector Gamache
Novel by Louise Penny. When a
mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day,
Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first
curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands
unmoving, staring ahead.
In her latest utterly gripping book,
the bestselling author shatters the conventions of the crime
novel to explore what Gandhi called the court of conscience. A
court that supersedes all others. August 29, 2017.
The Book of Dust : Volume 1 by
Philip Pullman. The much-anticipated new
work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last! He
returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark
Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons,
alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. October 19,
In the Midst of Winter by
Isabel Allende. A love story set in
Brooklyn and South America about a human rights scholar and an
immigrant from Guatemala. November 7, 2017.
Artemis: A Novel by
Andy Weir. The bestselling author of
The Martian returns with an irresistible
new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.
November 14, 2017.
Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a
specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting --
and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of
links to articles about books.
June 25, 2017. A fateful literary meeting:
Raymond Carver and
Haruki Murakami. The two writers met in person only once, but it
provided a lifetime of inspiration; most recently shown in
Murakami’s new collection Men Without Women: Stories, published
May 9, 2017. An interesting article all about it,
June 22, 2017. The Seattle Public
Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Summer
Reading Bingo program is going on now; arts critic
Moira Macdonald shares how she’s
tackling some of those tough categories. Her column with
June 20, 2017. Theft by Finding: Diaries
(1977-2002). David Sedaris’ diaries paint a life spent in
observation. New interview on The PBS NewsHour Bookshelf,
June 15, 2017.
Images of the West, a lovely coffee table
book by local author and gallery owner, Randall J. Hodges.
are thrilled to be one of the very few places to carry Mr.
Hodges' beautiful new book.
Randall J Hodges Fine Art Photography Gallery is located at
317 Main Street, Edmonds.
his web site here.
And there is a fantastic article/interview in the
Edmonds Beacon that tells all: how he
started taking photos; how he ended up in Edmonds; the tripod
June 9, 2017. Author Fredrik Backman writes about
a frozen little community in the north of Sweden where events
lead to a gun pointed at someone’s forehead. A winning
tale of hockey and small-town scandal. New review in
The Seattle Times.
June 3, 2017. 3 new thrillers for summer reading, including a
previously unpublished Michael Crichton novel.
The column here.
June 2, 2017. Review:
Since We Fell:
Woman’s breakdown, search for father don’t end well. Dennis Lehane has written a series of books about private
detectives, but his latest goes in a different direction. It’s
essentially a nuanced and insightful character study, combining
the best of literary fiction with elements of psychological
suspense and the thriller genre. The
full review here.
May 25, 2017. Dennis
Lehane talks about his latest book, which like many of
his other books is set to be a movie. Since
We Fell: A Novel by Dennis Lehane.
June 1, 2017. Adaptation of
Maria Semple’s set-in-Seattle
novel, starring Julia Roberts, lands at HBO.
The article here.
May 31, 2017.
Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue, published in paperback,
May 1, 2017. Local author/climber Bree Loewen
writes about a life in mountain rescue. Loewen, who lives in
Carnation, writes a page-turner of a memoir about her volunteer
work with Seattle Mountain Rescue.
The review here.
May 26, 2017. From the PBS NewsHour: 19 summer books
that will keep you up all night reading.
the best summer reads, we turned to two authors who own
independent bookstores and their book-loving staff.
Erdrich, is the author of 15 novels, and owns Birchbark Books in
Minneapolis, while Emma Straub, whose novels include “Modern
Lovers” and the “Vacationers,” recently opened Books are Magic
with her husband in Brooklyn.
Here are Erdrich and Straub’s essential summer books, along
with more recommendations from their staff.
May 26th, 2017. A poignant look at
the realities and dreams of an immigrant family:
The Leavers: A Novel by
Lisa Ko. New review in the
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.
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...
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to
Starz network. Beginning April 30, 2017.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot. TV movie on
HBO starring Oprah Winfrey
premieres April 22, 2017.
Handmaid's Tale by
Margaret Atwood. Coming as a Hulu
original series. Adapted from the classic novel this is the
story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society
in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental
disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted
fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional
values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred
(Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one
of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last
desperate attempt to repopulate the world. Also starring Alexis
Bledel [Gilmore Girls] and Samira Wiley [Orange is the New
Black]. The 10-episode first season premieres
on April 26, 2017.
review here. "... a terrifying story of a future that
looks like the past. The Hulu series, based on the 1985 Margaret
Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a
work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and
scary as hell."
Future release dates ...
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.
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.
Scheduled release date: August 11, 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.
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, Star Wars: The Force Awaken breakout
actress Daisy Ridley, Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. and Penelope
Cruz as Ohlsson. Scheduled for release November
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2016. The National Book Award winners have been announced.
- Fiction: Colson Whitehead,
The Underground Railroad
- Nonfiction: Ibram X. Kendi,
Stamped from the Beginning: The
Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
- Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky,
The Performance of Becoming Human
- Young People's Literature: John Lewis,
Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist),
March: Book Three
For all of the long lists and the finalists visit the
National Book Foundation web site.
Great article in
The Seattle Times.
October 26, 2016. Paul Beatty Becomes First American To Win Man Booker Prize For
Fiction. The chair of the judging panel said his novel
The Sellout was a unanimous choice.
Three years after the Man Booker Prize was opened up to all
novels written in English and published in the UK – regardless
of whether they were British, Irish, Commonwealth or from, say,
Micronesia – the Americans finally have a winner:
Paul Beatty with The
Sellout. All the information and details on the
Man Booker web site.
October 13, 2016. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016.
Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins the
Nobel in literature. The singer-songwriter was recognized
for "having created new poetic expressions within the great
American song tradition." Article in
The Seattle Times.
And for all kinds of "interesting" reactions, [pro and
con!] just Google it... fascinating!
October 8, 2016. The
Washington State Book Awards.
A book award is
given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit,
lasting importance and overall quality. The awards and
celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library
2016 Book Award Winners (for books published
- Fiction: The
Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma
- Poetry: Reconnaissance by
Road Trip by Mark Rozema
- History/General Nonfiction:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the
Lusitania by Erik Larson
Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award Finalists:
- Picture Book:
Boats for Papa written and
illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
- Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat
by Deborah Underwood
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):
The Game of Love and Death by
Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.
Seattle Arts & Lectures 2017-18
The Literary Arts Series presents
original talks by six outstanding authors whose works range from
multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social
commentaries and biographies.
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Ron
Chernow. A new biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Isabel
Allende. With her new novel In the
Midst of Winter.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jesmyn
- Thursday, February 15, 2018. Colson
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Monday, 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.
sample of the upcoming events:
- June 20, 2017. 7:30pm. Tuesday.
Brian Merchant with Alex Pasternack.
The Secret History of the iPhone.
Before Steve Jobs
introduced “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone
was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did
the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most
valuable company ever? In The One
Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, veteran
technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the
international inside story you won’t hear from Cupertino.
Reporting on interviews with the engineers, inventors, and
developers involved in the iPhone’s creation, Merchant, in
conversation with journalist and producer Alex Pasternack,
explains how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world
work—touch screens, motion trackers, and even artificial
intelligence—made their way into our pockets.
- June 21, 2017. 5:30pm. Wednesday.
Michael Medved and Dr. Diane Medved.
The husband and wife duo, radio show host and political
commentator Michael Medved and psychologist Dr. Diane
Medved, share the stage to talk about their recently
published books in this event sponsored by Discovery
Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership.
Hear from Michael as he discusses his latest book,
The American Miracle: Divine Providence
in the Rise of the Republic. He recounts significant
events in America’s rise to prosperity and power and
discusses the many improbabilities that played out in our
nation’s rise to greatness. Medved argues that these events
unfolded according to a master plan.
discusses insights from her book Don’t
Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your
Marriage. She examines the normalization of divorce
and the influence of the “divorce industry,” and offers ways
to revive and recover a dying marriage.
- June 27, 2017. 7:30pm. Tuesday.
Elliott Bay Book Company presents:
Nearly 20 years after her first
appearance in Seattle for The God of
Small Things, Arundhati Roy
returns with her much-anticipated second novel,
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Her writing in the intervening time has included
thought-provoking nonfiction in subjects such as politics,
activism, and investigation. Roy’s new novel shifts between
moods and time frames, first-person and omniscient
narration. Publisher’s Weekly says: “Sweeping, intricate,
and sometimes topical, the novel’s complexity feels
essential to Roy’s vision of a bewilderingly beautiful,
contradictory, and broken world.”
Visit the web site for
more information, and more scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
- July 11, 2017. Tuesday. 7pm.
Clarion West presents science fiction author
Connie Willis at the Central
Seattle Public Library web site
for the details, and the complete schedule of events.
Seattle Children's Theatre has
great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a
The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:
- September 28–November 26, 2017
Go, Dog. Go!
The madcap party
never stops with these zany canines. High-spirited singing,
zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night
antics will have the whole family in stitches.
- November 9–December 31, 2017
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English
town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to
- January 18–March 4, 2018
The Little Prince
In the middle
of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little
Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a
dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe.
the web site for the details and the complete schedule!
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.