There is always so much book-related news out there, we decided to dedicate a page to attempting to organize some of it in one place. On this page you will find: Recent Releases; Upcoming Releases; Reviews; Movies, TV & Plays; Book Awards; and other Book-related news.
Recent & Upcoming Releases
Books that are being released soon, new hardcover titles that we are
already excited about, or paperback releases that we've been waiting
and waiting for.
February 21, 2017:
of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker
Kline. From the bestselling author of
Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of
friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s
mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.
Other People: Takes &
Mistakes by David Shields. A book
that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written
over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to
form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained
meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections:
Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos.
Before the Wind: A Novel
by Jim Lynch. The Johannssens are a
sailing family: adventurous, fanatical, and, for now, a complete
and total mess. Huge favorite of the staff!
The Summer Before the
War: A Novel by Helen Simonson.
The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s
Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on
the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English
town in which it is set. In paperback.
The Crow Trap: The First Vera Stanhope
Mystery by Ann Cleeves. Three
very different women come together to complete an environmental
survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the
meaning of betrayal... the unconventional Detective Inspector
Vera Stanhope must piece together the truth from these women's
Ann Cleeves's popular Vera Stanhope books have
been made into the hit series “Vera” starring Brenda Blethyn.
Originally airing on British network ITV, now showing on your
local PBS station. and available from a favorite streaming
source or two...including kcts9.org. In paperback.
Three Sisters, Three Queens: The
Plantagenet and Tudor Novels by Philippa
Gregory. The bestselling author tells the little-known
story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet
compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as
queens. The three sisters will become the queens of England,
Scotland, and France. In paperback.
Noonday by Pat
Barker. London, 1940. As bombs fall onto the blacked-out
city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke, working alongside former
friend Kit Neville, races from bomb sites to hospitals, while
her husband Paul Tarrant works as an air raid warden. Once
fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art before the First
World War, the three now find themselves caught in another
war—this time at home. In paperback.
February 14, 2017:
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by
George Saunders. The long-awaited first
novel from the author of Tenth of December:
a moving, heartbreaking and original father-son story featuring none other than
Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting
characters, living and dead, historical and invented.
Staff recommended! Chosen for
interview with author George Saunders.
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel
by Jennifer Ryan. This debut novel, told
through letters and journals, is an enchanting ensemble story in
which unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs
of a village choir during World War II.
On Turpentine Lane
by Elinor Lipman. A wry, warm tale of
romance and mystery with a colorful family thrown in. New
[2/19/17] review in
The Seattle Times.
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me
by Bill Hayes. A moving celebration of
what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the
unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of
his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.
The Undesired: A Thriller by
Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Aldis hates her job
working in a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland. The
boys are difficult, the owners are unpleasant, and there are
mysterious noises at night. And then two of the boys go astray .
Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into
alleged abuse at the center. The more he finds out, though, the
more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the
accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more
For little kids
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by
Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld.
At last—from the team behind the beloved bestseller
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,
comes a tale of the machines in the daytime! All of our favorite
trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus
on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big
task seem small!
Andromeda Romano-Lax. A provocative fictional biography
of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced
generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the
shadow of her husband’s. In turns moving and horrifying, this is
a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress,
love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a
passionate, promising young woman. In paperback.
The Lion's Mouth: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book
Four by Anne Holt. The country’s
new female prime minister has been shot dead and the gun can’t
be found in the fourth mystery in the award-winning,
internationally bestselling Hanne Wilhelmsen books that are “a
natural for Jo Nesbø readers..." Now in paperback.
The Guardian: A Tale of Scottish
Independence by Jack Whyte. From
a master of the sweeping historical epic comes this evocative
chronicle of the formation of his beloved Scotland. Some men
strive for greatness. And some men find themselves thrust into
the role of their nation's saviors. Such are the two heroes who
reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of
Scotland. Wallace the Braveheart and Robert Bruce. Now in
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two
Decades in the Middle East by Richard
Engel. A bestseller by NBC’s Chief Foreign
Correspondent—this riveting story of the Middle East
revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen close up
“should be required reading” (Booklist, starred review).
Now in paperback.
February 7, 2017:
Norse Mythology by
Neil Gaiman. Introducing an instant
classic―master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling
version of the great Norse myths.
All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by
Elan Mastai. This debut novel by an
award-winning screenwriter, is about the versions of ourselves
that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of
friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate
paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor
and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a
mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the
arrival of a major talent.
"A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate
timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity's
future."--Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The
The author is appearing at The Seattle
Public Library Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 2pm.
All the details here.
The Impossible Fortress: A Novel
by Jason Rekulak. This debut novel is a
love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and
to adolescence—a time when anything feels possible.
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The
Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett.
One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new
account of the origins of the conscious mind.
For teen readers
Guardian of Secrets: Library Jumpers #2
by Brenda Drake. The follow up to the
bestselling novel, Thief of Lies!
Being a Sentinel isn't all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world's most beautiful
libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome.
No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do
without the part where people are always trying to kill her.
For teen readers
King's Cage: Red Queen #3 by
Victoria Aveyard. In this breathless
third installment, allegiances are tested on every side. And
when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way
for the rebellion?
Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel by
Fredrik Backman. Funny and moving, sweet
and inspiring, this novel celebrates the importance of community
and connection in a world that can feel isolating. In paperback.
The Forgetting Time: A Novel by
Sharon Guskin. What would you do if your
four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he
wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother? In
Here's to Us by
Elin Hilderbrand. An emotional, heartwarming story from
the bestselling author about a grieving family that finds solace
where they least expect it. In paperback.
A Few of the Girls: Stories by
Maeve Binchy. This collection brings
together, for the first time, thirty-six of Maeve’s very best
stories. Now in paperback.
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to
Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America
by Eli Sanders. In this riveting,
probing, compassionate account of a murder in Seattle, Eli
Sanders, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of
the crime, offers a deeply reported portrait in microcosm of the
state of mental health care in this country—as well as an
inspiring story of love and forgiveness. Now in paperback.
Better Living Through Criticism: How to
Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by
A. O. Scott. In paperback.
For teen readers
The Girl from Everywhere by
Heidi Heilig. As the daughter of a time
traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe
and through the centuries aboard her father’s ship.
her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about
to end. History and mythology fans will love this fast-moving
ride through time, where mythological maps take Nix and the crew
to real places with items and creatures true to the map's
design. Rae Carson meets Outlander in this epic debut fantasy.
For ages 10 and up
The After-Room: The Apothecary Series #3
by Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr. The
triumphant finale in the bestselling trilogy is now in
January 31, 2017:
Behind Her Eyes: A Novel by
Sarah Pinborough. A
novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns
it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will
leave readers reeling. Chosen for
For teen readers
Stephanie Garber. Welcome, welcome to
Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who
escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous
intrigue of a legendary game.
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the
Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the
World by Brad Stone. A look deep
inside the new Silicon Valley, from the bestselling author
of The Everything Store.
The Silence of the Sea: A Thora
Gudmundsdottir Thriller by Yrsa
Sigurdardottir. From the queen of Icelandic crime fiction
comes a truly chilling story that will leave readers breathless
right up to the memorable ending. Now in paperback.
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by
Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate. The first graphic novel from
the bestselling author Marissa Meyer!
In her first graphic novel
she extends the world of the Lunar
Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story
about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.
Including appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the
rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the
The Rainbow Comes and
Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by
Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt.
An appealing blend of memoir and inspirational advice. Now in
At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel
by Tracy Chevalier. From the
internationally bestselling author comes a riveting drama of a
pioneer family on the American frontier.
Chosen for IndieNext. Now in paperback.
All the Missing Girls: A Novel by
Megan Miranda. Hailed as “Hitchcockian” by The New York Times Book Review,
this novel is told backwards—from the time Annaleise goes
missing prompting Nic to unravel the truth about what really
happened to her friend ten years ago. With plenty of twists and
turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, Megan Miranda
turns it all upside down and inside out. In paperback.
The Curious Charms of
Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.
Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts
and irresistible flaws, this is a joyous celebration of life’s
infinite possibilities. In paperback.
Lab Girl by Hope
Jahren. Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life
studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her
revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration
of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive
every. The bestseller now in paperback. February 28, 2017.
Calamity: The Reckoners #3 by
Brandon Sanderson. The final book in the
bestselling series. Now in paperback. February 28, 2017.
Celine: A Novel by
Peter Heller. From the best-selling
author of The Dog Stars and
The Painter, a luminous, masterful
novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic
private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to
make amends for a loss in her own past. March 7, 2017
Ill Will: A Novel by
Dan Chaon. Two sensational unsolved
crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one
man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of
literary suspense from the National Book Award finalist. March
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by
Chris Cleave. The staff favorite and
bookclub pick for May 2017, coming in paperback. March 7, 2017.
Everything Under the Heavens: How the
Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power by
Howard W. French. From the former New
York Times Asia correspondent comes an incisive investigation of
China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more
aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy.
in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting,
this is French at his revelatory best. March 14, 2017.
More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and
Writers by Jonathan Lethem and
Christopher Boucher. From the award-winning author
of Motherless Brooklyn comes a new collection of essays that
celebrates a life spent in books. This is a collection of over a
decade of Jonathan Lethem’s finest writing on writing, with new
and previously unpublished material, including: impassioned
appreciations of forgotten writers and overlooked books,
razor-sharp critical essays, and personal accounts of his most
extraordinary literary encounters and discoveries. March 21,
Mississippi Blood by
Greg Iles. This concludes the crime
trilogy that began with 2014’s Natchez
Burning, a Thriller Award finalist for best novel. March
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A
Novel by Hannah Tinti. A
mesmerizing father-daughter epic that explores what it means to
be a hero. A coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller that
weaves back and forth through time and across America, from
Alaska to the Adirondacks, an unforgettable story about the cost
we pay to protect the people we love most. March 28, 2017.
For ages 4 - 8
We're All Wonders by
R. J. Palacio. The unforgettable bestseller
Wonder, soon to be a major motion
piction, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now
parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing
kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book,
featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and
illustrated by R. J. Palacio. March 28, 2017.
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
by Anne Lamott.
From the bestselling
author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes a
powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes
hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it.
Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness,
this is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of
hands-on spirituality. April 4, 2017.
For ages 4 - 8
Olivia the Spy by
Ian Falconer. Everyone’s favorite pig is about to have a
birthday…but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more
than presents? April 4, 2017.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage
Murders and the Birth of the FBI by
David Grann. From New Yorker staff writer and
best-selling author of The Lost City of Z,
a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the
most monstrous crimes in American history.
Grann revisits a
shocking series of crimes in the 1920s in which dozens of people
were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and
startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative
nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series
of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a
searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward
American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with
impunity for so long. Utterly compelling, but also emotionally
devastating. April 18, 2017.
The Nightingale by
Kristin Hannah. In love we find out who
we want to be.In war we find out who we are. France, 1939. With
courage, grace and powerful insight, the bestselling author
captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an
intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The
Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years
and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each
embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and
freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly
beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human
spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone,
a novel for a lifetime. Finally in paperback April 25, 2017.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by
Roxane Gay. In her popular essays and
Tumblr blog, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about
food and body. She takes readers along on her journey to
understand herself in a memoir of food, weight, self-image, and
learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.
June 13, 2017.
The Force by Don
Winslow. “Ever since I started writing, I’ve
wanted to write a big, New York City cop book,”
says Edgar Award-finalist Winslow. This is it. June 20, 2017.
The Child by
Fiona Barton. The British author follows her bestselling
debut, The Widow, with a
psychological thriller that examines the impact of a secret on
three women who have never met. June 27, 2017
Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a
specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting --
and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of
links to articles about books.
February 18, 2017.
Emily Fridlund’s atmospheric History
of Wolves [published 1/3/2017] tells the story of a
Minnesota misfit who finds common ground with a neighboring
family. Then things get complicated. New review in
The Seattle Times.
February 16, 2017.
Crime fiction is alive and well (though these fictional
victims aren’t) in the U.K., with three strong new books.
February 15, 2017.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ still leaves a big
In celebration of the 150th anniversary
of Wilder’s birth, the beloved “Little House” books are being
rereleased in new editions.
See the article here [lots of great behind the scenes
January 26, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. New in
paperback: ‘Trump Revealed,’ a recent Rebus novel and 8 more.
The column here.
January 19, 2017.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
New-to-Seattle reading list, part 3: 25 essential nature books.
New to the region? Or just curious? Seattle Times book editor
Mary Ann Gwinn recommends a bushel of natural-history books
about the features that make up our home.
The column here.
January 17, 2017.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life
Columnist. Michael Chabon’s
Patchett’s Commonwealth and
Louise Erdrich’s La Rose are
among the fiction finalists for the National Book Critics Circle
awards for outstanding books of 2016.
The column and the lists of finalists in all categories here.
Winners will be announced March 16, 2017.
January 12, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. A
new-to-Seattle reading list, part 2: The nonfiction edition.
These books tell Seattle’s backstory, including entertaining
takes on local history, compelling personal stories and
remembrances of the city’s changing music scene.
The column and list here.
January 11, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, the organization that
represents independent booksellers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana,
Oregon and Washington, has announced its 2016 book awards.
The column here.
January 5, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. A
new-to-Seattle reading list: the fiction essentials. To get a
handle on what makes the region tick, book editor Mary Ann Gwinn
recommends titles by Sherman Alexie, Maria Semple, and Jim
The column here.
December 20, 2016. Mary Ann
Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. The Turner
House, a debut novel by Angela Flournoy
about the history of a large African American family in Detroit,
is the 2017 Seattle Reads pick.
The Turner House,
a National Book Award finalist in fiction, begins in 2008 during
the post-crash recession, 13 adult siblings meet to try to
decide what to do with the family home, worth one tenth of the
mortgage. The New York Times called it “an engrossing and
remarkably mature first novel.”
Seattle Reads program, sponsored by the Washington Center
for the Book at the Seattle Public Library, chooses one book for
library patrons throughout the city to read and discuss.
Flournoy will visit the city in May for several appearances
focusing on the book.
Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...
The Girl With All the Gifts by
M. R. Carey. A scientist and a teacher
living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival
with a special young girl named Melanie. Toronto International
Film Festival, September 2016. US release
begins February 24, 2017.
Big Little Lies by
Liane Moriarty. HBO’s miniseries
adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel, a murder
mystery wrapped up in a story about five women, all moms of
first-graders. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, both
executive producers, star in the project, along with Laura Dern,
Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz. Premieres
February 19, 2017.
With a lugubrious whimsy that becomes characteristic,
Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
starts by going to great, ironic lengths to convince the viewer
to not watch the show. [anyone that has read the books, will
know exactly where they got that idea!]
Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count
Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets.
Neil Patrick Harris leads a starry ensemble in this darkly comic
reimagining of the acclaimed children’s books.
Season 1 Coming January 13, 2017 on Netflix.
Future release dates ...
Before I Fall by
Lauren Oliver. Called a combination of Groundhog Day and
Heathers, this adaptation of Lauren Oliver's 2011 novel played
at Sundance and received a pretty good reception. February 12 is
just another day for high schooler Sam (Zoey Deutch), until it
turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her final day, she
untangles the mystery of her death.
Scheduled release date March 3, 2017.
The Shack by
William P. Young. The mega-bestseller gets an
adaptation with Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington. Mack
(Worthington), facing a crisis of faith, receives a letter
calling him back to the shack in Oregon where his daughter was
murdered. There, he meets the mysterious Papa (Spencer).
Scheduled release date March 3, 2017.
The Zookeeper's Wife by
Diane Ackerman. This true story follows
the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped to save hundreds of
people from the Nazis in World War II by smuggling them into
empty cages. Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl.
Scheduled release date March 31, 2017.
Wonder by R.J.
Palacio. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with
extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive,
goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a
private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the
taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen
as just another student. The challenges he faces help others
learn to not judge a book by its cover. Stephen Chbosky (The
Perks of Being a Wallflower) is directing. It will star The Room's Jacob Tremblay
and Julia Robert. Scheduled release date is
April 7, 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.
The Circle by Dave Eggers. Chronicles tech worker Mae Holland
(Emma Watson) as she
joins a powerful Internet company which starts out as an
incredibly rewarding experience, but as she works there longer
things start to fall apart. Also starring Tom Hanks as a Steve
Jobs-esque leader of the company. Scheduled
release date April 28, 2017.
The Dinner by
Herman Koch. With its page-turning plot, this novel was
destined for an adaptation since its original publication in
2009 (it was released in the U.S. in 2012). The parents of two
teenage boys (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca
Hall) meet at an expensive restaurant to discuss what to do
about a crime their boys have committed--a crime for which they
haven't been identified yet, but that was caught by a security
camera. Scheduled release date May 5, 2017.
Everything, Everything by
Nicola Yoon. The story of a teenage girl
who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family
moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that
challenges everything she's ever known. Starring Amandla
Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson
Scheduled release date May 19, 2017.
My Cousin Rachel by
Daphne du Maurier. A young Englishman
plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin,
believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings
become complicated as he finds himself falling under the
beguiling spell of her charms. Starring: Rachel Weisz and Sam
Claflin. Scheduled release date July 14, 2017.
The Dark Tower by
Stephen King. This adaptation has been in development
limbo forever. Combining sci-fi, western, and horror elements,
the film is about Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) traversing an Old
West-style world in search of the Man in Black (Matthew
McConaughey), as well as the Dark Tower, which might save the
world. Nikolaj Arcel is directing and King, Ron Howard, and
Brian Grazer are producing. A TV series is expected to follow in
2018, showing Sony's commitment to the project.
Possible release date July 28, 2017.
Stephen King. Because this adaptation of Stephen King's
novel about a group of boys terrorized by, among other things,
an evil clown has been in development since 2009, fans are
understandably wary. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) was
originally attached to direct but dropped out in 2015,
reportedly because of budget issues. Now Andrés Muschietti,
director of 2013's Mama, is directing, with Bill Skarsgård
(Allegiant) playing Pennywise. Scheduled for release September 8, 2017.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. A novel based on the true story of Grace
Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned
in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas
Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the
facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to
help Grace recall her past.
Margaret Atwood will be
stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV
adaptation of her novel in a cameo as "the disapproving woman."
[which she gleefully tweeted to all of her followers!]
Special 6-episode mini-series co-production
[CBS/Netflix] coming in 2017.
The Glass Castle by
Jeannette Walls. This coming-of-age
tale, based on the 2005 memoir, is about a family of nomads:
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. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) is directing.
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.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly
Obsession in the Amazon by
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy
Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled
civilization. He never returned. Starring Sienna Miller, Charlie
Hunnam, Robert Pattinson. Release Date: 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. Coming to
theaters in 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.
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.
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.
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
June 8, 2016. Author Lisa McInerney wins the
2016 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Glorious
Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges,
commented: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong
shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a
superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights
into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful
storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.”
See the entire announcement,
and more, here.
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Cynthia Bond.
- Hannah Rothschild.
The Improbability of Love.
- Elizabeth McKenzie.
The Portable Veblen.
- Anne Enright.
The Green Road,
- Hanya Yanagihara.
A Little Life.
See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners,
current and former,
April 28, 2016.
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the
winners of the
2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards,
honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television
published or produced in 2015.
A few highlights:
- Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps by
- Best First Novel:
The Sympathizer by
Viet Thanh Nguyen.
- Best Paperback Original:
The Long and Faraway Gone by
- Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year
Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by
- Best Young Adult:
A Madness So Discreet by
For the complete list of the winners and all
of the nominees visit
The Edgars web site.
April 18, 2016. 2016 Pulitzer winners
have been announced.
Pulitzer Prize: honoring excellence in journalism and
the arts since 1917.
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
History: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a
New America, by T.J. Stiles
Biography or Autobiography:
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by
Ozone Journal, by
Black Flags: The
Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick
The complete list of winners in all categories, as well as bios and photos of the winners, are
available at the official
Pulitzer web site.
This year's winners and shortlist nominees
March 17, 2016. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2015:
- Poetry. Ross Gay,
Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude
- Criticism. Maggie Nelson,
- Autobiography. Margo Jefferson,
- Biography. Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary
Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
- Nonfiction. Sam Quinones,
The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic
- Fiction. Paul Beatty,
- And the winner of the 2015 John Leonard Prize
which honors an author's first book in any genre is
Kirstin Valdez Quade for
Night at the Fiestas.
More information and all of the details available at the web
Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.
Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17
- March 1, 2017. Ben Fountain, novelist and author of “Billy
Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
- March 28, 2017. Bryan Stevenson, activist and author of
- April 25, 2017. Helen Oyeyemi, author of
Not Yours is Not Yours.”
For the complete schedule, more information about the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
A few of the upcoming events:
- February 9, 2017. Thursday. 7:30pm.
Paul Auster in Conversation with Paul
Constant. Award-winning novelist, memoirist, poet,
and translator Auster returns to Seattle with his new novel,
4 3 2 1. Known for blending
absurdism, existentialism, and the search for identity and
personal meaning, Auster has received widespread acclaim for
his work. Appearing onstage with Paul Constant of the
Seattle Review of Books.
- February 17, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm.
A Tiny Sense. Part of the Sherman Alexie Loves series.
Authors Sherman Alexie and
Jess Walter record a live taping of
their popular podcast. As always, the two will crack jokes,
discuss literature, and dispense writing advice. This
episode will feature celebrated writer
Karen Russell as their guest.
- February 19, 2017. Sunday. 1:00pm.
David Duchovny with Jess Walter.
second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent,
explores the bonds between fathers and sons and grapples
with our urgent need to persevere―and risk everything―in the
name of love. In conversation with fellow author Jess
Walter, Duchovny will share stories about his life and work.
- February 28, 2017. Tuesday. 7:30pm.
master Saunders has been said to have helped change the
trajectory of American fiction. Now he brings us his highly
anticipated first novel Lincoln in the
Bardo. Saunders will read excerpts of his book and
discuss his life and work.
- April 26, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm.
An Evening with Anne Lamott.
Prolific author of memoir and fiction, Lamott writes about
all sorts of things: family, writing, addiction, and faith.
But much of her work revolves around the themes of recovery
and redemption. She will read from her new book,
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy,
and share stories from her experience. A portion of proceeds
from this event will benefit Recovery Café.
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.
- February 12, 2017. Sunday. 2pm.
Author Elan Mastai and his debut
novel, All Our Wrong Todays.
After a time travel mishap, this breezy debut novel journeys
through alternate timelines and questions how we determine
what makes a perfect future.
- February 21, 2017. Tuesday.
7 – 8:30 p.m. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of
his popular Inspector Rebus series, award-winning Scottish
mystery writer Ian Rankin returns
with Rather Be the Devil.
- February 24, 2017. Friday.
7 – 8:30 p.m. Viet Thanh Nguyen
discusses The Refugees. From the
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The
Sympathizer comes a new collection of stories
exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and
family, imbued with Nguyen’s great gift for writing.
- March 9, 2017. Thursday.
7 – 8:30 p.m. Peter Heller
discusses Celine. The author of
the 2015 Seattle Reads pick returns with the story of
Celine, an elegant private eye
who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends
for a loss in her own past.
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...
- January 19–February 26, 2017. The
Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra
Follow Peter and his friends as they
romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow
angels in this imaginative ode to childhood joys and the
challenges of growing up.
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.