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.
April 25, 2017:
Anything Is Possible: A Novel by
Elizabeth Strout. An unforgettable cast of small-town characters
copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by the Pulitzer Prize winner.
Beartown: A Novel by
Backman. A profound novel about a small town with a big
dream—and the price required to make it come true.
Golden Prey by
John Sandford. Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S.
Marshal sends him into uncharted territory. Thanks to some very
influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer
working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but
for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets
to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead
Option B: Facing
Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. From Facebook’s COO and
Wharton’s top-rated professor, comes a powerful, inspiring, and
practical book about building resilience and moving forward
after life’s inevitable setbacks
But What If We're Wrong?:
Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
by Chuck Klosterman. Now in paperback.
The Obsidian Chamber : An
Agent Pendergast Novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln
Child. After a harrowing, otherworldly
confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special
Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers
beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be
taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Now in
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.
Diana's Altar : A Detective Joe
Sandilands Novel by Barbara Cleverly.
Cambridge, 1933. On All Hallows’ Eve, in a candlelit pew in an
ancient church, Doctor Adelaide Hartest witnesses a stranger’s
dying moments. Adelaide is just in time to hear his final
confession: that he has plunged the dagger into his own chest,
and that his death will be a suicide, despite its suspicious
For ages 8 - 12 Arf:
A Bowser and Birdie Novel by Spencer
Quinn. Why would anyone break into the Gaux family's
hosue? Everyone knows the house is usually guarded by Birdie
Gaux's dog, Bowser, a large and handsome fellow with a big set
of sharp teeth. Someone is coming after Birdie and her family,
and Bowser must be ready to protect them from anything. In
For ages 8 - 12
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by
Chris Grabenstein. Packed with puzzles,
clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun,
action-packed sequel to the bestselling
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games
begin! In paperback.
April 18, 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
The Stars Are Fire: A
Novel by Anita Shreve. From the
best-selling author of The Weight of Water
and The Pilot's Wife, comes an
exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young
woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating
aftermath--based on the true story of the largest fire in
The Fix by David
Baldacci. Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI
headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded
sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's
extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing
Adventures: City Escapades, Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and
Itineraries for Fun-Loving Families by
Kate Calamusa. In paperback.
Drawdown: The Most
Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
by Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer. The 100
most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on
meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers
around the world.
The Second Life of Nick Mason by
Steve Hamilton. From the
bestselling, two-time Edgar-award-winning author comes an
unforgettable new hero, a man who will walk out of prison and
into a harrowing double life that is anything but free. In
Joe Gould's Teeth
by Jill Lepore. From the New Yorker
staff writer and Harvard historian, comes the dark, spellbinding
tale of her restless search for the missing longest book ever
written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History of
Our Time.” In paperback.
Eligible: A Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld. Wonderfully tender
and hilariously funny, the novel tackles gender, class,
courtship, and family as Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of
the most dazzling authors writing today. This is a
"...playful, wickedly smart retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and
“Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find
herself seduced.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
What's Become of Her: A
Novel by Deb Caletti. An
emotionally riveting story of a woman falling for a man who may
be hiding a dangerous secret—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult
and Kristin Hannah. New [4/23/17] review in
The Seattle Times. In paperback.
April 11, 2017:
The Shadow Land by
Elizabeth Kostova. From the bestselling
author of The Historian comes a
mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present--and
unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country.
A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia,
Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by
the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving, she helps
an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has
accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an
ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov.
Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn
filled with human ashes. Chosen for
Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak by
Lynda V. Mapes. A writer spends a year exploring a red oak’s
changes. Trees may seem inactive, but they are actually quite
busy, as the environmental writer learned. New [4/6/17] review
The Seattle Times. Feature article in
PacificNW magazine April 16, 2017.
My Cubs: A Love Story
by Scott Simon. The
Chicago Cubs, while beloved, have been the living example of
disappointment and failure for more than a century—until now. In
his new book, NPR's Scott Simon shares his heartfelt reflections
on his beloved Cubs, and how their big win transcended sports,
positioning them as the ultimate underdog for an entire nation.
Mr. Simon is scheduled to appear at Town Hall
Seattle on Monday, April 24, 2017.
More information here.
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
by Dani Shapiro. The best-selling
novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful
work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and
memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential
bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and
love. Chosen for
A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an
Abandoned Home and an American City by Drew Philp.
Part social history, part brash generational statement, part
comeback story, this is an intimate account of the tentative
revival of an American city—home by home and person by
person—and a glimpse at a new way forward for generations to
For ages 3 - 7
Little Wolf's First Howling by
Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Some may favor the
proper way to howl, but what if you have a song in your heart
that needs to come out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for
little and big wolves everywhere.
Barkskins: A Novel by
Annie Proulx. From the Pulitzer
Prize-winning author comes the bestselling epic about the
demise of the world’s forests. Chosen for
LaRose: A Novel by
Louise Erdrich. The winner of the
National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction now in paperback.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by
Ruth Ware. With surprising twists,
spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably
claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up
another taut and intense read -- one that will leave even the
most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last
page is turned. Chosen for
The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short
Stories by Carys Davies. From remote Australian
settlements to the snows of Siberia, from Colorado to Cumbria,
restless teenagers, middle-aged civil servants, and Quaker
spinsters traverse expanses of solitude to reveal the secrets of
the human heart. Written with raw and rigorous prose, charged
throughout by a prickly wit, these stories remind us how little
we know of the lives of others. Chosen for
All the Birds in the Sky by
Charlie Jane Anders. A stunning novel
about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future.
The Mirror Thief by
A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining masterpiece
hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "Audaciously well
written...the book I was raving about to my friends before I'd
even finished it." In paperback.
The Horse Dancer: A Novel
by Jojo Moyes. A quintessential Jojo
Moyes novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring
strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can
change everything. In paperback.
April 4, 2017:
Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido
Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon.
The twenty-sixth novel in this series is quintessential Donna
Leon, and a powerful addition to the celebrated series, in which
Brunetti’s endurance is tested more than ever before.
Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical
Advice by Colum McCann. From the National Book Award winner of
Let the Great World Spin
comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that.
It's the sort of thing that Colum McCann says he would have
liked to have had when he was younger. McCann says he writes
advice about plot and characterization, as well as empathy and
not locking yourself away from the world. He sits down with
Jeffrey Brown to discuss the teaching of writing and more, on
The PBS NewsHour.
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. Chosen for
What It Means When a Man Falls from the
Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah.
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties
that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and
friends to one another and to the places they call home. Chosen
American War: A Novel by
Omar El Akkad. An audacious and powerful
debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague,
and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what
might happen if America were to turn its most devastating
policies and deadly weapons upon itself. Chosen for
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph,
Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by
Daniel J. Sharfstein. The epic clash of
two American legends―their brutal war and a battle of ideas that
defined America after Reconstruction.
The author, a longtime writer for The New Yorker, spent years
traveling the country and chronicling American life, sometimes
uncovering riveting tales of murder and mayhem. New [4/9/17]
The Seattle Times.
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
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the Pulitzer
Prize, and more than two and a half years on the New York Times
bestseller list... finally in paperback
comes the stunningly beautiful bestseller about a blind French
girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as
both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Chosen for
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And
Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
by Joshua Hammer. To save ancient Arabic
texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen
heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative
that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and
part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post). In
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel
by Dominic Smith. A rare
seventeenth-century painting links three lives, on three
continents over three centuries. Now in paperback. Chosen for
by John Sandford. The latest Lucas Davenport thriller, now in
Stephanie Danler. The story of a young woman’s
coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New
York’s most elite restaurants. This novel deftly conjures the
nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and
evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and
the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift. Chosen
Maestra by L. S
Hilton. The beginning of a darkly irresistible trilogy,
this follows the rise of Judith, a woman whose vulnerability and
ruthlessness have left readers worldwide begging to know: where
do you go when you've gone too far? A twenty-first-century
femme fatale as lethal as Tom Ripley and as seductive as
Bacall.- --Vogue Chosen
Book 2 in the series is coming
July 11, 2017: Domina
by L.S. Hilton. In this riveting sequel
to the instant New York Times bestseller, Maestra, femme fatale
Judith Rashleigh once again leads readers into the mesmerizing
and dangerous underworld of Europe’s glamorous elite.
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next
Chapter by Jeff Kinney. Hit the road with
author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get a behind-the-scenes
look at the making of the latest 20th Century Fox
movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
May 9, 2017.
October: The Story of the Russian
Revolution by China Miéville. The
acclaimed fantasy author plunges us into the year the world was
turned upside down. On the centenary of the Russian revolution,
he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February
1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic
monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state
in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take
place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a
desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two
revolutions? Here is a book for those new to the events,
told not only in their historical import but in all their
passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a
political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Miéville
reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story. May 9,
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning
by Claire Dederer. The bestselling
Seattle author was a happily married mother of two, when she
suddenly found herself in the midst of an erotic reawakening.
While that may sound exciting in theory, the reality was not so
pleasant. Dederer’s new memoir shifts between her experience as
a middle-aged mom in the grip of unexpected sexual sensitivity
and longing and her teen years. Her revealing stories uncover
something universal about the experience of being a woman, a
daughter, a wife. May 9, 2017.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gay. In her popular essays and
Tumblr blog, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about
food and body. She takes readers along on her journey to
understand herself in a memoir of food, weight, self-image, and
learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.
June 13, 2017.
The Force by Don
Winslow. “Ever since I started writing, I’ve
wanted to write a big, New York City cop book,”
says Edgar Award-finalist Winslow. This is it. June 20, 2017.
The 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
Y is for... : 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
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.
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.
April 13, 2017. Alec
Baldwin plus other don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle,
The column here.
April 11, 2017.
Alec Baldwin’s new
memoir, Nevertheless, is a rare celebrity memoir that’s
neither painted in pastels nor glossed with
self-actualization... the entire
April 13, 2017./span> LitLife column. 7 questions with
on her literary career.
April 13, 2017. 14 new baseball books
include a study of the Chicago Cubs; biographies of Casey
Stengel and Leo Durocher; and the history of pitching.
The column here.
April 11, 2017. A roundup of
April’s best crime fiction —
The columnn here.
April 6, 2017. Visiting authors the week of April 7-14
include Lynda Lynn Haupt, Daniel James Brown, Hari Kunzru, Lisa
See and Matt Ruff. The details in
The Seattle Times.
April 6, 2017.
Ghosts of Seattle Past by Jaimee
Garbacik and Joshua Powell. The paperback will be
published May 16, 2017. More than a book — it’s a collection of
love letters to what we’ve lost.
The article here.
March 31, 2017.
Authors in Seattle this month include Neil Gaiman
and G. Willow Wilson. See the
entire list here.
March 30, 2017. Arts critic
Moira Macdonald recommends debuts by Annie
Hartnett, Tom McAllister, Jess Kidd and Patty Yumi Cottrell.
The column here.
March 30, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Recent
biographies of Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Carter and George
Harriman, among others, prove once again that truth can be
stranger than fiction.
The column here.
March 29, 2017. Movie review: The Zookeeper’s Wife. The film
tells the true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinska, who sheltered
more than 300 Polish Jews during World War II.
The movie review here. The review ends with "...you leave
wanting to know more of their story." We have the book with
all of the story!
March 28, 2017. In
Lincoln in the Bardo the ghostly
inhabitants of a cemetery don't yet know they're dead. Instead,
they're stuck in whatever neurotic condition they were in when
they died, narrating the story of Abraham Lincoln's visit to the
graveyard to visit his dead son.
Jeffrey Brown speaks with
Saunders about the challenge of writing about Lincoln and the
importance of being baffled, on
The PBS NewsHour.
March 23, 2017. Waiting for the
paperback? Here are 11 good reads, out now .
Moira Macdonald recommends new paperback
books by Helen Oyeyemi, Jim Harrison, Jim
Lynch, Matthew Desmond and Lindy West — plus 6 more
fiction and nonfiction titles in the
March 20, 2017.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival to feature the new movie
Zookeeper’s Wife. It is an adaptation of the true
story of Polish resistance in World War II: the account of
keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped
save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
The book: The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War
Story by Diane Ackerman
movie, starring Jessica Chastain, is
getting widely released beginning March 31, 2017.
New review in The Seattle Times.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival runs March 25 - April 2, 2017.
All the information at their web site.
March 19, 2017.
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by
Jennifer Ryan. A charming if occasionally awkward tale of life
in a rural English village in early World War II. [published
February 14, 2017]. New [3/19/17] review in
The Seattle Times. The novel has been optioned for television
by the production company behind “Downton Abbey.” [stay
March 16, 2017.
LaRose has won the National Book Critics
Circle prize for fiction, an honor she first received
more than 30 years ago for her debut novel
Love Medicine. The nonfiction prize went to
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, one of
many recent books about the class divide that have received
increased attention since the political rise of Donald Trump.
The Seattle Times article here.
The complete list of winners
on our News page here.
And all kinds of great information,
including the complete list of finalists for this year, and all
the previous years, is here at the National Book
Critics Circle page.
March 15, 2017.
American poets Morgan Parker, Stephen Dunn and the late Robert
Lowell are represented with new volumes this season. To
help get ready for April, National Poetry month. Column in
the Seattle Times.
March 15, 2017. The movie adaptation of
Julian Barnes’ Booker
Prize-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending, gets 3 stars out of
4, which boasts a cast of Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and
Emily Mortimer. The
movie review here.
Reading the novel — the reflections of
Tony, a 60-ish Englishman looking back on his life — is an
experience in diving through layers; stages of life overlap like
petals as memories shift to accommodate new understanding, and
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...
Thirteen Reasons Why by
Jay Asher. Adapted by Selena Gomez for
Netflix, the 13-part series starts streaming
Friday, March 31, 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.
The Son by Philipp Meyer
premieres Saturday April
8, 2017 on AMC.
Philipp Meyer on
adapting his book for TV.
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. Scheduled release date is
April 7, 2017.
Future release dates ...
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: April
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.
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.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to
network. April 30, 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 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
(Jurassic World). Scheduled release date May 19, 2017.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney. Based on the
record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend
Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks
to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.
Movie scheduled for May 19, 2017.
My Cousin Rachel
by Daphne du Maurier. In the 1951
romantic-mystery novel, a young Englishman
plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin,
believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings
become complicated as he finds himself falling under the
beguiling spell of her charms. Starring: Rachel Weisz and Sam
Claflin. by Scheduled release date June 9, 2017.
The Dark Tower by Stephen King. This adaptation has been in development
limbo forever. Combining sci-fi, western, and horror elements,
the film is about Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) traversing an Old
West-style world in search of the Man in Black (Matthew
McConaughey), as well as the Dark Tower, which might save the
world. Nikolaj Arcel is directing and King, Ron Howard, and
Brian Grazer are producing. A TV series is expected to follow in
2018, showing Sony's commitment to the project. Possible release date July 28, 2017.
It by Stephen King. In the small town of Derry, Maine, seven
children come face-to-face with life problems, bullies and a
monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. This
time around Bill Skarsgård is playing Pennywise. The
first trailer has been released.
Scheduled for release September 8, 2017.
The Snowman by Jo
Nesbo. Detective Harry Hole, the hard-boiled detective
created by the Norwegian crime novelist, investigates the
disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped
around an ominous-looking snowman. Starring Michael Fassbender,
Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons. Scheduled for release October 13, 2017.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. A novel based on the true story of Grace
Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned
in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas
Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the
facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to
help Grace recall her past.
Margaret Atwood will be
stepping back in time and in front of the cameras for the TV
adaptation of her novel in a cameo as "the disapproving woman."
[which she gleefully tweeted to all of her followers!]
Special 6-episode mini-series co-production
[CBS/Netflix] coming in 2017.
The Glass Castle by
Jeannette Walls. A young girl comes of
age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a
mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who
would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction
to their poverty. Based on the 2005 memoir. Walls herself (the
adult version is played by Brie Larson, the 10-year-old version
by Ella Anderson), her artist mother (Naomi Watts), alcoholic
father (Woody Harrelson), and Walls's three siblings.
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. 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.
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
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.
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
- April 25, 2017. Helen Oyeyemi, author of
Not Yours is Not Yours.”
- May 11, 2017, Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Sherman Alexie Loves:
First Loves: Park, Schrag & Yapa:
- Patricia Park is the author
of the debut novel Re Jane, named
a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and
American Library Association's Best Books of 2015
- Ariel Schrag is a graphic
artist and novelist. She is the author of the debut
novel ADAM (2014)
- Sunil Yapa is the author of
the debut novel, Your Heart is a
Muscle the Size of Your Fist (2016). He is the
recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award.
A personal note from your
favorite webmistress: If you have never had the fun/privelege of
seeing Sherman Alexie in person, I can highly recommend any
evening spent in his company. And when the subject matter is
authors whose debut novels he loved -- it will no doubt be a
fantastic evening! [not to mention that SAL is a great local
non-profit that "champions the literary arts by engaging and
inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater
Puget Sound region."]
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:
- April 24, 2017. Monday. 7:30pm.
Scott Simon. My
Cubs: A Love Story. The Chicago Cubs, while beloved,
have been the living example of disappointment and failure
for more than a century—until now. In his new book, NPR's
Simon shares his heartfelt reflections on his beloved Cubs,
and how their big win transcended sports, positioning them
as the ultimate underdog for an entire nation. Book
published April 11, 2017.
- 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.
- May 12, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm.
Claire Dederer: A Midlife Erotic Awakening.
The bestselling Seattle author was a happily married mother
of two, when she suddenly found herself in the midst of an
erotic reawakening. Her revealing stories uncover something
universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter,
a wife. Her new memoir, Love and
Trouble: A Mid-Life Reckoning, shifts between her
experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of unexpected
sexual sensitivity and longing and her teen years. She
shares poignant stories from both sides of this hormonal
teeter-totter, from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen to
raising a teenage daughter herself.
- May 25, 2017. Thursday. 7:30pm.
China Miéville with Monica Guzman.
The Story of the Russian Revolution. In February 1917, in
the midst of a bloody war, Russia was an autocratic
monarchy. Nine months later, it was the first socialist
state in world history. How did this remarkable
transformation take place? Award-winning author China
Miéville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian
Revolution and now, on the centenary of the revolution, he
provides his own distinctive take on this historic moment.
His new book, October: The Story of the
Russian Revolution is being published May 9, 2017.
- May 26, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm.
Philip Caputo. The New York Times
bestselling and Pulitzer prize-winning author began his
writing career in 1968, when he joined the staff of the
Chicago Tribune. He was a general assignment and team
investigative reporter and a a foreign correspondent. In
1977, he left the paper to focus on writing books. He has
written 16 books, including two memoirs, five books of
nonfiction, and nine novels. Caputo has won 10 journalistic
and literary awards. Some Rise by Sin
is his first novel since 2013. It is the story of a
Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through
the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican
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.