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.
March 20, 2018:
The Italian Teacher by
Rachman. Rachman’s best-selling The Imperfectionists took
place in the world of journalism; his new book explores the
world of art, focusing on a world-famous painter and his
heartbreaking novel about art, family, loyalty, and
authenticity. Tom Rachman is an enormously talented writer--this
book is alive, from the first page to the last." Tom Perrotta,
Alternate Side: A Novel by
Anna Quindlen. The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and
a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of
violence. A provocative novel about money, class, and
Thinking in a Time of Change by Leonard
Mlodinow. From the
best-selling author of Subliminal and
The Drunkard’s Walk comes a
groundbreaking look at the psychology and neuroscience of
change, and at how tapping into elastic thinking will help us
thrive in the modern world.
The Punishment She
Deserves: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth
George. Bestseller George’s stunning 20th Thomas Lynley
novel finds the detective inspector running things at New
Scotland Yard in London while his partner, Det. Sgt. Barbara
Havers, and his boss, Det. Chief Supt. Isabelle Ardery,
investigate allegations of police malfeasance in Ludlow,
BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks,
and Stories of 100 Birds from the Popular Public Radio Show
by BirdNote and Ellen Blackstone. One
hundred entertaining and informative essays from the popular
public radio feature program, BirdNote, accompanied by original
illustrations throughout--an illuminating volume for bird and
nature lovers across North America.
For teen readers
Orphan Monster Spy by
Matt Killeen. Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and
Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to
change the world.
For young readers
Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten
Island #7 by Liz Kessler and Erin Farley. While on
vacation, Emily Windsnap finds herself swept up in an ancient
prophecy as the best-selling series continues.
March 13, 2018:
The Flight Attendant
by Chris Bohjalian. A powerful story
about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight
attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a
dead man - and no idea what happened. A spellbinding story of
memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating
consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.
The Sparsholt Affair by
Alan Hollinghurst. The Man Booker
Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty
returns with a novel beginning during the second World War and
ending in 2012; it is, as The Guardian
wrote in a rapturous review upon its British release, “about
gay life, about art, about family, but most of all it’s about
the remorseless passage of time.”
The Parking Lot Attendant
by Nafkote Tamirat. This debut is a
coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly knit
Ethiopian community who falls under the influence of a
charismatic hustler. The novel received a starred PW review.
Anatomy of a Miracle: A
Novel by Jonathan Miles. A profound new
novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery—a
stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning
How to Taste: The Curious
Cook's Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and
Beyond--with Recipes by Becky Selengut.
This engaging and approachable (and humorous!) guide to taste
and flavor will make you a more skilled and confident home cook.
Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by
Brian Castner. In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the
immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of
the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for
hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling
journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find.
For young readers
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown.
A heartwarming and action-packed sequel to the bestselling
[and staff recommended!] The Wild Robot, about what happens when
nature and technology collide.
Obsidio: The Illuminae
Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. From
the bestselling author duo comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke
the mold and has been called "stylistically mesmerizing" and
The Force: A Novel by
Winslow. A masterpiece of urban living full
of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark
humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of
modern American society and the controversial issues confronting
and dividing us today. Now in paperback.
The Shadow Land: A Novel by
Elizabeth Kostova. A mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present—and
unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country.
Now in paperback.
Off Speed: Baseball,
Pitching, and the Art of Deception
by Terry McDermott. The lively and
fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect
pitch. In paperback.
March 6, 2018:
Speak No Evil by
Uzodinma Iweala. This PW-starred second
novel from the author of Beasts of No Nation
is set in Washington, D.C., as top student Niru’s life shifts
when his conservative Nigerian parents find out he’s queer.
The Heart's Invisible
Furies: A Novel by John Boyne.
From the beloved bestselling author of The
Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga
about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in
post-war Ireland. In paperback.
The Radium Girls: The Dark
Story of America's Shining Women by Kate
Moore. The incredible true story of the women who fought
America's Undark danger. "...the glowing ghosts of
the radium girls haunt us still."―NPR Books
February 27, 2018:
Winter Sisters by
Robin Oliveira. Another best-selling
writer based in the Seattle area; Oliveira sets her novels in
the 19th century. Her latest, set in 1879 New York and involving
two missing little girls, is a rich and compelling historical
novel about the disappearance of two young girls after a
cataclysmic blizzard, and what happens when their fate is
Chicago: A Novel
by David Mamet. A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in
mobbed-up 1920s Chicago—a city where some people knew too much,
and where everyone should have known better—by the
Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize–winning
A Long Way from Home: A novel by
The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly
exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia,
revealing as much about the country/continent as it does about
three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous
10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial.
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily
Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. A bold new work that challenges
many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics
and religion, finance and personal responsibility.
Exit West: A Novel
by Mohsin Hamid
THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK
CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
In a country teetering on the
brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely
independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a
furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature
intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. In paperback.
House of Spies: A
Novel by Daniel Silva. Our hero is determined to hunt down the
world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind
known only as Saladin. In paperback.
Don't Let Go: A Novel
by Harlan Coben. With unmatched suspense
and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and
little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even
a town in this powerful new thriller. Now in paperback.
In This Grave Hour: A
Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline
Winspear. Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime
Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s
declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent
breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. In
Borne: A Novel by
Jeff VanderMeer. Named one
of the best books of 2017, now in paperback.
February 20, 2018:
Laura Lippman. A noirish crime novel that’s a
delicious homage to James M. Cain. Lippman
will speak at Seattle Arts & Lectures March 30 with her husband
David Simon, the Emmy-winning/screenwriter producer of “The
To Die but Once: A Maisie
Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear.
Maisie Dobbs faces danger and intrigue on the home front during
World War II. She investigates the disappearance of a young
apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news
of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches
of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the
threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie
makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.
March 27, 2018.
The List: A Week-by-Week
Reckoning of Trump’s First Year by Amy
Siskind. In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's
election, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The
New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump
regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Compiled in
one volume for the first time, this is a first draft history and
a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump's first year. March
Charles Frazier. The National Book Award-winning
author of Cold Mountain returns to the Civil War period with a
novel based on the true story of Varina Howell Davis, the young
wife of the much-older Confederacy president Jefferson Davis.
April 2, 2018.
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel
of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie
Dray. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, the
authors used thousands of letters and original sources to tell
Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the
wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also
as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own
right. April 3, 2018
The Overstory: A
Novel by Richard Powers. Powers
won the National Book Award in 2006 for The
Echo Maker. This, his 12th
novel, tells of a group of people mysteriously brought together
to save the continent’s few acres of forest. April 3, 2018.
The Female Persuasion by
Meg Wolitzer. For all of us who got happily lost in
The Interestings, Wolitzer returns with what’s said to be another
multilayered tale, this one focusing on women and power.
April 3, 2018.
The Norwegian author of the wildly popular Harry Hole
crime-fiction series tries his hand at Shakespeare, setting “the
Scottish play” in a 1970s industrial town, where a drug lord
named . Hecate tries to manipulate the violent, paranoid SWAT team
head, Inspector Macbeth. Ooh! April 10, 2018.
The Fates Divide : Carve
the Mark #2 by Veronica Roth.
April 10, 2018.
Madeline Miller. With unforgettably
vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning
suspense, this is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating
epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well
as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's
world. npr recommended: "this one I really
can't recommend highly enough..."
The whole review here. April 10, 2018.
You Think It, I’ll Say It by
Sittenfeld. We were charmed by Sittenfeld’s 2016 take on Jane
Austen, Eligible, now the author is back with her first collection of short stories. April 24,
Twisted Prey : A Prey
Novel by John Sandford. A rich
psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S.
Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was
also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders,
though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had
gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another
fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.
right. A federal marshal now, he's heard rumors that Grant has
found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the
contacts she's made from it, to be very...useful. Pinning those
rumors down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and
considerably more dangerous. April 24, 2018.
Adjustment Day by
Chuck Palahniuk. Smug, geriatric
politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of
young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and
professors propound theories that offer students only the
bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates the
new, disunited states. May 1, 2018.
Michael Ondaatje. In Ondaatje’s first
work of fiction since 2011, it’s 1945 and 14-year-old Nathaniel
and his older sister, Rachel, stay behind in London when their
parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a
mysterious figure named the Moth. He might be a criminal, but
they are less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew
of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of
unspecified service during the war. May 8, 2018.
The Mars Room by
Rachel Kushner. It’s 2003 and Romy Hall
is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville
Women’s Correctional Facility, where she experiences the
absurdities of institutional living. From the author of
The Flamethrowers. May 8, 2018.
Shelter in Place by
Nora Roberts. Shooters arrive one
evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. The violence lasts
only eight minutes before the killers are taken down, but for
those who lived through it, the effects last forever. May 29,
Outline and Transit, this novel
completes Cusk’s trilogy: a woman writer visits a Europe in
flux, where questions of personal and political identity rise to
the surface. June 5. 2018.
There There by
Tommy Orange. In this debut novel, the
lives of a disparate cast of characters are altered at the Big
Oakland Powwow. June 5, 2018.
My Year of Rest and
Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.
The latest from the Man Booker finalist is about a young woman’s
efforts to duck the world by embarking on an extended
hibernation with the help of the worst psychiatrist in the
world. July 10, 2018.
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.
March 18, 2018. Gay-sex scandal ripples over decades in
Hollinghurst’s latest, The Sparsholt Affair. His mellifluous
prose is as fine and subtly shaded as ever.
New review here.
March 15, 2018. Lit
Life column. Laura Lippman blends
literary flair and intricate plots in her crime fiction.
Great interview/review here.
Laura Lippman, the
best-selling author of more than 20 crime-fiction novels, will
be speaking at Seattle Arts & Lectures March 30, 2018. More
information at the
SAL web site.
March 11, 2018. Two-time Booker
Prize-winning author Peter Carey
delivers a Great Australian Epic in picaresque form in
A Long Way from Home.
Book review here.
March 8, 2018. Mary
Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Steven Pinker’s
Enlightenment Now is shock therapy
for pessimists, he writes about how we’re better off than ever.
The column here.
March 9, 2018. Banville takes us
through Dublin’s Georgian doorways, across green parks populated
by the shadows of memories, down rainy cobbled sidewalks,
telling stories of those places.
Pieces: A Dublin Memoir by John Banville.
Book review here.
March 6, 2018.
Nicole Brodeur / Columnist. In their book,
Your Story is Your Power, authors
Elle Luna and Susie Herrick recommend
people discover more about themselves and the best role they can
play in whichever battle they choose, before taking on an issue
with no direction.
entire column here.
March 4, 2018. Michelle McNamara’s all-consuming hunt for a
killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search
for the Golden State Killer.
The work has many notable
qualities — in particular, a penetrating and elegiac voice — but
the one that stands out most is its author’s death of an
accidental overdose while writing it.
The review here.
March 4, 2018. Looking for a
different world? Try these 3 great new works of science fiction.
March 3, 2018. New book
In Praise of Difficult Women presents 29
New review here.
February 25, 2018.
New in crime fiction: a wicked noir, a World War II-era
Laura Lippman’s latest pays
homage to noir classics; Robert Harris
uses the 1938 Munich Pact as a backdrop to his latest thriller.
Adam Woog's column here.
February 25, 2018. In
The Line Becomes a River, an author
looks back on his years as a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Francisco Cantu, a Fulbright fellow and
Pushcart Prize winner, joined the patrol in hopes of offering “a
small comfort” to those desperate to cross the border.
Great article/review of the new memoir here.
February 23, 2018.
Nicole Brodeur / Columnist. André Aciman
author of Call Me By Your Name. A
lovely interview with the author, now that the movie of the same
name has elicited equally strong reactions as the initial
release of the novel.
The column here.
February 8, 2018.
Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Steve Coll answers
questions about his new book, Directorate S:
the C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan,
the sequel to his 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book
The column here.
January 27, 2018. Two charming new
mysteries; one local, one set overseas.
Pre-Meditated Murder is the fifth lighter-than-air and
thoroughly enjoyable mystery from Seattleite
Tracy Weber. In paperback January 8, 2018. The
entire article/review here.
January 10, 2018. In remembrance of
Sue Grafton, who created memorable
detective Kinsey Millhone, and left a remarkable literary
A lovely column here.
Movies, TV, Plays
We can't figure out if Hollywood is just completely out of new ideas, or if they finally figured out what all of us already know -- you will never run out of great books! Here are just some of the latest titles to make it to the stage or screen, current and upcoming...
A Wrinkle in Time by
Madeleine L'Engle. The cinematic
masterpiece stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy
Kaling, Storm Reid, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis and tells
the story of a girl named Meg who's sent on a journey across the
universe with her friends to rescue her missing father. The
film arrives in theaters on March 9, 2018.
Red Sparrow by
James Matthews. In this spy thriller, Dominika Egorova
(Jennifer Lawrence) is a former Russian ballerina forced into a
Russian intelligence program in order to get her mother medical
care. She falls for an American mole in Russia, whom she is
tasked with exposing. Directed by Francis Lawrence (who directed
three of the four Hunger Games movies), the film co-stars Jeremy
Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Charlotte Rampling. The fast-paced thriller
arrives in theaters on March 2, 2018.
The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The Alienist
is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a
serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy
prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel
by Caleb Carr. TNT series premiering January 22, 2018. More
information here at
the TNT web site.
Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI
Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner.
In paperback January 2, 2018. The FBI’s chief hostage negotiator
recounts harrowing standoffs, including the Waco siege with
David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, in a memoir that serves
as a basis for the upcoming TV mini-series Waco, on Spike TV.
First episode scheduled to be aired January 24,
Future release dates ...
Ready Player One by
Ernest Cline. The post-apocalyptic tale
is set in 2045, when life is bleak. For many, their only sense
of purpose and excitement comes from their virtual reality
gaming systems. When one of the creators of a popular virtual
world dies, he leaves behind clues for other players to solve in
a race to inherit his fortune. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest
Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date
March 30, 2018.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by
Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden
mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to
track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Director: Richard Linklater; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Kristen
Wiig, Billy Crudup. In theaters May 11, 2018.
Sharp Objects by
Gillian Flynn. This one has quite the pedigree: An
adaptation of a book by the author of Gone
Girl, directed by the director of “Big Little Lies”
(Jean-Marc Vallée), starring five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams
as a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover a violent
murder. It is set to air on HBO June 2018, 8
Crazy Rich Asians by
Kevin Kwan. Based on the bestselling
novel, the film follows American-born Chinese economics
professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who travels with her
boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to Singapore for his best
friend's wedding. There, she finds out Nick comes from an
extremely wealthy family and that he's a very sought-after
bachelor. The ensemble cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong,
Harry Shum Jr., Awkwafina, Jimmy O. Yang, and Gemma Chan. It’s in theaters August 17, 2018.
The Little Stranger by
Sarah Waters. This thoroughly creepy
gothic novel, which was a finalist for the Booker and one of
PW's best books of 2009, is a natural fit for a film adaptation...
Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling star.
In theaters August 31, 2018.
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
by James R. Hansen. Ryan Gosling is
starring based on the biography. The story explores what led up
to Neil's historic space mission in 1969, which made him one of
the most famous astronauts in the world. The historical drama
debuts in theaters on October 12, 2018.
The Jungle Book by
Rudyard Kipling. This go-round will star
Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch in a
depiction director Andy Serkis claims is "very truthful to the
original book. It doesn't shy away from its darkness." The
family drama is scheduled for release on
October 19, 2018.
Fahrenheit 451 by
Ray Bradbury. First adapted as a film in 1966 by François
Truffaut, the 1953 novel will see another version this year on
HBO, directed by Ramin Bahrani. In a dystopian world, fireman
Montag questions his job burning books and battles his mentor
Beatty. HBO has released a teaser trailer for the movie.
The Sisters Brothers by
Patrick deWitt. This ridiculously fun
buddy western, a finalist for the Booker and one of PW's best
books of 2011, is getting an adaptation by Jacques Audiard (A
Prophet). Set in the 1850s, the story follows two notorious
assassin brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and
Joaquin Phoenix), who are hired to kill prospector Hermann
Kermit Warm (Jake Gyllenhaal) by their boss, the Commodore
(Rutger Hauer). Much delightful chaos ensues. The film costars
Riz Ahmed as Warm's partner, Morris, and Carol Kane as Mrs.
Sisters. TBA 2018.
The Bell Jar by
Sylvia Plath. Her only published novel, will be a
movie starring Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons. Directed by
Kirsten Dunst (who also co-wrote the screenplay). The story
follows a successful 19-year-old woman named Esther (played by
Dakota) who has a mental breakdown and struggles with severe
depression and thoughts of suicide. The haunting, emotional
drama is due in theaters sometime in 2018.
Between Shades of Gray by
Ruta Sepetys. The movie based on this YA
historical fiction novel will be called Ashes in the Snow. The
story, set in 1941, follows a young girl named Lina who, along
with her family, is forced to Siberia during Joseph Stalin's
reign of terror. In the cold and bleak wilderness, Lina relies
on her passion for art to keep record of the harrowing
experience. TBA 2018.
The Long Home by
William Gay. James Franco-directed and --starring film
about a young man who unwittingly begins working for the same
man who murdered his father. TBA 2018.
Bel Canto by Ann
Patchett. Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken
Watanabe star in the screen adaptation of the 2001 PEN/Faulkner
Award-winning novel, set during a hostage situation in a South
American country. TBA 2018.
The Hate U Give by
Angie Thomas. A YA novel about a black
teenage girl whose life is changed after she watches a cop shoot
her unarmed best friend, Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”)
and Regina Hall star in the film version TBA
The Girl Before by
J.P. Delaney. A woman falls for an
architect and gets an eerie premonition about his house, when
she finds out that another woman died there.
Director: Ron Howard. TBA.
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.
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.
Looking for Alaska by
John Green. Green's first young adult
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.
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.
February 12, 2018.
American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award
- John Newbery Medal for most outstanding
contribution to children's literature:
Hello, Universe written by
Erin Entrada Kelly. Filipino folklore and real life
converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and
portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency.
Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern
quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most
distinguished American picture book for children:
in the Snow, illustrated and written by
this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub
each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses
pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall
and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale
elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an
engrossing, emotionally charged story.
For more information about the winners, the 2018
Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year:
ala.org web site.
January 22, 2018.
Finalists for the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2017 have been
Sing, Unburied, Sing, winner of the
National Book Award for fiction, is now a nominee for the
National Book Critics Circle prize.
Other finalists announced
include Mohsin Hamid’s
Exit West for fiction,
Roxane Gay’s Hunger for
autobiography and Masha Gessen’s
The Future is History, winner of the
National Book Award for nonfiction.
The critics circle chose
five nominees in each of six competitive categories: fiction,
nonfiction, autobiography, biography, poetry and criticism.
Winners will be announced March 15, 2018.
More information in
The Seattle Times, here. And visit the
official website for all kinds of information.
winners will be anounced March 15, 2018.
January 19, 2018. 2018 Edgars® Nominees
Mystery Writers of America
is proud to announce the Nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe
Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction
and television published or produced in 2017.
BEST NOVEL NOMINEES:
Dime by Kathleen Kent
- Prussian Blue by
- Bluebird, Bluebird by
- A Rising Man by
- The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN
- She Rides Shotgun by
- Dark Chapter by
Winnie M. Li
- Lola by Melissa
- Tornado Weather by
Deborah E. Kennedy
- Idaho by
The Edgar® Awards will be presented April
For all kinds of information, and the lists
of all of the nominees, visit
The Edgars website.
January 9, 2018.
PNBA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Pacific
Northwest Book Awards. A volunteer Committee of
independent booksellers chose these six books from more than 400
nominated titles published in 2017.
- American War: A Novel by
Omar El Akkad [Portland, OR]
- The Book of Mistakes by
Corinna Luyken [Olympia, WA]
- Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in
Living Color by Chandler O'Leary and
Jessica Spring [Tacoma, WA]
- Idaho: A Novel by
Emily Ruskovich [Idaho City, ID]
- Tides: The Science and Spirit of the
Ocean by Jonathan White [Orcas
- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A
Memoir by Sherman Alexie [Seattle,
- Indie Spirit Honor:
Brian Doyle, 1956 - 2017 [Lake Oswego, OR]
More information about the winners, and links to all of the
lists for this year and previous years' awards,
November 15, 2017.
The 2017 National Book Awards have been announced.
The winners in each of the four categories:
- Young People’s Literature.
Far From the Tree by Robin
Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists
October 17, 2017.
George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming
the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary
The announcement in the
Washington Post here.
Man Booker website for all kinds of information.
October 14, 2017. The
Washington Center for the Book announced
its annual Washington State Book Awards
honoring books published by Washington authors in 2016.
Books for adults:
Daredevils by Shawn Vestal,
My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy,
An Earlier Life by
Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
- History/General Nonfiction
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St.
Helens by Steve Olson, of
Books for youth:
- Picture Book
Thunder Boy Jr. written by
Sherman Alexie, of Seattle, and
illustrated by Yuyi Morales
- Books for Young Readers (ages 6
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9
Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13
Useless Bay by
M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle
Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the
award, current and past winners and nominees,
October 6, 2017. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017.
Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro
wins Nobel Literature Prize.
described as "a very interesting writer in many ways ... I would
say that if you mix Jane Austen — her comedy of manners and her
psychological insights — with Kafka, then I think you have
The Seattle Times.
The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro
The Seattle Times article here.
June 15, 2017. Author
Naomi Alderman wins the
2017 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Power.
What would happen if women suddenly
possessed a fierce new power?
The world is a recognizable
place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family
pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true
nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl
from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and
flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating
effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can
cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist
of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, this is speculative
fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us
on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our
own world in bold and surprising ways.
To be published in the
United States October 10, 2017.
Tessa Ross, 2017 Chair of Judges, said: “The
judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated
this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to
Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas
and her fantastic imagination.”
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Stay With Me by
- The Dark Circle by Linda
- The Sport of Kings by C.E.
- First Love by Gwendoline
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction
written by a woman.
See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners,
current and former,
April 27, 2017.
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the
winners of the
2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards,
honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television
published or produced in 2016.
A few highlights:
- Best Novel:
Before the Fall by
Noah Hawley. [also staff recommended]
- Best First Novel by an American Author:
Under the Harrow by
- Best Paperback Original:
Rain Dogs by
- Best Fact Crime: The
Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by
- Best Critical/Biography:
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by
For the complete list of the winners and all
of the nominees visit
The Edgars web site.
April 10, 2017. 2017 Pulitzer winners
have been announced!
The Underground Railroad, by
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison
Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by
Heather Ann Thompson.
Biography or Autobiography:
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in
Between, by Hisham Matar.
- In the Darkroom, by
- When Breath Becomes Air, by
the late Paul Kalanithi
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American
City, by Matthew Desmond.
The complete list of winners and finalists in all categories are
available at the official
Pulitzer web site.
March 27, 2017. PEN
America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN
America Literary Awards.
- PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for
Nonfiction: To an author of a distinguished book
of general nonfiction published in 2015 or 2016 possessing
notable literary merit and critical perspective and
illuminating important contemporary issues:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
American City by Matthew Desmond.
- PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science
Writing Award: For a book of literary nonfiction
on the subject of the physical or biological sciences
published in 2016:
A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by
- PEN Open Book Award: For an
exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of
color published in 2016:
Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen
For all of the information visit the
PEN web site.
March 16, 2017. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2016:
- Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson.
House of Lords and Commons.
- Criticism. Carol Anderson.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our
- Autobiography. Hope Jahren.
- Biography. Ruth Franklin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
- Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
- Fiction. Louise Erdrich.
- The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize
which honors an author's first book in any genre:
Yaa Gyasi for
- The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award:
More information and all of the details available at the web
Other Book-Related News
There is always something going on in the Seattle book world! Author appearances in and around the Northwest, interesting book-related news, anything that doesn't fit in the above categories we'll mention here.
Seattle Arts & Lectures 2017-18
The Literary Arts Series presents
original talks by outstanding authors whose works range from
multi-award-winning novels and short stories to social
commentaries and biographies.
- Friday, March 30, 2018. Laura Lippman
and David Simon.
- Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 pm at The
Paramount Theatre. Madeleine
Albright will discuss her new book,
Fascism: A Warning, with Mark
Suzman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Albright
gives us an urgent examination of fascism in the 20th
century, drawing on her experiences as a child in war-torn
Europe and her work as a diplomat. Written by someone who
has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this
call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand to
save ourselves from the tragic errors of the past.
- Monday, May 7, 2018. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’
His novel The
Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won
the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016,
for what the Pulitzer Prize Citation observed as “a
layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice
of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the
- Friday, June 8, 2018. The
spouses of late memoirists Paul Kalanithi
(When Breath Becomes Air) and
Nina Riggs (The
Bright Hour), Lucy Kalanithi and John Duberstein.
Poet Nina Riggs was just 37 years
old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a
year, she received the devastating news that her cancer was
terminal. Nina Riggs’s memoir is about how to live—and
love—every day with “death in the room.”
continued the urgent conversation that Paul
Kalanithi began in 2016 with the memoir of his final
years facing lung cancer at age 37. His book chronicles a
transformation from a medical student into a neurosurgeon,
and finally into a patient himself, confronting his own
A few days before she died, Nina suggested
that her husband John reach out to Lucy Kalanithi, saying,
“She has experience with this, she’ll know what to do.” Two
days after Nina passed away, John contacted Lucy for advice
on grieving, and the two began to email regularly. The pair
will discuss their late spouses’ books, their grief, loss,
and love, in conversation with KEXP’s John Richards.
2017 - 2018 Season Schedules
announced for all of the series: The
Poetry Series; Women you Need to Know; Sherman Alexie Loves;
Latest Works and Literary Delights.
For the complete schedules, more information about all of the series,
and to buy tickets, visit the
Seattle Arts &
Lecture web site.
Town Hall is Seattle’s community cultural center, offering a broad program of music, humanities, civic discourse, and world culture events.
Visit the web site for
more information and all scheduled events.
The Seattle Public Library always has
lots of visiting authors and book-related events.
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:
the web site for the details and the complete schedule!
Book-It Repertory Theater.
Visit the Book-It web site for
the complete schedule and more details.
2017-2018 Mainstage Season:
February 8–April 1,
2018. The Maltese Falcon, by
culinary collaboration with Café Nordo in Pioneer Square.
April 19–May 6, 2018.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,
by Junot Díaz.
Book-It presents a
Young Audiences New York adaptation of the Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon,
an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey.
Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels,
falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for
generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco of “American
Crime” fame, this production shows the importance of facing fear
The 5th Avenue Theatre
2016-17 season schedule has been announced. As usual, it
includes a couple of performances based on books!
April 6 - 29, 2018.
Kiss Me, Kate. Celebrating its 70th
Anniversary! Kiss Me, Kate is the multi-Tony Award®-winning Cole
Porter masterpiece that set the standard for great musicals and
then broke the mold. A play-within-a-play inspired by
William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the
June 1 – 24, 2018.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on
the novel by Victor Hugo.
glorious retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, this
powerful tale of love, faith and prejudice will leave you
utterly spellbound. Its lush, beautiful score is unlike anything
in musical theater today, featuring songs from the Disney
animated feature and new music from legendary composers Alan
Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Immerse yourself in the power and
glory of rapturous music; melt with the passion of a magnificent
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.
The Village Theatre.
Locations in Everett and Issaquah.
For all kinds of information visit the web