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Book News
There is always so much book-related news out there, we decided to dedicate a page to attempting to organize some of it in one place. On this page you will find: Recent Releases; Upcoming Releases; Reviews; Movies, TV & Plays; Book Awards; and other Book-related news.

Recent & Upcoming Releases
Books that are being released soon, new hardcover titles that we are already excited about, or paperback releases that we've been waiting and waiting for.


Recent Releases

March 21, 2017:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. This thrilling new novel from the bestselling author explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

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 This is a collection of over a decade of Jonathan Lethem’s finest writing on writing, with new and previously unpublished material, including: impassioned appreciations of forgotten writers and overlooked books, razor-sharp critical essays, and personal accounts of his most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. 

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition by Paul Watson. Spanning nearly 200 years, this is the spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history―and how the rare mix of marine science and Inuit knowledge finally led to the recent discovery of the shipwrecks of the legendary Franklin Expedition of 1845―whose two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice. New [3/19/17] review in The Seattle Times.

A Twist of the Knife: The 3rd Novel of the Brigid Quinn Series by Becky Masterman. Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn doesn’t visit her family in Florida much. But her former partner on the force, Laura Coleman―a woman whose life she has saved and who has saved her life in turn―is living there now. So when Laura calls about a case that is not going well, Brigid doesn’t hesitate to get on a plane.

Mississippi Blood: Natchez Burning #3 by Greg Iles. The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.This concludes the crime trilogy that began with 2014’s Natchez Burning, a Thriller Award finalist for best novel.

Man Overboard: An Ali Reynolds Novel by J.A. Jance. Two tech geniuses face off—one intent on saving lives, the other on ending them.

Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You by Misty Copeland. The first African-American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, has written a book with exercises and recipes, as a how-to book, wrapped in an inspiring message. New article/review [3/16/17] in The Seattle Times.

March 14, 2017:

In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear. September 1939. At the moment Prime Minister 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. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.
As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country braces for what is to come.  Britain is approaching its gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of her own.

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid. As featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, on Fresh Air, and elsewhere, an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. New [3/12/17] review in The Seattle Times. And chosen for IndieNext.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them : Hogwarts Library Book by Newt Scamander and J.K. Rowling. The classic compendium of magical creatures, has delighted generations of wizarding readers. Now, in this updated edition with a new foreword by Newt himself and the unveiling of six beasts little known outside the American wizarding community, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Thunderbird lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why shiny objects should always be kept away from the Niffler.

Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism by Camille Paglia. From the fiery intellectual provocateur— and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality—a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men.

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. The bestselling author returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century. As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city. The market trader,  the detective, the lawyers, of course; the internet star, the building's manager. Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home-- and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.
And the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all. An extraordinary and unforgettable novel.

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.
Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best.

White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru. Two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues record collecting, haunted by the ghosts of a repressive past. Chosen for March IndieNext.

For ages 10 - 14  In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll. A spine-tingling novel with a forthright, modern heroine and more than a hint of mystery and magic.

The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas by Jim Harrison. In paperback.

The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon. In the 25th novel in this celebrated series, Brunetti finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all. In paperback.

Chicago: A Novel by Brian Doyle. A love letter to Chicago, the Great American City, and a wry account of a young man’s coming-of-age during the one summer in White Sox history when they had the best outfield in baseball, Chicago is a novel that will plunge you into a city you will never forget and may well wish to visit for the rest of your days. In paperback.

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume.
Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
Two outcasts—a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life—find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection.
Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose,  is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see. In paperback.

March 7, 2017:

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, this eerily prescient novel tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. New [3/12/17] review in The Seattle Times. Chosen for March IndieNext.

The Underworld: A Novel by Kevin Canty. An Idaho mining town faces a disaster and its aftermath in this masterly, affecting new novel. New [3/10/17] review in The Seattle Times.

Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII by Scott Miller. An absorbing portrait of Allen Dulles, a key figure in the OSS — the forerunner to today’s CIA. New [3/12/17] review in The Seattle Times.

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito. Named the Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year
This is an incisive courtroom thriller and a drama that raises questions about the nature of love, the disastrous side effects of guilt, and the function of justice. Staff recommended. Chosen for March IndieNext.

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. Chosen for March IndieNext.

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. Chosen for March IndieNext.

In the Name of the Family: A Novel by Sarah Dunant. The author of Blood and Beauty returns with another captivating novel about Renaissance Italy and one of history’s most notorious families: the Borgias.

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion. Two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks--writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer. New [3/5/17] review in The Seattle Times.

The Roanoke Girls: A Novel by Amy Engel. As it weaves between fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke’s first "Roanoke" summer and her return, this novel shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

For ages 4 - 8  Emma and the Whale by Julie Case and Lee White. In this lyrical picture book with subtle conservation themes, a girl helps rescue a whale who has washed ashore. Here is a beautifully written, moving story that will appeal to all animal lovers, and to those interested in protecting our oceans and marine life.

Lenin's Roller Coaster : A Jack McColl Novel by David Downing. In Russia the Bolshevik revolution is in full-swing while the supposed Great War is destroying Europe in ways never before imagined. Fulltime lovers and part-time enemies, British spy Jack McColl and progressive American journalist Caitlin Hanley, have seen their relationship survive this far but in a world defined by “win at all cost” attitudes how much longer can they hold out?

For little kids  Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar and Alicia Padron. The actress, math whiz, and bestselling author uses her proven math success to show children that loving numbers is as easy as 1, 2, 3. We have a few copies signed by the author!

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. Chosen for March IndieNext.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today. Written as a letter to a friend, this offers fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman.

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler and Shaun Whiteside. A fast-paced narrative that discovers a surprising perspective on World War II: Nazi Germany’s all-consuming reliance on drugs.

The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth J. Church. This sweeping debut novel takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era. In paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. The staff favorite and bookclub pick for May 2017, coming in paperback. In paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. In paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson. Rich with vivid personal stories of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption delivers a spellbinding narrative built from the testimonies of those closest to the disaster, and an epic tale of our fraught relationship with the natural world. In paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan. In this exciting and illuminating work, the National Book Award winner delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time, Thomas Francis Meagher.

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 by Adam Hochschild. For three years in the 1930s, the world watched, riveted, as the Spanish Civil War became the battleground in a fight between freedom and fascism that would soon take on global proportions. Volunteers flooded in to support Spain’s democratic government. Among them were nearly three thousand Americans, called by their convictions to lend a hand in a brutal conflict their government wanted no part of. In paperback.

For teen readers  The Winner's Kiss : Book #3 in The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. This brings to a stunning conclusion, the irresistible romance between Kestrel and Arin and the crippling war that has torn apart their world. In paperback.

For ages 10 - 14  The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home: Fairyland #5 by Catherynne M. Valente and Ana Juan. The final book in the Fairyland series finds September accidentally crowned the Queen of Fairyland. But there are others who believe they have a fair and good claim on the throne, so there is a Royal Race―whoever wins will seize the crown. In paperback.

February 28, 2017:

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.

Shrill by Lindy West. An uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny. The 2017 Pacific Northwest Book Award winner now in paperback.

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly. Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. Now in paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline. The latest novel from the bestselling author poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer? In paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

Heat and Light: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh. An ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.  In paperback. Chosen for March IndieNext.

Calamity: The Reckoners #3 by Brandon Sanderson. The final book in the bestselling series. Now in paperback.

Upcoming Releases.

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.

Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy. The debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director. March 28, 2017

For teen readers  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. A new epic fantasy by the National Book Award finalist author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage. 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 picture, 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.

The Sorcerer's Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks. The bestselling author breaks new ground with a standalone adventure that’s sure to thrill veteran readers and recent converts to the world of Shannara alike. In paperback. March 28, 2017.

End of Watch: A Novel :The Bill Hodges Trilogy #3 by Stephen King. The fabulously suspenseful and "smashing" final novel in the trilogy. Staff recommended. In paperback. 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.

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. April 11, 2017.
Mr. Simon is scheduled to appear at Town Hall Seattle on Monday, April 24, 2017. More information here.

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.



March 23, 2017. Waiting for the paperback? Here are 11 good reads, out now .
Arts critic 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 LitLife column.



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
The movie, starring Jessica Chastain, is getting widely released beginning March 31, 2017. New review in The Seattle Times.
The 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 tuned!]



March 16, 2017. Louise Erdrich’s 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 Matthew Desmond's 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 16, 2017. New in mysteries this month: compelling thrillers by Mick Herron, Fred Vargas, Andrew Mayne and local author Tess Arlen: spies, magicians, and death in a bathtub. The column here.


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 new questions.



March 8, 2017. Arts critic Moira Macdonald offers a list of contemporary writers from the Emerald Isle in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Column here.



March 5, 2017. The Bertie Project: A Novel of the 44 Scotland Street Series by Alexander McCall Smith. In paperback February 7, 2017. New review in The Seattle Times.



March 2, 2017. Moira Macdonald Lit Life. Books: The power of a perfect opening line. The column here.



February 23, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn Lit Life Column. Local author David B. Williams invites readers to put on their walking shoes and visit some Seattle treasures in Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. The column here.



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.



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.”

The 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 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.

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 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.

Future release dates ...

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 (Jurassic World). 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.

It by 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. TBA 2017.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This sci-fi film, based on  2014 novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), is about an expedition to find a missing man in an environmental disaster zone (the less you know, the better). The cast includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and David Gyasi. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is directing. TBA 2017.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 10 episodes coming to Starz network. 2017.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann.
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. TBA 2017.

The November Criminals by Sam Munson. The author's first novel for young adults is a thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging teenage noir. TBA 2017.

Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James. The final book in the Fifty Shades saga, Christian and Ana navigate their most dangerous, treacherous relationship yet: marriage.
Who's starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like Arielle Kebbel will join the franchise. Scheduled release date February 9, 2018.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his billions. A contest users are willing to kill to win. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date March 30, 2018.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith will star. Smith will play a young slave who hooks up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas. The Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in 2017, or...

The Passage by Justin Cronin. No date announced yet. Book #2 in the series, The Twelve, was finally published October 16, 2012. And is now available in paperback [7/30/13]. Book three: The City of Mirrors: A Novel was finally published May 24, 2016! The first movie is still listed as "in development..."

Moviemaker Todd Field has arranged to produce, co-write and direct Beautiful Ruins, the newest [2012] Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed Little Children, based on the Tom Perrotta novel. More info as it becomes available...


Book Awards
There are an amazing number of awards given to books and authors throughout the year. We will attempt to keep you updated on the big ones, and on the ones we particularly agree with.



March 16, 2017. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for publishing year 2016:

  • Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson. House of Lords and Commons.
  • Criticism. Carol Anderson. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
  • Autobiography. Hope Jahren. Lab Girl.
  • Biography. Ruth Franklin. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
  • Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • Fiction. Louise Erdrich. LaRose.
  • The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize which honors an author's first book in any genre:
    Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing.
  • The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Atwood.

More information and all of the details available at the web site: bookcritics.org



January 23, 2017. American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award winners:

  • John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill. The story is pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe, an author and artist who has illustrated a dozen books, is the son of illustrator John Steptoe. Radiant Child also earned the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.
    Like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy, evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.
  • Printz and YALSA awards for excellence in literature and nonfiction for young adults, respectively: March: Book Three, created by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, took home both the Printz and the YALSA, as well as the Robert F. Sibert award for most distinguished informational book for children. Lewis and co-writer Aydin were also awarded the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.

For more information about the winners, the 2017 Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year: ala.org web site


2017 PNBA book awards


January 10, 2017.  2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards announced:

  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie. Alexie's first book for children is a picture book to cherish, starring a strong-willed little boy who just wants to make his mark on the world with a name all his own.
  • Bitch Planet Book One: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick. A smart, profane, and thoroughly terrifying examination of widespread intersectional oppression that feels all too familiar. Pick up this book and join the ranks of the Non-Compliant.
  • To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey. Returning to the same lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. An absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure, danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal fear of the unknown.
  • On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor. In this excellent debut, Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology, adventure and reflection through the literal and metaphorical trails that lead our lives.
  • Barkskins by Annie Proulx. A sweeping saga spanning more than 700 pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two families for generations as they attempt to tame their world and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that may be her best work yet.
  • Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith. Marrow Island was once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of Lucie’s father. Addressing environmental issues, cult behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island is an original and riveting read.
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. This brilliant book will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist woman in today's world. West uses humor as a gateway to grab the attention of those who may not normally want to read a "feminist book." A conversation starting read.





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 Foundation.

2016 Book Award Winners (for books published in 2015):

  • Fiction: The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields
  • Poetry: Reconnaissance by Carl Phillips
  • Biography/Memoir: 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 Martha Brockenbrough




June 8, 2016. Author Lisa McInerney wins the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Glorious Heresies.

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. Ruby.
  • 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, here.


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 Lori Roy.
  • Best First Novel: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
  • Best Paperback Original: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
  • Best Fact Crime:  Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil
  • Best Young Adult: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.

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.

Fiction: 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 William Finnegan
Poetry: Ozone Journal, by Peter Balakian
General Nonfiction: 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 here.




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 season continues:

  • March 28, 2017. Bryan Stevenson, activist and author of “Just Mercy.”
  • April 25, 2017. Helen Oyeyemi, author of “What is 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:

  •  April 5, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm. Jim Lynch. Seattle native Lynch grew up immersed in the local boating culture. Some of his happiest childhood memories are from his time on the water. His fourth novel, Before the Wind, tells the story of the Johannssens, a blue-collar Seattle sailing family. The Seattle Times has said that Lynch "observes like a journalist and writes like a poet."
    Before the Wind is new in paperback February 21, 2017.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • March 15, 2017. Wednesday. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Kay Redfield Jamison discusses Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire. Medical expert Dr. Jamison writes about poet Robert Lowell, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how his illness and the treatment he received impacted his work. The book was published February 28, 2017.
  • March 20, 2017. Monday. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Camille Paglia discusses Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism. The groundbreaking author of Sexual Personae will talk about her new collection of essays that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism. Book published March 14, 2017.
  • March 23, 2017. Thursday. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Jim Lynch discusses Before the Wind. Jim Lynch returns to the Ballard Branch to read from his fourth novel about an eccentric Seattle family of boat builders and sailors who reunite for one last race. New in paperback February 21, 2017.

Visit the Seattle Public Library web site for the details, and the complete schedule of events.



Seattle Children's Theatre has great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a book involved.

Visit the webhttp://www.sct.org 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.

The 2016-17 slate of Book-It mainstage productions:

  • February 10 – March 26, 2017. A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway. A theatrical culinary experience performed at Café Nordo in Pioneer Square.
    We are thrilled to pair great literature with delectable food in an artistic collaboration with Café Nordo. You will enjoy a four-course meal that deliciously underscores a signature Book-It theatrical experience. Artists Jane Jones and Judd Parkin are the collaborators behind Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored.

  • June 6 – July 2, 2017. Welcome To Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson. This is a literary coming-of-age story for a new generation that skewers issues of race, class, social media, and more. The artistic team is led by the adapter/director of last season’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

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

  • July 11 - 30, 2017. Fun Home. Alison Bechdel’s autobiographic graphic novel about coming of age as a lesbian in a family full of secrets thrives in this moving and much-lauded Broadway hit. The five-time Tony winner comes to Seattle on national tour.

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

The Village Theatre. Locations in Everett and Issaquah.

For all kinds of information visit the web site: VillageTheatre.org


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