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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 20, 2018:

The Italian Teacher by Tom 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 struggling-artist son.
"...an entertaining, 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, bestselling author.

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 self-discovery.

Elastic: Flexible 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, England.

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 of life.

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.

Disappointment River: 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 "out-of-this-world-awesome."

The Force: A Novel by Don 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  In paperback.

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 discovered.

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 playwright.

A Long Way from Home: A novel by Peter Carey. 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

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 Gabriel Allon 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 paperback.

Borne: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer. Named one of the best books of 2017, now in paperback.

February 20, 2018:

Sunburn by 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 Wire.”


Upcoming Releases.

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 27, 2018

Varina by 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.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo. 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.

Circe by 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 Curtis 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, 2018.

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.
He was 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.

Warlight by 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, 2018.

Kudos by Rachel Cusk.Following 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 Alan 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.
Time 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.
The 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. Column here.



March 3, 2018. New book In Praise of Difficult Women presents 29 modern-day heroines. New review here.



February 25, 2018. New in crime fiction: a wicked noir, a World War II-era thriller
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 Ghost Wars. The column here.



cover image:Pre-Meditated Murder

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 legacy. 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, 2018

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 episodes.

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. TBA 2018.

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 2018.

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. TBA.

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. TBA.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Green's first young adult novel. TBA.

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.

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 [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.



February 12, 2018. American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award winners:

  • 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: Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
    In 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 announced.
Jesmyn Ward’s 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.
The winners will be anounced March 15, 2018.





January 19, 2018. 2018 Edgars® Nominees announced.
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.


  • The Dime by Kathleen Kent
  • Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
  • Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
  • A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti


  • She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
  • Dark Chapter by Winnie M. Li
  • Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
  • Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy
  • Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

The Edgar® Awards will be presented April 26, 2018.
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.


 PNBA 2018 winners!


  • 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 Island, WA]
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie [Seattle, WA]
  • 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, here.



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 Benway
  • Poetry. Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • Nonfiction. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
  • Fiction. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The official announcement and the lists of all the finalists here.



October 17, 2017. George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, becoming the second American in a row to win the coveted British literary award.

The announcement in the Washington Post here.
Visit the 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:

  • Fiction
    Daredevils by Shawn Vestal, of Spokane
  • Poetry
    My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy, of Seattle
  • Biography/Memoir
    An Earlier Life by Brenda Miller, of Bellingham
  • History/General Nonfiction
    Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson, of Seattle

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 to 8)
    Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton of Tacoma
  • Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
    Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart, of Cashmere
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)
    Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand, of Seattle

The Seattle Times article here.
All the information about the award, current and past winners and nominees, here.




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 Ishiguro."
Article in The Seattle Times.

The Japanese roots of Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro celebrated. 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 Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
  • The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
  • First Love by Gwendoline Riley
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

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, here.



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 Flynn Berry.
  • Best Paperback Original: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty.
  • Best Fact Crime:  The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale
  • Best Critical/Biography: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

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!

Fiction: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.

Fiction finalists:

  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.

  • The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

History:  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.

Biography finalists:

  • In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi
  • When Breath Becomes Air, by the late Paul Kalanithi

General Nonfiction: 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:
    Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich.
  • PEN Open Book Award: For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016:
    What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi.

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 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



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 season announced:

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’ Grant Winner
    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 United States.”
  • 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.”
    Riggs's book 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 mortality.
    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.

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.

The 2017 - 2018 season has been announced:

Visit 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.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Mainstage Season:

  • February 8–April 1, 2018. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
    A theatrical 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 with love.

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 Shrew,

  • June 1 – 24, 2018. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
    A 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 story.

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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