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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

February 21, 2017:

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. From the bestselling author of Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

Other People: Takes & Mistakes by David Shields. A book that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections: Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos.

Before the Wind: A Novel by Jim Lynch. The Johannssens are a sailing family: adventurous, fanatical, and, for now, a complete and total mess. Huge favorite of the staff! In paperback.

The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson. The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand returns with a breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. In paperback.

The Crow Trap: The First Vera Stanhope Mystery by Ann Cleeves. Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal... the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope must piece together the truth from these women's tangled lives.
Ann Cleeves's popular Vera Stanhope books have been made into the hit series “Vera” starring Brenda Blethyn. Originally airing on British network ITV, now showing on your local PBS station. and available from a favorite streaming source or two...including kcts9.org. In paperback.

Three Sisters, Three Queens: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels by Philippa Gregory. The bestselling author tells the little-known story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as queens. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France. In paperback.

Noonday by Pat Barker. London, 1940. As bombs fall onto the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke, working alongside former friend Kit Neville, races from bomb sites to hospitals, while her husband Paul Tarrant works as an air raid warden. Once fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art before the First World War, the three now find themselves caught in another war—this time at home. In paperback.

February 14, 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders. The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving, heartbreaking and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. Staff recommended! Chosen for February IndieNext.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan. This debut novel, told through letters and journals, is an enchanting ensemble story in which unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman. A wry, warm tale of romance and mystery with a colorful family thrown in. New [2/19/17] review in The Seattle Times.

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes. A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

The Undesired: A Thriller by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Aldis hates her job working in a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland. The boys are difficult, the owners are unpleasant, and there are mysterious noises at night. And then two of the boys go astray . . .
Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the center. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister?

For little kids  Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. At last—from the team behind the beloved bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, comes a tale of the machines in the daytime! All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small!

Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax. A provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband’s. In turns moving and horrifying, this is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman. In paperback.

The Lion's Mouth: Hanne Wilhelmsen Book Four by Anne Holt. The country’s new female prime minister has been shot dead and the gun can’t be found in the fourth mystery in the award-winning, internationally bestselling Hanne Wilhelmsen books that are “a natural for Jo Nesbø readers..." Now in paperback.

The Guardian: A Tale of Scottish Independence by Jack Whyte. From a master of the sweeping historical epic comes this evocative chronicle of the formation of his beloved Scotland. Some men strive for greatness. And some men find themselves thrust into the role of their nation's saviors. Such are the two heroes who reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of Scotland. Wallace the Braveheart and Robert Bruce. Now in paperback.

And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel. A bestseller by NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent—this riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen close up “should be required reading” (Booklist, starred review). Now in paperback.

February 7, 2017:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Introducing an instant classic―master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by Elan Mastai. This debut novel by an award-winning screenwriter, is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.
          "A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity's future."--Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
Chosen for February IndieNext.
The author is appearing at The Seattle Public Library Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 2pm. All the details here.

The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak. This debut novel is a love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and to adolescence—a time when anything feels possible.

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett. One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind.

For teen readers  Guardian of Secrets: Library Jumpers #2 by Brenda Drake. The follow up to the bestselling novel, Thief of Lies! Being a Sentinel isn't all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world's most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her.

For teen readers  King's Cage: Red Queen #3 by Victoria Aveyard. In this breathless third installment, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel by Fredrik Backman. Funny and moving, sweet and inspiring, this novel celebrates the importance of community and connection in a world that can feel isolating. In paperback.

The Forgetting Time: A Novel by Sharon Guskin. What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother? In paperback.

Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand. An emotional, heartwarming story from the bestselling author about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it. In paperback.

A Few of the Girls: Stories by Maeve Binchy. This collection brings together, for the first time, thirty-six of Maeve’s very best stories. Now in paperback.

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America by Eli Sanders. In this riveting, probing, compassionate account of a murder in Seattle, Eli Sanders, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the crime, offers a deeply reported portrait in microcosm of the state of mental health care in this country—as well as an inspiring story of love and forgiveness. Now in paperback.

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by A. O. Scott. In paperback.

For teen readers The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. As the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe and through the centuries aboard her father’s ship.
But when her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. History and mythology fans will love this fast-moving ride through time, where mythological maps take Nix and the crew to real places with items and creatures true to the map's design. Rae Carson meets Outlander in this epic debut fantasy. In paperback.

For ages 10 and up  The After-Room: The Apothecary Series #3 by Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr. The triumphant finale in the bestselling trilogy is now in paperback!

January 31, 2017:

Behind Her Eyes: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough. A novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling. Chosen for February IndieNext.

For teen readers  Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone. A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley, from the  bestselling author of The Everything Store.

The Silence of the Sea: A Thora Gudmundsdottir Thriller by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. From the queen of Icelandic crime fiction comes a truly chilling story that will leave readers breathless right up to the memorable ending. Now in paperback.

Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate. The first graphic novel from the bestselling author Marissa Meyer!
In her first graphic novel she extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. Including appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. An appealing blend of memoir and inspirational advice. Now in paperback.

At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier. From the internationally bestselling author comes a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier. Chosen for IndieNext. Now in paperback.

All the Missing Girls: A Novel by Megan Miranda. Hailed as “Hitchcockian” by The New York Times Book Review, this novel is told backwards—from the time Annaleise goes missing prompting Nic to unravel the truth about what really happened to her friend ten years ago. With plenty of twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out. In paperback.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, this is a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities. In paperback.



Upcoming Releases.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every. The bestseller now in paperback. February 28, 2017.

Calamity: The Reckoners #3 by Brandon Sanderson. The final book in the bestselling series. Now in paperback. February 28, 2017.

Celine: A Novel by Peter Heller. From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. March 7, 2017

Ill Will: A Novel by Dan Chaon. Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from the National Book Award finalist. March 7, 2017.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. The staff favorite and bookclub pick for May 2017, coming in paperback. March 7, 2017.

Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power by Howard W. French. From the former New York Times Asia correspondent comes an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy.
Steeped in deeply researched history as well as on-the-ground reporting, this is French at his revelatory best. March 14, 2017.

More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers by Jonathan Lethem and Christopher Boucher. From the award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn comes a new collection of essays that celebrates a life spent in books. This is a collection of over a decade of Jonathan Lethem’s finest writing on writing, with new and previously unpublished material, including: impassioned appreciations of forgotten writers and overlooked books, razor-sharp critical essays, and personal accounts of his most extraordinary literary encounters and discoveries. March 21, 2017.

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles. This concludes the crime trilogy that began with 2014’s Natchez Burning, a Thriller Award finalist for best novel. March 21, 2017.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti. A mesmerizing father-daughter epic that explores what it means to be a hero. A coming-of-age novel and a literary thriller that weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks, an unforgettable story about the cost we pay to protect the people we love most. March 28, 2017.

For ages 4 - 8  We're All Wonders by R. J. Palacio. The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, soon to be a major motion piction, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio. March 28, 2017.

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott.
From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it.
Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, this is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality. April 4, 2017.

For ages 4 - 8  Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer. Everyone’s favorite pig is about to have a birthday…but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents? April 4, 2017.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. From New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in the 1920s in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating. April 18, 2017.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are. France, 1939. With courage, grace and powerful insight, the bestselling author captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. Finally in paperback April 25, 2017.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. In her popular essays and Tumblr blog, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body. She takes readers along on her journey to understand herself in a memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. June 13, 2017.

The Force by Don Winslow. “Ever since I started writing, I’ve wanted to write a big, New York City cop book,” says Edgar Award-finalist Winslow. This is it. June 20, 2017.

The Child by Fiona Barton. The British author follows her bestselling debut, The Widow, with a psychological thriller that examines the impact of a secret on three women who have never met. June 27, 2017

 



 

Reviews and Columns
Recent reviews of new and/or notable titles, books that have a specific interest to the northwest -- author and/or setting -- and one more place for us to share our latest favorites! Lots of links to articles about books.

 

February 18, 2017. Emily Fridlund’s atmospheric History of Wolves [published 1/3/2017] tells the story of a Minnesota misfit who finds common ground with a neighboring family. Then things get complicated. New review in The Seattle Times.

 



 

February 16, 2017. Crime fiction is alive and well (though these fictional victims aren’t) in the U.K., with three strong new books. Column here.

 


 

February 15, 2017. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ still leaves a big impression.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Wilder’s birth, the beloved “Little House” books are being rereleased in new editions. See the article here [lots of great behind the scenes info!].

 


 

 

January 26, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. New in paperback: ‘Trump Revealed,’ a recent Rebus novel and 8 more. The column here.

 

 

 


 

January 19, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. New-to-Seattle reading list, part 3: 25 essential nature books. New to the region? Or just curious? Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn recommends a bushel of natural-history books about the features that make up our home. The column here.

 



 

January 17, 2017.  Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. Michael Chabon’s Moonglow, Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth and Louise Erdrich’s La Rose are among the fiction finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards for outstanding books of 2016. The column and the lists of finalists in all categories hereWinners will be announced March 16, 2017.

 

 



January 12, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. A new-to-Seattle reading list, part 2: The nonfiction edition. These books tell Seattle’s backstory, including entertaining takes on local history, compelling personal stories and remembrances of the city’s changing music scene. The column and list here.

 


 

 

January 11, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, the organization that represents independent booksellers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, has announced its 2016 book awards. The column here.

 

 


 

January 5, 2017. Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist. A new-to-Seattle reading list: the fiction essentials. To get a handle on what makes the region tick, book editor Mary Ann Gwinn recommends titles by Sherman Alexie, Maria Semple, and Jim Lynch. The column here.

 

 


 

December 20, 2016.  Mary Ann Gwinn / Lit Life Columnist.  The Turner House, a debut novel by Angela Flournoy about the history of a large African American family in Detroit, is the 2017 Seattle Reads pick.

The Turner House, a National Book Award finalist in fiction, begins in 2008 during the post-crash recession, 13 adult siblings meet to try to decide what to do with the family home, worth one tenth of the mortgage. The New York Times called it “an engrossing and remarkably mature first novel.”

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...

 


Current...

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Toronto International Film Festival, September 2016. US release begins February 24, 2017.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. HBO’s miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel, a murder mystery wrapped up in a story about five women, all moms of first-graders. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, both executive producers, star in the project, along with Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz. Premieres February 19, 2017.

With a lugubrious whimsy that becomes characteristic, Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” starts by going to great, ironic lengths to convince the viewer to not watch the show. [anyone that has read the books, will know exactly where they got that idea!]
The extraordinary Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets. Neil Patrick Harris leads a starry ensemble in this darkly comic reimagining of the acclaimed children’s books. Season 1 Coming January 13, 2017 on Netflix.

Future release dates ...

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Called a combination of Groundhog Day and Heathers, this adaptation of Lauren Oliver's 2011 novel played at Sundance and received a pretty good reception. February 12 is just another day for high schooler Sam (Zoey Deutch), until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her final day, she untangles the mystery of her death. Scheduled release date March 3, 2017.

The Shack by William P. Young. The mega-bestseller  gets an adaptation with Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington. Mack (Worthington), facing a crisis of faith, receives a letter calling him back to the shack in Oregon where his daughter was murdered. There, he meets the mysterious Papa (Spencer). Scheduled release date March 3, 2017.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. This true story follows the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped to save hundreds of people from the Nazis in World War II by smuggling them into empty cages. Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl. Scheduled release date March 31, 2017.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The challenges he faces help others learn to not judge a book by its cover. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is directing. It will star The Room's Jacob Tremblay and Julia Robert. Scheduled release date is April 7, 2017.

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Coming as a Hulu original series. Adapted from the classic novel this is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. Also starring Alexis Bledel [Gilmore Girls] and Samira Wiley [Orange is the New Black]. The 10-episode first season premieres on April 26, 2017.

The Circle by Dave Eggers. Chronicles tech worker Mae Holland (Emma Watson) as she joins a powerful Internet company which starts out as an incredibly rewarding experience, but as she works there longer things start to fall apart. Also starring Tom Hanks as a Steve Jobs-esque leader of the company. Scheduled release date April 28, 2017.

The Dinner by Herman Koch. With its page-turning plot, this novel was destined for an adaptation since its original publication in 2009 (it was released in the U.S. in 2012). The parents of two teenage boys (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall) meet at an expensive restaurant to discuss what to do about a crime their boys have committed--a crime for which they haven't been identified yet, but that was caught by a security camera. Scheduled release date May 5, 2017.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. Starring Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (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.

 


 

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

 


 

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.


 

March 17, 2016. Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for publishing year 2015:

  • Poetry. Ross Gay, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude
  • Criticism. Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
  • Autobiography. Margo Jefferson, Negroland
  • Biography. Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
  • Nonfiction. Sam Quinones, Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic
  • Fiction. Paul Beatty, The Sellout
  •  And the winner of the 2015 John Leonard Prize which honors an author's first book in any genre is Kirstin Valdez Quade for Night at the Fiestas.

More information and all of the details available at the web 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 2016-17 season continues:

  • March 1, 2017. Ben Fountain, novelist and author of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
  • 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:

  • February 9, 2017. Thursday. 7:30pm. Paul Auster in Conversation with Paul Constant. Award-winning novelist, memoirist, poet, and translator Auster returns to Seattle with his new novel, 4 3 2 1. Known for blending absurdism, existentialism, and the search for identity and personal meaning, Auster has received widespread acclaim for his work. Appearing onstage with Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books.
  • February 17, 2017. Friday. 7:30pm. A Tiny Sense. Part of the Sherman Alexie Loves series. Authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter record a live taping of their popular podcast. As always, the two will crack jokes, discuss literature, and dispense writing advice. This episode will feature celebrated writer Karen Russell as their guest.
  • February 19, 2017. Sunday. 1:00pm. David Duchovny with Jess Walter.
    Actor Duchovny's second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, explores the bonds between fathers and sons and grapples with our urgent need to persevere―and risk everything―in the name of love. In conversation with fellow author Jess Walter, Duchovny will share stories about his life and work.
  • February 28, 2017. Tuesday. 7:30pm. George Saunders.
    Short story master Saunders has been said to have helped change the trajectory of American fiction. Now he brings us his highly anticipated first novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunders will read excerpts of his book and discuss his life and work.
  • April 26, 2017. Wednesday. 7:30pm. An Evening with Anne Lamott.
    Prolific author of memoir and fiction, Lamott writes about all sorts of things: family, writing, addiction, and faith. But much of her work revolves around the themes of recovery and redemption. She will read from her new book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, and share stories from her experience. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Recovery Café.

Visit the web site for more information, and more scheduled events.

 


 

The Seattle Public Library always has lots of visiting authors and book-related events.

  • February 12, 2017. Sunday. 2pm. Author Elan Mastai and his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays. After a time travel mishap, this breezy debut novel journeys through alternate timelines and questions how we determine what makes a perfect future.
  • February 21, 2017. Tuesday. 7 – 8:30 p.m. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his popular Inspector Rebus series, award-winning Scottish mystery writer Ian Rankin returns with Rather Be the Devil.
  • February 24, 2017. Friday. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Refugees. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer comes a new collection of stories exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family, imbued with Nguyen’s great gift for writing.
  • March 9, 2017. Thursday. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Peter Heller discusses Celine. The author of the 2015 Seattle Reads pick returns with the story of Celine, an elegant private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

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...

  • January 19–February 26, 2017. The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
    Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative ode to childhood joys and the challenges of growing up.

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.

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



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