There is always so much book-related news out there, we decided to dedicate a page to attempting to organize some of it in one place. On this page you will find: Recent Releases; Upcoming Releases; Reviews; Movies, TV & Plays; Book Awards; and other Book-related news.
Recent & Upcoming Releases
Books that are being released soon, new hardcover titles that we are
already excited about, or paperback releases that we've been waiting
and waiting for.
March 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finest writing on writing, with new and previously unpublished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
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]
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
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]
The Seattle Times. And chosen for
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.
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
there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other
home-- and who are more important to its future than anyone
And the coders, temporary residents on the
roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that
threatens the existence of all. An extraordinary and
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by
Chris Cleave. The staff favorite and
bookclub pick for May 2017, coming in paperback. In paperback.
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by
Helen Oyeyemi. In paperback. Chosen for
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Calamity: The Reckoners #3 by
Brandon Sanderson. The final book in the
bestselling series. Now in paperback.
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
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,
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 .
Moira Macdonald recommends new paperback
books by Helen Oyeyemi, Jim Harrison, Jim
Lynch, Matthew Desmond and Lindy West — plus 6 more
fiction and nonfiction titles in the
March 20, 2017.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival to feature the new movie
Zookeeper’s Wife. It is an adaptation of the true
story of Polish resistance in World War II: the account of
keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped
save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
The book: The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War
Story by Diane Ackerman
movie, starring Jessica Chastain, is
getting widely released beginning March 31, 2017.
New review in The Seattle Times.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival runs March 25 - April 2, 2017.
All the information at their web site.
March 19, 2017.
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by
Jennifer Ryan. A charming if occasionally awkward tale of life
in a rural English village in early World War II. [published
February 14, 2017]. New [3/19/17] review in
The Seattle Times. The novel has been optioned for television
by the production company behind “Downton Abbey.” [stay
March 16, 2017.
LaRose has won the National Book Critics
Circle prize for fiction, an honor she first received
more than 30 years ago for her debut novel
Love Medicine. The nonfiction prize went to
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, one of
many recent books about the class divide that have received
increased attention since the political rise of Donald Trump.
The Seattle Times article here.
The complete list of winners
on our News page here.
And all kinds of great information,
including the complete list of finalists for this year, and all
the previous years, is here at the National Book
Critics Circle page.
March 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
March 8, 2017. Arts critic Moira
Macdonald offers a list of contemporary writers from the Emerald
Isle in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly
Obsession in the Amazon by
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy
Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled
civilization. He never returned. Starring Sienna Miller, Charlie
Hunnam, Robert Pattinson. Release Date: TBA 2017.
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of
Love and War by Lynsey Addario.
[published February 5, 2015] A Pacific Northwest bestseller
spring of 2015. A memoir by the award-winning international
photojournalist. Director: Steven
Spielberg. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence. Coming to
theaters in 2017.
Looking for Alaska by
John Green. Green's first young adult
novel. TBA 2017.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan. A 2012 bestselling
autobiography by the New York Post writer. It details her
struggle with a rare autoimmune disease and her recovery.
The November Criminals by
Sam Munson. The author's first novel for
young adults is a thoughtful coming-of-age story and an engaging
teenage noir. TBA 2017.
Fifty Shades Freed by
E. L. James. The final book in the
Fifty Shades saga, Christian and Ana
navigate their most dangerous, treacherous relationship yet:
Who's starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
fill the shoes of Christian and Ana again, while newcomers like
Arielle Kebbel will join the franchise.
Scheduled release date February 9, 2018.
Ready Player One by
Ernest Cline. When the creator of a
popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to
compete for his billions. A contest users are willing to kill to
win. Director: Steven Spielberg. Writer: Ernest
Cline (screenplay). Scheduled release date
March 30, 2018.
The Good Lord Bird by
James McBride. Liev Schreiber and Jaden
Smith will star. Smith will play a young slave who hooks up with
radical abolitionist John Brown (Schreiber) in 1856 Kansas.
Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award. Listed as "in
development" so, possibly a movie in theaters sometime in
The Passage by Justin Cronin. No date announced yet. Book #2 in the series,
The Twelve, was finally published October 16, 2012. And is now available in paperback [7/30/13].
Book three: The City of Mirrors: A Novel
was finally published May 24, 2016! The first movie is still listed
as "in development..."
Moviemaker Todd Field has arranged to produce, co-write and direct
Beautiful Ruins, the newest 
Jess Walter novel. Field previously directed
Little Children, based on the
novel. More info as it becomes available...
are an amazing number of awards given to books and authors
throughout the year. We will attempt to keep you updated on the
big ones, and on the ones we particularly agree with.
March 16, 2017.
Recipients of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for
publishing year 2016:
- Poetry. Ishion Hutchinson.
House of Lords and Commons.
- Criticism. Carol Anderson.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our
- Autobiography. Hope Jahren.
- Biography. Ruth Franklin.
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
- Nonfiction. Matthew Desmond.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the
- Fiction. Louise Erdrich.
- The winner of the 2016 John Leonard Prize
which honors an author's first book in any genre:
Yaa Gyasi for
- The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award:
More information and all of the details available at the web
January 23, 2017.
American Library Association announces 2017 youth media award
- John Newbery Medal for most outstanding
contribution to children's literature:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by
Kelly Barnhill. The story is
pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a
complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters.
Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in
exquisite, lyrical prose.
- Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most
distinguished American picture book for children:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel
Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe, an author and artist
who has illustrated a dozen books, is the son of illustrator
John Steptoe. Radiant Child also earned the Coretta Scott
King (Illustrator) Book Award.
Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and
immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted
and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy,
evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant
Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with
Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers.
- Printz and YALSA awards for excellence in literature and
nonfiction for young adults, respectively:
Three, created by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Andrew Aydin and
Nate Powell, took home both the Printz and the YALSA, as well as the Robert F.
Sibert award for most distinguished informational book for
children. Lewis and co-writer Aydin were also awarded the
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an
African American author of outstanding books for children
and young adults.
For more information about the winners, the 2017
Honor Books, and all of the awards the ALA bestowed this year:
ala.org web site
January 10, 2017.
2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards announced:
- Thunder Boy Jr. by
Sherman Alexie. Alexie's first book
for children is a picture book to cherish, starring a
strong-willed little boy who just wants to make his mark on
the world with a name all his own.
- Bitch Planet Book One: Extraordinary
Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
A smart, profane, and thoroughly terrifying examination of
widespread intersectional oppression that feels all too
familiar. Pick up this book and join the ranks of the
- To The Bright Edge Of The World
by Eowyn Ivey. Returning to the same
lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second
novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. An
absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure,
danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal
fear of the unknown.
- On Trails: An Exploration by
Robert Moor. In this excellent
debut, Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology,
adventure and reflection through the literal and
metaphorical trails that lead our lives.
- Barkskins by
Annie Proulx. A sweeping saga spanning more than 700
pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two
families for generations as they attempt to tame their world
and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that
surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that
may be her best work yet.
- Marrow Island by
Alexis M. Smith. Marrow Island was
once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become
the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of
Lucie’s father. Addressing environmental issues, cult
behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island
is an original and riveting read.
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
by Lindy West. This brilliant book
will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring
empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist
woman in today's world. West uses humor as a gateway to grab
the attention of those who may not normally want to read a
"feminist book." A conversation starting read.
November 16, 2016. The National Book Award winners have been announced.
- Fiction: Colson Whitehead,
The Underground Railroad
- Nonfiction: Ibram X. Kendi,
Stamped from the Beginning: The
Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
- Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky,
The Performance of Becoming Human
- Young People's Literature: John Lewis,
Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist),
March: Book Three
For all of the long lists and the finalists visit the
National Book Foundation web site.
Great article in
The Seattle Times.
October 26, 2016. Paul Beatty Becomes First American To Win Man Booker Prize For
Fiction. The chair of the judging panel said his novel
The Sellout was a unanimous choice.
Three years after the Man Booker Prize was opened up to all
novels written in English and published in the UK – regardless
of whether they were British, Irish, Commonwealth or from, say,
Micronesia – the Americans finally have a winner:
Paul Beatty with The
Sellout. All the information and details on the
Man Booker web site.
October 13, 2016. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016.
Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins the
Nobel in literature. The singer-songwriter was recognized
for "having created new poetic expressions within the great
American song tradition." Article in
The Seattle Times.
And for all kinds of "interesting" reactions, [pro and
con!] just Google it... fascinating!
October 8, 2016. The
Washington State Book Awards.
A book award is
given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit,
lasting importance and overall quality. The awards and
celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library
2016 Book Award Winners (for books published
- Fiction: The
Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma
- Poetry: Reconnaissance by
Road Trip by Mark Rozema
- History/General Nonfiction:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the
Lusitania by Erik Larson
Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award Finalists:
- Picture Book:
Boats for Papa written and
illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
- Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat
by Deborah Underwood
- Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen
- Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):
The Game of Love and Death by
June 8, 2016. Author Lisa McInerney wins the
2016 Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction for The Glorious
Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges,
commented: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong
shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a
superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights
into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful
storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.”
See the entire announcement,
and more, here.
The other short-listed finalists were:
- Cynthia Bond.
- Hannah Rothschild.
The Improbability of Love.
- Elizabeth McKenzie.
The Portable Veblen.
- Anne Enright.
The Green Road,
- Hanya Yanagihara.
A Little Life.
See all kinds of information about the prize, and winners,
current and former,
April 28, 2016.
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the
winners of the
2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards,
honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television
published or produced in 2015.
A few highlights:
- Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps by
- Best First Novel:
The Sympathizer by
Viet Thanh Nguyen.
- Best Paperback Original:
The Long and Faraway Gone by
- Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year
Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by
- Best Young Adult:
A Madness So Discreet by
For the complete list of the winners and all
of the nominees visit
The Edgars web site.
April 18, 2016. 2016 Pulitzer winners
have been announced.
Pulitzer Prize: honoring excellence in journalism and
the arts since 1917.
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
Ozone Journal, by
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
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
- March 28, 2017. Bryan Stevenson, activist and author of
- April 25, 2017. Helen Oyeyemi, author of
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,
- 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.
Seattle Public Library web site
for the details, and the complete schedule of events.
Seattle Children's Theatre has
great family-friendly fare on offer! And quite often there is a
the webhttp://www.sct.org site for the details and the complete schedule!
Visit the web site for the entire season
schedule and all of the other details.