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George Saunders’ first novel resurrects Lincoln — and a cacophony of ghosts

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

“Lincoln in the Bardo” takes its inspiration from a heartbreaking fact: the death, at age 11, of Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie.

A trip to ‘Turpentine Lane’ is a sweet, friendly journey

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Elinor Lipman’s latest novel is a wry, warm tale of romance and mystery with a colorful family thrown in.

‘The Underground Railroad’ top NW best-seller

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“The Hidden Life of Trees” top NW best-seller nonfiction

‘History of Wolves’: deep secrets in the Minnesota woods

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Emily Fridlund’s atmospheric “History of Wolves” tells the story of a Minnesota misfit who finds common ground with a neighboring family. Then things get complicated. Fridlund reads at Elliott Bay on Feb. 23.

6 don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle, Feb. 17-22

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Writers coming through include David Duchovny, Elinor Lipman and Roxane Gay.

On the case for 30 years with Ian Rankin’s Inspector John Rebus

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Rankin’s most famous character is long retired but still prowls the dark corners of Edinburgh.

166 voices add up to 1 tale of grief: George Saunders on ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0800

An interview with author George Saunders, whose highly anticipated first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” is a heartbreaking tale centering on President Lincoln’s grief over the loss of his 11-year-old son Willie.

New for mystery fans: 3 excellent British whodunits

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ still leaves a big impression

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Wilder’s birth, the beloved “Little House” books are being rereleased in new editions.

‘Identity Unknown’: reclaiming seven American female artists

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0800

Donna Seaman’s group biography “Identity Unknown” paints lively and overdue portraits of seven underappreciated American female artists.

A tale of time, tech, and 2016 as ‘a terrible dystopian wasteland’

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“All Our Wrong Todays” is a science-fiction rom-com, if that can be a thing, and it examines the humanity of our imperfect world, and what we want it to be.

1 week, 7 authors to check out in Seattle the week of Feb. 10

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Author readings to check out this week, including Elan Mastai and Sherman Alexie.

‘The Trapped Girl’: Fishing for clues in a mistaken-identity case

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:42:45 -0800

In “The Trapped Girl,” Seattle author Robert Dugoni’s latest thriller, Seattle detective Tracy Crosswhite investigates the death of a young woman and finds she had changed both her appearance and her name.

‘The Refugees’: The past haunts the present for Vietnamese Americans

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:41:57 -0800

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new story collection “The Refugees” showcases the same astute and penetrating intelligence that characterized his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Sympathizer.” Nguyen appears at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Seattle Public Library.

Simon Tolkien’s ‘No Man’s Land:’ a haunting novel of WWI

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:41:42 -0800

Simon Tolkien’s novel “No Man’s Land,” based on his grandfather J.R.R. Tolkien’s experiences in World War I, brings home the folly and sacrifice of a hellish war.

A new look for books at The Seattle Times

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:29:02 -0800

Arts critic Moira Macdonald will now be writing about 2 things she loves: movies and books. She welcomes your feedback, readers and viewers, and shares what she’s reading now.

‘A Separation:’ wheels within wheels in a failing marriage

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0800

Katie Kitamura’s taut novel “A Separation” slowly reveals the secrets that come to the surface as a marriage falls apart. Kitamura appears Feb. 17 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

Author readings for Seattle, the week of Feb. 5

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 05:02:00 -0800

Author readings this week include appearances by poet Ross Gay and novelist Paul Auster.

New poetry: animals, their humans and the impact of war

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0800

Three new works of poetry draw their inspiration from topics ranging from the human-animal relationship to the impact of war to the tragic arc of Princess Diana’s life.

‘Birds Art Life’: a year seeing the world through urban birds

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0800

Kyo Maclear’s lovely and profound book “Birds Art Life” chronicles a year she spent watching birds in urban settings, using her observations as jumping-off points for meditations on art and death, love and happiness.