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James Patterson donating $2 million to classroom libraries

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:30:27 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson is stepping up his game. The best-selling author has increased his annual donations for classroom libraries from $1.75 million to $2 million. Scholastic Inc. told The Associated Press on Monday that Patterson is distributing 4,000 gifts of $500 each to teachers around the country, from Mechanic Falls, Maine, to […]

James Comey’s memoir tops Amazon bestseller list after Trump’s Twitter attacks — and it isn’t even published yet

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 03:02:28 -0700

James Comey’s memoir surged to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list over the weekend after President Donald Trump attacked the former FBI director in a string of angry tweets — and the book isn’t even published yet. “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” due for release on April 17, had already been hovering in […]

‘The Sparsholt Affair’: Gay-sex scandal ripples over decades in Alan Hollinghurst’s latest

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Alan Hollinghurst’s mellifluous prose is as fine and subtly shaded as ever, and his full, persuasive immersion of the reader in the book’s far-flung eras is impeccable.

‘The Great Alone’ is the local top fiction best-seller

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

“Educated: A Memoir” is the local top nonfiction best-seller.

‘The Great Alone’ is the nation’s top fiction best-seller

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

“Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” is the nation’s top nonfiction best-seller.

Indian children’s book includes Hitler as leader ‘who will inspire you’

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 18:30:58 -0700

A publisher came under fire for featuring the dictator as one of 11 world figures said to have “devoted their lives for the betterment of their country and people.”

Finally published in the U.S.: a splendid biography of the mysterious Agatha Christie

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

The beloved British mystery writer finally gets her due in Laura Thompson’s “Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life.”

Aminatta Forna’s novel ‘Happiness’ begins as a mystery, becomes a romance

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

Forna’s fourth novel takes place in 2014 London and involves love, loss and urban foxes.

Elizabeth George’s 20th Inspector Lynley mystery is a hefty treat

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

Everyone’s favorite detective team is back: Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sgt. Barbara Havers, in ‘The Punishment She Deserves.’

Laura Lippman blends literary flair and intricate plots in her crime fiction

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Laura Lippman, the best-selling author of more than 20 crime-fiction novels, will be speaking at Seattle Arts & Lectures March 30 with her husband, David Simon (creator of “The Wire,” “Treme.”).

‘The Great Alone’ is the nation’s top best-seller

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

“12 Rules for Life” is the nation’s top nonfiction best-seller.

‘Speak No Evil’: a searing coming-of-age, coming-out tale

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Uzodinma Iweala’s “Speak No Evil” follows the story of a gay, Nigerian-American high-school student coming of age in a world not of his own making.

Trio embarks on a rollicking Australian adventure with depth in “A Long Way from Home”

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Two-time Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey delivers a Great Australian Epic in picaresque form. He will appear March 14 at Elliott Bay Book Co.

‘The Great Alone’ is the local fiction best-seller

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

“Educated: A Memoir” is the local nonfiction best-seller.

Sherman Alexie declines literary award

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:49:47 -0800

Sherman Alexie has declined the Carnegie Medal he received last month, the American Library Association told The Associated Press on Friday.

‘Time Pieces’ is a meandering walk through the author’s and Dublin’s past

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Banville takes us through Dublin’s Georgian doorways, across green parks populated by the shadows of memories, down rainy cobbled sidewalks, telling stories of those places.

Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ is shock therapy for pessimists

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0800

The Harvard University professor writes, in his new book, about how we’re better off than ever.

How women can ‘activate their feminine power’ and become effective activists

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0800

In their book, “Your Story is Your Power,” authors Elle Luna and Susie Herrick recommend people discover more about themselves and the best role they can play in whichever battle they choose, before taking on an issue with no direction.

3 women go on record with NPR with detailed allegations against Sherman Alexie

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:46:52 -0800

After weeks of anonymous and vague accusations of sexual harassment against prominent Seattle author Sherman Alexie, three women gave NPR on-the-record accounts of specific allegations.

To read: 3 great new works of science fiction

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0800

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