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Author appearances: a Dave Niehaus biographer, an activist, more

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:09:57 -0700

It’s August; perfect time to think about baseball and parks, right? These author appearances in the week of Aug. 18-24 will bring all that and more.

The Readers On The Bus: books seen on King County Metro

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:03:50 -0700

What are Seattle-area commuters reading? Well, here’s what they’ve been up to on critic Moira Macdonald’s bus.

New novel ‘Grace’ tells of survival during the Irish potato famine

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:42:37 -0700

Grim yet lyrically beautiful, Paul Lynch’s novel follows a young woman through her 15th year.

Racial confusion, desire brew in Danzy Senna’s third novel

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:42:08 -0700

In “New People,” Danzy Senna employs harsher but more comical strokes than in her earlier two novels, in which she focused on the fault lines of race in America. The author will be at Elliott Bay Book Co. on Aug. 14.

‘Smell Detectives’: Meet the people who combated the stench of urban decay

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:49:06 -0700

In “The Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America,” Melanie A. Kiechle follows those who tried to make sense of rapid growth of cities and what that did to public health.

9 book events this week: Daniel James Brown, conversation about Capitol Hill, and more

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

From the author of the ultra-popular “The Boys in the Boat,” to an illustrator who created the covers for the 15th-anniversary editions of “Harry Potter,” book-related events this week, Aug. 11-17, 2017.

Authors in Seattle to talk about ‘Ida Lupino,’ ‘Mountain Rescue,’ ‘Happiness’ and more

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Here are some author appearances for the week of Aug. 4-10.

Redmond has a new family-owned bookstore, and they’re living their dream

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:49:37 -0700

Brick & Mortar Books opened earlier this year in Redmond Town Center. It’s run by the Ullom family — three generations help out — and you can feel the good vibes when you step in.

Ted Chiang, Annie Proulx, Lindy West among Washington State Book Awards finalists

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:01:54 -0700

The Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for this year’s Washington State Book Awards, which honors books published in 2016 by Washington State authors (i.e., authors born here, or who currently live here and have maintained residence here for at least three years). Winners will be announced at a celebration at the […]

An excellent tale of deadly intrigue on a Greek island

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Lawrence Osborne, author of “Beautiful Animals,” loves stories of smoldering suspense involving morally twisted foreigners in exotic locales. He treads on familiar literary terrain here.

Two compelling new crime novels — from TV writers

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

A murder mystery set in Minnesota and a dark psychological thriller in Ireland offer two hard-to-put-down summer reads.

For your listening pleasure: 6 great new audiobooks

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

From a sweeping Norwegian masterpiece to a humorist’s history, new audiobooks have something for everyone.

In his seventh novel, Tom Perrotta’s heroine contemplates a completely empty nest

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

The author whose works include “The Leftovers” — as in, the inspiration behind the hit HBO series — has a new book, “Mrs. Fletcher,” about a divorced mother whose live expands in unexpected ways after her son leaves for college.

James Comey has book deal, publication set for next spring

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:01:16 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal. Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Comey is writing a book about leadership and decision making that will draw upon his career in government. Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI’s best-known and most controversial FBI […]

Sam Shepard talks writing process in ‘California Typewriter’

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:47:11 -0700

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Shepard is gone, but a new documentary “California Typewriter ” captures the lauded playwright happy and in his element at work. In a clip released Tuesday by Gravitas Ventures, Shepard, who died Thursday at age 73, says he never got along with the computer screen and disliked how removed it […]

Rowling apologizes for claiming Trump ignored disabled boy

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 02:28:13 -0700

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling has apologized for tweets alleging that U.S. President Donald Trump refused to shake the hand of a disabled boy. The “Harry Potter” author called Trump “horrible” after seeing footage of the president appearing to ignore the child’s outstretched hand during a White House event last week. But the boy’s mother, […]

Sam Shepard, actor and playwright, dies at age 73

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:58:09 -0700

The celebrated artist whose plays reflected life in the American West, died at home in Kentucky of complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease, his family said.

‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ tops local best-seller list

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

‘Al Franken, Giant of the Senate’ is No.1 local nonfiction best-seller.

Hapless hero travels the world in novel about settling for ‘Less’

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Andrew Sean Greer — who will read at Elliott Bay Book Co on Aug. 3 — takes an indulgent view of his hapless hero, as he pinpoints what it’s like to be a has-been writer who may not have a second act in him.

‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ tops local best-seller list

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ is No. 1 local nonfiction best-seller