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Paul Beatty’s ‘The Sellout’ is first US Booker Prize winner

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:11:03 -0700

The book, a satire of race and class, marks the first time an American author has won the Man Booker Prize.

‘Divergent’ author to tour in January/February for new book

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:21:08 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Veronica Roth wants the tour for her sci-fi/fantasy novel “Carve the Mark” to be a little like the book itself, a “sojourn” defined by “exploration and curiosity.” “(W)ith each stop on the tour, my intention is to learn about the cities I’m traveling to,” the Chicago-based author best known for her […]

Olympia poet Lucia Perillo, a MacArthur fellow, dies at 58

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:03:22 -0700

Perillo, who wrote award-winning poetry as well as essays and short fiction, lived for several decades with multiple sclerosis.

Oxford says Shakespeare will share credit for Henry VI

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:16:10 -0700

LONDON (AP) — The Bard was not a solo act. Oxford University Press’ new edition of William Shakespeare’s works will credit Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays, underscoring that the playwright collaborated with others on some of his most famous works. Marlowe, a playwright, poet and spy, will share billing in […]

A music critic reflects on why we love pop music in ‘Love for Sale’

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:04:00 -0700

Why do we feel certain songs are ours and ours alone? A music critic ponders why pop music can seem so personal.

In Ward Just’s novel ‘The Eastern Shore,’ a journalist looks at a changing business

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:04:00 -0700

Ward Just, a novelist fascinated by the newspaper world, writes of a dedicated journalist in “The Eastern Shore.”

Martin Cruz Smith’s ‘The Girl from Venice’: a thrilling WWII-era love story

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:04:00 -0700

Smith, best known for thrillers (“Gorky Park,” “Tatiana”), sets his latest novel in the romantic city of Venice.

LitCrawl Seattle, plus 6 other don’t-miss book events

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

Some notable author appearances for the week of Oct. 23-29.

‘Two by Two’ is a national best-seller

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

“Killing the Rising Sun” is a Publishers Weekly nonfiction best-seller.

‘The Trespasser’ by Tana French is a NW best-seller

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run” is a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association nonfiction best-seller.

Photo of fallen service members is one for the history books

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:36:04 -0700

Tami Silicio’s photo of the flag-draped coffins of U.S. service members killed in Iraq has been selected by Time as one of the most influential pictures in history, but the release of the image came at a steep personal price.

Author of ‘Room’ takes readers to a world of ‘Wonder’

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

Book review: Like her previous acclaimed novel, Emma Donoghue’s suspenseful “The Wonder” mostly takes place in a cramped space.

Seattle’s Joel McHale: ‘Almost everything is good about being a celebrity’

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

You know him from “The Soup,” and then “Community.” Now, Joel McHale has a new book and a new show, and will be back in his hometown soon.

Acclaimed author Thom Jones, 71, dies in Olympia

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:12:38 -0700

Thom Jones survived a Dickensian childhood, self-hate and a brain injury from boxing to become an idiosyncratic literary sensation as a writer of short stories. The award-winning author and resident of Washington state died Oct. 14 in Olympia.

Tana French’s ‘The Trespasser’ a great crime novel — and work of literature

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:02:41 -0700

The author's sixth novel features a tough, smart female cop who might be French's finest character yet.

‘Owl’ a captivating peek at the wise-looking birds

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

“Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” by Paul Bannick of Seattle, is at once natural history, wildlife primer and love letter.

‘The Mothers’: An engaging coming-of-age tale from debut author

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:47:04 -0700

Book review: Brit Bennett’s first novel — about a young black woman facing life after the death of her mother — shows remarkable confidence, flair and wisdom.

Book review: J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ provides window into Trump’s America

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:28:06 -0700

Local bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy” reflects on a blue-collar Kentucky childhood.

A mind-blowing science-fiction trilogy comes to a close with ‘Death’s End’

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:04:00 -0700

Cixin Liu’s novel “Death’s End,” concluding a brilliant trilogy that began with “The Three-Body Problem,” belongs in the pantheon with the greatest works of Arthur C. Clarke.

‘Woman of God’ is a national best-seller

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

“Born to Run” is a Publishers Weekly nonfiction best-seller.