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The vending machine that spits out short stories

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:58:13 -0700

Short Edition, a French community publisher of short-form literature, has installed more than 30 story dispensers in the United States in the past year to deliver free fiction at the push of a button at restaurants and universities, government offices and transportation hubs.

23 bookstores are participating in Seattle Independent Bookstore Day; how many can you get to?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:58 -0700

The citywide book party that is Seattle Independent Bookstore Day is coming on Saturday, April 28 — and you’re invited. Now in its fifth year, SIBD is part of a national event celebrating the role independent bookstores play in the lives of readers, authors and communities.

Richard Powers’ ‘The Overstory’ is the most exciting novel about trees you’ll ever read

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0700

This book moves the way an open field evolves into a thick forest: slowly, then inevitably.

Washington state poet-publisher-activist Sam Hamill dies at age 74

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:26:30 -0700

Sam Hamill, who co-founded Port Townsend’s poetry powerhouse Copper Canyon Press, wrote and translated poetry and was an anti-war activist, has died in Anacortes. He was 74.

MoPOP’s ‘MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes’ is super fun for comics nerds and novices alike

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0700

G. Willow Wilson, who writes the Ms. Marvel comics, and writer Paul Constant get an early look at the big new exhibition.

Music Pulitzer goes to rapper Lamar; fiction prize to ‘Less’

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:06 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer judges upended decades of tradition by awarding its music prize Monday to Kendrick Lamar for his rap album “DAMN.,” a sharp departure from the classical and jazz works the body have consistently favored. The decision, which drew praise and surprise online, quickly overshadowed other arts winners, including Andrew Sean Greer’s […]

Christine Mangan’s ‘Tangerine,’ a tale of obsession, unfolds as a shimmering hall of mirrors

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:28:02 -0700

Christine Mangan’s debut novel “Tangerine” — “As if Donna Tartt, Gillian Flynn and Patricia Highsmith had collaborated on a screenplay to be filmed by Hitchcock," it says on the cover blurb — was acquired for the movies months before its publication. It doesn’t take many pages to see why.

The wildly delightful ‘Truth about Animals’

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:18 -0700

Lucy Cooke’s extensive travels, research and sense of humor make “The Truth about Animals” a fascinating modern bestiary. She will appear April 22 at Westside School in Seattle.

Just call Christopher Moore’s latest yarn ‘Perky Noir’

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:14 -0700

"Noir" was going to be the "dark-streets" kind, Christopher Moore writes in his afterword, but what he ended up with was "Perky Noir." The author will have a reading April 18 at Elliott Bay Book Co.

‘Red Alert’ is the national top fiction seller

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0700

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

‘Tangerine’ is the local top fiction best-seller

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0700

“Russian Roulette,” is the local top nonfiction best-seller.

New book celebrates Berenice Abbott’s remarkable life in photography

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0700

The great 20th-century photographer gets her due in a comprehensive, absorbing biography by Julia Van Haaften.

When neo-Nazis marched through Berlin’s old Jewish quarter, a bookshop took notice

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:25:12 -0700

In Germany, bookstores have a long tradition of playing an active role in civil society, said Johanna Hahn, director of the German Association of Booksellers in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Comey’s memoir recounts Trump’s fixation on lewd details of Steele dossier

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:01:57 -0700

In his new book, fired FBI Director James Comey details his “disturbing” talks with President Donald Trump and concludes that this presidency is “a forest fire” that must be contained.

Yaa Gyasi on the 7-year journey of writing ‘Homegoing,’ this year’s Seattle Reads pick

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:01:30 -0700

Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing" is this year's selection for Seattle Reads, a Seattle Public Library program celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Gyasi will be in Seattle May 16-17 for several Seattle Reads community events.

‘To Die But Once’ is the local top fiction best-seller

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0700

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

‘The Italian Teacher’: Second chances told in a wistful minor key

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700

Novels about second chances can be as cloying as they are reassuring, but Tom Rachman avoids this by always returning to that wistful minor key, sensitizing us to loss yet surprising us with joy.

Showing spine amid the censors, a bookstore flourishes

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:35:52 -0700

Liu Suli, a student leader who had narrowly escaped being gunned down near Tiananmen Square, turned to a boyhood dream as a way to pursue the freedom of ideas he and others had just been denied: a bookstore.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to activists: Get busy and go

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Her new book, “Make Trouble,” is part memoir, part call to action for women who have been inspired by political events of late. She’ll appear in Seattle on April 9.

Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards’ new book outlines a life in activism

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0700

Since she was 13, the author writes, she’s been “making trouble” in the name of those in need.