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Last Build Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0800


‘Television’: The life story of our constant video companion

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0800

David Thomson’s new book “Television: A Biography” is an ambitious survey of television’s history by an astute and acerbic critic.

Coming to the small screen: the dramas of Seattle attorney John Henry Browne

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:32:45 -0800

The Seattle lawyer has a client list that has included serial killer Ted Bundy, mass-murderer Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called “Barefoot Bandit.”

‘Conclave:’ turmoil in the Vatican after a pope’s passing

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0800

Robert Harris’ new thriller, “Conclave,” imagines what happens after the death of a pope, in this case one who happens to bear a marked resemblance to Pope Francis.

6 author readings to check out, Dec. 9 edition

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0800

Best bets for author readings the week of Dec. 9: Brad Craft, Sharma Shields, Tig Notaro and others.

Adam Woog’s 10 best mysteries of 2016

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:03:00 -0800

Adam Woog’s list of his 10 favorite mysteries of 2016 constitutes a ripping good reading list for now and well into 2017.

‘The Glass Universe’: Women pioneers of research study the stars

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0800

Dava Sobel’s new book, “The Glass Universe,” tells the story of a group of women at Harvard who conducted breakthrough research on the nature of stars and the universe. Sobel appears Thursday, Dec. 15, at Town Hall Seattle.

18 books perfect for the bookworm in your life

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0800

Page-turning selections of literature, art appreciation, history and nature, chosen by Seattle Times book critic Mary Ann Gwinn for giving and receiving.

‘Krazy’: the secret worlds of George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800

Michael Tisserand’s “Krazy” tells the story of George Herriman, the supremely talented creator of the Krazy Kat comic strip and a man who harbored a secret.

Bill Gates names his five favorite books of 2016

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:00:49 -0800

Our neighbor in Medina is an avid reader, and he doesn't flinch from a challenging book.

Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to sing

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:39:07 -0800

STOCKHOLM (AP) — He won’t be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet. Dylan, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature, declined the invitation to the Dec. 10 prize ceremony and banquet, pleading other commitments. […]

‘Angel of History’: A long night at a psych clinic reveals memories of a turbulent life

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0800

“The Angel of History” tells the story of a gay Arab-American poet in 1980s San Franciso via the memories that surface while he’s in the waiting room of a psychiatric clinic.

7 literary events to check out for the week of Dec. 2-9

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0800

Seven literary events to watch out for in the coming week, including appearances by Sophie Hannah, Charles Johnson, Kerry Egan, Tony Angell and Mark Shriver.

‘Other Minds’: Diving deep into the world of the octopus

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0800

Peter Godfrey-Smith’s new book, “Other Minds,” delves into the deep mysteries of the octopus, both its evolution and its many marvelous abilities. Godfrey-Smith appears Thursday, Dec. 8, at Town Hall Seattle.

Robbie Robertson’s memoir tells tales of The Band, and Bob Dylan

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:44:12 -0800

Musician Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ is a first-rate tale of his years with The Band. Robertson appears Friday, Dec. 2, at Seattle’s University Book Store.

The King County Library System’s five top books of 2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:05 -0800

The King County Library System, one of the largest public library systems in America with a lot of avid readers among its patrons, has released its list of the five most popular books of 2016. The library measures popularity by the number of holds placed on a title. Best of 2016 The OG sandwich — […]

The best books of 2016, from our critics

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

Seattle Times book reviewers share their fiction and nonfiction favorites from the past year, from the challenging to the sublime.

‘The Way of the Writer:’ Charles Johnson’s eloquent, inspiring guideposts for the writer’s path

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0800

In “The Way of the Writer,” Seattle’s Charles Johnson, a National Book Award winner, reveals some of the home truths that guide his writing. Johnson will discuss his book Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum.

Sherman Alexie Jr.’s ‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ pulls in end-of-year accolades

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:17:10 -0800

Seattle’s Sherman Alexie Jr. is a versatile fellow – he’s written novels, poetry, screenplays and young adult books. His “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” won a National Book Award for Young People’s literature. Alexie published a picture book this year, and the critics loved that too. “Thunder Boy Jr.”, about a little […]

Three books take you back to the time of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:13:18 -0800

Thanks to Google Doodle, Louisa May Alcott is trending on Twitter – it’s her 184th birthday. How cool is that? Of course you have read “Little Women,” Alcott’s wonderful novel about a family of four New England girls and their fortunes and misfortunes as they struggle with the upheaval caused by the Civil War. Alcott […]

‘Virgin and Other Stories’ explores the electricity of sexual tension

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:05:00 -0800

April Ayers Lawson’s debut collection of five stories has a dark undercurrent.