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New York Times interview with Rachel Dolezal draws interest, criticism

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:16:04 -0700

The former leader of Spokane's NAACP is promoting her book, and took questions from The New York Times' readers on Facebook.

Expanded audiobook of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ coming next week

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:18:42 -0700

“The Handmaid’s Tale” ends with “Are there any questions?” Author Margaret Atwood added the questions and answers she thinks people might ask in the year 2195.

‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins to adapt ‘The Underground Railroad’ for Amazon

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:33:19 -0700

Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award winner is coming to the small screen

You must remember this: New book celebrates ‘Casablanca’

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Yes, much of what’s here has been published before, but along with the familiar and the trivial, author Noah Isenberg offers a lot that’s fresh and perceptive.

From J.A. Jance to a Betty MacDonald celebration, 12 don’t miss author events, March 24-31

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Events include appearances by Lauren Grodstein, Annie Hartnett, Bryan Stevenson, Eugenia Cheng and more.

Waiting for the paperback? Here are 11 good reads, out now

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:30:00 -0700

Arts critic Moira Macdonald recommends books by Helen Oyeyemi, Jim Harrison, Jim Lynch, Matthew Desmond and Lindy West — plus 6 more fiction and nonfiction titles.

Colin Dexter, creator of the grumpy but beloved Inspector Morse, dies at 86

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:50:08 -0700

“Last Bus to Woodstock,” published in 1975, introduced Morse, a detective with a love of real ale, classical music and crosswords — and for a long time, no first name, at least not one disclosed to readers for many years.

Colin Dexter, creator of the beloved Inspector Morse, dies at 86

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:37:28 -0700

“Last Bus to Woodstock,” published in 1975, introduced Morse, a detective with a love of real ale, classical music and crosswords — and for a long time, no first name.

College students turn James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ into a virtual-reality game

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0700

The goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, as well as to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature, says the Boston College professor coordinating the project.

Paul Watson’s book details lost Northwest Passage expedition — a mystery solved 150 years later

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Paul Watson, an award-winning journalist, tells a fascinating story of a voyage, a decades-long search and a final discovery.

‘Chilbury Ladies’ Choir’ keeps calm, carries on

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

“The Chilbury Ladies Choir” is a charming if occasionally awkward tale of life in a rural English village in early World War II.

7 Seattle-area author events for the week of March 17

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Appearances from Margaret Combs, Michael Finkel, Matt Ruff and Nisi Shawl and more.

Elif Batuman’s novel ‘The Idiot’ features a character puzzled by herself

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

The author of “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them” returns with an autobiographical first novel.

Louise Erdrich wins National Book Critics fiction prize

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:17:04 -0700

The nonfiction prize went to Matthew Desmond's "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," one of many recent books about the class divide that have received increased attention since the political rise of Donald Trump.

Misty Copeland talks about food, shyness and her ‘Ballerina Body’

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:02:00 -0700

Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, has written a third book, “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger and More Graceful You,” and will be in Seattle on March 24.

A mystery roundup: spies, magicians, and death in a bathtub

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

New in mysteries this month: compelling thrillers by Mick Herron, Fred Vargas, Andrew Mayne and local author Tess Arlen.

‘The Sense of an Ending’ review: Little mystery adds spark to a humdrum life

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:15:59 -0700

3 stars out of 4 for this adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel, which boasts a cast of Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer.

New poetry collections invite readers inward

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:49:30 -0700

American poets Morgan Parker, Stephen Dunn and the late Robert Lowell are represented with new volumes this season.

Bookstore owner Vickie Williams, ‘a giver,’ created hub for Columbia City’s black community

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700

Vickie Williams wanted to create a place where people came in to browse and left feeling part of something bigger than themselves.

Paul La Farge’s ‘The Night Ocean’ untangles writer’s elusive final chapter

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:03:32 -0700

The horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is the center of this novel’s labyrinth.