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Springsteen applies his trademark lyricism to his autobiography

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:29:46 -0700

Bruce Springsteen’s new memoir ‘Born to Run’ is a lyrically beautiful recollection of New Jersey, music — and demons. A lucky group of ticketholders will see The Boss at Elliott Bay Book Company on Oct. 1.

‘Today Will Be Different’: A romp through a day in a life

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:04:00 -0700

A review of Maria Semple’s (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”) new novel, also Seattle-set but taking place in just one day, “filled with chance encounters, unexpected complications, everyday annoyances and sly observations.”

This guide to Puget Sound birds fits in a pocket

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

It’s been revised and expanded by noted Seattle-area ornithologist Dennis Paulson.

David Quammen’s ‘Yellowstone’: beautiful tribute to a wondrous place

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700

David Quammen’s new book “Yellowstone” is a beautifully photographed and engagingly written testament to an extraordinary place. Quammen appears Friday, Sept. 30, at Town Hall Seattle.

Where’d you go, Maria Semple? She stayed right here, and learned to love Seattle

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:56:05 -0700

Yes, Maria Semple, the author of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” the hit 2012 comic novel that so deliciously skewered Seattle, has warmed up to our — her — town. And she’s written another novel in which Seattle plays a starring role: “Today Will Be Different.”

My Hometown: Springsteen launches book tour in New Jersey

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:45:04 -0700

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The Boss was back in his hometown. Bruce Springsteen’s latest tour opened Tuesday, and the rocker who usually lets his songs do the talking yielded to fans to take a turn and share their stories of what he meant to them. They simply wanted to say thank you. “I want to […]

‘Apprentice in Death’ is a national best-seller

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

“Love Warrior” tops Publishers Weekly nonfiction best-sellers list.

Louise Penny’s ‘A Great Reckoning’ is a NW best-seller

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

Amy Schumer’s “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” is a nonfiction best-seller from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

‘Palaces of Memory’: a woman born to write and play music

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:03:00 -0700

Diane Thome’s memoir “Palaces of Memory” chronicles the groundbreaking career of the composer and University of Washington faculty member. Thome discusses her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Folio: the Seattle Athenaeum.

The haunted, humorous life and work of writer Shirley Jackson

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:03:00 -0700

“Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life” by Ruth Franklin, revisits the life and career of the author of “The Lottery,” a talented horror writer, humorist and essayist whose work is experiencing a revival.

Tracy Kidder’s ‘A Truck Full of Money’: the search for the soul of a digital entrepreneur

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:03:00 -0700

Tracy Kidder’s new book, “A Truck Full of Money,” is a biography of Paul English, founder of Kayak, and a look at how the computer-digital age has changed us. Kidder appears Monday, Oct. 3, at Town Hall Seattle.

‘The White Mirror’: librarian sleuth on the case in 18th-century China

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:03:00 -0700

“The White Mirror,” Elsa Hart’s second book in her series featuring Chinese librarian Li Du, is a historical novel, a closed-door mystery and a convincing portrait of 18th-century China.

J.K. Rowling: Harambe isn’t part of Harry Potter universe

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:24:05 -0700

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has clarified that slain Ohio gorilla, Harambe, is not a part of her fictional universe. A new feature on Rowling’s Pottermore website allows users to find out what Patronus they would use in Harry Potter’s world. A Patronus is an animal used to ward off soul-sucking creatures in the series. […]

How to deal with ‘manterruptions’ and ‘menstruhaters’ in the workplace

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:30:00 -0700

Jessica Bennett, a Seattle native and author of “Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual,” brings her manifesto about office sexism to Elliott Bay Book Company on Sept. 28.

‘Shelter in Place’: a troubled man with a troubled mother

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:03:00 -0700

In Alexander Maksik’s new novel, “Shelter in Place,” a young man adrift in the Pacific Northwest recounts what happens after his mother committed a terrible crime. Maksik appears Sept. 27 at Ravenna Third Place Books.

23 ‘genius’ grants announced by MacArthur foundation

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:26:58 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Luen Yang, a prize-winning author and the national ambassador for young people’s literature, and Claudia Rankine, one of poetry’s brightest and most innovative stars, are among this year’s 23 MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called “genius” grants. The fellows were announced Thursday by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine […]

New book brings Atlas Obscura site’s wonders to printed page

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:13:09 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — An elf school in Iceland. A hospital for falcons in the Middle East. A museum in Independence, Missouri, for artwork made from hair. These are the types of attractions featured on the Atlas Obscura website, a fan favorite among curiosity-seeking travelers. Now the site is bringing its geeky and magical world […]

‘A Great Reckoning’ is a national best-seller

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

“The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” tops Publishers Weekly nonfiction best-sellers list.

‘A Great Reckoning’ is a Pacific Northwest best-seller

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

“The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” is a nonfiction best-seller from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

Ann Patchett’s ‘Commonwealth’: two shattered marriages and what comes after

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 05:03:00 -0700

In “Commonwealth,” novelist Ann Patchett tells a story of an affair, two broken marriages, and the legacy of the breakup for both parents and children. Patchett appears Monday, Sept. 19, at Seattle Arts & Lectures.