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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800


Caroline Fraser’s new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder takes a close look at fact vs. fiction in the ‘Little House’ books

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Though we tend to read the “Little House” books as autobiography, they are “heavily fictionalized in many ways,” said Caroline Fraser, author of “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” a fascinating new biography.

Hillary Clinton talks Chardonnay and collusion at sold-out Seattle event

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:22:50 -0800

Hillary Clinton joined author Anne Lamott in a 90-minute conversation at the Paramount Theatre Monday, in support of Clinton's new book, "What Happened," about the 2016 election.

70-plus Indiana communities get ‘Frankenstein’ grants to support statewide reading of classic

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:38:38 -0800

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Humanities says more than 70 nonprofits in the state have received funding to help them participate in a statewide read of the Mary Shelley novel “Frankenstein” in 2018. The group says the grants are part of a yearlong program initiated by Indiana Humanities and in partnership with the Indiana State Library […]

‘The Obama Inheritance’ spins conspiracy noir fiction about the 44th president

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

A collection of 15 short stories, inspired by right-wing conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama, is a nod to pulpy sci-fi magazines of the early to mid-20th century.

‘Artemis’ is the local fiction best-seller

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“Leonardo da Vinci” is the local nonfiction best-seller.

Quick, snappy book puts rise of improv comedy in the spotlight

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art” is a whirlwind of anecdotes, giving the reader a full sense of the people and the history shaping improv into what it is today. Author Sam Wasson will speak at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Jet City Improv.

‘The Rooster Bar’ is nation’s top best-seller

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“Xanathar’s Guide to Everything” is the nation’s top nonfiction best-seller.

New crime fiction: Time to get reacquainted with Commissaire Jules Maigret?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

A classic French crime-solver finds his way back to print; plus some new short stories from Peter Robinson.

Annie Leibovitz, Khizr Khan, Jonathan Sposato among authors giving talks this week

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Here are notable author events for the week of Dec. 8-14.

Mary Ann Gwinn’s favorite books of 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Fiction, history, biography — and a local gem.

Khizr Khan challenged Trump with a copy of the Constitution. Now he’s telling his own story.

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Gold Star parents of a cadet who was killed in Iraq, challenged then-candidate Donald Trump about his rhetoric around immigration and Muslims. Now Khizr Khan has a book of his own, “An American Family.”

Q&A: Tom Hanks on Seattle, his love of typewriters, and the free press

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Tom Hanks will bring his new book, “Uncommon Type: Stories,” to McCaw Hall on Dec. 6.

Here are 5 of Bill Gates’ favorite books from 2017

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:01:57 -0800

“Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity,” Gates writes. “I still think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you.”

‘Oathbringer’ is the nation’s top fiction best-seller

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

“Promise Me, Dad,” is the nation’s top nonfiction best-seller.

New book ‘Brolliology’ whimsically explores the history of the umbrella

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Marion Rankine’s nonfiction work seems perfectly timed to the season.

‘Artemis’ is the local fiction best-seller

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“Leonardo da Vinc” is the local nonfiction best-seller.

Lucia Perillo’s poems described life, in all its savage beauty

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

The Northwest author, who died last year, left behind a collection of whip-smart, stylishly brilliant work.

New novel ‘theMystery.doc’ takes a 21st-century approach to fiction

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Matthew McIntosh’s book will send you down a contemporary Alice-in-Wonderland rabbit hole.

Neil Patrick Harris brings his love of magic to Seattle

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

“While the weather may be wet, the wit should be very dry,” said Neil Patrick Harris, who will visit Seattle for a Town Hall event on Thursday, Dec. 7. He’ll discuss his new children’s book, “The Magic Misfits.”

Writer’s former home in France is set to be demolished

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:41:31 -0800

A campaign to preserve the writer James Baldwin’s former home in France and turn it into a writer’s retreat failed to raise enough funds.