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How Chris Colfer went from ‘Glee’ to author of books for middle-schoolers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

He’s probably best known as Kurt Hummel, the openly gay character on the popular TV show that ended in 2015. But Colfer has just published the sixth book in his “Land of Stories” series.

7 new graphic novels worth a look

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Baseball, dogs and comic-book superheroes make for some good summer reading.

3 new history books, perfect for hard times

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

New books on Putin, Lincoln and a vanished Polish town make for thoughtful diversion.

Bevy of local authors to appear at several venues

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:33:03 -0700

Update on local authors’ appearances

Jane Austen features on new British 10-pound note

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:55:03 -0700

LONDON (AP) — Two hundred years to the day after Jane Austen died, a new 10-pound note featuring an image of one of England’s most revered authors has been unveiled — right where she was buried. At the unveiling Tuesday of the new “tenner” at Winchester Cathedral in southern England, Bank of England Governor Mark […]

Joe Biden memoir coming out Nov. 14

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:50:03 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden’s memoir is coming out Nov. 14 and it will be called “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.” Flatiron Books, which acquired the book in April, announced Monday that the former vice president will promote the book as part of his “American Promise Tour.” Two days […]

‘Camino Island’ tops local best-seller list

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir‘ is local No. 1 nonfiction best-seller.

2 lives intersect in aftermath of deadly apartheid protest

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

“Hum If You Don’t Know the Words” by Bianca Marais Putnam, 420 pp., $26 In her debut novel, Bianca Marais blends history with fiction. She was born in South Africa in 1976, the year of the Soweto Uprising led by black students protesting apartheid. Although the initial June 16 march was intended to be peaceful, […]

New novel ‘Live from Cairo’ set among refugees during the Arab Spring of 2011

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

American writer Ian Bassingthwaighte’s novel goes beyond the headlines.

Crime-fiction roundup: 3 new books map searches for lost treasure

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

It’s hardly a new plot device, but the search for treasure — be it surrealist sculptures, Egyptian antiquities or Ernest Hemingway’s fishing gear — is gripping in these three books.

Local publisher revives lost Northwest classics

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Pharos Editions, with the help of some contemporary local writers, brings some out-of-print Northwest books back to local shelves.

How visit to Osage Nation sparked enthralling book on conspiracy, murders

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Author David Grann talks about the genesis of his true-crime story “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”

Visiting authors in Seattle talk baseball, true crime and more

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Ila Borders, David Grann, Claire Dederer, Sarah Healy and David Levine are among the authors coming to town the week of July 14.

A gentle, rich tale of friendship and loss

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Victoria Redel’s “Before Everything” tells the story of a dying woman in her 50s and the “Old Friends” who leave their complicated lives to be with her, for just a little longer. The author will read July 12 at Elliott Bay Book Co.

‘Trees’ branches out from loss to life and a literary legacy

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Julia Glass’ sixth and latest novel starts with the death of an author/illustrator, a fictional counterpart of the late and legendary Maurice Sendak, but it’s not gloomy.

More than the hermit of Walden: A new biography shows us a fully dimensional Thoreau

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Just in time for the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, former Seattleite Laura Dassow Walls’ 640-page biography of Thoreau revisits his works, letters, relationships, exploits, and contradictions.

Work by Seattle artist incarcerated at Minidoka is basis of new book, exhibition

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Takuichi Fujii, a Seattle resident before WWII, drew and painted throughout his incarceration in the Minidoka camp in Idaho. Barbara Johns has brought his works back into public view with the help of Fujii’s family.

Julia Glass, Jomny Sun, Jonathan Safran Foer and other top authors appear in Seattle

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:03:14 -0700

A dozen enticing readings take place July 6-13, in Seattle, including one by a self-described "aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge."

New U.S. poet laureate wants to reach out by listening

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

“I feel like a poem draws us, draws me, into a quieter space, a decibel level that sits below the register of the media that we live with,” says Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Princeton professor.

Swingin’ easy with some insights into ‘Queen of Bebop’ Sarah Vaughan

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

“Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan” sheds some welcome new light on the vocal giant. Author Elaine M. Hayes will appear July 6 at Elliott Bay Book Co.