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Need help with your summer reading bingo? We can help

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Summer Reading Bingo program is going on now; arts critic Moira Macdonald shares how she’s tackling some of those tough categories.

What we’re reading on Seattle buses this summer

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:27:29 -0700

Riders holding actual books seem to like heavy nonfiction.

Sherman Alexie’s brave new memoir delves into his childhood

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:01:36 -0700

“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” tells of the author’s youth on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His mother, Lillian, was at the core of his deepest hurts.

Lives in India intersect in Arundhati Roy’s long-awaited novel

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Once again, Arundhati Roy demonstrates her mastery of exquisite prose, visionary intelligence and a bent for epic storytelling with “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.” She will appear June 27 at Town Hall.

‘The Long Haul’ review: Buckle up for a trucker’s fun, informative ride

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Finn Murphy’s “The Long Haul — A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road” is a hoot. The author will appear June 20 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

Amazon gives book resellers new prominence, and publishers aren’t happy

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:01:46 -0700

Amazon recently started giving resellers offering new books star treatment on its website — a move that some publishers and authors say could cut into their revenue.

Jeff VanderMeer’s new novel ‘Borne’: a tale of mothers and monsters

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach Trilogy, returns with a novel set in the throes of a drawn-out ecocatastrophe.

Indie bookstores and old houses: new crime-fiction titles

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Three recent crime-fiction novels explore curious environments. What to know about “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore,” “Arrowood” and “Bad Housekeeping.”

Stephen King says President Trump blocked him on Twitter

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:49:03 -0700

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Horror author Stephen King says his frequent criticism of President Donald Trump has gotten him blocked on Twitter. The author of “Firestarter” and “It” tweeted Tuesday the Republican president has blocked him on the social media website. He says, “I may have to kill myself.” King lives in Bangor, Maine, and […]

Barack Obama writing foreword for book of photographs

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:48:07 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has officially blessed a book by his White House photographer. Obama is contributing a foreword to Pete Souza’s “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” Little, Brown and Co. told The Associated Press on Monday. Souza’s book comes out in November and builds on his widely followed Instagram account that […]

Step into the embrace of America’s sole romance-only bookstore: the Ripped Bodice

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Culver City, California, shop is an unapologetic purveyor of happy endings, from Georgian-era tales to paranormal pairings.

Steal a look: Diary entries offer glimpse into David Sedaris’ humor

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

David Sedaris’ “Theft by Finding” is a collection of selected diary entries from 1977 to 2002 that presumably were source material for much of his published work.

A winning tale of hockey, scandal in ‘Beartown’

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:35:30 -0700

Author Fredrik Backman writes about “Beartown,” a frozen little community in the north of Sweden where events lead to a gun pointed at someone’s forehead. He will appear June 12 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.

Sen. Al Franken and the absurdity of D.C.

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:46:41 -0700

The Minnesota senator and comedian Al Franken stops in at a sold-out Town Hall June 16 to talk about his book, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” which is being lauded as required reading.

‘Roller coasters on parallel tracks’: Sherman Alexie on life with his late mother

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

The local author’s new memoir addresses his complex relationship with Lillian Alexie, who likely suffered from bipolar disorder.

Guidebook review: Discover Seattle through its parks

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:40:50 -0700

Mountaineers Books offers a new guide from writer who visited all of the city’s 400+ parks and wrote about her favorites.

Bob Dylan turns in his Nobel lecture with praise for Buddy Holly, others; listen to the audio

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:38:09 -0700

The Swedish Academy announced Monday that it has received the mandatory lecture from the 2016 literature winner, enabling Bob Dylan to collect $922,000 in prize money.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workout is becoming a book. Yes, really.

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:03:02 -0700

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a workout model? It’s happening.

Q&A with author of ‘Dandy Lion,’ which stylishly rejects black male stereotypes

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Shantrelle P. Lewis’ touring exhibition “The Dandy Lion Project” is now a book, showng black men in cities around the world sporting a European/African aesthetic. “The exhibition really speaks to the fact that blackness is not monolithic,” she says.

Review: ‘Bit by Bit’ explores the art and craft of the video game

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Novelist Andrew Ervin’s new book considers how video games have transformed our world.