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Our book critic rushes around to 19 Seattle-area bookstores in one day, and calls it the perfect day

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:32:56 -0700

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts critic, visited 19 different Seattle-area bookstores in one go for Independent Bookstore Day.

Scenic walks across the water: a new guide to Kitsap trails

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Craig Romano offers a well-packaged look at walks and hikes around Kitsap County.

Emily Nussbaum, John Kasich among don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle, April 28-May 5

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Loads of author readings in the Seattle area in the coming week — plus a day of celebration for the independent bookstore.

‘Girl on the Train’ author Paula Hawkins dives into another thriller

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Paula Hawkins’ new book, “Into the Water,” will be in bookstores on May 2.

How I’m going to speed through 19 bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:45:58 -0700

This is the third year for the Independent Bookstore Day Challenge, in which hardy souls visit 19 Puget Sound-area bookstores in a day.

Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2017-18 season to include Colson Whitehead, Isabel Allende

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:00:00 -0700

The lineup also includes Tyehimba Jess, Ron Chernow and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Promise you a rose carden: Ex-White House florist (and Chehalis native) tells all

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Laura Dowling’s new book is “Floral Diplomacy at the White House,” which contains a number of juicy details about decorating drama at her former place of employment, along with anecdotes about flower arrangements and craft projects.

5 books you should read to learn more about World War I

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Here’s a collection of some favorite nonfiction books about the Great War, perfect for the reader who wants a refresher, or wants to better understand this important centenary.

‘What’s Become of Her’: Seattle author Deb Caletti’s killer thriller

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

A woman falls for a charmer with a suspicious past in “What’s Become of Her,” by Seattle author Deb Caletti.

Mother and daughter on different sides in Fay Weldon’s ‘War’

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

As deliciously trenchant and barbed as her past works, Fay Weldon’s “Before the War” takes up where her recent “Long Live the King” left off.

‘Norse Mythology’ tops local best-seller list

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ tops nonfiction best-seller list

Calling all readers: Independent Bookstore Day is April 29

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Seattle-area celebration includes author appearances, treats, music and prizes. Even better: If you hit every participating store and get an IBD passport stamp at each, you earn a discount from all stores for an entire year.

A busy week for books: 21 author appearances to go see

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

Coming to town: Lesley Stahl, Scott Simon, Helen Oyeyemi and more.

Amazon celebrates World Book Day with ‘free library’

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:35:06 -0700

The Thursday event was part of a celebration, in 12 countries, by the e-commerce giant to mark World Book Day.

Meet the author of the book all Seattle is reading, ‘The Turner House’

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:01:06 -0700

Author Angela Flournoy will be in Seattle May 8-11 to meet readers and discuss her novel, “The Turner House,” about a large Detroit family and the family home they must come to terms with.

3 great new audiobooks, for your listening pleasure

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

A monthly roundup of new audiobooks, including “The Handmaid’s Tale”

‘The Road to Jonestown’ tells horrifying tale of mass suicide

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

Jeff Guinn, author of the best-selling “Manson,” delves into the 1978 tragedy in Guyana, where more than 900 church members drank cyanide-laced drinks.

Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut collection of stories: chilling, dreamy, often breathtaking

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

The 12 stories in “What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky,” drawn from the author’s childhood experiences in Nigeria, pitch us between present and past.

Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Amazon’s rapid rise to prominence in the translation of foreign prose to English — which has drawn appreciation, but also some suspicion by members of the translation community — is yet another sign of the online retailer’s growing cultural significance.

Alec Baldwin plus 15 other don’t-miss author appearances in Seattle, April 14-21

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:42:30 -0700

Also coming to town: Jeff Guinn, Jeffrey Deaver, Ann Cleeves and Gabriel Jesiolowski.