Time to Wine Down

One of my favorite activities for wine o’clock is to curl up with a book.

Maybe a Full Bodied Murder mystery or A Case of Syrah, Syrah by chance.

For more of a darker blend you could try a Deadly Tasting.

If you prefer a lighter read, like me, you could try Blush for Me or a story that was Once Upon a Wine.

But as with all good wines its good to Let It Breathe.

~posted by Kara P.

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Seattle Rep’s THE GREAT LEAP: Beyond the Theater

Diplomatic tensions between American and China, played out in the sports arena. How the passions and actions of one person can make a difference in the world. The themes of Lauren Yee’s play The Great Leap – which opens its month-long run at The Seattle Repertory theatre on March 23 – could not be more timely.

Yee’s play was inspired by stories of her father’s days on the basketball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown, where he played center and was known as “Spider.” Chinatown had a robust history of basketball dating back to the 1930’s and 1940’s, when male and female athletes cultivated a new high-speed style of fast-break basketball that was decades ahead of its time, smashing stereotypes and defeating rivals. Kathleen Yep’s fascinating Outside the Paint: When Basketball Ruled at the Chinese Playground reveals this history, while Dean Wong’s Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown provides a vivid immersion in the life, spirit and struggles of four Chinatowns depicted in powerful, revelatory photographs. Continue reading

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Library Reads: 10 Books for April

Nine works of fiction and one memoir you don’t want to miss. Time to place holds on books coming in April!10 n

Circe by Madeline Miller (fiction)
Circe follows the banished witch daughter of the Titans as she practices her powers for an inevitable conflict with one of Olympus’s most vindictive gods. I found myself pondering motherhood, mortality, and feminism. For readers of historical and mythological drama or anyone who loves a strong female lead. ~ McKelle George, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake, UT Continue reading

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Happiness is a Painted Rock

A rock I found at UW Tacoma!

Well it’s March and that sun of ours is making its way more and more into our lives. It gives those of us that live in this beautiful Pacific Northwest region more opportunities to romp around. Taking place in my little corner of Tacoma is one of my favorite little surprises around this time: finding Tacoma Rocks. Painted rocks have also spread to Seattle and other parts of our region.

As you make your way to parks and campgrounds and beaches, keep an eye out for some happiness in the shape of a painted rock…or check out these books from the library and make your own!

The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark your Creativity by F. Sehnaz Bac

“Transform ordinary stones into a colorful works of art. Full-color illustrations accompany step-by-step instructions for creating 30 different themes: trees, flowers, animals, mandalas, geometric patterns, marine and holiday motifs, and more”

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Book Group Best Bets: Fiction for Discussion

Anyone who has belonged to a book club knows that there’s one meeting more difficult and stressful than all the rest – the meeting when members discuss which books to read and discuss for the rest of the year. How do you know what’s good? How can you be sure it will be discussable and sustain conversation? Fret not, our librarians have got you covered with a list of recently published, character-driven books rich with language. We think you’ll find a lot to discuss in these titles.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The tangled destinies and decisions of three teens growing up in a tightknit African-American community in Southern California. Continue reading

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Dragons, wolves and bears in love – oh my!

Are you stuck in the winter doldrums? Perhaps you need some sexy romance novels to spice up these last winter days – why not add some steamy shapeshifting surprises to raise the temperature?

Isabel Cooper has a number of books about the dragon shapeshifting clan the MacAlasdairs. Her latest trilogy, Dawn of the Highland Dragon, takes us back to medieval Scotland during its time fighting for autonomy – a fight to which the MacAlasdairs bring their special fire-breathing skillset. Highland Dragon Warrior, the first book in the trilogy, introduces us to Cathal MacAlasdair. With a friend cursed by a wizard, he must enter into a partnership with alchemist Sophia Metzger, sacrificing part of himself in the process.

In Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, Silver Merchant is a telepath and the head of an aid organization that responds to terrorism. When her life is threatened, a bear changeling clan takes her in to protect her. Protected in their heavily fortified compound, Silver comes into increasing contact with the alpha of the clan, Valentin Nikolaev. As Silver and Valentin leave the compound to track down a shadowy faction that wants to undermine a peace treaty, they’ll have to balance work and their attraction. This is a prequel to the long running Psy/Changeling series, and is a good place to hop in. Continue reading

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Feminist Slam

Some of my favorite slam poetry fixes come from Button Poetry, founded in 2011 by Sam Cook and Sierra DeMulder, who were shortly joined by Rachele Cermak and Heidi Lear. They launched the first Button website and blog.

Sierra DeMulder was the first to pull me in with her poem “Today Means Amen,” from her poetry book with the same title.

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