— Posted by Linda J.
This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!
An abundance of choices awaits the Summer Book Bingo player looking to check-off the “local author” square. When I started making a list for you lovely Seattle readers, I ended up with dozens — DOZENS! — of authors and books. To rein it in a bit, l’m starting with three brand new books I can’t stop talking about, followed by two authors who once called Seattle home:
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Set in 1920s and 1930s Seattle. Flora, a jazz singer and aspiring aviator (inspired by Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart) grew up just a few blocks away from Henry, yet they might as well have been worlds apart. Race keeps them apart but music brings them together; Death is a character here, but then so is Love. This young adult book (that adults are loving) is rich with a history of Seattle (did you know we had the largest Hooverville?) that seems so vivid and current, especially with issues of race and class.
Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley Bridget is new to the Seattle area, and how kind of her to arrive just before this wonderful novel was released so we can claim her as one of our local authors. Hugo is a figment of Rose’s dreamworld, and has been since she was six. Now, as an adult, she meets him — only his name is David and he works at Orange Tastee. Rose’s dreams and real life take twisted turns in this novel that unfolds like a movie.
Brutality by Ingrid Thoft
I seem to be telling everyone about the Fina Ludlow mystery series, thanks to a recommendation from co-worker Jennifer to read Loyalty, the first in the series. Fina is a private detective in her family’s maybe-shady Boston law firm. Read more about Ingrid and Fina in this post from our Nightstand Reads series.
Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
The former Seattle Times journalist’s memoir examines the changing status of the Asian male in the West. The book was featured on NPR in this interview last summer when it came out.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
It thrills me to the core when I think about Octavia Butler living HERE. The brilliant writer who shows us the power of science fiction for new visions for women and people of color. She won multiple prizes for her writing, and was also a MacArthur Fellowship (aka the MacArthur Genius award), telling the rest of the world what we already knew: She was a true genius. Butler died in 1997 at the age of 58.
And of course you want more, because we have so many fantastic writers living in the area:
Book Bingo: Local Authors (Seattle/PNW) has two dozen more authors to add to your list. You can also check the tag “Seattle author” in our catalog, which is by no means a complete list (readers can add descriptive tags like this themselves; you should try it!).