Book Bingo: Local Authors

local authorJoin The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category. Today, suggestions for your “Read a Book by a Local Author” square:

The Pacific Northwest is host to more authors than a mere blog post could even venture to do justice. A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts about Northwest science fiction and fantasy authors, so check those out for a glimpse of the wealth of authors in our area.

Here are some other authors to try:


Ingrid Thoft writes riveting mysteries in a series featuring private investigator Fina Ludlow. Kirkus said of this Boston set series: “…Thoft  (Identity, 2014, etc.) is an entertaining storyteller, and her quirky protagonist’s the equal of any male gumshoe.” Start with Loyalty.

Roger Hobbs’ first Seattle-set mystery, Ghostman, introduces Jack, a man who enjoys translating Greek and Roman literature — and robbing banks. Hobbs continues his exploration of the criminal underworld in Vanishing Games.

If you like sword-and-sorcery fantasy with strong female characters, try The Seer by Sonia Orin Lyris.

University of Washington professor emeritus Charles R. Johnson has written many novels exploring African American history. Middle Passage, about the final voyage of an illegal slave ship, and his short story collection, Dr. King’s Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories.

Sarah Jio is a bestselling author who, like fellow Northwest author Kristin Hannah, is also writing character-driven contemporary novels that are perfect for your book group as well as the beach. Blackberry Winter is a parallel novel set in Seattle in 1932 and in 2010. Morning Glory delves into the politics and secrets shared among a floating community on Lake Union.

For more Seattle and Washington authors, click on these links or ask a librarian for more suggestions!

                                                                                            ~Posted by Misha S. 

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