We are thrilled to share some of the latest books published by authors in Washington state! First up, three novels for adults, beginning with one from a former SPL librarian:
George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl: From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. Pearl formerly served as the executive director for the Washington Center for the Book.
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper: This debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott — Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right. Hooper lives and teaches in Seattle.
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford: From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair. Ford grew up in Seattle and now lives in Montana, but we still count him as a Washington author.
New books for children and teens from Washington authors include two picture books and two young adult novels:
I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas by Kevan Atteberry: Picture book. A little monster and his papa are on a skink chase in a stinky swamp.
Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough: Picture book. A young girl writes to Santa year after year, until one season she writes to her mother: “Mom, are you Santa?” This book is inspired by No Longer Believing in Santa, a column Brockenbrough wrote for the New York Times.
Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough: Young adult nonfiction. Complex, passionate, brilliant, flawed? Alexander Hamilton comes alive in this YA biography, which is an essential read for teen fans of Hamilton the musical.
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones: Young adult fiction. A funny Regency-era mystery about a determined young woman with a magical trick up her sleeve.
Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library, is working to raise awareness of Washington authors. If you have a book coming out soon, please let us know in the comments here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the book title, author name and a link to the book in a library catalog. The Washington Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.
~ posted by Linda J.