Seeing your city through different eyes can be revelatory, bringing to the fore details you may not have noticed. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, just moved in, or are somewhere in between, pick up one of these books for a new lens on Seattle.
Seattle Walk Report
Exploring 23 Seattle neighborhoods, Seattle Walk Report uses charming comic book-style illustrations to highlight landmarks, history, and the quirky people, places and things she’s seen on her walks since 2017. How many people did she see jaywalking in Ballard? What did she observe in the span of five minutes on the corner of 8th Ave S. and S. King St.? Who is Ernestine Anderson? What are the top three poses you can strike in front of the Gum Wall? Read this book and you’ll know.
— The artist behind Seattle Walk Report will be in conversation with Paul Constant (co-founder of Seattle Review of Books) at the Central Library Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7pm.
Seattleness: A Cultural Atlas
by Tera Hatfield
This is for the data-driven readers and infographic-lovers out there. From an elevation comparison of the city’s steepest streets, to a color coded representation of four Seattle growth spurts; from a flavor breakdown of the Seattle Gum Wall, to a plotting of the TV shows and movies filmed in Seattle; and even including a four page homage to the Seattle Public Library, Seattleness slices and dices the city into novel configurations.
Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City
by David B. Williams
Gathering together 17 guided walks that cross neighborhoods across the city, Williams clues you in to the natural and human history you might pass by every day. Or maybe this is the chance to go for a walk (or enjoy from your armchair) in an area of town you haven’t explored before.
— Williams will be appearing with Lynda V. Mapes (Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-old Oak) at the Central Library Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7pm.
~ posted by Andrea G.