Book Bingo: Set in the Northwest

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Book Bingo Set in NWThis 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!

There are so many great books set in the Northwest. I mean, who wouldn’t want to write or read about our majestic evergreens, white-capped mountain ranges and superior cups of coffee? If you are trying to cross this category off your summer bingo card, here are some under-the-radar NW set books to try:

22320471The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields: This debut by a Spokane author following three generations in a Washington State family is told with some mind-bending slipstream weirdness. And it starts with a bang: 9-year-old Eli Roebuck comes home one day to find his mother with a sasquatch. She leaves with the hairy beast and never comes back. Things just get stranger and more compelling from there. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Set in the Northwest”

Read some comics: Avengers


The release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters this Friday signals a great opportunity to peruse some of the library’s comics collections starring the World’s Mightiest Heroes. The recently-published Age of Ultron, Brian Michael Bendis’s capstone to a six-plus-year stint writing the series, imagines the team in an alternate universe overlorded by the archvillain Ultron. Surely not-to-be-missed by anyone wanting more of the film’s eponymous automaton, however there are bounteous tales of impossible feats and catastrophic conflicts starring these characters worth reading. The following recommendations are some of the more idiosyncratic adventures starring one, some, or all of the core Avengers: Continue reading “Read some comics: Avengers”

Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: YA!

of metal~posted by Hayden

Young adult science fiction is like, so hot right now. If you are a fan of violent future worlds in which teens struggle against corrupt regimes (but still manage to fall in love), there are plenty of titles to choose from. Perhaps you’ve heard of a little book called The Hunger Games? Or Divergent?

But there are also lots of other, lesser known dystopian titles to explore. For something a little quieter and more thoughtful, although every bit as dark, try Of Metal and Wishes. Set in what seems to be a far future China, the action takes place almost entirely within a bleak factory where robotic spiders and evil men prey on the powerless. Continue reading “Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: YA!”

African American Film Series – At a Library Near You!

Af Am Film Series blog graphicThis spring, many of our libraries are gearing up for an African American film series where we will be screening movies celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience.

Please join us for this exciting series and let us know what you think! Continue reading “African American Film Series – At a Library Near You!”

Seattle Rep’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’

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Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, two giants of 20th century American poetry, first met in 1947 when both were young poets in the early phase of their careers. They began an intense friendship, sustained by frequent letter-writing, that stretched across three decades and ended with Lowell’s death in 1977. A volume of their complete correspondence, Words in Air, was published in 2008. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘Dear Elizabeth’”