Fictional glimpses inside the film industry

With the 2021 Academy Awards celebration coming up on Sunday, April 25, check out one of these recent novels with insider views of the film industry.

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little – Film editor Marissa Dahl experiences the world filtered through her encyclopedic knowledge of film. Struggling to find film editing work after a longtime partnership falls apart, Marissa accepts a job on a project already underway and shrouded in secrecy. Taken to an isolated island off the coast of Delaware, she discovers she’ll be working with an infamously demanding director on a film that recreates a long-ago true crime. Marissa joins a film shoot plagued by accidents and staff defections, and when a dead body is found that mimics the original crime, Marissa is pulled into investigating by two intrepid teenage girls making a podcast. Prior to reading this I didn’t know anything about the role a film editor plays in the final product, but Little incorporates a lot of interesting career and process detail into her murder mystery.

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New Always Available eBook Collection

I love living – and being a librarian – in a city of readers, but I won’t lie: the eBook hold queues can be intense. New this month are 170 eBooks that are always available – no holds, no wait! Here are some highlights to get you started.

Book Club Picks

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A guide to exploring new genres

Each year, groups of librarians from across the country hole up in a room (this year, a virtual room) to discuss and select the best books from the year before. The Notable Books List features literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; the Listen List is all about outstanding audiobooks; and The Reading List, which I want to tell you about today, highlights outstanding genre fiction in eight genres: Adrenaline (aka thrillers, adventure stories), Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Relationship Fiction, Romance, and Science Fiction.

While each genre has a winner, it also has a four-title shortlist of runners up. Taken together, the five books in each genre represent a range of the types of stories a reader can find in that genre, with the idea that both longtime fans and folks new to the genre can find a title of interest. If you are looking to branch out into new areas of fiction reading, it is a great place to start. Check out the 2021 winners (for books published in 2020) below, with annotations from the ALA Reading List Council, or in our catalog.


The Holdout by Graham Moore
Ten years after Maya Seale convinced her fellow jurors to acquit a man of murder, a true crime documentary reunites the jury amid claims of new Continue reading “A guide to exploring new genres”

Nuevos títulos en español en la Biblioteca / New Spanish books in the Library

La Biblioteca Pública de Seattle, como muchas otras bibliotecas durante la pandemia; siguió comprando libros en español, dándole énfasis a otro formato, los ebook o libros electrónicos. A muchos usuarios de la biblioteca no les gusta leer libros en formato electrónico. Y yo soy una de ellas, me gusta el olor a libro nuevo, a acariciar el lomo de un libro, repasar sus páginas y regresar unas páginas atrás si quiero. Algo que no podemos hacer en Kindle, por ejemplo; además son muy fríos y de tanto en tanto tenemos que cargar la batería. ¿Verdad? 

Bueno, aquí tenemos una selección de libros nuevos que llegarán a los estantes de la sección en español de nuestra biblioteca: Continue reading “Nuevos títulos en español en la Biblioteca / New Spanish books in the Library”

Mixing History with Mystery

Fellow readers, there are few things I love more than crossover titles – books with footing in multiple genres. I am a huge mystery reader, and I will follow mystery plots into many other genres. Today, let’s talk about some new mysteries that are also quite good historical fiction titles.

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart
In 1703 London, Barnaby Mayne is a preeminent collector, amassing two townhouses worth of cabinets containing birds, beetles, preserved snakes, jewels, and many other wonders of the world. Lady Cecily Kay has arrived to spend a week using Mayne’s dried plant collection to identify plants she has collected on her travels. But on her first day, during a tour of his collections, Mayne is murdered, with his assistant standing above him holding the knife. But something seems off about the situation, so Cecily dives into the competitive world of obsessive collectors to find the true killer. Library Journal called it a “glimpse into the intimate circles that will eventually spawn the great museums.” Continue reading “Mixing History with Mystery”