Listen: when I saw the Book Bingo category “published the year one of your parents was born” the first thing I did was Google “books published in 1950.” I was prepared to tell you of more labyrinthine research processes to help you find a book for this category, but it turns out Google is a pretty effective strategy on this one.
My search led to the GoodReads page Most Popular Books Published in 1950, which is the year my mom was born. This GoodReads list was among the most robust lists I found, largely because it was one of the few to include genre fiction – it had I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, the Miss Marple mystery A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie, and The Grand Sophy, a historical romance by Georgette Heyer, alongside general fiction and children’s books. On the right hand of the page is a drop down menu where you can select other years – my colleague was fretting over finding a book from 1925, the year her father was born, but there’s a good selection of ideas she can mine. These are crowd-sourced lists based on data entered by GoodReads users, so I like to verify the publication date, but it’s a great place to start.
If you want to know the bestsellers of any given year, Daniel Immerwahr, now a professor at Northwestern University, has compiled The Books of the Century, a year-by-year journey through the 20th century that lists fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, other titles he has deemed critically acclaimed and historically significant, and Book-of-the Month Club selections. Continue reading
Summertime and the living is breezy. Warmed by a wondrous sun, the everywhere air urges us to partake of the season. Don’t you wish it would last! There are eye-catching, ear lapping sights and sounds the whole city round. Fairs, festivals and fests abound!
Take to the streets! Come to the Fairs! The city sports a festive mood. There are street fairs, film festivals, fine art and craft fairs, theater, dance and book festivals, NPR Road Trips, Joseph Rosendi’s Travelscape, Biennials, Triennials and Documenta in which to bask.
In or out of town, there’s lots of help to plan an artful adventure. Check out the Seattle Events Calendar, FestivalNet Washington, Seattle Center’s Festál, EverFest Washington and the Office of Arts and Culture Art Walks page.
Whether you’re on the bus or on the beach, here are some new fiction titles to get your summer reading under way.
6/13: The Changeling by Victor LaValle – Antiquarian book dealer Apollo Kagwa has built a happy family life with his wife and new baby son. When his family is torn apart by a violent act, Apollo begins a journey through fantastical corners of New York he didn’t know existed – with old magic and monsters – to bring his family back together. Continue reading
Looking for new nonfiction or memoir to read? Perhaps something to help fill a square on your Summer Book Bingo grid. Here, for your consideration, is a selection of nonfiction being published in June 2017.
We always love it when worthwhile, interesting books are adapted to film or TV, as it invariably means that a multitude of readers will be drawn to the source. As sales figures and waiting lists and libraries attest, this has been quite a year for Margaret Atwood’s landmark 1985 dystopia The Handmaid’s Tale, owing largely to the recent Hulu series, as well as the current political climate. If you’re waiting for a copy – or if you’ve already read it – why not tap into the diverse tradition of feminist science fiction that explores gender and society in provocative and visionary ways.