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”

Book Bingo: Graphic Novels

    – posted by Sven This summer The Seattle Public Library in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Beach Blanket Book Bingo! In order to help you Graphic Novel Bingoalong on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we’ve pulled together some reading suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer! The fusion of word and image in graphic novels offers limitless narrative and artistic possibilities, associating parts of the brain that are usually left untriggered when engaging just text or pictures alone. Writers and artists sensitive to the peculiarities of this fusion can stoke that potential for expressive connectivity and summon stories and illustrations of everlasting strangeness. The library has a wealth of works from such creators. So come go gently mad with some crazy comics this summer at the Seattle Public Library. Here are just a few to get you started: Continue reading “Book Bingo: Graphic Novels”

Book Bingo: Books You Can Finish Reading in a Day!

 – Posted by Eric G.

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is Finished Reading in a Dayexcited 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!

Today’s Book Bingo category is “You Finish Reading in a Day.” For the sake of consistency, the books I picked are around 200 pages or less, with some having significantly less. Therefore, each of these could theoretically be finished in one day, barring any outside distractions or obligations. Personally I am a very slow reader who has a penchant for dense, emotionally-grueling literary fiction, so if you’re like me your mileage may vary!

Speaking of literary novels, I recently read Justin Torres’ acclaimed We the Animals (144 pp.), a succinct story that packs a punch. You could also try A Mercy by Toni Morrison (224 pp.) or The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (163 pp.). Continue reading “Book Bingo: Books You Can Finish Reading in a Day!”

Book Bingo: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

This summer The Seattle Public Library in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures is we need diverse books smallexcited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Beach Blanket Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we’ve pulled together some reading suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign began in April 2014 by calling out the lack of diverse narratives in children’s literature. This grassroots organization advocates for essential changes in the publishing industry in order to foster books which reflect and honor all lives. They define diversity as: “all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” Continue reading “Book Bingo: #WeNeedDiverseBooks”

Book Bingo: Summer Reading Program … for grownups!

A summer reading program for adults? Yes, of course! Announcing … SUMMER BOOK BINGO!

Book Bingo Header smallWe’re partnering with our friends at Seattle Arts & Lectures to bring you the inaugural Summer Book Bingo, Seattle edition! Grab one of our Book Bingo cards, take on a few reading challenges (each square is a “challenge”) — and read your way to Bingo and the chance to win prizes.

Summer Book Bingo was unveiled last night at Seattle Arts & Lectures’ event with Judy Blume and Nancy Pearl (our first two Book Bingo players!). Now it’s time for you to play. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Summer Reading Program … for grownups!”