That familiar chill in the air, those reddish tints starting to appear in the leaves, that playful note of pumpkin spice latte asserting itself amidst the less seasonal scents of marijuana and Axe body spray on city streets: it can only mean one thing. Another Booktoberfest has arrived! Each October, dazed and confused from the flurry of Summer reading, librarians emerge blinking into the autumnal light, and head for the bar. We hope you’ll join us in pubs and bars all across the city, to share books and stories, songs and games. Come out and play! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in store this year: Continue reading “BOOKTOBERFEST 2017 IS HERE!”

Drink and book pairings for the winter ahead

Booktoberfest 2016, our month-long celebration of books and booze, has come to an end but fret not – the rest of winter is a great time to continue this thematic exploration on your own. To that end, here are some suggestions for book and drink pairings, initially presented by librarians Andrea Gough and David Wright as part of LitCrawl at Capitol Cider on Oct. 27. You can find the full list of titles mentioned here.


Are you a cider drinker? Try Camille Perri’s sweet yet slightly acidic novel The Assistants, about a group of poorly paid New York secretaries who find an innovative way to pay off their student loans. Or perhaps you’d like a witty novel about economic collapse and family road trips, in which case The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang is for you. Continue reading “Drink and book pairings for the winter ahead”

Spooky Stories LIVE, all October long!

Image of Spooky Cat Coutesy Laura d'Allesandro via FlickrTurn down the lights. Get yourself a drink and gather round, while we take you on a little trip down a dark and twisted road. This month we have extra spooky story times for grown ups in store, at the library and coming soon to a pub near you as a part of our celebration of Booktoberfest. Each October, our regular twice-monthly Thrilling Tales: Story Time for Grown Ups (Mondays at 12:05 at the Central Library: lunches welcome) turns to weekly Chilling Tales. Here’s what’s in store: Continue reading “Spooky Stories LIVE, all October long!”

Books + Beer = Booktoberfest!

Some things are just meant to go together. Strawberries & Shortcake. Peaches & Herb. Pumpkin Spice & Everything. To these time honored pairings we add what could well become our new favorite: Books & Beer. This October you’ll find librarians visiting pubs and bars all across this great city, for Seattle Public Library’s inaugural Booktoberfest.booktoberfest_banner575

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