Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Sharon H. Chang shares from her bookpile(s)

Our guest blogger today is Sharon H. Chang, author of Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World. Sharon H. Chang is a writer, scholar and activist who focuses on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora with a feminist lens. She serves as a consultant for Families of Color Seattle and is on the planning committee for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference. Join us for her book talk, along with local mixed-race guest speakers and performers, on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library.

Dear Readers,raising-mixed-race

First. Truth. I’ve got books on my nightstand but I don’t read at night. I mostly read in the early, early morning before the sun comes up; when the air outside is quiet, still and fresh; when cars are parked, the hustle bustle of the day hasn’t begun and most people are still sound asleep; most importantly my six-year-old son is still sound asleep. And I keep books all over the house. On my nightstand yes. But also on shelves, counters, in book bags, unopened and opened boxes, upstairs and downstairs, half-read, read twice, never read, will read later, reading now. In my head I have a rule “one book at a time, finish first then the next.” But in reality that never works out. There is – to simply put the simple truth – just too much exciting stuff to read and not always the perfect time to read it in.

So what’s in my for-the-morning nightstand/all-over-the-house piles right now? Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Sharon H. Chang shares from her bookpile(s)”

Book Bingo: Collection of Poetry

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

collection of poetryOur guest blogger today is Rebecca Hoogs, Associate Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures. Rebecca curates and manages the Literary Arts Series, Poetry Series, Hinge, and SAL Presents. She is the author of the poetry collection Self-Storage. She’s here to share some poetry titles to help you fill the “Collection of Poetry” square.

Poetry, I would argue, is the perfect summer reading. Even when the content or language is dense, it feels spacious surrounded by the bright white sunlight of the page. Poems offer breathing room. And books of poetry are even better: there is no need to read chronologically; you are free to meander, stop, start, get lost, pop into that little metaphor without a care for time. You don’t always know where you’re going to end up—in fact, the journey and the surprise of where you arrive are the pleasures. Reading a good poem is like having a glass of wine with lunch—an indulgence that encourages you to slow down and savor each word. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Collection of Poetry”

Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore (Nonfiction)

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

independent bookstore Our guest blog today is from the staff of Ada’s Technical Books & Café in Capitol Hill; Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe is home to the kinds of books, gifts, workshops and events that beckon to the geek {and the geek in all of us.} Here are a few suggestions of nonfiction to help you fill that Summer Bingo Recommended by an Independent Bookstore square!

Continue reading “Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore (Nonfiction)”

Book Bingo: Seattle Arts and Lectures Author

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

book bingo squareOur guest blogger today is Ruth Dickey, executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL). She’s here to share some titles by authors who are coming up in the new SAL 2016-2017 season, as well as some from previous years, to help you fill the “Written by a SAL Speaker (past or upcoming)” square.

I’ve been looking forward to the return of Summer Book Bingo all year. As a kid, I loved nothing more than summer reading – the freedom of diving into piles of books and the fun of reading to complete a challenge (while talking to other kids who were reading too) was the best part of summer for me. So I couldn’t be more delighted to be entering into our second summer of Book Bingo with our friends at the Seattle Public Library, and to spend a whole summer reading, and thinking about, and talking about, and having fun with books. And all of you!

I have the pleasure of writing about the “Written by a SAL Speaker, past or present” square for bingo, which is exciting and also overwhelming. I just finished my third season at SAL, and from each season, there are several books that I have pressed ardently into the hands of friends and strangers. That’s a long list already, and we haven’t even talked about our 2016/17 season! So rather than create an overwhelming list, here are the five books from authors coming to SAL next season that I’m most excited to read this summer: Continue reading “Book Bingo: Seattle Arts and Lectures Author”

Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

independent bookstoreOur guest blogger today is Emily from Ada’s Technical Books & Café in Capitol Hill; Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe is home to the kinds of books, gifts, workshops and events that beckon to the geek {and the geek in all of us.} Here are a few suggestions from Emily to help you fill that Recommended by an Independent Bookstore square! Continue reading “Book Bingo: Recommended by an Independent Bookstore”