125th Anniversary Series: What We Were Reading in 1891

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of The Seattle Public Library. After it was adopted as a department of the city in 1890, the Library opened its first reading room in Pioneer Square on April 8, 1891. To honor this milestone, we will be posting a series of articles here about the Library’s history and life in the 1890’s. We also encourage our patrons to share their favorite memories of SPL on social media using the hashtag #SPL125. Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest. – editor

Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a time machine back to the 1890s? You can! When we read like people in the 1890s, we see the world through their eyes. Go there now, via titles that were all the rage in the Gilded Age: Continue reading “125th Anniversary Series: What We Were Reading in 1891”

There’s a Lobster Loose!

secret life of lobstersLately, walking around the library, I’ve become aware of lots of beady little eyes peering at me from the shelves, and snapping claws reaching out. For some reason the past year or so has seen a strange red tide of books with lobsters on their covers. Not cookbooks, but novels – oddball comic novels in particular. I mentioned this to Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, and he agrees: “This is very funny …  and weird; some sort of mysterious force must be at work.” Take a look:

The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.  Everything you ever wanted to know about lobsters, but were afraid to ask, (even if you never did want to know anything about lobsters).



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Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace. Erudite essays on a wide range of topics, new bedlamfrom 9/11 to porn to- yes – lobster. 

New Bedlam by Bill Flanagan. Smart satire in which hot shot TV exec Bobby Kahn is marooned in a small Rhode Island town with three channels, one of which is devoted to comic books. Carl Hiaasen North. Continue reading “There’s a Lobster Loose!”