Book Bingo: Set in the Northwest

   – Posted by Misha

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”

Romantic Wednesdays: Just Like Starting Over

By Jessica W.

Every year, January comes around and we make resolutions. Find love, learn a new language, go to the gym, we try to give ourselves a new start, a fresh page with the beginning of a new year. Some of us go farther than others when we want a new start—we don’t just start a new habit, we try to start a new life. In these romances, that new life comes with a new love. One of the things I also love about the starting over trope is that the hero or heroine also has to forge platonic relationships, giving the novels a big cast of characters to get to know in addition to the hero and heroine.

It's in His Kiss in the Library catalogThe Inn at Rose Harbor in the Library catalogTalk Me Down in the Library catalog Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Just Like Starting Over”

Seattle Author Bernadette Pajer Reads at Fremont Library

Seattle mystery writer Bernadette Pajer will read from her latest book, The Edison Effect: a Professor Bradshaw Mystery at the Fremont Library on Tuesday October 14th at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Edison_Effect_CoverThe Edison Effect: a Professor Bradshaw Mystery is the fourth book in the series of University of Washington Professor Bradshaw mysteries set in early 20th Century Seattle.

In three earlier books, University of Washington electrical engineering professor Benjamin Bradshaw has established a reputation for solving mysteries  involving the science of electricity. Now, Thomas Edison has come to Seattle trying to discover a mysterious and dangerous invention that was lost years earlier in Elliott Bay. When an electrician at the Bon Marché department store is found dead clutching a string of one of Edison’s new Christmas lights, Professor Bradshaw is reluctantly drawn into helping solve the murder. Continue reading “Seattle Author Bernadette Pajer Reads at Fremont Library”

Author Event and Cooking Demo at the Lake City Branch

Click here to view Fresh Pantry in the SPL catalogCome meet local author, cook and urban farmer, Amy Pennington as she discusses her new book Fresh Pantry: Eat Seasonally, Cook Smart & Learn to Love Your Vegetables at the Lake City branch and shares the bounty of fresh tomatoes.  She will demonstrate recipes and share samples from her newest book using tomatoes fresh from the Lake City Farmers Market. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and she will sign your copy. The event takes place on Thursday, August 14 from 4:00 pm -5:30 pm. Continue reading “Author Event and Cooking Demo at the Lake City Branch”

Nightstand Reads: Royce Buckingham

Seattle writer Royce Buckingham is the author of Demonkeeper (“scary and laugh-out-loud funny” said a School Library Journal Review) and Goblins (“a riotously good adventure” said Kirkus Reviews) . We asked this imaginative writer of teen books what he’s been reading, but forgot to ask him where he got the t-shirt he’s sporting in the photo below. Here’s what he told us:

Okay, here’s what is, or was recently, on my nightstand and some of my thoughts.

  • A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
    Funny. Irreverent. I love Moore stuff. It’s adult, but goofy and fast moving. Who cares if he crams in too much for a tight read. It’s a sprawling, erratic experience that winds up satisfying the adult urge for craziness, swear words and monsters all in the same tale.
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    This sequel to The Hunger Games is good, but can’t compare with the original. Both are SO different from her Gregor series. If you loved The Hunger Games, you will enjoy this follow-up and hate the cliffhanger. My best advice while you wait for the third installment is to rush out and find Stephen King’s novella The Long Walk.
  • The Graveyard Book  and Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Read each in a couple of sittings (or layings in bed). Quick and smooth stuff done by a pro. Spooky and vivid. These are the models my own book The Dead Boys, due out next Halloween, aspires to.
  • Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
    A beautifully written dragon tale. My nine-year-old son and I are half through. Slower and more deliberate than my usual monster fare, but worth the time.
  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
    Fast read. All story, no fluff. Simply written. Poisonous spiders, vampires and lots of exclamation points! Great literature? Nope. Did I like it? Yep.
  • Blackbringer by Laini Taylor
    Again a beautifully written story. Again taking more time to soak up the prose. Hmm, sensing a pattern? I’m half through and love the main character.
  • Cabal by Clive Barker
    Next on the nightstand. Adult book. Yay! Should be a fun diversion.

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