#BookBingoNW2021 is ON!

Bluer skies, longer days, fewer masks – it can only mean one thing. Once again, it’s time for Summer Book Bingo! This is our 7th year – YES, the 7th! Such a lucky number! – partnering with Seattle Arts & Lectures to bring you a free adult summer reading program with reading challenges and drawing entries for fantastic prizes.


Like last year, which was, shall we say, different than any of our previous years, we have launched Summer Book Bingo a bit earlier. This year you have from May 17th to September 7th at 6pm to read either a line of Bingo (4-5 books, depending on which horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line you choose), or to go for Blackout (24 books)! When you are ready to submit your card for the drawing, you can post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #BookBingoNW2021 hashtag, or email us at bookbingo@spl.org. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2021 is ON!”

PNW Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors

Image of Tweet from Nicole Chung: work by Asian American writers is always timely

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month, but as author Nicole Chung noted, “work by Asian American writers is always timely.” The library has created some fantastic lists celebrating Asian American writers and artists for all ages to explore, but I wanted to call attention to some Pacific Northwest Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and books to explore this May and beyond.

Book cover image for My Forgotten Seattle

Current Library Board member Ron Chew served as the editor for the International Examiner, the Asian American community paper, for more than a decade, but as Carey Quan Gelernter says in the introduction to Chew’s memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle, when asked 25-years-prior whether Gelernter could write a profile on him Chew was reticent: “He protested that he wasn’t interesting, or important, enough.” Thank goodness Chew later consented to be interviewed, mainly out of his commitment to sharing the good work of the Wing Luke Museum. We are all the more fortunate that years later Chew decided to pen a memoir imparting the depth of knowledge he had to share on his years as an activist and storyteller in Seattle. My Unforgotten Seattle is steeped in history and a deep connection with the Asian American community whose lives and stories Chew reveals with appreciation and care. Continue reading “PNW Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors”

Black History Month reading inspiration: short stories

While February is a short month — too short — I decided to celebrate this Black History Month by reading a short story a day by Black authors. I have been rotating through a variety of anthologies and collections, delighted by the discoveries within:

Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
My favorite story so far is a story in a tradition that I absolutely adore: the epistolary exchange between rivals that becomes increasingly passive-aggressive and ridiculously cruel. “Belles Lettres” finds two professional Black mothers whose daughters attend a predominantly white school trading barbs and insults in increasingly delicious intensity. The daughters at the center of these letters show up in future stories, adding extra dimension and reflection upon that exchange. The Los Angeles Review of Books called this collection “clever, cruel, hilarious, heartbreaking, and at times simply ingenious.”

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans Continue reading “Black History Month reading inspiration: short stories”

WA Do I Read Next? (Part 3)

In the final post of our trilogy of WA Do I Read Next suggestions, we share a few more recently published titles by local authors. (For more, see this Here is  list of many of the books we talked about at this year’s online conference.

Conventionally Yours, by Annabeth Albert (Sourcebooks) This is a sweet, new-adult M/M romance with YA crossover appeal. Conrad Stewart has classically handsome looks, but his hunky exterior hides the fact that he is living life on a knife edge ever since his parents threw him out for being gay. He finds community in a group at a game store where one of his professors runs a tight crew of tabletop enthusiasts. But he does not get along with another fellow college student in the crew–Alden Roth, an uptight rich kid born with everything handed to him. Alden is always giving Conrad crap, and that they are competing on more than one level doesn’t help. But when the opportunity to compete at a national con presents itself, a road trip opens up the stories beneath their assumptions, and the ice starts to thaw. A slow burn enemies to lovers rom com. Continue reading “WA Do I Read Next? (Part 3)”

WA Do I Read Next? (Part 2)

Here is the continuation of last week’s WA Do I Read Next post, in which we share a few more recently published titles by local authors shared at this year’s Washington Library Association meeting. (For more, see this Here is  list of many of the books we talked about at this year’s online conference. We Had No Rules, by Corinne Manning (Arsenal Pulp Press) Manning is a non-binary Seattle writer whose debut short story collection feels like a novel in stories, with recurring characters exploring queer lives with intimacy, insight, and humor. The prose is simple yet evocative. Relationships are central to these stories–exploring marriage, parenting, the dissolution of relationships, and the never-ending work of discovering the self. There is the story of a woman who embraces her queer self after divorce, her daughter who is also queer but does not identify with her mother because she is a daddy’s girl still upset about the divorce, a trans character who has to leave his partner to transition–all of the stories coalescing into a beautiful symphony of people striving, yearning for love and connection and communities that uplift them. Continue reading “WA Do I Read Next? (Part 2)”