New books from Washington authors: September 2017

We are thrilled to share some of the latest books published by authors in Washington state! First up, three novels for adults, beginning with one from a former SPL librarian:

George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl: From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. Pearl formerly served as the executive director for the Washington Center for the Book. Continue reading “New books from Washington authors: September 2017”

Library Reads: 10 top picks for September 2017

Extra celebrating this month with the Library Reads Top Ten list — because two local authors are shining bright on this selection of books that librarians across the U.S. are loving! Our beloved Nancy Pearl, former librarian at The Seattle Public Library, has a debut novel you must place on hold now! And Jamie Ford, who you may know best for The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has deep Seattle roots (although he lives in Montana now) and we still claim him as one of ours, has a new novel set in Seattle in 1909.

And here they are, new books for September 2017 that librarians are raving about!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere delves into family relationships and what parenthood, either biological or by adoption, means. We follow the members of two families living in the idyllic, perfectly-planned suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio: Mia and Pearl, a mother and daughter living a less traditional lifestyle, moving from town to town every few months, and the Richardsons, the perfect nuclear family in the perfect suburb…until Izzy Richardson burns her family home down. Ng’s superpower is her ability to pull you into her books from the very first sentence! ~ Emma DeLooze-Klein, Kirkwood Public Library, Kirkwood, MO Continue reading “Library Reads: 10 top picks for September 2017”

Book Bingo: Summer Reading Program … for grownups!

A summer reading program for adults? Yes, of course! Announcing … SUMMER BOOK BINGO!

Book Bingo Header smallWe’re partnering with our friends at Seattle Arts & Lectures to bring you the inaugural Summer Book Bingo, Seattle edition! Grab one of our Book Bingo cards, take on a few reading challenges (each square is a “challenge”) — and read your way to Bingo and the chance to win prizes.

Summer Book Bingo was unveiled last night at Seattle Arts & Lectures’ event with Judy Blume and Nancy Pearl (our first two Book Bingo players!). Now it’s time for you to play. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Summer Reading Program … for grownups!”

Book Buzz with Nancy Pearl

Who could resist going to a program called “Book Buzz with Nancy Pearl”? Certainly not the thousands of librarians here in Portland this week for the Public Library Association Conference. Your Shelf Talk team was there, scoping out upcoming novels and nonfiction titles.

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (coming out soon; available to place a hold now): The newest from one of Nancy’s favorite fantasy authors combines historical fiction and fantasy in 10th century China. After reading it, Nancy sent an unsolicited note to the publisher:  “It had everything in it that made me such a fan in the first place.”

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick (coming in May; available to place on hold now): Nancy says the newest from the author of Mayflower “strips away the mythology; you really see Custer and you really see Sitting Bull.”

The Impartial Witness by Charles Todd (coming in August): The second in the series featuring Bess Crawford, a British nurse during World War I. Nancy said the series is a wonderful choice for readers who enjoy the Maisie Dobbs mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear. (“Charles Todd,” by the way, is actually a mother-son writing team; they are also the authors of the Continue reading “Book Buzz with Nancy Pearl”