Seattle Rep’s ‘Bo-Nita’ — Books, music and DVDs to go beyond the theatre


We’re excited about the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of local playwright Elizabeth Heffron’s “Bo-Nita,” opening later this week. Life’s not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos, and a dash of Midwest magic realism, “Bo-Nita” follows the resourceful exploits of a working class mother-daughter duo determined to stay together—and out of jail. The play will run October 18 to November 17, 2013.

We’ve selected a few books, DVDs and CDs to complement this coming-of-age story. Here are a few: Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘Bo-Nita’ — Books, music and DVDs to go beyond the theatre”

Genre books for teens starring strong females

“Seeking recommendations of YA fiction, preferably genre. I’m a fan of Tamora Pierce and Jane Yolen. This totally includes science fiction. 🙂 If you have some non YA recommendations I’m open,” began a Facebook post of a friend looking for book suggestions. When asked what it is she likes about those authors, she said, “What I generally like about them is that they write strong willed girl characters who often question societal norms while having adventures and creating relationships. Often they make mistakes, but get the upper hand in the end.” Continue reading “Genre books for teens starring strong females”

September Picks: Librarians’ favorites

Each month, librarians across the U.S. nominate their favorite forthcoming books for Library Reads. The top ten books make the official list then shared with readers everywhere. Stick with us for ten great recommendations each month!

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park. — Stephanie Chase, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

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