I read a lot of fiction every year and every year I have a hard time fitting in a collection of short stories. I prefer long-form, or think I do, until I sit back and reflect on how in some cases short stories have impacted me more powerfully than many novels. Here are some personal examples of stories and short story collections that blew my mind and that I still think about in the hopes that you, like me, will break through your own defenses and excuses and find some gems of your own. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Collection of Short Stories”
Slim volume, big story or paperback page turner, reading a book in one day immerses you in worlds and moods that stay with you like a vivid dream.
From gossipy tell-alls to the extraordinary lives of ordinary individuals, the popularity of memoirs endure. Here are some memoirs to consider for Book Bingo – and best of all, these should be readily available, so let’s get rolling!
Medical memoirs have been incredibly popular for the past few years, with Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air at the top of SPL’s list of popular nonfiction. If you’d like something on the shelves or with a short wait, check out Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh, an exceptionally candid memoir from a British neurosurgeon; Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan, about the rapid and inexplicable physical and mental decline of a young reporter; and The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives by New York Times columnist Theresa Brown, which spends a day in a hospital cancer ward. Continue reading “Book Bingo: Memoirs”
The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign launched in April 2014 by calling out the lack of diverse narratives in children’s literature. This grassroots effort advocates for essential changes in the publishing industry in order to foster books which reflect and honor all lives. They define diversity as: “all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” Learn more at their website, www.weneeddiversebooks.org Continue reading “Book Bingo: #WeNeedDiverseBooks”
Are you ready to play along with the most fabulous adult summer reading program around? Great — because today Seattle Arts & Lectures and Seattle Public Library launch Summer Book Bingo, the 2016 edition! Pick one up at any of our Libraries or download this PDF of the Book Bingo card.
Here’s a brief rundown of how it works:
- You have a glorious summer of reading books that you enjoy
- You write titles of books that fill challenges in each Bingo square
- You keep reading through Labor Day, and then if you have Bingo (five in a row down, across, diagonally) or a blackout (all 25 squares/challenges filled) you enter a drawing for fantastic book-ish prizes.*