Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Sharon H. Chang shares from her bookpile(s)

Our guest blogger today is Sharon H. Chang, author of Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World. Sharon H. Chang is a writer, scholar and activist who focuses on racism, social justice and the Asian American diaspora with a feminist lens. She serves as a consultant for Families of Color Seattle and is on the planning committee for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference. Join us for her book talk, along with local mixed-race guest speakers and performers, on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library.

Dear Readers,raising-mixed-race

First. Truth. I’ve got books on my nightstand but I don’t read at night. I mostly read in the early, early morning before the sun comes up; when the air outside is quiet, still and fresh; when cars are parked, the hustle bustle of the day hasn’t begun and most people are still sound asleep; most importantly my six-year-old son is still sound asleep. And I keep books all over the house. On my nightstand yes. But also on shelves, counters, in book bags, unopened and opened boxes, upstairs and downstairs, half-read, read twice, never read, will read later, reading now. In my head I have a rule “one book at a time, finish first then the next.” But in reality that never works out. There is – to simply put the simple truth – just too much exciting stuff to read and not always the perfect time to read it in.

So what’s in my for-the-morning nightstand/all-over-the-house piles right now? Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Sharon H. Chang shares from her bookpile(s)”

Nightstand Reads: Seattle mystery novelist Ingrid Thoft shares some favorites

Brutality_CoverOur guest blogger today is Ingrid Thoft, author of the Fina Ludlow mystery series (now in development as a series for ABC Studios) about a private investigator working with her three attorney brothers for her father’s maybe-shady Boston law firm. Brutality, the third in the series, comes out June 23. Start with Loyalty, move on to Identity, and get on the hold list for Brutality. In the meantime, here are Ingrid’s thoughts on some books she enjoys:

Old favorite: I’ve never gravitated toward short stories, but since I was a teenager, I’ve loved Trust Me by John Updike. The story centers on trust and betrayal and describes a man and his wife, who is a nervous flier. The man gazes out the window of an airplane and contemplates the rivets on the aluminum wing: “Trust me, the metallic code spelled out; in his heart Harold, like his wife, had refused, and this refusal in him formed a hollow space terror could always flood.” That’s not just flying—that’s life. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle mystery novelist Ingrid Thoft shares some favorites”

Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Bridget Foley shares some favorites

We are thrilled to have Seattle novelist and screenwriter Bridget Foley, author of Hugo & Rose, here today to share a few favorites from her nightstand pile.

Hugo and Rose

Eleven years ago when I moved in with my husband I insisted that we keep no bookshelves in our bedroom. Since we are both writers, we are drowning in books, and I think I was hoping to stem the tide by making a breakwater around the marriage bed. Knowing me, I probably sold him on it by making some proclamation about dust.

The result is that instead of shelves in my bedroom, I have stacks. There are currently 34 books divided between my nightstand, bureau and the floor between. There are two lost in my comforter and one that lodged itself between the mattress and the bed frame last night as I fell asleep. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle author Bridget Foley shares some favorites”

YA author Martha Brockenbrough picks 5 books to give teens this year

Looking for ideas for books to give teen readers in your life? We think Devine Intervention by Seattle author Martha Brockenbrough makes an ideal gift. An L.A. Times review compared it to Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens; others have said Brockenbrough is a good match for readers who like John Green. But what else would make a good gift for a teen reader? We decided to ask Brockenbrough herself for ideas:

My brother meant well, but he will forever hold the record for giving the lamest holiday gift ever: an encyclopedia of calories in foods. Pick a food, it would tell you how many calories it had. Much as it’s tempting to give a teen what seems like a life-changing book, chances are that first edition of Good Things Happen to Kids with Clean Rooms will be shoved under the bed (along with 47 single socks, a cheese stick wrapper, and the overdue library book you’ve been looking for).

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Do you have an emerging reader in your family?

When kids enter elementary school, their brains are just ready to learn how to read. Some kids seem to get it right off the bat, but others need more practice. But how can we help our children when they seem reluctant to practice their skills? As it turns out, reading and literacy can be a part of your family’s daily life in more ways than you might think.

This Saturday, bring your emerging reader, aged five to eight, to the Central Library at 2 p.m. to meet Laura McGee Kvasnosky, author of the early reader series Zelda and Ivy. In addition to hearing Laura read a story, families will be shown how to write a story themselves—a family story. Motivation is a huge part of reading, and what better motivation than getting to be the star of the story? Continue reading “Do you have an emerging reader in your family?”