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: Local Authors

local authorJoin The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 2nd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category. Today, suggestions for your “Read a Book by a Local Author” square:

The Pacific Northwest is host to more authors than a mere blog post could even venture to do justice. A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts about Northwest science fiction and fantasy authors, so check those out for a glimpse of the wealth of authors in our area.

Here are some other authors to try:

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Book Bingo: Local authors

   — Posted by Linda J.

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

An abundance of choices awaits the Summer Book Bingo player looking to check-off the “local author” square. When I started making a list for you lovely Seattle readers, I ended up with dozens — DOZENS! — of authors and books. To rein it in a bit, l’m starting with three brand new books I can’t stop talking about, followed by two authors who once called Seattle home:

game of love and death  Hugo and Rose  Brutality_Cover  big little man  parable of the sower Continue reading “Book Bingo: Local authors”

Nightstand Reads: Seattle novelist Erica Bauermeister reads local

lost art of mixing at SPLSeattle novelist Erica Bauermeister’s third novel, The Lost Art of Mixing, was just released, reuniting Seattle readers with the group of Seattle friends we first met in The School of Essential Ingredients. A review in Publishers Weekly said: “Bauermeister’s prose is strong, particularly when it comes to food, and her novel brings to life the adage ‘be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.’” We asked Erica to tell us what she’s been reading lately. 

I’m part of an author group called the Seattle7Writers. We started off as a drinking club, coffee or wine depending on the time of day, sharing horror- or hope-filled publishing stories. Over time we became a working group, promoting literacy, libraries, independent bookstores and a general love of reading local. Taking the reading local part to heart, I’ve been spending time with books written within a 100 mile radius of my home – which is, trust me, as satisfying as eating that gorgeous heirloom tomato you bought at the farmer’s market in August. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle novelist Erica Bauermeister reads local”

Where It’s At: New books by local authors

This fall brings a particulary good bumper crop of new books by local authors. There must be something in the air/water/mountains/evergreens/coffee to generate this much awesomeness in one place.

Here are some new and upcoming releases to kickstart your fall with some Pacific Northwest flavor:

Blasphemy: New and Selected Short Stories by Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie is one of Seattle’s most enigmatic and daring writers. Alexie writes for adults and teens, writes poetry, short stories, screenplays and fiction all while being an all-around raconteur. Alexie writes in bold, darkly comic strokes about Indians (his preferred term to Native Americans) in the Pacific Northwest. If you’ve never read Alexie, then this collection of classic and new short stories would be a wonderful place to start. Oh, and if you’ve never been to an Alexie reading, you simply must–the man will make you laugh until you cry.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
Evison’s third novel is about Benjamin Benjamin, a 39-year-old Kitsap County man whose life has gone to pieces. As a last-ditch effort to reenter the workforce and keep himself afloat, Benjamin becomes a caretaker of a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy. They wind up going on a road trip and their relationship of wisecracks becomes something deeper and fuller along the way. The Stranger’s Paul Constant gave it a rave review. 

Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch
The 1962 World’s Fair gave us our iconic Space Needle. When the Space Needle’s designer runs for mayor 40 years later, a scrappy young reporter from the Post-Intelligencer uncovers a scandal in the candidate’s past. Lynch makes a thoughtful page-turner out of local history and politics.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
While this technically came out in the summer, this Spokane author’s comic novel set at a seaside Italian villa would make a perfect fall read. Oh, and did you also see that his previous book, The Financial Lives of the Poets, is in production as a film starring Jack Black?

Wildnerness by Lance Weller
This historical fiction debut is already garnering lots of attention as it looks at the aftermath of the Civil War from a Northwest perspective. An elderly Civil War veteran takes one final hike through the Olympic Mountains while revisiting the past.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Semple, who used to write for the Arrested Development television series, is generating lots of buzz for this Seattle-based satire. The author also has a great sense of humor about her sophomore novel as evidenced by these fantastically funny pitches of the book with local celebs. Check it out: