That familiar chill in the air, those reddish tints starting to appear in the leaves, that playful note of pumpkin spice latte asserting itself amidst the less seasonal scents of marijuana and Axe body spray on city streets: it can only mean one thing. Another Booktoberfest has arrived! Each October, dazed and confused from the flurry of Summer reading, librarians emerge blinking into the autumnal light, and head for the bar. We hope you’ll join us in pubs and bars all across the city, to share books and stories, songs and games. Come out and play! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in store this year: Continue reading “BOOKTOBERFEST 2017 IS HERE!”

Upcoming Thrilling Tales from our Story Time for Grown Ups.

For over a decade, every other Monday at noon listeners have flocked to Thrilling Tales, the Library’s story time for grownups, spending their lunch hour rapt in suspenseful narratives. Janice Leadingham, a local bookseller said in a recent article in City Arts: “Especially for impatient people, it’s good because it slows things down a bit. For one hour, you can just be.” In a recent front page article in The Seattle Times, audience member Zachary Valenter said of Thrilling Tales emcee David Wright, “He’s one of the best storytellers I’ve ever listened to. We come every week that he does the show.”

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Downtown reader services librarian, David Wright reading the short story, People Don’t do Such Things by Ruth Rendell during the “A Story Time for Grownups” at the Seattle downtown public library.

Find out what all the fuss is about: drop by the Central Library at five minutes past noon on any of the following days, and remember just how fun it was to sit back, relax and be read to. Continue reading “Upcoming Thrilling Tales from our Story Time for Grown Ups.”

Keeping you in Suspense: Thrilling Tales for Autumn

Twisting, turning, thrilling tales!

It seems like Summer was hardly here at all, but longer chillier Fall nights are waiting in the wings, and with them a fresh batch of chilling stories for the library’s Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups. Taking place in the Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium on the first and thirdMonday each month from 12:05 – 12:50, this fun lunch hour program is finishing it’s sixth year of captivating story hours with a diverse slate of authors. You’ll find classic favorites such as Ray Bradbury and Damon Runyon, and more contemporary fare from Neil Gaiman and Roddy Doyle. There’s suspense, horror, humor, science fiction, and even tales of the Old West. Come join us for the world’s easiest book club: just bring your ears, your imagination, and – if you like – a sack lunch.

  • Monday, Sept. 19: Broker’s Special by Stanley Ellin. Cornelius commutes to work by train, but for murder only an automobile will do. Also, Moonlight Sonata by Alexander Woollcott. Ill met by moonlight.
  • Monday, Oct 3: The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson. It called out across the murky waves of a darkling sea with a terrible tale to tell.
  • Monday, Oct 17: The Hunger by Charles Beaumont. There’s a psycho killer on the loose. The sunset is red as blood reflects Julia, as she walks home alone.
  • Monday, Oct 31: Blood by Roddy Doyle. There’s no accounting for taste, and no accounting for a Dublin man’s sudden taste for blood. Also, Trick or Treat by Judith Garner.
  • Monday, Nov. 7: We Can Get Them For You Wholesale by Neil Gaiman. Peter Pinter can’t resist a bargain, and this week there’s a special deal on murder, two-for-one. Also The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke. If computers could pray, what would they pray for?
  • Monday, Nov. 21: The Caballero’s Way by O. Henry. The Cisco Kid was a more than a friend of hers, but would she be true to him? Also Hopalong’s Hop by Clarence Mulford. How Hopalong Cassidy got his name.
  • Monday, Dec. 5: The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury. Through the mists it blows to warn the ships at sea, and far out in the ocean’s depths something hears the call. Also Leakage by Frank Sisk. They know supermarket manager Jorgenson must be skimming off the top, but nobody can figure out how.
  • Monday, December 19: Dancing Dan’s Christmas by Damon Runyon. In which Dancing Dan plays Santa Claus with some hot loot. Also Indiscretion by Daphne du Maurier. The wrong word at the wrong moment takes all the cheer out of Christmas.