May 26th, 2016 by Doree
The Central Library is offering special themed monthly tours of its Seattle Room and Special Collections. It’s free, but registration is required (click on “Sign Up” or “Registration is Required.”)
All tours are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 10, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room.
- “Seattle’s People and Cultures – Meet the diverse peoples that have made Seattle the unique and vibrant city it is today.” Thursday, May 12.
- “Century 21: Seattle World’s Fair – Enter the world of the thrilling Century 21 Exhibition, including a look at the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection.” Thursday, June 9.
- “The Future Unrealized – Delve into visionary plans of Seattle’s past. Did you know that there was a plan to connect all of Seattle by rail as early as 1911? What if Seattle Center had never been built?” Saturday, July 16.
- “House and Building History – Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past.” Thursday, Aug. 25.
- “Taste the Town – Explore the history of food and drink in Seattle through menus, cookbooks, restaurants and more.” Thursday, Sept. 22.
- “Odds, Ends and Curiosities – What’s the oldest, the smallest, the biggest, the weirdest, and the wackiest thing in Special Collections? Join us for a mash-up tour of the Seattle Room, when librarians choose their favorite—or not-so-favorite—items for you to explore!” Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Green Lake Library and Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 have teamed up for another summer of “Books for Bikes.” Children in first through third grade can read 10 books, write them down on an entry slip (available at the library’s reference desk), and turn it in. Then they’re entered for a chance to win one of two bikes. Children can enter every time they read another 10 books, through June 25. The drawing is at 2 p.m. on June 26 (must be present to win).
The library’s second annual summer Book Bingo for adults is now up and running. Co-sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures, adults can pick up a Book Bingo card from any library or print it out online (currently only available in English but a Spanish version is coming soon). Examples of Book Bingo squares include: local author, translated from another language, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, you finish reading in a day, and out of your comfort zone.
Fill in the card with titles of the books read during the summer. When you complete an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the bingo card to any library or mail it to: Seattle Arts & Lectures, 340 15th Ave. E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW2016 via Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @seattlepubliclibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Blackout cards will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a library of books by 2016-17 authors and two tickets to the entire Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season. (Blackout cards also will be automatically entered in the bingo drawing.)
Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card from one of 10 independent bookstores (including Phinney Books).
Tags: books, Central Library, Green Lake Library, reading, Seattle Public Library
May 5th, 2016 by Doree
The Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., is hosting a community celebration for “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal. This event will showcase student works including art, photography, literature, music and videos.
This event is co-sponsored by Ballard High School Ink Club and Ballard Teen Service Learning Group. To view past issues of INK Magazine, click here.
With the Ballard Library closing for about two months of renovation starting May 9, the “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series” has moved to the Greenwood Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The monthly series features author readings and an open mic.
The … meeting features Sandra Noel, Lyn Coffin, Anne McDuffie and Judith Roche with a short lecture by Carolyne Wright, lead editor of “Raising Lilly Ledbetter,” on writer’s craft: “Women Write About Work: Assembling the Workspace Anthology.”
The Greenwood Library is hosting a Medicare Made Clear workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.
The “Medicare Made Clear” workshop will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare, including what each part covers and how they work. Discussion topics will include how to receive benefits, the pros and cons of each part, approximate costs, enrollment and eligibility guidelines.
Seattle Public Library is hosting its African-American Film Festival at numerous branches from now through the end of June. The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Straight Outta Compton” (R) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.
Films selected for the Library’s African-American Film Series were chosen for being exciting, enlightening, thought-provoking and entertaining. The films feature African-American actors in prominent roles and touch on issues that speak to the human experience.
This year’s “Seattle Reads” is Karen Joy Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”
In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. “Seattle Reads” is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.
“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” is a smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family that’s ordinary in every way except one: Fern, being raised by psychologist parents, is a chimp. Rosemary, the narrator, knows Fern as her sister. Then something happened, and Fern disappears from the family. The novel explores memory, family life, childhood, child rearing and what it means to be human.
Fowler will visit Seattle May 20-22 to talk to readers about her book. Click here for the complete list of Seattle Reads talks and activities.
And the Friends of Seattle Public Library is hosting its 45th annual huge book sale of more than 100,000 items, including children’s books, old/rare books, graphic novels, foreign language books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books, May 6-8, at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. Most items will be priced from $1-$3.
Tags: Ballard Library, books, Greenwood Library, reading, Seattle Public Library
April 12th, 2016 by Doree
The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas launched its new book “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia” last Saturday to great acclaim, and will hold another reading at 3 pm. Saturday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.
The book features stories, poems and musings about our neighborhood from 38 BFI students and 15 adults. All profits are going to the Greenwood Relief Fund to help businesses, employees and apartment residents affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion, which also damaged BFI across the street. (They’re currently running all programs out of the Phinney Neighborhood Association until their space is fixed).
Tags: authors, books, Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, natural gas explosion, Phinney Books, Phinney Neighborhood Association
February 8th, 2016 by Doree
PhinneyWood resident Angela Taylor Hylland has published her first children’s picture book, “The Denim Jungle,” and is hosting a book launch party from 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Ave. NW.
She’ll read from the book and talk about what went into making it, along with illustrator Jackie Phillips of LA’s Precious Beast. Children can also make special crafts and there will be special giveaways.
The Denim Jungle began as a seed of an idea 30 years ago, when my husband was a small boy. He mentioned to his mom that he felt like he was living in a Denim Jungle, surrounded by jean-clad adult legs,” Angela explained. “His mom held on to that idea, convinced it would make an imaginative children’s book. Five years ago, she entrusted the idea to me, shortly before dying of breast cancer. I promised her I would make her dream a reality, and I can’t begin to explain the healing and hope that has come from following through on that promise, both for myself and as an example to my kids, her grandchildren.” “The Denim Jungle is about noticing the little things as a child and a parent, but for me, it’s also about discovering the magic of what you can do and see in yourself, if you allow yourself to imagine and explore the possibilities.”
Tags: Angela Taylor Hylland, authors, books
February 1st, 2016 by Doree
Greenwood author Rita Wirkala will read from her new book, “The Encounter,” from 12-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
“The Encounter” is a story of adventure, romance, immigration and the social realities of Latin America that begins with the dumping of toxic waste into the Amazonian jungles of Ecuador. Following Wirkala’s reading will be a Q&A session and book signing.
Wirkala is an Argentine writer and professor of medieval Spanish literature at the University of Washington. She writes novels, poetry, literary essays and textbooks that have been published in both the United States and Europe. Wirkala lives in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.
Tags: authors, books, Greenwood Library, Rita Wirkala
January 6th, 2016 by Doree
PhinneyWood resident and former Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata has published a new book, “Becoming a Citizen Activist – Stories, Strategies and Advice on How to Change Our World.” He’ll be doing his first public reading at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. The reading is free.
Licata also will discuss his book at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Admission is $5. You can RSVP to the Town Hall event online.
Becoming a Citizen Activist is a self-help book for citizens wanting to change the political world around them. Many people want to improve the quality of their life but don’t know how. Some want to be activists; others never have considered it. If they learn to see opportunities for improvements and know what tools are available to them, people can reshape the world they live in. Most importantly, the book shows how to work with others to sustain a democracy that allows its citizens the freedom to create their future, free of prejudice and poverty. Many of the examples Licata uses in Becoming a Citizen Activist, spring from the urban environment he knows so well. His strategies and stories interweave past history and present challenges, and impart a sense of how change occurs on the day-to-day level.
Licata served five terms on the Seattle City Council, including serving as Council president.
Tags: author, books, Couth Buzzard Books, Nick Licata, Seattle City Council, town hall
November 23rd, 2015 by Doree
Neighborhood author Mike Attebery has just released his fifth book, “Rosé in Saint Tropez.” It is currently available on Amazon, but will be available through independent bookstores in about 6-8 weeks.
Here’s the official synopsis:
To millions of fans, he’s a rock star. To his family, he’s a virtual stranger.
After years on the road, Will Baker is joining his relatives for an extended reunion in the South of France. Sunny Saint Tropez may provide a glamorous, rosé-infused change of scenery, but it isn’t long before old family differences bubble to the surface. And the biggest surprise is yet to come, when Will’s older brother arrives with his new girlfriend in tow, a woman who just happens to be Will Baker’s college sweetheart, the one that got away.
With romance, comedy, and sparkling wit, Rosé in Saint Tropez takes readers on a breezy tour of the French Riviera, while reminding them that everyone has regrets, even rock stars. Fortunately, it’s never too late to revise that final verse.
Attebery’s previous books are “Bloody Pulp,” “Seattle On Ice,” “Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys” and “On/Off.”
Tags: author, books, Mike Attebery, writer
November 12th, 2015 by Doree
The 6th annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest is from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.
Come meet some of your favorite local authors, who will sign their books, which you can purchase there from Secret Garden’s boutique bookstore. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) and the PNA.
Six of the authors will read from their books, and several will perform music as The Rejections and the Trailing Spouses. The authors are even bringing home-baked goods for patrons to nibble on.
The 27 authors are: Daniel James Brown, Garth Stein, Elizabeth George, Nancy Horan, Kevin O’Brien, Jim Lynch, Lynn Brunnell, Deb Caletti, Boyd Morrison, Megan Chance, Sean Beaudoin, Bridget Foley, Stephanie Kallos, Peter Mountford, Tara Austen Weaver, Thor Hanson, Lyanada Lynn Haupt, Dori Hillestad Butler, Waverly Fitzgerald, William Deietrich, Bharti Kirchner, Clare Meeker, David Laskin, Donna Miscolta, David Lasky, Ed Skoog, and David Williams. Authors Laurie Frankel, Erica Bauermeister and Jennie Shortridge will also be there, running the show.
Reading & performance schedule:
- 3 p.m.: Music by The Rejections and the Trailing Spouses
- 3:30 p.m.: Lynn Brunelle
- 3:45 p.m.: Thor Hanson
- 4 p.m.: Dori Hillestad Butler
- 4:15 p.m.: David Williams
- 4:30 p.m.: Lyanda Lynn Haupt
- 4:45 p.m.: Bharti Kirchner
Also, they’ll be collecting gently-used books for pocket library programs. If you bring three or more books, you’ll get a reusable Seattle7Writers bag.
Tags: authors, books, Holiday Bookfest, holidays, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, Seattle7Writers
September 16th, 2015 by Doree
Greenwood author Dennis Ortblad has just published “The Berlin-Breslau Affair,” a thriller about an American diplomat’s pursuit of an international ring that is smuggling Nazi gold and art treasures excavated in Poland.
It’s fortuitous timing, after recent news that a Nazi gold train may have been discovered in a tunnel complex in southern Poland. Ortblad tells me some key scenes in his novel take place in that exact spot, a Nazi tunnel near Walbrzych in Poland, code named ‘Riese’ by the Nazis.
Ortblad has lived in Greenwood for the last five years after retiring from the State Department as a Foreign Service officer.
“In my thriller, I drew on my familiarity with the workings of an embassy and the conflicts surrounding the work of a diplomat,” he told me by email. “Of course, my descriptions of contemporary Germany and Poland rely on impressions during my work in those countries.
The Berlin-Breslau Affair, is set in contemporary Central Europe, where a U.S. diplomat finds that an influential Berlin think tank is using Nazi wealth to shift political opinion in Germany.
Targeting readers who enjoy continental settings that still bear the marks of WWII, the story swiftly moves from Dresden’s Elbe River promenade, along Berlin-Mitte’s Unter den Linden, to the Hitler bunker hidden beneath Furstenstein Castle in Poland’s Sudety mountains. While treading the terrain of a political thriller, the novel also authentically depicts the atmosphere and working of a large U.S. embassy. Its setting in Germany and Poland closely hews to historical places and events.
The murder of an African-American Fulbright scholar in Dresden leads David Ames, a political officer at the embassy in Berlin, into the shifting allegiances of intelligence services, including the CIA. He uncovers a plot by German nationalists to regain lands lost to Poland after WWII. They finance their conspiracy with the sale of art and gold stolen by the Nazis and long hidden in tunnels built near Breslau (the city of Wroclaw in today’s Poland).
The book is available at both our neighborhood bookstores, Couth Buzzard and Phinney Books, and as an e-book from Amazon.
Tags: authors, books, Dennis Ortblad, gold, Nazis