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Pop-up library at Green Bean Café on Thursdays while Greenwood Library is closed temporarily

February 17th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library has closed temporarily for two months for remodeling, so the Green Bean Café, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., will be the site of a pop-up library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday, from Feb. 23 through March 30.

That pop-up library will have books available for checkout. A children’s story time with storytelling and singing will start at 11:30 a.m.

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Local author’s self-published children’s book picked up by major publisher

February 14th, 2017 by Doree

Phinney Ridge’s Sara Crow, who self-published her children’s book “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep” in 2015 with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, will now have her book published by Penguin Random House | Double Day.

Crow first wrote “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep” when she had trouble getting her three little ones out of their superhero costumes at bedtime. She sold the books at numerous Seattle independent bookstores, and set up a table at the 2015 PhinneyWood Summer Streets festival in August of that year.

That afternoon a woman approached the table and picked up a book. She asked my plan for the book, if I had sequels in the works (six to be exact), and what I had done to promote it. At the end of our conversation she bought a book and handed me her card; she works the Amazon relationship for PRH. She asked me to send her an email with all of the information I had just rattled off. She specifically stated that she did not have a say as to which books get published, but she would get it into the right hands.

And she did.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep will be released in hardcover March 14, 2017 and the sequel, Even Superheroes Use the Potty will be released March of 2018.

Crow will read and sign “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave. on Capitol Hill; and at 4 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

“The independent bookstores in Seattle are beyond supportive,” Crow told me by email. “I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

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Spaced-themed book launch party for Kevin Emerson’s ‘Last Day on Mars’ is March 4 at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

February 13th, 2017 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is hosting a space-themed party to celebrate the publication of Kevin Emerson’s new novel “Last Day on Mars.” The “Saturday on Mars!” party is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at BFI/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Emerson, a former science teacher, will read from his new book, and several BFI students will read their own original space-travel stories written during a workshop with Emerson. Plus there will be science experiments and prizes, books for sale, and Emerson will sign books. He is the author of 16 novels for children and young adults, which have been published in 10 countries.

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Reminder: Greenwood Library closing Monday for remodeling

February 11th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily on Monday until sometime in April for renovation, including new carpet and improvements to public spaces and easier access to technology. The 15,000 square foot library was completely rebuilt in 2005 and is heavily used by patrons.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch.

Unless you’ve already chosen a specific library branch to pick up holds during the renovation, the library has automatically redirected holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

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Reminder: Meeting tonight on details of Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that tonight (Monday), Seattle Public Library is holding an open house from 5-6 p.m. to explain more about Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure, which begins on Feb. 13. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other library staff members will be on hand.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily for about two months for renovation. The 15,000 square foot library, which was completely rebuilt in 2005, has seen heavy use and needs new carpet and remodeling that will improve public spaces and increase access to technology.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch. When placing a hold on items, patrons can choose another library location for pickup. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Feb. 3, the library will automatically redirect holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

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Whole Life Yoga studio owner Tracy Weber publishes 4th novel in ‘Downward Dog’ mystery series

January 5th, 2017 by Doree

Tracy Weber, owner of Whole Life Yoga at 8551 Greenwood Ave. N., will publish her fourth novel in the “Downward Dog” mystery series, called “A Fatal Twist,” this Sunday.

Her book launch party will be at Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds, from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Do bad things really happen in threes? For yoga instructor Kate Davidson, it seems they do—and it also seems that no good deed goes unpunished. Kate’s life takes a chaotic turn when she agrees to be the doula for her pregnant best friend—and to play foster mother to two puppies. As if the terrible two puppies aren’t destructive (and disruptive) enough, things get exponentially worse when Kate finds the dead body of a philandering fertility doctor and sees Rachel, one of her yoga students, fleeing the scene.

Finding more questions than answers, Kate launches a race against time to find the truth. But how much sleuthing can Kate really do when her hands are full with caring for three dogs, teaching yoga classes, and gaining an unexpected crime-solving partner? If Kate isn’t careful, her next yoga pose may be a fatal one.

Weber’s previous novels are “Murder Strikes a Pose,” “A Killer Retreat” and “Karma’s A Killer.”

She also has book signings at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St.; and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Whole Life Yoga.

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas publication party for ‘What to Read in the Rain: Adventure Stories!’

November 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is hosting a publication party for its newest edition of “What to Read in the Rain.” This year’s edition is subtitled “Adventure Stories!”

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The publication party is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3, at the BFI, inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., with author signings, cake, story readings and fun.

The book is filled with stories not only by BFI students, but by some pretty famous grownup authors, such as Tom Robbins, Davy Rothbart, Lauren Weedman and Barbara Earl Thomas.

The book will be for sale at Greenwood Space Travel, as well as local bookstores and many hotels. Proceeds benefit BFI’s free tutoring and writing programs.

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Seattle7Writers annual Holiday Bookfest is Saturday

November 14th, 2016 by Doree

Reminder: Seattle7Writers’ 7th annual Holiday Bookfest is this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Twenty-five local authors will sign their books, provide home-made treats and give readings to raise money for the PNA and the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, which provides free tutoring and writing help for students.

Seattle7Writers’ house band The Rejections will play at the beginning of the event, followed by several author reading. Phinney Books will be selling authors’ books. Seattle7Writers also will be collecting donations of gently used books for their Pocket Library program. Donate three or more books and receive a free Seattle7Writers tote bag.

Participating authors: Terry Brooks, Jim Lynch, Tim Egan, Deb Caletti, Lynn Brunelle, Garth Stein, Susan Wiggs, Kevin O’Brien, Erica Bauermeister, Sean Beaudoin, Laurie Frankel, Robert Dugoni, Brent Hartinger, Carol Cassella, Boyd Morrison, Megan Chance, Donna Miscolta, Ed Skoog, Kathleen Alcala, Mike Lawson, Steven Arntson, Dori Hillestad Butler, Bharti Kirchner, Clare Meeker and David B. Williams.

Performance/Reading schedule:

  • 3-3:20 p.m.: The Rejections and Trailing Spouses
  • 3:30 p.m.: Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m.: Kathleen Alcala
  • 4 p.m.: Sean Beaudoin
  • 4:15 p.m.: Jim Lynch
  • 4:30 p.m.: Megan Chance
  • 4:45 p.m. Steve Arntson

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Seattle7Writers’ 7th annual Holiday Bookfest at Phinney Center on Nov. 19

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

Get this on your calendars now: Seattle7Writers’ is celebrating its 7th annual Holiday Bookfest at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Twenty-five local authors will sign their books, provide home-made treats and give readings to raise money for the PNA and the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, which provides free tutoring and writing help for students.

Seattle7Writers supports a variety of local literacy efforts with the motto “Read Local.”

The event will begin with a short set by The Rejections, Seattle7Writers’ house band. Phinney Books will be selling authors’ books. Seattle7Writers also will be collecting donations of gently used books for their Pocket Library program. Donate three or more books and receive a free Seattle7Writers tote bag.

Participating authors:
Terry Brooks
Jim Lynch
Tim Egan
Deb Caletti
Lynn Brunelle
Garth Stein
Susan Wiggs
Kevin O’Brien
Erica Bauermeister
Sean Beaudoin
Laurie Frankel
Robert Dugoni
Brent Hartinger
Carol Cassella
Boyd Morrison
Megan Chance
Donna Miscolta
Ed Skoog
Kathleen Alcala
Mike Lawson
Steven Arntson
Dori Hillestad Butler
Bharti Kirchner
Clare Meeker
David B. Williams

Performance/Reading schedule:

  • 3-3:20 p.m.: The Rejections and Trailing Spouses
  • 3:30 p.m.: Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m.: Kathleen Alcala
  • 4 p.m.: Sean Beaudoin
  • 4:15 p.m.: Jim Lynch
  • 4:30 p.m.: Megan Chance
  • 4:45 p.m. Steve Arntson

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