West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle books http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 10:32:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 HAPPENING NOW: Shirley Enebrad @ Words, Writers, & West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-shirley-enebrad-words-writers-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-shirley-enebrad-words-writers-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2015 01:48:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328398

Until 7 pm, author and longtime West Seattleite Shirley Enebrad is at Barnes & Noble/West Seattle for this month’s edition of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented literary series Words, Writers, & West Seattle. She’s currently based in Honolulu but remains well-known here for her years not only as a neighbor but also as an entrepreneur – she co-owned The Good Book – and television producer. B&N is in the midst of a mini-Makers Faire so Shirley is talking tonight about the process of “making” writing, from TV to books to web, as well as speaking about her book “Over the Rainbow Bridge,” chronicling her 9-year-old son Cory‘s death from cancer. Shirley was introduced by series coordinator Dora-Faye Hendricks.

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West Seattle schools: Another taste of food literacy at Sanislo http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-schools-another-taste-of-food-literacy-at-sanislo/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-schools-another-taste-of-food-literacy-at-sanislo/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:12:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325171

Food literacy was back on the menu today in the Sanislo Elementary library, as Katherine Pryor – author of “Sylvia’s Spinach” and “Zora’s Zucchini” – came to visit. First- and second-graders rotated through over the course of the morning. Sanislo librarian Craig Seasholes featured “Zora …,” the newer of the two books, with kindergarteners back in June, and wrote about it here. Pryor’s publisher is Readers to Eaters, whose co-founder Philip Lee visited Sanislo last year. (Check out all the Readers to Eaters books here.)

Pryor talked to the students about growing food, including how she gardened in the back of a pickup truck one summer. In a re-enactment of the story about Sylvia, they all got to taste spinach leaves, in case they hadn’t before – and we hear some spinach was to be planted in the school garden beds, too.

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West Seattle Library in The Admiral District reopens tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-library-in-the-admiral-district-reopens-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-library-in-the-admiral-district-reopens-tomorrow/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:49:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321345

(WSB photo, Sunday afternoon)

After a two-week closure, the Seattle Public Library‘s West Seattle (Admiral) branch will reopen tomorrow as scheduled, SPL’s official announcement:

The West Seattle Branch and book drop, 2306 42nd Ave. SW, will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday, August 31. The branch was closed for two weeks while the front steps were being replaced as part of a project to improve access to the branch.

Improvements to the branch include:

· Rebuilding front steps
· Redoing ramp from rear parking lot to main front entrance
· Redoing ramp from rear parking lot to lower-level meeting room
· Adding lighted handrails to ramps and steps
· Resurfacing parking stalls on north end of the lot

The project is expected to be completed in late September.

The project’s $430,000 cost is coming from Real Estate Excise Tax funds, according to this fact sheet. The branch is 105 years old and is a historic Carnegie Library.

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You can help! West Seattle Food Bank needs more books for kids http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/you-can-help-west-seattle-food-bank-needs-more-books-for-kids/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/you-can-help-west-seattle-food-bank-needs-more-books-for-kids/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:10:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315174

Doing some pre-holiday cleaning? Got children’s books that the kids in your family have outgrown? Consider taking them to the West Seattle Food Bank, which provided the photos and the request:

The West Seattle Food Bank’s Bookcase Program is in need of all kinds of gently used children’s books, especially board books. Our Bookcase Program has grown tremendously over the last year – we distributed over 12,000 adult and children books all through generous donations from our community. Our clients love the program; they can take up to 10 books home to keep. Donation hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm and we are located at 3419 SW Morgan St. on the corner of 35th & Morgan. Enter through the garage on Morgan, come in, and we have volunteers that can help you with your donation. Thank you so much.

(You want to make somebody smile before the holiday, right?)

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West Seattle writers: Five events ahead for local readers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-writers-five-events-ahead-for-local-readers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/west-seattle-writers-five-events-ahead-for-local-readers/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312399 Five notes about West Seattle writers – starting with an event tonight:

Words, Writers & West Seattle presents … from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

SARAH FOX @ WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: First Friday of the month means it’s the night that the Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents WWWS at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble. 5-7 pm, meet and hear from Sarah Fox, who’ll read from her book “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West.” (The clip above is her video invitation.)

ARLEEN WILLIAMS AT BPP: 3-6 pm Saturday (June 6th), stop by Beveridge Place Pub to join in the celebration of Arleen Williams‘ completion of her Alki Trilogy, explained on the second page of the event flyer:

BPP is at 6413 California SW.

WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES – KIDS’ NIGHT! 6 pm Wednesday, June 17th, at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), the next WordsWest Literary Series event will help young readers put together their summer reading list. And it’ll feature authors whose work they’ll want to read if they haven’t already – Sundee T. Frazier and father/daughter team Dr. Charles Johnson and Elisheba Johnson.

MEET AUTHORS AT MORGAN JUNCTION FESTIVAL: 10:30 am-6 pm on Saturday, June 20th, one of the new features at this year’s Morgan Junction Community Festival: Meet local authors! It’s a long list already, and you can see it in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLEITE’S COOKBOOK: Ron Merlin e-mailed to let us know he’s published a cookbook and has a signing event set for August 1st. Not in West Seattle, but this is enough lead time to plan! The signing will be at Victrola Coffee Roasters, 411 15th Avenue East. Merlin says, “I’m hoping folks will come and I would love to meet them, and provide them with a signed copy of my effort over the last six years.”

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Best-selling West Seattle author Lyanda Lynn Haupt reads Wednesday at next WordsWest http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/best-selling-west-seattle-author-lyanda-lynn-haupt-reads-wednesday-at-next-wordswest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/best-selling-west-seattle-author-lyanda-lynn-haupt-reads-wednesday-at-next-wordswest/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:51:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310801

The monthly WordsWest Literary Series has already highlighted many talented local writers – but this month’s edition really has something they can crow about: A rare West Seattle appearance by best-selling author Lyanda Lynn Haupt. She and poet Allen Braden are reading this Wednesday (May 20th) at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) in the next WordsWest event, as announced:

From backyard bestiaries to the farms of White Swan, nature slays us. From the intelligence of crows to the many chambers of a cow’s heart, we learn to look again at the commonplace life that surrounds us. For the May 20th, 2015 edition of WordsWest Literary Series, Washington poet Allen Braden and West Seattle naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, will join us for a night of natural highs. This month WordsWest is again very grateful for a grant from Poets & Writers that allows us to pay our writers for their time and talent.

Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (University of Georgia) and Elegy in the Passive Voice (University of Alaska/Fairbanks). His poems have been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Poetry: An Introduction, Best New Poets and Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry. He teaches at Tacoma Community College.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist, eco-philosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her most recent book is The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little, Brown 2013). Her previous books include Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness (Little, Brown 2009), awarded the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award; Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch 2001), winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award; and Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks (Little, Brown 2006).

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Each month a community member from a local, independent business shares his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On May 20th, we welcome Eric Jordan of The Office Junction. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

C & P is at 5612 California SW.

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You can help! Miss Seattle, Taryn Smith, collecting kids’ books http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-miss-seattle-taryn-smith-collecting-kids-books/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-miss-seattle-taryn-smith-collecting-kids-books/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:52:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307233 We’ve reported before on the achievements of Taryn Smith, the West Seattle High School senior who is the reigning Miss Seattle – and this Saturday (April 18th), you can help her with her next community-service endeavor: A book drive for local kids.

Taryn will be at Merryweather Books in The Junction (4537 California SW) collecting donated children’s book to give to the kids at Mary’s Place, which helps homeless women and children with shelter and other needs. Bring your book donations to Taryn at the shop between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturday.

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You can help! Legendary Sanislo Elementary book sale on Saturday: Shop then and/or donate now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/you-can-help-legendary-sanislo-elementary-book-sale-on-saturday-shop-then-andor-donate-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/you-can-help-legendary-sanislo-elementary-book-sale-on-saturday-shop-then-andor-donate-now/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:04:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305657

Got a little space on your bookshelf? Or maybe in your nearest Little Free Library? A legendary book sale is coming up Saturday – and inviting donations before then if you have some books that need new homes (read this all the way to the end!):

It’s spring, and that means it’s time for the annual Sanislo Elementary Book Sale!

Come join us Saturday, April 4th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school (1812 SW Myrtle Street) to browse a great selection of used books and buy a sweet treat. All proceeds benefit the annual fourth grade adventure to Camp Sealth on Vashon Island where for three days and two nights, our kids will immerse themselves in environmental education and camp fun. For many of the kids, this is will be their first trip away from home, first ferry ride, first campfire, first s’more, and it is always a highlight of their years at Sanislo. Please come support our kids and your reading habit! We look forward to seeing you Saturday.

We are also accepting donations of used books in good condition for the sale. (Please, no textbooks, manuals or magazines.) Donations can be dropped by the Sanislo front office during the school day. You can contact Lisa at lkeith@pacsci.org with questions. THANK YOU!

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Global Reading Challenge: Scenes from the finals, featuring teams from West Seattle, Lafayette Elementaries http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/global-reading-challenge-scenes-from-the-finals-featuring-teams-from-west-seattle-lafayette-elementaries/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/global-reading-challenge-scenes-from-the-finals-featuring-teams-from-west-seattle-lafayette-elementaries/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:09:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305029

(Tuesday night WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
We went downtown last night for the 20th annual Global Reading Challenge finals, in which West Seattle Elementary‘s Reading Warriors (above) and Lafayette Elementary‘s Rad Radical Hyperactive Jellyfish (below) were among the seven teams that made the cut from around the city.

Even this event was affected by the southbound Highway 99 closure – our area’s teams made it in time, heading northbound, but the start time was postponed so everyone could arrive from the north end. Ahead – scenes from the competition:

The GRC starts earlier in the year with ten books provided to each participating school. (In our area, the other participating schools were Alki, Arbor Heights, Concord, Gatewood, Highland Park, Roxhill, and Sanislo.) Once the teams have made it through school-wide finals and then the semifinals, the quiz-bowl style final is set. And it includes nailbiter moments as well as high-five-type moments:

The end result was a tie between the Lord of the Books team from Orca and Reading Rockets from Leschi, and some of the winners were excited to hear Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim announce they’d get to meet the mayor:

This year’s books are listed on the SPL website.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Newest local Little Free Library http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-newest-local-little-free-library/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-newest-local-little-free-library/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:21:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304708

As previewed in today’s calendar highlights – West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library is officially open for book stocking and borrowing. Thanks to Gunner for the photo of this LFL’s builder/host Robbie at this afternoon’s reception in the 7700 block of 12th SW, also featured on this neighborhood FB group page. The official LFL site says more than 20,000 LFLs are open for book-sharing, in 70+ countries.

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West Seattle schools: Best-selling author coming to Madison MS http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-schools-best-selling-author-coming-to-madison-ms/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-schools-best-selling-author-coming-to-madison-ms/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:48:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304488 From Madison Middle School librarian Stacia Bell, word of a big event next week:

Next Tuesday, March 24th, popular young-adult author Marissa Meyer will be visiting Madison Middle School to talk with students about her Lunar Chronicles dystopian series and her experience being an author. There will be two author talk assemblies in the Madison cafeteria—one at 9:40 and the other at 1:30 — and parents and families are welcome to attend. Marissa will also be selling and signing her books after each assembly for interested students. Paperback copies of the books will be on sale for $10.95 and hardback copies for $19.70. Students and families can pay with cash or check (make checks out to University Book Store). Students are also welcome to bring previously purchased copies of her books to get them personally signed by Marissa. And as always, all of the books in this series will be available for checkout in our Madison Library. Contact Madison Librarian Stacia Bell at smbell@seattleschools.org if you have questions. Hope to see you out!

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Voting time for Seal Sitters co-founders’ book ‘Leopard & Silkie’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/voting-time-for-seal-sitters-co-founders-book-leopard-silkie/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/voting-time-for-seal-sitters-co-founders-book-leopard-silkie/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:57:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304086 Last year came word of the nomination … now, finally, it’s time to vote on a local book nominated for a national award.

The announcement:

Leopard & Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups” has been nominated for the prestigious Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award for best book.

Written by Brenda Peterson with photos by Robin Lindsey (co-founders of Seal Sitters), the book weaves a tale based on the true story of the friendship of two West Seattle seal pups in 2007 – and the young volunteers who protected them.

There are 5 nominees for the award, and children must read or listen to at least two of the books in order to vote for a winner. Voting must be completed online between March 15 and April 10, 2015. All elementary-school-age children are eligible to vote.

The highly respected Beverly Cleary Award will help bring even more national attention to the book. This award will help protect seal pups and inspire children to reap the rewards of volunteerism and environmental stewardship.

While Leopard & Silkie has garnered much praise from critics (including 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Books K-12 by National Science Teachers Assoc), the best award of all would be from the children we so hope to influence!

Wondering how to vote? Details are in this post on the Seal Sitters’ Blubberblog.

P.S. – WANT TO BE A SEAL SITTER? TRAINING NEXT SUNDAY! We’re told space remains at this Sunday’s training session for potential Seal Sitters volunteers of (almost) all ages – if you’re interested, it’s a rare chance to get the training and get involved. Go here to get details, including the mandatory RSVP link.

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WordsWest Literary Series this Wednesday: Jennie Shortridge now set to join Frances McCue, taking on New Year’s resolutions http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/wordswest-literary-series-this-wednesday-jennie-shortridge-now-set-to-join-frances-mccue-taking-on-new-years-resolutions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/wordswest-literary-series-this-wednesday-jennie-shortridge-now-set-to-join-frances-mccue-taking-on-new-years-resolutions/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:39:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298667

This Wednesday (January 21st), you’re invited to the next edition of the WordsWest Literary Series at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), and with two days to go, there’s been a last-minute change in readers – Jennie Shortridge (above right) will now join Frances McCue (above left). Here’s the updated announcement from the WordsWest curators:

From fad diets to online dating to world peace — this is the exhaustingly inexhaustible material of New Year’s Resolutions. Join us for the perspectives of two amazing local authors as they take a new look at the old tradition of making and breaking our resolve. For the January 21, 2015, edition of WordsWest Literary Series, best-selling novelist Jennie Shortridge and award-winning poet Frances McCue will read their work which invites all of us to explore our ideas, hopes and intentions for the coming year.

This month WordsWest is thankful for support from Poets & Writers.

Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Her poetry collection The Bled won the 2011 Washington State Book Award. McCue’s other work includes the essay collection The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs (runner-up for the Washington State Book Award), poetry collection The Stenographer’s Breakfast, and prose in Mary Randlett Portraits.

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. Three have been optioned for film. An avid volunteer, Jennie is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On January 21st, Twilight Gallery and Boutique will join us.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordsWestLiterary. For more information, please contact wordswestliterary@gmail.com or visit WordsWestLiterary.com.

C & P is at 5612 California SW.

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Happening tonight: ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ features Christine Brant, author of ‘Red and Grey’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-tonight-words-writers-west-seattle-features-christine-brant-author-of-red-and-grey/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-tonight-words-writers-west-seattle-features-christine-brant-author-of-red-and-grey/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:54:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296973

Words, Writers & West Seattle presents … from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

West Seattle’s literary scene continued to deepen in 2014 – and on this second day of 2015, it’s already time for the year’s first installment of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented monthly celebration of local writing, Words, Writers, West Seattle. Tonight, 5-7 pm, come to Westwood Village’s Barnes & Noble bookstore to meet and hear from writer Christine Brant, who’s featured in the SWSHS-provided, Avenue Productions-produced video invitation above. It’s free; if you’re interested, you’ll be able to buy her book “Red and Grey” during the event. P.S. The next four editions of the first-Fridays WWW series are previewed here.

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Happening now: Skylark event for/with local author Sarah Fox http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/happening-now-skylark-event-forwith-local-author-sarah-fox/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/happening-now-skylark-event-forwith-local-author-sarah-fox/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:33:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295491

Ten years of work … and now, Sarah Alisabeth Fox – who lives and works in the West Seattle/White Center area – has published her first book, “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West.” Getting it published is just the start – now, the task is to get the word out about it. To help support Fox as she does that, while also working a day job and raising a child, friends organized a benefit that’s happening right now at Skylark in North Delridge.

The event includes a silent auction, reading, and dessert grab (featuring a special flavor from White Center-founded Full Tilt Ice Cream).

Fox has tales to tell including what she experienced traveling to Vienna, Austria, recently for the International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. She attended with anti-nuclear-testing activist Michelle Thomas of St. George, Utah, who, Fox writes, “grew up immediately downwind of the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, where nearly one thousand Cold War nuclear weapons were tested between 1951 and 1992. … Conference organizers hope the event will help strengthen international support for the total abolition of nuclear weapons technology.” Fox’s book tells the stories of those who have struggled to be heard despite the effects of “the Cold War arms race as it played out in their backyards.” Fox hopes to continue to travel to speak about “her book and the environmental and health consequences of nuclear weapons,” but that takes money, and so this benefit was organized; more details are in our calendar listing – it’s on until 9 pm at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

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