West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle books http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:57:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Brenda Peterson up next in ‘Words, Writers, & West Seattle,’ as it moves to a new time http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/brenda-peterson-up-next-in-words-writers-west-seattle-as-it-moves-to-a-new-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/brenda-peterson-up-next-in-words-writers-west-seattle-as-it-moves-to-a-new-time/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 21:24:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275035 West Seattle author Brenda Peterson not only lives near the water, she writes about it, and advocates for those who live in and near it. It’s at the heart of her new book, “The Drowning World,” which will be featured next Friday when she’s in the Words, Writers, & West Seattle” series spotlight:

(Video by Mark Jaroslaw)
The monthly reading/autographing/author talk series presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society moves to a new time for the occasion – you’ll find Brenda Peterson at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village next Friday (June 6th), 5-7 pm.

P.S. The book she and fellow Seal Sitters founder Robin Lindsey wrote for kids, “Leopard and Silkie,” is up for the prestigious Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award, as announced earlier this month.

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Followup: West Seattle author Emily Krieger wins Children’s Choice Book Award http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-west-seattle-author-emily-krieger-wins-childrens-choice-book-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-west-seattle-author-emily-krieger-wins-childrens-choice-book-award/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 20:47:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273519 Congratulations to West Seattle author Emily Krieger, whose “Kids’ Myths Busted” has won Book of the Year for fifth/sixth graders in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, announced last night. We mentioned here a week and a half ago that her book was a finalist; WSB reader Ketty e-mailed us today to share this link with news of Emily’s win. (The second book in the series, by the way, has just been published.)

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More congratulations! West Seattle author Emily Krieger up for award for ‘Myths Busted!’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/more-congratulations-west-seattle-author-emily-krieger-up-for-award-for-myths-busted/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/more-congratulations-west-seattle-author-emily-krieger-up-for-award-for-myths-busted/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 01:57:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272359 It’s increasingly clear that talented authors abound in West Seattle. We’ve found out about another one up for a national award: “Myths Busted!” is the first book by Admiral resident Emily Krieger, published by National Geographic Kids and already voted one of the top five favorite 5th/6th-grade books in America. Emily explains: “The winner is still being determined by votes, and anyone — kids and adults — can vote in as little as 30 seconds (here). No registration required! … If any of your readers would like to vote local, they have through May 12th. And while I appreciate any and all support for Myths Busted!, if anybody has a special fondness for the other nominees, I wouldn’t begrudge them. Being involved in kids’ reading and encouraging them to talk about books is the most important part.”

P.S. She says the second book in the “Myths Busted!” series will be out May 13th, along with a short-story collection called “Funny Fill-In: My Dinosaur Adventure,” and in addition to all that, she’s just finished writing the third and final “Myths Busted!” book.

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Happening now: Double bill at ‘Words, Writers, & West Seattle’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/happening-now-double-bill-at-words-writers-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/happening-now-double-bill-at-words-writers-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 00:21:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272222

There’s still time to go get literary with two local novelists and South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) instructors in this month’s edition of “Words, Writers, & West Seattle” – Mike Hickey and Arleen Williams are reading and signing their work at Barnes & Noble in Westwood Village, until 6 pm. The monthly series spotlighting local authors is co-presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

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Congratulations! West Seattle author Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s ‘Urban Bestiary’ chosen as finalist for major award http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/congratulations-west-seattle-author-lyanda-lynn-haupts-urban-bestiary-chosen-as-finalist-for-major-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/congratulations-west-seattle-author-lyanda-lynn-haupts-urban-bestiary-chosen-as-finalist-for-major-award/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:01:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271464

Last year, we reported on Gatewood author Lyanda Lynn Haupt‘s tale of in-city wildlife – something experienced in West Seattle more than many other places! – “The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild.” This week, big news – “Urban Bestiary” is one of four finalists in the nonfiction category of the Orion Book Awards, which span North American work published in the preceding year and just this year separated nonfiction and fiction contenders. The winners will be announced next month.

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West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library: 4502 Glenn Way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattles-newest-little-free-library-4502-glenn-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/west-seattles-newest-little-free-library-4502-glenn-way/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:58:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270899

Add another Little Free Library to the list of West Seattle’s LFLs! Joan shared the photo of this one that’s new this week at 4502 Glenn Way SW (map), explaining, “It has great finds of books: fiction, biographies, science, art, history and medical books and 2 children’s books!” The official LFL map has a dozen others in this area, some of which we’ve been honored to feature here.

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Video: Conrad Wesselhoeft @ ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/video-conrad-wesselhoeft-words-writers-west-seattle-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/video-conrad-wesselhoeft-words-writers-west-seattle-friday/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:59:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266913

Not only does West Seattle have excellent readers – see our previous story – but there’s a growing community of successful authors, too. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series “Words, Writers, & West Seattle” has had a stellar monthly lineup going since last year, and tomorrow is the next chapter: Conrad Wesselhoeft at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village, 4-6 pm (Friday, March 7th). Along with his acclaimed “Adios, Nirvana,” Wesselhoeft has a new book due out next month, “Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly.”

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Video: 20 years in the making, Pastor Ron Marshall’s book ‘Kierkegaard for the Church’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video-20-years-in-the-making-pastor-ron-marshalls-book-kierkegaard-for-the-church/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video-20-years-in-the-making-pastor-ron-marshalls-book-kierkegaard-for-the-church/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:05:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265852 Existential philosophy and Christian faith might not sound likely to intersect – but when it comes to Denmark’s renowned 19th-century thinker Søren Kierkegaard, they do. Few know this better than First Lutheran Church of West Seattle pastor Rev. Ron Marshall, who has just published “Kierkegaard for The Church,” and gave us a show-and-tell the other day:

The book would be helpful both “for the educated layperson and pastors,” Rev. Marshall says. This Monday, 9 am-1 pm, he’s hosting an “open conference” about it at his church north of The Junction, open to the public, focused on the book and some of what you can hear him discuss in our video – which concludes with a shorter clip below, elaborating on who the book is for and on the Monday forum (at which you can buy a signed copy of “Kierkegaard for the Church”:

Behind the pastor and author in our clips is the Kierkegaard statue you can see at First Lutheran, by Northwest artist Dr. Rita Marie Kepner, dedicated when the church celebrated the bicentennial of the philosopher/theologian last year (WSB coverage here). As Rev. Marshall mentioned, First Lutheran commemorates him in November every year. Drop in Monday for minutes or hours and check out the statue, the discussion, the book.

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‘Black Mythical Mustangs’ win Global Reading Challenge at Concord http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/black-mythical-mustangs-win-global-reading-challenge-at-concord/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/black-mythical-mustangs-win-global-reading-challenge-at-concord/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:14:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265308

Though school is out this week, we suspect many young readers are in training as the Global Reading Challenge continues. We showed you Arbor Heights Elementary‘s winning team last week; today, we have a report from Concord International Elementary 4th-grade teacher Marina Pita:

My 4th Grade Dual Language Students (The Black Mythical Mustangs) won our school’s Global Reading Challenge and will advance to the Semi-Final at the Seattle Public Library on Wednesday, March 5th. Attached is a picture of the team with our principal Dr. Zavala, our Librarian Mindy Terr, and our local librarian Ms. B. Our whole 4th Grade Dual Language team (students included) will be at the library to cheer the team on for the Semi-Final!

Concord is in South Park but is part of the district’s West Seattle region. To be ready to compete in the GRC, students have to read 10 books – see this year’s list here. They get to choose their own often-whimsical team names. Other participating schools in West Seattle and the rest of the city are listed here; the city final is March 18th.

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Speaking of schools: Super Ultimate Nerdy Ninjas win Global Reading Challenge at Arbor Heights Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/speaking-of-schools-super-ultimate-nerdy-ninjas-win-global-reading-challenge-at-arbor-heights-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/speaking-of-schools-super-ultimate-nerdy-ninjas-win-global-reading-challenge-at-arbor-heights-elementary/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:09:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264888

(Pre-competition: The Super Ultimate Nerdy Ninjas! Clockwise from lower left: Mackenzie; Brynn; Hydia; Sandy; Mila; Zack; Abdi)
It’s Global Reading Challenge time again! The Seattle Public Library/Seattle Public Schools citywide competition is in its on-campus rounds, and our parent correspondent at Arbor Heights Elementary – one of nine local elementaries listed as competing this year – shared the report and photo of how Wednesday afternoon’s on-campus competition went for AH’s teams:

It was a nail-biter!

Ten books.
Ten teams of 4th and 5th graders.
An afternoon of questions, teamwork, and answers.

Several rounds of questions, finally ending with a very rare 3-way tie: on to a lightning round!

Astoundingly, these three teams went a whopping SIX lightning rounds before one team finally emerged victorious: The Super Ultimate Nerdy Ninjas! They will go on to the semi-finals at the Central Library; from there, one team will advance to the City Final on March 18th.

Here’s the list of books that are being used this year. Along with Arbor Heights, Alki, Concord, Gatewood, Highland Park, Lafayette, Roxhill, Sanislo, and West Seattle are on the competition list. Your school on that list? Let us know how the GRC is going! – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you.

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New ‘Little Free Library’ in West Seattle will stump you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/new-little-free-library-in-west-seattle-will-stump-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/new-little-free-library-in-west-seattle-will-stump-you/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:02:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264878

Thanks to Suzy in Seaview for sharing the announcement and photo:

My husband built us a Little Free Library for our neighborhood! LFB #11151 can be found at 4818 SW Findlay Street.

The custom Little Free Library currently houses a variety of children’s books, magazines, and fiction and non-fiction for adults. We hope the neighborhood enjoys this new resource! Find out more about Little Free Libraries at littlefreelibrary.org.

We’ve featured more than a few other local LFLs – if you create one for YOUR neighborhood, consider sharing the news here too!

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Video: ‘Urban Bestiary’ author Lyanda Lynn Haupt invites you to next ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video-urban-bestiary-author-lyanda-lynn-haupt-invites-you-to-next-words-writers-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/video-urban-bestiary-author-lyanda-lynn-haupt-invites-you-to-next-words-writers-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:38:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264142 Unless you’re a first-time WSB visitor, you probably are well aware we report often on urban wildlife. Our penchant for the topic is one reason we’re excited that West Seattle author Lyanda Lynn Haupt is showcased in this Friday’s edition of the monthly “Words, Writers, West Seattle” series.

Tonight, series chair Dora-Faye Hendricks from the sponsoring Southwest Seattle Historical Society just e-mailed us with news of this clip featuring Haupt’s invitation to you:

Her newest book “The Urban Bestiary,” featured here last September, is in the spotlight. You might also know her for “Crow Planet,” which first gave us the chance to talk with her in 2009. Since then, her accomplishments have even included a talk in the prestigious TED x Rainier series.

Meet her 4-6 pm Friday (February 7th) at Barnes & Noble in Westwood Village.

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Simultaneously inspired West Seattle neighbors open two new Little Free Libraries http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/simultaneously-inspired-west-seattle-neighbors-open-two-new-little-free-libraries/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/simultaneously-inspired-west-seattle-neighbors-open-two-new-little-free-libraries/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 02:06:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=263041

Each “Little Free Library” that springs up is a little bit of magic all its own. But two brand-new ones in West Seattle have come to life with what Monika explains, sharing the news, was “a lovely bit of synchronicity”:

This past weekend, on the 4800 block of Rutan Place SW, two sets of neighbors, completely unaware of each others’ activities, assembled and installed Little Free Libraries on their respective properties. Once aware of this “duel,” they enjoyed a healthy and hearty competition on the way to the installation of their libraries.

Both LFLs are now up, stocked and ready for the neighbors!

Karen and Bob White (pictured far left and far right immediately above this line) host the LFL at 4812 Rutan Place SW, while John and Monika (top photo) host the one at 4802. Feel free to stop by and see two different styles of libraries.

You can build one from scratch or order one from the LFL site.

Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.
~ Carl Jung


Monika Lidman

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West Seattle High School students’ reading assignment brings author Stephanie Guerra to campus http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-high-school-students-reading-assignment-brings-author-stephanie-guerra-to-campus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-high-school-students-reading-assignment-brings-author-stephanie-guerra-to-campus/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:17:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262656

Reading assignments are routine at school – but students don’t often get to meet the author in person. That’s what happened this morning in Paula Tortorice‘s Language Arts class at West Seattle High School, as West Seattle author Stephanie Guerra visited. Her recently released book “Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy” – set in West Seattle – was used for a class reading assignment, and she was invited to come talk with the students. They asked questions including what it takes to create characters and plot, and presented her with posters they had drawn, depicting a scene in the book. Guerra also made a hometown appearance back in October as leadoff author in the Words, Writers, West Seattle series.

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Family Literacy Night at Roxhill Elementary: It’s not just about what you read, it’s about how you read http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/family-literacy-night-at-roxhill-elementary-its-not-just-about-what-you-read-its-about-how-you-read/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/family-literacy-night-at-roxhill-elementary-its-not-just-about-what-you-read-its-about-how-you-read/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:35:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261890

Family Literacy Night tonight at Roxhill Elementary, and it was about more than books – it was also about reading, and how to make it more fun and inviting. What you see above are examples of what you can use to make a comfy place to read to and with children – blankets, stuffed animals, etc., made available tonight to Roxhill scholars and their families.

Among the families at the school tonight – dad Adolfo, mom Regna, third-grader José and kindergartener Francisco with, at right, Roxhill fifth-grade teacher Christopher Robert. The night’s lineup for all included a pizza dinner and a literacy skit, with visits to “literacy stations” inbetween. At one of them, families were presented with the books that, as Robert explained, are part of the Seattle Public Library collaboration with Roxhill and Sanislo. Roxhill is between librarians, so two teachers presented the books along with Nathalie Wargo, children’s librarian from High Point Branch Library.

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