West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle books http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:20:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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Benefit/reading Monday for local writer Sarah Alisabeth Fox http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/benefitreading-monday-for-local-writer-sarah-alisabeth-fox/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/benefitreading-monday-for-local-writer-sarah-alisabeth-fox/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:38:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295238

(“Trailer” for Sarah A. Fox’s book “Downwind“)
Next Monday at 7 pm at Skylark in North Delridge, it’s your chance to support a local writer whose decade of work has finally culminated in a book. Here’s the announcement:

Local historian and author Sarah Alisabeth Fox is asking for your help. Her recently ­published book, “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West,” is the culmination of a ten-year research project, yet some of the most important work­ spreading the word about the book­ still remains.

As a first­-time author published through a university press, she received no advance and no institutional support for a book tour. Royalties are 1% (15% for ebooks), paid out once a year. All book events and travel expenses come out of Sarah’s personal funds, and she must often take time off work to commit to these events.

“Downwind” explores the human and environmental cost of nuclear testing and uranium extraction in the American West through the stories of “downwinders,” the residents of the Great Basin region affected by radiological pollution.

Ahead, the announcement continues with more about the book and how you can help at Monday’s event:

These citizens tell of insidious food and water contamination, communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by crop failures and massive livestock die­offs, and miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment while the government surreptitiously studied the effects of radiation on humans.

In chilling detail Downwind brings to light the experiences and concerns of groups whose voices have been silenced and marginalized for decades in the name of patriotism and national security, tracing the evolution of a citizen activist movement that eventually challenged the federal government and powerful military and energy industries.

With the renewed boom in mining in the American West, Fox’s look at this hidden history, unearthed from years of field interviews, archival research, and epidemiological studies, is a must-­read for every American concerned about the fate of our western lands and communities.

We invite the Seattle community to join us on Monday, December 15th at 7 pm at the Skylark in West Seattle for a reading and Q&A with Sarah, appetizers, and a silent auction and dessert grab featuring special flavors by Full Tilt Ice Cream. Tickets are $20 each and are available through Eventbrite. Signed copies of the book are available for an additional cost. The Skylark is located at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

Advance tickets are available online, or you can buy yours at the door Monday.

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West Seattle schools: $6,000 in books for Sanislo readers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-6000-in-books-for-sanislo-readers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-6000-in-books-for-sanislo-readers/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:48:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292611

(Photo republished with permission)
Sanislo Elementary librarian Craig Seasholes is excited about a big gift for the young readers with whom he works – those boxes are part of a donation of nonfiction books worth $6,000! They’re courtesy of the Seattle Public Library/Paul G. Allen Family Foundation collaboration and Sanislo parents are invited to stop in the library during conference week next week for a closer look. Find out more on this Sanislo webpage.

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‘No ordinary cookbook’: 114 recipes from 49 locals in ‘Apron Strings’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/no-ordinary-cookbook-114-recipes-from-49-locals-in-apron-strings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/no-ordinary-cookbook-114-recipes-from-49-locals-in-apron-strings/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 17:20:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287731

(WSB photo: Cookbook editors Joan & Joey arranging stacks at LHM on Friday)
Get ‘em while they’re hot! Copies of “Apron Strings,” a brand-new local cookbook, are officially on sale. This weekend, you can buy it during regular hours at the Log House Museum (noon-4 pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Thursdays and Fridays) – or maybe you’ll be at the LHM for the volunteer orientation today (11 am-1 pm) and get yours then – or, look for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market tomorrow. And get busy making recipes like this one:

Here’s the SWSHS announcement about “Apron Strings”:

Just in time for Thanksgiving meal planning and the search for a unique holiday gift, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is releasing a new, home-grown cookbook.

“Apron Strings: Recipes and Recollections from the Duwamish Peninsula” is a 180-page paperback with 114 recipes from 49 local residents. Stories accompany many of the recipes, and the book is laced with 16 photos from the historical society’s archive.

Editors of the cookbook are three longtime members of the historical society: Dayle Banks, Joey Richesson (former board secretary) and Joan Stover (former board treasurer). The cover features a colorful, quilted vintage apron from Merrilee Hagen, past president of the historical society.

“Apron Strings,” priced at $25, is on sale at the historical society’s “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum. It also will have its public debut from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at a table at the West Seattle Farmers Market in The Junction.

Net proceeds will go to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Three years in the making, “Apron Strings” is “no ordinary cookbook,” the editors write in the book’s preface. “It is a collection of recipes that reflect the history and culture of Duwamish Peninsula families and friends. … Entwined with the details for sifting, stirring, baking and frying are the stories of the people and circumstances surrounding the dishes, the family traditions of meals and snacks, and the community history of food that is uniquely West Seattle, White Center and beyond.”

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First chapter in West Seattle’s newest literary series: WordsWest debuts tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/first-chapter-in-west-seattles-newest-literary-series-wordswest-debuts-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/first-chapter-in-west-seattles-newest-literary-series-wordswest-debuts-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:44:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285907 Tomorrow opens the book on the first chapter of West Seattle’s newest literary series – WordsWest.

7 pm Wednesday (September 17th) at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), you’re invited to “An Evening with Karen Finneyfrock and Elissa Washuta.” The WordsWest curators – West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw – describe the series as “a monthly invitation to hear world-class writers from near and far, and to join and nurture the West Seattle literary community.” They plan to present events every third Wednesday “that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.” The events will include a local-business rep reading a favorite poem – starting with Pegasus Book Exchange. Read about Wednesday’s featured writers on the WordsWest website.

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Local author Molly Ringle next up at ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/local-author-molly-ringle-next-up-at-words-writers-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/local-author-molly-ringle-next-up-at-words-writers-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:48:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284620 Tomorrow night is the next edition of “Words, Writers & West Seattle,” 5-7 p.m. Friday (September 5th) at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle
Historical Society. Featured author this time is Molly Ringle, whose work includes the young-adult fantasy novel “Persephone’s Orchard.”

The event is free; 10 percent of any purchase you make during it will benefit SWSHS. More info is on the official flyer.

P.S. Your next chance to find out about volunteering with SWSHS is coming up on Saturday at SWSHS’s Log House Museum, 61st/Stevens. Says SWSHS executive director Clay Eals, “Attendees will learn about how to turn desires and skills into meaningful tasks that will help preserve and promote the heritage of West Seattle and the greater Duwamish peninsula.” He’ll be leading a local-history primer, too.

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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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