Local libraries resume Sunday operations, starting today

January 6, 2013 at 6:07 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

As promised in the campaign for the library levy last year, its passage means Seattle Public Library branches closed on Sundays to save money can reopen on those days again – and as announced last month, today is the first open-again Sunday. From hereon out, Delridge, High Point, and South Park library branches will be open 1 pm-5 pm on Sundays. The library system says this is the first time in at least a century that all of its branches are open Sundays. Special Sunday celebrations are planned over the next few months, too (as listed here) – first one in this area will be at High Point next Sunday (January 13th).

West Seattle scene: Cooking authors @ Click! for Shop Late Thursday

November 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 1 Comment

‘Tis the season to cook festively. And that’s why the holiday-season Shop Late Thursdays in The Junction kicked off tonight with a triple bill at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) – from left, cookbook authors Jeannette Sauvage, Cynthia Nims, and Kim O’Donnel – all Seattleites, though their work has fans far beyond. O’Donnel’s newest book is another guide to vegetarian offerings that will please carnivores, “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations“; Nims has cooked up a book to help you make your own “Salty Snacks“; and Sauvage has published her first cookbook, “Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays.” (All three books can be purchased at Click!) They brought samples, too. So what’s up for NEXT “Shop Late Thursday” on November 29th (next week obviously will be skipped for the holiday)? Check out your favorite shops; the participants are all listed here.

Reading, writing, rock: Feedback hosts Michael G. Hickey book event

November 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Big booksigning tonight for West Seattle first-time novelist Michael G. Hickey – he had already sold a box of books by the time we stopped by the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) to check in. Full house, too, wishing him well as he promotes “Counterclockwise” – fans on hand included Mike’s standup-comic wife Mona Concepcion (below left) and his boss Gary Oertli (below right):

You probably recognize Oertli as president of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), where Hickey is on the faculty. Wondering what “Counterclockwise” is about? Hickey’s description: “It’s 1980, Tucson, Arizona, and a grocery store clerk becomes friends with a world-famous rock singer. Their friendship inspires each to face their respective pasts and the demons that seem to be sabotaging their respective futures.” It’s 34 years in the making – with its roots in a series of short stories of ihs from back in 1978!

West Seattle author Mike Hickey marketing novel ‘flash mob’ style

October 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Want to be part of a “flash mob” without leaving your own home/office? Local writer Mike Hickey‘s first novel is going on sale online, and therein lies the opportunity.

Hickey is also a South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) faculty member, and he says “some former students have organized a ‘flash mob’ purchase” of his novel, “Counterclockwise,” at exactly 11 am tomorrow (Thursday, November 1st). He says it’s an attempt to at least briefly “break onto the Amazon.com bestseller list, albeit for a brief duration.”

What’s the book about? “It’s 1980, Tucson, Arizona, and a grocery store clerk becomes friends with a world-famous rock singer. Their friendship inspires each to face their respective pasts and the demons that seem to be sabotaging their respective futures.” He adds, “This book started as a series of related short stories in 1978. It is a thirty-four-year-old dream come true!”

Even if it sounds interesting now, Hickey says, consider waiting till 11 am tomorrow (Pacific time) – he’s asking friends and relatives (and you if you’d like to help!) to spread the word everywhere they can. (You can share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, multiple other places by using the “Share This” link below the story, same as ANY story on WSB.) Just to see what happens. The link for buying it from Amazon is here.

You can also meet Mike (who you may also know as Seattle’s Poet Populist) at his book-launch party, 7 pm November 14 at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – “free appetizers and lots of fun.”

West Seattle authors: Terry Brooks @ Westwood tomorrow; book event @ WSPC next weekend

August 31, 2012 at 9:47 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Two author updates! First – if you hadn’t already seen it on the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar – or the author’s own website – tomorrow is the annual hometown appearance by mega-best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks. He’ll be at Barnes and Noble in Westwood Village at 2 pm Saturday. Melissa from B&N notes that it’s a discussion and signing of Brooks’ “new book, ‘Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara.’ We always have a good crowd for Mr. Brooks, so be sure to arrive early for a good seat!” (We can confirm that – WSB has covered his West Seattle appearances every year since 2007 – our photo is from last year.)

Second – Next Saturday, a book-signing (and more) event at West Side Presbyterian Church, whose longtime Senior Pastor Paul Smith is a contributor. Here’s the church’s announcement:

All are invited to a “book launching” of David Marshall’s new book, “Faith Seeking Understanding,” on Saturday, September 8, from 7 to 9 pm in the Howell Auditorium of West Side Presbyterian Church. The book is a compilation by David and “a few of his friends” to, first of all, honor Dr. Paul Brand (former WS resident, Orthopedic surgeon and pioneer in reconstructive surgery to leprosy patients, missionary, and author), and Ralph Winter (U.S. Center for World Missions). Other contributors to “Faith Seeking Understanding” include Philip Yancey (Christian author of 29+ books), Earl Palmer (Pastor Emeritus of University Presbyterian; founder, Earl Palmer Ministries), Miriam Adeney (SPU professor and author), Ben McFarland (SPU biochemistry professor), and Paul Smith (senior pastor of West Side Presbyterian for more than 30 years). Several will be joining David Marshall for the “book launching!” Books will be available for just $12. It’s a unique opportunity to hear and meet the authors, be among the first to get your book “hot off the press” and have it autographed!

Seattle Public Library system shutdown starts 1 week from today

August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

One week from today, the Seattle Public Library‘s systemwide money-saving closure begins, and since it precedes the Labor Day holiday, that means branches will be shuttered for eight days. The library has just sent its official announcement detailing exactly what’s closed and which services will be inaccessible during that time – along with which ones will be accessible, including more online services than during previous closures: Click to read the rest of Seattle Public Library system shutdown starts 1 week from today…

Got a college-bound grad? West Seattle author’s book might help

June 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | Comments Off

It’s graduation season, which means hundreds more West Seattleites are headed for college. If there’s one in your house – you might consider packing them off with a copy of Gatewood resident Ellen Bremen‘s new book. It’s called “Say This, NOT That to Your Professor: 36 Talking Tips for College Success,” published by NorLights Press and released nationwide. Ellen is a professor herself – tenured Communication Studies faculty at Highline Community College – so she should know. She writes online, too, as The Chatty Professor. She says her book breaks new ground:

This book is a first in the college success genre to a) tackle the student-professor dynamic (if you can believe that); b) give students the exact appropriate, professional words to say to deal with challenging, but common everyday classroom issues, such as absences, late work, grades, boring classes; and c) lift the veil on college policy in a conversational way that takes students insight the faculty mind, empowering them to feel informed when tackling tough issues or standing up for themselves with professors.

But don’t take her word for it. She’s linked to some reviews, too. You can of course buy the book online.

Followup: Sanislo book sale meets Rotary book drive!

March 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm | In Rotary Club of West Seattle, West Seattle books, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Two of the events we covered on Saturday had a fortuitous meeting of the minds afterward .. thanks to Martha for the followup photo and report:

After its book sale yesterday, Sanislo Elementary generously donated its leftover books to the West Seattle Rotary Club’s “Books for the World” book drive. Photo is of Sanislo and Rotary volunteers. Both the sale and the book drive were successful thanks to the help of all the donors, shoppers, and volunteers (and WSB coverage)!

Martha Sidlo
West Seattle Rotary

If you haven’t caught up with yesterday – our report on the Rotary book drive was here, and the Sanislo sale here.

Writing the World Through Food: Cookbook author’s workshop

March 5, 2012 at 2:36 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Seems like almost everyone loves to talk about food. Many write about it – though it can be a challenge to summon descriptions beyond “delicious.” To help you tell your food stories, award-winning cookbook author Crescent Dragonwagon, who is also a novelist and children’s-book writer, is coming to West Seattle to lead a one-day food-writing workshop this Saturday. Its title – “Deep Feast: Writing the World Through Food,” and Dragonwagon promises it will include interactivity and writing as well as listening. It’s happening at Camp Long Lodge, starting at 10:30 Saturday morning, and there’s a huge helping of information, including how to register, on this page. This is the second annual edition of the workshop (Seattle cookbook author Greg Atkinson writes about last year’s version here) but this time around, Dragonwagon is in town with an extra mission, promoting her new book, titled “Bean By Bean: A Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans…Even Sweet Beans!”

West Seattle authors: Joseph Aprile reads tonight at C & P

January 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Just got word that West Seattle author/artist Joseph Aprile is reading tonight from his two most recent books, “The Life and Times of Jeremy Sykes” and “Voices for Peace and Social Justice,” 6 pm tonight at C and P Coffee Company.

Ready to read? Ideas, from authors with West Seattle ties, including a limited-time freebie

December 29, 2011 at 4:41 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

A few more days left in this holiday season … maybe you’re looking for something new to read, whether hard copy or e-book … We’ve been stockpiling this news of authors who are either local, or appeared here, with tales to tell:

Earlier this month, Skylark Café and Club hosted an afternoon-long reading event featuring that quartet of writers – from left, Dave O’Leary, Cherry Tigris, Pam Summa, and Roberto Carlos Ascalon. O’Leary’s book is “Horse Bite,” a novel published this fall telling “the story of Dave and his efforts to find a bit of permanence in the balance of the things we create and the things we do to sustain ourselves” – read more, and excerpts, on his website (where you also can order the book). Tigris is a child-abuse survivor who has written a collection of short stories. Summa’s book is “Groping for Luna,” subtitled “Guerrilla Girl Meets Guitar God: A Comedy of Manners.” Ascalon is a poet you can find in various anthologies.

Also this month, The Beer Junction hosted a booksigning session for two photography books focused on West Seattle history – one titled “West Seattle,” the other “Luna Park,” both published by Arcadia Publishing. Reps of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society signed “West Seattle,” while AJ Naff signed “Luna Park”:

You can get the books through the links on each title.

Last but by no means least, here’s something you can get absolutely free – today, anyway (afterward, it’ll cost you 99 cents). Local author Jason Kirk has written a mini-e-book called “The Other Whites in South Africa” – which he describes as “an extended essay about sharks and race relations.” You can find it on Amazon by going here; Jason says, “It can be read on pretty much any screen you’ve got, including computers, iPods, phones, tablets, and Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.” Specific links:
For iphones and iPod touch
For Blackberry
For Android
For Windows 7 phone
For iPad
Jason adds, “If you happen to have a Kindle, you can order and read the essay directly from it. Just search for ‘jason kirk’.”

West Seattle karate experts co-author ‘How to Win a Fight’

September 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Photo courtesy Kris Wilder)
They’re veteran karate teachers at West Seattle Karate Academy (35th/Roxbury) – and they’re authors. Kris Wilder (left) and Lawrence Kane are about to release what Kris says is the 10th book between the two of them, “How to Win a Fight.” He says the book “helps you understand what’s worth fighting for, how to win when you must, and how to walk away when you should.” Penguin Books is publishing it, and its release date is October 4th – one week from Tuesday (it’s available for Amazon pre-order now). He says they’ve even been “assigned a promotional team” and might have a couple of book-signing events. Their previous co-authored book, “The Little Black Book of Violence,” came out two years ago, and Kris says it “was a finalist in both ForeWord Magazines’ Book of the Year award and USA Book News’ Best Books award.”

West Seattle’s Paul Schmid launches his book ‘A Pet for Petunia’

January 28, 2011 at 12:42 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Thanks to Susan Eng for sharing the photo of West Seattle author Paul Schmid signing his new children’s book “A Pet for Petunia” as it launched Thursday night at Secret Garden Books in Ballard. She says he cited daughter Anna as inspiration for, and consultant on, the book, which he wrote and illustrated. (Previously, he was published as illustrator of “The Wonder Book” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.)

West Seattle Bookshelf: Cool reading for a sizzling afternoon

August 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we get the lists of her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:

1. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. Star Island by Carl Hiassen
3. Burn by Nevada Barr
4. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenburg
5. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Paperback:

1. Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
2. Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
3. Dead in the Dregs by Peter Lewis
4. Under the Dome by Stephen King
5. War Dances by Sherman Alexie

Children/Young Adult:

1. Red Pyramid/The Kane Chronicles #1 by Rick Riordan
2. Star Wars/The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
3. How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
5. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Hamilton

Teen:

1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay (Pre-orders) by Suzanne Collins
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
5. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Square 1 Books is in Jefferson Square. And next week – before, after and during the West Seattle Junction Association-presented Big Bonanza multi-merchant sale – Square 1 is offering 40 percent off just about everything in the store, starting Thursday.

West Seattle Bookshelf: August’s first best-seller lists

August 7, 2010 at 3:39 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we get the lists of her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:

1. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
3. Queen of the Night by J.A. Jance
4. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
5. Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke

Paperback:

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Border Songs by Jim Lynch
3. Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
4. Tinker by Paul Harding
5. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Children/Young Adult:

1. Warriors/Skyclan’s Destiny by Erin Hunter
2. Artemis Fowl #7/The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
3. Aliens Love Underpants by by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort
4. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney
5. Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Pierce

Teen:

1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
3. Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
5. Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Square 1 Books is in The Junction – in Jefferson Square.

West Seattle Bookshelf: The latest best-sellers

July 24, 2010 at 5:04 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. Faithful Place by Tana French
3. No Way: Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley
4. The Lion by Nelson DeMille
5. Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby

Paperback:
1. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
2. Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
3. Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
4. Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
5. Border Songs by Jim Lynch

Children/Young Adult:
1. City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Williams
2. Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman
3. Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft
4. Zombie Chasers by John Kloepher
5. The Berenstain Bears Go On Vacation by Stan Berenstain

Teen:
1. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
2. Pretty Little Liars (TV Tie-In) by Sara Shepard
3. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Cirque du Freak Series by Darren Shan

Square 1 Books is in The Junction – in Jefferson Square.

West Seattle Bookshelf: What’s being read this summer

July 10, 2010 at 3:54 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
3. Work Song by Ivan Doig
4. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
5. Being Wrong by Kathryn Schultz

Paperback:
1. The Secret Son by Laila Lalami
2. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
3. I’m Down by Mishna Wolf
4. Lake Overturn by Vestal McIntyre
5. The Last Child by John Hart

Children/Young Adult:
1. The Mysterious Benedict Series by Trenton Lee Stewart
2. The Stink Files by Megan McDonald
3. Can I Play Too? by Mo Williams
4. Savvy by Ingrid Law
5. Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown

Teen:
1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
2. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Hunger Games (now in paperback) by Suzanne Collins
5. Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler

You can visit Square 1 Books while you’re at Summer Fest, since they’re in nearby Jefferson Square.

Admiral Safeway ‘alley vacation’ hearing officially announced

July 1, 2010 at 10:36 am | In Development, West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

As reported here last month, the project team for the Admiral Safeway redevelopment has announced that construction won’t start till September, because the city didn’t schedule the public hearing on the necessary back-of-the-lot “alley vacation” till late July. This morning, the official announcement of that hearing is out – it’ll be before the City Council’s Transportation Committee (chaired by West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen) at 9:30 am July 27. This city webpage has details on how to comment before, and at, the hearing. While the “alley” isn’t recognizable as one, the way it’s used on the site now, it remains city right-of-way, and that’s why approval is required before it is given over to the project (that area will be under the future expanded store.)

West Seattle Bookshelf: Reading for a rainy day, perhaps?

June 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

When we published last week’s WS Bookshelf, we were talking about hammock/lounge-chair reading … OK, today, it’s rainy-day reading! Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
3. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
4. Priceless by Robert K. Wittman
5. Bike Snob by Bikesnobnyc

Paperback:
1. Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2. Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon
3. The Last Child by John Hart
4. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
5. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

Children/Young Adult:
1. City Dog, Country Dog by Mo Williams
2. Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Pierce
3. The Red Pyramid Book 1 by Rick Riordan
4. Avalon Series/The Warlock Diaries by Rachel Roberts
5. Casper Babypants CDs by Chris Ballew

Teen:
1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
5. The Cirque du Freak Series by Darren Shan

And a reminder that Square One is presenting a reading with two authors this week – featured in the teen list this week! – Thursday 6/24 – Phoebe Kitanidis, author of “Whisper” and Kimberly Derting, author of “The Body Finder,” will be at the Southwest Branch Library, 6:30-7:45 pm, to read, answer questions, and autograph; Square One will be selling copies of both books at the reading.

West Seattle Bookshelf: Need some summer reading ideas?

June 13, 2010 at 8:07 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Now that summer weather’s here, we might suggest this could help with decisions regarding what to read in a beach chair or hammock! Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
3. Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
4. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
5. The Passage by Justin Cronin

Paperback:
1. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
2. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
3. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
4. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
5. Crazy For the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad

Children/Young Adult:
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
2. Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Williams
3. Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
4. How to be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell
5. Mama, is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Teen:
1. the short second life of bree tanner/an eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer
2. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
3. As Easy As Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
4. For the Win by Cory Doctorow
5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Square One is in Jefferson Square, not far from the hubs of today’s Junction events if you’re going to the Farmers’ Market and/or the Health Fair.

“Pawty with a Purpose”- for West Seattle author Val Mallinson

June 7, 2010 at 5:25 am | In How to help, West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

By Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

“Imagine the worst flu you’ve ever had — aches, fever, stomach illness, and feeling like you want to die. Now imagine that lasting for a year.”

This is how Val Mallinson, author of The Dog Lover’s Companion…” books for the Pacific Northwest, describes the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which she has been struggling with since 1987. Val’s particular type of CFS comes in waves of relapse and remission, and it was during times of remission that she and the “Wonder Wieners” (Cooper and Isis, her rescued miniature Dachshunds) did the research for her travel books.

Her most recent relapse began in March of 2009; as of July, she says, her part-time employer, PCC in West Seattle (WSB sponsor), found her an easier job to do while she dealt with the effects of CFS. However, the physical impact of this particular relapse has continued so long and so severely, that she hasn’t been able to work since December.

Unable to continue in her job at PCC — Val and her husband Steve are quick to note that PCC was very supportive of Val and provided her with medical benefits for as long as they could — Val applied for disability benefits through her insurance company. Her application was denied, she says, because many insurance companies don’t recognize CFS as a legitimate disability.

Her disability claim is being appealed with the help of a lawyer through the organization Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, but in the meantime, the medical bills are accumulating. Friends suggested a fundraising party, which Val initially balked at – but now, it’s on.

Click to read the rest of “Pawty with a Purpose”- for West Seattle author Val Mallinson…

West Seattle Bookshelf: 1st June edition

June 5, 2010 at 3:01 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Looking for something to read, and/or wondering what’s hot? Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. 61 Hours by Lee Child
3. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
4. War by Sebastian Junger
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Paperback:
1. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
2. Tinkers by Paul Harding
3. In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
4. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
5. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Children/Young Adult:
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
2. Perfect Piggies! by Sandra Boynton
3. Warriors/Battle of the Clans by Erin Hunter
4. Star Wars/A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder
5. The Lightning Thief Series by Rick Riordan

Teen:
1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Bloodhound/Beka Cooper #2 by Tamora Pierce
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. Burned by P.C. Cast

West Seattle Bookshelf, Memorial Day Weekend edition

May 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Looking for something to read, and/or wondering what’s hot? Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
3. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
4. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
5. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Paperback:
1. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
2. Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA by Bonnie Rough
3. The Signal by Ron Carlson
4. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
5. Manhood For Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

Children/Young Adult:
1. The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart
2. The Stink Series by Megan McDonald
3. The 39 Clues #9/Storm Warning by Linda Sue park
4. Star Wars/A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder
5. Mama, Is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Teen:
1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
4. Mistwood by Lean Cypess
5. Fang by James Patterson

Square One, by the way, has a cookbook sale under way right now, through next Tuesday (June 1st).

West Seattle Bookshelf, mid-May edition

May 14, 2010 at 4:00 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Looking for something to read, and/or wondering what’s hot? Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
2. Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
3. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
4. Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth
5. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Paperback:
1. All Other Nights by Dara Horn
2. Tinkers (Pulitzer Prize Winner) by Paul Harding
3. Tide Guide 2010 by Evergreen Pacific
4. Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry
5. Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle’s SoDo by Dan Raley

Children/Young Adult:
1. The Stink Books by Megan McDonald
2. The 13th Reality Vol. 1 by James Dashner
3. Bear in the Attic by Susan Meyers
4. The Moomintrolls Series by Tove Jansson
5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Teen:
1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
2. Mistwood by Leah Cypess
3. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
4. Max by James Patterson
5. The Cirque du Freak Series by Darren Shan

By the way, Square One just announced a reading/autograph event with two Seattle teen authors — Phoebe Kitanidis, author of “Whisper,” and Kimberly Derting, author of “The Body Finder” – at 6:30 pm June 24th at the Southwest Branch Library. Square One will sell books at the event; admission is free.

West Seattle Bookshelf: The latest Top 5 lists

April 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Looking for something to read, and/or wondering what’s hot? Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Adult:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
3. In the Green Kitchen by Alice Waters
4. The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
5. Changes by Jim Butcher

Paperback:
1. The Stieg Larsson Mysteries by Siieg Larsson
2. Guernica by Dave Boling (who read at Southwest Library tonight)
3. The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
4. The Secret Son by Laila Lalami
5. Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Children/Young Adult:
1. Savvy by Ingrid Law
2. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
3. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
4. How to Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell
5. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

Teen:
1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitandis (West Seattle’s Very Own Author!)
2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
3. The Cirque du Freak Series by Darren Shan
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

West Seattle Bookshelf: See what’s hot right now

April 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Looking for ideas of what to read? Again this week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
2. The Bridge by David Remnick
3. The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin
4. In the Green Kitchen by Alice Waters
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Paperback:
1. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
3. The Widow Cliquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar Mazzeo
4. The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka
5. The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran by Dirk Hayhurst

Children/Young Adult:
1. Savvy by Ingrid law
2. Mama, Is it Summer Yet by Nikki McClure
3. Smile by Raina Telgemeir
4. Warriors: Ravenpaw’s Path by Erin Hunter
5. The Stone Rabbit Series by Erik Creddock

Teen:
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
3. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Light #1 The Morpheus Road Trilogy by D.J. MacHale

Square One is in Jefferson Square.

Your West Seattle Bookshelf, 4th weekly edition

April 3, 2010 at 1:26 am | In West Seattle books, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Great weather for cozying up with a book! A day later than usual this week (other news got in the way), courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her store’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

Hardcover:
1. Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
2. The Long Way Home by David Laskin
3. Solar by Ian McEwan
4. Shell Games by Craig Welch
5. Bite Me by Christopher Moore

Paperback:
1. The Stieg Larsson Mysteries
2. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
3. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
4. All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison
5. Shadow and Light by Jonathan Robb

Children/Young Adult:
1. Poppleton in Spring by Cynthia Rylant
2. Savvy by Ingrid Law
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
4. Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett
5. The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter

Teen:
1. North of Beautiful by Justine Headley
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
3. The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast
4. Fang by James Patterson
5. Twilight:The Graphic Novel by Stephanie Meyer and Young Kim

Square One is in Jefferson Square.

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