Book Launch: Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Mar
13
4:00 pm16:00

Book Launch: Even Superheroes Have to Sleep

Come celebrate a local-girl-makes-good story with us: Sara Crow used a Kickstarter campaign to publish her board book, Even Superheroes Have to Sleep, and it quickly became one of the most popular kids' books in the short history of Phinney Books. Now her book is being published as a full-size picture book by a major publisher, and we're thrilled to host her launch party to welcome the new edition of Even Superheroes Have to Sleep into the world.

Kevin Craft, Vagrants & Accidentals
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Kevin Craft, Vagrants & Accidentals

Welcome our friend and neighbor Kevin Craft, former editor of Poetry Northwest and current editor of their new book imprint, Poetry Northwest Editions, to celebrate his own new poetry collection, Vagrants & Accidentals.

Jess Thomson and Joshua Howe
Apr
22
6:00 pm18:00

Jess Thomson and Joshua Howe

Join us for what must surely be our first brother-and-sister book launch: Jess Thomson and Joshua Howe both have new books this spring (both from the University of Washington Press, in fact). Jess, our Greenwood neighbor who has written her own cookbooks and collaborated on others (including, most spectacularly, Renee Erickson's A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus), is publishing her first memoir, A Year Right Here: Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby, while Joshua, an assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Reed College, comes up from Portland to discuss his new book full of documentary background to one of the most contentious issues of our day, Making Climate Change History: Documents from Global Warming's Past.

Noah Isenberg, We'll Always Have Casablanca
May
15
7:00 pm19:00

Noah Isenberg, We'll Always Have Casablanca

Join us, and everybody else at Rick's, for a visit from former Seattleite Noah Isenberg, currently the director of screen studies and professor of culture and media at the New School in New York City, for a discussion of his new book, We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie.


Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

Book Club Night with David Glenn and Katie Mehan

Join us for our second annual Book Club Night, featuring our good friends (and entertaining and well-read Random House sales reps) David Glenn and Katie Mehan. Refreshments provided, as well as recommendations for ideas for excellent book-club reading. Bring your whole club, or send a representative to take notes!

Seattle7 Holiday Bookfest
Nov
19
3:00 pm15:00

Seattle7 Holiday Bookfest

For the first time, Phinney Books will be the bookseller at the annual Seattle7 Holiday Bookfest, featuring 25 popular local writers (including Timothy Egan, Jim Lynch, Donna Miscolta, Laurie Frankel, Terry Brooks, and many others) reading from and signing their newest books (and some of their older ones too), with fresh-baked goods, created by the authors themselves. It's a fundraiser for the Bureau of Fearless Ideas and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (where this wonderful event takes place), and it's a perfect opportunity to meet your favorite authors and stock up on holiday gifts.

Dock Street Salon: Tobias Carroll and Matthew Simmons
Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

Dock Street Salon: Tobias Carroll and Matthew Simmons

Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes Brooklyn's Tobias Carroll, who has two new books out this fall, the novel Reel and the story collection Transitory, and Seattle's Matthew Simmons, who has a new story collection of his own, The In-Betweens.

Dock Street Salon: A Literary Wake
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Dock Street Salon: A Literary Wake

At this month's Dock Street Salon reading series, help us celebrate the short but happy life of the hardcover edition of The Reader's Book of Days, which has met the fate of many a fine book by being remaindered by its publisher. There will be various stories of literary failure and death told by Joshua Mohr, Nicole Dierker, Martin McClellan, and Tom Nissley, appropriate refreshments will be served, and copies of The Reader's Book of Days will be on sale, while supplies last, for $3.66 each.

Adrienne Ross Scanlan, Turning Homeward
Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

Adrienne Ross Scanlan, Turning Homeward

Our Phinneywood neighbor, Adrienne Ross Scanlan, visits to discuss her new book about per path through urban renewal and river restoration, Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild.

Jennifer S. Brown, Modern Girls
Oct
6
7:00 pm19:00

Jennifer S. Brown, Modern Girls

Welcome old friend and University of Washington MFA Jenny Brown back to the block to celebrate her debut novel, Modern Girls, a portrait of a Jewish immigrant mother and daughter on New York's Lower East Side in the 1930s.

Dock Street Salon: Sean Beaudoin and Ben Tanzer
Aug
6
7:00 pm19:00

Dock Street Salon: Sean Beaudoin and Ben Tanzer

Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes Seattle's Sean Beaudoin, author of the story collection, Welcome Thieves, and Ben Tanzer, visiting from Chicago with his new memoir, Be Cool (out this summer from Dock Street Press).

Alex Lockwood, The Pig in Thin Air
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Alex Lockwood, The Pig in Thin Air

Alex Lockwood returns to Greenwood from the University of Sunderland to discuss his first book, The Pig in Thin Air, an account, theoretical, practical, and deeply personal, of his transformation from a meat-eater to an animal advocate. How can we, he asks, develop deeper, more authentic and compassionate relationships with all other animals, including ourselves.

Dock Street Salon: Zoe Zolbrod and Claire Dederer
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Dock Street Salon: Zoe Zolbrod and Claire Dederer

Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes Zoe Zolbrod, visiting from Chicago with The Telling, her new memoir of childhood sex abuse and the life and motherhood that has followed (see the Chicago Tribune review), with Claire Dederer, our former Greenwood neighbor visiting from Bainbridge Island, who will read from her upcoming memoir about (in her words) "midlife and adolescence and sex and who knows what else," which will be published by Knopf.

Poetry Northwest Spring Celebration
Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Northwest Spring Celebration

Join us for a celebration of the spring issue of Poetry Northwest, featuring four outstanding local poets who all have poems in the current issue: Elaina Ellis, Rebecca Hoogs, Richard Kenney, and J.W. Marshall. We'll also be celebrating the passing of the Poetry NW editorial torch from Kevin Craft to new co-editors Aaron Barrell and Erin Malone.

Dock Street Salon: Glen Chamberlain and Paul Mullin
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Dock Street Salon: Glen Chamberlain and Paul Mullin

At our monthly Dock Street Salon reading series, Glen Chamberlain, the author of Dock Street's new story collection, All I Want Is What You've Got, visits from her home in Bozeman, Montana, and will be joined by Seattle's Paul Mullin: novelist,Stranger Genius ex-playwright, and, most recently, memoirist in his excellent new book about working and drinking, The Starting Gate.

Nick Licata, with Josh Feit, on Becoming a Citizen Activist
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Nick Licata, with Josh Feit, on Becoming a Citizen Activist

Former councilmember Nick Licata discusses his new book, Becoming a Citizen Activist, which distills the practical wisdom of Nick's five decades of community activism from Students for a Democratic Society to five terms on the Seattle City Council. He'll be in conversation with Josh Feit, the editor of Seattle Met's politics blog, Publicola.

Shann Ray in Conversation with Paul Constant
Apr
30
7:00 pm19:00

Shann Ray in Conversation with Paul Constant

We'll be topping off our Independent Bookstore Day festivities with a special edition of our monthly Dock Street Salon, featuring Shann Ray, who will be visiting from Spokane to talk about his epic Montana novel, American Copper, with Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books.

Special Storytime with Laurenne Sala
Apr
30
11:00 am11:00

Special Storytime with Laurenne Sala

Writer, storyteller, and comedian Laurenne Sala visits from Southern California to read from her debut picture book, You Made Me a Mother (inspired by this viral video she created in 2014 and illustrated by Fancy Nancy's Robin Preiss Glasser).

Independent Bookstore Day
Apr
30
9:00 am09:00

Independent Bookstore Day

Celebrate the second annual Independent Bookstore Day at Phinney Books and all our fellow Seattle-area indie booksellers. We'll be hosting readings, activities, and contests all day long.