The Ridge Readers Book Club discusses Jane Jacobs's urban-theory classic, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes two Northwest fiction writers, Seattle's Laurie Blauner and Camano Island's Rich Ives. Laurie has published seven books of poetry, four novels, and a novella, and her latest novel, The Solace of Monsters, was recently named as a finalist for the Washington State Book Award for fiction (alongside Annie Proulx, Matt Ruff, Ted Chiang, and Shawn Vestal). Rich's latest book is the uncategorizable Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener's Book of Days; he's also written The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking (stories), Light from a Small Brown Bird (poems), and A Dirty Little Book About Writing the Truth (essays). Come join us!
Our Ridge Readers Book Club meets at the store for their semiannual "Picks Night," in which their next six months of book selections are suggested, debated, and voted on. It's a fun night, and a great time to visit for the first time, if you'd like to join.
Celebrate a year of Poetry Northwest with us and our PNW friends, featuring readings from recent and future contributors Alan Lau, Jessica Johnson, Quenton Baker, and Christine Robbins.
For our Dock Street Salon reading series, we're delighted to welcome two fiction writers: Juan Carlos Reyes, who was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and whose first book, A Summer's Lynching, won the Quarterly West novella prize, and Zachary Schomburg, who has published four books of poetry, and whose first novel, Mammother, comes out in September with Featherproof Books. Reyes lives in Seattle and teaches creative writing at Seattle University, while Schomburg is visiting us from Portland, Oregon, where he is the publisher of Octopus Books. Join us for fresh new fiction!
We're delighted to make a late addition to our summer schedule: Finn Murphy, author of one of our favorite books of the year, The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tale of Life on the Road, will be driving his semi up on Phinney Ridge to spend an evening talking about his book at our store. (We just have to figure out where he can park the rig!) Murphy's specialty—long-distance executive moves—has given him a unique window into America from top to bottom, and his memoir is both thoroughly entertaining and as sharp an analysis of our class system as you'll find. It's hilarious, smart, insightful, brash, and sweet, and we'll be pouring "Dr. Colas" (Murphy's road beverage of choice) at the store to welcome him. Please join us!
Our friend Langdon Cook returns to Phinney Books to talk about his new book, Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table, an immersion in the history, politics, nature, and personalities of the great Northwest fishery that's every bit as entertaining and informative as his previous book, The Mushroom Hunters. And anyone who knows Lang, or who saw him talk about The Mushroom Hunters here, knows, he talks as well as he writes, and it should be an excellent evening. Or, as Lang would say, "Good action."
We had the good fortune to have Claire Dederer read (twice!) from her second memoir while it was still a work in progress, and now she's returning when it's a book: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. And a very good book it is, funny and fearlessly frank about what it was—and is—like to desire, and to be desired. Claire is funny and fearlessly frank in person too, and she'll talk about the book with Phinney Books's less fearless Tom Nissley. Come join us!
We welcome three writers from the other side of the state to a special Saturday night edition of our Dock Street Salon reading series, featuring Leyna Krow reading from her new collection of stories, I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking, which Shawn Vestal has called a "wildly imagined debut." She'll be joined by two poets (and fellow Spokanites), Tim Greenup, author of Without Warning, and Ben Cartwright, author of After Our Departure. We're looking forward to it—come join us!
Join us for a book lunch at Phinney Books, featuring a discussion with Thomas Ricks about his new book, Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, a parallel biography of two of the twentieth century's iconic figures, one on the right and one on the left, and how they helped protect democracy from the threat of tyranny. Ricks is the bestselling author of the era-defining books on the Iraq War, Fiasco and The Gamble, as well as Making the Corps and The Generals. He's an adviser at the New America Foundation and a former correspondent for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Space is limited; you can register here. Included in the $38 price are a copy of Churchill & Orwell and lunch (a selection of sandwiches and sides from the deli at Ken's Market).
Celebrate one of the centerpieces of our neighborhood with John Bierlein, longtime education and exhibit expert at the Woodland Park Zoo and author of the new Woodland: The Story of the Animals and People of Woodland Park Zoo, a lovely and large history of the zoo and its changing ideas of the relationship between animals and people.
Join us to help launch The Biographies of Ordinary People, the debut novel of our neighbor Nicole Dieker. Nicole is a freelance writer and senior editor at The Billfold, and The Biographies of Ordinary People is the first book of a two-volume novel covering thirty years of family, friendship, and art.
Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes poetry and fiction collaborators Carol Guess and Kelly Magee, who both teach in the MFA program at Western Washington University. Guess and Magee's latest collaboration is the poetry collection The Reckless Remainder, and they also co-wrote the story collection With Animals. (Daniela Olszewska, who cowrote the new poetry collection, Human-Ghost Hybrid Project, with Guess, was scheduled to attend as well, but she can't make the trip and had to cancel.)
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.
[At Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave.] For the last installment of the season of Seattle Arts & Lectures' Sherman Alexie Loves series, Alexie welcomes three young novelists: Patricia Park, author of Re Jane, Ariel Schrag, author of ADAM (as well as the high-school graphic memoirs, Awkward and Definition, Potential, and Likewise), and Sunil Yapa, author of The Heart Is a Muscle the Size of the Fist. Phinney Books will be selling books at the event.
Join us (and the other independent bookstores in Seattle and across the country) for the third annual Independent Bookstore Day. We'll be open extended hours (from 9 to 9), with quizzes, giveaways, exclusive Bookstore Day items, a sewing workshop with Sewing Happiness and Little Kunoichi author Sanae Ishida, a make-your-own-all-weather-book-sleeve workshop with Laura Silverstein, and more. And, in the ever-popular tradition, book fanatics who visit all 19 participating Seattle-area bookstores will be crowned Seattle Bookstore Day champions, with year-long bragging rights, as well as a year-long 25% discount at all participating stores. (See our full description of the day in our newsletter.)
Did you know that "Mussolini" rhymes with "teeny"? The forces of mockery, rhythm, and rhyme join together when poets Cody Walker and Richard Kenney visit for a special Sunday evening event to read their poems inspired by our current president. Cody Walker, visiting from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is Seattle's former Poet Populist, a weekly blogger at the Kenyon Review, and the author of three poetry collections, including The Trumpiad, all of whose proceeds will go to the ACLU. Richard Kenney is a professor at the University of Washington, a former MacArthur Fellow, and the author of four collections of poetry. His anti-Trump verse was recently featured in the New York Times.
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.
Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes Anne Liu Kellor, Jennifer D. Munro, and Ann Teplick.
Born and raised in Seattle, Anne Liu Kellor is a multi-racial writer, teacher, editor, and mother. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Fourth Genre, Vela Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review. Anne has received support for her creative nonfiction from Hedgebrook, Jack Straw, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods.
Jennifer D. Munro is a freelance editor whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her blog, Straight-No-Chaser Mom, won First Place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Top Ten Finalist in the Erma Bombeck Humor Competition.
Ann Teplick is a Seattle poet, playwright, prose writer, and teaching artist. She writes with youth in hospitals, psychiatric units, juvenile detention, public schools, and arts non-profits. She’s received funding from Artist Trust, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Join us for a discussion, organized by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and led by field organizer Natalia Koss Vallejo, of a new memoir that transcends the polarized politics of abortion and focuses on one woman's search for her truth
May Cause Love is a story of spiritual and emotional transformation through the experience of abortion. At nineteen, author Kassi Underwood unexpectedly became pregnant. Broke, struggling with addiction and living a thousand miles away from home, she opted to end the pregnancy. In the years that followed, she experienced conflicted emotions on both ends of the spectrum, from freedom and relief to loss and sadness.
Kassi embarked on an epic cross-country journey, taking part in various healing rituals—from a Buddhist “water baby” ritual to a visit to a “Midwife for the Soul.” Through this memoir, she shares with us her search for cultural rituals and philosophies that address a procedure that is nearly always stigmatized and kept secret.
Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes a special guest: Leif Whittaker, the youngest son of Northwest mountaineering legend Jim Whittaker, who has quickly built quite an Alpine resume of his own. Whittaker will be discussing his new book, My Old Man and the Mountain, a memoir of "growing up Whittaker" and of his own climbs of Mount Everest, the peak his father became the first American to summit in 1963.
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.
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!