To celebrate the release of Anne Phyfe Palmer’s This Life of Mine and the two-year anniversary of Jess Thomson’s A Year Right Here, we welcome Anne Phyfe and Jess for a conversation about parenting, food, and leaving a written legacy. You may know Anne Phyfe Palmer as the founder of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers—she still teaches weekly classes at the Phinney Ridge location—and she is also a writer, entrepreneur, partner, electric bike commuter, and parent who, with her guided journal, This Life of Mine: A Legacy Journal, is taking her passion for self-inquiry from the yoga mat to the written word. And Jess Thomson you may know as a Phinneywood neighbor and as an award-winning freelance food and travel writer, both of the memoir, A Year Right Here: Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby, and as the coauthor of some of our favorite cookbooks, including Renee Erickson’s A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus and Rachel Yang’s My Rice Bowl.
Our monthly reading series, the Process, welcomes three local writers: Kim Fu, D.A. Navoti, and Ross McMeekin. Kim Fu is a Canadian-born writer living in Seattle, whose most recent novel, just out in paperback, is The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore. Her previous novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her debut poetry collection, How Festive the Ambulance, includes a 2017 National Magazine Awards Silver Medal winner and a Best Canadian Poetry 2016 selection. D.A. Navoti writes essays and memoir. His work has appeared in Cloudthroat, Indian Country Today, Spartan, The Seventh Wave, and elsewhere, and received writer fellowships from Hugo House and Jack Straw Cultural Center. A member of the Gila River Indian Community, he is a descendant of Hopi, Pima, Zuni, and Yavapai Apache tribes. Ross McMeekin’s debut novel, The Hummingbirds, was published in 2018 by Skyhorse. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Virginia Quarterly Review, Post Road Magazine, Redivider, and Tin House's Open Bar. He edits the literary journal Spartan and has received emerging writer fellowships from the Hugo House and Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. He lives in Lake Forest Park with his wife and two children.
As a young, queer woman who had worked hard to feel at home in her body and who had spent years writing about women’s health and breast cancer, Catherine Guthrie was thrust into the role of the patient after a devastating diagnosis at age thirty-eight. At least, she thought, she knew what she was up against. She was wrong. Catherine joins us to discuss her memoir, Flat: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer, her story of how two bouts of breast cancer shook her faith in her body, her relationship, and medicine.
Catherine Guthrie is an award-winning women's health journalist. For the past twenty years, her reporting, essays, and criticism have appeared in dozens of national magazines including Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; Slate; Cosmopolitan; Prevention; and Yoga Journal. She has faced breast cancer twice. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
Join our in-house book club, the Ridge Readers, to choose their next six months of reading. Possible selections will be discussed and voted on during the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome at book club meetings, on the third Wednesday of each month, and Picks Night is a particularly good time to start.
Join us in welcoming Allison Green and Rae Paris to our monthly reading series, The Process. Allison Green is the author of a memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me (Ooligan) and a novel, Half-Moon Scar (St. Martin’s). Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in publications such as the Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, ZYZZYVA, Calyx, Willow Springs, and Raven Chronicles.
Rae Paris is from Carson, California, with roots extending to New Orleans. She is the author of The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory. Her work has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, and residencies from Wurlitzer Foundation, Hambidge, Hedgebrook, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of Washington.
This month, The Process reading series welcomes Donna Miscolta, Jen Soriano, and Josh Potter. Donna Miscolta’s story collection, Hola and Goodbye , won an Independent Publishers award for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Fiction. Her novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced was published in 2011. Jen Soriano’s writing blurs the boundaries between nonfiction, surrealism, and poetry. Her essays appear in Pleiades, Waxwing, and other journals, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart, Best of the Net, and the Newfound Prose Prize. Jen lives in Beacon Hill and holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing workshop. Josh Potter received his MFA from UW in 2015. His work has appeared in Driftwood, River Teeth, City Arts, and is forthcoming in Guernica. In 2017 he won the Juxtaprose fiction contest. He's working on his first book, a novel about the Columbia River told through three generations descended from fur traders.
Please come out and support our local authors and enjoy the unique opportunity to grill them about their writing craft!
The Process Reading Series returns for December with a visit from two local memoir and essay writers: Sarah Cannon, who has written for Salon and the New York Times and whose new memoir of family trauma and renewal, The Shame of Losing, was just published by Red Hen Press, and our neighbor Natalie Singer, whose "self-interrogation," California Calling, about her immigration from Montreal to the golden land of California, came out from Portland's Hawthorne Books in March (it’s on our bookseller Nancy's 2018 top 10 list!). Come join us for good talk about writing, memoir, and, of course, process.
The Ridge Readers book club meets to discuss Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel The Left Hand of Darkness.
Join us at the Phinney Neighborhood Center for the ninth annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest (and the final one, at least under the auspices of the Seattle7, which is closing down after many years of good work and fundraising). A couple of dozen local authors will be signing books, and some will also be reading from their work, playing with the rockin’ writers in the Rejections, and providing hand-baked goods for sale. And Phinney Books will once again be selling, with a portion of the proceeds going to the PNA and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.
The full lineup of authors: Adrianne Harun, Anca L. Szilagyi, Anna Quinn, Bill Thorness, Charles Johnson, Claudia Rowe, David B. Williams, Deb Caletti, Donna Miscolta, Dori Hillestad Butler, Elizabeth George, Erica Bauermeister, Garth Stein, J. Anderson Coats, Jennie Shortridge, Jessixa Bagley, Jim Lynch, Kevin Emerson, Kevin O’Brien, Kit Bakke, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Lynn Brunelle, Michael Schmeltzer, Naveed Jamali, Suzanne Selfors
Our monthly reading series on the craft of writing, the Process, welcomes two Seattle writers. Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York Times, ELLE, and Vice. Her award-winning essay, “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund,” launched her blog at FuckOffFund.com and her podcast, "Can We Talk About Money?", and her new book, from Sasquatch Books, is Welcome to the Writer's Life. Richard Chiem is the author of You Private Person, named one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Essential Books on the West, and the novel King of Joy, coming out from Soft Skull Press in March 2019. His work has been published in City Arts Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fanzine, 3:AM Magazine, and Moss, among many other places. Come join us!
Three years ago, our friend and neighbor Beth Jusino set out, with her husband, Eric, on the kind of break-away-from-our-daily-lives adventure so many of us dream about: a thousand-mile, 78-day journey through France and Spain along the ancient pilgrimage path known as the Camino de Santiago. The result, as you can read in her funny and insightful account, Walking to the End of the World, was both what she had been hoping for and beyond what she could have expected. Join Beth as she talks about her journey, and about her journey in writing a book about it afterwards. Appropriate refreshments and lovely photos included!
Our friend and neighbor Craig Holt has been a standup comedian, an outdoor adventurer, and, for most of this millennium, the owner of Atlas Coffee, supplier for, among many others, our beloved Herkimer Coffee. (He even has a cameo appearance in Dave Eggers’s recent The Monk of Mokha.) But for all that time he’s been writing too, and he’ll be here to talk about his first novel, Hard Dog to Kill, a darkly comic adventure story about two mercenaries in one of the many places Craig has gotten to know in his coffee-related travels, the Congo.
The Ridge Readers book club meets at the store to discuss Umberto Eco's novel, The Island of the Day Before.
Our Dock Street Salon monthly reading series continues, with a new name (The Process) and a new emphasis on craft and works in progress. And with that in mind we welcome two local fiction writers to the first evening in our new series: Jennifer Fliss and John Englehardt. Jen is the current Pen Parentis Fellow, and her stories and essays have been published in the Rumpus, PANK, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. John teaches at Hugo House and was the recipient of the 2014 Wabash Book Prize, and his work has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Sycamore Review, the Stranger, and the Seattle Review of Books. Come join us for readings from their work and a discussion of craft.
As part of our Dock Street Salon reading series, join Bonnie J. Rough, Greenwood neighbor and author of Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality and KJ Dell'Antonia, author of How to Be A Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute, This evening promises gut-truth laughter and solid wisdom about how to stay sane and have fun while parenting through it all: birds and bees, thick and thin.
The Ridge Readers book club meets at the store to discuss David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
Come out and have a little pun with Friday Clements to celebrate the release of her new collection of illustrated wordplay, The Snuggle Is Real. You may know Frida from her first book, Have a Little Pun, which charmed its way into being one of our bestselling books over the past couple of years. (Or maybe you know her from her acclaimed rock posters, or just from seeing her around the neighborhood!) The Snuggle Is Real continues the groan-worthy adorableness, and we'll be delighted to welcome her here, along with bites and wine courtesy of Champion Wine Shop. Come join us!
We are delighted that Seattle's (America's!) favorite librarian, reading-recommender, and, now, novelist, Nancy Pearl, will be making her Phinney Books debut to celebrate the paperback release of her novel, George and Lizzie. She'll be discussing George and Lizzie, as well as, perhaps, what it was like to publish her first novel after a lifetime of reading, what it was like to be on the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction jury that chose Andrew Sean Greer's Less this year, and, of course, what she's been reading lately. Anyone who has seen or heard Nancy talk knows that she's excellent company—we hope you'll join us.
Nicole Dieker returns to read from the second volume of The Biographies of Ordinary People, which follows the three Gruber sisters as they leave their rural Midwestern hometown and try to make their way in the larger world. Meredith is determined to pursue a career in the theater. Natalie begins sorting and filing for an insurance company. Jackie ... well, Jackie still wants to sing, and if the classical music world isn’t interested in what she can do, she’ll figure out how to do it on her own. Set against the Great Recession, Presidents Obama and Trump, and a growing sense of national unrest, this final volume explores Meredith’s question: is it possible for ordinary people to make art? It also takes us into the close emotional connections between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends, and the people we choose to love as adults.
Our Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes two local writers whose storytelling crosses many media lines.
Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher is a writer raised in rural Washington State and now works as a copy writer in Seattle, where she is also a fiction editor for Pacifica Literary Review. She was recipient of the University of Washington's Milliman Scholarship and the David Guterson Prize for fiction and has work published for radio via The Furnace Reading Series and for print in Pacifica Literary Review and DIAGRAM. She plays the clarinet, and like everybody, plays the fool, sometimes.
Kate Berwanger is a creator of zines, short tales, and concise oddities. She organizes literary events throughout Seattle, with a focus on finding new blood. Her passion lies in tactile and tangible storytelling. She is the founder of Assembly, a literary open mic night that takes place in Belltown at Screwdriver Bar, on the first Wednesday of each month. Kate’s work can be found at www.thecoyhyena.com, and can be yours at the click of a button, in the space of a heartbeat.
We welcome two debut authors and one local friend: Julia Dixon Evans, whose novel, How to Set Yourself on Fire, tells the story of a woman adrift in her thirties who becomes obsessed with a cache of love letters written to her grandmother, and Matt Young, whose unfiltered (and when I say unfiltered I mean it) military memoir, Eat the Apple, has gotten rave reviews, will be joined by our friend (and theirs) Jarret Middleton, who read so entertainingly from Darkansas at our store last fall.
In honor of Bike Everywhere Month, Bill Thorness will lead a treasure-hunt ride through Northwest Seattle, starting and ending at Phinney Books. We'll leave at 10 and be back at the store around noon, in time for our friends and neighbors from G&O Family Cyclery to demo their electric cargo bikes, which make a cycle lifestyle all the more practical. And then at one, Bill will give a slide-show talk about bike camping and his recent guidebook, Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico. And until the end of May, if you used your bike to get to Phinney Books, let us know and we'll take 10% off your purchase!
Our in-house book club, the Ridge Readers, holds their semi-annual discussion and vote to select the books they'll read for their next six months of third-Wednesdays-of-the-month. Come join them: their meetings are open to all, and Picks Night is a great time to start.
In the middle of her work on the sequel to Hild, Nicola Griffith became possessed by another tale she had to tell, and we are thrilled to be hosting her to read from and talk about the result: So Lucky, the story of a driven, confident woman whose life, as the book's cover puts it, is "turned inside out like a sock" when her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Nicola's both an internationally beloved writer and a neighbor, and we're proud that she considers us her local shop and that she's debuting her exciting new novel here. Come join us for what will surely be a crowded event. (And yes, don't worry, she's back to working on Hild 2.)
For the fourth year, independent bookstores across the country will be celebrating the holiday we invented for ourselves: Independent Bookstore Day. We'll be featuring activities, contests, and exclusive Bookstore Day items all day long, and, as usual, we're teaming together with eighteen other Seattle-area indies for the Passport Challenge. Get your Bookstore Day passport map stamped at three or more stores that day and we'll give you a 30% coupon, good for one time at any participating store. Visit all 19 stores in the day (which, astoundingly, 320 intrepid readers did last year!), and you'll become a Grand Champion, with a crown and a 25% off discount card, good at all participating stores for the following year. Find out more at our Facebook page and at seattlebookstoreday.com. It's one of our favorite days of the year!
As regular salonistes know, our Dock Street Salon reading series often features writers reading works in progress, so it is a true delight to have two local writers who have read at Dock Street come back to read from their debut novels: Anca L. Szilagyi from Daughters of the Air (which came out in December), the story of a Brooklyn childhood haunted by Argentina's Dirty War, and Ross McMeekin from The Hummingbirds (which was released in February), a noirish Los Angeles tale of lust, betrayal, and corruption updated for modern Hollywood.