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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Dock Street Salon reading series welcomes two local writers making return visits to read from their new books: Joshua Mohr, from his memoir, Sirens, and Donna Miscolta, from her collection of stories, Hola and Goodbye.
On Inauguration Day, join us for the launch of A Brief Guide to Being Human in a Messy World, a new manifesto on creativity, community, and critical thinking from the mysterious local folks behind Covert Leadership. Refreshments and ideas will be included.
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.
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.
The Ridge Readers Book Club meets to discuss Azar Nafisi's The Republic of Imagination.
[RESCHEDULED FROM OCTOBER] Linda Jordan, Toni Kief, and Susan Brown of the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest discuss women as writers and readers.
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.
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.
The Ridge Readers Book Club meets to discuss Richard Powers's novel Orfeo.
POSTPONED! David Dayen visits from Los Angeles to discuss his book on the still-ongoing foreclosure-fraud crisis, Chain of Title.
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.
Our Dock Street Salon reading series celebrates the third issue of the Northwest literary magazine Spartan, featuring D.A. Navoti, Ian Denning, and Q Lindsey Barrett reading stories from the new issue.
The Ridge Readers book club discusses The Tempest, by that fella Shakespeare. They'll be using the Signet paperback edition, if you want to acquire your own.
The Ridge Readers book club discusses Anna Funder's Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall.
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).
The Ridge Readers Book Club discusses Hans Fallada's 1947 novel, Every Man Dies Alone.
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.
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.
The Ridge Readers Book Club discusses L.P. Hartley's 1953 novel, The Go-Between.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ridge Readers, our in-house book club, meets to choose their next six months of reading. Newcomers are always welcome!
Join us for a special Tuesday storytime with your Green Lake neighbor Angela Taylor Hylland, reading from her new picture book, The Denim Jungle, a beautifully illustrated tale of adventure from toddler height.