Our monthly reading series, the Process, returns with four local writers of short fiction and a particular focus on literary journals. We'll be joined by Juan Carlos Reyes, a previous visitor who is the author of A Summer's Lynching and Elements of a Bystander, an associate professor at Seattle University, and the editor of Big Fiction magazine, and by three members of the editorial staff of Orca: A Literary Journal, all fiction writers themselves: Joe Ponepinto, David Anderson, and Zachary Killian. Come join us for talk about the process of fiction writing and a behind-the-scenes discussion of the editing of literary journals.
Join one of our neighborhood writers, Sharon Mentyka, at the launch of her new book, Think Smart, Be Fearless: A Biography of Bill Gates. Her previous book, Chasing at the Surface, inspired by the real-life visit of orca pod L-25 to Dyes Inlet, has been a middle-reader favorite in our store since it came out in 2016. Her new book features another local celebrity: Bill Gates. An oversized kids' nonfiction book aimed at early elementary-school readers, it's the second in Sasquatch Books' new biography series on notable Northwesterners (the first was on Beverly Cleary). We're delighted to have Sharon at the store to discuss these local notables, as well as writing fiction and nonfiction for kids, and whatever else you'd like to ask her about.
Our in-house book club, the Ridge Readers, meets to choose their next six months of reading selections. As always, the first half of the meeting is devoted to sharing a recent book each participant has read, and then the members will nominate books for the club’s next half-year of discussions. Picks Night is always a good time to make your first visit to the club—newcomers are always welcome, and discussion is always lively.
Our Fremont neighbor, Caroline Sayre, presents Civic Saturday, a non-partisan community gathering in celebration of shared civic purpose. Started in 2016 by Citizen University in Seattle, Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church, a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to explore a deeper sense of community and shared civic identity. Caroline discusses “Fremont, After the Vote, Practicing Hope.” Fremont and much of District 6 is in a state of fast-paced change and challenge. We’re also in a unique state of politics, both locally and nationally. This calls for a new kind of civic partnership with our soon-to-be elected council member. What might a revitalized relationship look like that reflects our common values for the betterment of our community? Caroline will be joined by two poets and one musician, along with small group conversation and refreshments to round out the gathering.
The October edition of our in-house reading series, the Process, features two local writers and one visiting from Kentucky. Loreen Lilyn Lee lives in Seattle, where she has been a Hedgebrook and Jack Straw fellow, but she was born and raised in Honolulu, the subject of her recent memoir, The Lava Never Sleeps. Katy Yocom's debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, came out this summer from Oregon's Ashland Creek Press; she's visiting us from Louisville, where she's associate director of the Spalding College writing program. And after a life of travel and performance, Will Rose has returned to Seattle, where he writes and teaches French and theater. Come join us, as always, for new writing and discussion of the writing process!
The inaugural Seattle Children’s Book Festival is coming to our neighborhood, and we at Phinney Books and Madison Books are thrilled to be the booksellers for the event! An incredible lineup of over four dozen kids authors, including Kazu Kibuishi, Tui T. Sutherland, Ben Clanton, Corinna Luyken, Leuyen Pham, Dana Simpson, and many more, will be signing books and giving readings at an outdoor festival on the campus of Greenwood Elementary at 144 NW 80th Street. Visit the Seattle Children’s Book Festival page for more information and the full lineup of authors. See you there!
Our in-house monthly reading series, The Process, returns for a new season with three widely published Northwest poets with new collections out this year: Jed Myers, editor for the journal Bracken, whose new book, The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), is his second full-length collection; Tina Schumann, whose new collection, Praising the Paradox (Red Hen), is her third; and Heidi Seaborn, an NYU MFA candidate and editorial director of the Adroit Journal, whose first collection, Give a Girl Chaos (Mastodon), came out this spring.
Join us for fresh poems and discussion of the craft and process of writing.
For the last reading in our in-house reading series, we welcome two local poets, Kamari Bright, a St. Louis-born creative who has had work featured in publications, released a poetry collection, Emergence, and had works screened in international film festivals, and Martha Silano, who returns to Phinney Books following the release of her fifth collection, Gravity Assist, just out from Saturnalia Books. She also co-authored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Martha’s poems have appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, New England Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Bellevue College.
Please join us for a special Young Adult edition of our monthly reading series, the Process, an evening focused on writing for and about teens, and, of course, your questions about craft and the writing process, featuring three local writers, two of whom are also booksellers at Phinney Books! Nancy Schatz Alton’s favorite writing form is poetry and she’s is a freelance writer of many forms, author of two healthcare books, an editor, writing teacher and coach. She writes about parenting at ParentMap and Your Teen for Parents. Ann Teplick is a Seattle poet, playwright, prose writer, and teaching artist who writes with children and teens at Seattle Children's Hospital, Child Study Treatment Center (the state psychiatric hospital for youth), and Coyote Central. Anika J. Miller is a Young Adult fiction writer and bookseller in Seattle. Her first novel, When the World Didn’t End, is currently available for acquisition through the Purcell Agency.
All day long, we, and almost two dozen of our fellow Seattle independent bookstores as well as hundreds of stores across the country, will be celebrating the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day. Visit our stores for author appearances, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, along with exclusive books and literary items you can only get on that day.
And in Seattle, we’ll continue our tradition of the Bookstore Passport Challenge. Get your passport stamped at three or more participating stores on Bookstore Day and receive a 30% coupon for use at any of the stores. Get your passport stamped at all 21 stores and you’ll be crowned a Bookstore Grand Champion, with a 25% discount card, good at all participating stores until Bookstore Day next year. Does visiting 21 stores in a day, from Poulsbo to Redmond to Burien to Georgetown, sound impossible? Almost 500 book lovers completed the 19-store challenge last year!
Fishtrap—a year-round writer's conference/workshop/lecture series based in beautiful Wallowa County, Oregon—will be reaching out to Western Washington readers and writers in an evening of readings, conversation, and (free!) wine and cheese at Phinney Books. The event is free and open to the public—all are welcome.
Joining host David Laskin will be three terrific Western Washington writers who have taught or spoken at Fishtrap in the past (or will this summer): the poet Holly Hughes, the memoirist Karen Fisher, and the fantasy writer Nisi Shawl. Each will read from current work, and, together with Fishtrap executive director Shannon McNerney, they will share an intimate sense of what Fishtrap is about, where it is going and why it is so important today.
This month, our in-house reading series, the Process, welcomes three local poets.
Meredith Clark is a poet and writer whose work has received Black Warrior Review's nonfiction prize, and been published in Poetry Northwest, Phoebe, Gigantic Sequins, and Berkeley Poetry Review. These days, she writes about trees, bodies, time, and the uncategorizable.
Martha Kreiner works as an RN with Healthcare for the Homeless in Seattle and hails from the prairie but belongs in the mountains, most especially Space Mountain in Disneyland, which she can’t stop thinking about.
Rena Priest is a 2019 Jack Straw writer and the author of two collections of poetry, Sublime Subliminal and the American Book Award-winning Patriarchy Blues. Her work can be also be found online in anthologies and literary magazines and via renapriest.com.
Come join us for fresh readings and shop talk about the writing process!
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.