Lit Fall

11 Localish Books to Read This Autumn

From Megan Rapinoe's new memoir to an anthology of local writers meditating on Covid-19.

By Stefan Milne October 7, 2020 Published in the Fall 2020 issue of Seattle Met

The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka

Out Now The Northwest author’s second novel starts with two adult half sisters heading to their estranged father’s wedding outside of Seattle (for the free refreshments). That kicks off a U.S.-spanning epic as the pair tries to uncover the truth about their different mothers and the stories they’ve heard about them.

Salat and Here I Am O My God by Dujie Tahat

OUT NOW These chapbooks by Seattle poet Dujie Tahat serve as auspicious introductions. Salat finds its forms in Muslim prayer. In both books, Tahat’s sensibility is living and elastic, moving in a line between the registers of speech and scripture (a father is “an Ibrahim with all ’80s swagger”), between lamentation and praise.

One Life by Megan Rapinoe and Emma Brockes

Nov 10 Yes, Megan Rapinoe has a couple FIFA Women’s World Cup wins, an Olympic gold medal, and an HBO special. But in the OL Reign captain's new memoir, she focuses on her political action, from volunteer work as a kid to suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination.

Alone Together: Love, Grief and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 edited by Jennifer Haupt

Out Now Edited by Bellevue's Jennifer Haupt, this anthology brings together a host of writers both local (Jamie Ford, Garth Stein) and national (Limón, Nikki Giovanni) to meditate on what our socially distant year means.

My Unforgotten Seattle by Ron Chew

out now Ron Chew spent a decade at Seattle’s International Examiner newspaper (mostly as editor). Here he turns his journalistic skills on his own past—like his grandfather’s emigration from China (“I grew up under this cloud of silence, with no mention of my grandparents”)—and that of this city, including how he campaigned to turn a hotel into the current Wing Luke Museum, where he served as executive director.

Shit, Actually by Lindy West

OUT NOW Taking its title from her 2013 review of Love Actually for Jezebel, Lindy West returns to movie writing, the sort she made her name on at The Stranger. Here, she plunges back into popular movies—The Fugitive, Twilight, Bad Boys II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids—for a look into how they’ve shaped us.

Cardinal by Tyree Daye

Out now Published by Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press, Tyree Daye’s collection takes its epigraph from Green Book, the mid-century guidebook for Black drivers navigating a segregated America. These are poems, direct yet lyrical, of navigation in a world that has changed since, but not nearly enough.

DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi and Yi Sang: Selected Works edited by Don Mee Choi

Out Now Local writer Don Mee Choi was behind two collections this year. In DMZ Colony, she takes on borders (DMZ refers to Korean Demilitarized Zone) and creates a free space of poems, prose, images, and translation. In Yi Sang: Selected Works, Choi serves as editor and a translator for Sang, a writer in 1930s Japan-occupied Korea. His modernist poems subvert expectations—playful even as they reckon with oppression.

As the World Burns by Lee van der Voo

out now In 2015, 21 youth activists—including many from the Northwest—sued the federal government over its perpetuation of climate change. Oregon journalist Lee van der Voo follows the case, witnessing the fight for justice through the stories of the young

Need more fall reads? See our reviews of Jess Walter's The Cold Millions and Daudi Abe's Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle

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