Books & Talks

Bookworm

Blue Kettle Books Brings the Indie Bookstore to New Terrain

Monica LeMoine opened her blue book mobile as a pandemic pivot to bring the love of reading to more communities in the city.

06/24/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Summer Book Report

Pacific Northwest Beach Reads

If a Seattle summer ever materializes, these are the local authors you should bring to the beach, from Angela Garbes to Putsata Reang.

06/22/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Slaying Storytime

How a Seattle Illustrator’s Picture Book Ignited a Pizza Boycott

Levi Hastings's picture book is embroiled in anti-LGBTQ controversy after it was included in Pizza Hut's summer literacy program.

06/17/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Bay Watch

New Elliott Bay Book Company Owners Hope to Carry on the Legacy

Though Seattle's premiere independent bookseller has changed ownership, not much else will—and your punch cards are still good.

06/10/2022 By Ann Karneus

Met Recs

June Pick: A Memoir by Sonic Boom Cofounder Nabil Ayers

The musician and cofounder of one of Seattle's most iconic record stores writes about his relationship with his father, jazz legend Roy Ayers.

06/08/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Serious Business

Jon Mooallem’s New Book Finds Beauty in Being Ugly

In Serious Face, the Bainbridge Island–based writer revisits some of the most meaningful pieces from his career as a New York Times Magazine writer.

05/20/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Summer Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Draws Luminaries from the Puget Sound and Beyond

Seattle authors Nicola Griffith and Timothy Egan headline as panelists at this literary arts festival in the San Juans, which also includes a book fair.

05/18/2022 By Sophie Grossman

On the Page

Kim Fu Conjures Metaphorical Monsters

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century uses the power of metaphor to more accurately portray lived experience.

04/29/2022 By Sophie Grossman

On the Page

Jane Wong Reads Between the Lines in How to Not Be Afraid of Everything

In How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, the Western Washington professor unearths buried memories and unspoken truths about China's Great Leap Forward.

04/04/2022 By Sophie Grossman

War Stories

A Seattle Author Traces His Family's Holocaust Survival in Soviet Ukraine

Maksim Goldenshteyn's So They Remember chronicles an overlooked atrocity in an area facing similar peril today.

03/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Literary Gates-Keeping

Here’s What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Year

Nonfiction reads and novels, from Walter Isaacson to Kazuo Ishiguro, to gift and get you through the holidays, courtesy one Seattle billionaire.

11/22/2021 By Sophie Grossman

Oeno Files

Newcomer Drink Books Is a Hybrid Bottle Shop and Bookstore

The Phinney Ridge shop pairs natural wine and memorable fiction.

11/11/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Talking Mysteries

Cedar Sigo's Conversational Poetics

'Guard the Mysteries ' and 'All This Time' from Wave Books both contend with the power of talk.

09/21/2021 By Stefan Milne

Shelf Lives

7 Seattle Books to Read This Fall

From Marcus Harrison Green's essay collection to a history of the 1991 Huskies by Mike Gastineau.

09/15/2021 By Stefan Milne

Drawn Out

11 Essential Seattle Graphic Novels and Comics

Gary Larson, G. Willow Wilson, Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Simon Hanselmann—the city’s a cartoon haven, from classic funny comics to horror.

08/06/2021 By Stefan Milne

A Rose for Emily

Seattle’s The Bachelor Is Way Better Than Hollywood’s

Andrew Palmer’s smart new novel is a fun and heady plunge into reality and identity.

07/16/2021 By Stefan Milne

City of YA Lit

11 Local Reads for Kids and Young Adults

Everything from narwhals and robots to summer flings.

06/18/2021 By Sophie Grossman

Book Review

In One Two Three, Triplets Take on a Chemical Company

Seattle writer Laurie Frankel’s latest reads like an ecological fable.

06/02/2021 By Stefan Milne

Local Letters

A Big Seattle Reading List

The books you should read from Washingtonians past and present.

05/20/2021 By Stefan Milne and Seattle Met Staff

Local Lit

10 New Seattle Books to Read This Spring

Three texts take on Amazon, while Daniel James Brown follows up 'The Boys in the Boat.'

05/10/2021 By Stefan Milne