Points of Reference

How Ernest Cline Mixed Star Wars Fantasy and Classic Video Games to Create 'Armada'

The bestselling author discusses his follow-up to 'Ready Player One,' a pop culture-fueled tale of video gaming and alien invasion.

07/14/2015 By Seth Sommerfeld

City of Lit

Hugo House Unveils an Outstanding 2015–16 Season

The center for creative writing outdoes itself with a new reading lineup featuring unmistakable voices in fiction, poetry, and essay.

07/02/2015 By Darren Davis

Summer Festival Season

Bumbershoot 2015 Adds 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Writers, Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, and the A.V. Club

The fest announces its Comedy and Words and Ideas lineups.

06/24/2015 By Seth Sommerfeld

Feature

20 Books Every Seattleite Should Read

Twenty books with ties to the region—some explicit, some not—that make the case that Seattle is one of the world’s great literary cities.

04/01/2015 By Ryan Boudinot

City of Literature

“If You Could Make Seattleites Read One Book, What Would It Be?”

We asked six local writers to each nail down one must-read book for city dwellers.

03/24/2015 By Seattle Met Staff

Small Press, Big Party

5 Essential Events at APRIL Festival 2015

The Seattle small press festival is back in a big way: a storytelling brawl, ghosts of avant-garde expats, and lots and lots of books

03/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Quiz

QUIZ: Should You See Fifty Shades of Grey?

The big-screen adaptation of the Seattle-set novel that sold more than 100 million copies (and made BDSM a household acronym) hits theaters February 13. We’ll help you decide whether to be there opening night.

02/09/2015 By Matthew Halverson

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Hugo House's Tree Swenson

The executive director of the literary non-profit organization discusses the Carolyn Kizer tribute and up-and-coming local writers.

01/15/2015 By Seth Sommerfeld

Comedy Chats

Patton Oswalt Discusses His Movie Addiction and Twitter Break

The comedian visits Seattle and Tacoma with his new book 'Silver Screen Fiend' and fresh standup.

01/05/2015 By Seth Sommerfeld

Comedic Chatter

Bob Odenkirk Tours 'A Load of Hooey'

The self-deprecating veteran of comedy proves Seattle is better than Portland with a special date at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.

10/24/2014 By Ariana Dawes

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Garth Stein

The author of 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' returns with 'A Sudden Light.'

09/17/2014 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alert

Nerd Out with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Paramount

The acclaimed astrophysicist and Cosmos star stops in Seattle this September.

04/15/2014 By Seth Sommerfeld

Article

Nicole Hardy’s ‘Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin’

An exclusive look inside the Seattle writer’s memoir—a tale of sex, love, and Mormonism—due out August 20.

08/01/2013 By Laura Dannen

Article

Kindle Worlds Scares Off Fan Fiction Writers

Amazon’s fanfic publishing platform didn’t make the best first impression.

08/01/2013 By Matthew Halverson

Article

David Shields and Three Northwesterners Who Saved His Life

The author namechecks locals in How Literature Saved My Life.

01/23/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Article

Christopher Howard’s ‘Prince of the World: Stories’

Howard sets a tale of bored and battered Iraq war veterans in the Pacific Northwest.

12/19/2012

Article

Ellen Forney’s ‘Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir’

The Seattle cartoonist takes readers on a journey through her own unquiet mind.

10/08/2012 By Brian Colella

Article

Sherman Alexie’s Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

The Seattle author’s latest combines 15 previously published works with 15 new stories.

09/19/2012 By Brian Colella

Article

Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction

Seattle University’s fan fiction expert explains the Fifty Shades of Grey craze.

09/19/2012 By Laura Dannen

Article

Northwest Bookshelf: Trading Manny

Trading Manny: How a Father and Son Learned to Love Baseball Again follows author Jim Gullo as he grapples with the sport’s steroid scandals.

03/23/2012 By Brian Colella