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

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

Hot stuff

Bridgerton Is Back for a Steamy Second Season

Seattle author Julia Quinn, the voice behind the sexy and groundbreaking Shonda Rhimes show, is enjoying the ride.

03/15/2022 By Allison Williams

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

Profile

The Scientific Methods of J. Kenji López-Alt

In and out of his Seattle home kitchen, The Food Lab author interrogates the chemistry of smash burgers and probes the elements of wok cooking.

02/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Power Players

The Most Influential People in Seattle Arts

From Brandi Carlile to Don Mee Choi and Marco Collins, this city is shaped by many an author, artist, musician, and record producer.

12/09/2021 By Sophie Grossman

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

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

Life’s a Beach

A Guide to a Very Seattle Beach Day

The best backdrops, reads, and drinks for all your lounging needs.

07/02/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Stefan Milne, and Allecia Vermillion Photography by Carlton Canary

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

3 New Books for Your Seattle Spring Reading

A how-to on parental feminism, essays about fruit (with recipes), and essays about whales.

03/23/2021 By Stefan Milne

Ecology Omen

How Does Frank Herbert's Dune Reflect the Northwest?

The book’s huge influence can make you forget its local legacy.

12/16/2020 By Stefan Milne

Book Review

Ijeoma Oluo's Mediocre Unpacks White Male Supremacy

The writer’s follow-up to 'So You Want to Talk About Race' weaves troubled history into current events.

11/30/2020 By Stefan Milne

Book Review

In Corinne Manning’s We Had No Rules, Identity Is a Prism

The Seattle author's debut short story collection features queer characters struggling with definition.

05/14/2020 By Stefan Milne