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Bowie, David Bowie

Confession time: I’ve never been a rabid Bowie fan. Oh sure, his music is incredible and I’ll happily listen to it over and over, but only songs recorded between 1969 and 1983. I’m fairly unaware of albums recorded after

Date: 05/26/2016 | A Reading Life

The power of literacy

Volunteers sought for EvCC tutor program

Date: 05/25/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Picking up your dropped haikus

April is National Poetry Month and this year to celebrate we asked you to create a haiku. We shared some on our social media, and had a virtual poetry slam on April 30th. Now comes the best part: seeing all your hard work in one place.

Date: 05/24/2016 | A Reading Life

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County and nearby

Tracy Weber1 p.m. May 26, Edmonds LibraryFriends of the Edmonds Library welcomes Weber to talk about her three loves: Yoga, German shepherds and her book series Downward Dog Mysteries. Meet in the Plaza Room, 650 Main St. Admission is free.

Date: 05/22/2016 | Life

New Woody Guthrie book tells story of his Columbia River songs

"Roll On, Columbia" is 75 years old.If you grew up here, you most likely learned that song while studying Washington state history.It was one of 26 tunes the folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote in May of 1941 after he was hired by the Bonneville Power...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Life

Listen up! May new music.

Here are my quick picks for new music arrivals from late April and early May. Place your holds now!

Date: 05/20/2016 | A Reading Life

Neal Cassady letter to Kerouac for sale; will tour Seattle

NEW YORK — A 1950 Neal Cassady letter that inspired Jack Kerouac’s spontaneous style in “On the Road” is heading to auction where it’s expected to bring up to $600,000.Christie’s is offering the 18 double-sided-page letter on June 16.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Volunteers keep Kennewick library open for jailed juveniles

KENNEWICK — Fourteen years ago, the small room behind several heavy metal security doors at the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick was a vacant meeting room with empty shelves lining the walls.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest

A constant need

I think I may have discovered another universal constant. Along with gravity and the speed of light there is the constant need for my family unit (consisting of my wife, me and a very grumpy dog) to be watching a science fiction television series of some kind. If we don’t get a...

Date: 05/18/2016 | A Reading Life

Heartwood 6:3 - The Invention of Morel

The Invention of...

Date: 05/16/2016 | A Reading Life

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County and nearby

David Bienenstock7 p.m. May 18, Third Place Books

Date: 05/15/2016 | Life

“Geek Love” author Katherine Dunn dead at 70

PORTLAND, Ore. — Writer Katherine Dunn, who was famous for her novel “Geek Love,” died at her Portland, Oregon home Wednesday. She was 70.Dunn died Wednesday of complications from lung cancer, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (

Date: 05/13/2016 | Northwest

Everett native's book a humorous look at a simpler time

When Everett native Tim Aalbu left for Arizona in 2003, boyhood memories of his hometown went with him. He never forgot the fun and friends he had growing up near

Date: 05/13/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Read to, make that read with, a child

Everyone knows that reading together with children is the single most important way to help them get ready to read, but I often hear care-givers reading to children in very boring, monotone voices as if they just want to get through the book quickly and be done with it. I may be...

Date: 05/12/2016 | A Reading Life

The big tiny

I am obsessed with tiny houses.

Date: 05/09/2016 | A Reading Life

Reading e-books just isn’t a ‘tactile’ experience

Early last year, a linguistics professor at American University in Washington, D.C., surveyed more than 300 college students around the world and found that — ta-da! — 92 percent of them prefer physical books to digital books.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Entertainment

Good night, Elephant & Piggie: A Q&A with Mo Willems

Kids who have grown up with Mo Willems’ hilariously lovable and surprisingly sweet characters should make room on their bookshelves.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Entertainment

Blume open to social media… and maybe another book

NEW YORK — Judy Blume has many projects on her mind.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Entertainment

Did you know? (cell phone edition)

That nomophobia is a new phobia that describes the feeling of severe anxiety that results from being without your cell phone.

Date: 05/06/2016 | A Reading Life

Astrophysicist publishes book exploring the universe

CENTRALIA — While Bill Nye the Science Guy is rarely, if ever, seen without a bowtie, Toledo theoretical astrophysicist Ethan Siegel prefers his ensembles to include a kilt.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Northwest

Spot-Lit for May 2016

These titles – from honored, established, emerging, new, and under-the-radar authors – are some of the most anticipated new releases of the month, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.

Date: 05/04/2016 | A Reading Life

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone

Oh em gee, this cover is gorgeous! Here's another straight-up book review all thanks to the power of advance reader copies from our publishers. Thanks, publishers!

Date: 05/02/2016 | A Reading Life

The unsettled history of Iron Man and Captain America

Captain America: Civil War,” premiering May 6, pits Iron Man against Captain America, two characters that the movies have established as having both philosophical and personal differences. But surely, you say, that wasn’t true in the comics, where squared-jawed heroes are always best...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Entertainment

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County

Poetry of Protest6 p.m. May 5, Hibulb Cultural Center

Date: 05/01/2016 | Life

Animated ‘Watership Down’ miniseries planned

Fans of the vocal stylings of Ben Kingsley and, also, bunnies have reason to rejoice as BBC One and Netflix announced a four-part computer-generated animated miniseries adapting Richard Adams’ classic adventure novel “Watership Down.”

Date: 05/01/2016 | Life

No kidding: Get free comic book

Yes, there is such a thing as a free comic book.May 7 is Free Comic Book Day. Participating comic book specialty shops around the planet give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their shops.Shops give away specific comic books. You can’t just take any book from the rack.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Life

Author Robyn Carr talks romance novels, women’s issues

When romance novelist Robyn Carr shared the manuscript for her latest book with her son, a surgeon, he told her the opening chapter had to change. On the first page, Dr. Maggie Sullivan sneaks into the hospital stairwell for a good, stress-relieving cry after the twin emotional gut-punch of a...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Life

The rebirth of country music

As I grew up in suburban western Washington, I developed a … strong hatred for country music. Perhaps because it was my parents’ music of choice, perhaps because it was uncool amongst my peers or perhaps because the country music created at that time was easy to...

Date: 04/28/2016 | A Reading Life

Seattle events in truth and fiction

Here are two new book reviews from Sarah about events in the Emerald city. Make sure to check out our Facebook page for more...

Date: 04/25/2016 | A Reading Life

Kick-start the hemp industry

On Earth Day last week, a writer on the USA Today opinion page argued for the use of paper in classrooms because studies show students...

Date: 04/25/2016 | Editorials

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County

Nancy Lord7 p.m. April 27, EdCC Black Box Theatre

Date: 04/24/2016 | Life

Pie master

Northwest baker's advice: Warm heart, cool hands

Date: 04/24/2016 | Light for Life

The means of production

Growing up, there was always one person on the block who made their own home brew. Usually it was something really appetizing like ‘wine’ made from cherries/dandelions/elderberries that you would be forced to taste, without making a gagging noise, when you visited their...

Date: 04/21/2016 | A Reading Life

Short fiction by Fitzgerald, Munro to be issued as e-books

NEW YORK — Classic stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Alice Munro and lesser known works by Maeve Binchy and Alexander McCall Smith will be among those published in May as stand-alone, 99 cent e-books to mark National Short Story Month.

Date: 04/20/2016 | Entertainment

Scattershot 'Dining With Destiny' dissapoints

Fiona Ross has scavenged juicy tidbits of gastronomic intrigue from the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library. Her efforts are now compiled into a book of gossipy essays from her series, "Dining with Destiny — Dining with the Famous and Infamous." Yet, despite the...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Life

Listen up! April new music

Warming temperatures must have me in the mood to dance, because this month's picks have a lot of electronic, rock, hip-hop and world offerings. Place your holds now at

Date: 04/18/2016 | A Reading Life

Author events

Gene Fosheim2 p.m. April 17, Trinity Lutheran Commons

Date: 04/17/2016 | Entertainment

'Sawdust Empire'

Everett Massacre brought to life again

Date: 04/17/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

"Before the Wind"

Most people have never sailed.  So when you take them out, they wear clumsy shoes and start calling you Ahab or Bligh.  Or if they're particularly nervous, they'll quote Whitman- Captain my Captain!- and shout Bon voyage! or talk like pirates, as if...

Date: 04/14/2016 | A Reading Life

Illegal pot operation found after break-in at bookstore

SEATTLE — A break-in at a children’s bookstore led Seattle police to an illegal marijuana growing operation in a commercial space next door.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest

She came in through the bathroom window

Who came in through the bathroom window? That’s what I wondered. Local legend has it that an exuberant Beatles fan tried to sneak a peek of Paul McCarthy in his home, giving birth to the now famous song "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window." A lyric from that song is the...

Date: 04/12/2016 | A Reading Life

Author events

Brian Payton2 p.m. April 13, Freeland7 p.m. April 14, Oak Harbor Library

Date: 04/10/2016 | Life

Revenge rhapsody

I have a brother who is two and a half years older than me. When I was in school, he was always 2 grades ahead of me. The older I get, the waters of my childhood get a little murky and I don’t recall things the way they exactly happened-just that they happened. But one thing...

Date: 04/08/2016 | A Reading Life

Spot-Lit for April 2016

These titles are some of the most anticipated new releases coming out in April, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm. This month’s top pick is

Date: 04/06/2016 | A Reading Life

‘Wing-nut curiosity’

Author Mary Roach brings her science humor to Everett

Date: 04/06/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

The curious mind of Mary Roach

Thank goodness for the curious mind of Mary Roach. Without it we would never have found out the hilarious peculiarities of applying the scientific method. I know the terms ‘hilarious’ and ‘scientific method’ are rarely used in the same sentence, but read one of...

Date: 04/04/2016 | A Reading Life

Western tale by a teenage Thurber published for first time

NEW YORK — Before becoming one of the great wits of the 20th century, James Thurber was a teenager hooked on Westerns.

Date: 04/04/2016 | Entertainment

A coloring book for fun foodies

As adult coloring books remain popular, we weren’t surprised to see “Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables” (Universe, 2016), centered on seasonal produce.

Date: 04/03/2016 | Life

Upcoming author events around Snohomish County

Tiffany Midge6 p.m. April 7, Hibulb Cultural Center

Date: 04/03/2016 | Life

Catastrophic Happiness

Want to hear something weird? I love reading parenting books, but I'm not a parent. How-tos, essays, memoirs, cartoons, pretty much everything except those photographic encyclopedias that help you diagnose your baby's latest rash. No. Thanks!

Date: 03/31/2016 | A Reading Life

The new Beatles?

I’ve been thinking about the

Date: 03/29/2016 | A Reading Life

'Legends of the Fall' author Jim Harrison dies at 78

NEW YORK — Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga "Legends of the Fall," has died at age...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Rock ’n’ roll books that tell all and then some

Stories of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: These are the basic elements of a rock book. Make the band the Rolling Stones and you get “Life” by Keith Richards (2010), a memoir notable not just because the legendary guitarist lived through all those crazy exploits but because he...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Entertainment

6 things to know about being happy

If you’re happy and you know it, you can clap your hands. Or if you want to stay that way and perhaps be even happier, you can be creative . or give back . or enlist a positive attitude . or be mindful.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Life

Did You know? Gold edition

That the gold on earth came from asteroids?

Date: 03/25/2016 | A Reading Life

Listen up! March new music

We've got a lot of ground to cover this month, so let's get right to it! Place your holds now for these great new arrivals.

Date: 03/23/2016 | A Reading Life

Poetry Northwest to start promising new chapter

For six years, Everett Community College has housed a literary gem with a prestigious history. Poetry Northwest magazine, founded in...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

JFK’s last surviving sibling’s book to share ‘charming stories’ of fabled clan

Another Kennedy memoir? JFK’s lone surviving sibling, former ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith, is set to publish her entry into the established oeuvre in October.

Date: 03/22/2016 | Entertainment

Hint Fiction standouts

The results are in! What results you ask? Why, the results from our Hint Fiction Contest. It wasn't easy, but we have selected 20 of the most intriguing entries and are publishing them here on A Reading...

Date: 03/21/2016 | A Reading Life

Goshawk taught author of ‘H is for Hawk’ a lot about life

British writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald knew that when she set out to train a goshawk, death would be part of the equation. Goshawks are fierce predators, and taming one would mean participating in the slaughter of pheasants, rabbits and whatever else her hawk, Mabel, decided to hunt.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Life

Scandinavian crime or not?

Did you like the Girl With the Dragon...

Date: 03/17/2016 | A Reading Life

My reading challenge

Enjoy this post from our new contributor Katie:

Date: 03/14/2016 | A Reading Life

Hogwarts’ sorting hat was on to something

If the world was a more magical place, you could send your children off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to be reared into adulthood without any effort from you. (Wouldn’t that be lovely?) One of the first things that would happen to your kids after they stepped off the Hogwarts...

Date: 03/13/2016 | I Brake for Moms

Book calendar

Mary Lou Sanelli1 p.m. March 14, Everett Public LibraryThe Woman's Book Club of Everett invites the public to its free program in the library auditorium, at Hoyt and Everett avenues. Sanelli will talk about her new book, "A Woman...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Life

'Mill Town Boy' tells the story of an Everett Everyman

EVERETT — High school wasn't always an option for guys like him. Supporting the family came first.But Raymond Fosheim was forever an Everett High Seagull. He lived in the best place in the world.In a new biography — "Mill Town Boy" —...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Life

They sure look like ants from up here

I have always wondered what it would be like to be so far down the rabbit hole of love that you don’t need to doubt it. I’ll admit it; I’ve never been in love. Not proper love, not the kind where you fall asleep at night assured that love is going to be there in the...

Date: 03/11/2016 | A Reading Life

Police shootings of blacks influence crime fiction genre

NEW YORK — In “Underground Airlines,” an upcoming novel by Ben Winters, a black bounty hunter rides through a poor neighborhood in Indianapolis alongside a white policeman.

Date: 03/10/2016 | Entertainment

Stories of race and immigration among PEN/Faulkner nominees

This year’s list of finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award features stories of war, race and immigration.

Date: 03/10/2016 | Entertainment

Living the pain and dreams of Pat Conroy

Soon after "The Prince of Tides" became a blockbuster movie in 1991, People magazine put the film's leading man, Nick Nolte, on its cover as the "Sexiest Man Alive." This couldn't possibly be true, I thought (and wrote) at the time. Nolte, who played...

Date: 03/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Amy Schumer is ‘The Girl With the Lower Back Tatoo’

Amy Schumer’s upcoming book has an indelible title.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Entertainment

Practical new book will win over oyster-squeamish

My introduction to oysters was at Anthony's Home Port in Everett. My 8-year-old self opted for the oyster shooter starter to my Sunset Dinner, Anthony's popular four-course meal. Our server rechecked my request as I bravely nodded.I felt ready to eat like a grown-up.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Life

Alabama judge seals Harper Lee will

Associated PressMONROEVILLE, Ala. — Famously private in life, “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is keeping her secrets even in death.

Date: 03/08/2016 | Entertainment

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County

Alice Boatwright, Candace Robb and Marty Wingate2 p.m. March 12, Edmonds LibraryThis panel of Northwest authors will talk about their books and love for the mystery genre and all things England. Stay and enjoy a proper English High Tea with the...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Life

Spot-Lit for March 2016

These titles are some of the most anticipated new releases for March, based on a consensus of advance reviews and book world enthusiasm.

Date: 03/04/2016 | A Reading Life

Toni Morrison receives $25,000 honorary award from PEN

NEW YORK — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has received an honorary prize named for another Nobel winner, the late Saul Bellow.

Date: 03/03/2016 | Entertainment

Just regular Joes

By the time you are reading this fascinating post, the following statement will not be true: Tonight I am going to see (and hear) The Tripwires, Girl Trouble and the

Date: 03/02/2016 | A Reading Life

The Mad Woman Upstairs

Enjoy my review of The Mad Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell...

Date: 03/01/2016 | A Reading Life

A Study in Charlotte

I am notoriously bad at straight-up book reviews, but I'm going to try my darndest with this one, dear Reader, because it's so far the best book I've read all year.No joke.

Date: 02/29/2016 | A Reading Life

Diane Rehm’s next act: Using her famed voice to fight for the good death

In theatrical makeup and camera-ready attire, her hair an ivory meringue, Diane Rehm is an intensely visual person — “I love clothes more than I love food,” she likes to say — whose medium happens to be radio.

Date: 02/28/2016 | Life

Stunning images of colorful space

Few things in life are more vibrant, more beautiful and more majestic than images of space. Thankfully, “Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space” by Travis A. Rector, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke presents everything from nebulae, supernovas, distant...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Life

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County and nearby

Amy Hatvany7 p.m. March 2, University Book Store

Date: 02/28/2016 | Life

A sensible take on raising teen girls

Finally, there’s some good news for puzzled parents of adolescent girls, and psychologist Lisa Damour is the bearer of that happy news. Damour’s new book, “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood,” is the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book I’ve come...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Life

Reading lists of the disturbed

Here is a shocking statement from someone who works in a library: reading lists are fun to keep. In addition to helping you remember exactly what you have read over time, they also produce a great sense of accomplishment. You can sit back in your chair, preferably an electric reclining...

Date: 02/26/2016 | A Reading Life

U.S. is running short of new ideas, economist argues

It's a dreary thought.America's most innovative days are gone. A lack of truly groundbreaking inventions has imposed a long-term drag on economic growth — and with it the prospect of meaningful pay raises for most of us.That, at least, is the argument put...

Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire

Doctor who identified CTE snags 6-figure book deal

The forensic pathologist who identified the brain disease CTE afflicting numerous football players and was played by Will Smith in the movie “Concussion” is working on a memoir.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Entertainment

Listen up! 2016 Grammy winners

Votes have been cast, the red carpet has been strutted, and the results have been revealed: the 2016 Grammy Award winners are here! You may be familiar with many of the awardees, but there are other names that perhaps are still to be discovered. Here's a short list of the best of the...

Date: 02/24/2016 | A Reading Life

A March Madness for those who love cookbooks more than sports

Historically, I've had plenty of good luck when it comes to March Madness. Even without a working knowledge of college basketball stats or players, I manage to fill out a winning bracket time and again. But now I've found a madness to which I'm better suited: cookbook madness.

Date: 02/24/2016 | Life

Smoke and miracles

What do death rituals and miraculous births have in common? They figure prominently in the latest two books Sarah has read. Find out more about them by reading her reviews listed below. And as always, check out our 

Date: 02/22/2016 | A Reading Life

Nine new books about animals

New animal books explore the historical and sociological significance of animals. Plus, there’s room for some whimsy — as well as a look into seaworthy sex lives:

Date: 02/21/2016 | Life

Upcoming author events in Snohomish County and nearby

Lauren Kessler7 p.m. Feb. 25, Third Place BooksKessler will to read from and sign her book, “Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker.” The store is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.Kathryn Aalto

Date: 02/21/2016 | Life

Nature authors cause us to marvel at wild creatures

“Bats: A World of Science and Mystery” (Chicago Press).

Date: 02/21/2016 | Life

Digital technology makes rare medieval manuscripts available to all

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Life

Umberto Eco, author of 'The Name of the Rose,' dead at 84

ROME — Italian author Umberto Eco, who intrigued, puzzled and delighted readers worldwide with his best-selling historical novel "The Name of the Rose," has died.

Date: 02/20/2016 | Nation & World

Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author, dies at 89

NEW YORK — Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, "To Kill a Mockingbird," became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film, has died. She was 89.HarperCollins...

Date: 02/19/2016 | Nation & World

Great new films

While on a long plane flight home last week, I watched every single film trailer to get the scoop on the latest movies for you. Oscar season is upon us and there are a lot of excellent titles that you can borrow from your library. For your benefit, I have also researched...

Date: 02/19/2016 | A Reading Life

Guard your heart

Sometimes I read a book and think how I want to write about it on the library’s blog. Yes, I actually do think about what I’m writing. Kinda. It usually goes like this: "Book good. Book make Jennifer happy. Book make reality disappear. Jennifer tell about book."...

Date: 02/17/2016 | A Reading Life

Author Pat Conroy has pancreatic cancer, promises hard fight

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Author Pat Conroy says he has pancreatic cancer, but promises he will fight the disease hard and finish a novel he owes his fans.The 70-year-old South Carolina novelist made the announcement Monday on his Facebook page.

Date: 02/15/2016 | Life

The best under-seen films of 2015

We're knee-deep in awards season. The Oscar nominations have been announced. We will showcase 3 of those films at

Date: 02/15/2016 | A Reading Life

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