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April 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

‘Jeopardy!’ champ Tom Nissley writes the book on bibliophilia

Tom Nissley is a literate guy. He’s a “Jeopardy!” champ. He’s the author of a delightful compendium of knowledge about books and authors, “A Reader’s Book of Days.” And he’s about to be a bookstore owner – he’s agreed to purchase Santoro’s Books in Greenwood. Nissley is interviewed tonight on “Well Read,” the books and authors…

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March 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

‘The Sixth Extinction’ – the radical pace of species destruction

 Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction” is one of those books that will alter your view of the world. Kolbert, a New Yorker staff writer, documents with devastating effectiveness how humans are  causing changes to the planet that will eventually imperil most species. Already, we are living in an age of mass extinction, with creatures from amphibians…

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March 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sonia Sotomayor’s rules for living

I was the tiniest bit miffed at having to arrive two hours early to last night’s appearance of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Town Hall Seattle, in the service of having my ragtag messenger bag sniffed by  a bomb-detecting dog (a very friendly black lab).  Believe me, it was more than worth the…

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February 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Ruth Ozeki writes ‘A Tale for the Time Being’

I had never read anything by Ruth Ozeki until I picked up her latest novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” and found a book that kept me thinking long after I put it away. A writer living on a British Columbia island (not unlike Ruth Ozeki) picks up the diary of a Japanese teenager…

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February 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The writers are coming – AWP convention in Seattle

If you notice the ranks of bookish-looking people swelling on the streets of Seattle later this week, there’s a reason: The 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs is meeting Wednesday through Saturday  at the Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  It’s billed as the largest literary conference in North America, and more…

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February 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Armistead Maupin on his final Tale of the City

Armistead Maupin made journalistic history in 1976 when his “Tales of the City” series began running in the San Francisco Chronicle. He created vivid characters who came from all walks of life (to put it mildly). His stories of Mary Ann, the naive Midwestern transplant, Michael, the gay young man with a strong romantic streak,…

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January 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Seattle City Council endorses bid for Seattle as a ‘City of Literature’

The Seattle City Council has endorsed a bid for Seattle  to join an international network of cities devoted to literature, sponsored by the international organization UNESCO. The UNESCO Creative Cities network is a group of 41 cities worldwide with specialties in film, literature, design, music, gastronomy and other areas. Seattle writer Ryan Boudinot is leading an…

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