We’re joining forces with The Ripped Bodice, the only romance-only independent bookstore in the US, and eighteen other book clubs to all read the same book in December: Pride by acclaimed Hatian-American author Ibi Zoboi, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in modern Brooklyn with characters of color!
Winterhouse is a store favorite… Come to think of it… so is Ben Guterson! We can’t wait to help Ben launch the next book in the series, The Secrets of Winterhouse!
Help us support local author (and friend) Django Wexler with the launch of his new YA fantasy Ship of Smoke and Steel. I was fortunate to read an early copy and couldn’t put it down. Ship of Smoke and Steel is a perfectly paced adventure with high stakes.
Elise Hooper is a fantastic author and speaker. She captivated the audience at her last event for The Other Alcott.
Learning to See is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love. But her choices came at a steep price…
Help us celebrate picture book author Curtis Manley as we help him launch his new book Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet! Curtis Manley is the author of The Summer Nick Taught his Cat to Read, The Crane Girl, and Shawn Loves Sharks.
Shawn Loves Sharks is the winner of a Washington State Book Award for 2018! It was also named to the Bank Street College of Education Best Books list for 2018, and nominated for the Washington State Children’s Choice Picture Book Award for 2019!
We are so excited to be hosting Ben Clanton for the launch of Narwhal’s Otter Friend! Ben is an incredible talent with a huge following. This is an unticketed event so we recommend you get here early.
Fun Fact - a customer once asked what age the Narwhal and Jelly books were for. I replied, “I love them, so one to at least forty-two.”
Play the game Bring Your Own Book with creator Mathew Moore! Being that the event is so close to Halloween we are going to theme the event with scary/monster books!
Joining us will be authors Django Wexler and Ali Oliva as well as illustrator Nate Taylor! Here’s a little bit about our guests:
Django Wexler is the author of the flintlock fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns beginning with The Thousand Names as well as The Forbidden Library series for middle readers. His next book, Ship of Smoke and Steel, is the first in his YA Wells of Sorcery series that will be out this January!
Ali Oliva’s debut post-apocalyptic novel The Last One garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Kirkus called it “clever in the best sense: she is able to skewer reality show culture and dystopian tropes while never letting concept or critique become more important than a good yarn.”
Nate Taylor is famous for his work illustrating for Patrick Rothfuss, including The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, the board game book Tak, and prints for the Kingkiller Chronicles. Check out more of his art here!
More details to come!
Join author Amy Bhatt as she presents her new book, High-Tech Housewives: Indian IT Workers, Gendered Labor, and Transmigration. Read on for more details on her fascinating work:
Tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft promote the free flow of data worldwide, while relying on foreign temporary IT workers to build, deliver, and support their products. However, even as IT companies use technology and commerce to transcend national barriers, their transnational employees face significant migration and visa constraints. In this revealing ethnography, Amy Bhatt shines a spotlight on Indian IT migrants and their struggles to navigate career paths, citizenship, and belonging as they move between South Asia and the United States.
Through in-depth interviews, Bhatt explores the complex factors that shape IT transmigration and settlement, looking at Indian cultural norms, kinship obligations, friendship networks, gendered and racialized discrimination in the workplace, and inflexible and unstable visa regimes that create worker vulnerability. In particular, Bhatt highlights women's experiences as workers and dependent spouses who move as part of temporary worker programs. Many of the women interviewed were professional peers to their husbands in India but found themselves "housewives" stateside, unable to secure employment because of visa restrictions. Through her focus on the unpaid and feminized placemaking and caregiving labor these women provide, Bhatt shows how women's labor within the household is vital to the functioning of the flexible and transnational system of IT itself.
AMY BHATT is associate professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the coauthor of Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest.
Happily Ever After is a book club aiming to read feminist and inclusive romance. Whether you're a voracious romance reader already or looking to expand your romance horizons, if you're excited to gush about and critically analyze romance novels, we're here for you. We'll pick one romance every month to meet and discuss at the bookstore, and we hope you'll join us!
In past months, we've read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Unraveled (Whiskey Sharp) by Lauren Dane, An Extraordinary Union (Loyal League) by Alyssa Cole, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, Death's Dancer (Grace Bloods) by Jasmine Silvera, and The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke) by Tessa Dare.
This month’s Romance Book Club selection is Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn! Join us as we discuss this exciting and refreshing romance centering Asian American superheroines!
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a highly acclaimed book centered around two Nigerians finding their way as immigrants in the UK and US. It’s a love story, as well as a story about immigration, race, and belonging. This warm, funny, and enlightening novel offers ample avenues for discussion.
“[A] knockout of a novel about immigration, American dreams, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color. . . . A marvel.” —NPR
“A near-flawless novel.” —The Seattle Times
One of the Best Books of the Year
The New York Times • NPR • Chicago Tribune • The Washington Post • The Seattle Times • Entertainment Weekly • Newsday • Goodreads
According to author and expert traveler Cassandra Overby, there’s no better way to discover Europe than by getting off the beaten path and exploring it on foot with a hike. Enjoy meaningful interactions with locals, explore charming villages, soak in rugged alpine views from rocky perches and absorb the landscape through all of your senses. Cassandra will show you how, introducing you to some of her favorite trails in Europe, with itineraries ranging from one to fifteen days, and sharing her top tips for exploring on foot. You’ll leave inspired to embark on your own cultural hiking adventure—and itching to buy a plane ticket to Europe
We’re starting a Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, hosted by local fantasy author Django Wexler! For the inaugural meeting, we’ll be discussing Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee.
In August, Romance Book Club will read Death’s Dancer, the first of Jasmine Silvera’s paranormal Grace Bloods series. And the author herself will be joining us!
We're celebrating the end of our mall-wide hunt for Waldo! Come on in and enjoy food, books, and a guest appearance from Waldo himself! We'll also do drawings for those who finished the passport challenge to see who wins our raffle prizes!
Prizes have been donated from stores around the mall and include swimming lessons from Goldfish Swim School, geodes from Utopia, socks from Fuego, sets of Where's Waldo books, gift cards to the mall, and more!
Book launch party for Justina Chen’s new YA novel, Lovely, Dark and Deep!
Join Mark Maciejewski to celebrate the launch of his new book, the second installment in the I Am Fartacus series!
For our July meeting, Open Book Club will discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman!