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Tom and Laura will be away from the store next week for spring break, which means at least four things: Kim and Liz will be capably helming the store in the meantime, there will be no Tuesday storytime on the 14th, there will be no newsletter next week, and, most excitingly for us at least, we'll be doing a lot of reading, which I'm sure we'll be reporting on here in the weeks to follow. 

As soon as we get back, though, there will be a lot going on at the store. Come join us:

Sun., Apr. 19, 7:30 pm: The Dock Street Salon reading series, featuring two cutting-edge fiction writers: Sarah Gerard, whose debut, Binary Star, Jenny Offill called "a bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding," and Matthew Simmons, author of Happy Rock, a "beautiful book filled with alternative universes," according to Victor LaValle.

Tue., Apr. 21, 7 pm: Lizzie Skurnick, regular contributor to Jezebel, the New York Times, and many other places, comes to town to discuss her funny and self-explanatory new guide, That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover's Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World.

Sat., Apr. 25, 2 pm: Kids' Gardening Afternoon at the store, with stories and hands-on activities for elementary-age gardeners with local authors Katherine Pryor (Sylvia's Spinach) and Rick Swann (Our School Garden!).

Sat. Nov. 2, all day: Independent Bookstore Day, a national celebration with a lot of fun local happenings you'll be hearing lots more about!
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, and Liz.
More Hawk!
If you haven't already heard me rave enough about H Is for Hawk, the Stranger gave me 700 words to do some more raving (and talk a little about bookselling) this week. Better yet, their excellent art critic, Jen Graves, wrote her own piece about the book, and what it's like to read it in the middle of all the hype, when her own life has another agenda.
Between You & Me
New Book of the Week
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris
Does your heart, like mine, quicken at the thought of entire chapters on the hyphen, the objective case, and the best pencil for marking proof? Oh, you'll get all the grammar porn you could hope for here, schoolmarmy and sensible in just the right proportions, but that's just the beginning. It turns out that Norris, writing her first book after almost four decades at the New Yorker's notoriously finicky copy desk, is a wonderfully appealing storyteller and a stylist who can hold her own with the McPhees and Fraziers she's been editing. You'll come for the commas and stay for the queen. —Tom
Old Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Book #4
by J.M. Ledgard
Our Phinney by Post picks have gotten an excellent response so far, and I sure hope that extends to #4, but we'll see. It's a book so self-serious that it skirts the edge of parody, told in sternly formal language about two characters so exceptionally cultivated you may be tempted to roll your eyes. Nevertheless, I loved it: in its clipped sentences, the massive scales of biology and history and the poignancy of individual existence gather weight until whatever profundity the book claims (and it claims a lot) feels entirely earned, and unlike anything else you're likely to read. —Tom
Kids' Book of the Week
by John Corey Whaley
Noggin is the most absurd realistic-fiction book ever written. A 16-year-old boy wakes up after a full head transplant only to realize all his friends have grown up and moved on. As he gets accustomed to his new life he has to make new friends his own age, while keeping his five-years-older friends too. (And that includes his old girlfriend...) I would recommend this book to anyone who just wants a good story. Noggin definitely is one. (12 and up) —Henry (age 12)
Link of the Week
The LitHub Debuts
As the Internet expands and fractures, it's hard to find a one-stop shop for good reading about books, or anything else. But a new, well-founded (and well-connected) venture called LitHub, which just launched this week, shows a lot of potential, with original content and actively curated features and links that might end up being the first place readers stop every morning (and lunch hour).
Lucky Jim
Other Link of the Week
The Scandal of a Single Star
Somehow, it's become a bit of a scandal that Salman Rushdie, rating books on Goodreads in a way he thought wasn't public, failed to love some beloved books, giving just one star to Kingsley Amis's comic classic Lucky Jim and three (out of five) to To Kill a Mockingbird (and five to A House for Mr. Biswas and Dog Soldiers). I have to say I find it refreshing that not everybody loves the same books. In other words: go ahead, give Submergence one star!

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7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
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New in the Store

Falling in Love by Donna Leon
The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
I Refuse by Per Petterson

Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough
Weed the People by Bruce Barcott
Michelle Obama by Peter Slevin
Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories by Christina Tosi
A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen
Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington

Kids and Teens:
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Underwater Babies by Seth Casteel
The Grasshopper and the Ants by Jerry Pinckney

The Goldfinch (yes, finally!) by Donna Tartt
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby
That Should Be a Word by Lizzie Skurnick
This Week in
A Reader's Book of Days

Apr. 7: William Wordsworth (1770), Donald Barthelme (1931)
Apr. 8: John Fante (1909), Barbara Kingsolver (1955)
Apr. 9: Charles Baudelaire (1821)
Apr. 10: David Halberstam (1934), Paul Theroux (1941)
Apr. 11: Dorothy Allison (1949)
Apr. 12: Beverly Cleary (1916), Tom Clancy (1947)

Apr. 7, 1935: Ernest Hemingway shoots himself in the leg while trying to kill a shark.

Apr. 8, 1809: After not hearing back from her editor for six years, Jane Austen asks if she can buy back the manuscript of what would become Mansfield Park for £12.

Apr. 8, 1928: "I seed de beginnin," Dilsey tells her daughter as they walk from church on Easter Sunday in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, "en now I sees de endin."

Apr. 10, 1903: James Joyce receives a telegram in Paris that he'll later quote in Ulysses: "Mother dying come home father." (He did; she was.)

Apr. 10, 1925: The Great Gatsby is published, to good reviews but poor sales.

Apr. 11, 1819: Keats and Coleridge meet for the only time, encountering each other during a walk on Hampstead Heath. Coleridge talks the younger poet's ear off.

Apr. 12, 1903: On Easter Sunday, Jack London accidentally cuts off the tip of his thumb.
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