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While I was conventioneering with my fellow booksellers in Albuquerque last week, there was an even bigger book conference going on right here in Seattle. As you may have heard, the American Library Association held their Midwinter Meeting over the weekend, and on Monday morning they announced their many annual awards, most prominently the Caldecott and Newbery winners. The Caldecott (for best illustrated book) went to Sophie Blackall, who won three years ago for Finding Winnie, for her charmingly vertical Hello, Lighthouse (with my favorite picture book of the year, Grace Lin's A Big Mooncake for Little Star, earning one of the Caldecott Honor runner-up prizes), and the Newbery (for "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," which usually means a middle-grade novel) went to Meg Medina for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. My fingers were poised over my laptop as the announcements were made, so I managed to grab a handful of each winner before they went out of stock. Come take a look at what the librarians think are the best of the year.

Among the many other ALA awards, Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature last fall, continued its sweep by picking up the Michael Printz and Pura Belpre prizes. And, as I was watching the (very long) webcast, I had nice surprise when I heard the name of a friend of the store, Karin Snelson (a former Newbery committee member herself), when Jerome by Heart, a book she helped translate from the French, was named an Honor Book for the Batchelder Award for best translated children's book. Congratulations, Karin!

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
The Dreamers
New Book of the Week
The Dreamers
by Karen Thompson Walker
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: You send your child out into the world, and tragedy strikes. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker opens with a series of small-town college students falling asleep—and not waking up. But this is no Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with a handsome prince to save the day. There is no rhyme or reason to who falls asleep and who ultimately wakes up. Not all do. Is it a virus? Mass hysteria? Doctors are baffled. Parents are terrified. And the dreamers keep on sleeping as the town is quarantined, hospitals fill up, and young men and women are forced to grow up faster than they ever expected. —Doree
The Great Soul of Siberia
Old Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Book #51
The Great Soul of Siberia
by Sooyong Park
For twenty years, Park has spent the summers tracking the rare and regal Siberian tiger through Russia's eastern wilderness, and for each of those twenty winters he has hidden himself in tiny underground bunkers waiting, sometimes for weeks or months, for a glimpse of the big cats roaming through their territory. His memoir paints a fascinatingly detailed portrait of the tigers' habits and intelligence and of the threats they face from poachers and lost habitat, while at the same time sharing a compellingly humble philosophy of patience. "To see a tiger you must stay in one spot," he writes. "You must become a tree on a slope." —Tom
Thank You, Omu!
Kids' Book of the Week
Thank You, Omu!
by Oge Mora
This week Oge Mora added a Caldecott Honor to the many accolades she's won for her debut picture book, and for good reason. Using a painted collage style full of muted colors, she creates a cityscape reminiscent of the one Ezra Jack Keats's Peter wanders through, though a little less melancholy, for a story of her grandmother's generosity that's like the stone soup fable turned inside out. It's a warm as a bowl of stew held in your hands. (Ages 0 to 4) —Tom
Non-Book of the Week
Puzzles Aplenty!
Our biggest puzzle order ever has arrived, with many new designs, sizes, and styles, and Liz, our resident puzzler, declared, "Our puzzling pals are going to flip their lids when they see the selection!" Well, puzzling pals: stop by and prepare your lids to be flipped...
Link of the Week
Diana Athill, 1917-2019
When you live to 101, you have time for more than one life. For Diana Athill, her first career was as an influential editor for André Deutsch, where she wrangled such egos and personal disasters as V.S. Naipaul and Jean Rhys into print. Her second, to her surprise and delight, was as a clear-eyed memoirist of her eventful life, in her stunning early book Instead of a Letter and especially the ones she wrote in her last decades, beginning with the insightful story of her years as an editor, Stet, and most prominently followed by her unsentimental assessment of old age, Somewhere Towards the End. She was far better known in the UK than here, and the Guardian has an excellent obituary, though Lena Dunham's appreciation this week in the New York Times is very good too.
Link of the Week
Drawn to the Horse Latitudes
In the spirit of Rosecrans Baldwin's classic essay on dogs barking in novels, once Katherine Coldiron noticed how many novels and books of poetry used the temptingly metaphorical geographical term "horse latitudes" in their titles, she decided, valiantly, to read them all. (The best, she decides, is Morris Collins's new novel.)
Cover Crop Quiz #129
From (amazingly) a Caldecott Medal runner-up.
Last Week's Answer
I tried to see how small I would have to crop one of the best known of all American book covers to make it a little difficult, but it wasn't too small for many of you, including a few high school English teachers, to know immediately it was F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
New to Our 100 Club

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
by Samin Nosrat
(92 weeks to reach 100)

(Yes, we finally have it back in stock!)



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New on Our Resist List
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20% of sales go to the ACLU.)


Seasonal Associate by Heike Geissler
The End of Ice by Dahr Jamail
New in the Store


Fiction:
The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Learning to See by Elise Hooper


Nonfiction:
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston
Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer
Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet by Will Hunt
From the Ground Up by Howard Schultz


Kids and Teens:
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Hats Off to Mr. Pockles! by Sally Lloyd-Jones and David Litchfield
Then Everything Went Wrong (Hilo #5) by Judd Winick
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda


Paperback:
The Growth Delusion by David Pilling
Jefferson's Daughters by Catherine Kerrison
The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
This Week in The Journals of David E. Lilienthal


Monday, January 28, 1946
(age 46)
"No fairy tale that I read in utter rapture and enchantment as a child, no spy mystery, no 'horror' story, can remotely compare with the scientific recital I listened to for six or seven hours today. Seated in a prosaic office high above Lexington Avenue, I heard more of the complete story of the atomic bomb, past, present, and immediate future, than any but a few men have yet heard....
     "This is a soul-stirring experience. One must be far more insensitive than I—the same thing is plainly written on the utterly solemn and grim faces of my associates—not to feel deeply moved by having the terrible facts of nature's ultimate forces coolly laid before him as on an operating table, almost feeling them warm and stirring under one's probing fingers.... I feel that I have been admitted, through the strangest accident of fate, behind the scenes in the most awful and inspiring drama since some primitive man looked for the very first time upon fire."
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