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In all the excitement this year around the birth of our new store, we nearly forgot that our old store has a birthday coming up of its own. (The baby gets all the attention—amirite, fellow older siblings?) Phinney Books turns five this month, and that's a round number (or at least half of one), so we thought we'd celebrate. I asked Laura what you do for a five-year-old birthday party, and she said, "Go to Chuck E. Cheese!" Well, as much as I'd like to take all of you up to Lynnwood and see how many prize tickets we could earn, or as much as I'd like to shut down Greenwood Avenue and rent a bouncy house, we'll do the next best things: a) cake, and b) discounts. For one day only, Saturday, June 22, everything in the store will have a birthday discount of 20%. Come by and let us say thank you for five great years in the heart of Phinneywood. Thanks!

And looking much further down the road: have I mentioned the first annual Seattle Children's Book Festival, on Saturday, September 28? It's the brainchild of local author and organizer extraordinaire Asia Citro, and it will feature over forty popular kids authors giving readings and signing books. We are especially excited for three reasons: a) it will be held right in our neighborhood, at Greenwood Elementary, b) we (Phinney Books and Madison Books) will be the booksellers, and c) Asia has lined up a fantastic lineup of authors for this inaugural festival. She's just announced the full author lineup, and not only does it include local superstars like Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Ben Clanton (Narwhal and Jelly), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles), and Kobi Yamada (What Do You Do with an Idea?), but folks like Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), and Tracey West (Dragon Masters) will also be coming to Seattle for the event, along with a few dozen more fabulous authors and illustrators. Wow! We will of course have more to say about it as September approaches, but mark the 28th on your calendars now. I think this will be the start of something big for Seattle.

Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, and Nancy
Ridge Readers Book Club: The Immortalists
Our in-house book club, the Ridge Readers, meets next Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 to discuss Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists. (July's book: Stephen Greenblatt's Tyrant.) Newcomers always welcome!
New Book of the Week
Underland: A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane
Macfarlane is often called the great nature writer of his generation, but his vision of nature is not one of a pristine, unpeopled wilderness: his wilds are, for better or worse, deeply human, connected to the culture and language we've built over centuries. Having looked, in his first book, Mountains of the Mind, at how we're drawn to the highest places, now in this gorgeous and provocative new book, he has done the opposite: descending into caves, mines, catacombs, and nuclear storage facilities to unearth our relation, in both myth and practical action, with the underworld. There's no better guide: he writes with a fully grounded beauty, and brings a natural optimism to some of our darkest places. —Tom (James loved Underland too: read his review in last week's Madison newsletter)
Outside the Gates
Old Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Book #54
Outside the Gates
by Molly Gloss
I almost gave up on Outside the Gates. Having liked Gloss's Wild Life quite a bit, I decided to read her first novel (also recently republished by Saga Press) but at first thought its allegorical style (a boy, for unknown reasons, is banished from his community to a forest outside the "Gates" known as the UnderReach) wasn't for me. At some point, though, I forgot about the allegory and fell into the story, thanks to the detail with which Gloss makes her forest come alive and, especially, the wary tenderness of the alliances the boy makes with humans and animals. By the end of this short novel I was in love with the book, and ready to read my next Gloss. —Tom
Kids' Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Kids #42
Yellow Yellow
by Frank Asch and Mark Alan Stamaty
Sometimes I suspect the gradual reprinting of Mark Alan Stamaty's books from the '70s and '80s has been undertaken with me in mind. Certainly Phinney Books must be among the nation's top sellers of his fabulous 1973 picture book, Who Needs Donuts?, and I recently praised the reissue of his '80s comics for grownups, MacDoodle Street. And now we're lucky to have his first book, Yellow Yellow, a picture-book collaboration with his friend Frank Asch, back too. Any Stamaty fan will immediately recognize his dense, delirious style, in support of a simple tale of a boy who finds a yellow hat that isn't his. If I call it the Mean Streets to the Taxi Driver of Who Needs Donuts?, will that give the wrong impression that these are anything but sweet, good-hearted stories? (Ages 2 and up) —Tom
The Great Eastern
Links of the Week
Howard Rodman's The Great Eastern
James's appreciation of the "rip-roaring" invention of Howard Rodman's new novel, The Great Eastern, was too extensive to squeeze into our newsletter, but he convinced me to put it on my own to-read list, as did his interview, posted on the Madison Books blog, with the author of what he calls "one of the most singular and multifarious novels I’ve encountered in a good long while," a blend of 19th-century fact and speculation that sounds delightfully entertaining.
Cover Crop Quiz #148
A first edition from 1900, which was an immediate hit.
Last Week's Answer
The Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winning Stories of John Cheever.
New to Our 100 Club

by Karen Russell
(411 weeks to reach 100)
New to Our 100 Club

Dragons & Mythical Creatures: Scratch and Sketch
(492 weeks to reach 100)

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Seattle, WA 98103
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20% of sales go to the ACLU.)

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer by Bren Smith
Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee
New in the Store

Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Rafael Bob-Waksburg
Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson

Edgar by Edgar Martinez
My Parents / This Does Not Belong to You by Aleksandar Hemon
Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning by Elliot Ackerman
1941: The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski
Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us by Ruth Kassinger

Kids and Teens:
Moon! Earth's Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty and Stevie Lewis
Hangry by Drew Brockington
A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele
My Little Pond and My Little Ocean by Katrin Wiehle

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith
The Collector's Apprentice by B.A. Shapiro
Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively
This Week in W.N.P. Barbellion's Journal of a Disappointed Man

June 4, 1913
(age 23)
"On the Hill, this morning, felt the thrill of the news of my own Death: I mean I imagined I heard the words,—
     "'You've heard the news about B——?'
     "Second Voice: 'No, what?'
     "'He's dead.'
     "Won't all this seem piffle if I don't die after all! As an artist in life I ought to die; it is the only artistic ending—and I ought to die now or the Third Act will fizzle out in a long doctor's bill."
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