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Liz tipped me off last week that Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson's picture book about a boy's crosstown bus ride with his grandma, might be a winner when the Caldecott and Newbery medals were announced on Monday morning. And she was right, but not the way she expected: Robinson's illustrations did earn their book a Caldecott Honor (the runner-up prize), but then Last Stop on Market Street shocked the kids' book world by becoming the first picture book to win the Newbery Medal, traditionally given to a longer work for older readers. The Caldecott Medal, meanwhile, went to Sophie Blackall's Finding Winnie, one of two picture books about the original Winnie-the-Pooh published last year, while the Printz Award (for best YA book) went to Laura Ruby's Bone Gap.

Liz would like to note that her own favorite for the Newbery, The War That Saved My Life, which she's been touting to happy readers all year, did receive a Newbery Honor, along with Roller Girl and Echo.

A last reminder about this week's events: tonight (Wednesday), join us at 7 for our first Book Club Night, with wine, snacks, and our friendly Random House reps touting twenty of their favorite book-club reads (all available at 30% off for the evening). And tomorrow (Thursday), also at 7, we're welcoming poet and farmer Jessica Gigot down from Bow, Washington, for the release of her first collection, Flood Patterns.
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, and Liz.
Dock Street Salon: Daniel Cecil, Kim Halstead, and Cameron Louie
Next Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm three University of Washington MFA students will make their way west from Padelford Hall to read at this month's Dock Street Salon reading series: poet Cameron Louie and fiction writers Daniel Cecil and Kim Halstead. Join us!
We're Going to the Dogs
Dog (and mystery) lovers take note: at the end of the month (on January 30 at 2 pm) we're holding our first Bring Your Dog to the Bookstore Day, with four (really five) dog-loving authors (Tracy Weber, Laura T. Coffey, David R. Gross, and the pseudonymous duo known as Waverly Curtis) and any well-behaved dogs you'd like to bring. And on the Saturday before, January 23, we'll be helping our neighbor Tracy Weber launch her latest Downward Dog Mystery, Karma's a Killer, at her yoga studio, Whole Life Yoga, at 8551 Greenwood Ave. N.
When Breath Becomes Air
New Book of the Week
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
Paul Kalanithi's plan was to spend the first twenty years of his working life as a neurosurgeon, and the next twenty as a writer, but fate had other ideas. Just as he was finishing his residency, he received a diagnosis he understood too well: terminal lung cancer. He focused his considerable discipline and ability on getting back in the operating room and completing the book he knew he had in him, and he left us this clear-eyed, devastating, and somehow joyous record of his education and his illness that will cause you to reexamine what you think about doctors and patients, about the purpose of life and the undeniable presence of death. —Tom
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
Old Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Book #13
Memories of a Catholic GIrlhood
by Mary McCarthy
McCarthy's 1957 memoir of her first dozen or so years just gets better every time I reread it. There's plenty of drama—she was orphaned, maltreated, and rescued—but the real thrill comes from her brilliantly sharp portraits (somehow both ruthless and kind) of everyone around her, not least of herself. And to boot, it is one of the great Seattle books, a rare glimpse (continued in her sequel, How I Grew) of our "near-pioneer" city in the '20s and what it was like for an ambitious young woman to come of age there. —Tom
Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat
Kids' Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Kids Book #1
Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat
by Ayano Imai
We only learned of Imai's exquisite 2014 picture book when her fellow author Sanae Ishida made it one of her holiday gift recommendations for us, but it ended up being one of our surprise hits of the season and we loved it so much we made it our first Phinney by Post Kids selection. We were swept away by the beauty of her illustrations, but also by the endlessly fascinating question: what would it be like to have a hat like Mr. Brown's? (Ages 3 to 6) —Tom
We Were Liars
Link of the Week
David Bowie's Reading List
Bowie's list of his 100 favorite books, which he released in 2013 and which has been making the rounds again this week, is yet another testament to his openness and curiosity. What a fascinating and surprising assortment! We have a couple dozen or so of them in the store, but I've never heard of at least that many of the others. It's tempting to just put everything else aside and start reading from the top, with Hunky Dory playing on your headphones.



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January 12, 1973
(age 60, after some winter cleaning)
"I have been here twelve years and it does seem amazing that I am only getting at this problem now. The truth is that I moved in and immediately began to write and garden. That is what I was after—a daily rhythm, a kind of fugue of poetry, gardening, sleeping and waking in the house. Nothing else mattered enough to take the time. I could spend the whole day housekeeping, but I won't, as long as total chaos is kept at bay and what my eyes rest on is beauty and order. Only now and then the appalling state of a cupboard disturbs my mind enough so that it is worth tidying—and then I must say it is a great satisfaction to get it done. In the general routine of the year January is clean-up time and seed-catalogue time. Ordering seeds is my reward for finishing the income-tax figures."
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