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I had the newsletter set to go out this morning with some shout-outs to our neighbors to the north (see below), but then I was woken with the news of the explosion at 84th and Greenwood. All is fine on our part of Greenwood, but we feel terrible for our friends and fellow businesspeople there, and we're grateful, as always, for the Seattle firefighters who put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe. It's early yet, but I'm sure there will be ways for the neighborhood to pitch in to help people get back on their feet: let us know what you hear about, and we'll do the same.

What we were planning to say was that our friends at Coyle's Bakeshop at 83rd and Greenwood are celebrating their first birthday this Saturday from 2 to 6. We don't know if those plans have changed, but we hope you get to wish them a happy anniversary (and enjoy the return of rhubarb season) soon. And a block north of Coyle's, the writing/tutoring brainiacs at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) will soon be publishing Encyclopedia Greenwoodia, an appreciation and investigation of our very own neighborhood by both adult and kid authors. They're having a launch party for the book at the BFI on March 26 from 1 to 3, and we'll be hosting a reading of our own here on April 16. (And in between, their always-entertaining fundraising gala is on April 1—we'll be there!)

And closest to home, our next-door neighbors to the south, the 74th St. Ale House, are celebrating a birthday of their own, their 25th, with an all-day party on April 4, marking a quarter century of serving superb beers, sandwiches, and soups, and anchoring our ever-changing neighborhood. (Whenever I'm explaining to someone where our store is, I just say, "You know the 74th Street Ale House?" That usually takes care of it.) Happy birthday, Ale House!

Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, and Liz.
Glittersweet & Zupers Closing Sale
Laura's last Glittersweet bags have gone so fast that we've decided to hold the rest aside for now, to make sure there are any left for her goodbye sale on Saturday from 10 to 2 (which will also feature girl's leggings from her fellow local producer, Zupers, for $10 a pair). Saturday may well be your last chance to get a Glittersweet bag (though not your last chance to say hi to Laura)!
Steve Olson & Our Local Volcano
We love Steve Olson's new book on the Mt. St. Helen's eruption (see below), and we're thrilled he's going to come by the store to talk about it, on Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm. (I'm told there will be pictures too.) Come join us!
New Book of the Week
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
by Steve Olson
Over twenty-five years later, one of the central events in Northwest history finally has its storyteller. Timber tycoons, a maverick governor, intrepid geologists, loggers, conservationists, gawkers, rescuers, and, most importantly, a mountain with a 400-foot bulge growing out of its north face: Olson pulls together a vivid cast of characters, connecting the science, economics, politics, and personal stories of the volcano, but he carries all his elements lightly and his story moves as fast as the swollen Toutle River. You'll be awed once again by the power of our slumbering neighbors.  —Tom
Double Down
Old Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Book #15
Double Down
by Frederick and Steven Barthelme
What a tale: two brothers, both writers, found themselves in a plot beyond their own imagining, accused of a casino blackjack scam. But the real story, as those brothers tell it in Double Down, comes before their arrest: how, and why, did two moderately successful English professors blow their quarter-million dollar inheritance in two years of all-night binges? The answer is not your usual tale of addiction and redemption, but a wry appreciation of the irrational magic the turn of a card can bring, and the lengths two more or less sensible men will go to find it. —Tom
We Were Liars
Kids' Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Kids Book #3

by Britta Teckentrup
We (and our customers) have loved Britta Teckentrup's elegant and vibrant picture books, The Odd One Out and Where's the Pair?, but we might like her new one the best. It's a familiar story of the seasons, but her illustrations are so full of life that each page seems like a world in itself, and her simple rhymes will make it a regular read-aloud favorite. (Ages 1 to 4) —Tom
Other Ranks
Link of the Week
"The Custodian of Forgotten Books"
I've been linking to the New Yorker's book coverage a lot lately, but I couldn't let this latest one pass by. Few things make my heart flutter more than the idea of a lost classic, a book that's barely been kept alive by a few passionate readers, so how could I not love the life's work of Brad Bigelow, a 58-year-old expat in Belgium who posts every week or so on his blog, Neglected Books, about another under-read book he's discovered? And how could I not love that he made his first discovery, W.V. Tilsley's Other Ranks, a book about World War I that's still so obscure it doesn't have an Amazon listing, at the UW's Suzzallo Library, where I've done so much literary digging myself? (Don't bother trying to check out Other Ranks from the UW, by the way—I just reserved their copy to give it a look myself.)

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Seattle, WA 98103
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March 7, 1976
(age 37)
"The main activity of my life is, more and more, the creation of certain works of art which I know to have value, whether others recognize this value or not. To be a literary personality one must take care not to publish too often: a novel every five or six years, but no more frequently. I seem to be concerned with my actual work more than I am with my public reputation ... which I believe to be more or less finished by now.... I must accept the fact that in choosing to write about subjects generally claimed by men I will be violently resented by many people—men and women both—and that I will never enjoy the kind of quiet, near-universal acclaim Eudora Welty has earned. It must be nice to have that sort of reputation—to know that when you publish a new book it will be greeted with respect, never mocked or dismissed."
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