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I was bracing myself to respond here somehow to the worst post-Tuesday scenario, but we woke up to a world in which politics still seems somewhat possible (even with today's administration maneuvers). So all I'll say is thanks for doing the work of voting, organizing, and staying informed. Let's keep going.

Thinking locally, I'm delighted to remind everyone of one of our biggest events of the year: the Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest, held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Saturday, November 17, from 3 to 5 pm. It's the ninth annual bookfest, and, sadly, the final one, at least under the auspices of the Seattle7, which is closing down after many years of good work and fundraising. As you know if you've been there before, it's a fun and frenzied two hours, with a couple of dozen local authors signing books, reading from their work, playing music (as the Rejections), and providing hand-baked goods for sale. Phinney Books will once again be selling books, with a portion of the proceeds going to the PNA and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

This year's authors includes some exciting first-timers, including local legend Charles Johnson, the superb kids-book creator Jessixa Bagley, and former Dock Street Salon readers Anca Szilagyi, Anna Quinn, and Michael Schmeltzer, along with many other new and old favorites. The rest of the full lineup: Adrianne Harun, Bill Thorness, Claudia Rowe, David B. Williams, Deb Caletti, Donna Miscolta, Dori Hillestad Butler, Elizabeth George, Erica Bauermeister, Garth Stein, J. Anderson Coats, Jennie Shortridge, Jim Lynch, Kevin Emerson, Kevin O’Brien, Kit Bakke, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Lynn Brunelle, Naveed Jamali, and Suzanne Selfors.

And speaking of salons, our revised reading series, the Process, returns next Tuesday the 13th, at 7 pm, with two Seattle writers: essayist, blogger, and podcaster Paulette Perhach, whose new book, from Sasquatch Books, is Welcome to the Writer's Life, and Richard Chiem, the author of You Private Person, named one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Essential Books on the West, and the novel King of Joy, which comes out from Soft Skull Press next March. Come join us for readings and good discussion about the craft of writing!

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
Tonight: Beth Jusino on Walking the Camino
A last reminder that tonight at 7 pm, Beth Jusino comes to the store to talk about her new book, Walking to the End of the World, her account of the nearly three months she and her husband spent walking a thousand miles through France and Spain on the ancient Camino de Santiago. There will be photos and appropriate refreshments too!
New Book of the Week
The Alehouse at the End of the World
by Stevan Allred
This is a tough one to describe, because as soon as I start I'm afraid I'll scare some of you off. Avian demigods? Fertility goddesses? An epic journey to the Isle of the Dead to recover a lost love? Sure, fantasy fans will hear me out, but the rest of you should, too. Drawing on European, Asian, and North American folk traditions, Stevan Allred plows the oldest narrative field there is, the open commons that existed before anyone thought of subdividing it with genre fences. Pure story, in other words, once-upon-a-time stuff that doesn't seem fringy at all. Turns out that a modern version of ancient myth involving love, death, and talking birds is exactly what we need in these trying times. —James
The Glen Rock Book of the Dead
Old Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Book #47
The Glen Rock Book of the Dead
by Marion Winik
This tiny book is made up of tiny sketches of the departed, their brevity a reminder of the brevity of all of our lives. They are known only by the nicknames Winik gives them—the Clown, the Junkie, the Queen of New Jersey—and their lives are not summarized on their own terms but by their presence, slight or central, in her own, which makes the book a kind of memoir by indirection, by an author who could easily have shared the fate of her subjects. (In time, like all of us, she will.) You might be reminded of Jim Carroll's punk-junkie anthem, "People Who Died": she shares some of his made-it-out-alive-for-now bravado, and the poignancy of a life, and a death, defined in just a few words. —Tom
The Red Tenda of Bologna
Other Old Book of the Week
The Red Tenda of Bologna
by John Berger
This month's Phinney by Post selection (see above) was so tiny I added a couple of our popular Penguin Modern booklets to the package, including this perfect companion, Berger's marvelous elegy for his uncle: a ne'er-do-well, a curious and thoroughly idiosyncratic man, and a traveler with a love of, among other places, the old city of Bologna. It's as beautiful and off-handedly insightful as anything I've read of Berger's. —Tom
Carmela Full of Wishes
Kids' Book of the Week
Phinney by Post Kids Book #35
Carmela Full of Wishes
by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson
The duo behind Last Stop at Market Street, the rare picture book weighty enough to win the Newbery Medal, returns with another story balancing melancholy and hope. It's Carmela's birthday, and she gets her dearest wish, to finally go on family errands with her older brother, only to learn from him, in the usual mean-and-sweet big-brother way, that there is another wish to be made. It's a lovely and tender story. (Ages 2 to 6) —Tom
Cover Quiz 120
Cover Crop Quiz #120
In honor of the 20th anniversary our friends at Third Place Books celebrated this week, a first edition from 1998.
Last Week's Answer
That's the "Bramford" apartment building from the 1967 first edition of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby. (Perhaps you (understandably) better recall the baby carriage from the fantastic movie poster, which the current paperback features.)
New to Our 100 Club

Quiet
by Susan Cain
(301 weeks to reach 100)



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


The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy by Greg Miller
Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays by Adam Hochschild
New in the Store


Fiction:
The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco
Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks


Nonfiction:
Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Genius and Mysterious Life of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob Dunn
Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters by Lucia Berlin
We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress by Craig Morgan Teicher


Kids and Teens:
Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? by Kelly Jones
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Flashback (Keeper of the Lost Cities #7) by Shannon Messenger
Blended by Sharon M. Draper


Paperback:
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
Winter by Ali Smith
Spineless by Juli Berwald
Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Halprin
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World by Maya Jasanoff
This Week in Pages from the Goncourt Journals


Sunday, October 28, 1866
(age 44 and 35)
"Today Flaubert brought Bouilhet along to present him to the Princess. I cannot imagine what unfortunate inspiration that poet has had at lunch, but he stank like an omnibus. Coming upstairs, Nieuwerkerke said with a shudder: 'There's a writer down there who reeks of garlic.' The Princess for her part scarcely noticed it, and then only after everybody else. It is amazing how imperceptive that woman is about so many subtle things, like the freshness of butter or fish. The best thing and the worst thing about her is that she is not entirely civilized."
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