Northwest authors in the news
This week, Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn’s Lit Life column updates readers on Maria Semple, Jim Lynch, library hours and more.
Seattle Times book editor
It’s time for year-end tidying, sweeping up literary-news items for you, gentle reader. In no particular order of importance, here are some tasty bits:
• Two local authors wound up on New York Times book critic Janet Maslin’s “best books of 2012” list: Seattle’s Maria Semple for “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and Olympia author Jim Lynch for “Truth Like the Sun.” Both books are set locally (contemporary Seattle for “Bernadette,” 1962-2001 Seattle for “Sun”).
• Speaking of Seattle, the Elliott Bay Book Co. was featured in a Dec. 17 New York Times story headlined “No Big Hits, but Bookshops Say They’re Thriving.” Peter Aaron, Elliott Bay’s owner, told the Times that sales were up 15 percent over the Thanksgiving weekend and “tracking well for December.”
• The Couth Buzzard, Greenwood’s independent bookstore, celebrated its third anniversary this past Saturday. The Couth Buzzard has a new website: couthbuzzard.indiebound.com.
• Seattle7Writers is planning its third annual Write Here Write Now conference “for all writers, at all levels” for Jan. 26 at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Information: seattle7writers.org.
• Here’s some really good news: Thanks to the recent passage of the levy to support Seattle Public Library operations, all branches of the library will once again be open on Sundays starting Jan. 6. Check individual branches for hours (www.spl.org).
• The Furnace, a reading series that features one story “read to completion,” will feature Rae Diamond, musician, writer, artist, performing an essay about sound called “Three Songs,” with vocalist Jessika Kenney. At 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018A E. Union St.(thefurnaceseattle.wordpress.com).
• Seattle author Isaac Marion has reached the coveted inner circle of writers whose books have been made into movies. A film based on his zombie love story, “Warm Bodies,” is in theaters Feb. 1. A movie tie-in paperback of the book, published by Emily Bestler/Atria has been released.
• Seattle author Domingo Martinez’ memoir “The Boy Kings of Texas,” a 2012 National Book Award finalist, has been optioned by Salma Hayek’s production company, Ventanarosa (that means it might be made into a movie ... stay tuned.)
• If you’re on the streets of Seattle the week of Jan. 25-29, be aware that librarians — 10,000 librarians! — will be thick on the ground. That week the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting will take place in Seattle. They will discuss technology, budget cuts, e-book lending, user privacy and challenges facing school libraries, among other things. Meeting speakers will include Caroline Kennedy as well as authors Terry Brooks, Ivan Doig, Lisa Genova, Gregg Olsen, Ruth Ozeki. Information: ala.org.
Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gwinn appears every Tuesday on TVW's “Well Read,” discussing books with host Terry Tazioli (go to www.tvw.org/shows/well-read for archived episodes). On Twitter @gwinnma.