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Seattle author named finalist for Pen Faulkner award

Author Valerie Trueblood, shortlisted for the 2014 Pen Faulkner award; a Seattle Arts & Lectures fundraiser; and the Literary Lions Gala are all in the news.

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Lit Life

News from around town keeps piling up in the books, authors and literary-events departments:

Congratulations to Seattle author Valerie Trueblood, whose story collection “Search Party: Stories of Rescue” is one of five finalists for the 2014 Pen Faulkner award. Trueblood’s book will compete with works by Daniel Alarcón, Percival Everett, Karen Joy Fowler and Joan Silber. The Pen Faulkner award, a top award in American literature, is given each year to the best work of fiction published in a given year. Winners will be announced on April 2. Past winners include Sherman Alexie for “War Dances” and David Guterson for “Snow Falling on Cedars.”

Speaking of esteemed local authors: Next up in Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series are Christine Deavel and J.W. Marshall. These local poets are also co-owners of Open Books: A Poem Emporium, the Wallingford all-poetry bookstore that has helped keep the city’s poetry scene vibrant. They will appear at 7:30 p.m. March 19 at A Contemporary Theater/the Allen Theatre. For ticket information go to or call 206-621-2230. Also coming up — SAL’s “Words Matter” fundraiser on March 27. Keynote speaker will be Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison, author of “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.” Tickets are $150.

Speaking of fundraisers, The Literary Lions Gala, which benefits the King County Library System, happens at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Featured speaker is novelist Amy Tan; Nancy Pearl will emcee the event. At the gala, you can also meet 30 Northwest authors, including Pierce Brown, William Dietrich, Tim Egan, Nancy Horan, Michael Gruber, David Laskin, Domingo Martinez, Indu Sundaresan and Laini Taylor; eat, drink and purchase tickets to a dozen author salons; and even buy some books. For tickets ($200 a person) and more info to go to

Finally — congratulations to Queen Anne Book Company, which celebrated its first anniversary March 1 under new ownership, and has hosted numerous book events and signings, many featuring local authors. For more information on the store, at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N., go to

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or

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