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Links for Book People

A list of interesting links for people interested in all things book-related.

Part 1: Great Lists of Great Books from Interesting Sources

NPR books. Lots of interesting books and great author interviews. http://www.npr.org/books/

Now Read This: A Book Club from PBS NewsHours and The New York Times.  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/features/now-read-this/

New York Times Book Review. New interesting reviews every week. www.nytimes.com/section/books/review

IndieBound. Book reviews, and links to great author interviews. www.indiebound.org.

Bill Gates regularly reviews books he likes on his blog. His book review page is here: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books

Reese Witherspoon, award-winning actress, producer, and book lover has a book club: https://hello-sunshine.com/book-club

Oprah's book club. On her web site, she explains why she chose the book, she talks to the author, and there are links to reader's guides. The site here: http://www.oprah.com/app/books.html

Seattle Review of Books. An online book-review outlet for Seattle readers. Launched in July 2015, it has been featuring a lively mix of book reviews, book news and commentary on the local and national scene. https://www.seattlereviewofbooks.com/reviews/

Lit Hub is a central place for writers, publishers, books, bookstores, librarians, and readers to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture. Sign up for a newsletter, or just explore: https://lithub.com/

Shelf Awareness for Readers appears Tuesdays and Fridays and helps readers discover the 25 best books of the week, as chosen by booksellers, librarians and other industry experts. There is also news about books and authors, author interviews and more. You can sign up to get a newsletter, or just dip in and click around when you have some time: https://www.shelf-awareness.com/

 



Part 2: Really Great Columns About Books: [not that we are at all biased!]

David's column in The Beacon. https://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/fresh-reads/1706006

Elaine's column on MyEdmondsNews. https://myedmondsnews.com/category/columns/edmonds-booktalk/

 



Part 3: Book Venues
There is always something book-related going on in and around Seattle!
Here is a list of venues that host authors, and/or feature book-related events.

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region. http://lectures.org/

Town Hall. A vibrant gathering place in the heart of Seattle, Town Hall fosters an engaged community through civic, arts, and educational programs that reflect—and inspire—our region’s best impulses: creativity, empathy, and the belief that we all deserve a voice. http://townhallseattle.org/

The Seattle Public Library always has lots of visiting authors and book-related events. http://www.spl.org

Seattle Children's Theatre is one of the 20 largest regional theatres in the country. The programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts. http://www.sct.org

Book-It Repertory Theater.  Book-It believes that great books make great theatre. Witnessing compelling theatrical adaptations of our diverse culture’s most significant stories gives individuals the tools to engage imaginatively, creatively, and with empathy with the world around them, which lays the foundation for a healthy, happy, and compassionate community. http://www.book-it.org/

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America's leading musical theater companies. "We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create." https://www.5thavenue.org/

The Village Theatre, locations in Everett and Issaquah. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended professional theatres, with over 20,000 subscribers. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 160 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow's audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 57,000 young people, families, and schools annually. http://www.VillageTheatre.org

Seattle Repertory Theatre is the largest nonprofit resident theatre in the Pacific Northwest and serves its audience by producing a full season of the finest classic and contemporary dramatic work. http://seattlerep.org/
 


Part 4: Book Awards
Listed in approximate chronological order, here is the year in book awards:

early January:
Pacific Northwest Book Awards. Celebrating Great Books of the Pacific Northwest. http://www.pnba.org/book-awards.html

late January:
American Library Association announces John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature
and the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal

mid/late February
PEN America Literary Awards. Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants and prizes each year, awarding nearly $350,000 to writers and translators. https://pen.org/literary-awards/

mid March:
National Book Critic Circle Awards for publishing, Honoring outstanding writing and fostering a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature since 1974. http://bookcritics.org/awards/

mid April:
Honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917, the Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US $15,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal. https://www.pulitzer.org/

late April:
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. http://www.theedgars.com/

June:
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/

October:
The Washington State Book Awards honor works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years. http://www.washingtoncenterforthebook.org/announcing-the-2018-book-award-finalists/

early October:
Nobel Prize. Nobel Laureates are chosen in early October. Since 1901, the Nobel Prizes have been presented to Nobel Laureates at ceremonies on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. https://www.nobelprize.org/

mid October:
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. https://themanbookerprize.com/

mid November:
Established in 1950, the National Book Awards are American literary prizes administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The Awards honor the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature, published each year. https://www.nationalbook.org/national-book-awards/