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The best literature & fiction of 2019 so far

The best literature & fiction of 2019 so far A recent study released by the Kingston University in London revealed that people who read a lot of books–particularly fiction–are nicer, kinder and more empathetic. But where to begin?! Fortunately it’s been an embarrassment of riches this half of the year–full of profound, entertaining, harrowing and […]

‘Almost All of Us Here Are Widows’: Searching for Words in Mali

‘Almost All of Us Here Are Widows’: Searching for Words in Mali I first met Fanta in the fens of the flooded Inner Niger Delta. I walked with her, taking the annular route her ancestors had established during the nineteenth-century Macina Empire, or possibly earlier. Last year, after the attacks in Koumaga and Somena, Fanta’s […]

The best young adult books of 2019 so far

The best young adult books of 2019 so far Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like young adult books just keep getting better and better. This year we’ve seen a treasure trove of fantasy, historical fiction, and novels populated by characters as diverse as the world we live in, dealing with issues that are […]

Summer reads to satisfy 8 reading types

Summer reads to satisfy 8 reading types There as many types of books as there are types of readers. But the idea of Summer Reading conjures up a specific kind of book—something fun or scary; maybe a read that’s lighter (or scarier) than what we might choose during other times of the year. You could […]

The American Dark Money Behind Europe’s Far Right

The American Dark Money Behind Europe’s Far Right Along with Marine le Pen in France, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, Italy’s Matteo Salvini is leading a startling resurgence of Europe’s far right. Across the continent, the messaging of these right-wing populists is increasingly slick, their party machines are disciplined, and their policies have been carefully crafted to […]

Isaac Mizrahi: “I.M.” and a lot more…

Isaac Mizrahi: “I.M.” and a lot more… Isaac Mizrahi is a fashion icon, a showman, and the author of a memoir–titled I.M.–that I couldn’t put down.  Mizrahi is also an incredibly busy person, and he came to Seattle earlier this year for both his book tour, and his traveling cabaret show.  We did an event […]

The best biographies & memoirs of 2019 so far

The best biographies & memoirs of 2019 so far Some years (and yes, it’s been years), putting together a list of 20 books for our best of the year so far lists presents a challenge—we want every book that makes the cut to be an unassailable no-brainer, and the front half of the calendar (which […]

The Murderer, the Writer, the Reckoning

The Murderer, the Writer, the Reckoning On February 10, 2002, in a New York State prison cell, the bestselling author and twice-convicted killer Jack Abbott hanged himself. That same day, the body of the man I murdered washed ashore on a Brooklyn beach. My reason for connecting these two events is to try to account […]

Iran’s Reformists: ‘This War Will Have Only Losers’

Iran’s Reformists: ‘This War Will Have Only Losers’ As veteran members of the reformist movement in Iran, we are concerned about the mortal blow that even a limited military conflict with the United States of America will deal to the democratic movement of Iran. We can already feel the restrictions that the crisis of the last two years has […]

Best science fiction and fantasy of July

Best science fiction and fantasy of July The Mayan god of death, a mathematical genius with a penchant for firearms, a gift-less warrior who makes war on the gifted, and battling agents who run up and down the threads of time are among the best SF and fantasy reads of July. We highlight five of […]