Books & Talks

Epic Tales

Terry Brooks Has Found a Family in Seattle’s Fantasy Scene

The author of more than 20 bestsellers finds inspiration in the writers and readers around him.

11/06/2023 By Gregory James Wakeman Illustrations by Karagh Byrne

Faking Left

Shaun Scott Chronicles Seattle’s Civic Shortcomings through Sports

Heartbreak City details progressive failures, and resilience, by focusing on the city’s relationship to its teams and athletes.

10/23/2023 By Benjamin Cassidy

Lit Life

Here Are the 2023 Washington State Book Awards Winners

Consider this your fall reading list.

09/26/2023 By Seattle Met Staff

Third Place Nooks

What’s Up with All of Seattle’s Little Free Libraries?

The community boxes have spawned creative counterparts, from mini art galleries to an auto trading garage. But they’re more than just sidewalk ornaments.

08/01/2023 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Book It

Seattle Book Readings and Literary Events During AWP

A massive creative writing conference is coming to town, so it's time to party with the wordsmiths.

03/02/2023 By Allison Williams


Bill Gates Shares His Holiday Book List for 2022

And a literary scavenger hunt awaits.

11/21/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Buy the Book

A Guide to Seattle’s Independent Bookstores

Where to buy literature in a City of Literature.

10/19/2022 By Stefan Milne With Sophie Grossman

Bogged Down

Can Annie Proulx’s New Book Meet Climate Crisis Urgency?

The former local’s book on environmental history—Fen, Bog and Swamp—aims to revitalize our views of wetlands.

09/27/2022 By Stefan Milne

Parental Controls

What Banned Books Week, 40 Years After Its Founding, Means for Seattle Readers

Our liberal bubble doesn’t shield us from a rising tide of book bans nationwide, nor should it foreclose critical engagement with controversial titles.

09/23/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Climate Change

A Lifeline for Coping with the Smoke

In At Home on an Unruly Planet, Madeline Ostrander lays out models of resilience for reckoning with the climate crisis.

09/22/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy


Blue Kettle Books Brings the Indie Bookstore to New Terrain

Monica LeMoine has long been a teacher—now she can add business owner and bus driver to her resume too.

06/24/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Summer Book Report

Pacific Northwest Beach Reads

School is out and self-motivated erudition is in. If a Seattle summer ever materializes, these are the local authors you should bring to the beach.

06/22/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Slaying Storytime

How a Seattle Illustrator’s Picture Book Ignited a Pizza Boycott

Levi Hastings's Big Wig children's book about drag is embroiled in big controversy.

06/17/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Bay Watch

New Elliott Bay Book Company Owners Hope to Carry on the Legacy

Yes, your punch cards will still be accepted.

06/10/2022 By Ann Karneus

Met Recs

June Pick: A Memoir by Sonic Boom Cofounder Nabil Ayers

The son of a jazz-funk titan reflects on creating a pillar of Seattle's music community and his complicated relationship with his father.

06/08/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Serious Business

Jon Mooallem’s New Book Finds Beauty in Being Ugly

In Serious Face, the Bainbridge Island–based writer quietly exalts the imperfection of everything, from the way we handle catastrophes to his own face.

05/20/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Summer Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Draws Luminaries from the Puget Sound and Beyond

The San Juans, already a compact creative hotbed, become the epicenter of the region’s flourishing literary scene the first weekend of June.

05/18/2022 By Sophie Grossman

On the Page

Kim Fu Conjures Metaphorical Monsters

In her recent short story collection, the Seattle author employs surrealism to get closer to the truth.

04/29/2022 By Sophie Grossman

On the Page

Jane Wong Reads Between the Lines in How to Not Be Afraid of Everything

The Seattle poet unearths buried memories and unspoken truths in her latest collection.

04/04/2022 By Sophie Grossman

War Stories

A Seattle Author Traces His Family's Holocaust Survival in Soviet Ukraine

Maksim Goldenshteyn's So They Remember chronicles an overlooked atrocity in an area facing similar peril today.

03/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy