Edmonds Booktalk: Ring in the new year with a good book — or several

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! We start with a moment of quiet reflection for a few of the famous, prolific authors we lost in the past year… Elmore Leonard, 87, whose stylish crime novels were fodder for several movies; best-selling author Tom Clancy, 66, who penned high-tech, Cold War thrillers; Doris Lessing, 94, a…

Edmonds Book Talk: Novel ideas for the holidays

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for lots and lots of little white lights and other festiveness everywhere! That makes the long dark nights, oh, so much better! We start with book award-related news: On Nov. 20, the National Book Awards were announced. A few of the winners are: • Fiction: James McBride, “The Good Lord…

Edmonds Booktalk: Fall is in the air, and so are new books

There is something in the air this fall. Several of our longtime favorite authors have new books coming out in the next month or so. Some are continuing longtime series; some are revisiting characters that they introduced to us many years ago. Here are the ones that are making my stack, oh, so much higher!…

Edmonds Booktalk: Book award season could hold some surprises

October already! And as you may have suspected, September was a record setting month of rain. October is starting out just a tad blustery and damp… a tad… heh. Hold on. Buy batteries for those flashlights, and get a book [or three] to read by candle- & flash- light! Just in case. The end-of-the–year book…

Edmonds Booktalk: Lots to look forward to for fall reading list

September. Ready or not. I am not. Don’t get me wrong, I love September. Truly, I love September. But. I am really not ready for it to be here already! Not nearly enough top-down in the Jeep days! The saving grace — and it seems to get better every year—is the amazing list of books…

Edmonds Booktalk: A little light reading for longer summer days

Let the record show: Summer started before July 4th this year! How about some light, fun and funny reading to take out into the sun with you? Spencer Quinn: his series of Chet & Bernie mysteries is great. Chet the dog, and Bernie his human, who is an often down-on-his-luck private investigator, find themselves involved…

Edmonds Booktalk for June: Great reads for dads, grads

June 2013 already! Are you ready? Do you have a busy June ahead of you? Any graduations? Any fathers to celebrate? Here is a short list of new titles that would make great gifts: Non-fiction: “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945: Volume Three of the Liberation Trilogy” by Rick Atkinson….

Edmonds Booktalk for May: Great books for sunny weekend ahead

By Elaine Mattson Welcome May 2013! Rumor has it that the first weekend is even going to be nice and sunny. What more could we want? Oooh, I know! How about a great book, recently out in paperback? For you or your mom! Don’t forget: Mother’s Day is May 12… cannot stress the “do not…

Edmonds Booktalk: Just for kids — books from your favorite authors

By Elaine Mattson Spring has officially arrived, and there have even been moments that the sun actually feels warm! Aaaah… time for a well-deserved Spring Break, official or not! But what to read? What for the kids to read? Did you know that a lot of your favorite authors also write books for kids? It’s…

Edmonds Booktalk: Long story short, take a second look at collections

By Elaine Mattson Apparently short stories are the new big thing! Either anthologies, a collection of stories by different authors, or books that are collections of the same author’s stories. This is not actually new thing. (One of my favorite books remains “Cowboys Are My Weakness” by Pam Houston from 2005.) But for some reason,…

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to get those books *you* really wanted

By Elaine Mattson Happy New Year to you all! What books on your list did you not get? Time to rectify the oversights and do your own shopping! The following lists [alphabetical by author], though not at all scientific, are a few of the titles that were favorites of gift-givers. Fiction: • “The Orchardist” by…

Edmonds Booktalk: My favorite Christmas books for kids

By Elaine Mattson December brings some of my favorite things: sparkly lights, festive wrappings, bubbly beverages, and kids’ Christmas books! I love kids’ Christmas books! My newest favorites: “Home for Christmas” by Jan Brett. This is the story of Rollo, a naughty little troll, who runs away from home in order to avoid doing chores,…

Edmonds Booktalk: All things Russian and November events

By Elaine Mattson I have a slight obsession with all things Russian. Mostly of the fancy Tsar-related era, not so much with the gritty ugly reality of the serfs and servants and common people of recent history. And getting to St. Petersburg [Russia, not Florida!] is on my list! This fascination mostly manifests itself as…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Banned Books Week and enjoy October events

By Elaine Mattson This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012, and celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read. Once again, I feel the need to say: “Thanks, Mom!” She never censored what we read as we were growing up. I’m not saying that she didn’t suggest good and/or better books…

Edmonds Book Talk: Mysteries for summer

By Elaine Mattson I just stumbled on this fantastic TV show [sure, waiting for the Olympics, but still…] on PBS [of course!] called Well Read. I’m sure most of you readers already know all about it, but, I am new to the wonder and the beauty. The host interviews authors, and, somehow, convinced Mary Ann…

Artfully Edmonds: ARTSplash, Art Walk and movies under the stars

By Janette Turner Like summer, some things go by so quickly you have to pay attention, or miss the moment. ARTSplash is one of those events. Read on for that summertime highlight, along with Third Thursday Art Walk, an appearance by Scriber Lake teen writers, outdoor performances, and other notable events for the week ahead….

Edmonds Booktalk: Beach- and travel-friendly ideas for summer reading

By Elaine Mattson It’s not an urban myth: Summer really does start on July 5th! And if the 4th is decent weather, that’s a lovely bonus… so… welcome to Summer! School’s out, most of us will have at least a few days of vacation in the next couple of months… it’s the perfect time to…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books for dads, grads and summer reading

By Elaine Mattson June, and the rain is definitely warmer! End of school, graduations, Father’s Day, summer vacations [for some of us…]: the month contains some big moments! Enjoy them all and take a book with you! What does the dad in your life like to read? There is something new for just about every…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great books that mom would love

By Elaine Mattson May has arrived! And the lovely weekends are scheduled to continue! Beautiful. The most important thing that happens in May is, of course, Mother’s Day! Spoil your mother! There are all kinds of great new books that Mom would love: Fiction: the new Jim Lynch is “Truth Like the Sun”; new Anne…

Edmonds Booktalk: Take a mini-vacation this spring with these great paperbacks

By Elaine Mattson Welcome April! Maybe someday soon we will get to have spring…? In the meantime, I have heard that there are spring vacations looming, and luckily, there are a bunch of books, just out in paperback, that will make great vacation reading. Even if you don’t get to actually go anywhere, they can…

Edmonds Booktalk: Garden books just in time for spring

By Elaine Mattson Welcome March! The bonus February day was crazy! Cold and snow! Who else is so ready for Spring? I’m going to start planting in a couple of weeks, no matter what! With March coming in like a quite ferocious lion, we should have a really lovely end of the month! Some great…

Edmonds Booktalk: Expand your reading horizons this year

By Elaine Mattson February seems to be beginning nice and calmly – made all the sweeter by our surviving the exciting week of snow and ice in January. Amongst all the excitement, how go the New Year’s resolutions? If you are in need of one that would be easy (and fun!) to accomplish, how about…

Edmonds Booktalk: My nine favorite books of the year

By Elaine Mattson There are lists of “best books of the year” appearing all over already. And there will be more. From everyone. And… I get to do one this year! I picked my nine  favorite books from this year. I know, most of the lists are 10, but most of those lists come from entire…