Authors of June

June is here, and this month we turn our attention to all of the fathers out there. June 19th is Father’s Day, and what better gift to give to give than a book signed by their favorite author?

Join us in the bookstore on June 2nd as we welcome Skeptic Magazine founding publisher Michael Shermer as he discusses his new book The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies; former Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Dan Raley visits on June 4th to talk baseball and his new book Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers; on June 6th New York Times contributing writer Paul Greenberg joins us in the store for the paperback release of his outstanding book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food; Portland’s Renee Wilkenson talks about sustainable living on June 12th with her book Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create; Portland author Scott Sparling joins us in the bookstore on June 21st to read from his acclaimed debut crime novel Wire to Wire; at Town Hall Seattle on June 26th we’re pleased to welcome Steig Larsson’s partner Eva Gabrielsson to discuss her book “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me; journalist and fiction writer William Dietrich reads from his new stand-alone thriller Blood of the Reich on June 29th; and on June 30th we welcome Seattle cartoonist and comic book author Jim Woodring to the bookstore to present his much-anticipated, first full-length Frank graphic novel, Congress of Animals.

Those are just a few of the authors we have planned for June. Please join us in the bookstore or at one of the many off-site events we have scheduled for this month.

We look forward to seeing you!


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Summer Booknotes from Our Staff

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen)

The only life Beatrice—Tris—has ever known is the selfless life of Abnegation. Now that she’s sixteen she’ll take the aptitude test to see which of the five factions she belongs in: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite. Tris’s tests are inconclusive, showing she has equal aptitude for several factions. She’s a Divergent, a secret she must never reveal. At the Choosing ceremony, Tris must decide if she will continue to live her life selflessly or if she will choose another path. Masterfully compelling, this book draws the reader into a future world that is perhaps not so distant. -Holly


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Scholastic)

En route to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant, the plane carrying the contestants crashes on a desert island. As the surviving beauty queens struggle to endure in an unforgiving land of dangers they’ve never dreamt about, they’ll encounter snakes, eat grubs, and outwit sinister island inhabitants. Armed with their wits and excellent fashion sense, these girls show that they are not to be trifled with. A little bit Lost, a little bit Lord of the Flies, with a dash of Miss Congeniality, Bray has created a charming and often hilarious novel about a group of young women that learn how strong they can be. -Casey S.



Booknotes, the newsletter of The Elliott Bay Book Company, is written entirely by bookstore staff. It represents a sampling of recently published books that we have enjoyed reading. We appreciate every opportunity to assist in finding books to meet your interests.