A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Phinney Ridge mom writes children’s book, ‘Even Superheroes Have to Sleep’

March 30th, 2015 by Doree

Sara Crow, Phinney Ridge mom of three little boys, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish her new book, “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep.”

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Sara wrote the book after struggling to get her boys out of their superhero costumes and in to bed one night. The rhyming story is designed for children ages 1-6 and stars characters such as a scientist, superhero, princess, doctor and pirate. The book is illustrated by Adam Record.

She’s hoping to raise enough money to self-publish the book by August. The Kickstarter campaign ends on May 3.

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2 Greenwood authors have new books

March 5th, 2015 by Doree

Pieces_of_Home_Cover-resizedGreenwood author and poet A. B. McFarland has just published her first novel, “Pieces of Home,” which is set in Seattle.

Pieces of Home is about a young hermit who loses her Seattle home in a fire and ends up staying with a family she barely knows. Still reeling from her divorce and the loss of her restaurant business, and with no trusted family to fall back on, she goes to stay with her classmate Iya Forsythe and his eccentric relatives. She soon finds herself intensely curious about the puzzling Forsythe family, headed by Orvie and his brother, Marlow. Thrust into the role of part-time parent to an eleven-year-old girl with anger management issues and a fourteen-year-old boy hung up on the contents of a jar in his desk drawer, Skye begins to find the strength to cope with her estranged brother, while picking up the pieces of her own life. Written in the form of a diary, Pieces of Home takes an honest but humorous look at the emotional factors that lead to homelessness, violence and trauma in families.

McFarland says Couth Buzzard Books at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. has a few copies of “Pieces of Home” on consignment. The book also is available on Amazon.

And another Greenwood author, Deborah Bacharach, will read from her new book of poetry, “After I Stop Lying,” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bacharach is a poet and essayist and has been published in over 100 journals nationwide. She was the 2015 Poetry on Buses featured poet for the week of Jan. 26, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Bacharach is a freelance writing consultant who lives in the Greenwood neighborhood with her partner and two children.

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Greenwood Library celebrating 10th anniversary on Feb. 8

January 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its new building at a community party from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy refreshments and share your favorite library memories.

The Library will also be sealing a time capsule, which will be opened at the branch’s 25th anniversary in 2030. “Library patrons are invited to write a letter to their future self, describe the community, draw pictures or take photos—whatever comes to mind!” said Karen Spiel, regional manager for libraries in northwest Seattle. Templates for the time capsule can be picked up at the Greenwood Branch, and entries can be turned in to the branch through Sunday, Feb. 8.

The current Greenwood Branch opened Jan. 29, 2005. It was the 13th project completed under the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” building program. The branch features an expansive view of the Cascade Mountains, tables made of wood salvaged from an American red elm, and artwork by Portland artists Fernanda D’Agostino and Valerie Otani based on Greenwood Branch patrons who posed as models.

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Greenwood author Dennis Ortblad to read from “The Berlin-Breslau Affair” on Tuesday

November 5th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood author Dennis Ortblad will read from his recently published novel, “The Berlin-Breslau Affair,” at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

As a veteran of the Foreign Service at U.S. embassies overseas, Dennis sets his foreign affairs thriller in contemporary Berlin, Dresden, and a castle where Hitler was building a command bunker until the Soviet armies overtook his plans.

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Greenwood true crime author Rebecca Morris discusses her new book about Susan Powell case tonight

May 29th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood author Rebecca Morris will discuss her new book about the Susan Cox Powell case, “If I Can’t Have You,” from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Morris co-authored the book with Gregg Olsen.

Couth Buzzard Books will have copies of the book for sale at the event.

Morris has authored or co-authored several true crime books, including “Ted and Ann,” about serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Holiday book signing by local authors at PNA

November 13th, 2013 by Doree

Nearly two dozen local authors will read from and sign their books from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The fourth annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Book Signing is co‐hosted by Santoro’s Books, Shunpike and the PNA. Proceeds benefit 826 Seattle (a nonprofit writing and tutoring center in Greenwood) and the PNA. The authors are even baking homemade goodies for purchase to support literacy programs.

Authors include: Garth Stein, Kristin Hannah, Elizabeth George, Erica Bauermeister, Megan Chance, Susan Wiggs, Kevin O’Brien, Clare Dederer, Kevin Emerson, Jennie Shortridge, Carol Cassella, Laurie Frankel, Sean Beaudoin, Shannon Huffman Polson, Lynn Brunnelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Bernadette Pajer, Bhartii Kirchner, William Dietrich, Mike Lawson, Clare Meeker and Thor Hanson.

Twelve authors will give readings throughout the afternoon:

  • 2 p.m. – Erica Bauermeister
  • 2:15 p.m. – Sean Beaudoin
  • 2:30 p.m. – Jennie Shortridge
  • 2:45 p.m. – Bill Dietrich
  • 3 p.m. – Laurie Frankel
  • 3:15 p.m. – Thor Hanson
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m. – Suzanne Selfors
  • 4 p.m. – Bharti Kirchner
  • 4:15 p.m. – Shannon Huffman Polson
  • 4:30 p.m. – Kevin Emerson
  • 4:45 p.m. – Bernadette Pajer

The S7W writers also help stock “pocket libraries” throughout the city in homeless shelters and food banks. Anyone who brings gently‐used books to donate at the Holiday Book Signing will receive a free S7W cloth bag.

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Author reading at library – Little Free Library, that is

November 12th, 2013 by Doree

Michael Koep-resizedIdaho author, musician and artist Michael B. Koep will read from his new novel, “The Invasion of Heaven” at various places this week, including a book store and several restaurants, but he’ll also be doing a reading at a Little Free Library at 411 N. 46th St. in South Phinney/North Fremont from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The free-standing “library” is near a bus stop.

“The Invasion of Heaven” is Part I of “The Newirth Mythology.”

The mysterious death of a bipolar housewife forces psychologist Loche Newirth to see traces of insanity in the most terrifying place: himself. All at once he is wanted for murder; in a battle of wits with another psychologist; AND he may be seeing things—a crystal blue iris with a fathomless black pupil starts popping up to stare at his life.

Next, the doctor is tangled up with a stuttering and sometimes stoned artist who claims his portraits are a link to the afterlife. Part one of The Newirth Mythology: The Invasion of Heaven is filled with a mind-bending cast of double-crossing characters bent on destroying what was thought to be beyond the reach of human treachery: the life we all hope for behind death’s door.

Koep also will sign books from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Koep is also the drummer and lyricist for the progressive rock group Kite and percussionist for the variety power trio The Rub.

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Pop up shop at Greenwood Library on Saturday

July 15th, 2013 by Doree

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is having a “pop up shop” at the Greenwood Library from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

You can buy used paperback for $2 and used children’s books for $1, plus totes, mugs and jewelry. Friends advocates and raises money for the Seattle Public Library throughout the year.

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Couth Buzzard Book Espresso Buono Café celebrates its third anniversary

December 12th, 2012 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its third anniversary all day on Saturday, Dec. 22, with music, stories, poetry, treats, a raffle, and free books for kids.

Raffle prizes include a KOBO e-reader, Couth Buzzard Gift Cards, and a photo session with professional photographer Holly Feral.

The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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