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


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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Phinney-Greenwood coffee shops featured in new book, ‘Eclectic Coffee Spots’

December 7th, 2012 by Doree

Several neighborhood coffee shops are featured in Tacoma artist Marsha Glazière’s new book of paintings, photos and words describing 120 coffee spots with character in and around Puget Sound.

“Eclectic Coffee Spots” features Greenwood’s Green Bean Coffeehouse and Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, Phinney-Ballard’s Café Bambino,  Lighthouse Roasters in South Phinney/Upper Fremont, and the former Cowgirls Espresso in Greenwood.

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Santoro’s 8th annual Holiday Party tonight

December 6th, 2012 by Doree

Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its 8th annual Holiday Party from 6-9 tonight with food, wine, and cookbook author Jess Thomson, who will autograph her new cookbook “Dishing Up Washington.” Nibble on food made from some of the book’s recipes.

Party-goers will receive $5 off any purchase over $25, and a free bag of Chukar Cherries with every purchase over $75.

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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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3-year-old collects 238 books for needy kids at Aurora Commons

November 27th, 2012 by Doree

Earlier this month we told you about 3-year-old Jesse, who wanted to collect books for children to read at Aurora Commons, a neighborhood gathering place for everyone, especially those who live in temporary housing and motels along Aurora Avenue.

Neighbors were asked to drop off books on her family’s porch. Well, Jesse’s mom, Jamie Clausen, tells me that Jesse finished her book drive with a total of 238 books. Way to go, Jesse!

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Phinneywood resident Mike Attebery publishes fourth book

November 14th, 2012 by Doree

Phinneywood-area author Mike Attebery has just published his fourth book, “Bloody Pulp.” Locally, it is available at Santoro’s Books in Phinney Ridge.

“Two shots on a snowy Seattle street, and a once-bestselling mystery writer lies dead. When rookie detective Brick Ransom is assigned to the case, the trail quickly leads to an up-and-coming hard-boiled mystery writer, his publisher, and a number of Seattle notables. It seems the publishing business really is murder. But who did it? And why? And when the murders keep happening, who will be next?”

Attebery previous books are “Seattle On Ice,” “Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys” and”On/Off: A Jekyll and Hyde Story.”

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3-year-old Phinney Ridge girl collecting children’s books for Aurora Commons

November 7th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Jamie Clausen tells us her 3-year-old daughter is collecting children’s books to donate to Aurora Commons, an informal community center open to all at 8914 Aurora Ave. N.

Here’s her message:

Hi Everyone. This is Jesse Ballnik. My mom is letting me use her Facebook account to send out this note to all our friends about my book drive. I live in Phinney Ridge which means that some of my neighbors live along Aurora Avenue in temporary housing, motels or out on the streets. Many of them are families with kids. They are not all as lucky as I am to have lots of great books to read at home. Luckily our friend Lisa and her friends have a coffee shop & community center in our neighborhood called Aurora Commons that they can spend time in and they have a story time for kids on Tuesdays. I wanted to make sure that they had lots of good books at their story time and for kids who just come to hang out so my mom is helping me to do a book drive. I am looking through my own books to find used books for children that are in good shape and am asking my friends to do the same. If you have any books to donate, please drop them off at my house at 751 N 75th Street in Seattle. I am going to bring what I collect to the community dinner on November 21st and am hoping to collect at least 20 books by then!

Jamie has set out a bin on their covered porch for people to drop off books any time.

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