SEATTLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKFAIR ~ October 8th & 9th You don’t have to buy but it’s great to look!
Floppy disks in Japan: Minister declares war on old-fashioned technology
A shipment of baby wipes turns out to be $11.8 million worth of cocaine
Bigfoot Believers Uncovered a Lost Manuscript About the ‘Soviet Sasquatch’
Today’s hero: the 82-year-old Egyptian man who has collected 15,000 books for his community.
Sorry, Batman, This Luxury Lifestyle Brand Is All About Bruce Wayne
Longest single-volume book in the world goes on sale – and is impossible to read (at 21,450-pages – – – )
Attention, phonies: a rare signed edition of The Catcher in the Rye is up for sale.
The Enduring Wisdom of ‘Goodnight Moon’
Words of the Month
lucubration (n): a piece of writing, typically a pedantic or over-elaborate one.
A new ransomware gang is starting to ramp up its operations — and its exploits focus on a programming language that makes it harder for researchers to crack.
Here Is the Manual for the Mass Surveillance Tool Cops Use to Track Phones
Facebook Engineers Admit They Don’t Know What They Do With Your Data
A Different Heatwave Warning: Online Hate—Like Violent Crime—Soars With High Temperatures, Study Suggests
Google and Oxford Scientists Publish Paper Claiming AI Will “Likely” Annihilate Humankind [Skynet, anyone??]
FBI tracked Aretha Franklin’s civil rights activism, declassified file shows
The Sinaloa Cartel Is Controlling Water in Drought-Stricken Mexico
Screaming in Secret: Dahlia Lithwick on the Women Who Work Within the Legal System
Incel Communities Are Reportedly Engaged in a ‘Brothers-in-Arms’ War Against Women
Louisiana’s Infamous Angola Prison Will Now Lock Up Children
New report reveals ‘devastating scale’ of harassment and discrimination in the music industry
Cybersecurity firm Mandiant uncovers sophisticated espionage campaign
Researchers Say the CIA’s Amateurish Websites Led to the Exposure of Critical Assets
Oklahoma Wants to Revoke License of Teacher Who Shared ‘Books Unbanned’ QR Code
Teens Are Fighting Back Against LGBTQ Book Bans
SLJ Survey Shows That Censorship Will Have Long-Term Effect on School Libraries
A Lot More Censorship Is Coming to a School Near You
Arizona Zine Shop Counters Book Bans With Inclusive Offerings
Book Bans Impact Over 4 Million Students: PEN America’s Sobering New Report
Overwhelming Majority of American Voters Strongly Oppose Book Banning According to National Poll
A Colorado Library Board Has Voted to Ban Book Bans
Jenny Holzer Unveils Massive Outdoor Installation at the Rockefeller Center ~ Text-based artwork that comes to the aid of writers and journalists in the midst of rising censorship around the world.
How to beat a book ban: students, parents and librarians fight back
40 Years of Banned Book Week: The ‘dangerous’ books too powerful to read
City of Chicago and Chicago Public Library Declare Themselves Book Sanctuaries
More than 1,600 books banned during 2021-22 school year, report finds
Democrats introduce ‘book ban’ resolution amid nationwide censorship movement
Brooklyn’s library moves to slip books through red state bans
Pennsylvania school district accused of banning Girls Who Code book series
The Long and Gruesome History of the Battle Over American Textbooks
Canadian Right-Wing Book Banning Groups Don’t Know How School Boards Work
Words of the Month
caconym (n.) “a name rejected for linguistic reasons, bad nomenclature in botany or biology,” 1888, from caco- “bad, ill, poor” + -onym “name” (from PIE root *no-men- “name”). (etymonline)
Why Seattle libraries had 130-plus closures this summer
New Black-owned Central District bookstore celebrates Black culture
‘Riverdale’ actor Ryan Grantham gets life in prison for killing his mother
High-level gangster vanishes while on parole in B.C.
Walls of Books fills the bookstore-shaped hole in the hearts of Issaquah readers
How a Powell’s Books outpost ended up in Condon, population 760
James Patterson’s ‘Blowback’ asks, ‘What if we elected a psychopath?’
Food Delivery Robot Casually Drives Under Police Tape, Through Active Crime Scene
Five Ways to Break Up, According to Michael Mann’s Films
The Mystery of the Headless Goats in the Chattahoochee
Words of the Month
threap (n): An argument or disagreement, often un-resolvable. (Says You!, #1016)
Amazon keeps growing, and so does its cache of data on you
Amazon’s eastern Oregon expansion sends carbon emissions soaring
California sues Amazon, alleging antitrust law violations
Speedreaders Lose, Authors Win in New Amazon Ebook Policy Change
Words of the Month.
opisthography (n.) “the practice of writing on the back of anything,” 1715, from Greek opisthographos “written on the back,” from graphos “writing” (from graphein“to write” (see -graphy) + opisthen “behind, from behind, at the back,” from opi, a variant of epi “on it, at it” (see epi-). (etymonline)
The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize named 11 recipients this year, awarding a total of $1.1 million.
The Griffin Poetry Prize has created the largest international prize for a book of poetry.
Here are the finalists for the 2022 Kirkus Prize, one of the world’s richest literary awards
Here are the bookies’ odds for the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature
Words of the Month
scrawl (v.) From the 1610s, “write or draw awkwardly and untidily,” a word of uncertain origin, perhaps from a specific use of Middle English scrawlen “spread out the limbs, sprawl” (early 15c.), which might be an alteration of sprawlen (see sprawl (v.)) or crawl (v.). Some sources suggest a contraction of scrabble. Related: Scrawled; scrawling.
The noun in the sense of “piece of unskilled or inelegant writing” is by 1690s, from the verb; the meaning “bad style of handwriting” is by 1710. (etymonline)
Books at One expands to Dublin; Murder One and Capital Crime launch; Colm Tóibín premiere
A Conservative Publisher Wants to Be the Answer to Liberal Children’s Books. There’s Just One Problem. “The books aren’t bad, necessarily. They’re just not for kids.”
Books newsletter: Proust in Dublin; Culture Night; Catholicism debate; Yeats sculpture unveiled
New UK PM Truss urged to invest in libraries and abolish tax on audiobooks
Is climate-change making it too hot for many of the nation’s libraries?
The Shopkeeper Sleuth: Cozy Mysteries Featuring Crime-Solving Business Owners
Impossible Murders In Crime Fiction
Deanna Raybourn: On Writers and (Characters) of a Certain Age
The New James Bond Novels Are Fun, Progressive, and Totally Thrilling
What Women Mystery Writers and Female Sleuths Owe to Nancy Drew
A publisher abruptly recalled the ‘2,000 Mules’ election denial book. NPR got a copy.
Laurie R. King On Returning to Her San Francisco Roots During Lockdown
Boerne book festival kicks off spooky season with monsters and mysteries
A Deep Dive Into the History of Bibliomysteries
The State of the Crime Novel: A Roundtable Discussion with Crime Authors – part 1, part 2
S. A. Cosby: Interview and Cover Reveal
A recent episode of NPR’s Marketplace, reported on the continuing difficulties publishers are having getting books manufactured
Tom Hanks announces ‘wildly ambitious’ first novel
10 Shadowy Meetings of Crime and the Occult
Horror Fiction In The Age of Covid: A Roundtable Discussion
The Unstoppable, Fearsome, Delicious Allure of the Witch
On Theda Bara and the Origins of the Vamp
Rhys Bowen: Miss Marple is Agatha Christie’s best character. A new book reminds us why.
Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley review – in search of the elusive author
Author Events (in person)
Tues, Oct 18: Candace Robb signs her new Owen Archer, A Fox in the Fold: Third Place/Ravenna, 7pm
Other Forms of Entertainment
Library Sitcom ‘SHELVED’ Could Be The Show We Need
Indiana Jones 5: Is it really over for Harrison Ford as an action star?
Scenes from a Marriage: Watching the “Thin Man” Movies as a Set
James Bond Producers Are Focused on Figuring Out a Villain Before Casting the Next 007
Porfirio Rubirosa: the Dominican man who inspired James Bond
When Hollywood Was Punished for Its Anti-Nazism
Yes, There’s a Wonderful New ‘Fletch’ Movie Starring Jon Hamm. Not That You’d Know It Exists
8 True Crime Podcasts You Need to Listen to This Fall
The Many Crime Stories of Robert De Niro
Words of the Month
chirography (n.) “handwriting, the art of writing,” 1650s, from chiro– “the hand”+ –graphy “writing.” Chirograph “formal written legal document” is attested from late 13c. in Anglo-French, from Latin chirographum, from Greek kheirographia “written testimony.” Related: Chirographer; chirographic. (etymonline)
Sept. 3: Award-Winning Underground Comics Writer/Artist Diane Noomin Dies at 75
Sept. 4: Sterling Lord Dies – Literary Agent For Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ Was 102
Sept. 7: Best-selling horror writer Peter Straub has died at 79
Sept. 11: Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies in Madrid hospital aged 70
Sept. 12: NSA analyst jailed for life for selling US secrets to Soviets dies aged 80
Sept. 13: Ken Starr, the prosecutor on the Clinton Whitewater investigation, has died at 76
Sept. 14: Earl Silbert, first prosecutor in the Watergate case, dies at 86
Sept. 14: Irene Papas, celebrated Greek actress from ‘Guns of Navarone’, ‘Zorba’ to ‘Iphigenia,’ and ‘Z’, has died at 96
Sept. 16: Henry Silva, Bad Guy in ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ and Many Other Movies, Dies at 95
Sept. 17: Maximilian Lerner, Whose Espionage Skills Helped Win a War, Dies at 98
Sept. 19: Lily Renée Phillips, Pioneering Comic Book Artist, Dies at 101
Sept. 21: John Train, Paris Review Co-Founder and Cold War Operative, Dies at 94
Sept. 23: Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel dies aged 70
Sept. 23: Louise Fletcher, Oscar Winner for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 88
Sept. 29: Leonard Cole, Who Detailed Secret Army Germ Tests, Dies at 89
Links of Interest
Sept. 1: The nation’s poorest state used welfare money to pay Brett Favre for speeches he never made
Sept. 1: A Gang Called Drug Rich Is Robbing Celebrities All Over Atlanta
Sept. 1: What Canada’s Largest Art Heist Reveals about the Art World’s Shady Side
Sept. 4: The Fiery Godmother Who Avenged Her Husband With 29 Bullets
Sept. 5: Man Headed to Prison for Dumping Toxic Pollution Into Ocean
Sept. 6: How Eliot Ness Wound Up Hunting a Serial Killer in Cleveland
Sept.7: Suspect Nabbed in Half-Century-Old Cold Case Killing of Maryland Cop
Sept.7: Police Arrest Woman Who Faked Her Own Kidnapping to Extort Her Mom—for the Fourth Time
Sept. 8: County Official’s DNA Found at Site of Vegas Journalist’s Grisly Slaying
Sept. 8: MAGA Pastor Settles After Being Accused of Scamming Old Lady
Sept. 8: How Murdered Journalist Jeff German’s Colleagues Hunted Down His Alleged Killer
Sept. 9: CT Scans Reveal Gnarly, 1,000-Year-Old Mummies Were Murdered
Sept. 13: Looted coin worth $1m returned to Israel after years-long hunt
Sept. 13: A Sensational Murder Trial in the Newly Founded New Yorker
$ept. 14: ‘Santa came today’: Brett Favre texts show his role in Mississippi welfare scandal
Sept: 14: Arnold Rothstein: New York’s First Criminal Genius
Sept. 14: Missing people, buried bones at center of Oklahoma mystery
Sept. 15: Was This Letter Written by Sherlock Holmes?
Sept. 15: He Killed a Stranger He Thought Was a Werewolf. A Judge Just Banned Him From Social Media
Sept. 1`6: The Treasures Within the World’s Greatest Wine Library
Sept. 16: What Do We Really Know About the History of the Printing Press?
Sept. 19: 4 Library Collections Filled With Culinary Treasures
Sept. 20: Adnan Syed: Conviction overturned in Serial podcast murder case
Sept. 20: U.S. charges ‘brazen’ theft of $250 million from pandemic food program
Sept. 20: Prosecutors allege an inside job. The target? Rare bourbon
Sept. 22: Can Science Solve the Mystery of the Concrete Book?
Sept. 22: How Leopold and Loeb Ended up with the Country’s Most Famous Lawyer
Sept. 24: How a suburban St. Louis detective broke a 30-year-old serial killer case wide open
$ept. 24: Brett Favre pressed for facility funding despite being told legality in question, court filing says
Sept. 25: Author makes case for most compelling Zodiac Killer suspect in decades
Sept. 26: One Man’s Search for the First Hebrew-Lettered Cookbook
$ept. 27: Brett Favre is the face of a scandal, but Mississippi’s issues go deeper
Sept. 28: Kandinsky painting returned to Jewish family as Netherlands shifts approach to looted art
Sept. 28: The Evils of Larry Ray: A Creepy Dad Who Started a Sex Cult at Sarah Lawrence College
Sept. 28: Hollywood-Beloved Espionage Author Ben MacIntyre on What Truly Motivates Spies
Sept. 28: RFK assassin Sirhan asks to go home to live ‘in peace’
$ept. 28: Brett Favre’s foundation, aimed at helping children and cancer patients, gave funds to USM athletics
Sept. 29: Man Pays $75 for Medieval Text That Could Be Worth $10,000
Sept. 30: The Lindisfarne Gospels: ‘everyone should see this show at least once’
Words of the Month
cacoethes (n.) “itch for doing something,” 1560s, from Latinized form of Greek kakoēthēs “ill-habit, wickedness, itch for doing (something),” from kakos “bad” (from PIE root *kakka- “to defecate”) + ēthē- “disposition, character” (see ethos). Most famously, in Juvenal’s insanabile scribendi cacoethes “incurable passion for writing.” (etymonline)
What We’ve Been Up To
Deanna Raybourn – Killers of a Certain Age
Ready to retire, four women (of a certain age) are treated to a boat cruise by their former employers as a reward for their exemplary service. A vacation which they enjoy right up until one of the group spots a former colleague on the same boat.
The only problem — Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie’s former job title: Assassin.
Deanna Rabourn’s tale is a rollercoaster ride of the first water! Blending together the librarians from Gunpowder Milkshake, the general premise of Burn Notice, and Lana’s origin story from Archer — you’ve now got an inkling of the wild ride between the covers of Killer’s of a Certain Age.
Seriously, I couldn’t put Killers of a Certain Age down.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who needs a fantastic, fast-paced read for the bath or a holiday. Seriously, I love how these women outwit, outmaneuver, and outshine their pursuers using experience their younger counterparts don’t yet possess…
Plus, it was just lovely to sit down for a few hours and read a book from cover to cover — especially when Raybourn penned such a satisfying ending!
Keep an open mind
I had just finished watching the series “Madam Secretary” when I picked up State of Terror. Now, if you were going to write a thriller involving the Secretary of State, and you wanted a fast-paced, well plotted book with intriguing characters, who would you have author it? Be fair, be honest, who knows their stuff?
Hillary Rodham Clinton knows the ins and outs of being Secretary of State. Whatever you may think of her, she knows her stuff.
Louise Penny has proved time and again that she can write a gripping novel filled with real people.
Together, they created State of Terror, and honestly, now is the time to read it.
I want to sit down and talk about this book with you face to face so you can see my enthusiasm. But it’s good that I can’t, because I’d give away spoilers. For our plot purposes here, let me just say that Ellen Adams was a harsh critic of now President Doug Williams during her media mogul days, so it was a huge surprise when he appointed her Secretary of State. Adams handed off her media empire to her daughter and accepted the position, where her first assignment failed miserably. Let’s just say this did not displease President Williams.
But when bus bombs happen in a couple of European cities, Adams and Williams have to work together to figure out where the next target is. One of Secretary Adams’ people in the Pakistan office gets a clue, and the race is on.
“The most amazing thing that has happened in my lifetime is neither putting a man on the moon nor Facebook having 2.8 billion monthly active users. It is that in the 75 years, 7 months, and 13 days since Nagasaki, a nuclear bomb has not been detonated.” – Tom Peters
The more I read this book, knowing HRC‘s insider knowledge of Washington politics and its back door dealings, combined with Louise Penny’s astonishing ability to put you right in the heart of the story, the more terrifying it became. And watching current news cycles both in the US and around the world, this book becomes more relevant every day. I had no idea.
Which is not to say it doesn’t have moments of levity. Some of the characters will jump right into your heart. Betsy Jameson, Secretary Adams’ good friend and counselor is one of them. She’s the “Mrs. Cleaver” below, because she looks so ordinary and friendly.
“Steve Kowalski, Ellen’s head of Diplomatic Security, a longtime veteran of the service, turned in the front seat to look at Mrs. Cleaver as she combined and conjugated words that should never, really, have conjugal relations. The ensuing progeny was both grotesque and hilarious, as she turned nouns into verbs, and verbs into something else entirely. It was a display of linguistic gymnastics the agent hadn’t thought possible. And he’d been a Marine.”
You’ll get chills, and it’s possible that your sleep will be disrupted by this novel – and remember, it is just a novel – and with good reason. The possibilities given here are far too plausible not to be considered, and when a power team like this presents it to you, you pay attention.
Also, it’s a great thriller! Trust me, you want to read State of Terror now.
I was thrilled to find that Rinker Buck had a new book coming out. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey was one of the best books I read when it came out in 2016. I’ve given away at least a half-dozen copies. In it he builds a canastoga wagon and set off, powered by three mules, across the Oregon Trail. It is an outstanding book, jammed with history and interesting tidbits, and I was ready for a new adventure.
Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure mirrors that earlier book but this involves first building a flatboat – the sort first used to navigate the Father of Waters – and then float it from the start of the Ohio River and down to New Orleans. Nearly everyone he discusses this plan with tells him he’s going to die. They’re all quiet serious. Perhaps it is hubris, or his own native mule-headedness, but he plunges on. It’s a daunting plan but you know he survived ’cause you’re reading the book.
Along the way you accumulate a flowing history of how the commerce and settlement of the country was enhanced by European-Americans moving West and following the waters. Of course, the current river is nothing like the unfettered highway of 200 years ago – just as the Oregon Trail no longer exists as it was when first blazzed. Buck is aghast at the garbage and trash (it often was, he says sadly, a “floating junkyard”). “And the river has been so contained and shaped so as to stay within it’s bounds that is in no way as wild as it once once. That’s not to say it isn’t dangerous; big storms along any of the rivers that feed it can make it swell and churn, and the commercial traffic is astonishing. Then, too, there are the weekend fools.
Like the junk that float by, so too does the awful history of our country – Buck does not shy from explaining the ways the waters helped to decimate the natives that had ruled and helped to spread slavery further into the landscape. Truly, life on the Mississippi is both a grand tale of human progress corrupted because of the costs that it charges on all who used it.
All Haunting is Regret
Don’t worry if you start Hell and Back and can’t figure out what is going on. Neither can Walt. Craig Johnson puts all of us – readers and characters – in a place that defies explanation and populates it with people who can’t possibly there. In fact, there are so many people from Walt’s past that I stopped reading the new book and re-read the previously three and it helped. It is a book overflowing with mystery and mysticism. It is a book unlike any of the previous Longmires, yet is is easily experienced as another in a long line of Absaroka County stories that are unique and comforting. Because at the center is Walt Longmire and he is trustworthy to all.
“Words are important, no matter what the language – they are perhaps one of the most powerful things we have. Words can preserve life or invoke death and should be handled with the same care as any deadly weapon.” Those are Virgil’s words, but the truth is Craig’s.
Pulitzer-nominated investigative reporter Howard Blum‘s brand new book is astonishing. The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer’s Quest Through A Legacy of Betrayal begins with a boat sailing itself into the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and gets strange from there.
So starts an entertaining and convoluted story of the hunt for a Soviet mole in the CIA. Scads of books have been written about this hunt, the suspects, the battles over which Russian turncoat to believe, and the destruction and devastation the hunt caused to US intelligence. Blum’s book follows the investigation of Tennent “Pete” Bagley, a retired American spook who lived through that destruction and suffered from it. The circumstances of the mystery sail boat brings him back to the hunt and it unfolds like a well crafted whodunnit. Clues, red herrings, and blind alleys abound and, along the way, you see the Cold War games of both sides of the spy landscape.
If you’re interested in American history, Cold War history, CIA history – or even if you don’t think you are – pick up the books. It’s a great mystery, but all true.
Next up: a book that was released in Feb. but that I just discovered near the end of Sept – Fran has been yelling at me for years to read Joe Ide. So far I haven’t but I will now. To my knowledge, this is the third book the Chandler estate has engaged current authors to pen a new Philip Marlowe novel. First, in 2014, there was Benjamin (John Banville) Black’s The Black-Eyed Blonde, a follow-up to The Long Goodbye. In 2018, Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osbourne was released. In that, Marlowe is 72 and living in Mexico.
It’s one thing to search for new books by a favorite author. I’m not sure how you search for new books about a favorite character!
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