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LOCAL INTEREST: Spacey Seattle


Boneshaker book Boneshaker

Priest, Cherie.
FIC PRIEST

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead. Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue's widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history. His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.



City of ash : a novel book City of ash : a novel

Chance, Megan.
FIC CHANCE

When the great Seattle fire of 1889 leaves them with nothing to lose, two very different women discover a mutual passion for revenge. Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along with her scheming, ambitious husband, Nathan. Seattle is a far cry from Chicago—the streets are muddy, the society backward, and Ginny feels stifled and alone. Despite her considerable talent, Beatrice Wilkes is an actress whose dream of being a leading lady is fading rapidly. She can’t believe her luck when a new production gives her a chance at stardom, but Geneva Langley seizes the opportunity for her own and unwittingly crushes Bea’s last dream. The two women engage in a fierce battle for center stage, but the great Seattle fire, which ravages the city, changes their fates and plans. In its aftermath, Ginny and Bea see an opportunity to change their lives: but it would mean banding together to enact a truly wicked plan. Their dark and perilous alliance will set them on the path to either redemption or damnation.



Eccentric Seattle : pillars and pariahs who made the city not such a boring place after all book Eccentric Seattle : pillars and pariahs who made the city not such a boring place after all

Pierce, J. Kingston, 1957-
979.7772 PIERCE

Folks who like stories, especially if they're true, will enjoy Pierce's approach to history and his taste for the obscure and outlandish. A longtime Seattle editor and author, he's gathered an abundance of information about ambitious and ne'er-do-well characters and exciting events in the evolution of the quirky city of the Pacific Northwest known as the Emerald City. The presentation is engaging and informative. B&w photos complement the text, and a time line and references are included; but there is no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)



Food lovers' guide to Seattle : best local specialties, markets, recipes, restaurants, & events book Food lovers' guide to Seattle : best local specialties, markets, recipes, restaurants, & events

Brown, Keren.
381.4564 BROWN

The ultimate guide to Seattle's food scene provides the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Written for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including: food festivals and culinary events; specialty food shops; farmers' markets and farm stands; trendy restaurants and time-tested iconic landmarks; and recipes using local ingredients and traditions.



Ghosts of Seattle book Ghosts of Seattle

Athena.
133.1097 ATHENA

Seattle, the Pacific Northwest's largest city, has something sinister nestled just beneath its magnificent borders. The city is haunted; ghosts adding to the population in the streets, buildings, and market places! Join an eerie tour of Seattles dark and spider-infested underground, historic sites, and crowded public markets where ghost stories and folklore mingle. The chilling presence of deceased Congressman Marion Zioncheck at the Artic Club, the protective specter of women's rights at the Harvard Exit Theatre, and the swing dancer whose ghostly pressence leaves the ladies breathless are all present. Learn about Bill Speidel's Underground, the Pike Place Market, the Starlite Lounge, and many more haunted locations. Seattle will haunt you. (Includes ghostly glossary!)



Historic photos of Seattle in the 50s, 60s, and 70s book Historic photos of Seattle in the 50s, 60s, and 70s

Wilma, David.
979.7772 WILMA

History is more than dates and events. History is images often as mundane as a shopper buying vegetables or a lost view of a neighborhood transformed by development. In the three decades following the midcentury mark, Seattle photographers captured the city day-to-day, to have their exposures published once, or not at all, and then relegated to the darkness of an archive. Historic Photos of Seattle in the 50s, 60s, and 70s compiles photos that recover some of the memories. Mary Randlett and Josef Scaylea are widely known and highly regarded for their work with light and film, and their work appears here. For some photos, the names of city employees and other professionals of lesser note, but no less skill, can be credited. And for many, the photographer's name is lost to time, but his work endures.



Hotel Angeline : a novel in 36 voices book Hotel Angeline : a novel in 36 voices


FIC HOTEL A

Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel that surprises at every turn of the page. Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mortuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother's absence. The quirky tenants-a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by-rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad's dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows. Provoking interesting questions about the creative process, this novel is by turns funny, scary, witty, suspenseful, beautiful, thrilling, and unexpected. A Seattle7Writers project for literacy, this novel was written by Kathleen Alcalá, Matthew Amster-Burton, Kit Bakke, Erica Bauermeister, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Deb Caletti, Carol Cassella, William Dietrich, Robert Dugoni, Kevin Emerson, Karen Finneyfrock, Clyde Ford, Jamie Ford, Elizabeth George, Mary Guterson, Maria Dahvana Headley, Teri Hein, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larson, David Lasky, Stacey Levine, Frances McCue, Jarret Middleton, Peter Mountford, Kevin O'Brien, Julia Quinn, Nancy Rawles, Suzanne Selfors, Jennie Shortridge, Ed Skoog, Garth Stein, Greg Stump, Indu Sundaresan, Craig Welch and Susan Wiggs. Foreword by Nancy Pearl. Introduction by Garth Stein.



J.P. Patches, Northwest icon book J.P. Patches, Northwest icon

Wedes, Chris, 1928-
791.4572 WEDES

Scratch the rust off a Northwest native and, underneath, chances are you'll find a Patches Pal. The J.P. Patches Show aired on KIRO-TV, in Seattle from 1958-1981. If you grew up in the Puget Sound area during that stretch you watched the show. Simple as that. You would think a program that ran for twenty-three years would have some interesting stories from behind the scenes. Stories that bring a smile, take you back to your days in short-pants, or leave you shaking your head with amazement.You would be right. Rediscover the magic of Julius Pierpont Patches: a true Northwest icon.



More than petticoats. Remarkable Washington women book More than petticoats. Remarkable Washington women

Bragg, L. E. (Lynn E.), 1956-
920.7209 BRAGG

More than Petticoats: Remarkable Washington Women-profiles the lives of eighteen of the state's most important historical figures-women from across the Evergreen State, from many different backgrounds, and from various walks of life. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still have an impact today.



Reading Seattle : the city in prose book Reading Seattle : the city in prose


818.508 READING

Seattle, with its spectacular natural beauty and rough frontier history, has inspired writers from its earliest days. This anthology spans seven decades and includes fiction, memoirs, histories, and journalism that define the city or use it as a setting, imparting the flavor of the city through a literary prism. Reading Seattle ranges from classics by Horace R. Cayton, Richard Hugo, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Murray Morgan, and John Okada to more recent works by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, David Guterson, J. A. Jance, and Jonathan Raban. It includes cutting-edge work by emerging talents and reintroduces works by important Seattle writers who may have been overlooked in recent years. The writers featured in this volume explore a variety of neighborhoods and districts within the city, delineating urban spaces and painting memorable portraits of characters both historical and fictional. Sometime Seattle resident Peter Donahue teaches at Birmingham-Southern College and is the author of The Cornelius Arms. John Trombold, an independent scholar, has taught English at a number of schools including Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Central Community College, and The Lakeside School. Writers included: Sherman Alexie; Peter Bacho; Lynda Barry; Archie Binns; Matt Briggs; Colette Brooks; Rebecca Brown; Michael Byers; Jack Cady; Horace R. Cayton; Walt Crowley; Charles D'Ambrosio; Timothy Egan; Earl W. Emerson; David Guterson; Neil Henry; Josephine Herbst; Richard Hugo; J. A. Jance; Thom Jones; Mark Lindquist; Betty MacDonald; Mary McCarthy; Lydia Minatoya; Murray Morgan; John Okada; Mary Brinker Post; Jonathan Raban; Paisley Rekdal; Tom Robbins; Nancy Wilson Ross; Emily Baillargeon Russin; Roger Sale; Charlotte Watson Sherman; David Shields; Natalia Rachel Singer; Monica Sone; Matthew Stadler; Emmett Watson; Edwin Weihe; Barbara Wilson



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