July 25, 2014

Seattle Aims to Become Second American City of Literature

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Seattle, regularly a contender for the title of most literate city in the United States by Central Connecticut State University’s annual ranking, is doubling down on its reputation as a book-loving burg. This March, the city submitted its application for designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, a bid that would make Seattle the second city in the United States and the eighth city in the world to receive the title.

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

Friday’s ERT/Booklist Author Forum, moderated by Booklist editor Brad Hooper, brought together a diverse group of novelists to talk about the state of the novel and the role place plays in fiction. Literary fiction writer Ruth Ozeki (My Year of Meats), prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks (“Shannara” series), thriller writer Gregg Olsen (Fear Collector), and [...]

A “No Starbucks” Café Crawl | ALA Midwinter, Seattle January 22-29

A “No Starbucks” Café Crawl | ALA Midwinter, Seattle January 22-27

For librarians headed to ALA Midwinter in Seattle, may I strongly suggest NO STARBUCKS. As a general rule, this is expected of the resident. For the visitor, abstaining for one day is good enough.

Instead, as a Seattle native, I recommend a ten-minute walk (probably in the rain) to a few of Seattle’s superlative and nearby-the-Convention-Center cafés, located along the E. Pine/ E. Pike St. corridor in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

ALA Midwinter Preview: The Reinvented Conference | Seattle, WA, January 25–29, 2013

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With a promise to attendees of “inspiring content” and a message to potential exhibitors that they’ll get to chat with “the decision-makers you need to meet,” the American Library Association (ALA) has scheduled its Midwinter Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in Seattle, January 25–29, 2013. ALA says Midwinter has been “redesigned,” but the change seems more extensive, more like reinvented. The transformation is clearly needed to attract exhibitors and members whose fees will help ALA clear a deficit from the last fiscal year and avoid revenue shortfalls in FY13, both partly caused by declining conference revenues.

Budget Problems Will Force Seattle Public Library to Close for One Week

Money problems will force the  Seattle Public Library system to close for one week, starting August 29, according to a library press release. Seattle is facing a $67 million budget deficit, and in order to help close that gap the library’s budget for FY11 has been cut $3.7 million. The week-long closure will save about […]

Charlotte's Brown Among Finalists for Seattle Post

The Seattle Public Library board of trustees has named three finalists for the position of city librarian: Charles M. Brown, director of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, N.C. Nancy Ledeboer, director of Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Ariz. Marcellus Turner, executive director, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, Colo. The board is scheduled to meet May 5 […]