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For everyone in Seattle, don’t miss Christina Nichol reading from her new book WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Elliot Bay Book Company tonight at 7PM! Norman Rush saysThis novel is a remarkable entry into the world of comic fiction… This is the real thing. This is humor like Twain did it, or Dickens. Different.” Surely you wouldn’t want to miss that!

SEATTLE, WA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM

Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
Reading and Discussion

As the summer comes to an end and the Fall season nears we are giving away advance reading copies of Farran Smith Nehme’s incredible, cinematic debut MISSING REELS! Young love, old movies, an epic search for a long lost silent film and so much more! Sign up now via Goodreads to win a copy while they are still available! 

As the summer comes to an end and the Fall season nears we are giving away advance reading copies of Farran Smith Nehme’s incredible, cinematic debut MISSING REELS! Young love, old movies, an epic search for a long lost silent film and so much more! Sign up now via Goodreads to win a copy while they are still available! 

Don’t miss Christina Nichol reading tonight from her debut novel WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Powell’s on Hawthorne! And check out this sneak peek from WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY! 

PORTLAND, ORMonday, August 25, 2014, 7:30 PMPowell’s  3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 Reading and Discussion

Don’t miss Christina Nichol reading tonight from her debut novel WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Powell’s on Hawthorne! And check out this sneak peek from WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY

PORTLAND, OR
Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:30 PM
Powell’s
 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Reading and Discussion

57thstreetbooks:

Ernest Hemingway said it was awfully easy to be hardboiled during the day, but I think Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would beg to differ. Those cats and their brethren found trouble no matter where the sun was in the sky, and their sixth senses for sin are why we still love them and think they’re cool over a half century later. Noir literature was, of course, also the basis for some of the most beautifully shot and persistantly hip films known to man, and, thanks to some presses with excellent taste, books full of those iconic images are now stocked on our shelves. Because of its morally and stylistically complex exploration of the darkest sides of modern life, noir literature and film have also spawned a whole field of criticism. Anyway, in the wake of noir femme fatale Lauren Bacall’s death, and inspired by the sultry Chicago summer, here’s a collection of some of our finest offerings in noir fiction, criticism, and art, from curbsidesplendor, akashicbooks, overlookpress, versobooks and more. Bang, bang.
Complete list/ordering info here.

57thstreetbooks:

Ernest Hemingway said it was awfully easy to be hardboiled during the day, but I think Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would beg to differ. Those cats and their brethren found trouble no matter where the sun was in the sky, and their sixth senses for sin are why we still love them and think they’re cool over a half century later. Noir literature was, of course, also the basis for some of the most beautifully shot and persistantly hip films known to man, and, thanks to some presses with excellent taste, books full of those iconic images are now stocked on our shelves. Because of its morally and stylistically complex exploration of the darkest sides of modern life, noir literature and film have also spawned a whole field of criticism. Anyway, in the wake of noir femme fatale Lauren Bacall’s death, and inspired by the sultry Chicago summer, here’s a collection of some of our finest offerings in noir fiction, criticism, and art, from curbsidesplendor, akashicbooks, overlookpress, versobooks and more. Bang, bang.

Complete list/ordering info here.

Are Water Filters B.S.?

James Salzman, author of DRINKING WATER, interviewed by The Daily Beast 

"Diana Cooper was not always serious, but she knew that she lived in serious times. This grave knowledge is what allows these letters to be so much fun."
—The Wall Street Journal on DARLING MONSTER

“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’”
“The mood will pass, sir.”

—   P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters (via booksandjazz)
P.G. Wodehouse
Ah the lil’ bookworms! Thanks Huffington Post for brightening our Friday morning!

Ah the lil’ bookworms! Thanks Huffington Post for brightening our Friday morning!

luckypeach:

Our friend and contributor Christina Nichol is over on The Paris Review, talking with Norman Rush and Marco Roth about her new novel, Waiting for the Electricity. Click on over to read a fantastic conversation between very smart people, and then read an excerpt of the novel over on our Medium page!
Photo from Overlook Press

luckypeach:

Our friend and contributor Christina Nichol is over on The Paris Review, talking with Norman Rush and Marco Roth about her new novel, Waiting for the Electricity. Click on over to read a fantastic conversation between very smart people, and then read an excerpt of the novel over on our Medium page!

Photo from Overlook Press