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Do you suppose St. Patrick was a parselmouth, and his muggle friends never knew? 
~Dave Beard

Happy St Patrick's Day!

May your blessings outnumber 
The shamrocks that grow, 
And may trouble avoid you 
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

Twenty-Two Book-Loving Years!

Thank you for supporting your local indie, so we can support authors, serve you, and 
help connect authors and readers.

Please join us in celebration at our

Upcoming Events

Saturday,  Mar 1 at 1-3 PM
A Book For All Seasons

Please join us to celebrate 22 YEARS 
as your local indie book-seller.

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Naturally, we're celebrating with great food and fabulous authors! Award-winning Carol Cassella offers an early release of her brand-new novel Gemini. Gregory Nokes' latest history, Breaking Chains was just chosen as a PNW Top Ten Book. Karen Spears Zacharias shares her sixth book, but first novel, journeying back to her Appalachian roots with Mother of Rain. 

Thank you for a wonderful 22 years!

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Fri Mar 7 at 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library 

Sat Mar 8, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons 

Pastor Larry Morris, Paul Palumbo, and Dave Ellingson
Share Faith, Stories and Poems-- and Dave's 2.300 mile kayak

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Humble and humorous, Chelan Lutheran Pastor Paul Palumbo shares with us the whole of a pastor’s journey, in In Defense of the Pastor: and other tales of disaster. He shares the reasons he loves being a pastor as well as the moments he has ached to leave it behind. Paul confesses moments of weakness and shame… and the ultimate triumphs of grace. 

Kirkland Pastor Larry Morris's Among Us: stories of worship and faith opens windows and shows details often missed. Looking for what makes God laugh, opening his eyes to God’s presence, Morris sees and rejoices in joy, hope, love, and play. 

Lutheran Pastor Dave Ellingson's Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Spirit and Learning Kayaking the Mississippi River, recounts his 2,300-mile kayak journey. “It had been on my bucket-list since I was a boy and read Huck Finn,” says college professor and pastor Ellingson, who paddled the entire Mississippi River in his kayak during the summer of 2012. “What began as an adventure led to learning and ultimately to spiritual pilgrimage!” says the Edmonds resident.

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Weds Mar 12 at 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library

Just out in paper: Songs of Willow Frost: the much-anticipated second novel by Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. 

“Ford weaves another rich tapestry of history and family drama in this cliff-hanging tale of an abandoned boy and the Chinese American singer he is convinced is his missing mother. Hope and fate, laughs and tears: Songs of Willow Frost has it all,” says author Ivan Doig.


Julia Cameron at Snowy Owl Theater
Fri Mar 14 from 7-9 PM 
$25 General Admission, $15 students/seniors

The Artist’s Way movement began more than two decades ago as author Julia Cameron shared her ideas with a few friends in her living room. Today, The Artist’s Way has helped millions of people around the world discover–and recover– their creativity. 

Julia Cameron, an active artist for more than thirty years, is the author of thirty-seven books, including her bestselling The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World and Finding Water. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.


Saturday Mar 15 from 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

The latest release from Trent Reedy is a provocative and compelling journey into the near future. In Divided We Fall, the first in Reedy’s new trilogy, a small town boy gets caught up in a big national story--a power struggle pitting the federal government against states rights. 

With political questions that are popular in American culture and an action-packed plot that’s frighteningly plausible, Divided We Fall examines the fallout from today’s headlines becoming tomorrow’s nightmare. 

Trent Reedy returned from serving in Afghanistan with a new sense of urgency to the stories he had to tell. His debut, Words in the Dust, the story of a twelve-year-old Afghani girl, won numerous awards including Golden Kite Honor Award, Parent’s Choice, and the Christopher Award.  Trent and his wife now live in Washington State.


Fri Mar 21, 7:00 PM Presentation at Leavenworth Library

Sat Mar 22, 1-3 PM Book-Signing at A Book For All Seasons

Inspiring truth-based fiction from author Joyce Williams, who re-visits her family’s wagon-train journey in Quilt of Grace

Lillian Denbeigh's wedding-ring-patterned "encouragement quilt," a bridal shower gift, comes with their promise of daily prayers. The hardships encountered on the trek west could make a girl question her faith and her sanity, but when Lillian's world falls apart, God's grace, and the quilt, come to Lillian's rescue. 

Joyce Williams and her husband Pastor Paul Williams live in the Wenatchee Valley. She loves history and enjoys traveling, but writing is her passion, along with her family and her church. Her first book is The Lady Rose.


Saturday Mar 22 at 7:30 PM at Snowy Owl Theater
$25 General Admission, $15 Student

Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will visit Leavenworth in March, appearing at the Snowy Owl Theater. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. 

Alexie has published 24 books including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, now a 20th Anniversary edition. 

Alexie’s awards include the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Alexie’s movie Smoke Signals won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

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Sat Mar 29, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons 

"By turns gripping and revelatory... Amy Hatvany pulls no punches; her characters grapple with life's big moments—marriage, parenthood, death—but she renders each of them with compassion and understanding, " says Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Murderer's Daughters 

In Amy’s latest release, Safe with Me, the screech of tires brings Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose fifteen-year-old daughter, Maddie, survived only because Hannah’s daughter died. 

Safe with Me is Amy’s sixth novel. She lives in Seattle with her husband and children.

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Tues April 1, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library

Jane Kirkpatrick shares Sincerely Yours: A Novella Collection, a collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life—and perhaps lifelong love.

Award-winning, internationally-recognized Jane Kirkpatrick, author of over 25 books, is noted for lively presentations and stories that encourage and inspire. Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award, Wrangler Award, and Reader’s Choice awards. 

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Fri April 4, 7:00 PM Presentation at Leavenworth Library 

Sat April 5, 1-3 PM Book-signing at A Book For All Seasons FREE!

Northwest writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, Linda Strever's award-winning, wide-ranging work gives voice to the capacity for resilience and transformation. 

In Against My Dreams, Linda writes in the lively voice of her Norwegian grandmother, Gunnhild, called Gertrude in America, who learns that “crossing an ocean does not mean arriving.”

“When I write, it’s the force of life I’m reckoning with, and I meet that force with gratitude, reverence, awe and a pen,” says Linda Strever,  


Mon April 7, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library 

The New York Times calls Nancy Pearl: “the talk of librarian circles.” Readers can’t get enough of her recommendations, and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness. Pearl's library visits are often standing room only. 

Pearl developed the program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” which spread across the country. She has a monthly television program, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio.

Pearl's awards include the Women's National Book Association Award, the Washington Humanities Award, the Library Journal Librarian of the Year, and the PNBA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of three. 

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Fri April 11, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
WRI admission: $5 for members, $10 nonmembers

Sat April 12, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Author/photographer Alan Bauer specializes in the natural history and local history of the Pacific Northwest. He has co-authored or provided the photography for several local hiking guides including Day Hiking Central Cascades, Best Desert Hikes: Washington, and Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest.

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Fri April 18, 7:00 PM  Presentation at Wenatchee River Institute
$5 WRI Members, $10 non-members

Sat April 19, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons
FREE book-signing

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Rowing into the Son: Four Young Men Crossing the North Atlantic

Four college friends stepped into a 29-foot rowboat as the only American competitors in the first North Atlantic Rowing Race. Hurricane-level winds, giant eddies, passing freighters, flying fish, and sharks are all elements of the journey, and the race comes to a tense head on day 17—with another 55 days to go—as the crew realizes their food supplies are running out and they must drastically restrict their eating. 

This is lead rower Jordan Hanssen’s intimate account of team OAR Northwest’s journey.

“Too often in our lives we are told what we cannot do. Hanssen's story deftly accomplishes the opposite. It might not catapult you into a rowboat, but be warned; you may be enticed to alter course.”—Jill Fredston, author of Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic's Edge.


Sat April 19, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

     Claire Gebben         Jordan Hanssen               Margot Page    

A young German immigrant crosses the Atlantic in Gebben's historic fiction, Last of the Blacksmiths, a tale of immigration's promise and loss as each generation strives to shape its destiny. Jordan Hanssen recounts his unforgettable adventure rowing the north Atlantic in a small frail craft in Rowing Into the Son. And in Paradise Imperfect, Margot Page shares the adventure that began when she and her husband, two techo-working soccer-parents, said: "What if we took the kids and moved to Costa Rica?"

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Fri April 25, 7:30 PM at Snowy Owl Theater
$25 general, $15 student

Nationally best-selling Ivan Doig has been called the voice of the west, with twelve award-winning novels as well as his National Book Award-nominated memoirs of growing up in Montana. 

His latest novel, Sweet Thunder, continues the adventures begun in Whistling Season and Work Song. And last year’s national bestseller, The Bartender's Tale, is now out in paperback. Booklist chose this novel of bartender Tom Harry and the pair of imaginative twelve-year-olds orbiting around him, Rusty and Zoe, as one of the year's ten best historical works of fiction.

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Fri April 25, 7:00 PM, Wenatchee River Institute: 
Presentation: $5 WRI Members, $10 Non-Members

Sat April 26, 1-3 PM, A Book For All Seasons
Book-Signing: FREE!

Brad Halm  has a message for you: no matter your skills, no matter your home, YOU can start gardening TODAY. 

Food Grown Right, in Your Backyard insists there are no dumb questions. This full-color, beautifully photographed primer shows  growers from all walks of life the techniques of organic food production, and  proves anyone can develop a "green thumb."
Brad Halm is co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company.


Weds April 30, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library

CINDER (-ella) is a cyborg? Yes, in this best-selling, perfect mash-up of fairy tale and science fiction, with an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world. 

SCARLET continues the Lunar Chronicle series, adding street fighter Wolf to the mix with cyborg mechanic Cinder, and Scarlet, who has secrets of her own.

“this futuristic twist... retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But... Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension,” says a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

 “a feminist fairytale for modern teens,” says Shelf Awareness

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Thought for the day:

Never iron a four-leaf clover-- 
you don't want to press your luck. 

ABFAS Recommends: For Readin' of the Green:

The Guts

By Roddy Doyle

FC9780670016433Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from Booker Prize–winning author Roddy Doyle. 

With Doyle's distinct wit and lively, authentic dialogue, The Guts is an immensely funny and poignant novel, capturing friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life. 

Roddy Doyle is the author of nine novels, two short story collections, and a nonfiction book. In 1993 he won the Booker Prize for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His 1991 novel, The Van, was a Booker Prize finalist. He lives in Dublin.

A Greyhound of a Girl

By Roddy Doyle

FC9781419707988 Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them, a sharp and cheeky 12-yr-old Dublin schoolgirl, is just starting out. 

This witty, award-winning tale will provide comfort to young readers confronting a family member's death.

""This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize-winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed." -- Booklist starred review 
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ABFAS recommends on KOHO: hear Pat discuss her picks of the month: A Short Guide to a Long Life and Forever Girl

By David B. Agus, M.D.

One of the world’s leading doctors and bestselling author presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy, and productive life. 

Following up on his #1 New York Times bestselling book, The End of Illness, Dr. David B. Agus, offers us a practical and fun illustrated health guide for everyday living. 

Our foundation for optimal health begins with the daily habits we keep—and that we can build upon that bedrock with inexpensive, widely accessible drugs that have been proven to work while ditching false promises. 

A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common questions. Dr. Agus’ eye-opening responses will help you develop new, effective patterns of personal health care... and go live life!

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The Forever Girl -- A Staff Pick!

By Alexander McCall Smith

Call, email, or stop by for your autographed copy!

From the author of the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and many other best-selling series. 

The Forever Girl is a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unexpected places to which this can lead us. 

Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. But so much can change, and the comfort of island life can become claustrophobic. Now Amanda is trying to navigate a new path as Clover is heading for Scotland, torn between a desire to go forward with her life and old feelings that she just can’t shed. 

Acclaimed storyteller Alexander McCall Smith tells a tale full of love and heartbreak, humor and melancholy, that beautifully demonstrates the myriad ways in which love shapes our lives.

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New From Sherman Alexie:

By Sherman Alexie

Read about Alexie's  Mar 22 visit to Leavenworth above

WHAT I'VE STOLEN, WHAT I'VE EARNED is Sherman Alexie's 24th book. An enrolled Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, Alexie has won the National Book Award, an NEA Writing Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award and many other honors for works, which include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Smoke Signals, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

"wide-ranging, dexterous and consistently capable of raising your neck hair….Mr. Alexie's is one of the major lyrical voices of our time." -- The New York Times Book Review

"wit, intelligence and haunting insights….Alexie's vision is Whitmanic in all his embracing love of humanity." --Philadelphia Inquirer

Brand New From Carol Cassella:


By Carol Cassella

FC9781451627930A stranger's life hangs in the balance. 

Jane Doe is in a coma. Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate--and when? Perhaps most troubling to Charlotte, the M.D. in charge: is life locked in a coma a life worth living?

Enlisting the help of her science-journalist boyfriend, Charlotte impulsively sets out to uncover Jane Doe's past. But the closer they get to the truth, the more their own relationship is put to the test. It is only when they open their hearts to their own feelings toward each other--and toward life itself--that Charlotte and Eric will unlock Jane Doe's shocking secret, and prepare themselves for a miracle. 

Meet the author and purchase your autographed copy even before the release date, at our March First Anniversary Party!

ABFAS Recommends: For Teens

A Moment Comes

By Jennifer Bradbury

FC9781416978763Three teens, three voices, three completely different lives: three views of one historic event.

Tariq, Anupreet, and Margaret are as different as their Muslim, Sikh, and British names. But in one moment, their futures become entirely dependent on one another's. 

The British are dividing India, creating Pakistan and Bangladesh. While the rest of India anxiously awaits the partition that will divide the country into separate religious states, eighteen-year-old Tariq focuses on his own goal: to study at Oxford. Is there a path for Tariq? Or will he, will they all, have their futures determined by religion and gender?           

ABFAS Jackie says: "Two thumbs up! I am still thinking about this book. Action-adventure fans will be captured by the tension of a country teetering on the edge of violence; others will enjoy the subtle depictions of the triumphs, and the limits, of friendship and romance."

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Teens will also enjoy...

... A Greyhound of a Girl, above.

ABFAS Recommends: For the Younger Crowd

Wordsworth Classics

All the favorites you grew up with. A very affordable series with a wide selection. Unabridged. With pictures.

Aesop's Fables, Black Beauty, Robin Hood, Mother Goose, Jungle Book, Little Women, Tales from Shakespeare, Tales from the Arabian Nights and many, many more.

Stop by our children's room and browse the whole series! 

Click on a book image to learn more.

The Dark

By Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

FC9780316187480 Laszlo is afraid of the dark. 

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does. 

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. 

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear. 

"An offbeat -- and spookily atmospheric -- approach to fear of the dark, with a creative story and high-impact enjoyable thrill." -The Bulletin, starred review 

Author Lemony Snicket is the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and several other alarming books. He was last seen in a dimly lit area. Illustrator Jon Klassen is the award-winning creator of several bestselling picture books, including I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat

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The Hound Dog's Haiku

By Michael J. Rosen and Mary Azarian

 A deft (and dog-loving) poet teams up with a Caldecott-winning artist in a fun, fetching haiku collection for anyone who's ever loved a dog. 

In simple, charming haiku, poet Michael J. Rosen portrays twenty beloved dog breeds. Complete with interesting facts about each breed and illustrated with Mary Azarian's striking woodcuts, this keepsake volume is sure to set any dog lover's tail a-wagging. 

Michael J. Rosen has written and edited some ninety books for children and adults. Mary Azarian has illustrated many books for children, including Snowflake Bentley, which won the Caldecott Medal.

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