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From the rocky coast of 1960's Italy to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, a dazzling story of flawed yet fascinating people clinging to improbable dreams.  "A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling," says NYT Book Review.   

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Who's Moving In Next Door? We don't know either! But a bit of mystery is always good fun. When we hear who our new neighbor will be, we'll share the news here.

Q: What percentage of engineers today are female?  (A: one in nine)

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Happy New Year!

Three cheers for the New Year!  Here's to new starts, old friends, big ideas, small towns, and global community!

2014 marks twenty-two years of A Book For All Seasons serving this community-- celebrate with us at our March first Anniversary Party and Book Buzz

We're here for the same reason you are: because we love authors, we love readers, and we love books.

2014 will be another "event-full" year, connecting authors with readers--at schools, libraries, the bookstore, wineries, Barn Beach Reserve and more. We have dozens of events in the planning phase--keep up to date with the handy calendar on our website.

A thousand thanks to the wonderful book-loving community-- that's you! -- who has made it all possible.

Happy New Year from your community independent book-seller, A Book For All Seasons.

Upcoming Events

Photographer/author Moskowitz presents WOLVES IN THE LAND OF SALMON

Fri,  Jan. 17, 7 pm
Wenatchee River Institute
Cost: WRI will collect $5 from members and $10 from non-members

A live presentation illustrated by breath-taking photography; book-signing follows.

The resurgence of wolves in the old-growth forests and wild coastlines of the Pacific Northwest renews age-old questions. Through David Moskowitz's stunning photography and vivid stories, wolves emerge as smart, complex players in a vast interdependent ecosystem.   

This remarkable story will resonate everywhere that mighty social animals—like humans and wolves—struggle to coexist. With its strong narrative thread, this ambitious chronicle is both wilderness adventure and call to action.

Also by this author: a guide to tracking and identifying Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.

Barn Beach Reserve
347 Division Street
Leavenworth,  WA

David Moskowitz book-signing

Sunday, Jan. 19, 1-3 pm
A Book For All Seasons

A great opportunity to chat one-on-one with David Moskowitz: professional wildlife tracker, photographer, outdoor educator, and author of Wolves in the Land of Salmon and Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest

David has contributed his technical 
expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies, and helped establish the
FC9780881929492Cascade Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project. David’s extensive experience as an outdoor educator includes training mountaineering instructors for Outward Bound, leading wilderness expeditions throughout the western United States and in Alaska, and as the lead instructor for wildlife tracking programs at Wilderness Awareness School. 

Wolves in the Land of Salmon is both wilderness adventure and call to action.

A Book For All Seasons
703 Highway 2
Leavenworth,  WA

TGIF at the Library: a Cate Mighell Mystery

Friday,  Jan 24 at 7 pm
Leavenworth Library

It seemed an impossible case to defend: The wife of a famous televangelist has already confessed to poisoning her husband. 


When defense attorney Reina Dessiner agrees to defend the accused wife, Reina soon finds herself battling for her own life, through the streets and even through the skies. 

Author Cate Mighell is an instrument-rated commercial pilot, a Seattle native and world traveler. Cate speaks several languages, and has lived on four different continents. Cate enjoys all sky activities, such as aerobatic flying, skydiving, and just plain cloud watching. 

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Book Buzz: meet authors, win prizes!

Saturday,  Jan 25 1-3 pm
A Book For All Seasons

A page-turning mystery where the battle takes to the skies; an experienced life coach offers tips to clarify your goals and achieve your destiny; and an eagle-eyed humorist serves up a "dog's breakfast."  Join us for another fun book-buzz at the bookstore!


Cate Mighell                  Phil Teller                   Kim Anderson

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Redefine Happiness with Roland Coleman 

Book-Signing Thurs,  Feb 6, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Presentation/signing Feb 6 at 7 PM at Wenatchee Library


Three glasses: one filled to overflowing, one half full and one with just a thimble full of water in the bottom. In terms of happiness, which one are we supposed to be? 

Discover for yourself what will happen when you seek to give away what you thought you had the very least of, and join the ranks of those who have Certified So.

Roland Coleman and his wife Karen live in the Pacific Northwest. They enjoy gardening, backpacking, canoeing, and spending quality time with their kids and grandkids. They have worked with young people for over thirty years, and embrace the challenge of making the Bible come alive for others.

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Think Locals First! Fifteen Local Authors at Pybus Market.

Saturday,  Feb 8, 11 AM to 1 PM
Pybus Market, Wenatchee

A feast of fiction, fantasy, frivolity and fact! Fifteen fabulous local authors, including Kay Kenyon, Derek Sheffield, Patricia Clark, Bill Layman, and Robert Wells, share their stories at Pybus Market. Sample sci fi, fantasy, poetry, history, geography, young adult adventure, young adult science, picture books, and more. Live local, learn local!

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Gregory Nokes at Wenatchee Library

Thursday,  Feb 27 at 7 PM
Wenatchee Library

Award-winning author, historian, and journalist Greg Nokes returns with Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, selected as a Top Ten book in the Pacific Northwest for 2013. 


Nokes' latest nuanced and thought-provoking history examines the landmark case where a freed slave, battling for his children, brought his ex-master to trial. “This is the way history should be written,” says author Jane Kirkpatrick. 

Join Nokes for an informative slide show and engaging stories of the many illegally enslaved people in the “free” Oregon territory. 

Greg Nokes is also the author of Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. A journalist for 43 years who has travelled to over 50 countries, Nokes is a native of Oregon.

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Gregory Nokes at d'Vinery

Friday,  Feb 28 at 7 PM
d'Vinery, Leavenworth

A former slave battles for his enslaved children in Oregon territory in Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, the latest enthralling and well-researched release by historian and author Gregory Nokes.  


Breaking Chains was recently chosen as a Top Ten book in the Pacific Northwest for 2013. “This is the way history should be written,” says author Jane Kirkpatrick. 

Friday, Feb 28 at D'Vinery, enjoy Nokes’ slide show and reading about the intrepid pioneers who arrived in our territory as slaves, and about the only slavery case ever fought in the courts of Oregon territory. 

Greg Nokes, a journalist for 43 years, has traveled to over 50 countries. He is the author of both Breaking Chains and of Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon.


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TGIF: Karen Spears Zacharias

Friday,  Feb 28 at 7 PM
Leavenworth Library

Mother of Rain takes us to 1940s Appalachia with an unforgettable story of hardscrabble life in the mountains of East Tennessee–a world filled with the mystery of the “old ways,” where loss and tragedy are as commonplace as rain. 


In simple prose, this haunting debut preserves the lives, voices, and places Zacharias knew from summers spent with her aunt and grandmother in Christian Bend, Hawkins County, Tennessee. 

Karen Spears Zacharias l teaches journalism at Central Washington University. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, CNN and National Public Radio. Mother of Rain is her sixth book and her first novel. 


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.

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

  Carol Cassella         Gregory Nokes       Karen Spears Zacharias

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. And 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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ABFAS Recommends: Good Books for a Good New Year

Best New Hardcovers:

The Invention of Wings

By Sue Monk Kidd

FC9780670024780Just released: Sue Monk Kidd's latest masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world, is the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. 

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Hettie "Handful." We follow the two women's remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. Inspired by the historical figures, this exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

By Bryce Andrews

FC9781476710839The gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Badluck Way is also an ode to the satisfaction of hard work on some of the wildest and most beautiful land in the world.

A heartbreaking meditation on life, ethics, animal rights, and conservation. This is an elegant, lyrical account of a sensitive, conservation-minded cowboy in the American West of the 21st century.

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Now in Paperback!

Life After Life

By Kate Atkinson

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

"An audacious, ambitious book that challenges notions of time, fate and free will ...funny and quirky and sharp and sad... true genius" -New York Times 

"Masterful...Atkinson not only invites readers in, she also asks them to give up their preconceptions of what a novel should be, and instead accept what a novel can be..."

 "Audacious, the kind of sweeping virtuoso epic that actually earns overheated book-jacket phrases like 'tour de force!'...Atkinson is a fantastic storyteller... What Atkinson has mastered: shining a light on how full life is of choices and chance, and how lucky we are to live it." -Entertainment Weekly 

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A Tale for the Time Being

By Ruth Ozeki


FC9780143124870In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. 

Across the Pacific,  Ruth discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. 

Full of Ozeki’s signature humor, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. 

Ruth Ozeki, novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest, is the award-winning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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Love, Water, Memory

By Jennie Shortridge


A bittersweet masterpiece filled with longing and hope, Jennie Shortridge’s emotional novel explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity. 

Lucie doesn't know who she is when she comes to--confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancé, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? 

When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free. 

Northwest author Jennie Shortridge has published five novels and is a founding member of, a collective of Northwest authors devoted both to raising funds for community literacy projects.

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ABFAS Recommends Picture Books

Let There Be Light

By Archibishop Desmond Tutu and Nancy Tillman

FC9780310727859Available January 7, Let There Be Light combines the love and warmth of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the extraordinary talents of bestselling author and illustrator Nancy Tillman. 

This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God's creation on each of the seven days. Using Archbishop Tutu's lyrical text from the Children of God Storybook Bible and Tillman's remarkable illustrations, Let There Be Light brings the story of creation to life for readers young and old.
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Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella

By Jan Brett

A Cinderella story  set in a snowy Russian winter. 

One magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, arrives at the Ice Palace looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don't recognize her. 

Readers will be in awe of the Ice Palace aglow under a deep blue moonlit sky, exquisite ball gowns, uniforms with gold braids, striking Russian architecture transformed into ice in the borders, and a very funny flock of chickens who provide an appealing, original look at this snowy Cinderella.  

A feast for the eyes sure to become a perennial favorite.

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What Does the Fox Say?

By Ylvis Svein Nyhus

FC9781481422239Based on the hugely popular YouTube video with more than 200 million views, this picture book is packed full of foxy fun. 

Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow. Bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeak... But what does the fox say? 

The lyrics of Ylvis's YouTube sensation meet Svein Nyhus's playful illustrations in this irresistibly entertaining read-aloud picture book.

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A Book For All Seasons Recommends New Young Adult

Super Book For Super Heros

By Jason Ford

FC9781780673059The Super Book for Super Heroes is a compendium of ideas, drawing, coloring, and activities that allows you to create your own crusaders for justice who do battle with super villains, unravelling their crazed schemes for taking over the world. 

You will learn to draw villains such as the Mad Scientist, Bog Creature, and Evil Robot, while also creating superheroes, their sidekicks, secret hideouts, outfits, and super gadgets. And there are superpowers to discover – such as invisibility, super strength, speed, flight, heat vision, teleportation, and X-ray vision. This book is a must for anyone wanting to create their own superhero universe! 

Jason Ford is a freelance illustrator whose approach has been heavily influenced by his childhood diet of Tintin and Marvel comics and a continuing love of French and Belgian bandes dessinées. His work has been commissioned by The Royal Mail, New York Times, Penguin Books, and The Guardian.

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The Royal Ranger

By John Flanagan

Just out! Book Twelve In the popular Ranger's Apprentice series brings Will's story full circle.

FC9780399163609 Will Treaty has come a long way from the small boy with dreams of knighthood. Life had other plans for him, and as an apprentice Ranger, he grew into a legend—the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet tragic battles have left Will grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it’s the last person he ever would have expected. Fighting his personal demons, Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion—a task that at times seems almost impossible. 

John Flanagan returns for one final bow to the series that has conquered millions of readers worldwide with this pulse-pounding adventure that brings one era to a close, and ushers in the next. Beloved by fans of Tolkien, Redwall, Game of Thrones, and T.H. White, Ranger's Apprentice delivers fantasy-adventure thrills with real-world historical details.

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By Kirby Larson

A poignant World War II story about a boy and his dog and his dad, and the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson. 

With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, eleven-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to lend their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again? 

With powerful storytelling and gripping emotion, critically acclaimed author Kirby Larson explores the many ways bravery and love help us to weather the most difficult times.

The Eye of Minds

By James Dashner


From the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. 

The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares. 

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. 

Recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery. 

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. They want Michael on their team. But the risk is enormous. If Michael accepts their challenge, there’s a possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

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