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A Fun, Funny, Brain-stretching Game For All Ages


The award-winning game that allows players to be outrageously original, letting their creative juices flow. Play with cards featuring stunningly colorful images that will disrupt your set patterns of thinking. 

Disruptus draws inspiration from the very important practice of "disruptive thinking:" one of the most powerful ways to innovate.

For adults, highly regarded as a tool for encouraging creative thinking by teams and entrepreneurs -- and for kids, just outrageous good fun!


Dive Into a Good Book with a GREAT Booklight:

mightybright2GREAT FOR: Reading under the covers; Long novels; On-the-go. 

Have you been stealing them from the kids’ toys… or from the remote? Solve the battery question with this rechargeable LED booklight. 

Portable, convenient, casts brilliant light for up to 16 hours, and recharges fully in an hour. Made of durable, flexible Silicone. Twist its flexible neck virtually any direction to shine the light just where you need it! 

Sturdy clip firmly affixes to pages. Recharging cable included. $29.99

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sm-usedGot some huddled masses on your bookshelf, yearning to breathe free?

Give your old books a new home...
and come home with a (virtual) jingle in your pocket and new ideas in your hands. 

Out with the old, in with the new!


meet author Daniel James Brown
A NOT-TO-BE-MISSED Writer's Master Class 
with Bill Kenower
TASTE LEAVENWORTH: fresh & local 
with Amy Pennington


What a Wonderful World

May's outstanding line-up includes:

INDIES FIRST, Angell's Owls, Molly Gloss, Kid-Book-Buzz, Birdfest's Marzluff, Write on the River, David Gessner and Molly Wizenberg.


Upcoming Events

Thurs Apr 9, 7:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center
Presentation and Book Signing FREE


The Boys in the Boat-- catapulted to national attention, the NYT best-seller list, and soon to be a movie-- has been chosen as the one book all of central Washington is reading: Columbia River Reads.

The improbable intimate account of nine Washington-state working-class boys who showed the world what true grit meant at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Spend an evening with author Daniel James Brown. A program of NCR Library, this free presentation will be followed by a book signing.


Masterclass Sat Apr 11, 9:00 AM-noon, Heidi's Kaffe Haus
$15 includes class, book, beverage & pastries

Sat Apr 11, 12:30 pm at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE


Author’s Masterclass: Craft and Confidence 

Understand why rules work—and when and how they can be broken. This workshop will peel back the tired holiness around common techniques so that they can once again serve your unique vision. In the second half of this workshop, we’ll talk candidly about the real barriers to writing success. Participants will learn how to get out of their own way and let their natural genius flow. 

Kenower’s Write Within Yourself: An Author's Companion, is a collection of essays and stories to inspire writers and all creative people to do what they love without fear.

"Bill Kenower writes with great insight about writing…this is a book you'll want to keep on your nightstand or desk, always available, ready to inspire you." —Erica Bauermeister, bestselling author


Sat Apr 11, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE


During "Taste Leavenworth" Culinary Crawl, award-winning foodie Amy Pennington shares Fresh Pantry: Eat Seasonally, Cook Smart & Learn to Love Your Vegetables. Recipe samples! 

Urban farmer and award-winning author Amy Pennington loves to show you that it’s easy to “get fresh” all year long. Organized monthly from January to December, Fresh Pantry features 124 original and creatively simple recipes centered on 12 choice seasonal vegetables and fruits. 

Breakfast to dinner or dessert, discover inspired dishes that will liven up your kitchen without  relying on processed foods.


Tues Apr 28, 1:00 - 2:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Tues Apr 28 at 7:00 PM, Leavenworth Library
Presentation FREE


“Who knew that seeds could be so thrilling and dangerous?” writes a reviewer. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning conservationist Thor Hanson explores why seeds—from our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes—shape diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe. 

Hanson blends expert, yet understandable, explanations of science with humorous first-person reportage and fascinating historical anecdotes. From a mountaintop overlooking the Dead Sea to 300 feet below an Illinois coal mine, from an encounter with vipers to a misguided attempt to crack an ironclad nut, Hanson takes readers on a fascinating scientific adventure through the wild and beautiful world of seeds.

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Sat May 2, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

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Hooray, it's here again--that wonderful annual event where authors support indies and indies celebrate authors. Check back soon for details of this year's celebration.


Sunday May 3, 11:00 AM to noon, A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Sunday May 3, 7:00 PM, at Snowy Owl Theater
$7 General Admission


The heart of Tony Angell’s compelling new release, House of Owls, is his personal account of an artist-naturalist’s life with owls. Angell also discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls, and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought.

Tony Angell is an award-winning artist, the author of several books on birds, and a long-time conservationist and director of environmental education. He received the Nature Conservancy's Golden Oak Leaf Award, and was elected into the University of Washington’s Hall of Fame.

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Thurs May 7 at 7:00 PM, Wenatchee Library
Presentation FREE

Fri May 8 at 7:00 PM, Leavenworth Library
Presentation FREE

Sat May 9, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE


“I read Falling from Horses in two gulps. The writing is gorgeous, the setting so beautifully realized... the narrative voice unforgettable...Tremendous, page-turning….I could not have loved it more.” —Karen Joy Fowler

Falling From Horses: In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood with his sights set on becoming a stunt rider in the moviesand forms an unlikely friendship that will carry through the tumultuous days in Hollywood–and as it happens, for the rest of their lives. 

Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian, and bestselling author of The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day, Wild Life, and The Hearts of Horses. Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award; and a Whiting Writers Award. 

"[Falling From Horses is] the story of a boy growing up into a man by way of ambition, adventure, catastrophe, love, and grief…A beautiful, moving novel, cut from the American heartwood.” –Ursula K. Le Guin

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Sun May 10, 1:00 to 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE


Laurie Ann Thompson writes to inspire and empower the next generation. Be a Changemaker: How To Start Something That Matters is equal parts instruction and inspiration, this guide shows young social entrepreneurs how to effect change in their communities and around the world. 

An illustrator of bestselling children's books, Kevan Atteberry loves entertaining children with the fun and funny characters he brings to life. In Bunnies!!!, his first book as both author and illustrator, he continues to delight with a simple tale of an exuberant monster overwhelmed with excitement at the discovery of new friends. 

Rebecca Van Slyke shares Mom School: an adorable kid’s-eye view of what would happen if Mom went to school. A little girl tries to imagine where moms learn their amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. With warm, funny illustrations and a fun role-reversal story in which moms act like kids, young readers will love imagining what would happen if their own moms went to Mom School

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Fri May 15, 3:00 to 5:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Fri May 15, 7:00 PM at Tierra Learning Center Lodge
Presentation $10 adult, $5 WRI members, kids & students 


For some of our most charismatic wild creatures, suburban and urban habitats offer surprising opportunities to thrive. Globally, our backyards could play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts. Welcome to Subirdia shows us how. 

Welcome to Subirdia gives us something to celebrate. The ways we manage our property, plan our towns, and think about the nonhuman residents of our ecosystems can make a difference for our children and grandchildren.

Dr. John Marzluff teaches ornithology, urban ecology, and conservation at UW. His research has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Boys Life, The Seattle Times, National Wildlife, and PBS’s NATURE.

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Conference May 15-17


Write on the River Writer's Conference, May 15 through May 17, offers content-packed workshops with professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers. A Book For All Seasons is honored to participate.


Sat May 16, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Valley College
Presentation, FREE

Sun May 17, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
Presentation. WRI members $3, non-members $5

A hands-in-the-dirt environmentalist and everyman ornithologist, David Gessner is a tireless voice of passion for the wild world and its creatures. David Gessner is the author of nine books and countless essays about the wild world. Winner of a John Burroughs Award, and the Pushcart Prize, his rambunctious style has been redefining what it means to write about nature for the past twenty years. 

“For nature-writing enthusiasts, Gessner needs no introduction. His books and essays have in many ways redefined what it means to write about the natural world, coaxing the genre from a staid, sometimes wonky practice to one that is lively and often raucous.”—Washington Post

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Mon May 25, 1:00 to 2:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing FREE

Join us for conversation, wine, and artisan pizza
Idlewild Pizza, May 25, time and details TBA


Enjoy relaxed conversation, fine Eagle Creek wines, and artisan pizza with “the best food blogger in the world.” 

 Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times. Her first NYT bestselling books was A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table: irresistible, inspiring, playful, mindful, and infused with recipes--let Molly invite you into her kitchen. 

She is also the author of NYT best-selling Delancey: a Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage: a funny, frank memoir about letting go to grow together. 

 Molly reads before standing-room only crowds across the country, and her blog boasts more than 9,500 hits per day. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband Brandon and their daughter.

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What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt


The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege-by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge.

 Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-1990s, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street. He thought the past, and the Wild Geese, was far behind him, until the 4 am call that changed everything.

Suddenly  the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family. Razor-sharp and propulsively written.

By Booker Prize-winning Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Remains of the Day

The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember. 

They know they will face many hazards--some strange and otherworldly--but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other. Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and a knight--each of them, like Axl and Beatrice, lost in some way to his own past, but drawn inexorably toward the comfort, and the burden, of the fullness of a life's memories. 

Sometimes savage, sometimes mysterious, always intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade tells a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory, a resonant tale of love, vengeance, and war.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback!

By Donna Tartt


"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. 

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. 

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

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By Brian Doyle

Declan O Donnell has sailed deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally "enough" of other people and their problems. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. 

But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. "The Plover" is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of their company calls Pacifica. Hounded by a mysterious enemy, reluctantly acquiring one new resident after another, Declan O Donnell's lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension, and a resident herring gull.

A rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life's surprising paths, planned and unplanned.

ABFAS Recommends New NonFiction

By Jon Ronson

FC9781594487132From the internationally bestselling author of "The Psychopath Test," a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most overlooked forces.

 For the past three years, Jon Ronson has been immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming--meeting famous shamees, shamers, and bystanders who have been impacted. This is the perfect time for a modern-day "Scarlet Letter"--a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. 

Ronson's book is a powerful, funny, unique, and very humane dispatch from the frontline, in the escalating war on human nature and its flaws.

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By Thor Hanson

FC9780465055999We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe.

In nature and in culture, seeds are fundamental--objects of beauty, evolutionary wonder, and simple fascination. Thanks to Thor Hanson and this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. 

What makes The Triumph of Seeds remarkable is not just that it is informative, humane, hilarious, and even moving, just as what makes seeds remarkable is not simply their fundamental importance to life. In both cases, it is their sheer vitality and the delight that we can take in their existence--the opportunity to experience, as Hanson puts it, "the simple joy of seeing something beautiful, doing what it is meant to do."

Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an award-winning author and biologist.

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ABFAS Recommends Non-Fiction: Now in Paper

By Michael Lewis

FC9780393351590"Guaranteed to make blood boil." -- New York Times 

In Michael Lewis's game-changing bestseller, a small group of Wall Street iconoclasts realize that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders. They band together, some of them walking away from seven-figure salaries to investigate, expose, and reform the insidious new ways that Wall Street generates profits. 

If you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you.

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ABFAS Recommends: For Teens and Middle Grades

By Victoria Jamieson
GRAPHIC NOVEL recommended for ages 9 through 12.

A heartwarming graphic novel about friendship, and the challenges of entering the middle school years. 

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. 

As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high ) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school... in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

An inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power.

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By bestselling author Kate DiCamillo
Recommended for ages 8 to 12
Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal: just released in paperback!

FC9780763676711A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format -- a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell. 

 Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal and Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book.

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ABFAS Recommends: For the Younger Crowd

By Carson Ellis

"Delightful…[Ellis's] sly humor and irreverent spirit…endear her to kids and grown-ups alike." -- New York Times Book Review

Some homes are boats. Some homes are wigwams... Storybook scenes abound—a Mughal palace, a thieves’ lair, a sunken Atlantian ruin. A tiny Russian kitchen crowded with dishes bears the legend, “A babushka lives here.” The final pages show Ellis in her studio, at work on the painting that opens the book. “An artist lives here,” she writes, revealing a secret. “This is my home, and this is me.”

A whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits.

"Arrestingly illustrated... Ellis...draws with simplicity and precision, yet there are often so many fanciful details that second and third looks will come naturally. ... The whole effect makes the pictures seem like frameable art." —Booklist (starred review)

"A stunner." —The Wall Street Journal

The picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.

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By A. F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett 
Recommended for ages 3 to 6

Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend. Nobody else can see Rudger-until the evil Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. 

Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumor has it that he even eats them. And now he's found Rudger. 

Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. He needs to find Amanda before Mr. Bunting catches him-and before Amanda forgets him and he fades away to nothing. But how can an unreal boy stand alone in the real world? 

This gripping take on imaginary friends comes to life in a lush package with beautiful illustrations.

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        ― Pablo Neruda

“What a strange thing! 
to be alive 
beneath cherry blossoms.”
        ― Kobayashi Issa

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
        ― Margaret Atwood

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