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Upcoming Events



Scandinavian Knits and Designs

Mon Oct 9   Pybus Market   7:00 PM
Presentation    $5


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Acclaimed Scandinavian textile and knit designers Arne & Carlos celebrate 15 years of partnership with an American tour. 

Known for their visually striking and environmentally sensitive designs, the work of Arne & Carlos appears in museums internationally. Their seven knitting and crafting books have become best-sellers across North America, Europe, and Asia, and appear around the world in over a dozen languages.

Tickets are available at A Book For All Seasons or at the event.



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Wild Salmon from River to Table

Wed Oct 11   Wenatchee River Institute    7:00 PM
Multi-media Presentation followed by Signing   By Donation


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Passionate and insightful, scientific and culinary, realistic and hopeful: Upstream: searching for wild salmon from river to table. 

PNBA-award-winning author Langdon Cook "skillfully illustrates the interconnectedness of it all...posing urgent, provocative questions… [and] offering glimpses of hope for growing humility and reverence and for shifting human-nature relationships," says  Kirkus Review






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WA 129 Anthology

Thurs Oct 19   Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!

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Our fabulous Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, shares poetry of Washington state -- along with special guests and local poets. Marshall and friends will share the anthology WA 129, featuring poetry by Washington State writers, with each poem influenced by our state’s people, places, and culture.



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Hiking Naked

Fri Oct 20   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!

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“In candid, lyrical prose, Iris Graville offers a story of optimism in the midst of disillusionment. Her courageous spirit and unforgettable experiences may just inspire you to embark upon an adventure of your own.” -- Melissa Hart, author of Wild Within and Gringa 

Iris’s memoir, Hiking Naked--A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance, is a personal narrative of what she learned in the remote mountain village of Stehekin, WA about work, community, and leadings of the Spirit (as well as dealing with six feet of snow in the winter, ordering groceries by mail, and living without a telephone).



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Ghosts of Leavenworth

Fri Oct 27   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Oct 28   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!

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Author Deborah Cuyle shares Ghosts of Leavenworth and the Cascades Foothills this spooky Friday evening at the library, with a signing the following day. Deborah Cuyle is also the author of Haunted Snohomish, Cannon Beach, Oregon, and Kidding Around Portland. She enjoys the possibility of an afterlife and especially loves telling a chilling ghost story while nestled beside a bonfire.



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Molly Hashimoto

Art Workshop

Watch for details of this event
the last weekend of October

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Molly Hashimoto regularly teaches art classes for the North Cascade Institute, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology on the Oregon coast and the Yellowstone Institute. Her philosophy as a teacher focuses on hands-on art that begins in the outdoors and connects students to nature and cultural history. 

Watch for more details on our website soon.




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Effective Dialog

Sat Oct 28  Canyon Wren Hall    3 to 4:30 PM
Workshop    $15
Sat Oct 28   Snowy Owl Theater   7 PM
Presentation & Signing    Student $10/$12,   Gen $18/$20

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Interfaith Dialogue for Challenging Times

The Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos share some of the promises as well as the problems related to developing an interfaith dialogue that can support collaborative action in our world. With warmth, humor, and wisdom, these three teachers share an interfaith process that opens us to spiritual treasures supporting healing and wholeness.



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North Cascades Park: Crown Jewel

Fri Nov 3   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Nov 4   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!

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North Cascades National Park is remote, rugged, and spectacularly majestic. This engaging account chronicles how evolving natural resource policies -- combined with new public awareness and activism -- brought about the park's creation. 

“An uplifting story for our times. It is not only scholarly, it is inspiring.”—Michael McCloskey, former Executive Director of The Sierra Club




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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases




A New York Times bestseller by Booker Prize Winner Salman Rushdie, knighted for his services to literature; acclaimed author of 12 previous novels, a short story collection, and four works of nonfiction.


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A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture.

An enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya; Apu, the flamboyant artist; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself.  

Our guide to the Goldens' world is an ambitious young filmmaker who ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. 

Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House marks Salman Rushdie's triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention--a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light.

"The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie's most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie's best work."--USA Today





A highly anticipated debut by Carmen Maria Machado, nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and a finalist for the Calvino Prize.


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In this electric and provocative debut by "one of the most ferociously gifted young writers working today" (Michelle Huneven), Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

 Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. 

In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.

"An exceptional and pungently inventive first book." -- Kirkus Starred Review





An Indie Next Pick by New York Times bestselling Claire Messud, winner of the Addison Metcalf and Strauss Living Awards, and nominated for the PEN/Faulkner and Man Booker Awards; author of The Emperor's Children and 5 other novels.



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Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. 

The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood's imaginary worlds and painful adult reality--crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence. 

Brilliantly mixing fable and coming-of-age tale, Claire Messud, one of our finest novelists, gets to the heart of relationships and self-knowledge in an absolutely irresistible way.




ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback



By Michael Honig, author of Goldblatt's Descent.



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Set twenty-odd years from now, the novel opens on Patient Number One--Vladimir Putin, largely forgotten in his presidential dacha, serviced by a small coterie of house staff, drifting in and out of dementia and memories of the past. 

Putin's nurse, Shermetev, charged with the twenty-four-hour care of his patient, may be the last honest man in Russia; blissfully unaware that his colleagues are using their various positions to skim money, in extraordinarily creative ways, from their employer's seemingly inexhaustible riches. 

But when a family tragedy means that Shermetev suddenly needs to find a fantastical sum of money fast, the dacha's chef lets him in on the secret world of backhanders and bribes going on around him, and opens his eyes to a brewing war between the staff and the new housekeeper, the ruthless new sheriff in town. 

A brilliantly cast modern-day Animal Farm, The Senility of Vladimir P. is a coruscating political fable, a satire about survival, in which the central character is pitted against an intractable system he despises. When Shermetev learns the hard way that “there is no room for softness in Russia,” is he sinking into corruption or climbing out of naivety?

"page-turning...refreshing...full of humor" -- The New York Times Book Review






Finalist for the  Man Booker Prize, and winner of the Paris Review Plimpton Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize.  By David Szalay, winner of Betty Trask Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and author of Spring and 3 other novels.



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All That Man Is traces the arc of life from the spring of youth to the winter of old age by following nine men who range from the working-class ex-grunt to the pompous college student, the middle-aged loser to the oligarch. Ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable, vital, pitiable, and hilarious, these men paint a picture of modern manhood. 

David Szalay is a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail, intelligence, relevance, and devastating pathos. 

"...brilliant, remarkable for its grace and economy"--The New York Times Book Review 

"A 100-megawatt novel: intelligent, intricate, so very well made, the form perfectly fitting the content. When I reached the end, I turned straight back to the start to begin again." --The Sunday Times (London)





--We Have Autographed Copies!--


By award-winning, New York Times bestselling Jane Kirkpatrick, author of two-dozen works of fiction and 6 nonfiction works; writing the lives of western women.



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Based on a true story.

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. 

To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she's developed on her own. 

An unlikely romance may lead her to Jennie's ultimate goal--but the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life's storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives? 

Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notions about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred--but they never really die.


ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction


-- Theresa's Pick! --


By Brene Brown, author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her TED talk--"The Power of Vulnerability"--is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world, with more than thirty million views.



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"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. 

Brown argues that we're experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, "it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts." 

Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other.Brown writes, " true belonging... [is] the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand."

"[Brown's] research and work have given us... a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we've all had but haven't quite known how to articulate. . . . [She] empowers us each to be a little more courageous."--The Huffington Post






-- Jackie's Pick!--


By Robert H. Lustig, the New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance; professor of pediatric endocrinology, task force chair and author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles.



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"Explores how industry has manipulated our most deep-seated survival instincts."--David Perlmutter, MD.

The New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease. 

Dopamine is the "reward" neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; substances or behaviors that releases dopamine can, in the extreme, leads to addiction. Serotonin is the "contentment" neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don't need any more; its deficiency leads to depression.

Over the last 40 years, subsidies, legislation and neuromarketing have tipped the natural balance in our brains,with the result that constant desire can chemically destroy our ability to feel happiness, while sending us down the slippery slope to addiction. 

Today ever-available temptation (sugar, drugs, social media, porn) combined with constant stress (work, home, money, Internet) have led to unprecedented levels of addiction, anxiety, depression, and chronic disease in America. We are imprisoned in an endless loop of desire and consumption from which there is no obvious escape. 

With his customary wit and incisiveness, Lustig not only reveals the science that drives these states of mind, he points his finger directly at the corporations that helped create this mess, and the government actors who facilitated it, and he offers solutions we can all use in the pursuit of happiness, even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Always fearless and provocative, Lustig marshals a call to action, with seminal implications for our health, our well-being, and our culture.


ABFAS Recommends: Favorite Graphic Novel Now in Paperback




By Victoria Jamieson, the Newbery Honor winning author of Roller Girl.

Recommended for ages 9 and up


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A heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.

Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. 

Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind--she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. 

Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all. 

Perfectly and authentically captures the bittersweetness of middle school life with humor, warmth, and understanding.


ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction




By Marie Lu, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series.

Recommended for ages 12 and up


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When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. 

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game--it's a way of life, its fan base spanning the globe.

Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships--only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. 

Convinced she's going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game's creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year's tournament-- and he wants Emika for the job. Emika's whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she's only dreamed of...until she uncovers a sinister plot. 

An immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.




By New York Times bestselling Patrick Ness,  author of A Monster Calls, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (A Kirkus Best Book of the Year), the Chaos Walking trilogy and other works. Ness is winner of two Carnegie Medals, a Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Costa Children's Book Award,  James Tiptree Jr. Award, and other awards.

Recommended for ages 13 and up


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"beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written" -- Andrew Smith.

A new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance--and what happens when the walls we build start coming down. 

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela. 

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. 

A raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.


ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades



By award-winning Kimberly Newton Fusco, author of Beholding Bee, Tending to Grace,and other works.

Recommended for ages 8 to 14

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Rosie led a charmed life with her loving dad, who ran the town donut shop. But now her father's had a stroke,she has to live with her tough-as-nails grandfather, and her beloved dog Gus, has gone missing. 

Rosie's determined to find Gus. With the help of a new friend and her own determination, she'll follow the trail anywhere . . . no matter where it leads. If she doesn't drive the whole world crazy in the meantime. 

This tender story brings to life a feisty, unsinkable, unstoppable, unforgettable girl who knows she's a fighter . . . if she can only figure out who's already on her side. 






By Cassie Beasley, the New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus, a New York Times notable book, and a Nerdie Book Club Award winner.

Recommended for ages 8 to 13



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The magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands. 

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night's fate is split; with disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. 

Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors' mistakes and banish the bad luck that's followed them around for all of their lives. They're going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they're going to reclaim their destinies. But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all? 

Full of friendship, family, everyday magic, and adventure,Cassie Beasley's newest middle grade book is another crowd-pleasing heart-warmer--perfect for reading by yourself, or sharing with someone you love.




ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd



Written by Paige Britt, author of The Lost Track of Time, and illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls 



FC9781338053142A thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions. 

This beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we. 

If the first step toward healing the world is to build bridges of empathy and celebrate rather than discriminate, Why Am I Me? helps foster a  sense of connection, compassion, and love. 





Written By Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, author of A Grandma Like Yours/A Grandpa Like Yours. Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham 


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Lucy thinks her little sister, Mia, is a monster. She follows Lucy everywhere, wreaks havoc in her room, and steals her spotlight. 

When at last Lucy has had enough, she yells, "You little monster, GO AWAY!" 

But Lucy never imagines that Mia might disappear into a land of REAL monsters. What's a big sister to do? 

This riotous, honest, and affectionate story will strike a wildly familiar chord with siblings of all ages.






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