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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 

― Rainer Maria Rilke




Did You Know?

Purim celebrates the story of Esther, who at great personal risk, chose to reveal her true identity; and so saved thousands of lives.


“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” 

– Audre Lorde





"Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again." 

-- Gustav Mahler


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Did you know? 

Thanks to the Irish diaspora, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national holiday—and was even celebrated on the international space station!

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“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” 
     ― Vladimir Nabokov

"If you don’t know where you’re going, turn around and make sure you know where you’re coming from." 
     – African proverb


"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 

― Groucho Marx


“POOR MARCH It is the HOMELIEST month of the year. Most of it is MUD, Every Imaginable Form of MUD, and what isn't MUD in March is ugly late-season SNOW falling onto the ground in filthy muddy heaps that look like PILES of DIRTY LAUNDRY.” 

― Vivian Swift

"Nature cannot be forced, but only loved into visibility." 
     – Irene Manton

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"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” 
     --Ralph Ellison


... and everybody never breathed 
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves 
each herself by opening 
but shining who by thousands mean 
only one amazing thing... 

sweet spring

― E.E. Cummings

“The writer cannot expect to be excused from the task of reeducation and regeneration... In fact, he should march right in front.” 
     --Chinua Achebe


“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” 

    --Maya Angelou

Sweetness of March...

"...the light with which spring teases us, the light that is already present."
-- Anne Lamott


What a Wonderful World


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Fri Mar 10 at Snowy Owl Theater 6:15 PM
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Sat Mar 11  A Book For All Seasons  1:00 to 3:00 PM
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Phil Borges and Laura Albert appear at Vox Docs Film Festival, showcasing the best documentaries of the year. Use our special coupon code -- vox10 -- to purchase film tickets, normally $17, for only $10!

Crazywise: Thought-provoking documentary with critically-acclaimed photographer Phil Borges explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story: 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee. JT LeRoy's tough prose about a sordid childhood captivated icons and luminaries internationally. But it turned out he didn’t exist. Laura Albert’s extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many. But according to Albert, channeling her fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

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Don't have all summer? Section hike the PCT! 

Tami Asars shares  everything you need to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake your tent. Full-color maps and detailed and engaging route descriptions, including history, flora, and fauna.

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington breaks down the state’s more than 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail into stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in four days, a week or more. This is boots-on-the-ground trail beta from a veteran hiker and author.

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JA Jance, Nina Laden, Dan Gemeinhart

Sun Apr 2   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM

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For a quarter of a century we've been your local indie --
connecting readers, authors, and remarkable books. 

We're so grateful to you, our reading community, for your years of support. So let's party! Meet exceptional authors, mingle with friends, and enjoy delectable refreshments.

In New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s gripping new thriller, Man Overboard, two tech geniuses face off—one intent on saving lives, the other on ending them.  J.A. Jance is the perennially bestselling author of a long list of renowned detective series and thrillers.

If I had a Little Dream celebrates the wonder of the world. “If I had a little land, I would name it There.” Her house she names Love, and her garden, Whole, in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty of each and every day. Award-winning Nina Laden is the author of dozens of children's books  translated into many languages.

Scar Island, Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet, is a middle-grade tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril. This redemption story shines a light on dark truths, and reveals that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves. Cashmere author Dan Gemeinhart is also known for The Honest Truth and Some Kind of Courage. 

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Thurs Apr 13   Wenatchee PAC    7:00 PM
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Reserve now: free tickets available beginning Mar 1. 

North Central Regional Library brings Cheryl Strayed to the Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. 

At 26 Strayed was, by her own admission, a total mess. Her beloved mother had just died; she'd broken up her young marriage; she was dating a junkie and was well on her way to becoming one herself. Strayed righted herself on an 1,100-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail, the subject of her moving memoir, Wild.

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Fri Apr 21   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
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Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt (who has written extensively about birds, including the 2002 Washington State Book Award-winning book Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds) shares her latest release, Mozart's Starling, about Mozart's beloved pet, adopted after the bird sang an improvised version of  Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 17.

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What a Wonderful World



“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” 
     --James Baldwin 

“Nobody’s as powerful as we make them out to be.” 
     --Alice Walker 

ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

--Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post.--

By internationally bestselling Mohsin Hamid, author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and more; his award-winning novels have been adapted for the cinema and translated into more than thirty languages.

An astonishingly timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees -- and the impossible choices that follow -- as they're driven from their homes to the uncertain embrace of new lands. 

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. When familiar streets turn into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

 As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . 

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

By nationally bestselling Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires, a "Top 10 Novel" for The Times (London), NPR and USA Today.

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life. 

So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Bound together by deep roots, they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

-- An Indie Next Pick from the creators of the #1 international hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor --

An imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves . . . no matter where we live. 

Welcome to Night Vale . . . a friendly desert community somewhere in the American Southwest... an ordinary little town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life. Here, the lives of two women, with two mysteries, are about to converge. 

Pawnshop proprietor Jackie Fierro abides by routine. But a crack appears in the standard order of her perpetually nineteen-year-old life when a mysterious man in a tan jacket gives her a slip of paper marked by two pencil-smudged words: KING CITY. Everything about the man unsettles her, especially the paper that she cannot remove from her hand. Yet when Jackie puts her life on hold to search for the man, no one who meets him can seem to remember anything about him.

 Diane Crayton's fifteen-year-old son, Josh, is moody and a shape-shifter. Lately, Diane has started to see the boy's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as he did the day he left when they were teenagers. Josh is growing ever more curious about his estranged father--leading to a disaster Diane can see coming but is helpless to prevent. 

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search to reclaim her routine life draw them increasingly closer to each other, and to this place that may hold the key to their mysteries and their futures . . . if they can ever find it.

-- We Have Autographed Copies! --

By Wenatchee author Kaya McLaren, author of How I Came to Sparkle Again,  On the Divinity of Second Chances, and more.

As a young girl, Willow left Washington State in a literal blaze of glory: Willow's mother set the mattress of her cheating husband on fire in her driveway, roasting marshmallow peeps and hot dogs before the fire department arrived. 

Willow and her mother set off to New Mexico, to a world of arroyos and canyons. Devasted, displaced, Willow grows up feeling like an outsider, and happily escapes to Los Angeles and the life of a studio musician. 

Sometimes things happen in threes: Willow's mother dies, her boyfriend dumps her, and Willow discovers she is pregnant. The New Mexico Winery and Goat Ranch is all she has left, even if it is in financial straits and unmanageable back taxes.Can Willow redefine what home means for her, and can she make a go of the legacy her mother left behind? 

Told with Kaya McLaren's humor and heart, The Road to Enchantment is a story about discovering that the last thing you want is sometimes the one thing you need. 

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By Thomas L. Friedman, author of six bestselling books, including The World Is Flat, and three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers.

Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once--it's dizzying. 

Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman's original analysis. 

Accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Why? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore's law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point; reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world or to destroy it. 

With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is Friedman's most ambitious book and an essential guide to the present and the future. 

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

-- Jackie's Pick! -- 

By Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard

A landmark collection of prose by the remarkable Annie Dillard, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work.

The Abundance assembles the best of Annie Dillard, delivered in her fierce and muscular prose. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life with beauty and irony. 

On one page, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, a man walks into a bar. These essays invite readers into sweeping landscapes, to join Dillard in exploring the complexities of time and death-- with wry humor, vigor, and elegance of mind.

ABFAS Recommends: Coloring Adventure

By award-winning, internationally bestselling Daria Song, creator of The Time Garden coloring series.

The Night Voyage is an evocatively illustrated story of a little girl who is swept away on the eve of her birthday on a magical journey to distribute gifts around the globe. 

Winner of the Kyung Hyang Arts Contest, Daria Song has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Hong Kong.

Taking devotees of The Time Garden and The Time Chamber on an imaginative new adventure, The Night Voyage continues Daria Song's wildly successful series with the beautifully intricate art that her fans have come to love, featuring a world of paper cranes, penny-farthing bicycles, trolleys, cityscapes, and hot air balloon-filled skies.

ABFAS Recommends New YA NonFiction

By #1 New York Times bestselling Margot Lee Shetterly

This #1 New York Times bestseller, now a major motion picture, is now available in a new edition perfect for young readers. 

This is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.  

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. 

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

By Robert Hoge, science writer, journalist and political adviser.


The true story of a boy with an extraordinary face.

When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes. Amazingly, he survived--with a face that would never be the same. 

Strangers stared at him, kids called him names, and adults could be cruel in their own ways. Everybody seemed to agree that Robert was "ugly." 

But Robert refused to let his face dictate his entire life. Then, when Robert came face to face with the biggest decision of his life, he followed his heart. 

This poignant memoir about overcoming bullying and thriving with disabilities shows that what makes us "ugly" also makes us who we are.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By award-winning Stehekin author Ana Maria Spagna
Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Fourteen-year-old Charlotte moves from the Rocky Mountains to Washington's Cascade Mountains, where she hopes to continue training for the national snowboarding championships. After she loses access to the local resort and takes to the backcountry, she meets nature on its own terms. 

When adventure turns to tragedy, Charlotte learns that even our deepest scars can be lucky ones.

"Get obsessed; stay obsessed. I remembered these words, and Ana Maria Spagna's powerful father/daughter duo, long after I finished her captivating novel. Young snowboarders, environmental activists, and teens who champion the underdog will find themselves obsessed cover-to-cover with The Luckiest Scar on Earth." --Melissa Hart,  author of Avenging the Owl.

"A gorgeous exploration of falling in love in unexpected ways--with a new place, with a new parent, and with a new ethic. This novel is a coming-of-age in the truest and fullest sense." --Laura Pritchett, author of Red Lightning.

By Angie Thomas
Recommended for ages 14 and up.

This searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture. 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. 

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. 

What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer is Starr. 

What Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

Written by H. M. Bouwman and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
Recommended for ages 10 and up.

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that -- and is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. 

Pip's sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King's plans. This is but the first of three extraordinary stories that collide on the high seas of the Second World. 

The second story takes us back to the beginning: Venus and Swimmer are captive twins aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica in 1781. They save themselves and others from a life of enslavement with a risky, magical plan--one that leads them from the shark-infested waters of the first world to the second. 

Pip and Kinchen will hear all about Venus and Swimmer before their own story is said and done. So will Thanh and his sister Sang, who we meet in 1978 on a small boat as they try to escape post-war Vietnam. But after a storm and a pirate attack, they're not sure they'll ever see shore again. 

What brings these three sets of siblings together on an adventure of a lifetime is a little magic, helpful sea monsters and that very special portal, A Crack in the Sea.

By Sally J. Pla

Filled with humor, heart, and chicken nuggets-- equal parts madcap road trip, coming-of-age story for an autistic boy who feels he doesn't understand the world, and uplifting portrait of a family overcoming a crisis.

Charlie's perfectly ordinary life has been unraveling ever since his journalist father was injured in Afghanistan. When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend. 

He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay. 

"Zings with humor and spot-on characters," reviewers say. "This celebration of family, individuality, and nature will remind you to always be on the lookout for wonder."

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written and illustrated by #1 NYT bestselling Mo Willems, three-time Caldecott Honor recipient, two-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal recipient, and 5-time Geisel Honor recipient. Why all the prizes? Because he's funny!! (and.. shh... slyly heartwarming).  

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette. Is she set? YOU BET. 

Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book, Nanette's Baguette, follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. 

But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? 

Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo's best creation yet. Get set to "krack" into an irresistible tale you won't soon forget.

Written and illustrated by Claire Keane

Matisse is a little girl in a big world. 

Despite her size, she gets to have all sorts of grand adventures, like seeing the big sights of the city, making big messes, and taking big naps when her little body is all tuckered out. 

But when Matisse meets her baby brother, she realizes that she isn't so little after all--She's a big sister! And it's great fun to show this new little person what wonders this big world has in store. 

With warmth and joy, Claire Keane showcases a gorgeous retro-inspired style to tell this tender tale of unconditional sibling love.

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What a Wonderful World


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