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Gender Identity.  Best-selling Thrillers.

Fri Sep 8   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Sep 9   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


Two bestselling and award-winning authors!

Laurie Frankel’s This is the Way It Always Is “is a novel everyone should read. It’s brilliant. It’s bold. And it’s time,” says #1 NYT bestselling Elizabeth George. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about gender, revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. It reminds us that families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever. 
"Brave, complicated... very funny…Frankel is a first-rate storyteller." ―The Seattle Times

In Kevin O’Brien’s latest thriller, Hide Your Fear, 'The Watcher' knows how to get inside the Stollers’ home—and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end… 
“If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” -- Press & Guide

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Mountain Rescue

Wed Sep 13   Wenatchee River Institute    7:00 PM
Presentation      By Donation


Bree Loewen, author of Found: A Life In Mountain Rescue, presents an inspiring exploration of the drama and camaraderie of search and rescue, the vivid beauty of wilderness, and the challenges of balancing a vocation with the demands of raising a family.

A former climbing ranger on Mount Rainier and now a board member for Seattle Mountain Rescue and a wife, mother and nursing student, Loewen has participated in hundreds of rescue missions.


Writer's Workshop

Fri Sep 15   Leavenworth Library    6:00 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Sep 16   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


All your deepest dreams are alive right now in your heart, says award-winning Jane Kirkpatrick, noted international speaker and teacher, and New York Times bestselling author of 29 books. She offers “Staying in the Room,” a workshop for writers and others pursuing a goal. 

Jane's latest release, All She Left Behind, is based on a true story about "the things we have to leave behind in order to pursue our dreams."

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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


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!


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.


Hiking Naked

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


“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!


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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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


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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What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By Gabrielle Zevin, author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry.

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss--and blogging about it. 

When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn't take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics. She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. 

This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up--an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it's only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows. 

Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and moving novel about what it means to be a woman of any age, and captures not just the mood of our recent highly charged political season, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.

By Celeste Ng, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the Alex Award for Everything I Never Told You.

Little Fires Everywhere follows Elena Richardson, a tightly-wound rule follower, whose carefully planned world is shaken up when carefree, unconventional, artistic single mother Mia moves to town. 

Elena is suspicious of Mia already, when an attempted adoption of a Chinese-American baby divides the town in two — with Elena and Mia on opposite sides. 

Elena becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

By Jesmyn Ward, winner of the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones.

A journey through Mississippi's past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. 

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. 

When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. 

Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with ugly truths at the heart of the American story and with the power, as well as the limitations, of the bonds of family.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

By Pulitzer Prize Winning, New York Times best-selling Michael Chabon.
#1 Indie Next Pick Moonglow won the Sophie Brody Medal, was a Carnegie Medal Finalist, and was selected as a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Christian Science Monitor, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle,  Buzzfeed, New York Post, and others. 

"This book is beautiful." --  New York Times Book Review

The intersection of world history and family history, the interplay of memory and imagination, a tangle of humor and grief, and the blurred and shifting line that separates sanity and madness all come into play in this stunning book. 

In the months before his death, Chabon's grandfather revealed much of his life to his grandson. On that foundation, Chabon has built a novel filled with family stories, World War II episodes -- including an appearance by Wernher von Braun -- an obsession with rocketry, and a vividly realized, against-all-odds love story. 

"While all the characters are richly developed, the narrator's grandfather -- the brave, eccentric, anger-fueled, and deeply loving center of this novel -- will remain with readers forever.” — The River's End Bookstore

By Peter Ho Davies, winner of the PEN/Malamud, Oregon Book Award, and other awards. 
The Fortunes won the Anisfield-Wolf Award, the Chautauqua Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book.

" [A] complex, beautiful novel . . . Stunning."--NPR, Best Books of 2016

Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience. 

Inhabiting four lives--a railroad baron's valet who unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor; Hollywood's first Chinese movie star; a hate-crime victim whose death mobilizes the Asian American community; and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption--this novel captures and capsizes over a century of our history, showing that even as family bonds are denied and broken, a community can survive--as much through love as blood.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By Joshua McFadden, chef and owner of renowned trattoria Ava Gene's in Portland, Oregon; with Martha Holmberg

"Never before have I seen so many fascinating, delicious, easy recipes in one book. . . . as close to a perfect cookbook as I have seen . . . a book beginner and seasoned cooks alike will reach for repeatedly." --Lucky Peach

A chef with the soul of a farmer and the palate of a visionary, Joshua McFadden racked up culinary cred at New York City restaurants like Lupa, Momofuku, and Blue Hill, before managing the trailblazing Four Season Farm in coastal Maine, where he learned to coax the best from vegetables at each stage of their lives.

In Six Seasons, McFadden channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons--an arc from spring to early summer to midsummer to the bursting harvest of late summer, then ebbing into autumn and, finally, the earthy, mellow sweetness of winter. 

Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, McFadden turns up the heat--grilling and steaming, then moving on to sautes, pan roasts, braises, and stews. His ingenuity is on display in 225 revelatory recipes that celebrate flavor at its peak.

An instant NYT bestseller from Sherman Alexie, winner of the National Book Award, PEN/Faulkner, PEN/Hemmingway, American Book Award, Circle of the Americas, and many other awards; author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and over a dozen other books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness. 

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. 

She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. 

It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. 

An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and a NYT bestseller, by Robert Moor. Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The Boston Globe, Seattle Times, National Post, New York magazine, Booklist, and more.

"The best outdoors book of the year" --Sierra Club

From a debut talent who's been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamond, On Trails is a wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the world--from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. 

While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet. Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive.  

Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic--the oft-overlooked trail--sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped the world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? 

Moor has the essayist's gift for making new connections, the adventurer's love for paths untaken, and the philosopher's knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew.

A New York Times bestseller from blogger and comedian Samantha Irby 

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. 

With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. 

Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making "adult" budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette--she's "35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something"--detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms--hang in there for the Costco loot--she's as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By National Book Award Finalist Sara Zarr, twice winner of the ALA's Best Book For Young Adults, and other awards; author of How to Save a Life, Story of a Girl, and other YA novels.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

"A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won't want to let Gem and Dixie go." --Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author 

A deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home. 

Gem has never known what it is to have security. She's never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they've always had each other. 

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie--on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she's tried so hard to keep.

By Carol Weston, author of sixteen books, including Ava and Taco Cat and For Girls Only.

Recommended for ages 11 and up.

"You won't want to put it down. But my advice is slow down and savor this delightful book, full of carino, funny and heartfelt, and (spoiler alert) not just for teens." --author Julia Alvarez

Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. 

Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. 

Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down. 

Speed of Life is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it's just beginning. It's a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up. 

"perceptive, funny and moving." New York Times Book Review

"A wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter." --Newbery Gold Medalist Richard Peck

Now in Paperback!

By acclaimed, award-winning Jeff Zentner, author of Goodbye Days.
The Serpent King has been named to ten 'best of the year' lists and selected as a William C. Morris Award Winner.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

The critically acclaimed, much-beloved story of three teens who find themselves--and each other--while on the cusp of graduating from high school with hopes of leaving their small-town behind. 

 Dill isn't the most popular kid at his rural Tennessee high school. After his father fell from grace in a public scandal that reverberated throughout their small town, Dill became a target. Fortunately, his two fellow misfits and best friends, Travis and Lydia, have his back. 

But as they begin their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. His only escapes are music and his secret feelings for Lydia--neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending--one that will rock his life to the core. 

An unblinking and at times comic view of the hard realities of growing up in the Bible belt, and an intimate look at the struggles to find one's true self in the wreckage of the past. 

"A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it's as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking."  

"I adored all three of these characters and the way they talked to and loved one another."--New York Times

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

A debut novel from Diana Harmon Asher

Recommended for ages 8 to 13.

If middle school were a race, Joseph Friedman wouldn't even be in last place--he'd be on the sidelines. With an overactive mind and phobias of everything from hard-boiled eggs to gargoyles, he struggles to understand his classes, let alone his fellow classmates. So he spends most of his time avoiding school bully Charlie Kastner and hiding out in the Resource Room, a safe place for misfit kids like him. 

But then, on the first day of seventh grade, two important things happen. First, his Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school track team, and second, he meets Heather, a crazy-fast runner who isn't going to be pushed around by Charlie Kastner or anybody else. 

With a new friend and a new team, Joseph finds himself off the sidelines and in the race (quite literally) for the first time. Is he a good runner? Well, no, he's terrible. But the funny thing about running is, once you're in the race, anything can happen.

By Cao Wenxuan, best-selling Chinese author, internationally translated, recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Illustrated by Meilo So and translated by Helen Wang.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Sunflower is an only child, and when her father is sent to the rural Cadre School, she has to go with him. Her father is an established artist from the city and finds his new life of physical labor and endless meetings exhausting. Sunflower is lonely and longs to play with the local children in the village across the river. 

When her father tragically drowns, Sunflower is taken in by the poorest family in the village, a family with a son named Bronze. Until Sunflower joins his family, Bronze was an only child, too, and hasn't spoken a word since he was traumatized by a terrible fire. Bronze and Sunflower become inseparable, understanding each other as only the closest friends can. 

Translated from Mandarin, the story meanders gracefully through the challenges that face the family, creating a timeless story of the trials of poverty and the power of love and loyalty to overcome hardship.

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

By Lizi Boyd, author and illustrator of many children's books, including Big Bear Little Chair, selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Flashlight, winner of the internationally prestigious BolognaRagazzi Award.

In this deceptively simple storybook from award-winning author-illustrator Lizi Boyd, readers will delight in following a note's unexpected journey and encountering a cast of charming characters along the way. 

The spare text is filled with the kind of repetition and rhythm that make for a captivating read-aloud, while the humor and childlike cadence will engage readers who are beginning to decipher books on their own. 

The brilliantly colored paintings share the gentleness of the text but also bring a joyous exuberance to this celebration of nature, curiosity, imagination, and friendship.

Written by Laurie Jordan and illustrated by Diana Mayo

Recommended for ages 4 and up.

A beautiful bedtime routine for yogis of any age.

Starting with a gentle Om, Yawning Yoga's simple instructions, gorgeous illustrations, and soothing poetry guide readers through a relaxing routine to end the day. 

Thoughtful poems depict a series of step-by-step yoga poses. Each of the poses is accompanied by its Sanskrit name, adding to the layers of learning. 

Written by a specialist in yoga for children, this lovely introduction to the elements of yoga practice--including stretching, posture, and breath work--will help children and their caring adults ready their bodies for a restful sleep.


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