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Women Spies of the World Wars

& Dark Talent Series

Thurs Apr 12   Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!
Sat Apr 21   A Book For All Seasons   1:00 - 3:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


Skiing into occupied Poland, parachuting behind enemy lines, overseeing the surrender of 18,000 German troops, carrying a suitcase of cosmetics to deflect suspicion-- many courageous women worked undercover during the world wars. Kay Kenyon shares fascinating stories of the real-life heroines inspiring her adrenaline-filled Dark Talents series.

The Dark Talents plunge into psi-gifts and alt-history, with At the Table of Wolves. Book 2, Serpent in the Heather, is released in April!

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Venators Series Book One

Thurs Apr 19   A Book For All Seasons   3:00 - 5:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


Devri Walls specializes in all things fantasy and paranormal.  In Venators: Magic Unleashed Rune, her reckless twin Ryker, and their friend Grey discover hidden truths as fantasy twists with reality in an alternate dimension, Eon. In this new world of fae, vampires, werewolves, and wizards, power is abundant and always in flux. After Rune’s brother is abducted, she discovers that she and Grey are being set up as pawns in a very dangerous game. Rune, Ryker and Grey must now find their way through – and out of – Eon before it consumes them.

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Colors of the West

Fri Apr 20  A Book For All Seasons  3:00 to 5:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


Artist Molly Hashimoto signs her gorgeous collection of wild landscapes and wildlife, Colors of the West. Colors of the West explores wild places through the lens of watercolor “en plein air” painting, a French term meaning “in the open air.” Award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto integrates landscapes, vignettes, studies of flora and fauna, and natural history notes – creating her art while visiting some of the West’s most stunning landscapes.


Columbia River Reads: All the Light

Fri Apr 20  Numerica Performing Arts Center   7:00 PM
Presentation   FREE!


Columbia River Reads: Pulitzer-winning Anthony Doerr speaks on his beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller -- All the Light We Cannot See -- about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. FREE tickets available through the Numerica PAC.

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Nourishing Space Within

Sat Apr 28  Evolve Yoga Studio  11 am to noon
Presentation FREE!
Sat Apr 28  A Book For All Seasons  1:00 to 3:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


How would living pain-free, energized and balanced make a difference in your daily life? Meet Dr. Allegra Hart, signing her book Nourishing Space Within: Essentials of Self Care.

Dr. Allegra Hart is a physician, author, and teacher with a successful naturopathic clinic. Her goal is to help you rebuild your health from the inside out.


Three Sides Water

Fri May 4  Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!
Sat May 5   A Book For All Seasons   1:00 - 3:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


With Three Sides Water "Peter Donahue has produced a rare animal: three stories that flourish as separate novels and also succeed as a single book. He deftly details a primitive coastline, a juvenile detention center, and the modern I-5 corridor... with a remarkable honesty and care...thoroughly compelling" —(Bruce Holbert, award-winning author) 

Award-winning Donahue, recipient of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, is also the author of other novels and collections and a columnist for Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, published by the Washington State Historical Society.

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A River Captured

Mon May 7  A Book For All Seasons   2:00 - 4:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!
Tues May 8   Wenatchee Museum    7:00 PM
Presentation   FREE!


Pearkes offers an engaging travelogue of the life-blood river in our own backyard. A River Captured surveys important history, asking who owns water? How should water be valued? And can hydro-electric systems be managed for fisheries and other ecosystem values as well as for affordable energy?


Bird Guru

Fri May 18   Red Tail Canyon Farm 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Social and Book Signing  $35
Sat May 19   Snowy Owl Theater 7:00 PM
Presentation $25


There are 47 million birdwatchers. But there is only one David Sibley. 

He knows every North American bird: by its shade, by its tilt, by its habitat, by its male, female, and juvenile plumages. Sibley painstakingly draws what he sees in the field—900 species for his most recent field guide—first in pencil and then in gouache paints. 

His authoritative, widely praised guides include The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Hawks in Flight, and Sibley's Birding Basics. All together he has sold more than 1.75 million copies of his books. 

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Uplake and Guts

Ana Maria Spagna and Janet Buttenwieser
Fri May 18 Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!

Janet Buttenwieser
Sat May 19   A Book For All Seasons   1:00 - 3:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going: "...her essay was sharp and blunt and had mud and sawdust in it. I remember that. I learned from her essay, yes, but it wasn’t just information; I could smell the place she was writing about, I could feel her sinewy flinty impatient passion for it.” –Brian Doyle 

Guts: “Blunt, eloquent, piercing, honest, witty, heartaching, startlingly funny, and beautifully, refreshingly unique. Can you read a book about pain while grinning and trying not to cry and not being able to think of a single book that’s anything like it? Yup. This one. Guts.” — Brian Doyle

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Good Dog

Sat May 26   A Book For All Seasons   1:00 - 3:00 PM
Book Signing  FREE!


Celebrate Spring with a Dan Gemeinhart book signing! Middle-grade readers will love newly released Good Dog; new in paperback Scar Island; and the rest of Dan's award-winning, action-packed adventures.

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What a Wonderful World

ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By award-winning author and musician Willy Vlautin. Vlautin is the author of 5 novels, including The Motel Life, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and Washington Post top book of the year released as an award-winning motion picture; and Lean On Pete, winner of the Ken Kesey and People's Choice Awards. As lead singer and songwriter for Richmond Fontaine and later for The Delines, Vlautin has released 11 acclaimed studio albums. 

Horace Hopper, the Irish-Paiute protagonist in Don't Skip Out on Me, dreams of erasing the shame of childhood abandonment by reinventing himself as a professional boxer. His boss and surrogate father, an elderly sheep rancher, wrestles with the choices of his own history, and does his best to maintain a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Vlautin intertwines the lives and fates of these two men in a work of astonishing beauty and heartbreak. ,
“Willy Vlautin is one of the bravest novelists takes real courage to write a novel about ordinary good people. They don’t fit into the cynic’s little boxes — they’re way too big. The guy working two eight-hour jobs who still can’t meet the mortgage but won’t let his kids down, the hospital night nurse coping with her crazy mean father and trying to rescue a lost girl — common people, the ones who never get the breaks, the ones who need, and know, compassion. An unsentimental Steinbeck... Willy Vlautin tells us who really lives now in our America.” -- Ursula K. Le Guin

"No one anywhere writes as beautifully about people whose stories stay close to the dirt. Willy Vlautin is a secular--and thus real and profoundly useful--saint." --Lidia Yuknavitch

Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, one of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017, A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; named in the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times,  Los Angeles Times  Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and the San Francisco Chronicle. By award-winning Naomi Alderman, author of Orange Prize-winner The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience.

The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. 

"The Power is our era's The Handmaid's Tale." -- The Washington Post

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

A New York Times and international bestseller from award-winning Mohsin Hamid. Named a best book of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and The LA Times; a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. 

A visionary love story of ordinary people driven from their homes into 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. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets 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, an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

A National Book Award Finalist, New York Times Bestseller, Indie Next Pick, Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017,and NYT Book Review Top Ten of the Year from award-winning, NYT bestselling  Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires.

In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

“A father's gentle nature, a mother's sacrifice, a daughter's trust, and a son's determination are the cornerstones of this grand, multilayered saga... As the bonds of family are put to the test in the harsh realities of their world, Sunja and those she holds dear manage to carve themselves a place to call home with hard work, self sacrifice, and a little kimchi. Through it all is a message about love, faith, and the deep-rooted bonds of family... phenomenal ... It will take hold of you and not let go!” -- Jennifer Steele

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. 

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

An Indie Next Pick and #1 New York Times Bestseller by Tara Westover.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. 

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills" bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father's junkyard.

Raised without school, doctor visits, a birth certificate, or even a family consensus on the date of her birth - Tara nevertheless decided to go to college. This is a story in two parts: First, Tara's childhood working in a dangerous scrapyard alongside her six siblings, her survivalist father, and her mother, a conflicted but talented midwife and healer, while fearing Y2K and the influence of the secular world; then, her departure from her mountain home to receive an education. Both halves of her story are equally fascinating. 

When one brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University, where she learned for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents... only to wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. 

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one's closest ties. Educated gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Listen to the NPR interview here.

Another New York Times bestseller from Johann Hari, twice-named Journalist of the Year, author of Chasing the Scream.

What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? 

Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. 

As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. 

Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari's journey took him from experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. 

Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions - ones that work. 

It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today. Hari's book on addiction, Chasing the Scream, is a NYT bestseller and his TED talk - 'Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong' - has been viewed more than 20 million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

A National Book Award Winner and New York Times Bestseller by Robin Benway, author of Emmy and Oliver and other YA novels.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

We’ve all heard the sayings: Family comes first. Family is forever. You can’t choose your family! But reality isn’t always so simple. Benway’s unforgettable novel explores the paradoxes and entanglements of unconventional families through the story of three biological half-siblings who first meet in their teens.

"Grace, Maya and Joaquin leap off the page as living, breathing teenagers, individual down to their fingerprints... As the siblings share their secret stories, we see them develop outrage, love, tenderness and sympathy for each other. As readers, we can’t help doing the same."  -- NYT Book Review

As these three siblings connect, they also form even stronger relationships with their loved ones at home and create a larger circle to call family. Their sophisticated stories show that while there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to family, all families can be messy, complicated—and fiercely devoted. Readers will find themselves crying and cheering along with these resilient teens.

Another award-winner from Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe. Little & Lion won ALA’s Stonewall Book Award, was named to ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, and named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Vulture, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Paste Magazine, and Seventeen

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

"Little & Lion is simultaneously a quick read and a thoughtful one. Navigating intersectional identities is never easy, and author Brandy Colbert doesn’t shy away from details of mental health, racism and how these issues affect friendships and families. This is an intense, readable and highly recommended choice." -- Bookpage Teen Top Pick

A stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption from an award-winning author. Thoughtfully embraces issues of non-traditional families, of claiming identity, naming one's self, and supporting a loved one through struggles.

"I loved this book!... The confusion, the questioning...felt very real" -- Rich In Color

"Little and Lion is beautifully insightful, honest, and compassionate. Brandy's ability to find larger meaning in small moments is nothing short of dazzling."-Nicola Yoon, #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything 

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

By acclaimed Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen and Off Season.

Recommended for ages 9 through 14.

A young outcast is swept up into a thrilling and perilous medieval treasure hunt in this literary page-turner. 

“Blend epic adventure with gothic good and evil, and add a dash of sly wit for a tale that keeps readers turning the page.” -- Kirkus starred review

Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked by others in his town--until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. 

Impressed with Boy's climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspensful expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter. 

Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. They are stealing the relics and accumulating dangerous enemies in the process. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end--for what if St. Peter can make Boy's hump go away? A surprising and unforgettable tale for readers of all ages.

"A treat from start to finish." -- Wall Street Journal

From David Barclay Moore: a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award Winner, New York Times Notable Book, ALA Notable Book; named Best Children's Book of the Year by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Shelf Awareness, and a Top Ten Children's Book of the Year by Time Magazine and Boston Globe.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. 

"The right story at the right time. . . . It's not just a narrative; it's an experience. It's the novel we've been waiting for." --The New York Times 

It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. 

Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. 

His path isn't clear--and the pressure to join a "crew," as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape--and an unexpected bridge back to the world. 

In this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity, David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge--of adolescence, of grief, of violence--and shows how Lolly's inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.

"A fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us. David Barclay Moore is an exciting new voice. We definitely haven't heard the last of his brilliance." --Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning of Brown Girl Dreaming

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

The debut picture book from New York Times bestselling, National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Junot Diaz. Illustrated by award-winning Leo Espinosa whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and more.

A gloriously illustrated lyrical celebration of  the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. 

Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. 

So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island--she left when she was just a baby. 

But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories--joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening--Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. 

As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." 

A celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us--to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

If you loved their #1 NYT Bestselling She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World you'll be delighted by the latest collaboration from author Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger.

Perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists and little kids who are ready to take on the world.

Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they've been told their dreams didn't matter. They've spoken out, risen up and fought for what's right, even when they've been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. 

She Persisted Around the World is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy. 

Featuring: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Viola Desmond, Sissi Lima do Amor, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Kate Sheppard, Yuan Yuan Tan, Mary Verghese and Malala Yousafzai.


What a Wonderful World


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