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Upcoming Events

 Exciting Early Days of Skiing in WA

Fri Feb 2    A Book For All Seasons   3:00 - 4:00 PM
Book Signing   FREE!
Fri Feb 2   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!


Relive the exciting early days of skiing when Snoqualmie Pass was the epicenter of the sport. Ski jumping tournaments attracted world-class competitors to Cle Elum, Beaver Lake, and Hyak. The Mountaineers' twenty-mile race from Snoqualmie to Stampede Pass, dubbed "the world's longest and hardest race," was a pinnacle of cross-country skiing. 

Author John W. Lundin learned to ski on Snoqualmie Pass using wooden skis and cable bindings and has written and lectured extensively about early skiing in Washington.


Fearless--the story behind the story

Fri Feb 23   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!


Meet Bill Kenower -- author of Fearless Writing and Write Within Yourself -- and Nick O'Connell, author of The Storms of Denali, Beyond Risk, and more. Learn the stories behind these authors at a fun Q&A moderated by favorite local author Kay Kenyon

6:30 to 7: reception, refreshments, meet-and-greet.
7 to 8: formal presentation , discussion, Q&A.

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Hilarious Middle School Adventure

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


Kevin John Scott shares his delightfully strange and hilarious debut novel, Frederick Sandwich and the Earthquake that Couldn't Possibly Be -- the first in a new middle-grade mystery series that will keep you guessing and laughing. 

Kevin will visit Icicle River Middle School on Friday, and sign books at A Book For All Seasons on Saturday.

"Outrageous twists and timely truths abound...Frederik confronts his own assumptions and finds the courage to challenge the status quo in this quirky and jokey mystery." -- Publishers Weekly


Debut Novel

Wed Mar 7   Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!


George & Lizzie is an emotionally riveting novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.  

A decade into their marriage, George is happy; Lizzie remains...unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built together. 

Pitch-perfect prose, compassion, and humor; an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and a marriage at its defining moments.



What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

The debut novel by Massachusetts Artist's Fellowship author Mira T. Lee.

‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters."--Celeste Ng, NYT bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere 

A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak 

Two sisters--Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. 

When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a bighearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. 

Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth. Miranda leaves her own life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again--but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. 

The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans--but what does it take to break them? 

Told in alternating points of view, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, the story of a young woman's quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. It's also an unforgettable story of the sacrifices we make to love someone, while remaining true to ourselves. 

By Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, now a major motion picture, and numerous other New York Times bestsellers.

"A tour de force." --Kirkus (starred review) 

 Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: to move with his wife and his 13-yr-old daughter Leni north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier. 

 At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights' lack of preparation and dwindling resources. 

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. In a small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. 

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska--a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature. 

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

Jackie's Pick: "I loved it. A page-turner; gripping and ultimately uplifting"

Check it out! This #1 NYT Bestselling book won the  Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and more; and was chosen as a Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, HuffPost, and more. Author Colson Whitehead is also the author of Noble Hustle, Zone One, and several other fiction and nonfiction works.

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood--where greater pain awaits. 

So when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. 

In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. 

As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage--and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. 

A #1 New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Man Booker Prize, a New York Times Notable book, named a  Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, and  NPR. By acclaimed George Saunders, a PEN/Malamud winner, Guggenheim and MacArthur recipient, named by Time as one of the hundred most influential people in the world.

A moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.  

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. 

From that seed of historical truth, Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state--called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo--a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. 

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. 

Saunders deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? 

"A luminous feat of generosity and humanism."--Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review

A National Bestseller and NPR Best Book of the Year by New York Times Notable author Hannah Tinti, winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an Alex Award. Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of award-winning One Story magazine.

"A gripping American-on-the-run thriller... a brilliant coming-of-age tale and a touching exploration of father-daughter relationships."--Newsweek 

"One part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation."--Ann Patchett, #1 NYT author of Commonwealth

Hannah Tinti's beautifully constructed second novel uses the scars on Hawley's body--all twelve bullet wounds, one by one--to show who he is, what he's done, and why the past chases and clings to him with such tenacity.

Samuel Hawley isn't like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo's a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife's hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school. 

Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate.  As Loo uncovers a history that's darker than she could have known, the demons of her father's past spill over into the present--and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come. 

"A master class in literary suspense."--The Washington Post 

 "The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is an adventure epic with the deeper resonance of myth. . . . Tinti exhibits an aptitude for shining a piercing light into the corners of her characters' hearts and minds."-- O: The Oprah Magazine

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

Written by Scott Freeman and illustrated by Susan Leopold Freeman.  Scott Freeman is a Distinguished Teaching Award-winner at U. of WA versed in biology and international conservation. Susan Leopold Freeman is an artist, involved in restoration on the Olympic Peninsula since 2004.

"A moving account of a beautiful project. We need stories of healing in this tough moment; this is a particularly fine one." --Bill McKibben

When the Freeman family decided to restore a damaged creek in Washington's Olympic Peninsula--to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon-- they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful. 

In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott Freeman artfully blends his family's story with powerful universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. 

Equal parts heartfelt and empowering, this book explores how we can all make a difference one choice at a time. Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it.

The highly anticipated debut collection from Morgan Jerkins, an associate editor at Catapult whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Elle, Rolling Stone, Lenny, and BuzzFeed, among many others.

"A writer to be reckoned with."-Roxane Gay 

A gorgeous and powerful collection from  one of the fiercest critics writing today. Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her personal experiences with incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism. 

Morgan Jerkins has established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn't afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. 

Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, Jerkins shows how black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle.

Whether she's writing about Sailor Moon; Rachel Dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don't "see color"; being a black visitor in Russia; the specter of "the fast-tailed girl" and the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the "Black Girl Magic" movement, Jerkins is personal, inviting, and fearless. A compelling and revelatory work.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

An acclaimed debut novel by Samira Ahmed

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

In this unforgettable debut novel, an Indian-American Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape. 

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There's the proper one her parents expect: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems "suitable." 

And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City--and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she's known from afar since grade school, a boy who's finally falling into her orbit at school. 

There's also the real world, beyond Maya's control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she's known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. 

Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

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

Recommended for ages 12 and up

An action-packed thrill ride!

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy. 

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. The city's elites are being taken out one by one. 

Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum. 

Arkham prisoner Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope. 

Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers, will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson: a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award; and recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Award, the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence, and other awards. 

Recommended for ages 10 to 14

An engrossing historical novel of a young Cuban who volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.

When thirteen-year-old Lora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro's army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Nora has barely been outside of Havana -- why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody's kitchen? 

But Nora is stubborn, and surprisingly, abuela takes her side. 

Shining light on a little-known moment in history, Katherine Paterson traces a young teen's coming-of-age journey from a sheltered life to a singular mission: teaching fellow Cubans of all ages to read and write, while helping with the work of their daily lives and sharing the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding in the hills nearby. 

A New York Times Bestseller from award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

The magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve. 

When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on. 

After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded illusionists. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. 

These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series. 

(Psst: Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic )

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

By Matt Lamothe, author of The Who, The What, and The When and other books.

Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world--Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia. 

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days--and this one world we all share--unites them. 

This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book. 

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Written by Kerri Kokias and illustrated by Teagan White, illustrator of That's Me Loving You.

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn't mean they can't work together to make the perfect snow day. 

When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. 

One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she's all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. 

Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other's footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building. 

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently--until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. 

Written by award-winning Dori Kleber and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, illustrator of more than 90 children's books including Tap Tap Boom Boom.

A creative boy with a passion for origami finds a surprising source of encouragement on his diverse city block. 

When a visiting mother of a classmate turns a plain piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane, Joey's eyes pop. Maybe he can learn origami, too. 

It's going to take practice -- on his homework, the newspaper, the thirty-eight dollars in his mother's purse . . . Enough! -- No more folding!

But how can Joey become an origami master if he's not allowed to practice? Is there anywhere that he can hone the skill that makes him happy -- and maybe even make a new friend while he's at it?


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