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Upcoming Events

Hilarious Middle School Adventure

Sat Mar 3  Wenatchee Public Library  11:00 - noon 
Presentation   FREE!
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.


Mule Girl!

Sat Mar 24   A Book For All Seasons    12:30 to 2:30 PM
Book Signing   FREE!


Mule Girl, set in 1885, is the spirited story of a young girl, mule wrangling, and Death Valley. 

When Jessie finishes 8th grade in 1885 Mojave, CA, her father forbids her to attend high school, requiring her to instead cook and wait tables in the family diner. But Jessie has dreams bigger than supporting her father's excesses of tobacco and spirits. To Jessie, being a stowaway in a borax wagon headed for Death Valley sounds like an opportunity and an adventure.


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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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  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.



What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

An Oprah's Book Club Selection and Indie Next Pick by award-winning, NYT bestselling Tayari Jones, winner of the Lillian Smith, Hurston Wright, and other awards; author of Silver Sparrow and other works. 

"Haunting . . . Beautifully written." --The New York Times Book Review 

"Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable." --USA Today

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.

Through a long forced separation, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As time passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that had been her center. Then Roy suddenly returns, ready to resume their life together. 

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. 

An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward--with hope and pain--into the future. 

Listen to the NPR review here.

The debut novel from award-winning writer and artist Akwaeke Emezi.

Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. 

But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born "with one foot on the other side," she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters--now protective, now hedonistic--move into control. 

Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author's realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

Listen to the NPR interview here.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

By Fredrik Backman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove.

An instant New York Times bestseller about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. 

People say the tiny community of Beartown is finished. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago And now the junior ice hockey team has a shot at winning the national semi-finals. All the dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. 

The hopes of an entire town are a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. 

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world. 

"...this is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction."  -- Kirkus Reviews

Soon to be a major motion picture, another #1 NYT bestseller, from Jodi Picoult, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including Sing You Home and My Sister's Keeper.

With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult. 

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. 

The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? The aftermath sparks a courtroom drama. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and her white public defender must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others--and themselves--might be wrong. 

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion--and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game. 

"Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice."--The Washington Post 

"A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end... maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down."--San Francisco Book Review 

"A gripping courtroom drama . . . quite prescient and worthwhile. . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out."--Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

Award-winning author, Fulbright fellow, and former border patrol agent Francisco Cantu, recipient of a Whiting and Pushcart, debuts his instant New York Times bestseller and Indie Next Pick.

“Cantu personalizes the U.S.-Mexican border and all of its complexity in a way I've never seen. His writing is beautiful, with haunting and detailed descriptions of the desert, the immigrants, the cartels, and his own fears about violence and identity confusion. The criminalization of searching for a better life and the dehumanization of the process is looked at from several angles, and his journalistic approach does not make judgments, but clearly tells the facts. A great new writer to follow.” — Pat Marsello, Bookworks

Border Patrol Agent Cantu and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantu tries not to think where the stories go from there. 

Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. When an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantu discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. 

Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River goes behind the headlines, making urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.

A New York Times Editor's Choice and Indie Next Pick by Terese Marie Mailhot.

“In a time of memoirs that help a reader understand vulnerability and the experience of facing down fear, Terese Marie Mailhot's cathartic, moving Heart Berries is one of the bravest and most fearless of such books. Her coming-of-age on a First Nation reservation, Seabird Island in Canada, is particular to that vividly evoked place, but also carries larger, universal lessons for the human spirit and its survival. A necessary book.” — Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Books

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. 

Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world. 

"astounding... towering... accomplished... exquisite... brilliance both raw and refined." --Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

Another NYT bestseller from Marissa Meyer, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, Heartless, and more. 

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 

A high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, betrayal, secret identities, and extraordinary powers.  

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies--humans with extraordinary abilities--who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. 

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice--and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

By award-winning, NYT bestselling Nikki Grimes, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and four Coretta Scott King Honors, and author of over fifty books including Bronx Masquerade and The Road to Paris.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Returning to the world of Bronx Masquerade, Between the Lines shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings, and connect us with ourselves and others. 

Darrian dreams of writing for the New York Times. To hone his skills and learn more about the power of words, he enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam. Everyone in class has something important to say, and in sharing their poetry, they learn that they all face challenges and have a story to tell--whether it's about health problems, aging out of foster care, being bullied for religious beliefs, or having to take on too much responsibility because of an addicted parent. 

As Darrian and his classmates get to know one another through poetry, they bond over the shared experiences and truth that emerge from their writing, despite their private struggles and outward differences.

“Told in nine voices and interspersed with poetry, Grimes stuns in this companion novel to The Bronx Masquerade…. Grimes excels at making the students multidimensional and complex. This diverse cast’s strong inner conflict will enhance any bookshelf.” -- Booklist

ABFAS Recommends: Non-Fiction for Mid-grade & YA

By award-winning Winifred Conkling, winner of the CCBC, Tomas Rivera, Americas, and Jane Addams awards, and author of numerous YA nonfiction books including Sylvia and Aki and Radioactive!

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of an almost eighty-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in American history marched, protested, and sometimes broke the law to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights. 

In this expansive yet personal volume, author Winifred Conkling covers not only the suffragists' achievements and politics but also the private journeys that fueled their passion and led them to become women's champions. From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention; to Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for president; to Sojourner Truth and her famous speech, "Ain't I a Woman?"; to Alice Paul, who was arrested and force-fed in prison, Conkling combines thorough research with page-turning storytelling to bring the battle for the right to vote to vivid life. 

Votes for Women also explores the movement's often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the temperance and abolition movements, and takes an unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in the fight for the women's vote.

By award-winning Sara Saedi, author of Never Ever, born in Tehran smack-dab in the middle of a war and an Islamic Revolution. Saedi won a Daytime Emmy for "What If..." and has penned movies and pilots for ABC Family, Disney, and more. She currently writes for the hit CW show iZombie.  

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

The hilarious, poignant, and true story of one teens's experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East. 

At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. 

Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. Americanized follows Sara's progress toward getting her green card, but that's only a portion of her experiences as an Iranian-"American" teenager. 

From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country at any time to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one of her friends without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear. 

"Very funny but never flippant, Saedi mixes '90s pop culture references, adolescent angst and Iranian history into an intimate, informative narrative that thoroughly defies current divisive view on immigration."--The New York Times 

"With gumption, Saedi draws from her American-ness and Iranian-ness for a successful depiction of immigrant life in the U.S.: a must-read."--Kirkus, starred review 

" [Saedi's] encouraging advice for undocumented immigrants is invaluable, honest, and heartfelt. This irresistible and timely memoir is hard to put down."--Booklist, starred review 

" [Saedi's] chatty and comic voice offers surprisingly effective irony in the exploration of her life as an undocumented kid. This is an encounter with a family that many readers will understand and others will long to be a part of, and it may inspire them to reconsider and chronicle their own family tales."--The Bulletin, starred review

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

By award-winning local author Dan Gemeinhart, author of New York Times Editors' Choice and Indie Next pick The Honest Truth; of Some Kind of Courage, and more.

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Brodie was a good dog. And good dogs go to heaven. 

Except Brodie can't move on. Not just yet. 

As wonderful as his glimpse of the afterlife is, he can't forget the boy he left behind. The boy he loved, and who loved him in return. The boy who's still in danger. 

So Brodie breaks the rules of heaven. He returns to Earth as a spirit. With the help of two other lost souls -- lovable pitbull Tuck and surly housecat Patsy -- he is determined to find his boy and to save him. 

Even if it costs him paradise. 
Even if he loses his eternal soul. 
Because it's what a good dog would do.

By award-winning Ronald L. Smith, recipient of a Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award, author of Hoodoo and The Mesmerist.

Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger.This is his destiny. But right now, he's simply T'Challa-the young prince.

Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation... until T'Challa's father makes a startling announcement: he's sending T'Challa and his best friend M'Baku to school in America.This is no prestigious private academy, but a South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. 

Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring in case of emergency, T'Challa realizes he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini Jones, a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.

When strange things begin happening around school, T'Challa sets out to uncover the source. In order to protect his friends and stop an ancient evil, T'Challa must take on the mantle of a hero, setting him on the path to becoming the Black Panther.

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written and illustrated by WA state artist and educator Corinna Luyken.

Lyuken's memorable, positive, encouraging picture book debut celebrates the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration 

As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. 

Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest "mistakes" can be the source of the brightest ideas--and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.

"...striking...Twists and turns of the changing compositions will provoke delight... Careful looking will be rewarded with surprising, often funny details in the art... It would be a grave mistake not to pick up this picture book." -- Kirkus starred review

Written by Sibert Medal winner Sally M. Walker, author of Winnie, Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, and many more. Illustrated by William Grill, winner of a Kate Greenaway Medal and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year; illustrator of The Wolves of Currumpaw, Shackleton's Journey, and more.

Rocks, fossils, earthquakes. 
Seventeen short syllables? 
Earth Science haiku.

In a stunning combination of haiku and impressionistic (but accurate) art, this one-of-a-kind book encourages readers to think playfully about our planet and its wondrous processes. 

Sibert Medal-winning author Sally M. Walker covers Earth's many marvels -- fossilized skeletons of plants and animals, terrific volcanic eruptions, the never-ending hydrologic cycle -- in fun, accessible three-line haikus. 

Expertly drawn art by William Grill, author-illustrator of Shackleton's Journey, provides a visual reference for each poem.  A unique, artistic intersection of poetry and science.


What a Wonderful World


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