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June 22  Leavenworth Library  6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!


Enjoy a fun and lively discussion as Kay Kenyon, author of the Dark Talents series, moderates a discussion with Bill Johnson, a playwright and presenter on writing craft, and award-winning Gamelit / Fantasy author Anthea Sharp.

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All July Long!
In 25 Great Local Leavenworth Establishments
Scavenger Hunt and Grand Prize Drawing: FREE!


Where’s Waldo? In Leavenworth of course! 

You can find the iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs in twenty-five local haunts throughout July. Kids (and the young at heart) will enjoy hunting for Waldo, Wenda, and Woof-- with the chance to win an eight-volume set of Waldo books! 

Come in to A Book For All Seasons in July to pick up your passport. Get it stamped everywhere you find Waldo, and bring it to the bookstore to enter our grand-prize drawing!

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Wed Jul 11   Pybus Market   6:00-8:00 PM
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Shaun Koos presents Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague, a personal account of the Serbian-Bosnian conflict as experienced by Gaši and told by Shaun Koos. 

In 1992, Isak Gasi was a world-class athlete, living a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter. He never dreamed he would soon witness war crimes, be imprisoned and scheduled for execution, and eventually become a lead prosecution witness at the International Criminal Trials for the Former Yugoslavia, coming face to face with Serbian President Slobodan MiloSevic.


George & Lizzie

Sat Jul 14   A Book For All Seasons 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. 

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. 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 over a decade together.


Wine and Words

Sat Jul 21  A Book For All Seasons 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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Sun Jul 22   Eagle Creek Winery 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Lively Tales and Lovely Libations


For 15 years, Roger and his wife Sandy lived off the grid in Icicle Canyon outside of Leavenworth. Roger's Life Lesson books contain fascinating tales that will keep you on the edge of your chair. Humor, winning honesty, and spiritual application make each story not only entertaining and gripping, but also life-affirming and motivational.

"Roger's stories transport me into a life of faith that is genuine and authentic." - Ed McDowell

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What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: For Grads and Dads!

By Carl Hiaasen, best-selling author of fourteen adult novels, including Bad Monkey and Razor Girl, and five children's books, including Hoot and Skink.  Illustrated by cartoonist Roz Chast, author of the #1 New York Times best seller Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and a finalist for the National Book Award.

FC9780525655015The ultimate hilarious, cynical, and absolutely realistic view of a graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it. 

"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning." So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future.

This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen/Chast way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.

We Have Autographed Copies!

By artist, writer, and naturalist David Allen Sibley, creator of the New York Times bestselling Sibley Guide to Birds series. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Linnaean Society's Eisenmann Medal.

FC9781524711078A portable, deluxe adult coloring book -- the perfect gift for birders everywhere, to use at your windowsill or in the field. 

Including 75 original and previously unpublished images by David Sibley, the best-known name in North American birding today. 

The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist, picturing--with the lifelike precision that is a hallmark of David Sibley's work--75 images of spectacular birds in flight and at rest. 

No detail has been spared to make this a deluxe edition: from the heavy-duty and flexible cover design that allows for portability, for landscape and portrait line drawings--and makes it easy for right- or left-hand preference--to the heavy paper and the colored pages for reference. 

- Printed in a unique hardbound format that accommodates both the landscape and portrait line drawings throughout, as well as the creativity of its user. 
- Flip-back cover encourages on-the-go artistry, as well as providing a strong surface for colorists. 
- Deluxe heavy paper throughout provides an optimal surface for coloring in all mediums.
 - Reproductions of David Sibley's original full-color paintings are included on the book's inside cover to assist the colorist as a reference. 
- 12 anatomical drawings of the structure and component parts of the birds' bodies are featured to inform the colorist with a better comprehension of bird anatomy.
- The perfect gift for all birders and coloring book enthusiasts.

ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By Charles Frazier, winner of the National Book Award for Cold Mountain; he is also the author of Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.

"After Cold Mountain, I never thought I wanted to write about the Civil War again," says Charles Frazier. "But as the past three or four years have shown, it's not done with us — as a country, as a culture."

“In the elegant and compelling prose that made Cold Mountain an award-winning bestseller... this novel forced me to look at my own actions and attitudes with a more critical eye.” — Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, 

Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on? 

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. 

Her prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions. 

The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives with “bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit.” 

Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman’s tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.

By award-winning Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, and other acclaimed fiction, memoir and poetry. Ondaatje, born in Sri Lanka, is the recipient of the Booker Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller prize, the Prix Médicis and more. 

FC9780525521198With his usual virtuosity, master storyteller Michael Ondaatje delivers a mysterious, shimmering new coming-of-age novel, of two teenagers, abandoned in post-war London to the care of a dodgy cast of characters - petty criminals, opera singers, and panting greyhounds.

A mesmerizing new novel set in the decade after World War II. In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. 

In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. 

But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? 

A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

From Gabrielle Zevin, the bestselling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, comes another story with unforgettable characters that is particularly suited to the times we live in now.

"Sly, exhilarating... hilarious." --People (Book of the Week) 

This is the story of five women . . . 

Meet Rachel Grossman. She'll stop at nothing to protect her daughter, Aviva, even if it ends up costing her everything. 

Meet Jane Young. She's disrupting a quiet life with her daughter, Ruby, to seek political office for the first time. 

Meet Ruby Young. She thinks her mom has a secret. She's right. 

Meet Embeth Levin. She's made a career of cleaning up her congressman husband's messes. 

Meet Aviva Grossman. The Internet won't let her or anyone else forget her past transgressions. 

This is the story of five women . . . . . . and the sex scandal that binds them together. 

A National bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize from award-winning Sean Greer, author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli and other fiction. Greer has received numerous other awards including the California Book Award, Young Lions Award, and O Henry Award. Less was named a New York Times Notable Book, Washington Post Top Ten Book, San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Lambda Award.

"I could not love LESS more."-- Washington Post 

" bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful... arresting lyricism and beauty"-- New York Times Book Review 

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. 

QUESTION How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong? 

Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. 

Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. 

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story. 

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

A major literary event: a newly published work from Zora Neale Hurston, the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century American literature. With a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning Alice Walker.

This work went unpublished during Hurston's lifetime, because she would not back down from preserving the authentic voice of its speaker-- one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade.

When Hurston interviewed 86-yr-old Cudjo Lewis in the African-centric community he and other former slaves founded, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history.

Hurston recorded Cudjo's firsthand account of being abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. 


“Short enough to be read in a single sitting, this book is one of those gorgeous, much too fleeting things...Brimming with observational detail from a man whose life spanned continents and eras, the story is at times devastating, but Hurston’s success in bringing it to light is a marvel.” 

“A man who lived across one century and two continents, Kossola’s life was marked, repeatedly and relentlessly, by loss: of his homeland, of his humanity, of his given names, of his family. For decades, his full story, from his perspective and in his voice, was also lost, but with the publication of Barracoon, it is rightfully restored.”

From #1 New York Times bestselling David Sedaris, winner of the Thurber Prize and other awards, author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and many other works.

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. 

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. 

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. 

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best. 

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Classic -- New Format, New Introduction

Now with a new introduction by the award-winning author:
A national bestseller, winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and New York Times notable memoir by award-winning poet Luis J. Rodriguez, winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry.

"Extraordinarily haunting and evocative." -- The Washington Post

Always Running is the searing true story of one man's life in a gang--and his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip. 

By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members. Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. 

Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more--until his young son joined a gang. 

Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his own story in Always Running, a vivid memoir that explores the motivations of gang life. At times heartbreaking, Always Running is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.

"Rodriguez's account of his coming of age is vivid, raw...fierce, and fearless...Here's truth no television set, burning night and day, could ever begin to offer." -- Gary Soto, The New York Times Book Review

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By Illinois Reads Selection author Paula Garner, author of Phantom Limbs.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Why is there a gap in Jules's baby album? A wry and poignant coming-of-age novel about finding the truth in lies, salvaging hope in heartbreak, and making peace with missing pieces. 

Eighteen-year-old Jules has always wished for a close-knit family. She never knew her father, and her ex-addict mother has always seemed more interested in artistic endeavors than in bonding with her only daughter. Jules's life and future look as flat and unchanging as her small Illinois town. 

Then a simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care. 

Reeling from feelings of betrayal and with only the flimsiest of clues, Jules sets out to learn the truth about her past. What she finds is a wonderful family who loved her as their own and hoped to adopt her -- including a now-adult foster brother who is overjoyed to see his sister again. 

But as her feelings for him spiral into a devastating, catastrophic crush -- and the divide between Jules and her mother widens -- Jules finds herself on the brink of losing everything.

By  New York Times bestselling Jesse Andrews,author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. 

Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute—and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning, but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger richer people don’t ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them? 

After being jailed, Warner is freed when a young woman named Kitty makes him her pet project. Kitty's wealthy father offers Warner a chance at success-- but “scaling up” comes with a price. 

In this brash and wildly inventive novel, Andrews effectively uses a gonzo alternate reality to frame urgent issues that include income inequality, rampant consumerism, and class disparity. A brilliant, warm, funny trip, unlike anything else out there.

"Warner may be small, but his giant heart and brutally honest narration propel this intense, cuttingly funny novel." -- Publishers Weekly starred review

"Brilliant, savage, hilarious... riveting" -- Kirkus starred review 

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

Book One in a Series

A New York Times bestseller and Indie Next selection from Newbery Medal-winning Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, the action-packed Animorphs series, and other works.

Recommended for ages 8-12. 

After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. 

So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new allies—both animals and humans alike—who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. 

And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family—one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.

"gripping ... suspenseful, tautly drawn" -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

"...powerful... surprising... lovely prose [in] a wild, fast-paced fantasy... triumphant. Readers will fall in love with Byx and race with her through Nedarra, breathless and eager, thinking deeply all the way." --New York Times Book Review

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades: Now in Paperback!

The Governor of RI recently declared MAY 13th: 
"Save Me A Seat Day."

Winner of over a dozen awards including the Colorado Children’s Book Award and the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. By Sarah Weeks, author of numerous award-winning novels,and debut author Gita Varadarajan. 

Recommended for ages 8-12. 

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. 

Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. 

Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. 

Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written by award-winning children's book author and adventurer Whitney Stewart. Illustrated by award-winning Christiane Engel.

It's a big, tasty world out there--and this book takes kids on a tour through the cuisines of 14 countries, complete with a recipe for each one. 

What's on your plate? Chances are it's not quite the same as what's on other children's plates around the world. 

Come on a journey to see how people in different countries prepare, eat, and think about their food. Beautiful photographs and illustrations capture the food culture of 14 countries, from Brazil and Spain to Morocco, India, and China. 

Each spread includes an overview of the country and its native foods, photographs of the various dishes with pronunciations and descriptions, an easy recipe for kids to try, and an illustrated crop map of the country. With so many fun elements to intrigue them, young foodies will be excited to learn about how people eat across the globe.

"A delectable way to highlight diversity." --Booklist 

"Engel's presentation is lively and welcoming..."--Publishers Weekly

Written by educator and children's author Mariam Gates, who has developed nationally recognized yoga enrichment programs for children. Illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder, author of Yoga Bug and illustrator of numerous bestselling children's picture books.

For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new bedtime routine. 

A playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep. 

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. 

Moving from "Sun Breath" to "Cloud Gathering" to "Ladybug & Butterfly" and more, readers learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being.

Calm and awake, 
"I can do this " 
is all I need to say. 
A deep breath in, 
a long breath out-- 
I am ready for the day.

This "wake up" story is so much more than a story. It's a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day.


What a Wonderful World


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      -- David Sedaris 

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."
      -- Zora Neale Hurston

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