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From the rocky coast of 1960's Italy to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, a dazzling story of flawed yet fascinating people clinging to improbable dreams.  "A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling," says NYT Book Review.   

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When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you're not here, I can't go to sleep. 
Praise God for those two insomnias!  
And the difference between them.
          ― Rumi

February is the Month of Love

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find 
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
          ― Rumi

Create a life that reflects your dreams. 
Live a life that defines your purpose. 
           ― Stephanie Ackerman

Thank you, dear book-loving community,
 for keeping your local indie bookstore strong and healthy! 
We're here for the same reason you are -- 
we love authors, we love readers, and we love books.

Scroll down to our book recommendations to learn more 
about this beautiful heart from Zen Doodle.

Twenty-Two Book-Loving Years!

2014 marks A Book For All Seasons' twenty-second year serving this community -- please join us in celebration at our  March first Anniversary Party and Book Buzz

2014 will be another "event-full" year, connecting authors with readers--at schools, libraries, the bookstore, wineries, Barn Beach Reserve and more. We have dozens of events coming your way! To keep up to date, you can view events in a calendar view or narrative view on our website.

Why we dance.

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” ― Rumi

Upcoming Events

Redefine Happiness with Roland Coleman 

Book-Signing Thurs,  Feb 6, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Presentation/signing Feb 6 at 7 PM at Wenatchee Library


Three glasses: one filled to overflowing, one half full and one with just a thimble full of water in the bottom. In terms of happiness, which one are we supposed to be? 

Discover for yourself what will happen when you seek to give away what you thought you had the very least of, and join the ranks of those who have Certified So.

Roland Coleman and his wife Karen live in the Pacific Northwest. They have worked with young people for over thirty years, and embrace the challenge of making the Bible come alive for others.

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Think Locals First! Fifteen Local Authors at Pybus Market.

Saturday,  Feb 8, 11 AM to 1 PM
Pybus Market, Wenatchee

A feast of fiction, fantasy, frivolity and fact! Fifteen fabulous local authors, including Kay Kenyon, Derek Sheffield, Patricia Clark, Bill Layman, and Robert Wells, share their stories at Pybus Market. Sample sci fi, fantasy, poetry, history, geography, young adult adventure, young adult science, picture books, and more. Live local, learn local!

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WHS Journalism Fund-raiser with Kay Kenyon

Thursday,  Feb 13 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Pybus Market, Wenatchee

Join us at the Pybus Public Market for an evening of sweet treats. 


Local author Kay Kenyon shares her latest release, A Thousand Perfect Things.

The evening is a fundraiser for Wenatchee High School Journalism Department. Admission free. Donations gratefully accepted, refreshments offered. 

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Pilgrimage Through Loss: author Linda Hunt

Thursday,  Feb 20 at 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library
Friday, Feb 21 at 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library
Saturday, Feb 22, 10:00 AM to noon at A Book For All Seasons



How do we face the death of a child? 

Pilgrimage through Loss tells the story of one family's journey, along with interviews from thirty other mothers and fathers who add their voices to the silences that often surround suffering in our 'mourning-avoidant' culture. 

Pilgrimage through Loss helps grieving parents and also provides an insightful resource for those wanting to understand and come alongside a family in grief. Pilgrimage through Loss is for those wishing to focus on the lifelong journey, and pathways to healing.

The author’s 25-year-old daughter, Krista, was killed in 1998 while volunteering in Bolivia. "It is a long journey," says Linda Hunt. But healing is possible.


Gregory Nokes, Breaking Chains

Thursday,  Feb 27 at 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library
Friday, Feb 28 at 7:00 PM at D'Vinery in Leavenworth

Award-winning author, historian, and journalist Greg Nokes returns with Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, selected as a Top Ten book in the Pacific Northwest for 2013. 


Nokes' latest nuanced and thought-provoking history examines the landmark case where a freed slave, battling for his children, brought his ex-master to trial. “This is the way history should be written,” says author Jane Kirkpatrick. 

Join Nokes for an informative slide show and engaging stories of the many illegally enslaved people in the “free” Oregon territory. 

Greg Nokes is also the author of Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. A journalist for 43 years who has travelled to over 50 countries, Nokes is a native of Oregon.

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TGIF: Karen Spears Zacharias

Friday,  Feb 28 at 7 PM
Leavenworth Library

A staff favorite, Mother of Rain takes us to 1940s Appalachia with an unforgettable story of hardscrabble life in the mountains of East Tennessee–a world filled with the mystery of the “old ways,” where loss and tragedy are as commonplace as rain. 


In simple prose, this haunting debut preserves the lives, voices, and places Zacharias knew from summers spent with her aunt and grandmother in Christian Bend, Hawkins County, Tennessee. 

Karen Spears Zacharias teaches journalism at Central Washington University. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, CNN and National Public Radio. Mother of Rain is her sixth book and her first novel. 


Saturday,  Mar 1 at 1-3 PM
A Book For All Seasons

Please join us to celebrate 22 YEARS 
as your local indie book-seller.

Thank you for supporting your local indie, so we can support authors, serve you, and help connect authors and readers.

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Naturally, we're celebrating with great food and fabulous authors! Award-winning Carol Cassella offers an early release of her brand-new novel Gemini. Gregory Nokes' latest history, Breaking Chains was just chosen as a PNW Top Ten Book. Karen Spears Zacharias shares her sixth book, but first novel, journeying back to her Appalachian roots with Mother of Rain. And Kevin Kurtz's Leavenworth Visitor's Guide takes you back-country as only a local can.

Thank you for a wonderful 22 years!

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Friday Mar 7 at 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library
Saturday Mar 8, 1:00 - 3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Pastor Larry Morris, Paul Palumbo, and Dave Ellingson
Share Faith, Stories and Poems-- and Dave's 2.300 mile kayak

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Humble and humorous, Chelan Lutheran Pastor Paul Palumbo shares with us the whole of a pastor’s journey, in In Defense of the Pastor: and other tales of disaster. He shares the reasons he loves being a pastor as well as the moments he has ached to leave it behind. Paul confesses moments of weakness and shame… and the ultimate triumphs of grace. 

Kirkland Pastor Larry Morris's Among Us: stories of worship and faith opens windows and shows details often missed. Looking for what makes God laugh, opening his eyes to God’s presence, Morris sees and rejoices in joy, hope, love, and play. 

Lutheran Pastor Dave Ellingson's Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Spirit and Learning Kayaking the Mississippi River, recounts his 2,300-mile kayak journey. “It had been on my bucket-list since I was a boy and read Huck Finn,” says college professor and pastor Ellingson, who paddled the entire Mississippi River in his kayak during the summer of 2012. “What began as an adventure led to learning and ultimately to spiritual pilgrimage!” says the Edmonds resident.

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Weds Mar 12 at 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library

Just out in paper: Songs of Willow Frost: the much-anticipated second novel by Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. 

“Ford weaves another rich tapestry of history and family drama in this cliff-hanging tale of an abandoned boy and the Chinese American singer he is convinced is his missing mother. Hope and fate, laughs and tears: Songs of Willow Frost has it all,” says author Ivan Doig.


Julia Cameron at Snowy Owl Theater
Fri Mar 14 from 7-9 PM 
$25 General Admission, $15 students/seniors

The Artist’s Way movement began more than two decades ago as author Julia Cameron shared her ideas with a few friends in her living room. Today, The Artist’s Way has helped millions of people around the world discover–and recover– their creativity. 

Julia Cameron, an active artist for more than thirty years, is the author of thirty-seven books, including her bestselling The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World and Finding Water. Her work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.


Saturday Mar 15 from 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

The latest release from Trent Reedy is a provocative and compelling journey into the near future. In Divided We Fall, the first in Reedy’s new trilogy, a small town boy gets caught up in a big national story--a power struggle pitting the federal government against states rights. 

With political questions that are popular in American culture and an action-packed plot that’s frighteningly plausible, Divided We Fall examines the fallout from today’s headlines becoming tomorrow’s nightmare. 

Trent Reedy returned from serving in Afghanistan with a new sense of urgency to the stories he had to tell. His debut, Words in the Dust, the story of a twelve-year-old Afghani girl, won numerous awards including Golden Kite Honor Award, Parent’s Choice, and the Christopher Award.  Trent and his wife now live in Washington State.


Saturday Mar 22 at 7:30 PM at Snowy Owl Theater
$25 General Admission, $15 Student

Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will visit Leavenworth in March, appearing at the Snowy Owl Theater. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up in Wellpinit, Washington on the Spokane Indian Reservation. 

Alexie has published 24 books including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, now a 20th Anniversary edition. 

Alexie’s awards include the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Alexie’s movie Smoke Signals won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

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Sat Mar 29, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

"By turns gripping and revelatory... Amy Hatvany pulls no punches; her characters grapple with life's big moments—marriage, parenthood, death—but she renders each of them with compassion and understanding, " says Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Murderer's Daughters 

In Amy’s latest release, Safe with Me, the screech of tires brings Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose fifteen-year-old daughter, Maddie, survived only because Hannah’s daughter died. 

Safe with Me is Amy’s sixth novel. She lives in Seattle with her husband and children.

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ABFAS Recommends: For Valentines

Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair

By Pablo Neruda
Trans: W. S. Merwin
Illustrated: Pablo Picasso

FC9780142437704First published in 1924, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada remains among Pablo Neruda’s most popular work. Daringly metaphorical and sensuous, this collection juxtaposes youthful passion with the desolation of grief. Drawn from the poet’s most intimate and personal associations, the poems combine eroticism and the natural world with the influence of expressionism and the genius of a master poet. 

This edition features masterly English translations by award-winning poet W. S. Merwin on facing pages, and twelve sketches by Pablo Picasso.

Say it with Doodles!   Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles

By Tonia Jenny and Amy Jones

FC9781440332104Doodle your way to delight.

In Zen Doodle: Tons of Tangles, you'll find gorgeous images of the best doodle art from around the world. Thousands of tangle patterns and doodle designs to inspire you to doodle anything and everything. 

Create a mythical, doodled beast or abstract work of art. Draw an inspirational tangled card for a friend or add doodled intrigue to your art journal with patterned shapes. 
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Inside you'll find: More than 100 pieces of Zen doodled art from 42 artists; step-by-step instruction to help you begin your own Zen doodles; and four chapters of doodle inspiration: Abstracts, Shapes & Objects, Animals & Beasts, and Friendship & Love.

Learn how to make the zen-doodled heart at the top of this newsletter in three simple steps!

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In Honor of Julia Cameron's Visit and For Writers Everywhere

By Julia Cameron

FC9781585429288The Artist's Way Starter Kit includes Cameron's two most important Artist's Way tools-The Artist's Way and The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal-bound together. 

Let this attractive package inspire you to plunge into this life-changing twelve-week program.

The Artist’s Way, an international bestseller, is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

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Writer's Devotional

By Amy Peters

FC9781402781834Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, screenplays or poetry, or simply trying to keep a more compelling journal or blog, this invaluable volume will get your creative juices flowing. 

Beautifully designed with a cloth-bound cover and ribbon place marker, it's filled with 365 inspiring quotations and informative tutorials to help you develop your unique voice. 

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ABFAS Recommends: A Recent Release

By Pat Conroy

In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, find  common ground and healing at  last. 

Of the man who physically abused his mother, his siblings, and himself, Pat once said, “I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for ‘hate.’” 

Pat’s exploration of his family history brought him great success as a writer, but caused a bitter rift with his father. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. 

The Death of Santini is a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the hardest of men, lending significance to an oft-quoted line from The Prince of Tides: “In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.”

ABFAS Recommends: More Great Non-Fiction

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

By Charles Krauthammer

From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings. 

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades daz­zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. Now the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume. 

This indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition

By Benjamin Kilham

In Out on a Limb, Ben Kilham invites us into the world he has come to know best: the world of black bears. 

For decades, Kilham has studied wild black bears. Kilham's observations reveal the extraordinary interactions wild bears have with each other. They form friendships and alliances; abide by a code of conduct that keeps their world orderly; and when their own food supplies are ample, they even help out other bears in need. Could these cooperative behaviors, he asks, mimic behavior that existed in the animal that became human? In watching bears, do we see our earliest forms of communications unfold? 

Kilham's dyslexia once barred him from getting an advanced academic degree. After being shunned by the traditional scientific community, though, Kilham's unique findings now interest bear researchers worldwide. 

Kilham and his work have been featured in five internationally televised documentaries. In addition to being on over forty nationally broadcast radio shows including National Public Radio, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, The David Letterman Show, and more.

ABFAS Recommends: For Children

Bits & Pieces

By Judy Schachner

FC9780803737884New York Times bestseller and fan favorite Judy Schachner presents a warmly affectionate portrait of a family’s devotion to their beloved cat. 

Tink has everything he ever wanted – delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out – and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night. 

A loving family story from the superlative storyteller and creator of Skippyjon Jones.

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The Abominables

By Eva Ibbotson and Fiona Robinson
FC9781419707896The Abominables is vintage Ibbotson, with unforgettable characters and thoughtful messages about the environment.

Literary great Eva Ibbotson delivers a final novel in her classic, much-loved style. This previously unpublished work follows a family of yetis who are forced by tourism to leave their home in the Himalayas in search of a new home. 

Through a mountain rescue in the Alps and a bullfight in Spain, the yetis at last find their way to an ancestral estate--only to be set upon by voracious hunters who have set their sights on the most exotic prey of all: the Abominable Snowmen. 

Briskly funny and full of incident, a generous last gift to Ibbotson's many devoted fans.

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ABFAS Recommends Fresh New Young Adult


By Sara B. Larson

FC9780545597586A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance. 

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory. 

Alex realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. When her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. 

With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

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The Impossible Knife of Memory

By Laurie Halse Anderson

NEW from the acclaimed author of Chains, Speak, Wintergirls and other celebrated works:

FC9780670012091 For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. 

But now  perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. 

Will being back home help her father's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? 

The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down. 


"With powerful themes of loyalty and forgiveness, this tightly woven story is a forthright examination of the realities of war and its aftermath on soldiers and their families. One of Anderson’s strongest and most relevant works to date.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"Anderson's novels . . . speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore." —New York Times 

“The Impossible Knife of Memory isn’t always an easy read-Anderson’s gritty, authentic look at PTSD is by turns painful and heartbreaking-but it’s an important one." —Entertainment Weekly

ABFAS Jackie says: "I loved Chains and Forge and can't wait to read this new Laurie Halse Anderson!"

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Good Tidings and Cheer For Pat's Birthday!

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Birthday Love from Pat to you:

On February 10th, come in and wish Pat a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and receive a 
20% discount 
on any book of your choice.
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