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Seattle Is Getting A Poetic New Post

Jun 9, 2015

Marcie Sillman speaks with Elizabeth Austen, Washington state poet laureate, about a new poetry post in Seattle. The city will name a civic poet for Seattle by early August.

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum will be housed at the downtown YMCA building, just a block away from the central library.
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David Hyde asks Crosscut editor-at-large David Brewster why he plans to bring a subscription library called Folio: The Athenaeum to Seattle. 

John Steinbeck’s classic "Of Mice and Men" will remain on the classroom reading list for freshmen in a north Idaho school district.

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Marcie Sillman chats with book maven Nancy Pearl about a book she recommends for teen readers anticipating summer vacation: "Kissing in America" by Margo Rabb.

Terrance Hayes won the National Book Award for Poetry for his volume “Lighthead” and in 2014 won a "genius grant" from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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Seattle Arts & Lectures finished its most recent poetry series with a visit from multiple award-winning poet Terrance Hayes.

Fellow poet Cornelius Eady said of Hayes' work: “First you’ll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you’ll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world.” 

Publishing's big week is almost over. The industry's annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors.

Michelle Cooper's "A Brief History of Montmaray."

Marcie Sillman talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about "a perfect meld" of history and fiction just in time for summer: "A Brief History of Montmaray," by Michelle Cooper. Pearl likens the book to Dodie Smith's "I Capture the Castle."

Brigid Schulte discusses her book "Overwhelmed" at an event in 2014.
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Americans are famously industrious. The chart of our productivity growth per hour worked from 1948 to 2011 shows a rise of over 250 percent. It’s the classic ‘up and up and where it stops, nobody knows’ graph.

But the fact is, while Americans work longer hours than workers in most other countries, we’re actually less productive than you might think. According to a number of studies, working more than 40 hours a week just makes us less productive. So what would happen if we worked less?

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle-area author Bev Harris about finding out that her 2004 book, "Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century," was among those listed in a declassified government document called "Bin Laden's Bookshelf."

Marcie Sillman talks to Nancy Pearl about a new planned trilogy that promises the same thrills and devotion as "Harry Potter." Pearl gives the first book in Edward Carey's series, "Heap House," two thumbs up. 

Ross Reynolds talks to Porter Erisman, a former vice president at Alibaba -- the biggest e-commerce site on the Web -- about his new book, "Alibaba's World: How A Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business."

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Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading recommendation from book maven Nancy Pearl, who has chosen "Not This Bear," by Bernice Myers for young readers and "Mr. Pudgins," by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen for ages six to nine. Pearl says both books are laugh-out-loud funny, a perfect trait for a summer book.

Mary Louise Kelly at a talk for her book, "Anonymous Sources," in 2013 hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Kim Malcolm talks to Mary Louise Kelly, a former NPR reporter turned novelist, about her work and the moment she decided to leave her job as a reporter. 

At the 1936 Olympic Games, the University of Washington eight-oar boat crossed the finish line ahead of Italy. They were featured in The Boys in the Boat by Seattle-area author Daniel James Brown.
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We’re always looking for good book recommendations, which is why you often hear librarian Nancy Pearl on KUOW. That's why, ahead of summer reading season, we found out the most-checked-out and downloaded titles in 2014 from the Seattle Public Library.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Edible Seattle editor Tara Austen Weaver about her new memoir, "Orchard House." 

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