Pacific Northwest Indie Bestsellers

Each week, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association shares a list of the top titles sold in independent bookstores around the region. Curious about what your neighbors are reading now? Here are this week's hardcover fiction and nonfiction bestsellers.   PNW Indie Fiction Bestsellers These are the top-selling hardcover fiction titles at independent bookstores in the…
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April is Poetry Month!

April brings more than May flowers. It also brings poetry (no sunlight required.)  Every April since 1996 the Academy of American Poets has used the month of April to raise the public's awareness of poetry. According to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts, our nation's share of poetry readers contracted by 45% in the decade…
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Poetry for Nature Lovers

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought it would be fun to combine and share two of my favorite things: nature and poetry. First things first, let's just acknowledge that reading poetry can be intimidating. I remember the first time I had to read a poem out loud- it felt like I was trying…
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Shaking Up Shakespeare

Happy birthday, Mr. William Shakespeare! This famous English playwright, poet and dramatist was born around late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His works are so pervasive and historically significant that they have actually changed the English language!   I'm not surprised that such influential writing would move other creators to try some Shakespearean spin-offs. Shake up your Shakespeare with these inspired parodies and adaptations. Enjoy!  Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on your Favorite Songs What happens when Erik Didriksen turns 100 famous pop songs from artists like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift into Shakespearean sonnets? A…
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Pacific Northwest Indie Bestsellers

Each week, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association shares a list of the top titles sold in independent bookstores around the region. Curious about what your neighbors are reading now? Here are this week's hardcover fiction and nonfiction bestsellers.   PNW Indie Fiction Bestsellers These are the top-selling hardcover fiction titles at independent bookstores in the…
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Japanese Soul Cooking

I've always loved Japanese food, but for a long time I was content to leave the cooking to the experts— That is, until I married someone who grew up in Japan. Suddenly I had a lot more motivation to do some at-home cooking, particularly when we struggled to find places that sold certain dishes on the…
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