Dive into our 2021-2022 Season! We can’t wait for you to embark on this adventure with us. Scroll down for an overview of all the selections, including content heads-up so you can choose to experience the book (or not!) with confidence. If we missed something, please send us a message and we’ll look into addressing it as soon as we can.

Seattle Walk Report by Susanna Ryan

Story: Ace doodler Susanna Ryan cleverly catalogs the emerald city, neighborhood by neighborhood, through an offbeat eye and steady pen.
Themes: Home, city and nature, gentrification and change
Heads-up: Ableism

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Story: For Sunny, twelve years old and albino, her arrival in Nigeria from America was shocking enough—until she discovers herself smack in the middle of a world of indescribable magic.
Themes: Self-discovery, friendship, tradition
Heads-up: Killer on the loose, racism (more at Book Trigger Warnings / Trigger Warning database)

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Dune by Frank Herbert

Story: Exiled and left for dead on a desert planet, young Paul embarks on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and uncover the secrets of the spice: its mysterious harvesters, and the frightening creatures that swim the sands beneath it.
Themes: Religion, power, destiny
Heads-up: Colonialism, murder, substance abuse (more at Book Trigger Warnings / Does the Dog Die)

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InkAloud

Story: Get down with the loudest ink in town! Three local authors—co-curation with Town Hall’s Shin Yu Pai—inspire three musicians apiece, a gift of nine new songs in this one-night-only celebration of creativity and collaboration.
Themes: TBA
Heads-up: TBA

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Story: Grieving indie musician Michelle Zauner shares in lyrical prose how the shelves of H Mart hold memories of her Korean mother and the very ingredients of their life together.
Themes: Family, tradition, food, grief
Heads-up: Death from cancer

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Story: When twins Stella and Desiree run away from Mallard, Louisiana—a secluded town of light-skinned Black families—they discover that building a future means confronting the past, no matter how well they hide their secrets.
Themes: Family, identity, forgiveness
Heads-up: Colorism, racialized violence (more at Book Trigger Warnings / Does the Dog Die)

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The works of Beverly Cleary

Story: Celebrate the life, work, and wisdom of beloved children’s author—and Pacific Northwest native!—Beverly Cleary, creator of Beezus and Ramona, Ralph S. Mouse, and many more books of heartwarming honesty and humor.
Themes: Childhood, independence, family
Heads-up: Poverty, class

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Story: Imprisoned on false charges on the eve of his wedding, Edmond Dantès is left with no choice but to escape at all costs, claim a hidden treasure that may or may not be real, and stage one of the most famous revenge stories in literary history.
Themes: Revenge, persistence, self-invention
Heads-up: Prison, murder

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Story: Not quite dead and not quite alive, Nora awakes in a library unlike any other: infinite shelves of books, each detailing a different life she might have led— and only one leading the way out.
Themes: Fate, self-discovery
Heads-up: Drug abuse, cancer, suicide (more at Book Trigger Warnings / Does the Dog Die)

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