Author Archives: Linda Johns

About Linda Johns

I'm a librarian at The Seattle Public Library and a coordinator for the Washington Center for the Book. I'm passionate about promoting reading and writing, and I'm passionate about Washington state.

Book Bingo for grown ups!

Book Bingo for grown ups!

Do you ever reminisce about your summer reading days when you were a kid? Maybe trips to the library to load up on books were a regular part of your weekly (or daily) routine? And maybe you loved tracking what you read and seeing the titles stack up? Well, here’s a chance to relive the glory of summer reading by…

‘A Ticket to the Pennant’ selected for 2018 National Book Festival’s 52 Great Reads

‘A Ticket to the Pennant’ selected for 2018 National Book Festival’s 52 Great Reads

Each year a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book during the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. We are delighted to announce the Washington Center for the Book’s 2018 selection to represent Washington state: A…

Books by Washington authors: April 2018

Books by Washington authors: April 2018

Here are just a few of the amazing books published in April by Washington state authors. BOOKS FOR ADULTS Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison – FICTION Mike Muñoz is a young Mexican American not too many years out of high school–and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew. Though he tries time and…

Poetic Change: Washington’s Poet Laureate

Poetic Change: Washington’s Poet Laureate

Come help us celebrate the two-year odyssey of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, and the appointment of new poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna. The 2018 Passing of the Laurel, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, will feature readings by Marshall, Castro Luna, and other Pacific Northwest poets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and…

National Reading Day: Celebrate with two new picture books from WA authors

National Reading Day: Celebrate with two new picture books from WA authors

New picture books in January 2018, just in time for National Reading Day,  an event celebrated in thousands of schools to help Pre-K through Third Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need  to become lifelong learners. We’re thrilled to spotlight these two delightful books by Washington state authors: Snow Sisters! written by Kerri Kokias, illustrated by Teagan White Two sisters enjoy a…

Sherman Alexie’s memoir finalist for Carnegie Medal

Sherman Alexie’s memoir finalist for Carnegie Medal

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Washington author Sherman Alexie is one of six finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction and Nonfiction, an annual award sponsored by the American Library Association. In You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Alexie presents a courageous, enlightening, anguished, and funny memoir told in prose and poetry that…

Five Washington authors on Top 100 Kids’ Books of 2017 list

Five Washington authors on Top 100 Kids’ Books of 2017 list

New York Public Library’s Top 100 Children’s Titles for Reading and Sharing is a fabulous resource each year. Making it even better this year: Washington authors Asia Citro, Dam Gemeinhart, Laura Kvasnosky, Corinna Luyken, and Curtis Manley! Picture Books Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura Kvasnosky Little Wolf can’t help but follow the wild rhythm in his heart in this…