You have to read Mary Ann Gwinn's final column in her role as the Seattle Times books editor. It's a grand and generous tour of the last 34 years in Seattle literary history. I'm not going to pull a single quote here, because you should read the whole thing. (Full disclosure: I choked up a little at the shoutout to the Seattle Review of Books.)

But before we get too somber, let's note that Gwinn is not disappearing: she will contribute columns to the Times, she's writing about books for other outlets, and she'll continue to co-host Well Read on KCTS. But a three-and-a-half decade long career as a book reviewer is a remarkable achievement, and it deserves our recognition.

Thanks for everything, Mary Ann. Here's to many more years of talking about books.