Book News Roundup: Join the Circus this Sunday

  • This event came in too late to land in yesterday's readings calendar, but you should still give it your consideration: The Carnival for Sanity is happening at the Hotel Albatross in Ballard on Sunday starting at 2 pm. It benefits a host of progressive causes including Planned Parenthood; Literacy Source, which provides education for low-income adults in Washington; and Emerge Washington, which helps women run for office in Washington State. It's not, strictly, a book-themed event, but there are plenty of literary features including a silent auction for a stack of 18 books signed by local authors and a stack of political books donated by Phinney Books, copies of Peter Bagge's excellent Margaret Sanger biography Woman Rebel for sale, and a "Trump Misspelling Bee." It's just five bucks to get in the door; sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Ballard to me.

  • If you're wondering how the cataloguing of ZAPP's zine archive at Seattle Public Library is going, KNKX just profiled Seattle librarian Abby Bass, who is one of the staffers in charge of the project.

  • Here's a pretty great interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about what gives her hope and what does not give her hope:

    Now, in a world that is not just about that American president being unusual, but also there is this vote shift to the right in Europe and the world just feels very unsteady, I think it is just so important to tell human stories; not necessarily stories about politics. I find myself reading poetry a lot, because it's important for me after reading the news to just remember simple things. The sacrifices that a parent makes for a child; what it means to experience heartbreak. That kind of things. Hope, love.
  • This is the funniest writer-related tweet I've seen in...God, I dunno, years?