books http://kplu.org en Celebrating the Life and Art of Marian McPartland http://kplu.org/post/celebrating-life-and-art-marian-mcpartland <p><i>Update: Marian McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. As a remembrance, we are rerunning thi<font color="#111111" face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" size="3"><span style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">s piece, which first ran in October 2012.&nbsp;</span></font></i></p><p>A new book chronicles the life and illustrious career of jazz piano legend Marian McPartland. She's known for her role as host of Piano Jazz on NPR for more than three decades, but her fans have known little else about Marian McPartland. Until now. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:27:24 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick 6744 at http://kplu.org Celebrating the Life and Art of Marian McPartland East Coast author defending salmon, speaking out against Alaska's Pebble Mine http://kplu.org/post/east-coast-author-defending-salmon-speaking-out-against-alaskas-pebble-mine <p>The future of food is a subject writer Paul Greenberg has explored extensively in his NYTimes bestselling book, called <a href="http://www.fourfish.org/"><em>Four Fish</em></a>. It’s also something that interests him deeply as a lifelong fisherman. He grew up in Connecticut, where he discovered this passion as a youngster.</p><p>KPLU’s Bellamy Pailthorp invited him into our studios for an interview about his last book, as well as a new one he's been researching in the Pacific Northwest. (You can hear the interview by clicking on the "Listen" icon above. )</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:59:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6558 at http://kplu.org East Coast author defending salmon, speaking out against Alaska's Pebble Mine Top 100 Teen Books http://kplu.org/post/top-100-teen-books More than 75,000 ballots were cast in our annual summer reader's survey — <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=157795366" target="_blank">click here to see the full list of 100 books</a>, complete with links and descriptions. Below is a printable list of the top 100 winners. And for even more great reads, check out the complete list of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157111862/young-adult-fiction-finalists" target="_blank">235 finalists</a>.<p>1<em>. Harry Potter</em> (series), by J.K. Rowling<p>2<em>. The Hunger Games</em> (series), by Suzanne Collins<p>3<em>. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 13:20:16 +0000 5909 at http://kplu.org Your Favorites: 100 best-ever teen novels http://kplu.org/post/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels It's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children's/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category.<p>Which is why we were only a little surprised to see the tremendous response that came in for this summer's Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 13:20:02 +0000 5908 at http://kplu.org Your Favorites: 100 best-ever teen novels Novels For The Science-Attuned Brain http://kplu.org/post/novels-science-attuned-brain By the time this post goes up, I'll be vacationing in New Jersey. (No jokes please!) My destinations are Springsteen Country and the beach, or as we say in my home state, The Shore.<p>Novel-reading on the beach is one way I'll relax. During some future fantasy vacation, I'd love to do nothing <em>but</em> read, inhaling a book a day.<p>In case anyone wants to try that out, here are five recommendations for books I've recently enjoyed in my favorite genre: novels that reward a science-attuned brain. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:49:21 +0000 5661 at http://kplu.org Novels For The Science-Attuned Brain Seattle users drive library e-book collections over New York's http://kplu.org/post/seattle-users-drive-library-e-book-collections-over-new-yorks <p>Seattle has always been a city that likes to read. But if the Seattle Public Library&#39;s growing e-book collection and its high usage is any indication, even more people are reading more books. And, we&#39;re also outpacing New York.</p><p>The Seattle Public Library now has just over 100,000 digitized books compared to the New York Public Library which has about 88,000.</p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:30:56 +0000 Erin Hennessey 4779 at http://kplu.org Seattle users drive library e-book collections over New York's 'Miseducation': A cowgirl coming-out story for teens http://kplu.org/post/miseducation-cowgirl-coming-out-story-teens <strong> </strong><p>Reading a coming-out novel, for me, can feel like approaching a lit fuse. I know it's going to explode, but I'm not sure when. Many of them follow a formula: character struggles with homosexual desire in a homophobic world; character falls in tormented, transformative love; character is unceremoniously outed. Boom. In the fallout, things usually get a lot worse before they get better. As a formula, especially within young adult fiction, the story isn't new. But sometimes, a book appears that shows why the formula endures. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:58:10 +0000 Malinda Lo 4074 at http://kplu.org 'Miseducation': A cowgirl coming-out story for teens A little YouTube fun for book lovers http://kplu.org/post/little-youtube-fun-book-lovers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT8</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:40:34 +0000 Jake Ellison 3691 at http://kplu.org New book looks at Hanford’s role in the Atomic Age http://kplu.org/post/new-book-looks-hanford%E2%80%99s-role-atomic-age <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; A new book explores how southeast Washington&#39;s Hanford Nuclear Reservation helped shape the Atomic Age. It&#39;s called &quot;Made in Hanford: The bomb that changed the world.&quot;</p><p>Hill Williams says perhaps the most surprising thing he found through his research was how closely linked his life has been to the development of nuclear weapons.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:17:09 +0000 Anna King 2110 at http://kplu.org New book looks at Hanford’s role in the Atomic Age "Here on Earth" author shares optimism about global warming http://kplu.org/post/here-earth-author-shares-optimism-about-global-warming <p>One of the world&#39;s best-known thinkers about global climate change is Australian writer Tim Flannery. He&#39;s not only a best-selling author, he&#39;s also his country&#39;s first Chief Commissioner for Climate Change.</p><p>His latest book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Here-Earth-Natural-History-Planet/dp/080211976X"><em>Here on Earth: a Natural History of the Planet</em></a>, paints a hopeful picture of the future of human life on earth. He recently <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2014828771_br24flannery.html">gave a talk in Seattle</a>, where he said his message of optimism seemed to have trouble getting through to his audience.</p><p>KPLU&#39;s Bellamy Pailthorp caught up with him for an interview.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 01:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1793 at http://kplu.org "Here on Earth" author shares optimism about global warming WSU journalism dean has perfect timing with book on Arab media revolution http://kplu.org/post/wsu-journalism-dean-has-perfect-timing-book-arab-media-revolution <p>The Dean of the Edward R. Murrow <a href="http://communication.wsu.edu/overview/message.htm">College of Communication at Washington State University</a> is all smiles this week. His book, <a href="http://www.pintak.com/"><em><strong>The New Arab Journalist</strong></em></a> is coming out at the same time as the mass protests going on in Egypt. You couldn't ask for better timing.</p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:05:54 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 721 at http://kplu.org WSU journalism dean has perfect timing with book on Arab media revolution Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs http://kplu.org/post/last-minute-gift-ideas-aviation-buffs <p>Three books by Pacific Northwest authors have come to my attention this season that would please airplane aficionados of many persuasions.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 15:18:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 389 at http://kplu.org Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs