The Shelf Life

General Michael Hayden at University Book Store

posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Brad Craft

General Michael Hayden’s book – Playing to the Edge can be purchased here:

General Michael Hayden offers an unapologetic insider’s look at what happens in the halls of congress and behind the closed doors of the America’s most secretive agencies in Playing to the Edge. This striking account of his time running the NSA and then the CIA is rich in detail and offers insight into not only the daily doings of an agency head, but also the controversy surrounding various intelligence agency programs. His goals in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain insight into modern history from one of the people who made it.…

Penguin Teen on Tour

posted on March 22, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Brad Craft

Published on Mar 20, 2017

You can purchase books by all of the Penguin Teen on Tour Authors here:
Renée Ahdieh –
Natalie C. Anderson –
Alwyn Hamilton –
Lesley Livingston –

YA readers and writers are sure to be inspired by this lively author panel. Authors Renée Ahdieh (New York Times bestseller The Wrath and the Dawn), Natalie C. Anderson (City of Saints and Thieves), Alwyn Hamilton (Traitor to the Throne), and Lesley Livingston (The Valiant) answer questions and share their experiences at this Penguin Teen on Tour event.…

Queer Seattle Book Club for April

posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Brad Craft

place3There are a few of us gay readers left who aren’t quite ready to give up on the book club. So, after eight full years of book club pleasures discussing gay novels, we’re reviving it after this three-month intermission, giving it a new, more inclusive name – QUEER SEATTLE BOOK CLUB – and trying to keep it going at the new location on 15th.


Our first selection there will be A PLACE CALLED WINTER by Patrick Gale. We read one of his novels in the last book club – ROUGH MAGIC – and it was a fine, easy read. I thought it was okay, but didn’t think I’d read another. I was wrong. This one is a genuinely excellent novel, based on the life of his great-grandfather, it has a reality to it the other did not, and an emotional ending that left me blatantly sobbing, a real emotional rollercoaster. It’s about an English guy at the turn of the century who gets outed and has to flee to the new Canadian territories – and makes his way into Saskatchewan as a farmer, where he finds love and learns how to be himself.


Know anyone who’s tired of reading gay books alone? Bring them! Our April book is a paperback, costs $15.99, and gets a 20% discount at University Book Store for club members down to $12.79. It’s 354 pages – we’ll take about a quarter of it each week to discuss at our Wednesday meeting. Let’s discuss the first 9 chapters at our first meeting. Less than 90 pages. I’ll be there, at Seattle Area Support Groups, 115 15th East, on Wednesday evening, April 5, to discuss them with you, and every Wednesday after that. Are you joining me? — Nick

Nick’s Pick for April

posted on March 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Brad Craft

str1What a compelling read! I literally couldn’t put this book down. THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS is the true story of a man who left civilization behind and lived in the wild, completely off the grid, for 27 years without talking to anyone. What a thrilling experience it is to meet him and hear his story!



by Michael Finkel

Regular price $25.95

20% off at University Book Store

Our price $20.76




He hasn’t talked to anyone in 27 years. He lives undetected in the thickets, and survives by stealing from the surrounding cabins in the Maine woods. He only takes little things, things people will think they’ve misplaced.


He’s an urban legend among the neighbors. He doesn’t leave footprints. He doesn’t break things. He tries to leave no trace behind. He just wants to read and think and be alone. But what are the dangers of solitude? What is he risking?


Finkel has had nine conversations with this man, and written a compassionate, sensitive book about a quest we’ve all considered – leaving the noisy, silly world behind. Find out just exactly what that means in this superb little book.


Come discuss the book with us!

Nick’s Picks Book Club

University Book Store

4326 University Way NE

The bookstore café

Monday, April 24, 6 pm

AUGUSTA, ME - MAY 28: Christopher Knight appeared at Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on Tuesday May 28, 2013.  Police said that Knight lived in the woods of Rome, Maine for 27 years, allegedly burglarizing nearby camps for food and supplies hundreds of times in order to survive, before being caught and arrested on Thursday, April 4, 2013.  The case against Knight, 47, was set to be presented to the grand jury but District Attorney Maeghan Maloney stated last week that his case will be put off until a mental health evaluation is complete.  Justice Michaela Murphy directed the district attorney and Knight's attorney to confer about his status. (Photo by Andy Molloy/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Haven’t joined us for a while? This book practically reads itself in a couple days. See what it would be like to live COMPLETELY alone, and come tell us your experience. It would be wonderful to see you again. — Nick

Until the Real Thing Comes Along

posted on March 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm by Brad Craft


Not quite Spring yet. (Monday, March 20th.)  More to the point, the glory that is Cherry Blossom on the University of Washington campus has yet to happen.  In anticipation — and to give us all a break from the damp, gray reality of Seattle just now, we’ve decided to start celebrating a little early at the University Book Store.


So, stop by the cash-registers in the New and Used Books Department and pick up some free stuff, to cheer the cherries on!  We’ve made you a little origami kit, complete with paper and printed instructions, a cherry blossom coloring sheet, and cherry blossom pins.


Come in and get your blosom on, on us!  (We’ll keep checking on the real thing and let you know when it happens.)

Unlikely Bestseller (Again)

posted on March 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm by Brad Craft


Ah, the zeitgeist, no?  Seems 1984 is a bestseller again!


Were we to have guessed, we should have thought Animal Farm.


“Four legs good, two legs better! All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.”


But glad to see George Orwell flying off the shelves again, however it happens.


“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

Read on!

This Month’s True Grace Book Club

posted on at 12:00 am by Brad Craft

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Where Culture and Non-Fiction Come Together.


Terms of Service, by Jacob Silverman

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—social networking has grown into a staple of modern society and its impact on our lives is greater than we realize. Terms of Service crystallizes this moment in technology and contemplates its implications: the identity-validating pleasures and perils of online visibility; the view of daily life through the lens of what is share-worthy; and the surveillance utilized by social media platforms to mine our personal data for advertising revenue, an invasion of our lives that is as pervasive as government spying. Jacob Silverman debuts with a deep and disquieting plunge into digital culture with ideas about needed policy changes and warnings of the future continued citizen inaction could create.