The Shelf Life

True Grace for July

posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Brad Craft


The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Wednesday • July 12 • 6pm

U District store

Book Club


Join True Grace book club for a lively discussion of this month’s book!

Award-winning journalist Hannah Nordhaus tells the remarkable story of John Miller, one of Americas foremost migratory beekeepers, and the myriad and mysterious epidemics threatening American honeybee populations in The Beekeeper’s Lament. In luminous, razor-sharp prose, she explores the vital role that honeybees play in American agribusiness, the maintenance of our food chain, and the very future of the nation. Get insight into a critical world issue and share your thoughts with fellow book club members.


Book club members, save 20% when you purchase this title at our U District store.


Nick’s Pick for July

posted on June 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm by Brad Craft


For the last three days, I have been devouring a short novel by Mozambican writer, Mia Couto called CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS – unless it’s really been devouring me. I feel like I’ve been attacked. I’ve gasped every few pages, hit by shock after shock. Sometimes I have to put the book down until my breathing becomes normal again. I don’t see Couto’s surprises coming; they just sort of erupt out of the darkness and hit you. This is not magical realism; it’s taking another belief system as real. With a name that sounds like an African woman, this white African man known as Mia Couto writes like no one else, and yet all the classic conventions of a novel are there underneath the shocking African newness. My first impulse on finishing it was to start at the beginning and read it over again, to see how the hell he did that! It’s quite a performance in plotting and suspense, with writing that’s consistently brilliant until it blows up on itself at the end.



by Mia Couto

Regular price $16

20% off at University Book Store

Our price: $12.80




Mariamar knows that her sister, Silencia, was the most recent victim of the lions attacking the villagers of Kulumani in Mozambique. She also knows the hunter who has arrived to kill the marauding animals – they’ve met years before, when the moody charmer Archie Bullseye saved her from the unwanted attentions of the village policeman.


Now Archie and Mariamar are the only two who suspect what is really happening as village terror mounts and the lions are not the only danger. The real danger may be that Archie is in love with someone else.


Told in alternating diaries between Mariamar and Archie, this plunge into ancient African religion and deadly contemporary jealousies builds to an unforgettable encounter.


Come discuss the book with us!

Nick’s Picks Book Club


4326 University Way NE

The bookstore café

Monday, July 31, 6 pm


You’ve never read anything quite like this before. Take the plunge. It’s a real rollercoaster of an experience, so be ready for the floor to drop out from under you! — Nick

Signed Copies

posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm by Brad Craft


We have a small number of signed copies available of the new autobiography from the British comedian described by Patton Oswalt as, “A wicked, beautiful man,” Eddie IzzardBelieve Me: A Memoir of Love, death, and Jazz Chickens is new from Blue Rider Press.  John Cleese called the book “delightful.”  What more do you need?!


Queer Book Club for July

posted on at 7:43 pm by Brad Craft


David Sedaris needs no introduction to any American living today. Which makes me wonder why we’ve never read a book by him in our club. I’m surprised I’ve overlooked him, since he’s openly gay and has a partner about whom he frequently writes. This July we’re going to make up for this oversight. My attitude toward him changed radically when I discovered that he voluntarily cleans rubbish off the side of the freeway in England where he lives, working up to eight or nine hours a day doing menial labor – his company is called Pig Pen – for which public service he was honored by the Queen. A literary star who cleans up trash? Now that’s my kind of celebrity!


ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, aside from having one of the greatest titles in the last fifty years, is an extremely popular sequence of comic essays written about his own life. I’m taking this on without having read one of them. We’ll read them together, discussing a quarter of the book for each of the four Wednesdays. We’ll discount it 20% at University Book Store – it’s a $16 paperback. If you buy it from me at the club, it’s $12.


Gay comedy is the least I can provide, after ushering us into THE END OF EDDY, this month’s selection and certainly one of the most horrific and bleak accounts of a gay life I’ve ever read. But what great discussions we’ve had! If a little comic up-lift might help you through the summer, get a copy of our book and join us at SASG upstairs at 115 15th Avenue East every Wednesday at 6 pm. — Nick

Really Big Book Sale

posted on June 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Brad Craft


It’s that time of year!


Kids books, fiction, history, technical books, Greeks and Romans…


New and used and bargain books, all 50% off, all over the lobby.  Get ’em before they’re gone.

Book of the Month for June

posted on June 9, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Brad Craft


Stephen Florida

A novel by Gabe Habash

A troubled college wrestler in North Dakota falls in love and becomes increasingly unhinged during his final season.


Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it’s a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

Gabe Habash is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in New York.

Refined Reads Book Club

posted on June 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm by Brad Craft

es1Join the Refined Reads book club!

Refined Reads is our fantastic new book club in partnership with KOMO’s Seattle Refined. Each month we introduce you to one amazing, discussion-worthy book and meet up to talk about it at one of our stores. Read along with us during the month through weekly check-ins with page goals, exclusive content, and author interviews. You’ll also get the chance to participate in on-camera discussions for the show!

Sign up for the book club HERE and join us for one of our monthly book discussions.
May Title: Anything is Possible

In May, we’ll be reading Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout and meeting up to discuss the book on June 29 at 6:30pm at our Mill Creek store.

Monthly Refined Reads book discussions rotate among different University Book Store locations around the Puget Sound.

Stay on top of this and other bookstore events by signing up for our events enewsletter today!


Summer Reading

posted on June 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Brad Craft


Ask at our Kids’ Desk for details!

Jeff Shaara Coming to the Bookstore

posted on May 31, 2017 at 10:56 pm by Brad Craft


Wednesday • June 7 • 7pm
Jeff Shaara
U District Store: Free event


Master of military historical fiction Jeff Shaara shares his riveting new novel about the Korean War this Wednesday. In June, 1950, the North Korean army invades South Korea. In response, the U. S. mobilizes a force to defend the outmatched South Korean troops and drive the North Koreans back to their border with China. But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November, 1950, those traps are sprung.