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Anca L. Szilagyi

A modern, fabulist fairy tale set in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

This limited edition chapbook is numbered and signed by the author. The story originally appeared in Gastronomica.

“[Szilágyi’s] work is like a fairy tale—the sort of thing you’d find handwritten on a tiny scroll . . . under a mushroom in the middle of a forest on the longest day of the year.”

-The Seattle Review of Books

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Marie Rose Wong

Marie Rose Wong's long-awaited history of the single-residence occupancy (SRO) hotels in the Chinatown-International District is finally here. The two-color book includes dozens of historical photos, maps and oral histories that bring the ID to life and give the reader a sense of how redlining has affected a major part of our city. Her work couldn't be more relevant today, when the C-ID faces massive gentrification and a loss of affordable housing as elderly Asians get displaced from the only home they've ever known. A must-read for anyone who cares about Seattle and wants to keep its most diverse neighborhood from becoming yet another lily white playground for the rich.

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YokaiStoriesCover.jpg Coming soon: Yokai Stories
Zack Davisson & Eleonora D\'Onofrio

Sixteen mythical monsters and spirits from Japanese folklore take children on fantastical adventures in this first-ever children’s storybook about yokai. Young readers will meet Baku the dream eater, mischievous kappa sprites, a ghost-child who lives in a hotel, and many more. Yokai have a rich history dating back centuries in Japan, and today, they can be found in monster-catching video games and animated films. <i>Yokai Stories</i> is the first book to weave Japan’s monster mythology into English-language stories for children. Each tale is accompanied by a haunting, modern portrait of the yokai by Swiss artist Eleonora D’Onofrio.

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FestalCookbookCoverFront.jpg Gather Around the Table: A Festal Cookbook
Seattle Center

Seattle Center celebrates the varied cultures of the Pacific Northwest with a series of inspiring and entertaining ethnic cultural celebrations, held at Seattle Center throughout the year. The annual series began in 1997 with 11 festivals -- and today it features 24 separate celebrations. Each one highlights the art, music, dance. stories and foods of the cultural group. The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Festál, and in honor of that milestone, Seattle Center has released this keepsake, Gathering Around the Table: A Festál Cookbook. Inside this hardback edition, you´ll find dozens of beautiful photographs of ethnic costumes and cuisine as well as recipes from each group. Chef Kristi Brown prepared each dish to make sure the recipes are easy to follow. Gathering Around The Table is a treat for the tastebuds and a feast for the eyes.

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Kaibyocover.jpg Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Zack Davisson

An in-depth exploration of the sometimes charming, sometimes gruesome feline creatures and ghosts of Japan. Davisson illuminates the vast realm of kaibyō, or supernatural cats, with historical and modern cultural context. Lushly illustrated in full color with dozens of ukiyo-e prints and drawings. A must-have book for the Japanophile and cat-lover alike!

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Frances McCue

Timber Curtain occupies a space between ramshackle and remodel. It starts with the demolition of a house—Richard Hugo House, the Seattle literary center where Frances McCue worked, lived, and mourned her husband. From there, McCue’s poems spiral out to encompass icebergs, exorcisms, the refugee crisis, and the ethics of the place-myths we create for ourselves. The speaker is plainspoken, oracular, wry, indicting, and hopeful. Like the Seattle skyline, poems erase and recombine into a landscape forever saturated with ghosts. Several poems will be central in McCue’s upcoming (2018) documentary Where the House Was.

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