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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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TimberCurtaincover.jpg Timber Curtain
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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Land of Five Waters Cover.jpg The Land of Five Waters
Deborah Sanwal

This culinary memoir and cookbook by Deborah Sanwal is the perfect introduction to Punjabi cuisine and culture. The recipes are made for the non-expert curious about India. The memoir chronicles one year in the author's life, when she and her fiance moved to Punjab to prepare for and ultimately celebrate their wedding. Sanwal provides intimate insights into the culture and the people. The photo-rich book is a treasure for expat Indians longing for home as well as anyone wanting to get to know one of the world's most fascinating cultures.

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Ghostscover.jpg Ghosts of Seattle Past
Curated by Jaimee Garbacik; Maps by Josh Powell

"Part eulogy, part cultural cautionary tale, this book is Seattle's collective conscience -- reminding us of who we used to be." -- Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Seattle is built on booms—logging, fishing, aerospace, and now tech. This anthology gathers essays, interviews, photography, and comix to reconstruct community hubs lost to growth. From the settlements of Native American tribes to the incubators of grunge, from a foxxxy cabaret to an Old Spaghetti Factory, Ghosts of Seattle Past provides an eyes-on-the-street view of a city in flux.

The Ghosts of Seattle Past anthology comes at a critical point: Seattle had the country’s steepest rent hikes in 2015. The city is becoming a national focal point for issues of development. Both recent transplants and the old guard are trying to figure out how to live in the new landscape. Through their warm, conversational, whip-smart voices, the city speaks not only to the current boom, but also to longer-brewing problems of segregation, queer erasure, and colonization. Tracing the issues across six hand-drawn maps, Seattle’s best-known artists (including Elissa Washuta, Kate Lebo, and Paul Constant) join community lynchpins (including Chief Seattle’s great-great-great-great grandson) in a dialogue as incisively political as it is richly human.

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