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Remembering Mary Ellen Mark, the photographer who immortalized Seattle’s street youth May 27, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Photography, Video

“I’m interested in people who aren’t the lucky ones, who maybe have a tougher time surviving, and telling their story” – Mary Ellen Mark When we think of Seattle and the movies we usually start with the box office hits like You’ve Got Mail or Singles that were shot in Seattle and prominently feature our fair city but it is the documentary Streetwise, that grew out of a LIFE magazine piece by the noted photographer…

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Seattle book scene takes a big hit: Paul Constant leaves The Stranger March 1, 2015 – Posted in: books, Miscellany

Paul Constant, the long time book editor and content machine for The Stranger, has announced he is leaving “Seattle’s Only Newspaper.” Following on the heels of other top writers and contributors who have recently exited, his departure marks the end of the glory days for the paper. This is a huge blow for the Seattle book scene. Nobody covered the local book beat better. Nobody provided more extensive coverage, nobody showed up at more events, nobody. Constant clearly…

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Seattle: The Book Buying Capital of America December 15, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy

The results are in and Seattle takes the cake when it comes to buying books. For her New York Time Opinion Piece, What People Buy and Where,  Elizabeth Currid-Halkett utilized the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey to track differences among cities in household spending in various categories from 2007 to 2012. In the book category Seattle ran away from the field by spending a whopping 68% more than the national average on books!  Full…

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Poetry Returns to the Buses of Seattle November 15, 2014 – Posted in: Content

The bus is a unique public space—rich with stories, character and poignant vignettes. It’s a space where, for a short while, all of us are going in the same direction After a 7 year break poetry is back on the buses of Seattle and it has returned in grand style with the theme of “Writing Home” leading the way. 850 people packed the (re) launch party that featured a slew local poets. Poems were read in English, Russian,…

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Seattle Public Library launches the Pike Place Market Digital Collection October 21, 2014 – Posted in: In the Stacks, Libraries, public libraries, Special Collections

“We believe handmade, homegrown and face-to-face are still the best ways of doing things.” It was an August day in 1907 when “crowds of shoppers seeking fresh produce and bargains descended…The first farmer sold out of produce within minutes. Within a week, 70 wagons were gathering daily to sell along the newly named Pike Place, a wooden roadway that connected First St. to Western Ave.” The Pike Place Market rests just under the Space Needle when it comes…

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