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March 1, 2019

A little over 9.000 librarians converged on Seattle for the 2019 American Library Association Midwinter Conference 25-29 January. My focus in attending is to learn about new titles, to meet and get to know authors and network with the major publishing houses. I want to understand the trends in contemporary literature to strengthen and improve my readers’ advisory skills so that I can suggest quality books for reading and discourse.

The focus of the conference was empowerment of women, underrepresented communities, and the importance of advocacy and social justice. Auditorium speakers included Melinda Gates, Rick Steves, CNN Anchor Isha Seshy, and Sociologist Erik Klinenberg. Charles Johnson held a signing for his new graphic novel series for children and rock Star Librarian Nancy Pearl signed the new paperback copy of her novel GEORGE AND LIZZIE.

Many of the panels focused on equity, inclusivity and eradicating bias in true pub...

August 29, 2018

Founded in Chicago in 1910 The Delphian Society was a national organization dedicated to the education of woman.

The name is derived from the ancient Greek priestess Pythia of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the Oracle of Delphi. The name Pythia is derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi.

The Delphian Society got their impetus from then President of Harvard University Charles William Eliot who believed that education serves the purpose of inspiring lifelong learning and those who do not receive it "seem to live in a mental vacuum."

 Title page

Probably best known for their Course of Reading series published in 1913 they also published

a 9 volume set Orientation for Modern Times in 1936-7. The set is comprised of three parts: 

Basic Trends; Creative Thinkers and Understanding Modern Art. In addition to the top-tier content the books feature some pretty nifty typography and page design. 


August 23, 2018

Here are three scrumptious new arrivals available for checkout in our Food & Drink section: 

Not for Bread Alone: Writers on Food, Wine, and the Art of Eating by Daniel Halpern (Editor)

Ecco Press, (1993). Includes contributions by Wendell Berry, Colette, Harry Crews, Michael Dorris, MFK Fisher, Charles Lamb, Rose Macaulay, Harry Matthews, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, and Alice Waters among others

Feeding Frenzy: Across Europe in Search of the Perfect Meal by Stuart Stevens

Atlantic Monthly Press, (1997)

Food and Material Culture: Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium of the International Commission for Research into European Food History by Alexander Fenton and Martin R. Schärer (Editors). Tuckwell Press Ltd., (1998)

More Food & Drink books at Folio

August 15, 2018

Jane Lang Davis and Andy Warhol in front of Warhols's portrait of Davis at Andy Warhol: Portraits opening reception, 1976, From the Seattle Art Museum Photo Archives

Folio is delighted to add selections from the library of Jane Lang Davis to our collection. 

Davis, along with her late husband Richard Lang, were leading proponents of the arts in Seattle.

From the creation of the Pacific Northwest Ballet to the expansion and growth of the Seattle Art Museum Davis was always front and center. She served as a trustee for SAM for over 30 years and along with husband Dave Davis served equally as long on International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

Richard and Jane also assembled one of the greatest private collections of abstract expressionist and post-war art in the world. 

From a post on the SAMblog after her death:

Through her incredible generosity, steadfast leadership, and constant willingness to share works from her collection for t...

July 26, 2018

 View from the Northwest Room

"A rich mix, brought about by bringing together those who love books and ideas" - Moira Macdonald from her piece on Folio and its new location for the Seattle Times:  The new oasis of calm at Pike Place Market

Macdonald talks with our founder David Brewster about our history, landing at the Pike Place Market and our place within what Brewster calls Seattle's "Community of the Book".


 The Northwest Room

 The Elliott Bay Room

Seattle Times:  The new oasis of calm at Pike Place Market