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December 19, 2017

                Chief Seattle statue at Fifth and Denny, Downtown Seattle, 1936

One of the amazing holes in local history is a full-on biography of Chief Seattle, but now we have just such a book, in "Chief Seattle and the Town that Took his Name." The book is about 30 years in the making, for digging up sources on the elusive Chief and getting native cooperation has taken years of effort by Buerge, a fine local historian and teacher. One breakthrough on sources: letters that Catholic missionaries sent back home. The Chief who emerges is complex and ambiguous—warrior, economic-development specialist, sage, majestic orator, and advocate for multi-racial harmony. His great speech, pieced together years later from notes scribbled by a Seattle doctor, is also shrouded in mystery: what were the actual words, how does it fit with pioneers' experience? 

The book is rich in early Seattle history. It is also an overdue act of jus...

December 17, 2017

While hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder how trails are created.  How do humans forge trails, and why? Why and how do animals make their own trails? And why do some persist, while others fade?

In those mental and physical meanderings, this fascinating work of nonfiction, Moor’s debut, was born. An award-winning magazine writer, Moor “travels from Newfoundland to Morocco, to Botswana and Tanzania, into the forest near his British Columbia home, to distant Borneo and Iceland and beyond searching for ‘the wisdom of trails,’” wrote Seattle Times reviewer Irene Wanner. “Sometimes he walks alone; other times, with companions. Sometimes he leads but other times, he follows, learning that ‘from microscopic cells to herds of elephants, creatures can be found relying on trails to reduce an overwhelming array of options to a single expeditious route. Without trails, we would be lost.’ ” From snails to ants to humans, Moor increases our unders...

December 15, 2017

Meet Peter Ilgenfritz, Folio member and current tenant in one of our Writers’ Rooms. Peter stumbled upon Folio walking down the street, and came in on a whim. After touring the space, he says, “I totally got it. It was exactly what I needed to do to write. It had a kitchen. It was quiet.”

He loves that “everybody here is working on a project,” and appreciates the Folio community, where he has connected with other writers and found space to discuss the process of publishing a book.

Peter uses the Writers’ Room strictly for working on his first book, a personal memoir, and has found the wall space particularly useful. “It’s been a great place to be, to really focus my time.”

December 14, 2017

At the end of The Artists' & Writers' Cookbook comes this little gem of a recipe from Mark Tobey 

                                                     A Recipe for a Dish of Nothing

December 13, 2017

This photo by Rick Wong features the contributors to this seminal anthology of Asian American writers guest edited by Garrett Hongo hanging out in David Ishii's bookshop in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

All took part in the Pacific Northwest Asian American Writers Conference which took place from June 29th to July 2, 1976.

December 12, 2017

Check out this program from the Stratford-upon-Avon Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company!

It dates from 1984 and is for opening night of Henry V, with Kenneth Branagh as Henry, his first appearance on a major stage.

The program includes an extensive historical account of the actual battle at Agincourt, photos of all of the actors who have played Henry including Ian Holm, Olivier, Richard Burton, eight others, many photos of Branagh, Brian Blessed, much else.

28pp.  8-1/2 by 12" 

Donated by Grant Hildebrand

Shakespeare books at Folio

December 11, 2017

Poisonous Fungi by John Ramsbottom.  A King Penguin Book published in London in 1945. Color plates by Rose Ellenby. One of the scarcest King Penguin titles.