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January 31, 2018

 It is safe to say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is front and center in today's political landscape.

Here are a few titles from our collection that  might help get us through these times.

                      Wiener, Tim. Enemies: A History of the FBI. New York: Random House, 2012.

Truman, Margret. Murder at the FBI. New York : Arbor House, 1985 The daughter of President Harry Truman takes a stab at the FBI.

 Lehr, Dick and Gerard O'Neill. Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI and A Devil's Deal

January 30, 2018

Responding to students' requests, professors at UW Law School pulled together a course on presidential powers just months after the 2016 election. Now, Professors Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts have written a short and lucid book, "The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizens' Guide to the Law," available on Amazon. The book explores the legal basis for presidential powers and steps Congress, citizens, and the courts can take to protect the rule of law. Among the topics the authors focus on are the various checks on presidential power, in both law and politics, and a close look at the powers in the presidential "toolkit."

The Limits of Presidential Power
Thursday, February 1, 7 pm

$10 at the door
$8 for Folio Members and Students with ID
Complimentary wine reception with authors to follow
Books available for purchase and signing

January 26, 2018

Thanks to the folks at the Seattle Public Library The Town Crier, a weekly published in early twentieth century Seattle, is now available to peruse online.

The Town Crier focused on the news, arts and culture of the Emerald City. It was published between 1910 and 1938 and featured work by and about local artists, musicians, photographers and actors. They also published reviews of local performances.

Think Edward Curtis, Mark Tobey, Imogene Cunningham and a look at Seattle during World War I, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.

The digital collection is well produced and offers searching by issue and select topics.

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Margaret Bundy becomes associate editor for the arts weekly Town Crier in Seattle on February 12, 1930.

Thomas Phelps's 1856 map of Seattle is published in the Town Crier on December 15, 1917.

January 24, 2018

New to Folio's shelves is the latest volume in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series  from Open Court -  Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy: Experience Required

The compilation spans the career of Seattle's own Voodoo Child and includes the essays Zen and the Art of Guitar Burning; Jimi, Janice, and Jim; Did Jimi Play Rock? and Musical Order From Sonic Chaos among others.

Here are the other titles from the series in Folio's collection

January 24, 2018

Prepared under The Chief of Cavalry this handy comprehensive manual provides all one needs for shoeing a horse.

A dying art for sure but who knew that a horse's hoof contains a Horney Sole or a Sensitive Frog?

January 9, 2018

Our latest collection highlight features books from the library of local architect David Spiker.

Spiker, who passed away in June, joined the Seattle Design Commission in 2001, and was the chair from 2004 - 2007. While Spiker was on the commission, he worked closely with Seattle's planning director John Rahaim on the early stages of the Central Waterfront Plan, design of the Central Library and Central Link Light Rail.

In a 2006 story in the DJC about replacing the viaduct with a revamped waterfront, Spiker said: “This thing has to go. Seattle is a world class city and needs a world class waterfront. ”Spiker was a regular at Arcade NW events, and was on the editorial board and a guest editor of Arcade magazine. He also a leader with AIA Seattle, serving as Co-Chair of the Urban Design Committee, and the Executive Committee.

Browse the David Spiker Collection