‘In the Spider’s Web:’ hard truths in a juvenile lockup

Jerome Gold’s novel “In the Spider’s Web” is a stark look at life inside a state facility for teenagers convicted of murder, rape and other crimes. Gold appears Friday, May 29, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

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Historian, author of ‘The Pacific’ Hugh Ambrose dies at 48

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48. Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena, sister Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs said Tuesday. Hugh Ambrose began research for "The Pacific" with his father,...

Want to be Seattle’s civic poet? There’s still time

The city of Seattle is seeking applications for a new city position -- a sort of poet-in-in-chief. The Office of Arts & Culture is accepting applications through Thursday, May 28, for the newly created position of  Civic Poet. The Civic Poet program was inspired by the Poet Populist program,  created by Seattle City Councilman Nick...

Author of Pamela Smart-inspired book asks for her parole

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman whose book "To Die For" was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began a torrid affair with 15-year-old Billy Flynn when she was a media coordinator at his high...

Independent booksellers continue to add new stores

NEW YORK (AP) — The independent bookseller community continues to expand, through new stores opening and old stores adding new locations. Core membership of the American Booksellers Association grew from 1,664 companies last spring to 1,712 this year, the trade group told The Associated Press on Tuesday, the day before the BookExpo America publishing convention...

Publishing world gathers this week for book conventions

NEW YORK (AP) — Diversity will get an extra push at this week's BookCon and BookExpo America. Last year, a virtually all-white lineup of speakers at publishing's annual national conventions highlighted the whiteness of the industry itself. BookCon's selection of four white, male authors for a discussion of children's books helped lead to the formation...