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All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Library News Release

Release Date: 12/11/2012

2013 Seattle Reads to feature 'Stories for Boys' by Gregory Martin

In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. "Seattle Reads" is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.


In the 15th year of the series, The Seattle Public Library will feature "Stories for Boys: A Memoir" by Gregory Martin. Martin will visit Seattle in early May 2013 to talk with readers about his book. Details and a schedule of events will be announced in January.


"Stories for Boys" is Martin's quirky, heart-wrenching memoir about coming to terms with his father's homosexuality following a failed suicide attempt after 39 years of marriage to Greg's mother, all during which he was having anonymous sexual encounters with men. This is a story of family secrets and revelations, truth and reconciliation, acceptance and forgiveness, leavened by humorous stories about the author's parenting of two young sons and memories of Martin's own happy childhood with the father he thought he knew.


"Stories for Boys" was recently named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Martin's first book "Mountain City" won the 2001 Washington State Book Award. He taught at Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College when he lived in Seattle. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 


"Seattle Reads" is designed to deepen appreciation of and engagement in literature through reading and discussion, create community through reading a shared book, bring new communities into the library and build connections across cultures.


It is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, with additional support from The Wallace Foundation, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Hawthorne Books.


For more information about "Seattle Reads," call the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4650.

For more information contact:

Chris Higashi, program manager for the Washington Center for the Book

Andra Addison, communications director

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