Book News Roundup: Celebrate Sherman Alexie, Get a New Job, and Change the Font on Your E-Reader

  • Congratulations to Sherman Alexie, who is this year's Pierce County Library system selection for Pierce County Reads. The library chose five of Alexie's books for everyone in Pierce County to read. They are: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Reservation Blues, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Flight, and War Dances. I wholeheartedly agree; everyone in Washington state should read all of those books.

  • Seattle Arts and Lectures is hiring a Program Associate for its Writers in the Schools program. If you support writing education for kids, this might be the job for you.

  • The lineup for the third Rainier Valley Lit Crawl has been announced. This one happens on March 5th. Start getting excited. One of the readings will happen at the Peruvian chicken joint Big Chickie, which surely represents some kind of a first in Seattle literary history.

  • Nationally, the book Twittersphere is very excited that Lisa Lucas, the former publisher of Guernica, has just been named the third Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, which oversees the National Book Awards.

  • Selma director Ava DuVernay is being pursued to direct a film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. I would watch the hell out of that.

  • In the face of a consumer revolt, Amazon has changed the weight of a Helvetica font on its Kindle e-readers. Readers weren't happy when Amazon swapped out the font for a lighter version.