Book News Roundup: Seattle's housing crisis, in comic form

  • Mary Ann Gwinn at the Seattle Times offers an in-depth preview of Third Place Books' new Seward Park store, which will open in late April.

  • Seattle author Lesley Hazleton's upcoming book on agnosticism, Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto, has earned two places of pride in the most recent issue of Publishers Weekly. Hazleton's book received a starred review praising "her appealing voice and accessible prose," and it was also chosen as a most-anticipated book of the spring. Agnostic is due out this April, and we can't wait.

  • The award-winning Ms. Marvel comic written by Seattle writer G. Willow Wilson has been nominated for another award — this time, it's up for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. McDuffie was a giant in the comics world and a champion for diversity in a time when it seemed as though comics would always be the province of straight white dudes, so this is a real honor. Congratulations to Wilson, and a recommendation to our readers: the most recent issue of Ms. Marvel, which hit comics stands yesterday, might be her best yet.

  • Seattle cartoonist Tom Van Deusen has a pretty great autobiographical comic in this week's Seattle Weekly about Seattle's housing crisis. You really should go read it.

  • Some bad news for authors that we found in the Melboure, Austrailia newspaper The Age:

Recent surveys in Britain, the United States and Australia have revealed a serious slump in the income that authors receive from their writing. In Australia, authors have seen their average income from writing decrease from about $22,000 in the early 2000s to less than $13,000 in 2015. For many authors, that means they can no longer earn a livelihood from their work.
  • And because it's always better to end on a weird note than a bad note: Amy Brady has published a remarkable interview with the founders of the dark web's first literary magazine over at Literary Hub.