Is it just us or has this year managed to fly by and crawl to the finish line—all at the same time? With two months to go, we hope you all are able to make the most of what's left of 2021. We, too, are going to take a piece of our own advice and be more gentle on ourselves as the year comes to a close—going to a monthly schedule for November and December

The King County election is fast approaching, so be sure to get those ballots in! Check out this voting guide and go here for more election information. Remember that local elections have the most direct impact on our community and there are a lot of important issues on the ballot this year.

This issue is all about getting cozy! From books to films to home goods, we've got recommendations for hunkering down on those cold nights—all while supporting local entities and women makers. Plus, our latest She Made It is a popular food writer and author with a new release for all you bakers, and wannabe bakers, out there!
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We don’t know about you, but we're getting comfy these days—with books, on-screen entertainment, and household goods to keep things snug and satisfying through winter. We’re also already thinking about holiday shopping—all those “shop early” supply chain stories are getting to us, too! Read on for a few of our favorite ideas to support local and brighten up your, or a loved one’s, home and hearth.


Seattle lives up to its literary cred—this year alone saw quite a few books by local authors get published. Check out these local women’s works, for yourself or someone on your gift list.


Mount Rainier National Park: An Artist’s Tour is a watercolor tour of the park, by artist Molly Hashimoto. Via paintings, sketches, anecdotes, and history, she explores all aspects of the park, from landmarks to wildlife, in a beautiful way.

Secret Seattle (Seattle Walk Report): An Illustrated Guide to the City's Offbeat and Overlooked History. The author of Instagram comic Seattle Walk Report (and a book by the same name), Susanna Ryan, has a new book that dives into an illustrated history of quirky landmarks and hidden treasures around the city—narrated via Ryan’s signature style.


2043... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
Prolific writer (of books as well as articles about books for a swath of publications) Nisi Shawl centers this novel on a future in which African-descended USians finally obtain reparations, underwater. And yes, the title is a callback to a Jimi Hendrix song.


Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Bitaniya Giday explores womanhood and blackness—and asks questions about how we experience the world—from her perspective as a first-generation Ethiopian American, in this poetry collection.


Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home
Seattle journalist Lynda V. Mapes explores the history and plight of our unique southern resident orcas in this book.

Northwest Know-How: Trees
Karen Gaudette Brewer and Emily Poole illustrate this guide to 54 of the Pacific Northwest’s tree varieties with fun facts, identification tips, and more.


How To Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family
Journalism professor Sonora Jha distills a mix of her own experience plus conversations and observations into a guide about raising an American feminist son; she also suggests relevant reading and viewing materials.

What's Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice
Seattle authors Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith wrote a guide to more effective cross-cultural and anti-racist practices and how white women can leverage their position in the power hierarchy.


Bake Away: Twenty Recipes Capturing the Spirit of Creativity, Experience, and Expression
Sahana Vij explores memories and locations via decadent, creative, and above all, fun, dessert recipes. The best part? 100% of proceeds from the book go to No Kid Hungry.


My 52 Lists Project: Journaling Inspiration for Kids
Moorea Seal continues her 52 Lists projects, this time creating a fun journal for children that’s filled with listing prompts to get those introspective juices flowing.

This Family of Ours: A Keepsake Journal for Moms, Dads, and Families to Preserve Memories, Moments & Milestones
From Seattle yoga studio founder Anne Phyfe Palmer, this journal is for the whole family, with questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and other prompts to create a memorable keepsake; illustrated throughout by papercut artist Sarah Trumbauer.




Want to support women-owned bookstores? Try one of these in and around Seattle.

Estelita’s Library (Central District)
Oh Hello Again (Capitol Hill)
Open Books: A Poem Emporium (Wallingford)
Page 2 Books (Burien)
Three Trees Books (Burien)
Paper Boat Booksellers (West Seattle)
Secret Garden Books (Ballard)
Sistah Scifi (local, online only)


Did you miss local filmmaker SJ Chiro’s latest release, East of the Mountains, earlier this year? Good news! It’s now available to rent on several streaming platforms.

If you enjoyed Seattleite Lindy West’s Shit, Actually then keep watching along with her by signing up for Lindy's “Butt News Movie Club” newsletter (you know we love a newsletter!).

Port Townsend’s legendary Rose Theater has a wonderful streaming film library with rentals that include many films made by women and/or featuring women’s stories, including Humpday by the late Seattle filmmaker, Lynn Shelton.

If the wanderlust is strong, you can virtually view the Women’s Adventure Film Tour, featuring women athletes going on adventures all over the world, through local theater chain Faraway Entertainment.

The Sámi Film Festival takes place virtually Oct. 29–Nov. 1, and onsite at the National Nordic Museum on Oct. 30; it includes a feature documentary by Sámi filmmaker Suvi West.


We cover a lot of women-owned shops and makers, but in this issue, we’re bringing you the coziest items we can think of on which to spend your “shop small” dollars.

Blankets from Snoqualmie Tribe-owned Eighth Generation. Their latest collection, Gold Label, is manufactured in Seattle. Check out Gail White Eagle’s cotton-blend Rose Hip Warrior and Sarah Agaton Howes' Little Berry wool baby blanket.

Handmade pillowcases made by the upcycling artisans of Refugee Artisan Initiative for Cura Co. Owned by Akiko Eisner-Waters, be sure to check out the shop’s other lovely designs as well. 

Knit beanies from Elisa Yip's Seattle-based brand Sskein. The signature beanies are sourced from cozy baby alpaca—and for each hat purchased, a warm hat is donated to local organization Mary’s Place.

Balance My Stress Blend, a hot chocolate-like concoction made from ashwagandha, reishi mushroom, and eleuthero root by Nadine Joseph for her business, Peak + Valley.

Socks of all designs and colors from Bellingham-based Cute But Crazy (formerly ModSocks), owned by Urania Shaklee.

Macarons, delivered monthly from Chef Jasmin Bell Smith’s Bells Pastries, with the Monthly Macaron Club. The lucky recipient will get 12 per month, September through April.

Pot pies by Chef Logan Niles’ Pot Pie Factory. She turns out single-serving (and ridiculously cute) pies that are pre-cooked and then frozen. She also does events.

Stoneware tea bowls by artist and ceramicist Natasha Alphonse. Bonus? These beauties are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. 

Onesies from Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez’s comfy underwear company TomboyX.

Enamel-coated mugs from Jackalope Jane Varieties. There are a few options but we love Susie Schaeffer’s whimsical “Harvest Pals” design, featuring a possum and raccoon partying it up.

Candle bundles from London Tierney’s Particle Goods. They’re soy-based and blended with mixes of essential oils. In addition to individual candles, you can order a monthly, three-month, or six-month subscription box.

She Made It
Who's behind the delectable recipes and gorgeous photography of this recently released cookbook? Tap for details...


Things to see, do, and support

With Covid-19 variants like Delta still a risk, outdoor large event and indoor masking is in effect in the state of Washington—even if you are vaccinated. Protect the health and lives of your community and get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Below, we’ve highlighted some ways to support and engage with the community.

Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories, opens today at the National Nordic Museum, showcasing artists Bit Vejle and Xiaoguang Qiao’s cross-cultural collaboration of intricate papercut designs. You can sign up for Vejle’s virtual talk, today, as well.

On Nov. 6, check out the Seattle Night Market in Magnuson Park's Hangar 30. It will feature over 80 local handmade and vintage vendors, food and drinks outside, and music galore. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test are required for this 21+ event; get tickets.

Commemorate, and learn more, about Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, which honors departed loved ones with festivities, beautifully adorned altars, and the sharing of ofrendas (offerings)—celebrating life and death. Click here to find an event near you. 

Sticking to this issue’s theme, Drink Books is set to open early November in Phinney Ridge (check back here for the official announcement). The book and natural wine shop is owned by Kim Kent and Emily Schikora, who even curate wine and book pairings—delicious!
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