Rainier Beach Branch Closure - Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Due to a security incident, we are unable to provide Curbside Service or
accept book returns Tuesday, Jan. 19. We look forward to serving you on
Thursday, Jan. 21. We appreciate your understanding.
Hold Limit Increased - Our limit on holds is
back to the usual 50 physical items at a time.
Material Quarantine - To ensure the safety of patrons and
staff, all returned items will be quarantined – and will remain on your account
– for a minimum of 3 days before being checked in.
Libraries closed - All Library locations
remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19. Many locations are offering
curbside services up to five days per week, and some are accepting returns
daily. Find locations and hours for curbside services and returns at www.spl.org/Curbside.
Novels in Three Lines collects more than a thousand items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper Le Matin in 1906--true stories of murder, mayhem, and everyday life presented with a ruthless economy that provokes laughter even as it shocks. This extraordinary trove, undiscovered until the 1940s and here translated for the first time into English, is the work of the mysterious Félix Fénéon. Dandy, anarchist, and critic of genius, the discoverer of Georges Seurat and the first French publisher of James Joyce, Fénéon carefully maintained his own anonymity, toiling for years as an obscure clerk in the French War Department. Novels in Three Lines is his secret chef-d'oeuvre, a work of strange and singular art that brings back the long-ago year of 1906 with the haunting immediacy of a photograph while looking forward to such disparate works as Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project and the Death and Disaster series of Andy Warhol.