Sasquatch Books

Sasquatch Books is an American book publishing company based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 1986 by David Brewster of the Seattle Weekly[1] and primarily publishes nonfiction books about the western United States and Canada and cover topics such as nature, travel, gardening, entertainment, sports, food and wine.[2] By 2003, it was publishing approximately 30 books per year and employed 18 people.[3]

Sasquatch Books was acquired by Penguin Random House in 2017.[4]

Sasquatch Books
Parent companyPenguin Random House
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationSeattle, Washington
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsLittle Bigfoot


  • Book Lust by Nancy Pearl (2003)
  • Gardener's Yoga: 40 Yoga Poses to Help Your Garden Flow by Veronica D'Orazio (2015)
  • Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton[5]
  • Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheeler (2016)

See also


  1. ^ Rietmulder, Michael (October 4, 2017). "Seattle Indie Book Publisher Bought by Major Publishing House". Seattle Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Easton, Valerie (22 November 2012). "Book City: Sasquatch Books head on why the company won't touch fiction".
  3. ^ Upchurch, Michael (August 13, 2003). "Sasquatch Books editorial director Gary Luke". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Jim Milliot (2017-10-04). "Penguin Random House Buys Sasquatch Books". Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  5. ^ Takami, David (June 14, 2013). "'Full Rip 9.0': major Pacific Northwest quake, major shocker". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 26, 2018.

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Beat Happening

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Book Lust

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason was written by Nancy Pearl, former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book and inspiration for the Librarian action figure.

It was published in 2003 by Sasquatch Books and during its first year of publication it went into its fourth printing with over 90,000 copies.

Carla Emery

Carla (Carlotta Louise Harshbarger) Emery DeLong (January 19, 1939 – October 11, 2005). Emery was born in Los Angeles where her parents had gone in search of employment after being displaced from their Washington State home by a crop failure. Emery grew up as a rancher's daughter in Montana after her parents moved there during her infancy (her father, Carl Harshbarger, had worked as chauffeur for Dorothy Lamour in Los Angeles for about two years, and had saved enough funds to buy some land there). Emery was a proponent of organic farming, the "back-to-the-land movement", and author of the Encyclopedia of Country Living. Emery opened the "School of Country Living" in Kendrick, Idaho in 1976, with her husband Mike Emery, to teach homesteading skills. The "School" was destroyed by a flash flood the next year, and could not successfully be reestablished. Mike and Carla divorced in 1985. Carla married constitutionalist legal scholar (with a special interest in Title 18, Oath of Office) Donald DeLong November 25, 2000 and moved to San Simon, Arizona.

Carla self-published the first mimeographed edition of the Encyclopedia under the title An Old-Fashioned Recipe Book. Although she began intending to write a book, she published it in installments starting in 1970 as she wrote it, as if it were a newsletter. The first complete book was finished in March 1974. By the end of 1975 she had sold 13,000 copies. Around that time the book was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the "largest mimeographed volume in general circulation" (700 pages) and was listed as having sold the most copies of a self-published guide: 45,000 mimeographed copies as of 1977. The author believed that it might set a record for the most typographical errors in a book of its size, but reported that she did not have time to count them.

In the mid-70's Emery made several television appearances, including on "The Mike Douglas Show", Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" and "Good Morning, America", and even demonstrated goat-milking on "Donahue".

Emery's book did not find a commercial publisher until the 7th edition when it was published by Bantam in 1977. The most recent edition of the Encyclopedia, the "updated 10th edition," was published by Sasquatch Books in 2008. (ISBN 1-57061-553-5). A new "40th Anniversary Edition" was made available October 31, 2012, published by Sasquatch Books (ISBN 978-1-57061-841-3).

The Encyclopedia of Country Living presents an exhaustive overview of virtually every topic relevant to homesteading and self-sufficiency.

During the 1990s Emery researched somnambulism, hypnosis, and mind control. Because of a personal history as a victim of hypnotism abuse, she wrote a second book, Secret, Don't Tell: The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism. By writing this, she hoped to help others who found themselves with the same distressful fate. It was difficult to find a publisher because the publishers feared possible repercussions from government entities. Don and Carla self-published this book in 1998, under Acorn Hill Publishing. (ISBN 0-9659930-3-5). The book criticized hypnosis in general, and what the author considered to be its unethical uses. Her widower, Don DeLong, now holds the copyrights to this book.

Part I of Secret, Don't Tell contains four major case histories of criminal hypnosis which have been researched either by psychiatrists or investigative journalists. Each of those case histories is a clear-cut, well-studied, detailed case of hypnotic abuse - deceitful, amnesic, chronic, and damaging. Scattered throughout the book, many other significant cases involving criminal mind control are also described.

On October 11, 2005, while on a speaking tour, Emery died in Odessa, Texas from complications of pneumonia. She was surrounded by all of her family.

Cottage garden

The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure. Homely and functional gardens connected to working-class cottages go back centuries, but their stylized reinvention occurred in 1870s England, as a reaction to the more structured, rigorously maintained estate gardens with their formal designs and mass plantings of greenhouse annuals.

The earliest cottage gardens were more practical than today's, with emphasis on vegetables and herbs, fruit trees, perhaps a beehive, and even livestock. Flowers, used to fill spaces, gradually became more dominant. The traditional cottage garden was usually enclosed, perhaps with a rose-bowered gateway. Flowers common to early cottage gardens included traditional florists' flowers such as primroses and violets, along with flowers with household use such as calendula and various herbs. Others were the richly scented old-fashioned roses that bloomed once a year, and simple flowers like daisies. In time, cottage-garden sections were added to some large estate gardens as well.

Modern cottage gardens include countless regional and personal variations and embrace plant materials, such as ornamental grasses or native plants not seen in the rural gardens of cottagers. Traditional roses, with their full fragrance and lush foliage, continue to be a cottage-garden mainstay—along with modern disease-resistant varieties that retain traditional attributes. Informal climbing plants, whether traditional or modern hybrids, are also common, as are the self-sowing annuals and freely spreading perennials favoured in traditional cottagers' gardens.

David Schmader

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Ebury Publishing

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Under its umbrella are the imprints BBC Books, Ebury Press, Rider, Time Out, Virgin Books and Vermilion—each with their own, distinct identity and specialist areas of publishing.

Eric Liu

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Gerald Brashear

Gerald Brashear was a Seattle jazz performer from the 1940s to the mid-1970s. He played the conga drums and saxophone and was a scat singer. Brashear married jazz singer Wanda Brown after the death of her first husband, drummer Vernon Brown. As well as performing with his wife, Brashear played with Ray Charles in his early days in Seattle, as well as Della Reese, Cecil Young, and Wyatt Ruther. His brother, Oscar, was a jazz pianist who performed with Ernestine Anderson.

In Paul de Barros' Jackson Street After Hours (Sasquatch Books, 1993) Ernestine Anderson is quoted: "Gerald Brashear's conga-playing was no small part of the act. Brashear had taught himself to play the style of Dizzy's Cuban drummer, Chano Pozo. Buddy Catlett says Brashear 'played like a Cuban', he was that good."

"Gerald had a dry sense of humor. The two of them (Brashear and Young) together were just craziness on the loose. Cecil was always playing crank jokes on people. A prankster. We used to wonder when he slept - he'd always be doing something, no matter what time of day or night it was. He reminded me of an overgrown kid.... He never grew up, in that respect. You had to laugh when you were around these two people. I mean the Marx Brothers was nothing compared to these guys."


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Jack Nisbet

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Ketzel Levine

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Music Lust

Music Lust: Recommended Listening for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason is a book written by Nic Harcourt, the music director for the Santa Monica, California, radio station KCRW.

The book, featuring selections gathered from Harcourt's extensive personal musical knowledge, comprises numerous essays on various genres and movements, and Harcourt includes several esoteric and original categories, as well.

Music Lust takes its basic premise from Book Lust, which was written by librarian Nancy Pearl and includes literary selections and recommendations.

Music Lust was published in 2005 by Sasquatch Books with ISBN 1-57061-437-7.

Nancy Pearl

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Novella Carpenter

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Women in Tech

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