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Event Details

Wednesday, January 19 2022


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



KCTS 9 is excited to continue the KCTS 9 Book Club in 2022, a virtual conversation event series, in collaboration with Third Place Books in Seattle and PBS Books.

Monthly book selections are made by a rotating group of Washington authors who also host the virtual discussions. The twist: authors select books that aren't their own! Most months, books selected are fiction, but we may change it up once every so often. Themes correspond to current programming airing on KCTS 9.

Our theme for January will be "Television & Movies Based on Books" and we'll be reading Havana Red by Leonardo Padura. Kevin O'Brien will be our facilitator. Please note this is a crime novel and the book contains curse words. The selection complements these programs on KCTS 9:

  • Four Seasons in Havana, based on the Havana Quartet books by Leonardo Padura. Havana Red is one of the books in the quartet. The series is available for on-demand streaming for Passport members at
  • All Creatures Great & Small, based on the book of the same title by James Herriot. Season 2 premieres on January 9th at 9 pm (Check out Season 1 with KCTS 9 Passport!)
  • The Rebel Princess, based on The Emperor's Conquest by Mei Yu Zhe 寐语者. The series is available for on-demand streaming for Passport members at

Books are available for purchase through Third Place Books for a 20% discount*. Orders can be placed HERE and may be picked up in person at any Third Place Books location or shipped directly to you.

*Discount applies only to physical copies for the month prior to the discussion. Audiobooks are available through Should you need assistance locating a Braille copy or have budget restrictions, please contact KCTS 9 at or (206) 443-5476. It is important to us that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so.

About the facilitator:

Before his thrillers landed him on the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller lists, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector.  The author of 21 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter is THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED (in stores, July, 2021). He is one of 13 bestselling, award-winning thriller authors contributing to the anthology, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT, edited by Jeffery Deaver (November, 2020). He lives in Seattle, where he is hard at work on his next thriller.

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