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Olympia Zine Fest 2016

Fri, 09/30/2016 (All day) - Sun, 10/02/2016 (All day)

The Second Annual Olympia Zine Fest

Olympia Zine Fest is a celebration of zines and DIY culture. The second year of the fest offers three days of music, workshops, and opportunities to buy and trade zines. It's free and all-ages.

Friday, September 30th
Kick-off event with Guest of Honor, Osa Atoe.
It's a punk show at the library featuring bands whose members also make zines: Spider & the Webs, Dr. Identity, VOG. Hosted by MC Osa Atoe with tunes in between sets by DJ Erika Elizabeth. The show starts at 7pm at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave. SE.

Saturday, October 1st
Tabling Expo with over 70 zine-makers, distros and libraries. 11am - 5pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.

Sunday, October 2nd
Workshops, 11am - 5pm, at Obsidian (414 4th Ave. E) and Mixx 96 Meeting Room (119 Franklin St. NE). The schedule and descriptions are available here.

More information is available at olympiazinefest.org.

Kids Book Reading at Orca Books: Local Author Simon Calcavecchia reads "Adventures of Frank and Mustard: Stuck in the Mud"

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 11:00am

Orca Books welcomes Olympia Simon Calcavecchia, author of the new picture book "Stuck in the Mud. Book one in The Adventures of Frank and Mustard", a delightful story about two buddies who use their wits, and the help of their friends, to get out of a sticky situation. The book is illustrated by local artist Arturo Alvarez.

This is a FREE event, great for kids age 4-8!

About the author:

In 2002, Simon Calcavecchia moved to Australia to follow his dream of playing rugby. After his third game of the season, he was injured in a scrum leaving him with c5/6 quadriplegia. Several years after the injury, Simon graduated from The Evergreen State College with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. After graduating, he spent most of his time volunteering with preschool children, which partly inspired him to write The Adventures of Frank and Mustard.

Simon continues to inspire others by following his dreams and living a life of passion regardless of his disability. The stories of Frank and Mustard are based on his personal experiences. They are meant to inspire children and adults to never give up.

ThurstonTalk recently posted a great article about Simon and the Frank and Mustard series here: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2016/07/09/simon-calcavecchia/

Author Visit: Paige Orwin

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Timberland Library, where Paige Orwin will discuss her new SF/Fantasy novel, The Interminables.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be available to buy.  Feel free to call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

Orca Books Author Event: Kris Hermes presents "Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000"

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 3:00pm

SATURDAY June 25th at 3pm: Kris Hermes will talk about his new book, "Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000." This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E.

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to spy on Americans and undermine meaningful social change are greatly enhanced by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations. Normally associated with the realities of a post-9/11 world, Crashing the Party shows how these developments were already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance.

Orca Books Author Event: Jereme Zimmerman, "Make Mead Like a Viking"

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 7:00pm

Jereme Zimmerman will present his new book, "Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers."

This is a free event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia.

Ancient societies brewed flavorful and healing meads, ales, and wines for millennia using only intuition, storytelling, and knowledge passed down through generations no fancy, expensive equipment or degrees in chemistry needed. In "Make Mead Like a Viking", homesteader, fermentation enthusiast, and self-described Appalachian Yeti Viking Jereme Zimmerman summons the bryggjemann of the ancient Norse to demonstrate how homebrewing mead, arguably the world's oldest fermented alcoholic beverage, can be not only uncomplicated but fun. Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet, and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian tej,  flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog!

Jereme Zimmerman grew up on his parents northern Kentucky goat farm, Twin Meadows, where he was also homeschooled. After graduating from Berea College in Kentucky, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he immersed himself in the world of homebrewing. As the world's only peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking, Zimmerman writes, blogs, and speaks regularly on fermentation, mead-making, homesteading, and good eating.

Civil War Stories Through Letters

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What would a soldier write to his loved ones back home? Join Nick K. Adams in a journey to the past as he reads from the book 'My Dear Wife and Children : Civil War Letters from a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer'  These are letters written from 1861 to 1863 during the Civil War by Nick Adams' great-great-grandfather, Corporal David Brainard Griffin who left Minnesota to fight never to return home.

Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501.
Phone: 360-943-7790.
Intercity Transit route 12/13.

Summer Reading Begins!

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Head to the Tumwater Timberland Library and sign up for the summer reading program! This year’s theme is sports: "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!" for children, "Get in the Game...Read" for teens, and “Exercise Your Mind” for adults.  Summer Reading is a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program. Watch our website, www.TRL.org, for our summer events and festivities!

Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501. 

Phone: 360-943-7790. 

Intercity Transit route 12/13.  


Orca Books Event: Norman Stockwell, editor of "Rebel Reporting: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists"

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 3:00pm

Author Talk: Norman Stockwell @ Orca Books | Olympia | Washington | United States

FREE talk at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Norman Stockwell will discuss a book he edited: “Rebel Reporting,” the collected lectures of the legendary rebel reporter John Ross.

The book outlines the basic responsibilities of a journalist, and provides instructions on how to document injustices and poetically pitch stories to audiences to create change in society.

Stockwell has reported for Madison, Wisconsn’s independent radio station WORT since 1983, and has worked as a journalist all over the world.

Comic Reading with Taylor Dow, Chris Sabatini, and Chelsea Baker

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, May 14, 2016
An All ages comic reading with Taylow Dow, Chris Sabatini and Chelsea Baker.

Three local comic artists will share their work. Proceeds benefit the second annual Olympia Zine Fest, taking place in downtown Olympia on October 1 & 2 2016.

Bar Francis
110 Franklin St. NE
5-7pm, $5 at the door

Taylor Dow: taylorhdow.com
Chris Sabatini: maybeparade.tumblr.com
Chelsea Baker: facebook.com/chelseascomics

Diary Disclosure

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

At Diary Disclosure, adults read from the funny, sweet, and otherwise amusing writings of their adolescence. Each edition of Diary Disclosure benefits an organization that serves youth. Proceeds from May's event will go toward youth involvement at Olympia Zine Fest!

Thursday, May 5
Obsidian, 414 4th Ave. E
7pm doors, 8pm show, $7 suggested donation, 21+

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