Writers Reading

Lindsay Schopfer Book Release Party

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us as we celebrate the release of local author Lindsay Schopfer's new steampunk novel, “Into the North”. Lindsay will read selections from the book, the second in the Keltin Moore series and sequel to "The Beast Hunter".  Books will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be provided. We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.



Author Visit: Alexander Boldizar -- "The Ugly"

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Alexander Boldizar’s new book, “The Ugly,” is smart, funny and wildly adventurous. It is #1 on Amazon and GoodReads lists, and is considered one of the best new novels of 2016. Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth is a 300-pound boulder-throwing mountain man from Siberia. When his tribal homeland is stolen by an American lawyer, he must learn how to throw words instead of boulders. Alexander Boldizar was the first post-independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. For several years, an online Korean dictionary had him listed as its entry for "ugly."

Annah Anti-Palindrome & 3 Local Writers

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

DNA Hymn, a collection of poems about rural, working-class, queer-femme survivor identity, will be performed through live, musical soundscapes made with a loop pedal, found objects, her body (mostly her throat), and more! Local writers Nomy Lamm, Lean Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Neve Be(ast) will also read.

This event will take place at the Olympia Timberland Library located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

Author Visit: Samantha Craft - Everyday Aspergers

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Autistic writer and artist Samantha Craft is best known for her prolific writings found in her well-received blog and book, "Everyday Aspergers." A former schoolteacher, with a Master's Degree in Education, Sam has been published in peer reviewed journals and featured in autistic literature.

This event will take place at the Olympia Timberland Library located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

Taking your NaNoWriMo Novel to the Next Level

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

With a rough draft, the basic story goes down on paper. Once finished and after the draft rests in a dark closet – out of sight and mind - for a month or more, you can fire up the creative energy once again. Bring your laptop or notebook and your questions concerning your work in progress. Come mend plot-holes and narrative gaffes that you overlooked during November’s writing frenzy.

The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


The Boys in the Boat Author to Speak at Washington Center

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
 LOCATION: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
Olympia Timberland Library presents Seattle's own Daniel James Brown, author of New York Times Best-seller, "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics," as he talks about his book, his writing process, research he conducted, along with reading excerpts from the book and fielding audience questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. All Timberland Library programs are free and open to the public.

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.

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