Writers Reading

Champion Slam Poet and Spoken Word Artist - MATT SEDILLO

Event: 
Mon, 02/27/2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Champion Slam Poet and Spoken Word Artist
MATT SEDILLO
MONDAY FEBRUARY 27th
5 - 7 PM
SEM 2 E1105
The Evergreen State College

Occupy Anarchism: Talk and discussion with Cindy Milstein

Event: 
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 1:00pm

As the "do-it-ourselves" uprisings and occupations that have swept across the globe from Egypt to United States are proving, the ethical practices that anarchists have long advocated are becoming powerful everyday experiences for millions, with people self-organizing everything from civic defense and trash collection to tent encampments and general assemblies. Indeed, the contours of the US occupy movement in particular could be viewed, in large part, as anarchism in action. Yet despite its obvious debt to anarchism, OWS and its lightning-speed proliferation across North America seemed to come as a surprise to anarchists, and in many ways, their learning curve as antiauthoritarians has been just as great as for those many liberals and political newcomers who overwhelmingly populate(d) the spaces of occupy. That surprise has created novel challenges and contradictions for anarchist theory and practice as well as anarchists' own self-understanding. More surprisingly still, it also appears to have cracked open the potential for fundamental social transformation in a way that our recent anticapitalist efforts never could on their own. Cindy will offer some reflections on occupy anarchism within the quirky, compelling experiment of occupy everything and then facilitate a discussion with the audience.

Cindy Milstein is an Institute for Anarchist Studies board member and a co-organizer of the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including Realizing the Impossible, Confronting Capitalism, and Globalize Liberation. She had published several books including Anarchism and Its Aspirations which is often cited as one of the best intros to the philosophy and movement of Anarchism.

When: Feb 22 1-4PM
Where: Lobby of the Library at The Evergreen State College. This event is open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Author Event: A Refreshing Political Success Story in Olympia

Event: 
Wed, 02/29/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Decade our American Democracy worked -- right here in Olympia. 

The authors of the new book, Politics of the Possible, Mary Ellen McCaffree and Anne McNamee Corbett will be at Orca Books on 4th Steet on February 29th. Join them for a presentation, reading and lively discussion.

Date: February 29th, 2012

Time: 7:00pm 

Location: Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E

Given our current political environment, the new book, Politics of the Possible by Mary Ellen McCaffree and Anne McNamee Corbett offers a timely and refreshing approach to today’s often frustrating governmental process. Budgets, deficits, wrangling political parties, and special interests that increasingly press (and achieve) their demands in disregard of the public’s general welfare – all find antidotes in this lively political history. Politics of the Possible reminds us how our government is supposed to work. It’s a living example of an effective decade of governing when our elected leaders moved beyond partisanship and focused on problem-solving for the people.

By retracing McCaffree’s’ path inside the gears of governing during Washington state’s most productive and legendary decade, Politics of the Possible charts the overhaul of our state during the 1960’s, culminating in a stunning 1970 special legislative session that capped a sweeping program of progressive, bi-partisan reforms. 

For more information or to purchase a book, please visit: www.politicsofthepossible.com. Questions can be directed to me, Alison McCaffree, the author's granddaughter and marketing manager at info@politicsofthepossible.com.

 

Oceanographer’s Lifelong Study of Flotsam is Timely and Poignant

Event: 
Wed, 02/15/2012 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer will be at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, February 15 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. to discuss his book “Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science.”

Flotsametrics recounts how tracking debris in the oceans reveals the rhythmic and harmonic order in vast oceanic currents and how flotsam has even changed the course of history. The program takes place after the library closes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Ebbesmeyer will focus much of his talk on debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan that began washing up in December on beaches in Washington and British Columbia. In an interview with the Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News, Ebbesmeyer said that debris should be treated with reverence, respect and caution and reported to appropriate authorities as families in Japan are waiting to hear of any items that may have been associated with their loved ones. Items that wash up may include human remains as well as portions of large objects such as houses and personal items such as shoes. There is also the possibility of radiation contamination.

Ebbesmeyer holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. An expert on ocean currents and floating objects, Dr. Ebbesmeyer turned beachcombing into a science in the early 1990s when he marshaled the efforts of an international network of beachcombers to trace the ocean’s currents using thousands of sneakers and plastic bath toys spilled from freighters. Now retired and living in Seattle, Ebbesmeyer talks at beachcomber fairs in Alaska, Florida, and Washington. He also publishes the quarterly newsletter, Beachcombers’ Alert, and blogs at http://beachcombersalert.blogspot.com.

Sibyl James discusses West African memoir

Event: 
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Sibyl James, a writer, traveler and Fulbright Scholar, will be at the Olympia Timberland Library on Thursday, February 9 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. to read from and discuss her new book “The Last Woro Woro to Treichville: A West African Memoir.” Books will be available for purchase. The program takes place after the library closes.

The memoir is based on Ms. James’s experiences teaching and traveling as a Fulbright professor in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in 1999 and 2000. The memoir includes in part her observations on daily life and culture, the coup and civil unrest that set the scene for the country's recent civil wars and the four African girls who “adopted” her.

A believer in the value of immersing oneself in another culture, James has taught in the U.S., China, Mexico and, as Fulbright professor, in Tunisia and Cote d'Ivoire. Her publications include nine books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, including In China with Harpo and Karl, The Adventures of Stout Mama and China Beats (Egress Studio Press). James lives in Seattle.

The Olympia Timberland Library is at 313 8th Avenue. For more information, call the library at (360) 352-0595 or go to www.TRL.org.

Rudy Martin Reads at Timberland

Event: 
Thu, 02/02/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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On Thursday, Feb. 2, Rudy Martin will read at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave. SE.  He'll touch on the family memoir On the Move:  A Black Family’s Western Saga, and the novel Natural-Born Proud:  A Revery, but will emphasize his most recent publication, the collection Seaside Stories.

"This is a beautiful collection of essays. It draws the reader into the life of a young man struggling with the twin pressures of race, and being the son of a Pentecostal preacher, in the context of a small California town at a moment of dramatic change in the country during the 1950s and 60s. The stories are vivid, personal, dramatic, and captivating."
                        Carol Lynn McKibben, Stanford University.

Meet "Mayan December" Author Brenda Cooper

Author Brenda Cooper will be at the Olympia Timberland Library this Thursday, January 26 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. to read from her new novel, “Mayan December,” and answer questions. The program takes place after the library closes. No other library services will be available.

The themes of the novel center on the end of the Mayan calendar, the love between a mother and daughter, and a friendship that crosses time. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Cooper is a Pacific Northwest writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. She loves dogs, the future, and being curious. Her Web site is www.brenda-cooper.com.

The Olympia Timberland Library is at 313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia. For more information, please call the library at (360) 352-0595 or go to www.TRL.org.

Meet "Mayan December" Author Brenda Cooper

Event: 
Thu, 01/26/2012 - 7:30pm - 7:45pm

Author Brenda Cooper will be at the Olympia Timberland Library this Thursday, January 26 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. to read from her new novel, “Mayan December,” and answer questions. The program takes place after the library closes. No other library services will be available.

The themes of the novel center on the end of the Mayan calendar, the love between a mother and daughter, and a friendship that crosses time. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Cooper is a Pacific Northwest writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. She loves dogs, the future, and being curious. Her Web site is www.brenda-cooper.com.

The Olympia Timberland Library is at 313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia. For more information, please call the library at (360) 352-0595 or go to www.TRL.org.

Poetry Performance: Alan Lau and Susie Kozawa

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On January 26th, Alan Lau, American Book Award Winning Poet and Susie Kozawa, innovative Sound Artist and Composer will perform at 2PM in Lecture Hall 5 at Evergreen.  Lau will be reading from his book of poetry, Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker's Journal, and Kozawa will be accompanying him.
 
"Alan Chong Lau’s poetic memoir of his days as a produce worker in Seattle’s Chinatown reveals a microcosm of grassroots, working-class Asian America—a world where customers, workers, and fruits and vegetables intersect in exchanges that crackle with energy and brim over with humor.
 
With the simple profundity of a Zen koan, the poems bear witness to people’s humanity. Lau portrays in words and pictures a community in constant flux as it moves to the push and pull of immigration. Blues and Greens has a lot to say about Asian Americans. What emerges is an acutely observed, nuanced critique of where Asian Americans—native-born, refugee, and migrant—are today."
                                                    Intersections: Asian and Pacific AmericanTranscultural Studies
 

Poetry Performance: Alan Lau and Susie Kozawa

Event: 
Thu, 01/26/2012 - 2:00pm

From today's inbox -
 
On January 26th, Alan Lau, American Book Award Winning Poet and Susie Kozawa, innovative Sound Artist and Composer will perform at 2PM in Lecture Hall 5 at Evergreen.  Lau will be reading from his book of poetry, Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker's Journal, and Kozawa will be accompanying him.
 
"Alan Chong Lau’s poetic memoir of his days as a produce worker in Seattle’s Chinatown reveals a microcosm of grassroots, working-class Asian America—a world where customers, workers, and fruits and vegetables intersect in exchanges that crackle with energy and brim over with humor.
 
With the simple profundity of a Zen koan, the poems bear witness to people’s humanity. Lau portrays in words and pictures a community in constant flux as it moves to the push and pull of immigration. Blues and Greens has a lot to say about Asian Americans. What emerges is an acutely observed, nuanced critique of where Asian Americans—native-born, refugee, and migrant—are today."
                                                    Intersections: Asian and Pacific AmericanTranscultural Studies
 

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