A FREE author reading at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.
Novelist and erstwhile Orca bookseller Ryan Boudinot returns to Olympia to read from his new story collection, "The Octopus Rises." Bouncing between experimental fiction, absurdist farce, paranoid futurism, and stinging satire, Boudinot's funny, inventive prose lays bare the hopes and anxieties of our age. From a heartbreaking and pitchperfect account of the end of Bert and Ernie's relationship to a story about lovelorn robots looking for a chopshop owner who's willing to look the other way in a world where robot sex is illegal, Boudinot's prose crackles with acerbic wit. Some other stories in the book: a Miyazakiesque story about an entire town that shares the same heart; “Chopsticks”, in which the protaganist's cat who develops a hard drug problem; “An Essay and a Story about Mötley Crüe ” (wishfulfillment disguised as memoir); “I Used to Be a Plastic Bottle” ; and “The Guy Who Kept Meeting Himself”. Boudinot last visited the store with his sensational science fiction novel “Blueprints of the Afterlife”.
A FREE talk at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E, downtown Olympia. Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund will present her new book, "Last Adventure of Life: Inspiring Approaches to Living and Dying". Maria will be joined by Joseph Varley, a radio host with KLAY-AM Talk Radio Seattle/Tacoma, who has produced radio shows featuring many of the top experts on the subject of death and dying. “The Last Adventure of Life” provides an inspiring resource for anyone seeking to gain a spiritual perspective on life and death, whether they are grieving, caring for a loved one who has a life- threatening illness, or facing the prospect of death themselves. This collection of writings, compiled by a longtime hospice counselor and transformational healer, assists us in viewing the experience of death as one of beauty, sacredness, and transformation. Encompassing a wide range of religious and spiritual suggestions, inspirational stories, resources, poetry and prayers, Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund's compassionately written and loving words provide a comforting and enlightening treasury of hope and healing. Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund is an author, transformational (energy) healer, U.C.C. Minister, spiritual counselor, and end-of-life coach who honors the body/mind/spirit holistic approach. She now works primarily with the Japanese who visit Sedona. She was born and raised in Japan.
Orca Books is delighted to welcome author JoAnn Lakin to the store on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm. JoAnn will be reading from her debut short story collection, "Unexpected Diversity Tales." This a FREE event, all are welcome. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.
Join us as we celebrate the release of local author Lindsay Schopfer's new book: Magic, Mystery and Mirth! The book is a collection of short stories that range from humorous fantasy to surreal horror. The author will read from his book as well as have a Q & A session.
Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501.
Intercity Transit route 12/13.
Location: Olympia Timberland Library- 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia.
Description: Four authors - Kate Robinson, Caleb Beckwith, Alice Wynne, and Reid Urban - will read excerpts from their works on topics such as rage, lust, romantic comedy and madness.
Come join us at the library for this exciting program, featuring two local artists!
All library programs are free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase for those interested. Feel free to call with any questions! 360-352-0595.
David Hlavsa, head of the Theatre Arts Department at St. Martin's University, will present his new memoir, "Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs". To strengthen their marriage and prepare them for parenthood, David and Lisa walk the Camino de Santiago, a 400-mile pilgrimage across the north of Spain. But, as they discover, the pilgrimage doesn’t end in Santiago; it continues as they return home and face more difficult challenges: the stillbirth of their first son and Lisa’s harrowing second pregnancy. "Walking Distance" is a moving and disarmingly funny book, a good story with a happy ending—the safe arrival of David and Lisa’s second son, Benjamin. David and Lisa get more than they bargained for, but they also get exactly what they wanted: a child, a solid marriage, and a richer life.
"Deeply inspiring. For some couples wanting a baby and having one is like a walk across a backyard garden sweet and swift. For others, it s a pilgrimage of passionate endurance. "Walking Distance "is a poignant and captivating account of a hard journey written with humor and humility by a loving husband and father." Sherokee Ilse, author of "Empty Arms"
Patricia Holm will be talking about her book "The Null Set Remembered: A Memoir of a Coffee House 1964-1967". This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.
In the author's own words: "From 1964 – 1967, in days of alternative life styles, political upheaval and social protest, the Null Set offered a safe haven for new ideas and a stage for Northwest musicians who were exploring sounds from the past. "Four of us started the Null Set. Bob, Bonnie, Pete and I: two married couples with kids. We had been friends since 1957 when I first met Bob in Seattle. It was by accident that we all landed in Olympia in the summer of 1963 and became closer friends and both families became members of the Unitarian Fellowship. We were together one evening the summer of 1964 and lighted upon the idea of starting a coffee house together." As part of the presentation, five women will read "The Exception and the Rule" by Bertolt Brecht, a play performed at the Null Set in 1967. Fifty years ago, the play was performed at the Null Set in Olympia and we are remembering that event. In 1967 it was performed as a puppet play and the puppets will be on display at Orca. The readers are: Llyn De Danaan, Susan Tuzzolino, Zena Hartung, Pat Holm and Laura Schleyer.
Orca Books author event: a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.
Derek "Deek" Diedricksen will be talking about his new book "Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures".
An Orca Books author reading this Saturday, October 10th. This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olymoia.
Craig McLaughlin will be talking about his new book, "Passing on Curves: While Death Rides Shotgun."
In gripping essays from his stage performances, Craig McLaughlin travels a road where death lurks around every turn. At birth, he almost bleeds to death because of hemophilia. Despite the odds, he survives to adolescence but finds himself living on an exotic animal farm where the humans can be more menacing than the tigers. As a young adult he contracts HIV from contaminated blood products, and later struggles to care for his wife with breast cancer while disease threatens to orphan their daughter.
McLaughlin shows tremendous reverence for both life and death. Readers will fear for him, cheer for him, and marvel at his resilience and ability to recover from misfortune.