Writers Reading

Orca Books Author Reading: Craig McLaughlin presents "Passing on Curves: While Death Rides Shotgun"

Event: 
Sat, 10/10/2015 - 7:00pm

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.

"Timberland Writes Together" Anthology Authors

Event: 
Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Spend an evening with "Timberland Writes Together" anthology authors. Meet authors as they share their perspectives on writing, discuss the story they submitted for the anthology and answer questions from the audience. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

LOCATION:
Washington Center Black Box Theater
512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Questions? Call the Olympia Timberland Library at 360-352-0595

Story Writing in the Age of the Internet

Event: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Internet has created new ways of reaching an audience, making story-writing more complex and challenging than ever. Has the nature of story changed? How can a writer be read? Writer/editor Tom Maddox, former Director of Writing at The Evergreen State College, will help aspiring writers answer these questions. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

This event takes place at the Olympia Timberland Library.

313 8th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-352-0595

Olympia Zine Fest Panel at the Library

Event: 
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Come and celebrate the start of the first ever Olympia Zine Fest, an event centered on small scale, alternative, do-it-yourself print media! The panel will include V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Author and Maximum Rock'n'roll contributor Imogen Binnie, Queer Zine Archive Project founder Milo Miller, and facilitator Joaquin de la Puente. This event will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.

Location: Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA. (360) 352-0595

Indie Publishing: Get Your Writing Out There

Event: 
Wed, 10/14/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Independent publishing now rivals the combined output of all the publishers in New York. Authors Anthea Sharp and Ryan Williams will talk about how to get your writing directly into the hands of readers. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

 

 

LOCATION: Tenino Timberland Library

172 Central Avenue West, Tenino, WA 98589

(360) 264-2369.

 

 

 

 

 

Printing & Ebooks for Self-Published Authors

Event: 
Tue, 10/13/2015 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Join us for a talk on book printing and self-publishing with book printer Alison Bailey. Learn the process of book printing, ins and outs of self-publishing, ebook options and see examples of books printed in the Gorham Printing shop in Centralia.  Bring your questions for Q & A afterward! This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

 

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

 

 

 

Making the Most of Your Writing Time

Event: 
Sat, 10/10/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

“I only write when I'm inspired, and I make sure I'm inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” Learn how to turn off your inner critic and make the most of the time you set aside to practice your craft. Participants will learn how to create a writing-friendly environment, manage and prepare for their writing time and how to measure success rather than focus on artificial deadlines. Presented by local author and writing instructor, Lindsay Schopfer.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

 

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

Choose Your Words Carefully

Event: 
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Mark Twain said that the difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug. Storytellers of all skills and disciplines will benefit from this fun and insightful look at the language they choose for their creative writing. Participants will learn how to develop their own unique writing voice, how to use a thesaurus wisely, how to write powerful metaphors and similes, and how to avoid clichés. Presented by local author and writing instructor, Lindsay Schopfer.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

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

Orca Books Children's Book Event: local authors Terri Cohlene and Doug Keith present "Something Special"

Event: 
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 1:00pm

Orca Books is delighted to welcome Terri Cohlene and Doug Keith to the store. Terri and Doug co-authored the wonderful picture book "Something Special," about a curious little frog who finds a mysterious gift outside his home near the castle moat. Terri will also be signing copies of her new book "Witch's Brew" and Doug will have copies of his newest title, "The Storybook Prince".

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


Terri grew up in Skyway, a suburb of Renton, Washington where she competed with her two brothers in polliwog-catching, berry-tossing and slug-handling.  Her work is influenced by car trips to Eastern Washington and visits to her grandparents’ apple orchard in Cashmere.  She is has authored nine books for children, serves on the board of Olympia Poetry Network, and is a freelance editor in Olympia, Washington.


Doug began his professional career as a commercial artist in New York City shortly after leaving art school in 1974. He has thirty years of experience in illustration, commercial art, graphic design, sculpting and fine art. His versatility earns him a wide range of projects including more than forty illustrated books, a series of popular alphabet posters, sculptures for garden statuary and numerous fine art commissions. Seattle’s EMP Museum tapped his sculpting skills to create museum quality mannequins for many of their exhibits.

Orca Books reading: Author, botanist and Evergreen professor Frederica Bowcutt presents "The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood"

Event: 
Sat, 09/26/2015 - 3:00pm

Author, botanist and Evergreen professor Frederica Bowcutt will present her new book, "The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood". This event is FREE and open to the public. It will be at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia. 

Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) is a resilient and common hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon. People’s radically different perceptions of it have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and abuse for nearly twenty years, botanist Frederica Bowcutt uncovers a complex history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree’s fate.

Still valued by indigenous communities for its nutritious acorn nut, the tree has also been a source of raw resources for a variety of industries since white settlement of western North America. Despite ongoing protests, tanoaks are now commonly killed with herbicides in industrial forests in favor of more commercially valuable coast redwood and Douglas-fir. As one nontoxic alternative, many foresters and communities promote locally controlled, third-party certified sustainable hardwood production using tanoak, which doesn’t depend on clearcutting and herbicide use.

Today tanoaks are experiencing massive die-offs due to sudden oak death, an introduced disease. Bowcutt examines the complex set of factors that set the stage for the tree’s current ecological crisis. The end of the book focuses on hopeful changes including reintroduction of low-intensity burning to reduce conifer competition for tanoaks, emerging disease resistance in some trees, and new partnerships among tanoak defenders, including botanists, foresters, Native Americans, and plant pathologists.

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