Writers Reading

Author Visit : Thor Hanson

Event: 
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join author and biologist Thor Hanson for an evening of stories from his new book, "The Triumph of Seeds." Learn what makes seeds so successful in nature, and why we are so dependent upon them for everything from coffee and cotton to food and fracking.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.

All library programs are free and open to the public.

Orca Books Reading: Novelist Anita Feng presents "Sid"

Event: 
Sat, 09/19/2015 - 7:00pm

 Anita Feng will be reading from her new book "Sid" at Orca Books. This is a free event, all are welcome. Orca Books is located at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

About the book:

What would the life of Buddha look like if it were lived today? Anita Feng has crafted in" Sid" a delightful jewel that captures both the classic story of the Buddha, as well a deeply personal and familiar reflection of the story in a contemporary retelling. "Sid" weaves the traditional tale of Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be with the story of Sid, an everyman who finds himself waking up amid the reality of work and family life in the modern world. Returning to the standard tale with careful consideration of the relationships in Buddha's life--to his wife, parents, and child--Feng's narrative embodies the Mahayana perspective of living one's enlightenment in the world.
Beautifully told in poetic prose, "Sid" teaches that the key to the story of the Buddha's life is that the story could be about any of us.

Orca Books Reading: Essayist Mark Rozema, "Road Trip"

Event: 
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 7:00pm

Orca is delighted to welcome author Mark Rozema to the store. Mark will be reading from Road Trip, his new collection of essays. This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Road Trip is a collection of autobiographical essays that honor the places, people and other living creatures that have given shape and meaning to one man’s life. Framed by essays about the life and death of loved ones, the book explores the importance of family, friendship and what it means to care for another human being. Above all, Road Trip is about transformations that happen in ways we may not always understand or welcome—it’s about traveling down unknown and unexpected roads with good humor, generosity and a spirit of adventure.

Bones, Blessings and Miracles: Reflections on Living a Creative, Purposeful Life

Event: 
Tue, 09/15/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Anatha Attar will share personal stories of a journey that circles both the outer world and the depths of the human heart. Attar has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from St. Martin's University. She is a Washington State Certified Counselor with a private practice in Olympia, a writer, teacher, artist and guest speaker.

All library events are free and open to the public.  Feel free to call the library with any questions.  360-352-0595

Local Author Visit: Charlie Jack Joseph Kruger

Event: 
Wed, 09/23/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Come join us as Charlie Jack Joseph Kruger returns to the library to discuss the inspirations and research that led to his new novel, "A Junkyard God with Broken Legs." 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

All library events are free and open to the public.  Feel free to call the library with any questions.  360-352-0595.

Susan Abulhawa - The Blue Between Sky and Water

Event: 
Sat, 09/12/2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Orca Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice are delighted to welcome Susan Abulhawa to Olympia this Saturday, September 12.  The author of Mornings in Jenin will talk about and read from her new book, The Blue Between Sky and Water, a novel about four generations of powerful Palestinian women in Gaza. A human rights activist, biologist, and political commentator, Susan Abulhawa lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter and their beloved dogs.  She is founder of  Playgrounds for Palestine a nonprofit organization dedicated to upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children.  Mornings in Jenin, Abulhawa's debut novel, was an international bestseller, translated into 26 languages.

Summer Reading Party

Event: 
Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Celebrate all of the reading you did this summer at the Tumwater Timberland Library's End of Summer Party! There will be cake, crafts, games, and balloon animals. Program paid for by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. This event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

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

 

 

 

Orca Books Talk: Author Dave Tucker on "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington"

Event: 
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 7:00pm

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

Orca Books is delighted to welcome geologist Dave Tucker, who will be talking about his new book "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington," a popular field guide to 22 geologic sites, including the Mima Mounds, Rainbow Falls State Park, and others near Olympia.

In "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington", the most recent addition to the Geology Underfoot series, author and geoscientist Dave Tucker narrates western Washington's geologic tales, covering sites from its low-lying shorelines to its rugged mountaintops. The book's 22 chapters, or vignettes, lead you to easily accessible stops along Washington's highways and some trails, too. A healthy dose of full-color illustrations and photos compliments the author's illuminating prose, further demystifying Washington's geologic wonders. With Geology Underfoot in Western Washington in hand, you'll soon feel like an Evergreen State geology expert.

Dave Tucker has a Master's Degree in geology and is a research associate in the geology department at Western Washington University. He is a director of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research at the active volcano and educate the public about volcanic hazards of Mount Baker. Tucker has been mapping Baker's geology since the mid-1990's, in particular the distribution of volcanic ash deposits. He leads public field trips and gives presentations about the geology of northwest Washington, and is author of the blog, Northwest Geology Field Trips.

Zine Reading: Reid Urban and Jefferson Doyle

Event: 
Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

As part of the Olympia Library's month long celebration of zines, Reid Urban and Jefferson Doyle will read selections from their work and reflect on the changing role of zines - their impact on culture and society. Urban will show a video and read from a self-published work dealing with the use of miscommunication and the spaces it creates. Doyle is a local musician, homeless rights activist, and editor of NO BIGGIE CITY zine. The upcoming 4th issue includes articles about a queer-run auto shop in Seattle, a history of Lake Cushman, and interviews with local punk bands and recording engineers. This program will occur after regular library hours; no other library services will be available.

Orca Books event: Geologist Dave Tucker will talk about his new book "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington"

Event: 
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 7:00pm











A FREE author event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia.

Geologist Dave Tucker will talk about his new book "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington", a popular field guide to 22 geologic sites, including the Mima Mounds, Rainbow Falls State Park, and more. Geoscientist Dave Tucker narrates Western Washington's geologic tales, covering sites from its low-lying shorelines to its rugged mountaintops.

Dave Tucker has a master's degree in geology and is a research associate in the geology department at Western Washington University. He is a director of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research at the active volcano and educate the public about volcanic hazards of Mount Baker.

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