Writers Reading

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.

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.

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