Writers Reading

Shakespeare's Classic Romance Reimagined

Event: 
Tue, 07/07/2015 (All day)
Award-winning Northwest author Lois Leveen has a new take on Shakespeare’s great romance, “Romeo and Juliet.” She will talk about her book, “Juliet’s Nurse,” at the Olympia Timberland Library, July 7 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
 
Verona, Italy, 14th century: Angelica, a mother mourning her dead infant, enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to be wet-nurse to their newborn daughter, Juliet.
 
By turns, comic, sensual and tragic, “Juliet’s Nurse” gives voice to one of literature’s most memorable characters, a woman who was both insider and outsider among Verona’s wealthy ruling class. The city of Verona, itself, comes to life - the poverty, the grandeur, the rivalries.

Orca Books Talk: Author David Neiwert presents "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us."

Event: 
Sat, 06/27/2015 - 3:00pm

Journalist David Neiwert will talk about his new book, "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us."

In "Of Orcas and Men," a marvelously compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting, and scientific research, Neiwert explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings. Beginning with their role in myth and contemporary popular culture, Neiwert shows how killer whales came to capture our imaginations, and brings to life the often catastrophic environmental consequences of that appeal.

David Neiwert is an investigative journalist based in Seattle and a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is the author of 'And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border' (NationBooks, March 2013) -- winner of the General Nonfiction first-place prize in the International Latino Book Awards -- as well as five other previous books.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Superhero America: The Comic Book Hero as a Historical Lens

Event: 
Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
In this interactive multimedia presentation, journalist and comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl explores how historical events and shifting social mores can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. Using audience members' memories as a springboard, this conversation connects comic book superheroes and villains to historical topics including war, civil rights and the societal impacts of technology. This event is co-sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library. Location: Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St SW, Tumwater WA 98501 Phone: 360-943-7790 Intercity Transit route 12/13

Olympia Comics Festival Preview Night @ the Olympia Library!

Event: 
Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Since 2001, the Olympia Comics Festival has paid homage to the arts-for-arts sake, alternative comic book scene. This year, fans can begin their annual celebration early, on Friday night, June 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Author Mitchell S. Jackson @ the Olympia Library

Event: 
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Mitchell Jackson is an all-too-rare success story. He grew in a crime-ridden neighborhood of Portland, Oregon during the crack epidemic of the 1990’s. He went to prison for selling drugs, yet managed to channel his hard times into a book that is already being considered for literary prizes.
 
"It’s tough to write beautifully about ugly things,” writes award-winning author Victor LaValle, “but Mitchell Jackson makes it look easy.” The story focuses on a man and a woman – his mother - trying to overcome the enormous hurdles life has put in front of them. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that, in this situation, simply doing one’s best takes great courage.
 
All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the public.

Olympia Poetry Grand Slam - with Tara Hardy

Event: 
Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Olympia People's Mic, Olympia's only weekly poetry show is holding the biggest baddest production we've ever organized... The 1st [EVER] Olympia Poetry Grand Slam!!!

Nine Olympia poets have earned a spot in this celebration of performance and literature, where they will flex their pens, set fire to the microphone, and stretch their truth-telling to the limit, competing for a place on the 1st ever Olympia team at the National Poetry Slam this August.

Author Visit: Stacy Wakefield

Event: 
Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Timberland Library for an evening with Stacy Wakefield to enjoy a rare, first-hand look at the largely undocumented New York City squatting movement of the 1990s.

Stacy Wakefield has worked as design director for Index magazine, Artforum, and Bookforum.

Best known for her seminal nonfiction book "Not for Rent"—one of the first to chronicle squatting in the modern era, and an underground classic — Stacy will be talking about her new novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, a riveting coming-of-age story that follows a young woman's experience with squatting NYC buildings in the 1990s.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. All library programs are free and open to the public. This program occurs after library open hours and no other library services will be available.

Author Visit: Kendare Blake

Event: 
Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bestselling YA author Kendare Blake will talk with teens about how to develop characters and write horror fiction. Afterwards, she’ll lead teens* in individual writing exercises and a Mad Libs-style group free write. Blake, whose first series was the “Anna Dressed in Blood” duology, is currently working on Ungodly, the third book in the “Goddess War” trilogy. Books will be available for purchase and signing. *Although this is a teen-focused event, adults are welcome to attend.

Orca Books author event: Michael Koep, author of "Invasion of Heaven" and "Leaves of Fire"

Event: 
Sun, 04/26/2015 - 3:00pm

Free author reading and signing at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia:

Novelist Michael B. Koep will talk about his new book, "Leaves of Fire," the second book in his fantasy series, The Newirth Mythology. (The series opened with "Invasion of Heaven".) Michael has been called a "Renaissance Man": he's an avid world traveler, educator, accomplished visual artist, swordsman, award winning poet and professional musician. He lives in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries:

* In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

* In the summer of 1972, Helen Storm is a stoned groupie on the sunset strip with a very special condition: she is immortal. When her life intersects with a famous guitar player, she is introduced to her future as a deadly and remorseless assassin.

* In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

Sister Spit @ the Olympia Library: An Evening of Queer and Feminist Memoir, Poetry and Performance

Event: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Sister Spit presents an evening of queer + feminist memoir, poetry + performance at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Celebrate the close of the 2015 West Coast Tour at this very special grand finale before the van takes these road-weary radicals back home.
Sister Spit was founded in 1994 as an all-girl open mic, to challenge the overwhelmingly male open mic events of the time. Since then it has become an annual, multi-gendered queer/feminist performance tour. At the center of it all are multi-talented members Kate Schatz, Myriam Gurba, Mica Sigourney, Thomas Page McBee, and Virgie Tovar. Sister Spit welcomes artists of all genders, so long as they mesh with the tour's historic vibe of feminism, queerness, humor and provocation.
In 2012 Sister Spit entered into a partnership with the esteemed City Lights Publisher, and the imprint Sister Spit Books was born. The new publishing label launched with an anthology, “Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road.” More publications, some of them award-winning, followed: novels, poetry, and even a memoir.
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