Writers Reading

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

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.

Orca Books Author Reading: Olympia writer Mary Frances Carney presents her novel "A Parish Near Ebbets Fied"

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:00pm

Olympia author Mary Frances Carney will read from her new novel, "A Parish Near Ebbets Field". This is a FREE event and all are welcome. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia, one block west of City Hall.

About the book: Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was the heart of the city in the early '50s, and the parish formed a center of identity for the church faithful. The church clock tower tolled the rhythms of the day, uniting everyone in the intrigues and intricacies of human activity. Irish humor and folklore are woven into the fabric of this novel, which combines a love story and a tale of an old jealousy among friends.

Mary Frances Carney (also Eido Frances Carney) is a writer, painter, poet, and Zen Buddhist priest born in Brooklyn and now living in Olympia. She taught in higher education, founded a Zen center, and leads workshops in meditation, poetry, and creative process across the U.S. and Europe. She is the author of "Kakurenbo Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan", and editor of "Receiving the Marrow, Teachings on Dogen by Soto Zen Women Priests".

Orca Books Author Reading: "Where the Mountains End" tour, featuring award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 3:00pm

Join award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick on their "Where The Mountains End" tour. Exploring survival, myth, sex, and magic all the way down the West Coast, these three bring a literary cabaret of their newest work, from Amber Dawn’s long-awaited full-length collection of poetry, "Where The Words End and My Body Begins", to Vivek Shraya’s critically acclaimed visual epic,"She of the Mountains" to Leah Horlick’s silence-breaking sophomore book, "For Your Own Good". This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia, one block west of City Hall.

Orca Books author reading: Elana Freeland presents the conclusion of the Sub Rosa America series

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 3:00pm

Olympia author Elana Freeland will read from the fifth and final book in her Sub Rosa America series, "From Trinity to Trinity". This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia. 

Told from the perspective of 2019, when all the Earth is convulsing and the United States of America is collapsing due either to Nature taking back her own, or to a HAARP-driven error, or to a purposeful Tesla sabotage to force a new beginning, Sub Rosa America is the occult history of the United States since November 22, 1963, a history we all could have read years ago as the Mayan chronicler wrote it if we’d been on Route 66 cruising through a quantum Time field, en route to where President John F. Kennedy was shot down like a dog . . . Book V, “From Trinity to Trinity”—the final push through Time to Dallas—begins with “Conspiracy Theory Opera #3” playing to an audience of dead and dreaming scientists in Oscuro and continues to Trinity Site and Ground Zero where a UFO hovers and observes the pilgrims. Once they cross from New Mexico into Texas, chaos ensues and the magical mystery tour is tractor-beamed into the Lone Pentacle state and Bloody Elm Street where the Killing of the King is still tape-looping. Only the Mayan Timekeeper can barely hold the balance by which an alternate future might be levered.

Poetry Reading @ Orca Books: Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, reading with Olympia poet Tim Kelly

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:00pm

A very special poetry reading at Orca Books, co-sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network. This is a FREE event. Orca books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Elizabeth Austen, a Seattle-based poet, performer and teacher, and Washington's Poet Laureate for 2014-16, will read from her book Every Dress A Decision.

Elizabeth spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry.


Photo credit: John Ulman

She frequently teaches the art of poetry aloud, believing that “something magical is possible in a performance that doesn’t happen anywhere else—something electric, immediate, and entirely ephemeral…an exchange between performer and audience that is fluid and a little bit dangerous.” 

Olympia poet Tim Kelly, author of "Toccata and Fugue" and "Extremities", will also being reading from his work.

Visit with J.A. Jance

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
NY Times Bestselling author J.A. Jance will discuss her work and her newest book, "Cold Betrayal," the latest thriller in her Ali Reynolds series, and will take questions. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is cosponsored by SPSCC and the Friends of the Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater Timberland Libraries. LOCATION: The Minnaert Center for the Arts on the campus of the South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia. At this venue, parking is free and no tickets are required.

Listen Here: A Lunch Break Story Time for Adults

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Corey Snow, professional audiobook narrator and voice actor, will entertain and inspire us with selections from the wide, wonderful world of short fiction. Bring your lunch or your knitting, but most importantly, bring your imagination.

This event happens EVERY first FRIDAY of the month from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

For March's Listen Here, Corey will be reading "The Bravest Rat in Venice" and "The Hand" by Patricia Highsmith.

Joy Harjo Reads at Evergreen

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

Joy Harjo's Poetry Reading
March 12th, 7-9PM
The Recital Hall
The Evergreen State College

Joy Harjo is an award winning Mvskoke (Muscogee Creek) poet, musician, memoirist, playwright and performer whose books of poetry include What Moon Drove Me to This (1980), She Had Some Horses (1983), Secrets from the Center of the World (1989), In Mad Love and War (1990), The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), and How We Became Human; New and Selected Poems, 1975-2001 (2001). Her memoir, Crazy Brave (2012) won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for Creative non-fiction. In additions she has plays saxophone, and has produced four award-winning CD.s of original music. She has received numerous honors including 2 National Endowment of the Arts writers fellowships (1978 and 1998), and National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend in American Indian Literature and Verbal Arts (1987)

Orca Books event: Olympia author Linda Strever presents her new novel "Don't Look Away"

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 3:00pm

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

Olympia author Linda Strever will present her new work of fiction, "Don't Look Away". Set in different eras that span the 20th century, the three stories in this lyrical novel, linked by images and juxtapositions, examine the unexplainable influences that redefine and transform our lives. Historical figure Vita Sackville-West, living in post-First World War England, is torn between her identity as a woman, wife and mother and her emerging role as the trouser-clad male lover of Violet Trefusis; Bill, an American infantry soldier new to the European front in the Second World War, is taken prisoner by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge; and Anna, a middle-aged woman who has a good-enough life in the early 1980’s, meets Thomas, an unusual and much younger man.

Author Visit: Ann Pancake @ the Olympia Timberland Library

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Author Ann Pancake Talks About New Book
Stories of contemporary Appalachia, its people and dying landscape
Acclaimed for her 2007 book Strange as this Weather Has Been
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