Writers Reading

Author Mitchell S. Jackson @ the Olympia Library

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

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

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

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"

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

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.

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