3 p.m. Dec. 10, University Book Store, Mill Creek
An Emmy award-winning writer and producer, Johnston will read from and sign copies of his latest book, “The Second Meanest Man in the World.” Here’s the gist: Something’s wrong in the Emerald City. People are acting very un-Seattle-ish. They jaywalk, don’t recycle or use umbrellas and — most troubling of all — are making eye-contact with strangers. Seattle newspaper columnist Stewart Street smells a story, and is cozying up with every Northwest mover and shaker to get to the bottom of it. Can he crack this baffling case before the situation reaches critical mass, and rips the city apart? Will Seattle become New York west?
2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16, The Neverending Bookshop, Bothell
Bardsley will sign copies of her YA books “Genesis Girl” and “Damaged Goods” at the Bothell bookshop, 10123 Main Place, No. 2, Bothell. The author and mother of two also writes the weekly column “I Brake For Moms” for The Daily Herald.
Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, Edmonds Bookshop
Wilhoit will speak about and sign copies of her new book, “Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew,” a practical, lyrical book aimed at helping blocked writers to become unstuck. The author focuses her current essays and books on the inner/outer landscape: the ecotone between human nature and ecological nature. Wilhoit is the owner of TEALarbor Stories, though which she mentors writers by offering story, nature and life guidance.
7 p.m. Mondays, Black Lab Gallery, Everett
The gallery offers a poetry reading each Monday evening at 1618 Hewitt Ave. For more information, call 425-512-9476.
7 p.m. Thursdays, Cafe Zippy, Everett
Everett Poetry night at the cafe is on most Thursday evenings at 1502 Rucker Ave. Call 425-303-0474.
“Santa’s Magic Ring”
McVay is an award-winning author, a Navy veteran and a former cowboy, rodeo clown, lumberjack, power lineman, sailor and actor. “Santa’s Magic Ring” is based on a screenplay by the late Pete Schrum, who portrayed Santa Claus in Coca-Cola ads that ran for more than a decade. The story is about Duncan, a sweet little elf who can’t help getting himself in trouble. After making mistake after mistake, he decides that he could be a better helper for The Big Elf if he just took Santa’s magic ring. What Duncan doesn’t know is that the ring’s magic only works for Santa. Now he must find his way back to the North Pole and return the ring before he misses Christmas. Find it on Amazon.
“Tortuga: A Confection of Blood and Cold”
A Snohomish County resident, Erikson has made a career working for Northwest newspapers and magazines. These include the West Seattle Herald, The Seattle Times and the Monroe Monitor. “Tortuga” was a finalist in the 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. In the book, we meet Jack Higgins, an orphan living at the infamous pirate port. When Jack saves the oldest man in the Caribbean from drowning, his heroism is rewarded with a secret: The old man owes his long life to a shaman’s magic stone. Jack is told where to find another stone and goes searching. It’s in a haunted cave where it is rumored the dead still live. Available at bookstores and on Amazon.
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