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Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

The listings include Third Place Books, Everett Public Library and Neverending Bookshop events.

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020 8:24am
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Events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phase reopening plan. Events may be canceled or postponed. Check with each venue for the latest information.

Michael Shurgot: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Green River Saga” 11 a.m. Nov. 7 via Zoom. Co-written by Rick O’Shea, the novel takes place in 1866 and tells the story of a band of Southern Cheyenne and Green River ranchers working to settle a land dispute before actions turn violent. Shurgot is a retired humanities professor from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. He also is the author of “Shakespeare’s Sense of Character,” “Stages of Play” and “Could You Be Startin’ from Somewhere Else?” Email theneverendingbookshop@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.

Wendy Kendall: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Kat out of the Bag” noon Nov. 14 via Zoom. The first book in Kendall’s “In Purse-Suit Mystery Series” introduces Katherine Watson, international purse designer and unintentional sleuth. While at a gala to showcase her bags, a body is discovered. Kendall is a freelancer writer and editor from Edmonds. Email theneverendingbookshop@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.

Amy Latta: Everett Public Library presents a hand-lettering workshop with the author of “Hand Lettering Off the Page” 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Latta’s latest book is a collection of easy art projects to create hand-lettered decor, apparel and gifts. In this workshop, the author will show you step-by-step how to letter on any material you want so you can transform your home with your own signature style. Latta is the author of five books, including “Hand Lettering for Relaxation” and “Hand Lettering for Laughter.” Registration is required. A link to the workshop will be emailed after registration. Call 425-257-8000. More at www.epls.org.

Naomi Wark: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with author of “Wildflowers in Winter” 1 p.m. Nov. 21 via Zoom. In Wark’s debut novel, we meet Edna Pearson, 92. As she falls farther into Alzheimer’s that plagues her mind, she relives memories both joyful and distressing from her life. Wark is a member of the Skagit Valley Writer’s League and Sno-Isle Writers. The Camano Island author is now writing her second book, titled “Songs of Spring.” Email theneverendingbookshop@gmail.com to get the Zoom link. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.

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George Vasil: Who will end up with the Lance of Loginus? Find out in “The Lance,” a historical thriller that follows relic hunters on a race through land, sea and air to possess the Roman lance that pierced Jesus’ side. Fall in love with the history of Istanbul, learn that not all villains think themselves to be so, and discover the true nature of greed when power is the prize. Dr. George Vasil, of Arlington, is a family physician with a great love of history. Also the author of “Emperor’s Eyes,” Vasil channels his inspiration from travels in Europe and the Middle East into his novels.

Iris Fisher Smith: The Stanwood author has written the memoir “Never Alone,” in which she revisits the life stories of her loved ones. She had a grandmother who in her teens idolized Bonnie and Clyde, a father who was friends with Leonard Nimoy and mother who attended school with the Boston Strangler, among others. This family provides a rich history that shaped the author’s life. Her book’s message? When life becomes challenging, it’s the time we need each other the most.

Jim Jamison: Unleashing the imagination of children is often overlooked. The Bothell author has published the children’s book “What Would I Be If I Couldn’t Be Me?” The book was illustrated by his daughter, Stephanie Schisler, a Bothell High School grad. Jamison was inspired by the birth of his first grandchild to write the book. He owns and operates Foggy Noggin Brewing, a microbrewery in Bothell. Schisler is a part-owner of the family’s brewery and helps her dad brew beer.

Steve K. Bertrand: The Mukilteo author has released two new books of poetry: “Winter Tales” and “Rituals” are both collections of 1,000 haiku about life in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published 25 poetry collections, three history books and five children’s books. Bertrand is a teacher and running coach at Cascade High School in Everett.

Toni Kief: The Marysville author’s latest novel, “Saints, Strangers and Rosehip Tea,” is about Kief’s ancestor who was on a passenger on the Mayflower. Susanna Jackson was just a girl from Scrooby, in north Nottinghamshire, England. When her father became involved in the Separatist Protestant movement, his faith and commitment led her to board the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Kief, a member of Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest, also is the author of the “Mildred Unchained” series and “Dare to Write in a Flash.”

Conrad Jungmann Jr.: It’s 1988. A murderer lurks in the salmon fisheries of Alaska. As journalist Julian Hopkins tries to make sense out of his best friend’s drowning, he finds out that the fatally beautiful Bristol Bay is also the lair of a serial killer. The mystery thriller “Edge of Redfish Lake” is Jungmann’s debut novel and first feature screenplay. He lives in Lynnwood.

William McClain: The Lynnwood author’s first book is “The Risk in Crossing Borders.” The novel follows 54-year-old Yana Pickering as she crosses new borders — at home in Seattle and nearly 7,000 miles away in Syria. McClain taught math and physics in high school for 10 years and worked as a consultant on company retirement plans for 30 years.

Robert Graef: The Lake Stevens writer ventures into fiction with “Teachable Moments.” Now finding favor with local book clubs, the novel is set in school districts in the Stillaguamish estuary in the 1990s — though plot elements were drawn from actual happenings through the 1980s and ’90s. Graef wrote the book to generate a more sympathetic view of challenges inherent in properly managing public schools.

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