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.
Everett Poetry Night: April is National Poetry Month. The Everett Public Library presents “Writers Live: Everett Poetry Night” at 5 p.m. April 20 via Crowdcast. Steve K. Bertrand and Jeanne-Marie Osterman are the two featured poets, whose work is inspired by their lives and experiences in Everett. Bertrand is the author of more than 35 books — many of them featuring haiku collections — including the latest “Old Neanderthals.” Osterman is the author of “There’s a Hum” and “Shellback.” Register at www.crowdcast.io/e/everettpoetry. A link to the event will be emailed after registration. Call 425-257-8000. More at www.epls.org.
Edmonds Poetry Night: The Edmonds Bookshop presents its Annual Poetry Reading in honor of National Poetry Month at 6 p.m. April 22 via Facebook Live. The featured poets are James Bertolino, Anita Boyle, David D. Horowitz, Douglas Schuder and Carolyne Wright. Horowitz will emcee the event. More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Generative poetry: Find inspiration, technique and community in a hands-on generative writing workshop. The Everett Public Library presents the Generation Poetry! Workshop at 6:30 p.m. April 22 via Microsoft Teams. The workshop is led by Kevin J. Craft, editor of Poetry Northwest and chair of the Department of English at Everett Community College. Poets of all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited. Register at www.epls.org/poetry. A link to the event will be emailed after registration. Call 425-257-8000. More at www.epls.org.
Steve K. Bertrand: J. Matheson Gifts, 2615 Colby Ave., Everett, is hosting a book signing with the author of “Old Neanderthals” from 1 to 3 p.m. April 24. The Mukilteo author’s latest book is a collection of 1,000 haiku about life in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published 26 poetry collections, three history books and five children’s books. Bertrand is a teacher and running coach at Cascade High School in Everett. Call 425-258-2287 or go to www.jmatheson.com for more information.
Nicki Chen: From a crowded Asian city to a small South Pacific island, an expatriate wife chases her hope for a child of her own. The Edmonds Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “When in Vanuatu” at 6:30 p.m. April 29 via Facebook Live. The local author and blogger also wrote “Tiger Tail Soup.” Her husband’s tales about his early childhood in China and their life together as expats in Asia and the South Pacific have inspired her novels. More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Karen Eisenbrey: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the YA author of “Death’s Midwife” at 3 p.m. May 1 via Zoom. Eisenbrey’s latest book continues the adventures of a mage named Luskell. When she comes across a spirit of legend, all bets are off and Luskell will have to rely on herself and those closest to her to defeat Old Mother Bones. This book is the finale of Eisenbrey’s “Daughter of Magic” trilogy. She also is the author of “The Gospel According to St. Rage” and “Barbara and the Rage Brigade.” Email email@example.com to get the Zoom link. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Seema Jot Kaur: The Edmonds Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Moose is Loose on the Palouse” at 3:30 p.m. May 6 via Facebook Live. In the children’s book, Moose travels through the Palouse with his friends Blue Jay, Squirrel and Butterfly. Along his journey, Moose encounters adversity, hears encouraging words, and finds a delightful surprise. He also has an important revelation about how amazing life can be when he is true to himself. A former preschool teacher, Kaur enjoys reading books aloud to children. A portion of proceeds from book sales will go to the Nature Conservancy. More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Kelly Jones: The Edmonds Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Happily for Now” at 6 p.m. May 13 via Facebook Live. Jones will talk about her latest book for young readers, “Happily for Now.” It’s a sometimes funny, always hopeful story about Fiona, who’s trying to solve some big problems by taking fairy godperson lessons. (As one does.) This story is contemporary realistic, but through a fairy tale lens. A former librarian and bookseller, Jones also is the author of the middle-grade books “Murder, Magic, and What We Wore” and “Sauerkraut.” More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
David B. Williams: The Edmonds Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound” at 6 p.m. May 26 via Facebook Live. A natural history writer, Williams uncovers human and natural histories in, on and around Puget Sound. A curatorial associate at the Burke Museum, Williams also is the author of “Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City” and “Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.” More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Shannon Kennedy: Josie Malone is the pen name of Shannon Kennedy. The Granite Falls author has released “Family Skeletons” — her third book in the “Baker City: Hearts and Haunts” series. She describes the series as paranormal military romances with a kick. A former Army reservist, Kennedy teaches riding lessons at Horse County Farm and does substitute teaching in several districts. More at www.josiemalone.com.
Carole G. Barton: Her goal is to help 1 million students who struggle to read. “The Friendship Adventure” is the story of a mouse named Bruno who sets off on adventure to make a friend. The chapter book — illustrated by Andre V. Ordonez when he was 12 years old — is meant to teach struggling readers about friendship, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, social skills and speech. Barton is a speech-language pathologist at Sunnyside Elementary School in Marysville. This is the Snohomish author’s first book. More at www.stormpraise.com/carolegbarton.html.
Nova McBee: History is not made — it’s calculated. The Edmonds author’s debut novel “Calculated” is the lead title of the new YA imprint, Wise Wolf Books. Set in Shanghai and Seattle, McBee’s novel is a gritty, modern-day blend of “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Mission Impossible.” It’s about revenge and forgiveness, loss and identity, brainpower versus brutality, and the triumph of right over might. More at www.novamcbee.com.
Roy K. Brown: “Awakened from Oblivion” is the Everett author’s first novel. The tale is set in Darrington and Seattle: Lester and Polly June have been relegated to the scrap heap of shattered souls. With help from a Native American spirit guide, their chance meeting begins a journey to their becoming more than they could have ever imagined. The story takes bends and turns, eventually morphing into a mass murder. Brown’s writing has been published by the Washington Blues Society and American Institute of Inspectors. The retired real estate appraiser and home inspector devotes time every day to writing and story development. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yvonne Werttemberger: Werttemberger’s “Sarah, Blake and Salt: An Adventure in the Desert” — illustrated by Annabelle Yedinak — is a middle-grade novel set in Seattle. What starts as a normal spring break turns mysterious when a brother and sister find themselves in the California desert, hundreds of miles from home and with no way back. Werttemberger, of Langley, started writing the book for young readers after suffering a broken hip, finishing it during the COVID-19 pandemic. More at www.sunacumenpress.com.
Jennifer Bacon: The children’s book, “Be a Big Hero,” shows readers how plastic and litter ends up in our oceans. Outlining the human activities that pollute the seas with our debris, this tale softly teaches children about the terrible effects that littering and overuse of plastic can have on the environment. The Marysville author shows us how we can all be big heroes — and how we can aid in saving all the animals that swim in the seas. Bacon originally wrote this book for her sons, but her dreams were to teach future generations about the impacts of plastic pollution. She is currently working on her second children’s book about climate change. More at www.mrsbossybacon.com.
Steve K. Bertrand: The Mukilteo author has released a new books of poetry: “Old Neanderthals” is a collection of 1,000 haiku about life in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published 26 poetry collections, three history books and five children’s books. Bertrand is a teacher and running coach at Cascade High School in Everett. More at www.facebook.com/steve.bertrand.965.
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