Paula Becker: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve” at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 via Zoom. Becker will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Her book is a guide for those who still grieve the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history. Becker also is the author of “A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction,” which was a finalist for the 2020 Washington State Book Award. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Omar El Akkad: Sno-Isle Libraries presents a talk with the author of “What Strange Paradise” at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 via Zoom. His debut novel, “American War,” won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. El Akkad’s follow-up novel is the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world. This event is part of Sno-Isle’s virtual Open Book series. A Zoom link will be emailed after registration. More at www.sno-isle.org/openbook.
Louise Cypress: Louise Cypress is the pen name of Jennifer Bardsley. The Edmonds Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Quick Fix” at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 via Facebook Live. Three teens are caught in a bioterrorism plot to destroy Seattle involving a diet drink that kills. This book is meant to be a companion to “Narcosis Room.” The Edmonds’ author also wrote the young adult novels “Genesis Girl” and “Damaged Goods.” More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Lorraine Brown: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “The Paris Connection” at noon Sept. 25 via Zoom. In the book, Hannah and her boyfriend, Simon, are separated between flights on the way to Hannah’s sister’s wedding. At the airport, Hannah meets a man named Leo — who is everything Simon is not. Brown was a mentee for the Penguin RandomHouse UK’s 2018 WriteNow program. This is the author’s debut novel. “Email email@example.com to get the Zoom link. More at www.theneverendingbookshop.com.
Write on the Sound: The writer’s conference, scheduled for Oct. 1-3, will be held online again this year. The keynote speaker is Lisa See, the bestselling author of “Shanghai Girls.” See will speak Oct. 2 on “Building the Story: Writers’ Process & Research.” Find a list of presentations and speakers’ biographies, as well as registration and fees information, at www.writeonthesound.com.
Natalie Johnson: The Everett author worked on her memoir “An Angel Named Sadie” for 15 years. Johnson lost her newborn named Sadie when the new mother was just 19 years old. Hers is a story of grief — but it’s also about how a 3-month-old child with a faulty heart would inexorably alter the author’s life forever. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nicki Chen: The Edmonds author’s new novel, “When in Vanuatu,” explores the world of ex-pat living, in particular for the spouses of those working abroad. Chen earned her master’s degree in fine arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Also the author of “Tiger Tail Soup,” Chen’s new book grew out of her experiences during the 20 years she lived with her husband and their three daughters in the Philippines and the South Pacific. More at nickichenwrites.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.
Josie Malone: 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.
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