Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

Jerry Magelssen: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. Maglessen returns to the Floyd to give a presentation featuring his photographs of historic barns of Camano Island. Free. Sponsored by the Stanwood Area Historical Society. Maglessen also will be signing copies of the book “Barns of Camano Island.” Maglessen grew up on Camano Island and has been photographing barns for decades. His collection includes barns that are no longer standing. Find Barns and Farms We Have Known on Facebook for more information.

Deborah Nedelman: 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. At its height, the world of logging in the Pacific Northwest was both brutal and beautiful. When the conservation movement sent protesters into the woods and the government began to place the needs of a small, shy bird above those of families who had lived for generations off the harvest of those woods, the conflicts that erupted were fierce and heartbreaking. “What We Take for Truth” tells the story of both a dying way of life and a landscape that is being lost. More at

Chris McDougall: 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. McDougall wrote “Running with Sherman” after he agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder. He thought it would be no harder than the other adjustments he and his family had made after moving to Pennsylvania Amish country. But when Sherman, the donkey, arrived, it was in such bad shape he could barely move. McDougall decided to undertake a rehabilitation program to heal his body and his mind. More at

Madeline Miller: 6 p.m. Oct 25, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child — not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power — the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. “Circe” is Miller’s second book. She also is the author of “Song of Achilles.”More at

Paula Becker: Noon Oct. 26, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. “A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction” is a memoir. Becker’s son, Hunter, was raised in a safe, nurturing home by his writer-historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright, curious child. And yet addiction found him. During this ten-year ordeal, Becker was transformed by an excruciating, inescapable truth: The difference between what she can do and what she cannot do. More at

April Christofferson: 2 p.m. Oct. 26, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Edmonds. The novel “Grizzly Justice” follows backcountry ranger Will McCarroll and Blackfeet wolverine biologist Johnny Yellow Kidney through their fight of protecting the grizzlies of Yellowstone. Christofferson is a wildlife conservation activist. She has published seven books. More at


The Neverending Bookshop: 6 p.m. first Fridays. The bookshop hosts a Flash Fiction and Poetry Slam at 7530 Olympic View Drive, Suite 105, Edmonds. All poets and short fiction/non-fiction writers are welcome. Call 425-415-1945.

Edmonds Bookshop: 5 p.m. third Thursdays. Third Thursday Art Walk poetry readings are held during the Everett Art Walk at the bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Call 425-775-2789 for more.

Black Lab Gallery: 7 p.m. Mondays. The gallery offers a poetry reading each Monday evening at 1618 Hewitt Ave., Everett. For more information, call 425-512-9476.

Cafe Zippy: 7 p.m. Thursdays. Everett Poetry Night at the cafe is on most Thursday evenings at 1502 Rucker Ave., Everett. Call 425-303-0474.

Hibulb Cultural Center: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. The museum’s Open Mic Poetry series continues. In the Longhouse Room at 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip. Visit for more.


Steve K. Bertrand: The Mukilteo author has released another book of poetry: “The Dragonfly Whisperer” is a collection of 1,000 haiku inspired by life in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published 27 books. Find them on Amazon.

Catherine Fransson: The Everett native wrote a memoir about her relationship with her parents. “Loving the Enemy: When The Favorite Parent Dies First” shares how Fransson grappled with getting acquainted with her father after Mother died first. The Everett High School graduate was crowned Miss Everett of 1962 and taught literature and journalism at Cascade High from 1965 to 1967. Go to for more information.

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