Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

Laura McGee Kvasnosky: 1 p.m. Jan. 19, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. The author of “Little Wolf’s First Howling” has a new book that continues Kvasnosky’s literary ode to animals of the American West. A mouse wakes up with a squeak, and his noise sets off a chain reaction of animals waking each other up in “Squeak!” Kvasnosky will read the book aloud, followed by activities for children. More at

William Gibson: 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. This is a ticketed event. In “Agency,” Verity Jane signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know this, instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t. “Agency” is Gibson’s sequel to the bestselling novel “The Peripheral.” More at

Ciscoe Morris: 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Morris follows his bestselling book “Ask Ciscoe” with “Oh, La La: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips and Garden Wisdom,” a collection of heartfelt and humorous gardening stories covering Morris’ 45-plus-year career. A popular TV and radio host, Morris considered a gardening guru of the Seattle area. More at

Joyce Major: 6 p.m. Jan. 25, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. When 11-year-old Jaylynn moves from Seattle to Sumatra, she discovers an endangered baby orangutan chained to a wall by his mean owner. As the plot unfolds in “The Orangutan Rescue Gang” she quickly she pieces together her mission: Steal the baby orangutan, then return him to the rain forest. Unable to rescue him on her own, she asks Bima and Zaqi, two Sumatran friends, to join her rescue gang. Major also is the author of the award-winning book “Smiling at the World.” More at

Robert Herold: 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. It’s 1885 and a drunk and rage-filled Nigel Pickford breaks up a phony medium’s seance. In “The Eidola Project” a strange twist of fate soon finds him part of a team investigating the afterlife as a member of The Eidola Project. This book is the first in Herold’s “The Eidola Project” series. More at

Yangsze Choo: 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Everett Public Library, Evergreen branch, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett. Choo is the bestselling author of two novels — “The Ghost Bride” and “The Night Tiger.” The latter, her latest, is about a dance hall girl, an orphan boy and a Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers. While the author event is free, a special reception at 6 p.m. costs $16 and includes a paperback copy of “The Night Tiger.” Tickets may be purchased in advance via Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. More at

Terry Olsen: 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. A former marriage and family counselor, Olsen brings a lifetime of experience to the book “Let Love Go Forward.” He includes relatable examples — included lessons learned from Olsen’s failed first marriage — and offers practical advice, encouragement and positive resolutions to get struggling marriages back on track. More at

Peter Curtis: 6 p.m. Jan. 31, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In 1939, Willy and Sophie Kohut and their son, Pavel, reach England after escaping from Nazi-occupied Prague. In “Pavel’s War,” they suffer nightly bombings, the destruction of their apartment and wartime restrictions. Separation not only threatens their marriage but drives Pavel along the road to assimilation as an English schoolboy. Curtis, born in Slovakia in 1937, grew up in the U.K. as a World War II refugee from Prague. More at

Shauna Ahern: 2 p.m. Feb. 1, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Edmonds. Even when running a popular food blog, writing award-winning cookbooks and raising two children, Ahern never felt like she was good enough. In the midst of this, at age 48, she suffered a mini-stroke. When her doctor impressed upon her that emotional stress can cause physical damage, she dove deep inside herself to understand and let go of a lifetime of damaging patterns of thought. In “Enough,” Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl fame, shares a collection of essays about finding enough. More at

John Englehardt: Noon, Feb. 1, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. An exploration of how the origin and aftermath of a shooting impacts the lives of three characters: a disillusioned student, a grieving professor and a young man whose valuation of fear and disconnection funnels him into the role of the aggressor. As the community wrestles with the fallout, “Bloomland” interrogates social and cultural dysfunction in a nation where mass violence has become all too familiar. An award-winning fiction writer, Englehardt has written his debut novel. He was a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House fellow and now teaches writing classes at Hugo House. More at

Jessica Ribera: 7 p.m. Feb. 3, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Climbing canyon walls in Texas, a young Jessica Ribera dreams of becoming a real ballerina. Hours, auditions and bloody toes later, she finds herself dancing professionally as a trainee of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Then one moment on stage sends her spinning. In her memoir, “The Almost Dancer,” Ribera recovers an identity that was never truly lost. More at

Kathryn Kayne: 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. In “Bound In Flame,” Letty Lang is a suffragist of the most fearless kind, with a bullwhip, big plans and ancient power she doesn’t understand. Will a fast horse and a stubborn man derail her dreams? “Bound in Flame” is the first book of a planned series, the “Hawaiian Ladies’ Riding Society.” More at

Avikrita Vajra Sakya Rinpoche: 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. “Wake Up to What Matters,” is a guide to Tibetan Buddhism that provides a tool kit for how to be a 21st-century Buddhist. The author is a 26-year-old Tibetan lama, who was born in Seattle and now resides in a monastery in the Himalayan foothills. More at

Jennifer Longo: 6 p.m. Feb. 7, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Growing up in foster care, Muir, the character in “What I Carry,” has lived in many houses. And if she’s learned one thing, it is to pack light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase. Toothbrush? Yes. Socks? Yes. Emotional attachment to friends? Foster families? A boyfriend? Nope. Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything— or anyone — that could get in her way. Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean. And everything changes. Longo also is the author of “Six Feet Over It” and “Up to This Pointe.” More at

E. J. Koh: 2 p.m. Feb. 8, The Neverending Bookshop, 7530 Olympic View Drive, Edmonds. “The Magical Language of Others” is amemoir that follows letters between Koh’s mother and herself after her parents left America to return to South Korea — leaving Koh and her brother behind. She was just 15 years old. Koh also is the author of “A Lesser Love,” winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize in 2017. More at


Alan Lau: A poetry reading is 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 30, Shoreline Community College’s Black Box Theater, 4000 Building, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline.

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.

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