Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

Douglas W. Farnell: 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. When the 2008 financial crisis threatens his small software company, owner Daniel Prescott scrambles to arrange financing for his expanding business. As told in “The Snow Leopard and the Ibex,” Prescott, shut out from local funding providers, seeks international sources of credit. But, as he flies over the Black Sea, a more immediate threat arises: anti-Russian terrorists hijack his plane, killing or imprisoning crew-members and binding the passengers. More at

Melissa Anne Peterson: 7 p.m, Feb. 19, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Peterson’s “Vera Violet” is set against the backdrop of a decaying Pacific Northwest lumber town. Her debut novel explores themes of poverty, violence and environmental degradation as played out in the young lives of a group of close-knit friends. Peterson grew up in a rainy working-class logging town in Washington. More at

E.J. Koh: 5 p.m. Feb. 20, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji Koh’s parents return to South Korea for work, leaving 15-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in California. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world made strange by her mother’s absence. As told in her memoir “The Magical Language of Others,” her mother writes letters in Korean over the years seeking forgiveness and love — letters Eun Ji cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box. More at

Christine Day: Noon Feb. 22, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. The middle-grade novel “I Can Make This Promise” tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets — and finds her own Native American identity. Day, is a member of the Upper Skagit Tribe. Her debut novel is an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book and a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book. More at

Linsey Miller: 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. Miller’s “Belle Revolte” is a fantasy in which two young women must trade lives, work together to stay alive, and end a war caused by magic and greed. A young-adult author, Miller also is wrote the “Mask of Shadows” duology. More at

Charles P. Quinn: 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. The story of how a portrait request turned into a deal between a movie star and a photographer in “The Photography of James Dean.” Still an “unknown,” James Dean agreed to sit for Roy Schatt under one condition. He wanted photography lessons. Quinn also is the author of “The James Dean Collection.” More at

Sarah Kapit: 6 p.m. Feb. 28, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. “Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!” is a novel-in-letters for middle-grade readers: Autistic 11-year-old Vivy Cohen won’t let anything stop her from playing baseball — not when she has a major-league star as her pen pal. Kapit, from Bellevue, earned a doctorate in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and serves as chairwoman of the Association for Autistic Community. “Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!” is her first novel.

Jennifer Wilhoit: Noon Feb. 29, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. “Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits,” co-authored by Stephen B. Jones, focuses on how soil and birds; trees and rivers; rain, cycles and science can inspire creativity and care for the land. The authors are aligned in promoting environmental stewardship through understanding, inspiration and enjoyment of the ecological world. More at


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.

Black Lab Gallery: 6 p.m. Feb. 22, 1618 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Takeover Events hosts an event featuring poetry, dance and live music. Cost is $10. Call 425-512-9476 for more information.


Bill Witthuhn: A former teacher and coach in Snohomish, Witthuhn has written a book. “The Contest” is the tale of a business with fading sales that sponsors a contest to get back into the black. Surprises and challenges are expected with any competition, but no one could ever predict it would lead to a school shooting. You can find Witthuhn’s self-published novel on Amazon.

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