Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, Edmonds Bookshop
Wilhoit will speak about and sign copies of her new book, “Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew,” a practical, lyrical book aimed at helping blocked writers to become unstuck. The author focuses her current essays and books on the inner/outer landscape: the ecotone between human nature and ecological nature. Wilhoit is the owner of TEALarbor Stories, though which she mentors writers by offering story, nature and life guidance. The bookshop is at 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. More at www.edmondsbookshop.com.
Rita Hupy and Claire Swedberg
Through Feb. 4, Skagit County Historical Museum, La Conner
The museum’s fall exhibit is based on the book, “In the Valley of the Mystic.” The exhibition brings the book to life by featuring the work of local artists from the 20th century. Hupy and Swedberg’s book was inspired by two questions: Why do artists choose a specific small town to make their home, and how does such a migration impact the artists as well as their new neighbors and community? The La Conner museum, at 501 Fourth St., is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. More at www.skagitcounty.net/museum.
7 p.m, Feb. 6, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
A New York Times bestselling author, Moyes will talk about and sign copies of her new book “Still Me,” featuring the heroine of her books “Me Before You” and “After You.” In “Still Me,” Louisa Clark is mixing in New York high society, where she meets a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. As Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets — not all her own. The bookstore is in the Town Center at Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way NE. More at www.thirdplacebooks.com.
7 p.m. Mondays, Black Lab Gallery, Everett
The gallery offers a poetry reading each Monday evening at 1618 Hewitt Ave. For more information, call 425-512-9476.
7 p.m. Thursdays, Cafe Zippy, Everett
Everett Poetry night at the cafe is on most Thursday evenings at 1502 Rucker Ave. Call 425-303-0474.
“Santa’s Magic Ring”
McVay is an award-winning author, a Navy veteran and a former cowboy, rodeo clown, lumberjack, power lineman, sailor and actor. “Santa’s Magic Ring” is based on a screenplay by the late Pete Schrum, who portrayed Santa Claus in Coca-Cola ads that ran for more than a decade. The story is about Duncan, a sweet little elf who can’t help getting himself in trouble. After making mistake after mistake, he decides that he could be a better helper for The Big Elf if he just took Santa’s magic ring. What Duncan doesn’t know is that the ring’s magic only works for Santa. Now he must find his way back to the North Pole and return the ring before he misses Christmas. Find it on Amazon.
“Tortuga: A Confection of Blood and Cold”
A Snohomish County resident, Erikson has made a career working for Northwest newspapers and magazines. These include the West Seattle Herald, The Seattle Times and the Monroe Monitor. “Tortuga” was a finalist in the 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. In the book, we meet Jack Higgins, an orphan living at the infamous pirate port. When Jack saves the oldest man in the Caribbean from drowning, his heroism is rewarded with a secret: The old man owes his long life to a shaman’s magic stone. Jack is told where to find another stone and goes searching. It’s in a haunted cave where it is rumored the dead still live. Available at bookstores and on Amazon.
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