About Town ~ Sweet September 2013

Dear Writers,

Saturday I was wowed by the first annual Books & Brews event at Bellingham’s Boundary Bay hosted by Chanticleer Book Reviews and Whatcom Writers and Publishers.

It’s always so fun when writers get together and prove we have verbal skills to match our fast typing speed.

Congratulations to the event organizers on a well-executed, highly enjoyable celebration of some wonderful books and the regional talent behind them. Shannon Laws, author of Madrona Grove, Jennifer Bullis (Impossible Lessons), Pam Beason (the Summer Westin mystery series), Selah Tay-Song (Dream of a Vast Blue Cavern), Abbe Rolnick (Color of Lies; she has an upcoming reading; see below), and Bernadette Pajer, author of the Professor Bradshaw mystery series, and many others graced the event.

A Field Guide to Geezers by Rae Ellen Lee

A Field Guide to Geezers by Rae Ellen Lee

Props as well to Rae Ellen Lee on the publication of the hilarious must-read A Field Guide to Geezers: An Illustrated Look at a Curious Branch of Hominids.

Alex Kuo with former pupil Sherman Alexie

Alex Kuo with former pupil Sherman Alexie

Check out the newly released My Private China by American Book Award winning author Alex Kuo. For more than 70 years Dr. Kuo has traveled back and forth between America and China. This collection of letters and essays, including the poignant “Bitter Melons,” Beijing Dissidents at the Washington Mall,” and “Who Owns the English Language?” offer insight into China past and present with the unique wit and wisdom unique to this amazing writer. Read a review by Claire HuiBonHoa.

SWEET SEPTEMBER: There is no need to sit at home for the next couple weeks! You’re excused if you just figured out the next plot point of your future award-winning novel, otherwise take a break from your masterpiece and check out some sweet events where you can mingle and meet comrade writers:

Lily Pads on Lake Louise

Lily Pads on Lake Louise in Whatcom County WA

♥ Wednesday, 9/18/13, 5:30 p.m. at Village Books in Bellingham WA: Free preview of Laura Kalpakian‘s upcoming WWU-sponsored class Memory into Memoir

♥ Poet as Art features events Friday & Saturday, 9/20/13–9/21/13: Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Old City Hall (Whatcom Museum), reading by Joan Kane and Kelsea Habecker:https://www.facebook.com/events/573841902678824/ AND Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., writing workshop with Joan Kane, “Ecopoetics: Situating the Native within America”: https://www.facebook.com/events/210395689129945/.

♥ Sunday, 9/22/13, 4 p.m. at Bainbridge Public Library: “Just What the Doctor Ordered!” – a Field’s End Fall Writing Class

♥ Wednesday, 9/25/13, Whatcom Writers and Publishers Kick Off Dinner & Speaker featuring NYT Best-selling author Robert Dugoni, 5:30 p.m., http://whatcomwritersandpublishers.org/

♥ Saturday, 9/28/13, 4 p.m. at Village Books: Abbe Rolnick reads from her novel Color of Lies, a story of intrigue and healing in the Skagit River Valley.

♥ Monday, 9/30/13: Open Mic with Laurel Leigh, Village Books, 7 p.m., 360-671-2626, http://www.villagebooks.com

♥ See more events at my About Town page.

Thanks for stopping by! Kindly tell a friend or two about this blog.

XO Laurel Leigh

Laurel Leigh

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6 thoughts on “About Town ~ Sweet September 2013

  1. I don’t think my verbal speed is anywhere close to my typing speed, unless you count all the backspaces/delete keys I hit. Kind of resembles the way I talk. 😮

    Happy Trails in the Great Northwest! Sounds like you all have many places to go and fun things to do. Get out there!

    • LOL, I don’t recall noticing any backspaces in your conversation, but maybe a few deletes. Thanks for stopping by! I hope life in SF is treating you well now that you’re back at home.

      • I’m a volunteer for my son’s library and co-chair of the library committee. We are working on getting a full-time librarian, so we’ve been busy writing documents that explain the need to justify the expense. I just wrote a survey for parents and teachers at the school and helped edit the initial justification written by another writer/editor co-chair. And we are just “volunteers.” In the meantime, we help teach library classes and maintain the library since we only have a 1/4 time professional children’s librarian. Between that, soccer practices and games, hapkido practices twice a week, and a weekend away that we committed to months ago (what were we thinking??), it seems like the fall is running away with me. Oh, and then there’s the day job…and the night job…

        • That is above and beyond the call of duty for volunteerism but what rewarding and commendable work you are doing. As long as you carve out some writing time (a catch a few winks) amongst all else, it’s all good!

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