So join the party as we celebrate the 17th Annual Read Across America and kick off a week of reading across the nation. This year's theme is "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat" and we will have lots of Cat and the Hat activities, whimsical treats to eat, Open Mic for students to read their own work and four PacNW children authors to chat with at this Seussical celebration honoring Dr. Seuss and the world of reading.
Tuesday, March 4th 7:00 pm
What the Zhang Boys Know
Meet Clifford Garstang, author of What the Zhang Boys Know, a "wonderful and haunting book" about the lives of the inhabitants of a condominium located in Washington DC's Chinatown. Each story is told separately yet is part of a web of entanglements with entrances and exits befitting a French comedy.
Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, March 5th 7:00 pm
The Wind is Not a River
Brian Payton will discuss and sign copies of his new book The Wind is Not a River, a gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife - separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil - fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands. This powerfully written novel explores themes of war, life and death, morality, and love in this unique WWII battleground that very few people outside Alaska know about or remember. Excellent read for history buffs and historical fiction readers alike.
The author has written for the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune and the Boston Glove. Previous titles include Shadow of the Bear (winner of a National Outdoor Book Award Book of the Year), Ice Passage: True Story of Ambition, Disaster and Endurance in the Arctic Wilderness and a novel, Hail Mary Corner.
Evening with Robin Oliveira
Thursday, March 6th 7:00 pm
I Always Loved You
The award winning author of My Name is Mary Sutter will discuss and sign copies of her newest book, I Always Loved You, a compelling historical fiction novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's great romance. Following years of frustration and rejections from the Parisian art critics, Mary Cassatt began to doubt the wisdom of moving to Paris to become an artist. Then one fateful evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. The meeting seems a miracle and begins the defining period of her life and the "most tempestuous of relationships." The author's previous book, My Name is Mary Sutter won the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and was the chosen book for the 2011 If All Kirkland Read the Same Book program.
We welcome Robin back with great anticipation.
Poetry Night at Parkplace Books
Wednesday, March 12th 7:00 pm
Join our featured PacNW poets for an evening of poetry reading & Open Mic. This is a great chance to read from your own personal work and hear from some of our best local talent. Open to All.
"Poets are...the trumpets which sing to battle" - Percy Bysshe Shelley
The word poetry comes from the Greek root word poieo or I make; or poiesis meaning "making" or "creation".
******* AN EVENING FOR BOOKCLUBS *******
TUESDAY, MARCH 18TH
Join us for our twice yearly evening presentation of great recommendations!
We will present the best in upcoming titles, answer any questions about bookclubs and provide an annotated list of the recommended titles. Whether you currently belong to a group or not, please join us for this fun and informative evening. This is our favorite pasttime, second only to reading...talkingabout books!
Seating fills quickly so arrive early.
Open To All
Sunday, March 23rd 3:00 pm
Knit Too Readers will discuss Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig
Tuesday, March 25th 7:00 pm
Reading Circle will discuss Round House by Louise Erdrich
Evening with Nancy Horan
Thursday, March 20th 7:00 pm
Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Meet PacNW author, Nancy Horan as she discusses and signs copies of her newest historical fiction book, Under the Wide and Starry Sky that chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and the American divorcee, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. The two meet in rural France in 1875 where Fanny, having run away from a philandering American husband, has taken refuge with her children. Stevenson, also is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And thus begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world. The author's previous book, Loving Frank was met with much acclaim due to her extensive research into and the well written and moving account of the tempestuous and tragic relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mameh Cheney.