October 30, 2013
“If a nation’s literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.”
(October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972)
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Photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn
October 29, 2013
The Northwest Bookfest literary festival is coming up this weekend at Northwest University, south of downtown Kirkland, Washington. This year’s focus is on the benefits and challenges of digital publishing and will include workshops, panels, exhibits and readings.
Some of the programs, panels and exhibits are free and open to the public. For $99, participants can attend two days of workshops on topics ranging from e-books and digital distribution to social networking and online marketing. On Saturday evening, November 2, several Kirkland restaurants and wine shops will team with writers for author presentations called “Wine and Words.”
October 28, 2013
Poet Brenda Hillman, named one of the “fifty most inspiring authors in the world” by Poets and Writers Magazine, will give a talk and read from her latest book, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, on Monday, October 28, 2013, at Western Washington University (Bellingham), 4 p.m. in the Library Reading Room (4th floor of Wilson Library). The presentation is free.
October 27, 2013
Poetry Alive! Part II: A Night with Kevin, Matthew, and Friends. Tonight at 7 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham). Performance benefits the continuation and expansion of the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project. This is gonna be good. Don’t miss it.
October 26, 2013
Artpocalypse, an exhibition of artworks by Trish Harding, Vikki Jackson, Laurie Potter, Amy Armitage, John McCulloch, Mary Jo Maute, George Jartos and Anita K. Boyle, will culminate this evening, Saturday, October 26, 2013, with a poetry reading by James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle (the same). This is a great time (and possibly the last) to see the show, plus hear some swell poems and hang out with cool people. It’s all free, 6:00-8:00pm, at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, 311 W. Holly Street, in Bellingham. Come on down.
October 25, 2013
You’ve been to the heart-warming Sue Boynton Poetry Contest award ceremonies where Whatcom County citizens of all ages read their poems. You’ve seen the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Public Library. Well, now you can be part of this positive community program.
The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and Walk committee is looking for two new members for the 2014 contest year. They especially need someone to get event information to the local media, but committee members all pitch in to help one another. The committee meets in Bellingham once a month, except in July and August. This is the ninth year of the Contest and Walk; procedures are well organized and there is a wealth of written materials to help with tasks.
If you are interested or have questions, please call Susan J. Erickson at 360-733-0693 or email her at email@example.com.