stroll-by letterpress

October 9, 2020

Wayzgoose, Tacoma’s annual letterpress and book arts festival, is a community extravaganza probably best known for the huge steamroller prints that are produced each year. Like other literary events and sites, Wayzgoose is figuring out new ways to carry on in the midst of a pandemic.

The solution is Tacoma Wayzfaring Press, which invites you to view daily demos of letterpress printing in the front window of King’s Books. For five days, beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020, letterpress artists will display their skills and offer their wares to the masked and distanced sidewalk audience from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The artists are:

Tuesday, October 13: Taylor Cox of Coxswain Press
Wednesday, October 14: Katie Dean
Thursday, October 15: Write 253
Friday, October 16: Jessica Spring of Springtide Press
Saturday, October 17: Gloria Joy Muhammad and Saiyare Refaei

The events are free. Learn more at King’s Books.

letterpress

April 21, 2019

Wayzgoose is an annual community letterpress and book arts extravaganza. Meet local printers and view their wares, print your own keepsakes, make paper and bind books. A highlight of the weekend is steamroller printing, where local artists carve 3 x 3 foot sheets of linoleum and print on giant paper. It’s all happening at King’s Books in Tacoma next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019, 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Paul Hunter in Tacoma

February 5, 2018

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the King’s Books Distinguished Writer Series presents a reading by Paul Hunter.

In addition to being an engaging reader and raconteur, Hunter is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and three chapbooks. His first volume of farming poems, Breaking Ground (2004) was reviewed in the New York Times and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. Subsequent volumes include Ripening (2007), Come the Harvest (2008), Stubble Field (2012), and, most recently Clownery: In lieu of a life spent in harness (2017), the autobiography of an artist and teacher resembling the author. (Read more about Hunter and Clownery in The New Yorker article by Stephanie Burt.)

Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works since 1994, including scores of books, broadsides, and pamphlets.

The King’s Books reading is free and will begin with an open mic.

come hear Lana!

May 26, 2017

Lana Hechtman Ayers, who spends a prodigious amount of time promoting the voices of poets through her imprints at Concrete Wolf, MoonPath Press, and World Enough Writers (among others) will bring her own voice to the podium on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:00pm, when she will be the featured poet for the Distinguished Writer Series at King’s Books, Tacoma. Lana will read from her various poetry collections, including her new book, Four Quarters: An Homage To T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Come hear Lana!

holiday bonus time

December 28, 2016

James Patterson Holiday Bonus-2015Forbes calls him “Publishing’s richest penman.” His online biography says that “he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.” At the rate of about a dozen books a year, on his own and with co-authors, James Patterson is a writing phenomenon.

But even as he’s creating characters and stories, he’s also finding ways to encourage readers and support literacy. Through the Patterson Family Foundation he awards scholarships to students at 22 different colleges and universities around the country. In the last ten years, he has given away more than a million books to students all over the U.S. and has visited hundreds of schools to advocate for youth literacy. In 2015, Patterson showed his gratitude to independent bookstore employees through a donation of $250,000; in 2016 he is doing the same. Patterson is partnering with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds, which are granted as bonuses of $1,000 to $5,000 to individual booksellers.

The holiday bonus winners are nominated locally and selected by Patterson himself. We congratulate this year’s 149 winners, including the following independent bookstore employees at some of our favorite Cascadia-region stores:

  • Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
  • Erin Ball, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
  • Kenny Coble, King’s Books, Tacoma, WA
  • Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA
  • Emily Fuggetta, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
  • Kim Hooyboer, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • Sarah Hutton, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
  • Victoria Irwin, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Ruby Meyers, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR
  • Emma Nichols, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • Linda Watson, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
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