March 17, 2017
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 18, 2017, would be a good time to go to Kirkland. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will lead a FREE workshop at BookTree from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and then be a featured reader in the 3rd Saturday Poetry Is Everything Reading and Open Mic, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m., along with co-feature poet Raul Sanchez. Tod’s workshop is “Three Notes on a Silver Flute: Making Metaphors.”
October 26, 2016
It takes nerve, ambition, energy, cash, time, and plenty of other resources to open a brand new independent bookstore. So we’d like to be among the first to acknowledge and congratulate Christopher J. Jarmick and Mary Harris, who are putting the finishing touches on BookTree, at 609 Market Street in Kirkland.
Mary is the former owner of Parkplace Books, which closed in December after nearly 30 years. Chris is a prolific poet and organizer of readings throughout Cascadia. They are both “passionate about the inherent value of books, reading, writing, listening and sharing diverse ideas, and viewpoints.”
Their new store is emerging from a remodeled beauty salon and, we are assured, will host a new poetry series as well as a lot of exciting readings, workshops, and special events.
BookTree will celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Watch the BookTree website and the brand new BookTree Facebook page for details and additional photos of the bookstore-in-progress.
November 30, 2015
Perhaps you’ve heard the rumors. Alas, they’re true. Parkplace Books, Kirkland, Washington’s community bookstore since 1986 and the home of the “Take a Poem From Your Heart” second-Wednesday poetry series for nine years, will be closing their doors at the end of 2015.
As the Kirkland Parkplace Mall is being redeveloped, many local businesses will be closed or displaced. The future of Parkplace Books is uncertain. Owners Mary and Rebecca have either worked in or owned the store for over 20 years. Mary hopes to open a new bookstore, location as yet unknown; Rebecca will retire.
Christopher Jarmick, who coordinates the Parkplace poetry series, says, “Mary and Rebecca are among the most generous, dedicated bookstore owners you’ll ever know. It’s a big bookstore. They’ve made room for over 300 people in the past, and also made it feel full and welcoming when a dozen people show up.”
To honor Mary and Rebecca and to mark the closing of this treasured community resource, Take a Poem From Your Heart invites you to attend the final poetry gathering on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:00pm.
Richard Widerkehr* will offer a somewhat abbreviated feature reading, plus there will be an additional 15 spotlight readers, for about four minutes each, and then a wide-open mic (under three minutes each) for as many as want to read and time will allow.
Christopher Jarmick says, “Let’s pack the place with poets and have a poetic toast to Mary and Rebecca. Please spread the word. While you’re there, I’d also encourage you to buy some presents, for others or yourself. Hope to see you on December 9th.”
*Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan and earned his M.A. from Columbia University. He has two collections of poems, The Way Home (Plain View Press) and Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press), two chapbooks, and a novel, Sedimental Journey (Tarragon Books) about a geologist in love with a fictional character. In the last year, his poems have been published in Rattle, Soundings, Floating Bridge Review, Jewish Literary Journal, Grey Sparrow, Nomad’s Choir Poetry Review, Pennine Ink, Cirque, Penumbra, Clay Bird Review, and Crack The Spine.
May 14, 2014
If you’re looking for something to do on this beautiful summery spring evening, here are two events that came to light at the last moment:
6:30pm in Redmond
The first of this summer’s FREE monthly poetry walks, led by Redmond poet laureate Michael Dylan Welch, takes place this evening, Wednesday, May 14, starting at 6:30pm at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park, 19545 Redmond Road in Redmond. Look for the white poetry tent! “We’ll have a writing exercise, have a leisurely walk to find inspiration in nature, and then share what we’ve written (optional). Please join us!” Event info on Facebook and further details on 2014 Redmond Summer Poetry Walks.
8:30pm in Kirkland
Tonight’s special MoonPath Press Reading at Parkplace Books in Kirkland runs 7 to 8:30pm. Featured readers are Joseph Green (from Longview, WA), Terry Persun (from Port Townsend) and spotlight readings from Tacoma’s Tim Sherry and Seattle’s Raul Sanchez plus OPEN MIC. Free! Parkplace Books is located in the Parkplace Mall off 85th Street in Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland.
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.”
September 14, 2012
Did you ever notice that just about the time you decide to take a workshop or attend a reading or go to a conference, you discover another, equally tempting, workshop or reading or conference happening the same day? Well, here we go again!
Just a few days ago, we posted Michael Schein’s invitation to LiTFUSE, September 21-23 in Tieton, Washington. Now there’s the Northwest Bookfest, September 22-23 in Kirkland, Washington.
Northwest Bookfest promises an exhilarating agenda of panels, workshops, readings and vendors over the course of two days. All events are free.
Featured authors include Ivan Doig, Elizabeth George, David Guterson, Tony Angell, and among many poets, Jeannine Hall Gailey, David D. Horowitz, Christopher Jarmick, Jack McCarthy and Jack Prelutsky.
To see the complete lineup and schedule and learn more about Northwest Bookfest 2012, visit the Bookfest website.
And good luck deciding where you’re spending your weekend!