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Upcoming Events

Modern Adventure!


Dastardly Plots, Daring Adventure!
Children's Author Panel

with Kristen Kittscher, Kirby Larson, and Linda Johns 

Tuesday, February 23 @ 7:00pm


These award-winning children’s authors will host an Adventure Panel. Kristen Kittscher, Kirby Larson, and Linda Johns will read from their books and discuss reading, children’s literature, and writing adventure stories. The perfect event to take young readers to!

Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

 A novel of Jim Crow America that
 melds historical fiction, pulp noir,
 and Lovecraftian horror and

 Thurs. Feb. 25, 2016 @ 7pm

Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Samuel Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both the mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal, the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to perform a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

Reading & Tasting

Cooking Demonstration with Samples (Yum!)

Ooh Lala:

50 Delicious and Easy-to-master Pakistani-American Recipes and Enchanting Stories 
by Lala Rukh

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 7pm

Lala Rukh will discuss the traditional Punjabi recipes included in her book, and provide samples of select recipes. If you like good humor and good cooking, you'll want to attend. As well as being a very good Pakistani cookbook, the stories contained in here give the reader a taste of what it was like growing up in Pakistan, learning to cook, and adjusting to America. Her book will be available for purchase at the event.

Reading and Q&A

Red Swarm

by David Massengill

Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 7pm


The redbugs are coming, and they bring death to those they touch. But first you may suffer from intense sweating, hives all over your body, violent seizures, skin necrosis. It’s possible the redbug won’t kill you. It may burrow inside your neck, turning you into what the CDC calls a “nest person.” Drifting in and out of consciousness, you could have the cognitive abilities of someone who’s gone through extensive electroshock therapy. 

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Reading and Q&A

Don't Speak

by J.L. Brown

Thursday, March 24, 2016 @ 7pm


Ambitious, twenty-something FBI Special Agent Jade Harrington cuts her vacation short to investigate the murder of a conservative radio personality only to discover that he may be the victim of a serial killer.

Reading and Q&A

American Copper

by Shann Ray

Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 5pm

“Tough, poetic, and beautiful.”Sherman Alexie

"Son of a poor immigrant Czech, Josef Lowry raged with a 'hunger in him to break the world,' but what he fractures is his children and all that’s worthy within himself...Devotees of the genre will find Ray’s lyric, often poetic saga to be equal to McCarthy’s Border Trilogy and Harrison’s Legends of the Fall."Kirkus, Starred RevieW

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Double Reading

Local Poetry Reading

with Andrew Jarvis & Andrew Pine

Thursday, April 7 @ 7:00pm

The Strait is unique because it uses concrete images to reflect nature and create metaphors. The Strait is greatly inspired by the cultural and natural histories of the the Pacific Northwest region. The region moves. It moves from seashores to woodlands, and the book is organized to reflect this movement. The content explores sensory experiences gleamed from wildlife, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, the San Juan Islands, and shoreline Native American culture, before tying these impressions to coastal Pacific Northwest Native American tribes and their folklore. 

From “Limits of the Known World”:

The Tropic of Capricorn 
lost more and more of its islands 
each year. This is a tragedy, I 
said in my blanket tent, to no one in particular.
The Maldives split in half, 
landed in my cup of juice—
I swallowed them, imagined myself an 
island, an archipelago of boy, 
                            something hidden in the vast ocean of this world.

Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 14 at 7pm 


    David             Donald          Sharon          Bethany
  Horowitz        Kentop       Cumberland      Reid