We have all kinds of art and author events
happening all year long.
Third Thursday Art Walks.
Third Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm all year long.
Art Walk Edmonds
site for all kinds of information, including the featured artists and
the map of featured locations for each month.
We always have an artist or an author, check
back often [and see below] for the current months' scheduled
And quite often, we have events on Saturday
afternoons. See below for all of our currently scheduled authors
Saturday April 7, 2018. 12 - 1pm. We
will welcome author Jennifer Haupt and
her brand new novel, In the Shadow of 10,000
A sweeping family saga that crosses
racial and cultural boundaries is the search for family on a
personal and global level. Set against the backdrop of a
country grieving and trying to heal after a devastating civil
war, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover
something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
Jennifer Haupt went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, twelve
years after the genocide that wiped out over one million people,
to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief. She
spent a month interviewing survivors and humanitarian aid
workers, and returned to Seattle with something unexpected: the
bones of a novel. Haupt's essays and articles have been
published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality &
Health, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Sun and many
other publications. This is her first novel.
web site for all kinds of great information.
National Poetry Month
Saturday April 14, 2018. 12 - 1pm.
We will welcome two amazing local poets: Sue Sutherland and Holly
Sue Sunderland-Hanson's new collection is Stars and Strangers,
was published in paperback last October.
These tender, lyrical poems
demonstrate the shimmering threads that join us while revealing
the "slippery mystery, this everyday once-ness of each person's
Sue Sutherland-Hanson grew up in a fishing family in
In addition to writing, Sue teaches workshops
on writing as a listening practice, sacred creativity, the
wisdom of the body, labyrinths, and Celtic spirituality.
her facebook page for all the inside info.
Hughes' new work is included in Poetry of Presence: An
Anthology of Mindfulness Poems.
This book of
mindfulness poems provides a refuge of quiet clarity that is
much needed in today's restless, chaotic world. It was published
Ms. Hughes is the author of
Sailing by Ravens. Her fine art
chapbook Passings received an
American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2017.
She is a graduate of the MFA program at Pacific Lutheran
University, where she coordinates the Outside Experience
program. After teaching writing at Edmonds Community College for
more than twenty-five years, she now teaches writing and
mindfulness workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest and
consults as a writing coach. The entire story on her web site.
Third Thursday Art Walk.
Thursday, April 19, 2018. Third Thursday Art
Walk. 5 - 8pm.
Five poets have enthusiastically agreed
to perform as part of our celebration of
National Poetry Month. They are:
- Janee Baugher
- Victoria Ford
- Michael Hickey
- Christopher Jarmick
- Michael Spence
As usual, the incomparable David D. Horowitz
will act as host and emcee.
[In case you
haven't attended a poetry night before, HINT: Brush up on your
current events so you will be prepared for the trivia questions,
and perhaps win a great prize!]
This is always a really fun, entertaining evening! Join us early to
mix and mingle and enjoy some light snacks and beverages. The
readings will begin about 6:30 p.m.
For more information about Mr. Horowitz and
Rose Alley Press,
the website here.
Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Independent Bookstore Day! Stop by any
day and celebrate a vital part of your community! We will have
exclusive bookie items, limited edition goodies, and so much
April 30 - May 6, 2018. Children's Book Week!
Kids, from Kindergarten to teens, will have a chance to vote
for a favorite book -- voting will take place the entire month of
April, in store or online.
And, on Saturday, May
5th, we will host authors reading their books with
time to chat and possibly a surprise or two...
We are very happy to
announce that we will be hosting 3 amazing authors on May 5th!
Liz Wong, author of
Quackers, Laura McGee Kvasnosky
author of Little Wolf's First Howling
and Mark Holtzen author of
Ticket to the Pennant.
Stay tuned for lots more information!
Saturday, May 12, 2018. 12 - 1pm. We
will welcome Connie Hampton Connally and
her book, The Songs We Hide, brand
new in paperback, May 1, 2018.
In 1951, a grim hush has settled over
Hungary. After a lost war and a brutal transition to communism,
the people live under constant threats. A couple brought
together by music help each other face the challenges.
For all kinds of great information visit
Third Thursday Art Walk.
Thursday, May 17, 2018. 5 - 8 pm.
We will welcome Margot Kahn and
Kirsten Lunstrum who will share their
stories and insights.
Ms. Lunstrum is a contributor and
Ms. Kahn is an editor of the new book,
This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home,
a thought-provoking collection of personal essays about home.
Third Thursday Art Walk.
Thursday June 21, 2018. 5 - 8 pm.
Gwen Schwartz will display her original
acrylic paintings of people and landscapes.
From Gwen: Color…it’s really all about
color. I’m very drawn to the human face and form, but I also
love to paint landscapes, peppers I bring home from the farmers’
market, abstracts and even an occasional pair of old boots. But
what draws me to all these subjects is the same, color...
to the Northwest, I find the light here amazingly clear and
intense. Its touch brings intimacy to a subject.
her web site for more beautiful images.
Bonus Third Thursday Artist!
On June 21, we will also welcome a special guest, Sophia Herman, a young
vocalist from Edmonds. Stay tuned for more information.
Join us for light
snacks and beverages.
Thursday, March 15, 2018. Tasman—an Innocent
Convict’s Struggle for Freedom by
In 1850, sixteen year-old Irish lad, Ean McCloud, steps off
the boat, his legs in iron shackles, and steps into serving a
three-year sentence at the Port Arthur Penal Colony in Tasmania.
Falsely convicted, he must now survive the brutal conditions,
the backbreaking labor, and time in the silent prison—a place
that breaks men’s souls. Follow Ean’s adventures as he seeks not
only to survive but to escape!
For all information Paddy Eger,
visit her web site/blog here.
Saturday, March 10,
2018. High: Drugs, Desire,
and a Nation of Users by Dr. Ingrid
Walker, asks fundamental questions about US drug policies
and social norms. Why do we endorse the use of some drugs and
criminalize others? Why do we accept the necessity of a
doctor-prescribed opiate but not the same thing bought off the
street? This divided approach shapes public policy, the justice
system, research, social services, and health care. And despite
the decades-old war on drugs, drug use remains relatively
Dr. Ingrid Walker
is an Associate Professor, American Studies
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
University of Washington,
For more information, visit the author
on her web site
And view her
Saturday, March 3,
10:30am - 4 pm. Read Across America. A nationwide reading
celebration that takes place annually near Dr. Seuss’s birthday,
which is March 2nd. Your support helps the Foundation for Edmonds School District.
Activities for kids included.
Saturday, February 24,
2018. Timber Curtain by
Frances McCue. These poems are wry,
indicting and hopeful, as they track the demolition of Richard
Hugo House in a rapidly changing city. In paperback November 7,
occupies a space between ramshackle and remodel. It starts with
the demolition of a house -- Richard Hugo House, the Seattle
literary center where Frances McCue worked, lived, and mourned
her husband. From there, McCue’s poems spiral out to encompass
icebergs, exorcisms, the refugee crisis, and the ethics of the
place-myths we create for ourselves. Like the Seattle
skyline, poems erase and recombine into a landscape forever
saturated with ghosts.
Several poems will be central in
upcoming (2018) documentary "Where the House Was."
more information on
facebook and on
Frances McCue is
a poet, writer, teacher, and arts instigator. From 1996–2006,
she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle
and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of
Saturday, February 17,
2018. We hosted 2 authors! Kim
Purcell and her new book, This is Not
a Love Letter in conversation with Jennifer Bardsley,
author of the 2-book Blank Slate series,
Genesis Girl and
Thursday, February 15, 2018.
We welcomed Edmonds' own,
Thompson and her mysteries.
Doin’ in a Robber Baron.1890s
Chicago. The city is preparing for the Columbian Exposition. And
the men of Chicago's elite detective squad
investigate the murder of the Traction King, the man with the
monopoly on public transportation. No
one is able or willing to clarify matters and though the
body was found at his Gold Coast mansion, it wasn't the scene of
In paperback -- September 5, 2017.
Death Of A Falcon : A
Sergey Volkov Mystery.
Thompson (Author) and Chris Thompson
Late in the reign of Ivan IV, Sergey Volkov,
Moscow magistrate, finds himself called upon to solve the murder
of the son of a prominent member of the nobility. It proves to
be a case with many hidden dangers and at first the case seems unsolvable. In paperback – December
Saturday, February 10,
2018. Peace Weavers: Uniting the
Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages by
Candace Wellman. Peace-weaving
marriages between Salish families and pioneer men played a
crucial role in mid-1800’s regional settlement. In paperback.
Throughout the mid-1800s, Coast and
Interior Salish families arranged strategic cross-cultural
marriages, and these alliances played a crucial role in regional
settlement and spared Puget Sound's upper corner from the tragic
conflicts other regions experienced. Although accounts of the
men exist in a variety of records, the contributions of their
native wives remain unacknowledged. Author Candace Wellman hopes
to shatter stereotypes surrounding these relationships. The four
women profiled exhibited exceptional endurance, strength, and
adaptability. Each woman's story is uniquely her own, but
together they and other intermarried women left lasting
legacies. They were peace weavers.
Wellman holds a
B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University and a B.Ed.
in History/Secondary Education from Western Washington
University, and has pursued graduate work in sociology. Born and
raised in Washington, the Bellingham resident is a local history
consultant and speaks regularly about women’s history and
Visit her on facebook.
Saturday, February 3, 2018. We welcomed back one of our favorite
Tracy Weber, with her newest book,
Pre-Meditated Murder the fifth in her
Downward Dog mystery series. New in paperback January 8, 2018.
Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is
ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she's disappointed when
a special dinner doesn't end with a proposal. But disappointment
turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem:
Michael is already married and his estranged wife is
blackmailing him. When his wife's body is found -- by Kate and
her dog, no less -- Michael is strangely unable to remember
where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi,
Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a
tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . .
with Michael trapped in the middle.
Murder is the fifth lighter-than-air and
thoroughly enjoyable mystery from Seattleite Tracy Weber.
Great new [1/27/18] article/review in The Seattle Times.
Saturday, January 27,
2018. Magickal Family: Pagan
Living in Harmony with Nature by
Monica Crosson. A guide for
those who want to practice magick and simplicity.
A real-life guide for those who
want to practice magick and simplicity but need a little nudge
to take a break from the workaday world. Filled with tips,
ideas, stories, and projects to bring you and your family closer
to nature and to celebrate the God and the Goddess, this book
shows how to be true to your magickal self while raising little
Witchlings―or helping others with theirs. Discover how to create
the life you want through gardening, Kitchen Witchery, DIY
projects, and celebrations based on the Wheel of the Year.
Includes more than 65 rituals, blessings, recipes, crafts, and
Monica Crosson is a Master Gardner who
lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, happily digging in the
dirt and tending her raspberries with her husband, three kids
and small menagerie of farm animals, including a very grouchy
donkey named Rosetta.
Visit her website at
2018. Sideways Look at Clouds by
Maria Mudd Ruth. An
intriguing natural history about our ubiquitous and fascinating
Author Maria Mudd Ruth
fell in love with clouds the same way she stumbles into most
passions: madly and unexpectedly. This is the story of her quite
accidental infatuation with and education about the clouds
A captivating story teller, Maria blends science,
wonder, and humor to take the scenic route through the clouds
and encourages readers to chart their own rambling,
A Washington, D.C. native,
Ruth has been researching, watching, photographing, and blogging
about clouds for many years. She is the author of more than a
dozen books on natural history topics, including
Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet and now lives in
Olympia, Washington, with her husband and sons.
Follow her on
January 13, 2018. We welcomed our first author of the new year! Local
author, Jennifer Wilhoit and her new book,
Writing on the
Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew, just
published in paperback September 26, 2017.
This is a practical, lyrical book aimed at helping blocked
writers to become unstuck.
Jennifer J. Wilhoit, PhD is a
published writer, focusing her current essays and books on the
inner/outer landscape: the ecotone between human nature and
ecological nature. Jennifer is the owner of TEALarbor stories;
she mentors writers, offers "story and nature guiding," supports
people in life transition, and mediates conflict.
Check out her blog at
and her web
November 18, 2017. We welcomed local Seattle
author Pam Stucky.
She brought all
kinds of books with her, including her
latest: Pam on the Map: Seattle Day Trips,
just published in paperback, September 19, 2017.
a native of the Seattle area, loves this city and all it has to
offer. And she knows that part of what makes the region
spectacular is not just the city itself, but all the fantastic
destinations within a two- or three-hour drive. This new book
has itineraries for 10 one-day trips, as well as optional side
For information on all things
Pam Stucky, do visit her website:
November 11, 2017. We welcomed local author
Susan Storer Clark and her new novel,
The Monk Woman's Daughter.
“My mother said she was a nun. That
may have been a lie.”
So begins the eye-opening and
entertaining tale of Vera St. John’s chaotic upbringing amid the
turbulence of nineteenth-century urban America.
squalid streets of 1840s New York to the devastation of
post-Civil War Memphis, Vera threads her way through the
powerful conflicts of American history to find where she
belongs. Along the way, she discovers the nature of power and
the true meaning of freedom.
For more information about her book, and
so much more, Susan blogs at www.HistoryMuse.us and
is a contributor to the
Washington Independent Review of Books.
Ms. Clark is an amazing
author/presenter of her book! A big "Thank you!" to all who
joined us -- we had a great afternoon.
November 4, 2017. We welcomed author
Janet R. Collins and her book,
On the Arctic Frontier: Ernest Leffingwell's
Polar Explorations and Legacy just published October 15,
November 1897 presentation by Norway’s famous explorer, Fridtjof
Nansen, sparked Ernest Leffingwell’s lifelong passion for the
Arctic. Almost 100 years later, Janet Collins
discovered her own zeal when she took a college course called
Collins’ master’s degree in
library science and an undergraduate degree in geography, came
in handy as she undertook a seven-year investigation instigated
by an intriguing name on a map. Her research revealed a
meticulous and detailed explorer who made journal entries in
pencil and often used abbreviations and initials, leaving her
with much to decipher.
Eager to investigate rumors of land
north of Alaska, Ernest deKoven Leffingwell and Ejnar Mikkelsen
organized the 1906 Anglo-American Polar Expedition. Despite
extreme conditions, they determined the edge of the continental
shelf—a significant geographic discovery. Leffingwell remained
behind, and with substantial assistance from his Inupiaq
neighbors, the driven young geologist explored, surveyed and
documented geography and geology along Alaska’s north coast and
inland in what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
(ANWR). On the North Slope of the Brooks Range, he pioneered
research in ground ice (permafrost), observed birds, and
collected wildlife specimens. His groundbreaking work still
informs scientists and scholars.
October 28th, 2017. We welcomed author
Lauren Danner and her brand new book,
Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North
Cascades National Park, just published September 1, 2017.
This first full-length account
chronicles the creation of the park, just in time for the it’s
50th anniversary in 2018.
Efforts to establish a park began
as early as 1892, but gained traction after World War II as
economic affluence sparked national interest in wilderness
preservation and growing concerns about the impact of harvesting
timber to meet escalating postwar housing demand.
environmental movement matured, conservationists sought to
establish a national park that prioritized wilderness, instead
of development for tourism or logging. Their grassroots activism
became increasingly sophisticated, eventually leading to the
compromise that resulted in the 1968 creation of Washington’s
magnificent third national park.
Ms. Danner says:
I write about Pacific Northwest and environmental history,
outdoor recreation, and public lands policy from my home in
Much more on
her web site.
October 19, 2017. Third Thursday Art Walk. We welcomed author Elise
Hooper and her debut novel, The Other
Alcott: A Novel, just published September 5, 2017.
This debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of
May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own
creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide
world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa
crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist,
taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from
a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very
much a man’s profession.
embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an
artist and a woman. From Boston to Rome, London, and Paris, this
brave, talented, and determined woman forges an amazing life of
her own, making her so much more than merely “The Other Alcott.”
For more information about the book, and all about the
September 30, 2017.
We welcomed local author Nicola Pearson and her new book,
Borrowed Ground: a Joe and Lucy Story. In paperback July
While the community gathers to celebrate
Joe and Lucy’s marriage there is one person who refuses to feel
the love; their neighbor, Hilda. She is determined to mar their
happiness with a vindictive property line dispute, and soon they
find themselves embroiled in a series of ordeals that they must
overcome in order to keep their home.
Ms. Pearson is
an award-winning playwright, author of the novel
How to Make a Pot in 14 Easy Lessons,
two Callum Lange mysteries and the children’s picture book,
The Lost Hour. She lives in the
foothills of the Cascade Mountains with her potter husband,
their dogs, cat and chickens.
More about the author on
her website and
September 21, 2017. Third Thursday Art Walk. We welcomed author Kate
Lund, and her latest book Bounce:
Help Your Child Build Resilience and Thrive In School, Sports
and Life just published May 31, 2017.
A book for
parents, educators, community leaders and anyone who has an
active interest in helping children to become resilient and
realize their potential. The book presents the author's vision
of the seven pillars of the resilient child during the
elementary school years, along with specific strategies for
bolstering the resilience of your own child or the children you
July 29, 2017.
We welcomed local Seattle author Brenda
Fantroy-Johnson and her new book,
Imagine Me. In paperback March 21,
story of a young black girl’s journey growing up in the early
’60s. The setting is Detroit where dreams are formed from life
experiences within a city ghetto. A coming-of-age story set
during the height of the civil rights movement, this was a time
of music, baseball, and fishing on the Detroit River, a time of
developing and discovering identity.
The memoir gives a
detailed accounting of how a self-described “good girl” copes
with the early tragedies of childhood loss and abandonment.
Growing from a child having children to the becoming of a woman
who refuses to let herself quit, this is a story of strength and
commitment to fulfill her mother’s directive, proving to
herself—even through domestic violence, drugs, and alcohol
abuse—that faith can get you out and enough faith can overcome
This is a journey of hope and dreams fulfilled.
Brenda Fantroy-Johnson grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She
graduated with the highest distinction from Davenport University
with a BA in Computer Science. She went on to obtain a MBA from
Spring Arbor University. An avid hiker,
she has climbed Mt. Rainier, hiked to Mt. Everest base camp and
walked the Northern Camino of Spain. She currently lives in
Washington State with her husband Harvey and their Perfect
Labrador Retriever, Tama.
All kinds of great information available at her web site and
July 15, 2017.
We welcomed Laura McGee
Kvasnosky and her newest book, Little
Wolf's First Howling.
Some may favor the proper way to howl,
but what if you have a song in your heart that needs to come
out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for little and big
Sisters Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate
Harvey McGee have created a wonderful story about the
importance of doing things your own way and being true to your
heart when it swells with wildness and joy.
Laura McGee Kvasnosky grew up in
Northern California as one of five children in a newspaper
family that provided the grist for many of her stories as a
noted children’s writer and illustrator. She turned to
children’s writing in mid life, and is best known for her series
of “Zelda and Ivy” books. Learn more about her and her books,
and some behind-the-scenes creation secrets -- so interesting!
-- here at
her web site.
June 24, 2017. Saturday. We welcomed
Billy Mac and
his book, My Oh My: The Dave Niehaus Story, new in paperback.
From his web site: This is a baseball book. It is a
biography of one of the game’s favorite sons and most devoted
servants. It is both a reverent look at the life of that man and
a heartfelt reflection on his trade. Furthermore, it is his
baseball story as well—the game he grew up with, the players and
managers and ballparks and broadcasters who nurtured his
baseball heart and led him to fashion an enduring love for the
sport. This is his story.
Visit the official web site, for a bit more information,
He was interviewed on KISM radio June 1, 2017. Listen to the
Thank you to all of you who joined us
-- we had a great Saturday afternoon, complete with peanuts and
CrackerJack! (We don't care if we never get back!).
10, 2017. We welcomed Seattle
author Charlie Sheldon, and his new
book, Strong Heart, now in paperback.
One stormy May night, just as Tom Olsen
is about to leave with his Native American friends to visit his
grandfather's grave deep in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
wilderness, he answers a knock at his door to find an abandoned
thirteen year old girl.
The girl announces her name is Sarah
Cooley and that Tom is her grandfather. Astonished, all
Tom sees is trouble. He knows he should cancel the trip and deal
with Sarah, but when his friends suggest bringing Sarah along,
Tom reluctantly agrees, hoping a backpacking trip might teach
Sarah some sorely needed lessons about character, responsibility
Adventure, scientific inquiry, a tinge of mystery,
and a hint of the unexplainable infuse this
meticulously-imagined tale. In a story matching the breathtaking
scope of its Pacific Northwest and North Pacific setting,
Sheldon's tale startles, yet challenges us to think.
June 3, 2017. We
welcomed Edmonds author Laura Weigel Douglas
and her brand new book, When the Stars Lead
Home. This middle-grade novel was published in paperback
March 21, 2017, and is the first in the Green Hill Adventure
Twelve-year old Tizzy could not believe how
quickly things could fall apart. Last year her only concern had
been defending her title as San Juan County's All-Around Rodeo
Cowgirl. Now, she is living with two aunts she barely knows and
trying to convince them to keep the summer camp where she grew
up, Green Hills Adventure Camp, open for business. With luck on
her side and more than a little determination, Tizzy will
discover that she is capable of more than she ever dreamt and
that sometimes, when life changes direction, you have to create
your own path to find your way home again.
Douglas grew up in Shoreline, Washington and was an avid reader from a young age,
spending many of her days dreaming of being an author and living
on a farm. Laura blogs
publisher has a lovely little video to promote her book -- she
has it featured on her blog, and you can find it
here on you tube.
A big "Thank you!" to all you friends and fans
who joined us Saturday afternoon! What a great turnout to
celebrate with Laura!
April 29, 2017. Independent Bookstore Day!
We all had such a great time on Saturday!
Thank you to all of you who joined us! And a huge thank you to
all of you who support us all year long -- you are why we have
been here since 1972.
45 years and going
strong! Thanks to all of you!
A one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores
across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and
every party is different. In addition to fun events there are
exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that
day. Not before. Not online. Only at Independent Bookstores!
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts/book critic visited 19
different Seattle-area bookstores in one go for Independent
Bookstore Day. [She did it!] and calls it
the perfect day.
The article here.
Check out the facebook page for more information [perhaps to
start planning for next year?!]:
And follow them on Twitter!
[so many fun posts and pics! thank you all!]
April 13, 2017. Thursday night at 6:30pm.
Reading Group Night!
Katie Mehan and David Glenn,
Penguin Random House sales reps extraordinaire.
They presented stacks of books that they love and that
are great for Book groups to read and discuss.
April 15, 2017. We
welcomed author and former Edmonds resident,
Jeffrey Warren and his new novel,
Jeffrey Warren is a retired
Professional Engineer and longtime entrepreneur.
He is the
author of several technical, non-fiction papers and books. He
began writing fiction for a family audience during an interlude
An avid sailor, he lives with his wife,
eight horses, a donkey, and rescue dog Scout, on a mountain
ranch in Idaho.
For all kinds of information visit his web site: