Samuel Snoek-Brown & John Sibley Williams Reading

Join Tacoma fiction author Samuel Snoek-Brown and Portland author John Sibley Williams for a night of short stories and poetry at King’s Books.

Samuel Snoek-Brown teaches and writes in the Pacific Northwest. He’s the author of the short story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the Civil War novel Hagridden and flash-fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin. He also works as a production editor for Jersey Devil Press, and he lives online at snoekbrown.com. His work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Bartleby Snopes, Eunoia Review, Fiction Circus, Red Fez and Timberline Review. He’s the recipient of a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship and has been shortlisted in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition, twice for short fiction and once for his novella. He was also a finalist in the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. In 2015, he was a contributor to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore,Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Portland, OR, in 2019 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.

The Center Salon

Featuring poetry, short stories, theater, and music, this event is like nothing else in Olympia. Invest your heart and mind in a new experience as local and regional artists share a first look into their creative processes. Our 4th annual Salon includes Jim Lynch, Christina Butcher, Peggy Bruton, Bryan Willis, Olivia Archibald, and Washington’s new Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna.

Indies First/ Small Business Saturday

Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Head to King’s Books this Small Business Saturday to hang out with local authors who are transforming into celebrity booksellers to help you find the perfect holiday gifts! Authors will be signing their own work, as well as recommending great reads for all of your holiday needs.

 

Our author line-up includes:

11 am – 1 pm * Larry Fowler (Lincoln Raw) & Renee Simms (Meet Behind Mars)

1 – 3 pm * Samuel Snoek-Brown (There Is No Other Way to Worship Them) & Abby E. Murray (How to Be Married after Iraq)

3 – 5 pm * Mike Haeflinger 

5 – 7 pm * Christina Butcher (Still Clutching Maps) & Kellie Richardson (What Us Is)

 

Fowler/Snoek-Brown Double Book Launch

Join two of South Puget Sound’s top literary talents, Samuel Snoek-Brown & DL Fowler Browsers Bookshop to celebrate the launch of their newest works! Snoek-Brown will read from his freshly released, provocative short story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them. Fowler will share highly emotive imagery from Bittersweet: Poems & Essays, just off the presses. Both will be answering your questions, and autographing copies of their books (both of which will be available for purchase at the event).

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

DL Fowler is the award winning author of Ripples – a novel of suspense, Lincoln Raw – a biographical novel, and Lincoln’s Diary – a novel of suspense.

Samuel Snoek-Brown is the author of the short story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the Civil War novel Hagridden and short-fiction chapbooks Where There Is Ruin and Box Cutters. He also serves as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. He lives with his librarian wife in Tacoma.

 

Samuel Snoek-Brown Reading

Join Tacoma-based author Samuel Snoek-Brown to celebrate the publication of his new short story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, at Orca Books in Olympia. Sam will read from his new collection, then hold a short Q&A with the crowd. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: There Is No Other Way to Worship Them is an eerie and mesmerizing collection of short stories set in Mexico and Texas. Each of the collection’s nine stories are woven together with themes of violence, mysticism and failures in the pursuit of love. Characters and landscapes slip from one story to the next, teasing readers with a sense of magical realism mastered by Snoek-Brown.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samuel Snoek-Brown is the author of the short story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the Civil War novel Hagridden and short-fiction chapbooks Where There Is Ruin and Box Cutters. He also serves as production editor for Jersey Devil Press. He lives with his librarian wife in Tacoma.

 

Fowler/Snoek-Brown Double Book Launch

Join two of South Puget Sound’s top literary talents, Samuel Snoek-Brown & DL Fowler at Manifesto Coffee as the launch their latest gems.

Snoek-Brown will read from his freshly released, provocative short story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, published Oct 1, 2018. Fowler will share highly emotive imagery from Bittersweet: Poems & Essays, just off the presses. Both will be answering your questions, and autographing paperback copies available for sale.

*A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Centro Latino, a community based non-profit in Tacoma working with the Latino and Indigenous Native families. Centro Latino facilitates educational programs, crisis intervention, family outreach services, arts & culture programming, and advocacy efforts addressing concerns and opportunities for families.

4th Annual Creative Colloquy Crawl

You’ve never been to a storytelling festival as interactive as this! Join Creative Colloquy for an evening of stories, poems, experimental music and literary performances delivered on the hour, every hour from 6 – 9 p.m. at venues across Tacoma’s Stadium district. Venues include King’s Books, Doyle’s Public House, Harmon Taproom, The Mix, Sink, Anthem Coffee.  Join performers and friends for an after party at Matriarch Lounge at Alma Matter immediately following the event.


About the readings:

•Blue Cactus Press brings you a handful of haunting short stories about the darker sides of humanity – where death, violence and war prevail – by local storytellers Samuel Snoek-Brown, Christina Butcher and Terrell Fox.

•Breaking Bread: Since the dawn of time, communities have connected over food and drink. The best stories are shared between sips and mouthfuls from full forks. Industry veterans and storytellers Ron Swarner, Kris Blondin and Jack Noble share libation fueled musings and funny stories about “that one time.” Festivities hosted by Jackie Fender.

•COLLATERAL. Literary journal Collateral shares work from past issues and a sneak peek at issue 3.1, due out in November. Come listen to poems and prose about the impact of war and military service beyond the combat zone, featuring local readers.

•WITNESS LOVE RESIST — UWT poets & writers will sing, howl, spit, growl their best verses in this age of uncertainty. UWT students find heart in everything; come discover theirs.

•Soundscape Open Mic with LEAH & BETH, Christina Butcher, and You!
Sonic poetry collaborations with musical duo LEAH & BETH and poet Christina Butcher. Not your typical open mic: bring a poem and jump in with the band!

•A Hip Hop Poetic Cipher: Tacoma MC & poet Grand Marquis and DJ Smokey Wonder perform and invite other poets and MCs to join them. A hip hop poetic cipher with two great local artists.

•Storytelling Through Song: Poet and singer-songwriter Mike Dumovich plays an intimate set in a bookstore.

• Landscape of Desire: A Writer’s Use of Longing. Two creative writing professors from the University of Puget Sound, Ann Putnam and Beverly Conner, read from their published collection of short stories. According to Ron Thomas, former president of the University, Nine by Three could describe the dimensions of a long narrow carpet we call a runner and place in the hallway that carries us down the corridors connecting the rooms of our experience of childhood and adulthood, mourning and recovery, winter and spring. Each story springs from a dislocating and disorienting event and then stitches together a . . . touching account of something lost and something else found, conveying us from a place we must abandon to another into which we must enter.

•Stories from the city’s collective memory: Historians Michael Sullivan, Tamiko Nimura and former Mayor Bill Baarsma will tell true stories from Tacoma history. Together they will explore the ghosts of Japantown, downtown Noir in the 1920’s and the Big Game at Stadium Bowl.


Community collaborators include Drunken Telegraph, Blue Cactus Press, UW of Tacoma, Michael Haeflinger, Kellie Richardson, Michael Sean Sullivan, Collateral Journal, Mike Dumovich and University of Puget Sound. Creative Colloquy is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.

Tacoma Studio Tour: Blue Cactus Press

Join Blue Cactus Press, Creative Colloquy and Write253 at Real Art Tacoma on Sunday, October 14, as part of the Tacoma Arts Month studio tour! All three organizations will have tables at the event, in which visitors can create zines or chapbooks, and chat with local authors and artists from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., visitors are invited to listen in as featured readers take to the stage, followed by open mic performances! Make sure to arrive early to sign up for the open mic!


Featured Readers include:

Lux Barker 

Abby E. Murray

Samuel Snoek-Brown

Alissa Tu


And don’t forget, you can visit artists’ studios all over Tacoma throughout the weekend as part of Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tours. Find out more at Tacoma Arts Month.

 

6th Annual Lakewood Film, Art and Book Fest

The “6th Annual Lakewood Film, Art and Book Fest ” is set for September 28, 29, 30 at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC). The Fest will showcase nine award winning feature films, expanded art show with cash prizes plus an author book signing event. Colorful displays and live entertainment will also be available. Entire event will be free to the public.

Organizers are currently looking for qualified artists, photographers and published authors to take part in the event. Artists are invited to enter the Juried Art Show with minimum cash awards of $1,000. Juried Photography entries may also compete for minimum cash awards of $500. Award levels may be higher if entry numbers permit. To enter the juried show a small registration fee is required. For complete details, contact: spetersen2011@comcast.net or bobpaloalto@comcast.net.