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September 2015

Willow Frost, H. C. Weaver and Me
An evening with author Jamie Ford
Thursday, September 17 @ 7 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library

In Jamie Ford's new novel, The Songs of Willow Frost, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, runs away from an orphanage and embarks on a great journey when, after glimpsing an actress in a movie is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Ford's research for his novel brought him to the Tacoma Public Library and the all but forgotten H.C. Weaver Film Studio which, at the time was the third-largest freestanding film space in America. The Library had a wonderful collection of production shots by Gaston Lance, the studio's art director. This is the same studio which produced the recently rediscovered and restored The Eyes of the Totem.

Jamie Ford talks about The Songs of Willow Frost, the historical research behind the book, and the H.C. Weaver Studios. Book signing follows. Information www.tacomalibrary.org

Presented in cooperation with Team Totem, the organization responsible for restoring The Eyes of the Totem


Book talk & signing Art Chantry Speaks cover
Art Chantry, author of
Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic's History of 20th Century Graphic Design
Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library

Art Chantry's design clients have included Seattle institutions like the Bathhouse, New City, Empty Space, Organic and Repertory Theatres, the Center on Contemporary Art and the Give Peace a Dance and Hempfest benefits. In addition to Estrus and Rhino, he's also designed for Sub Pop, Chuckie-Boy and many smaller record labels like Lucky, Betty and Trash City, and created dozens and dozens of logos and type treatments, each so distinct from the others, it's as though there are just as many designers within that one person. A lot of his work uses collage; for other jobs, he's hired the best illustrators for the job (including R. Crumb, Mad Magazine's Don Martin and the late Ed "Big Daddy" Roth of Rat Fink fame).

 For decades this avatar of low-tech design has fought against the cheap and easy use of digital software. Art Chantry's homage to expired technology, and his inspired use of Xerox machines and X-Acto blade cuts of printed material, created a much-copied style during the grunge period and beyond.

Chantry's designs were published in Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry (Chronicle Books), exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Louvre.

More recently, Chantry has drawn upon his extraordinary collection of twentieth-century graphic art to create compelling histories of the forgotten and unknown on essays he has posted on his Facebook page. These essays might lionize the unrecognized illustrators of screws, wrenches, and pipes in equipment catalogs. Other posts might reveal how some famous artists were improperly recognized.  Book signing follows.


Stealing Puget SoundBook talk & signing
Jerry V. Ramsey PH.D, author of
Stealing Puget Sound 1832-1869
Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m.
Wheelock Branch
3722 North 26th Street

In Stealing Puget Sound 1832-1869, Jerry Ramsey exposes the little know political tension between the first British settlers and the Americans who crossed the Oregon Trail fifteen years later. The British legal ownership of the precious land in the Puget Sound region was confirmed by international treaty. The well known "Pig War" was a direct result of the "squeeze" aggressive American settlers put on the British owners.

Ramsey uses primary source letters and journals, plus some secondary materials to document and reference historical accuracy. The book remains comfortably readable but challenges "politically correct" history.

Jerry V. Ramsey PH.D. earned his BA at the University of Puget Sound, a Master's Degree at the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Doctorate at Columbia Pacific University in San Rafael, California. He taught at all levels, Pre-School to Grad School, in public schools, universities, and learning centers for over 30 years.

 His published works include many magazine, newspaper, newsletter, journal articles, and three books: 'A Curriculum for High School Economic Geography and History', 'A Fur Trade Era Anthology', and 'Stealing Puget Sound 1830-1869.'

October 2015

Free book talk & signingAncient Places, by Jack Nisbet
Jack Nisbet, author of
Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest
Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library

In Ancient Place, historian Jack Nisbet explores some of the touchstones in Northwest history in this collection of nonfiction stories that reveal the symbiotic relationship of people and places in the Pacific Northwest. Ancient Places takes the reader from the earliest geological events that defined the region to the human and environmental forces at work today.

PNBA Book Award winner and best-selling author Jack Nisbet focuses on the intersection of human history and natural history in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of Sources of the River, Visible Bones, The Collector (about naturalist David Douglas), and David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Information: www.tacomalibrary.org or (253) 292-2001 ext 3.

The End of All ThingsFree book talk, signing and a wide-ranging conversation on writing, science fiction, blogging and a lot more.
John Scalzi, author of
The End of All Things
Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library
Cosponsored by Cascade Writers Group

Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division

Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for Redshirts, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for Hugo Award as well.  His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android's Dream, The Last Colony and The Human Division. He has won the  Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, The Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF.  He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, and writing, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.




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