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October 2015


Free book talk and signingReflections of a Grunt Marine
Bruce Meyers
Reflections of a Grunt Marine

Wednesday, October 14 @ 7 p.m.
Moore Library
215 South 56th Street


Reflections of a Grunt Marine is the personal memoir of Bruce Meyers, whose adventures began early in life and continued through two wars and his time as a Colonel of Marines.

At thirteen, he built and used a diving helmet to recover items lost overboard in Lake Washington; at sixteen, he had climbed all six of Washington state s highest peaks; at seventeen, he was a summer forest fire lookout in the Cascade Mountains.


Meyers commanded a rifle company on the front lines in Korea and led a small team behind the lines to rescue two wounded Marines. In Vietnam, he was a colonel commanding the Seventh Fleet s Marine Landing Force, and then commanded the 26th Marine Corps Battalion at Khe Sahn.


Meyers distinguished service as a leader of men in combat will long be remembered, but his peacetime activities for the Marine Corps may become his true legacy. Between his service in the Korean and Vietnam wars, he was involved in the development of methods for clandestine insertion of military teams into hostile territory, both from air and sea. As part of this duty he formed the first Force Recon Company, a unit that could carry out these missions and was expanded to a Second Force Recon Company. Many of the techniques developed at that time are still in use by the SEALS and other special force units.


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.

John Scalzi, author of
The End of All Things
Writing Workshop (all ages)
9:30 a.m. - Noon

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free book talk, signing and a wide-ranging conversation on writing, science fiction, blogging and a lot more.

Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library
Cosponsored by Cascade Writers Group
The End of All Things

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.


Free concert
Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher
Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library


"Every time classical guitarist Peter Fletcher appears at Carnegie Hall, he has a packed house. Whether audience members are hearing him for the first time or were so enraptured by his technical skill and poised delivery that they've become diehard fans, Fletcher understands how to put together a repertoire that keeps audiences wanting more. And that is his genius."  William Gooch of Fashion Reverie

Peter Fletcher, a favorite of Tacoma's music audience, returns to the Main Library for a free concert. Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, which contains such classical masterworks as Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Simple Gifts (a Traditional shaker Hymn) , and three pieces from from Michael Praetorius's Terpsichore.

The CD also features four Catalan Folk Songs, including El Noi de la Mare/Son of the Virgin, and La nit de Nadal/The Night of Christmas, arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.

Fletcher will also perform some of the selections he performed at Carnegie Hall last April, such as Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos. CDs will be available for purchase at the event.





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