No Mud No Lotus

Clare’s Staff Pick:

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No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

Here, Thich Nhat Hanh shares his knowledge of welcoming suffering and pain as friend and teacher. Instead of running or hiding from bad feelings, Hanh suggests that we acknowledge them. Instead of pushing them away, we can sit with them to understand what feeds them, and in doing so, generate compassion and understanding for our own suffering and the suffering of others. Instead of dreading bad feelings, we can welcome them because they are what make good feelings feel good. This is at the heart of the title, for we cannot have the beautiful, fragrant lotus flower without the ugly, smelly mud, which sweetly feeds roots. Hanh offers meditations, breathing exercises, and poetic wisdom that will leave you softly smiling and joyfully present.

Hal Schrieve: Out of Salem

Monday April 22, 2019 – 7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the Olympia launch of Hal Schrieve’s debut novel, Out of Salem on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 PM. Hal grew up in Olympia and will talk about and sign hir first novel.

Z Chilworth, a genderqueer fourteen-year-old witch, has just been killed in a car crash, along with their parents and sisters. Yet, somehow, Z has woken up—this time as a zombie. Struggling to adjust to their newfound status as a member of the undead, Z also finds that their ability to use witchcraft has begun todecay along with the rest of their body. Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friends, Z moves in with an elderly witch named Mrs. Dunnigan, and befriends a loud would-be-goth classmate (and fellow loner) Aysel. While Z struggles to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. Then a local psychiatrist is murdered, and the primary culprit is a pack of werewolves. In the ensuing investigation, the small town of Salem, Oregon becomes even more hostile to these so-called monsters.

Driven together by circumstance, Z and Aysel fight to survive in a place where most people wish that neither of them existed, and make it to the 10th grade.

“Tension burns hot until the explosive conclusion, which begs for a sequel. On fire with magic and revolution.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Schrieve’s queer vision of a monster-infested ‘90s is rich in metaphor and rife with meaning.” —Kyle Lukoff, librarian and author of When Aidan Became A Brother

HAL SCHRIEVE grew up in Olympia, Washington, and is competent at making risotto and setting up a tent. Xie has worked as an after-school group leader, a summer camp counselor, a flower seller, a tutor, a grocer, and a babysitter. Hir current ambition is to become a librarian. Xie has a BA in history with a minor in English from University of Washington and studies library science at Queens College, New York. Xie lives in Brooklyn, New York, and hir poetry has appeared in Vetch magazine. This is hir first novel.

Poetry Night: Jeff Hansen + Mary Kasimor + Alejandro de Acosta

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 7:00pm

Please join us for our quarterly poetry reading at Browsers Bookshop. Our spring reading will feature both local and visiting poets: Jeff Jansen from Minneapolis who currently writes asemic style poetry, local poet Mary Kasimor experiments with the visual in her poems, and a special group reading of Seattle poet Joshua Beckman’s “Mechanical Poems” lead by local poet Alejandro de Acosta. This is sure to be an engaging and imaginative evening.

Jefferson Hansen is the author, most recently, of 100 Hybrids (Post-Asemic Press). He is also the author of a book of short stories, Cruelty, and a novel, And Beefheart Saved Craig. He lives in Minneapolis.

Mary Kasimor who has been writing poetry for many years, considers her work experimental. Her recent poetry collections are The Landfill Dancers (BlazeVox Books 2014),Saint Pink (Moria Books 2015), The Prometheus Collage (Locofo Press 2017), and Nature Store (Dancing Girl Press 2017). Her poetry has been published in many journals, including Word For/Word, Touch the Donkey, Posit, Human Repair Kit, Arteidolia (collaboration with Susan Lewis), and Otoliths.

Alejandro de Acosta will be leading a collective reading of Joshua Beckman’s “Mechanical Poems”, a form of poetry invented by Beckman for groups to share and enjoy. He is a teacher, writer, and translator, in no particular order; he also works in publishing. In Austin, Texas he founded mufa::poema, a micropress that freely distributed a dozen poetry and prose chapbooks. His poetry translations include Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade and Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat. He is currently working on a series of philosophy talks and a cycle of moral and gnomic sonnets.


TRL Event: J.A. Jance at Capital Event Center

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 2:00pm

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Capital Event Center
6005 Tyee Drive SW
TumwaterWA 98512


Browsers is selling books at this Tumwater Timberland Library event held at the Capital Event Center.

Come and join author J.A. Jance as she discusses her latest book The A List at the Capital Event Center. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. Visit her online at

Friday Black

Kathryn’s Staff Pick:

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Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

You need to read this book! The stories in Friday Black are strange, brutal, beautiful and illuminating. Adjei-Brenyah crafts complex characters, rich worlds, and tight narratives that comment on the violence of white supremacy and capitalism, proving no idea is too big for the form. Easily the best short story collection I’ve read all year.