Liza Brenner & Kathleen Byrd: Nostalgia: Landscapes, Interiors, and Figures

Friday, May 31, 2019 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Liza Brenner’s and Kathleen Byrd’s collaboration considers the theme of nostalgia, a peculiar kind of memory that includes visceral longing. Their works explore the immediate potency and some of the triggers of nostalgia, such as places (landscapes and interiors), photographs and figures, that bring the past into the present moment. Their collaboration has included sharing works in progress, discussing artistic concepts, influences, and techniques; and ultimately working together on a mixed media painting with poetry. The evening will feature paintings, poetry reading, and conversation with the artists.

Liza Brenner teaches art and Kathleen Byrd teaches writing at South Puget Sound Community College.


Washington Center Book Group: Unfamiliar Fishes

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 7:00pm

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Browsers hosts the Washington Center Book Group, this time discussing Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell. The book discussion pairs with the Washington Center event, Taimane Gardner on May 16Book Group members receive 10% off when purchasing this book at Browsers!

Unfamiliar Fishes is a nonfiction book by This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell, first published in 2011. The book takes a humorous tone and examines the fulfillment of American imperialist manifest destiny at the end of the 19th century as America annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba, and the Philippines in 1898, in an attempt to become a global power.

Joining is free, but space is limited! RSVP to (360) 753-8585 x103 or

David Scherer Water: Making Sense of Olympia

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – 7:00pm

There are five primary forces that created modern Olympia.

If you only understood the history of these five forces, and how they continue to play out in strikingly unique and weird ways, you’ll be well on your way to making sense of Olympia (and better equipped to change it).

Join us on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM as we welcome local historian, activist and comedian David Scherer Water to discuss his book: MAKING SENSE OF OLYMPIA. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

David Scherer Water has spent the last 28 years in Olympia. He spent the last two writing this book, an offering to the place that has sustained and encouraged him. This is essential reading for activists, tourists, long-time residents, and newcomers. This book follows two others, The Writer’s Handbook, a self-help guide for aspiring authors and Twenty-Three, a collection of humorous poems written under the pen name Fezdak Clamchopbreath.

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

Haiku On Steroids Workshop with Seattle Poet Michael Dylan Welch

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Poets and poetry lovers looking to experiment with haiku, join us for a generative workshop with Seattle poet Michael Dylan Welch. We’ll cover what haiku really IS, in North America and Japan, which is not what most people think it is (no, you don’t have to count syllables). Then, with that as a baseline, we’ll explore ways to break as many rules as we can. Taboo topics, concrete word arrangements, whatever you can think of. Exploring an imagistic focus with haiku can also help your longer poetry or fiction. Are you in? Cost of the workshop is $30. Email Elise at to sign-up, or with any questions.

Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of National Haiku Writing Month (, longtime officer of Haiku Northwest, and cofounder of the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. His haiku, longer poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least twenty languages. One of his translations appeared on the back of a 150 million United State postage stamps. His website is