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.

 

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 2:00pm

The A List (Ali Reynolds Series #14) Cover Image

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 JAJance.com.

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 elisebrowsers@gmail.com to sign-up, or with any questions.

Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of National Haiku Writing Month (www.nahaiwrimo.com), 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 www.graceguts.com.

Bob Quinn & Liz Carlisle: Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Foods

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – 7:00pm

Browsers welcomes Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle to speak about their new bookGrain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM.

When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. In the beginning, his concern wasn’t health or the environment; he just wanted to make a decent living and some chance encounters led him to organics.

But as demand for organics grew, so too did Bob’s experiments. He discovered that through time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he could produce successful yields—without pesticides. Regenerative organic farming allowed him to grow fruits and vegetables in cold, dry Montana, providing a source of local produce to families in his hometown. He even started producing his own renewable energy. And he learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, one that was proven to lower inflammation rather than worsening it, as modern wheat does.

Ultimately, Bob’s forays with organics turned into a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. In Grain by Grain, Quinn and cowriter Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, show how his story can become the story of American agriculture. We don’t have to accept stagnating rural communities, degraded soil, or poor health. By following Bob’s example, we can grow a healthy future, grain by grain.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Bob Quinn is an organic farmer near Big Sandy, Montana, and a leading green businessman. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. His enterprises include the ancient grain business Kamut International and Montana’s first wind farm.

Liz Carlisle is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Her first book, Lentil Underground, won the Montana Book Award and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.

Writing Workshop with Grace Campbell: Editing Techniques To Help You Get Where You Want To Be With Your Writing

Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 2:00pm

Join us upstairs at Browsers on Sunday, March 17 for a free one-hour writing workshop with Grace Campbell. The entire title of the workshop is: The Frustration Dance and Thinking Beyond Inspiration: Editing Techniques To Help You Get Where You Want To Be With Your Writing. The workshop will cover the basics of editing, the basic elements of an editing toolkit, the different types and levels of productive editing and finally, guidelines and tricks for more intensive editing practices.

Grace Campbell is a co-founding writer and editor at Black River Press and the Fiction Editor at 5×5 Journal. She is the author of the chapbook Girlie Shorts (2018). Grace was awarded a June Dodge
fellowship at the Mineral School in 2018. Her chapbook, FWIW, was a finalist for the Harvey Turnbuckle Chapbook Competition at Split Lip Press (2018). She was awarded third place in the
Atticus Review Creative Nonfiction Flash Competition (2018). Her work has appeared widely, in such journals as New Flash Fiction Review, Gravel, Jellyfish, Chagrin River Review, Birdfeast, Spry
Literary Journal and others. She enjoys tinted lip balm and extremely sharp scissors.

Constantine Singer: Strange Days

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – 2:00pm

Join us as we welcome Constantine Singer to Browsers in support of his debut YA Science Fiction novel Strange Days on Saturday, March 16 @ 2:00 PM.

Additionally, at 1:00 PM Constantine will hold a writing workshop for teens upstairs at Browsers. All teens are welcome. To RSVP please email Andrea.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 
Contemporary fiction with a sci-fi edge, perfect for fans of Ernest Cline and Marie Lu.

Alex Mata doesn’t want to worry about rumors of alien incursions–he’d rather just skate and tag and play guitar. But when he comes home to find an alien has murdered his parents, he’s forced to confront a new reality: aliens are real, his parents are dead, and nobody will believe him if he tells. On the run, Alex finds himself led to the compound of tech guru Jeffrey Sabazios, the only public figure who stands firm in his belief that aliens are coming.

At Sabazios’s invitation, Alex becomes a Witness, one of a special group of teens gifted with an ability that could save the Earth: they can glide through time and witness futures. When a Witness sees a future, that guarantees it will happen the way it’s been seen, making their work humanity’s best hope for stopping the alien threat. Guided by Sabazios, befriended by his fellow time travelers, and maybe even falling in love, Alex starts feeling like the compound is a real home–until a rogue glide shows him the dangerous truth about his new situation.

Now in a race against time, Alex is forced to reevaluate who he can love, who he can trust, and who he needs to leave behind.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:
“As an impending alien invasion threatens Earth’s future, 17-year-old Latinx Alex Mata grapples with self-doubt, loss, and love in Singer’s assured debut.” — Kirkus Reviews

“STRANGE DAYS is an awesome read–fun, thrilling, and creative, with a wonderfully nuanced protagonist!” — Romina Russell, Author, ZODIAC series.

“With a clever premise, unforgettable characters, and a plot that is complex yet enthralling, Strange Days proves to be a smart and nail-biting adventure that teen audiences are certain to enjoy.” — Germ Magazine

“Debut author Singer delivers a fast-paced adventure with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise… …the tense atmosphere and memorable characters will keep readers turning the pages to the ambiguous ending, which leaves the door open for a sequel.” — Publishers’ Weekly

“Singer plays clever tricks with time travel and the ways in which it can affect past and future knowledge, and leaves readers hanging and eager for the sequel.” — Booklist

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Constantine Singer grew up in Seattle and earned his BA from Earlham College and his Masters from Seattle University. He currently lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his family and teaches history at a high school in South LA. He is of the opinion that all foods are better eaten as a sandwich or a taco. This is his first novel.

Heather “Anish” Anderson: Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 7:00pm

Join us as we welcome Heather “Anish” Anderson to Browsers in support of her new book Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, published by Mountaineers Books.

By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the “Triple Crown” of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT)–a combined distance of 7,900 miles with a vertical gain of more than one million feet. A few years later, she left her job, her marriage, and a dissatisfied life and walked back into those mountains.

In her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather, whose trail name is “Anish,” conveys not only her athleticism and wilderness adventures, but also shares her distinct message of courage–her willingness to turn away from the predictability of a more traditional life in an effort to seek out what most fulfills her. Amid the rigors of the trail–pain, fear, loneliness, and dangers–she discovers the greater rewards of community and of self, conquering her doubts and building confidence. Ultimately, she realizes that records are merely a catalyst, giving her purpose, focus, and a goal to strive toward.

Heather is the second woman to complete the “Double Triple Crown of Backpacking,” completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails twice each. She holds overall self-supported Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013)–hiking it in 60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes, breaking the previous men’s record by four days and becoming the first women to hold the overall record–and the Arizona Trail (2016), which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes. She also holds the women’s self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) with a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes. Heather has hiked more than twenty thousand miles since 2003, including ten thru-hikes. An ultramarathon runner, she has completed six 100-mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50 km and 50-mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons four times, starting a third loop once. Heather is also an avid mountaineer working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad.

A resident of Bellingham, WA, Heather has hiked more than thirty thousand miles since 2003, including thirteen thru-hikes. An ultramarathon runner, she has completed six 100-mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50 km and 50-mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons four times, starting a third loop once. Heather is also an avid mountaineer working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad. Follow her adventures at http://www.anishhikes.wordpress.com and on Instagram @AnishHikes.