My Heart: Book Launch Party for Corinna Luyken

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 2:00pm

Join us as we celebrate a new picture book written and illustrated by Olympia writer and artist, Corinna Luyken! Bring your kids for a special storytime at Browsers. We will have snacks, an art activity, a raffle for original art and a copy of the book. Corinna will also be on hand to sign copies of her books!

From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.

My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed…or opened up wide.

Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you.

With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

From a recent review: “Soothing, simple phrasing and masterful printmaking harness metaphors to make a heart’s complexity accessible to children just recognizing its many manifestations.” Read the whole Kirkus review.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Corinna Luyken grew up in different cities along the West Coast, and after studying at Middlebury College, she settled in Olympia, Washington, where she draws inspiration from nature, her family, and the human form. Her debut picture book, The Book of Mistakes, received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Nerdy Book Club, and more.

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David Moskowitz: Caribou Rainforest

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 2:00pm

Join us as we welcome educator, writer and nature photographer David Moskowitz to Browsers in support of his new book from Mountaineers Books, Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope. Paul will share a presentation, answer questions and sign books.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Caribou Rainforest doesn’t tell an easy story, ask easy questions, or pretend that there are easy solutions to the possible extinction of the last mountain caribou herds found in Canada and the United States. There are fewer than twenty animals left in the last US herd. Yet what Caribou Rainforest does–with photographs, words, and science–is explain why this is happening, so that as a community we don’t repeat our mistakes, even when our intentions are good.

Author David Moskowitz has studied and photographed these caribou extensively in order to understand their plight. He hasn’t found villains, but rather climate change, predators, recreationists, settler colonialism, industrial logging, mineral extraction, and a perfect confluence of factors that have worked against this fragile species and the fragile environment upon which it relies.

The story of this iconic animal and stunning landscape provides an example of shifting conservation challenges and tactics in the twenty-first century. Mountain caribou have been identified as an “umbrella species” by conservationists, meaning that protecting their habitat also helps preserve many other species who depend on the same ecosystem. The discussion topics are controversial and wrenching–upending the forestry economy of the region, exterminating wolves (who also struggle to survive) to protect the caribou, limiting recreational access to critical habitat, respecting the rights of indigenous peoples. The issues are contentious, but the opportunity to craft solutions still exists.

If we do in fact lose the caribou, the task then pivots to how we can protect what remains of this rare rainforest ecosystem. In Caribou Rainforest, the author searches for lessons that can turn despair into hope: their story can become the inspiration and catalyst for committed change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and educator based in northcentral Washington State, DAVID MOSKOWITZ is the photographer and author of two other books, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. His photography and writing have appeared in numerous other books and publications. David holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and outdoor education from Prescott College. Certified as a track and sign specialist, trailing specialist, and senior tracker through CyberTracker Conservation, he is an evaluator for this rigorous international professional certification program.

David has contributed his technical expertise to a wide variety of wildlife studies regionally, focusing on using tracking and other noninvasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. He helped establish the Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, a citizen science effort to search for and monitor rare and sensitive wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Find out more about David’s work at
www.DavidMoskowitz.net.

In 2015 David founded the Mountain Caribou Initiative, a visual storytelling project that highlights conservation challenges and opportunities in the Caribou Rainforest. He also produced the documentary film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest. Images, video, and reporting from this project have appeared in print, digital, and broadcast media in North America and Europe. Learn more at www.CaribouRainforest.org.

Poetry Night: John Delaney & Ed Harkness

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of poetry in conversation with Seattle based poets John Delaney and Ed Harkness. John (Waypoints, 2017) and Ed (The Law of the Unforeseen, 2018) will take turns reading their poetry, discussing commonalities, and commenting on one and other’s work. This is sure to be an engaging and fun evening of poetry and discussion.

ABOUT THE POETS:
John Delaney retired after 35 years in the Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library, where he was head of manuscripts processing and then, for the last 15 years, curator of historic maps. He’s written a number of works on cartography, including Strait Through: Magellan to Cook and the PacificFirst X, Then Y, Now Z: An Introduction to Landmark Thematic Maps; and Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State1666-1888. These have extensive website versions. He’s been writing poems for most of his life, and, in the 1970s, attended the Writing Program of Syracuse University, where his mentors were poets W. D. Snodgrass and Philip Booth. In subtle ways, they have bookended his approach to poems. He’s traveled widely, preferring remote, natural settings, and is addicted to kayaking and hiking. Last year he published Waypoints (Pleasure Boat Studio, Seattle), a collection of place poems.

The Law of the Unforeseen, Ed Harkness’ third full-length collection of poems, has just been released by Pleasure Boat Studio press. He is also the author of Saying the Necessary and Beautiful Passing Lives, also from Pleasure Boat Studio. Two poems from The Law of the Unforeseen won Terrain.org’s 8th annual poetry contest for 2017. To read contest judge Robert Wrigley’s comments on Ed’s poems, “Tying a Tie” and “Airborne,” and to hear Ed read the poems, go to https://www.terrain.org/2017/news/8th-annual-contest-winners/.  Ed lives with his wife and cycling partner, Linda, in Shoreline, Washington.

Ashley Rodriguez: Let’s Stay In

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 11:00am

Join us on Sunday, December 2 at 11:00 AM as we welcome Seattle food writer Ashley Rodriguez for a talk and book signing of Let’s Stay InThe Browsers Cookbook Club cooked out of Let’s Stay In this Fall and we are whole-heartedly recommend the cookbook. A signed copy would make a wonderful holiday gift!

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Author Ashley Rodriguez has focused her career on teaching people the importance of a good meal at home, first with Date Night In, a relationship cookbook that brought the romance back to home-cooked meals at home. For her next book, she’s turning the focus outward. Let’s Stay In is all about effortless hospitality, meaningful family meals, and an appreciation for the magic of meals shared with others. Families, neighbors, friends, and loved ones will find a different kind of love around the table together, connecting over memorable meals. The recipes walk you through every meal of the day with delicious breakfasts, easy lunches, inviting dinners, and Ashley’s signature incredible desserts:

  • Breakfasts of Red Lentil and Chickpea Stew with Poached Eggs, Breakfast BLTs, and Spiced Raisin Scones
  • Midday meals of Zucchini, Gruyere & Basil Quesadillas, Ricotta, Speck and Plum Salsa Tartine, and Ivy’s Split Pea Soup
  • Table-groaning dinners of Steak Tacos with Radish and Pickled Onions, Oven Baked Risotto with Squash and Rosemary Candied Walnuts, and Grilled Leg of Lamb with Green Sauce
  • Sweets and drinks like Blood Orange Poppy Seed Upside Down Cake, Guava Coconut Punch, The Easiest Pear Tart, and Cardamom Cream Soda

Ashley is a natural teacher, and the recipes flow off the page as effortlessly as the conversation at a great meal. She practices what she preaches, too, making time to bring her busy family and loved ones together for meals as often as possible. Staying in can become an easy habit to adapt, helping to center each person at an inviting table. It’s the easiest kind of aspirational cooking and gathering, helping home cooks of any level to say “let’s stay in!”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ashley Rodriguez is a Seattle-based food consultant, cooking instructor, food photographer, author of Date Night In, wife, and mother of three. As the creator of notwithoutsalt.com Ashley blogs about life as told through food. Her blog has earned accolades from Saveur.com (Best Food Blog 2013), Babble.com, Brides.com, BonAppetit.com, Glamour.com, Food52.com, MarthaStewart.com, RealSimple.com, TheKitchn.com, and the TimesOnline.com, and for her writing and original photography. Ashley’s work has also been featured in several publications such as AllRecipesEdible Seattle,Food and WineGlamour, Martha Stewart Living, the New York Times, and Sunset. Before she began writing, Ashley worked in several professional kitchens including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills. Now, Ashley teaches in and around Seattle, and in her new storefront, the Not Without Salt Shop.

Browsers Book Club

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 7:00pm

Join us for the November meeting of the Browsers Book Club.

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We will discuss Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

A bit more about the book:
Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.

Our book discussions aim to bring people together to talk about books in a safe and inviting atmosphere. Our meetings are lovely and inclusive; we invite you to attend. You don’t have to RSVP, just come and enjoy a lively discussion about the chosen book with other readers.

The books are available in store at 15% off if you plan to attend the book club.

John Dodge Book Signing on Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 24, 2018 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us on Small Business Saturday for a book signing with Olympia author John Dodge from 1:00-3:00 PM. John will sign his book, A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm. We will have sips and treats and of course, lots of books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Dodge was a columnist, editorial page writer, and investigative reporter for the Olympian before retiring in 2015 after an award-winning career spanning forty years. Dodge is a veteran of natural disaster reporting, including the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, and numerous damaging windstorms and floods. He experienced the Columbus Day Storm as a young teenager and wrote about the storm at its twenty-fifth, fortieth, and fiftieth anniversaries. He lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife, Barbara Digman.

 

Beth Jusino: Walking to the End of the World (Camino De Santiago)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 7:00pm

Join us as we welcome writer and traveler Beth Jusino to Browsers in support of her new book from Mountaineers Books, Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino De Santiago. Beth will present, answer questions and sign books.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 
In April 2015, Beth and Eric Jusino, laden with backpacks and nerves, walked out of a cathedral in the historic village of Le Puy, France, down a cobblestone street, and turned west. Seventy-nine days, a thousand miles, two countries, two mountain ranges, and three pairs of shoes later, they reached the Atlantic Ocean.

More than two million pilgrims have walked the Way of Saint James, a long- distance hiking trail familiar to most Americans by its Spanish name, the Camino de Santiago. Each pilgrim has their own reason for undertaking the journey, and most opt to do only part of the distance. The Jusinos’ pilgrimage was about taking a break from the relentless pace of modern life, getting away from all their electronic devices, and experiencing a three-month sabbatical from regular life in order to complete the entire trail. They just had to walk twelve to fifteen miles every day along a generally well-marked path. Simple.

Beth is not an athlete, not into extreme adventures, and, she insists, she is not a risk-taker of any sort. She does not even speak French or Spanish. But she can tell a story. Walking to the End of the World is a warm-hearted and engaging story about an average couple going on an adventure together, tracing ancient paths first created in the tenth and eleventh centuries, paths that continue to inspire and reveal surprises to us today in the twenty-first.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth Jusino is an award-winning writer, editor, and book-publishing consultant in Seattle. She also has been a regular lecturer on the Camino de Santiago. She is a recipient of the Barbara Savage Award. You can learn more about Beth at bethjusino.com, and about her obsession with the Camino at caminotimestwo.com