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Kirk Smith talks about “lab lit” at Village Books

VanessascurveofmindJoin local author Kirk Smith
in the Readings Gallery at Village Books
1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA
September 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM for a description of a new literary genre and a brief reading from his new novel, Vanessa’s Curve of Mind.
He’s been telling WWP he writes lab lit fiction for over a year; now he’ll explain what it is, give some examples, and tell how he got interested in it and decided to write a lab lit novel himself.
Readers who are interested in science or like to read fiction, or both, should look into “lab lit” novels with stories about realistic scientists doing realistic scientific research. Only fiction can take a reader into scientists’ minds, revealing what they really think and feel. Biographies just report what they say and write, and books about science usually describe only the finished products of research. Surprisingly, stories about research can be as exciting as many good novels. Kirk will describe several lab lit novels and read from his new novel about Vanessa Trippett, a graduate student in neuroscience.
Author: Kirk Smith is a retired research psychologist, who worked in both government and industry laboratories for seven years before joining the faculty of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. During his 23 years as a professor of psychology, he taught cognitive science and statistics to both undergraduate and graduate students. He now lives in Bellingham with his wife Ann. He blogs about his favorite subject at FictionAboutScience.com.

1st Annual Books & Brews Festival

booksbrewslogo2 copyThe Whatcom Writers and Publishers, Chanticleer Book Reviews, and Boundary Bay Brewery are proud to present the 1st annual Books & Brews Festival.

Where: Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden (across from the Bellingham Saturday Farmers Market)
When: Saturday, September 14th, noon-4pm

ALL AGES are welcome.

Beer, Brats, Soft Drinks etc. will be available for purchase from BBBrewery.

Bellingham and Northwest authors will mingle with the public in this casual “meet the author” event, and their books will be available for sale. Drink beer, chow down on great food, enjoy a conversation with an author, buy a book or two. Door prizes every 30 minutes! What more can you ask for on a Saturday afternoon.

Find out more.

Register to sell books at the Festival.

Abbe Rolnick talks about her book COLOR OF LIES at Village Books

colorOfLiesJoin Local Author Abbe Rolnick

In the Reading Gallery at Village Books
1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA.

September 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM for a lively, interactive discussion of her new book, Color of Lies.

She’ll talk about characters, themes, research, and the art of writing and publishing.

Color Of Lies

A Novel of Environmental Intrigue and Personal Healing

In the Skagit Valley, gateway to the Pacific Northwest wilderness, four victims of a toxic waste cover-up must face their own “white lies” to stop the perpetrator.   This is a story of a small town dealing with issues of love, deception, and greed.  Color of Lies exposes the weaknesses and strengths of individuals who wisely come together to restore the balance of their lives and that of the community.

Abbe reunites two characters from her first novel, River of Angels.

Author: Abbe Rolnick lives with her husband, Jim Wiggins, on twenty acres in Skagit County, WA.  She was a closet writer until, at 16, she found a tree to climb and view the world. Poetry and stories followed.  A book store owner in Puerto Rico, she was one of the first members of Village Books team over 30 years ago. Now she runs a healthy foods restaurant, writes, travels, gardens and enjoys life.

WWP to Co-Host Chuckanut Writers Reception

The Whatcom Writers and Publishers will be co-hosting, with Chanticleer Books Reviews, a reception for the Chuckanut Writers Conference on Friday, June 21st. This Cocktail reception will be upstairs at Nicki’s Bella Marina in the Skyline room. It will start at 6 pm.

You do not need to be a conference attendee. All members of the WWP, and Upstart Crows Writers Association are welcome to join us for:

  • Fun and socializing
  • Hearty Appetizers
  • Drinks and cocktails

Chanticleer book reviews will be handing out awards at the reception and William Dietrich will be presenting them.

Join us! We would love to see you there!

Chuckanut Writers Conference Call for Volunteers

chuckanutChuckanut Writers Conference Volunteer Needs:

Agent helpers/timers (3-4 volunteers needed): responsibilities include timing pitch and marketing sessions and being the “go to” person for one of our agents, Felicia Eth and Liz Kracht, or our marketing specialist, Alice Acheson.

Breakout Session Hosts (1-2 volunteers needed): responsibilities include being the “go to” person for faculty during their presentations, ensuring proper room set up, timing of breakout session, and distributing and collecting session feedback forms.

There are already more volunteers than there is space for volunteers, so application doesn’t guarantee you a spot. Volunteers get to attend this awesome conference for free. So who wouldn’t want to volunteer!

To apply as a volunteer fill out the volunteer application form and return it to Anna Wolff.

Also note that the early bird registration deadline for attending the Chuckanut Writers Conference is coming up on May 15th! You can save $30 by registering before then!