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Kirk Smith talks about “lab lit” at Village Books

Kirk Smith Book CoverJoin local author Kirk Smith in the Readings Gallery at Village Books 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA
January 26, 2014 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. (His talk was rescheduled because he was in the hospital with pneumonia last September when he was supposed to give it.)
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 and blogs about his favorite subject at
“It’s all well and good to try to map the active brain. Why isn’t anyone worrying about precisely mapping active thinking and feeling?” from Vanessa’s Curve of Mind


Janet Oakley’s Tree Soldier turned into a one-act play!

February 17, 21, 24 at 9pm, Janet Oakley’s Tree Soldier will be performed as a One Act Play in the BOAT Festival. Tree Soldier will be read by 7 actors, telling the story of the boys at Camp Kulshan. The reading will be performed at the Bellingham Theatre Guild. Come and support the play and Janet (the more people who attend the more $ go to her and the others involved). Location: Bellingham Theatre Guild Playhouse 1600 H Street, Bellingham, WA.

Check out all the great Writing Workshops at Village Books!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this November? Light a fire under your word count with a writing workshop at Village Books.

Tues., Nov. 12, 7-8:30pm
VB Writes…Workshop: What “Type” of Writer are You? with Cami Ostman

Tues., Nov. 12, 7-8:30pm
VB Writes…Workshops with Marketing Specialist & Publishing Consultant, Alice Acheson

Fri., Nov. 15, 5:30-8:30
“The Greatest Marketing Tool”

Sat., Nov. 16, 10am-5pm
“Your Book—What’s Next?”

Fall Writers Marathon

Join the excitement as Whatcom Continuing Education hosts our Fall Writing Marathon! This is a full day experience with author Dawn Groves as your guide. Meet in Fairhaven at 8 AM (ouch!) and then reconvene at a variety of locations. You’ll be writing in timed segments among similarly engaged
participants. Sessions will involve writing, reading snippets of what you wrote (without comment from others), brief socializing, more writing, and then moving on to the next location. Food and drink is encouraged as long as you keep to the writing schedule. By the end of the marathon you will
significantly expand your body of work, improve your production writing skill set, meet several new writing buddies, and push through a variety of distracting mental states. Writing marathons are exciting ways to kick off projects, inject new energy into tired work and defeat procrastination.

When: Saturday, October 19th, 8am until 8pm
Where: All around Fairhaven. Kickoff is at The Book Fare Café upstairs in Village Books.
Fee: $69 per person. Register with the Whatcom Community College Continuing Ed office, 360-383-3200,
or visit Email dawn with questions: