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Indie Author Challenge – Libraries and NaNoWriMo

Come on a county-wide adventure as one local author, Robert L. Slater, visits 12 local libraries in less than 8 hours. Learn about how Rob Slater “won” NaNoWriMo 2012 and jumpstarted a writing career. There will also be door prizes at each library: ebooks, t-shirts and novels. Here’s the schedule:

W.C.L.S. Library Express 9:00 a.m.
Windward High School Library 9:15 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Blaine Library 9:55 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Lynden Library 10:50 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Sumas Library 11:30 a.m.
W.C.L.S. Everson Library 12:05 p.m.
W.C.L.S Deming Library 12:40 p.m. 
W.C.L.S. North Fork Community Library 1:10 p.m.
W.C.L.S. South Whatcom Library 2:15 p.m.
Bellingham Public Library – Central Branch 2:55 p.m.
W.C.L.S. Ferndale Library 3:35 p.m.
W.C.L.S. – Island Library 4:20 p.m.

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Sponsored by Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham Public Libraries, Windward High School. Celebrate the second annual Indie Author Day with Robert L. Slater!


California Mennonite: A Book & Art Event Sunday Oct. 1, 2:00-4-OO

CALIFORNIA MENNONITE: Book Launch & Art Exhibit – Sunday, Oct 1st, 2-4 p.m.

Location: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street.

Award-winning California open-air artist Paul Buxman will exhibit a collection of his paintings at the launch of the book, The Gift of Laughter: The Story of a California Mennonite Family, by Bellingham author Loretta Willems. Buxman paints the vineyards and orchards that looked like paradise to the Mennonites that were farming the North American prairies in the early 20th century. The Gift of Laughter tells the story of one of these Mennonite families that succumbed to the lure of rich soil and year-round sunshine.

Bright Ideas for Learning book series Acquired by Chicago Review Press

Media Contact:
Olivia Aguilar, Publicist
Chicago Review Press

Chicago Review Press acquires Bright Ideas for Learning series titles effective July 1, 2017

CHICAGO, IL, July 1, 2017—Chicago Review Press Incorporated, the parent company of Chicago Review Press (CRP, and national distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG,, has acquired all 11 titles in the Bright Ideas for Learning series, originally published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. The acquisition will go into effect on July 1, 2017.

Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. ( was founded in 1985 by author, publisher and educational consultant MaryAnn F. Kohl. That year, MaryAnn published her first book of independent art experiences for children titled Scribble Cookies. Since then, MaryAnn has been writing and publishing art resource books for children, parents and teachers as part of her award-winning Bright Ideas for Learning series. She discovered her passion for children’s creative art when she began teaching primary grades, kindergarten enrichment and college-level art education courses, and consulting with teachers, parents and librarians around the world.

Chicago Review Press publisher Cynthia Sherry will oversee the acquisition and IPG will continue to distribute, now under CRP, all new and backlist Bright Ideas for Learning titles. IPG will distribute the following titles: Discovering Great Artists, Action Art, Great American Artists for Kids, Science Arts, Storybook Art, Good Earth Art, Scribble Art, Mudworks, Mudworks Bilingual Edition, Math Arts, and Making Make-Believe. CRP will not be taking on any Bright Ring staff with the acquisition of Bright Ideas for Learning. MaryAnn F. Kohl will continue her work as a parent educator, author, literary agent and education and publishing consultant.

Founded in Chicago in 1973, Chicago Review Press has grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 900 titles in print. CRP publishes a wide range of subjects including history, biography, memoir, music, film and travel, among others, as well as an award-winning line of children’s activity books and young adult biographies. The press currently publishes about 70 new titles annually under six imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, Zephyr Press, Academy Chicago Publishers and Parenting Press. All Chicago Review Press titles are distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group. The Bright Ideas for Learning series is CRP’s newest acquisition.




Abbe Rolnick Presents, Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way

Village Books, Fairhaven ,   Saturday, April 22nd,  4:00 PM  Reading Gallery, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Join Abbe Rolnick for another adventure into the writing process of an author.

Enjoy the journey through the winding road of short stories, essays, and the blend of fiction and non-fiction.

Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the way,  reveals the many way of telling a story that resonates.    An event filled with humor and insights, everyone will enjoy.


All Day Editing Workshop Thursday, March 30th

Chanticleer Book Reviews would like to invite you to register for our all day workshop with Editor and acclaimed International speaker Margie Lawson. The cost of registration includes lunch and 4 terrific workshops in one day.

  1. Deep Editing Techniques
  2. Margie’s Top Twenty Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers
  3. Writing Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
  4. Writing Body Language Like a Psychologist

Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Cost: $150
Location: Bellingham Yacht Club
Lunch Included

Register Now