“Am I Trans Enough?” with Author Alo Johnston

Join us for an evening with Alo Johnston, @thetranstherapist and author of the new book Am I Trans Enough? How to Overcome Your Doubts and Find Your Authentic Self. The author will read from and discuss the book, followed by a brief Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Born out of thousands of …

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An Evening with MariNaomi

Join us for the Olympia book launch of MariNaomi’s newest graphic memoir, I Thought You Loved Me, a collage-comics memoir about queer friendship and the unreliability of memory. The evening will consist of a reading (with visuals) by MariNaomi, followed by a moderated conversation with the author and Frank Hussey of Danger Room Comics, and …

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South Sound Speculative Fiction Writers Group-Critique

We’re the South Sound Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group. We’ve been meeting every Friday for the past two years via Slack (no video or audio. only text). We’re a mixed group of writers just starting out and writers who have been writing for years. Our aim is to get better at our writing and advance our careers …

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Center Salon To Welcome Jess Walter

by Bryan Willis for OLY ARTS Two of the Northwest’s most well-known novelists will be featured in events April 12 and 13 in Olympia. Jess Walter, the National Book Award nominee and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, will join Olympia’s own Jim Lynch as featured literary artists at the Washington Center Salon. They’ll …

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Alexander Boldizar

Alexander Boldizar Author Reading

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Few authors can boast having worked as a porter, jujitsu fighter, lawyer and translator in their short lifetime, nor can most say they’ve lived in such diverse places as Indonesia, Japan, Nepal or the Czech Republic. Throw in having written a bestselling fiction novel and you’ve narrowed it down …

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Megan Snyder-Camp

Megan Snyder-Camp Poetry Reading

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Each month, Olympia poets, authors and literary enthusiasts gather for an evening of poetry and camaraderie. It’s a chance to let their guard down and simply enjoy the spoken word. Seldom do featured readers have much in common with each other in the way of theme, style or poetic …

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Lucia Perillo (photo by Becky Liebman)

Lucia Perillo, 1958-2016

Renowned author and poet Lucia Perillo died in her Olympia home October 16 of unknown causes. Her passing was reported by her publisher, Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press. She was 58. Perillo’s 2009 poetry collection, Inseminating the Elephant, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Library of Congress’s Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National …

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A Narrator With an Unusual Voice (Olympia Author Interview)

Olympia author Ned Hayes has published multiple novels. His most recent novel, The Eagle Tree, is his first published with a major publisher: Little A, in New York City. The Eagle Tree is an Olympia-focused novel. All the action takes place in Olympia, and scenes in the novel include experiences from LBA Woods, Procession of the Species, …

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