Snohomish County Author Events and Poetry Readings


Write on the sound: The writers’ conference, scheduled for October 1-3, will be held online again this year. The keynote speaker is Lisa See, the bestselling author of “Shanghai Girls”. See will speak on October 2 on “Building History: The Process and Research of Writers”. Find a list of speaker presentations and biographies, as well as registration and fee information, at

Shawn Adair Johnston: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “How the blind detective and his guide dog saved the narwhals” at 2 p.m. on October 9 via Zoom. This futuristic novel addresses the extinction of narwhals via poaching and the unique team sent to the Canadian Arctic to save the unicorns from the seas. It is the first book in Johnston’s “Peter Straw, Third Eye” sci-fi series, set in 2079 and featuring a blind detective and his guide dog. Johnston, too, is blind. Email [email protected] to get the Zoom link. More information on

Rebecca Roanhorse and P. Djèlí Clark: Sno-Isle Libraries present a talk with award-winning authors Hugo, Nebula and Locus at 6 p.m. on October 19 via Zoom. Roanhouse is the author of “Black Sun,” a fantastic page turner located in Mesoamerica. His work includes “Trail of Lightning” and “Race to the Sun”. Clark is the author of “A master of Djinn”, a novel that takes place in another Cairo. His works include “Ring Shout” and “The Black God’s Drums”. This event is part of the Sno-Isle Open Book virtual series. A Zoom link will be emailed after registration. More information on

Emilie Ladau: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “Demystifying disability: what to know, what to say and how to be an ally” at noon on October 23 via Zoom. An advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, Ladau’s work has appeared in The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice and HuffPost. She is the editor-in-chief of the Rooted in Rights blog, which promotes stories about the intersectional community of people with disabilities. Email [email protected] to get the Zoom link. More information on

Kip Greenthal: 6 p.m. Oct. 28, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S. Edmonds. Greenthal is the author of “Bench water”, winner of the Landmark Prize for Fiction 2020. The story follows Kate’s transition from addiction to self-control. It’s a fascinating story of navigating dangerous waters and gaining the power to redeem losses and find forgiveness and belief in the unimaginable. It takes place in Nova Scotia, where Greenthal lived for 12 years. More information on


Nathalie Johnson: The author of Everett worked on his memoirs “An angel named Sadie” for 15 years. Johnson lost her newborn baby named Sadie when the new mother was just 19. Hers is a story of heartbreak – but it also tells the story of how a 3 month old with a faulty heart would inexorably change the author’s life forever. Send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Amanda Johnson: The Mountlake Terrace author’s debut novel is perfect summer read. She recommends that you bring “East of Manhattan” with you at the beach or at the pool. Julie and Scott Cutter have made a deal: Scott will work for two years as a butler for a TV star, and then they will start the family Julie has always wanted. But Julie is approaching prenatal geriatric status – and her husband lives in the basement of her famous boss’s Manhattan mansion instead of being with her in Queens. More information on

Nicki Chen: The new novel by the author of Edmonds, “When in Vanuatu,” explores the world of expatriate life, especially for the spouses of those working abroad. Chen received his Masters of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Also author of “Tiger Tail Soup,” Chen’s new book was born out of her experiences during the 20 years she lived with her husband and their three daughters in the Philippines and the South Pacific. More at

Steve K. Bertrand: The author of Mukilteo has released a new collection of poetry: “Old Neanderthals” is a collection of 1000 haikus on life in the Pacific Northwest. The award-winning poet, historian and photographer has published 26 collections of poetry, three history books and five children’s books. Bertrand is a running teacher and trainer at Cascade High School in Everett. More information on

Josie Malone: Josie Malone is the pseudonym of Shannon Kennedy. The author of Granite Falls posted “Family skeletons ”, his third book in the “Baker City: Hearts and Haunts” series. She describes the series as paranormal military romances with a kick. A former army reservist, Kennedy teaches riding lessons at Horse County Farm and provides substitute lessons in several districts. More information on

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