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Upcoming book events at Parkplace Books in Kirkland

Parkplace Books will host several book events in October. - Contributed
Parkplace Books will host several book events in October.
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The following events will happen at Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland:

• 7 p.m., Oct. 18, Book Party: Meet local author, Julia Anderson as she discusses and signs copies of her new book that portrays the true life story of a mother’s love for her children, her struggles and the choices she is forced to make in a new land. “Through Christina’s Eyes” chronicles the life of one woman immigrating to America in the late 1880’s and her subsequent life in the Chicago area. It is a story of how a family’s love sustains them through many adversities and how one person’s choices can have a dramatic effect on my lives. Join in as we celebrate another excellent tribute to the spirit of women who carry on in spite of adversity and hardship. Refreshments will be served.

• 3 p.m. Oct. 21, Book Launch Party: Join author Camille Lagron and friends as she discusses and signs copies of her young adult fantasy novel, “Tatiana,” about a 14 year old girl accused of witchcraft who faces hanging.

On the eve of her execution, she is whisked away by a mysterious woman to the Sorceresses’ Academy on Mt. Olympus. With the help of her newfound friends, Tatiana discovers that the same forces that wrenched her mother away now threaten the entire academy. Come to the party as we celebrate this debut fantasy written by a talented young writer, published during the summer of her 17th birthday.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Instore Reading Circle: The group will discuss “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson. Open to All.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Author Event: Join author Billee L. Escott as she discusses her book, “Someday I’m Gonna.”

It is 1932, and America is in the midst of an unprecedented economic depression. All across the country, families are forced to relocate as they search desperately for work. “Someday I’m Gonna” is the true story of one of these families, a family that is pushed to the far reaches of the country, and the furthest limits of its courage, in a struggle to survive. From cherry picking in Michigan, to selling crab on the Texas piers, to hauling manure in Washington state, the family of eight is driven onward by the father’s ever-present dream that someday he will build a house by the water. Someday, things will be better. Someday, someday … Told from the perspective of the author’s 7-year-old self, whose biggest dream is for her own pair of shoes and the chance to go to school. “Someday I’m Gonna” is a heartrending, inspiring story about hope in the face of hardship, the power of perseverance, and the bond of family during one of the most difficult periods in American history. The author will discuss and sign copies of her book.

• 7 p.m. Oct 24, National Reading Group Month: Join five Pacific Northwest authors: Heather Barbieri (“Cottage at Glass Beach”), Greg Spatz (“Inukshuk”), Laurie Frankel (“Goodbye for Now”), Maria Semple (“Where’d You Go”), Lance Weller (“Wilderness”), and guest moderator Mary Ann Gwinn as they take a look at what constitutes a good read, ask and answer all sorts of quirky questions and celebrate October is National Reading Group Month. The event is sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association and hosted by Parkplace Books. Refreshments will be served.

• 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Authors Event: Join two of the local contributors to “Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness,” Jennifer Crowder and Lauren McGuire as they read from and discuss this groundbreaking collection of personal essays that share honest, illuminating and sometimes painful first hand accounts of life with mental illness.

Jennifer holds English degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Scripps College, is currently at work on a memoir and writes about the life lessons she continues to learn from her uncle, who struggles with schizophrenia. Lauren is currently working on a memoir, “Keeper of Secret Sorrows,” about her brother’s battle with schizophrenia. Although a painful topic for many, mental illness of varying forms affects a wide

range of families. The book offers a look into the lives of both individuals and their families with “raw honesty” but “communicates not despair but courage.” Refreshments will be served.

• 3 p.m. Oct. 28, Paolo and Poetry Fundraising Event: Join guest poet, R. E. Smith, author of “A Sweeter Understanding” and “The Window Ledge” and Carolyn Banguero, author of “Paolo’s Adventures: Tale of a Very Brave Little Kitty,” a moving tale about Paolo, an orange tabby cat found by MEOW Cat Rescue in the wild with an underdeveloped rib cage who is rescued, treated and learns how to trust again as he makes new friends. A wonderful tale demonstrating how children can learn not to be afraid of doctors and hospitals through Paolo’s experiences. Join us for a special afternoon with two gifted authors. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to MEOW Cat Rescue.

• 3 p.m., Oct. 28: Instore Knit Too Book Club will discuss “Pugetopolis” by Knute Berger. Open to all.

 

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