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5 literary events: Anne Lamott, Edible Book Festival, more

Northwest literary news: Announcements about an Anne Lamott author event; the Cascadia Poetry Festival; Seattle Edible Book Festival; Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature and more.

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Your Lit Life correspondent had to leave town for some weeks on family matters. When she returned she found lit news popping out all over: No fewer than three literary festivals, two of them brand new, are upcoming.

New poetry event: The Cascadia Poetry Festival, which features poets from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, the Alaska panhandle and Western Montana, takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at SPLAB (which stands, I think, for Spokenword Lab), 3651 S. Edmunds St. in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Featured poets include Sam Hamill, Judith Roche, Tim McNulty, Kathleen Flenniken and others. For more information, go to

New literature festival: APRIL, otherwise known as Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature, kicks off this Thursday with 10 days of events around town; readings, multimedia, a book/pub crawl and panels on independent publishing. This festival is an outgrowth of 2010's Small Press Bookfest, hosted by Pilot Books, a former independent bookstore on Capitol Hill. The most complete listing of festival events is at and at

Personal favorite literary festival: The Seattle Edible Book Festival, where entrants use titles of books as inspiration for funny and weird (not to mention tasty) culinary concoctions, is back. The seventh installment in this lighthearted event is from noon to 3 p.m. March 31 at the Good Shepherd Center. Admission is $10. For more information on how to enter, and to garner inspiration from past entries, go to

Other book news

Anne Lamott in town: One of Seattle's favorite authors is headed here to discuss her new book, "Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son" (Riverhead), about her son Sam and her grandson Jax, who arrived on the scene when his father was 19 (the book is cowritten with Sam Lamott). At 7 p.m. March 29 at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or

Graphic novelist honored: Longtime Seattle resident Jim Woodring is a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize in the graphic novel category for his book "Congress of the Animals." Winners are announced April 20 at the Los Angeles Festival of Books.

Book critic speaks: I lost a worthy competitor in 2009 when the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shut down, ending the tenure there of John Douglas Marshall, the P-I's book critic. At 7 p.m. Tuesday Marshall speaks about his P-I career, book criticism and his conversations with authors, from John Updike and Margaret Atwood to Barbara Kingsolver and Tom Robbins. At the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N. (206-842-4162). It's free and part of the Field's End Writers' Roundtable series.

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or

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