Meet Seattle’s head librarian — and other literary events
Upcoming book/reading/writing events in and around Seattle, including 826 Day at Naked City; a community conversation with SPL head librarian Marcellus Turner; and open submissions month at Copper Canyon Press.
Seattle Times book editor
It’s time to round up some irresistible opportunities in the world of books, reading, writing and beer. To wit:
826 Day at Naked City: From 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Naked City Brewery/Taphouse in Greenwood, the tavern will serve up its own amber brew, 826 Luminosity, for the pleasure of its patrons and the support of 826 Seattle, the student writing and tutoring program. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will go to the 826 program.
Having bent an elbow or two at Naked City, I can personally testify to the quality of their product. Musical performances, prizes and “writing and drinking games” included. If you can’t make it that Monday, Naked City will donate $1 from the sale of each pint of the namesake brew the weekend previous to the event (Aug. 24-25).
Meet Marcellus Turner: If you have never met City Librarian Marcellus Turner, may I just say that you have missed an opportunity — Turner is charming, funny, speaks with a melodious Southern accent and is boundlessly enthusiastic about the library. Now’s your chance: This fall Turner will travel to each branch in the SPL system for a “community conversation,” an update on what the library has accomplished since city voters approved a library levy in August 2012.
Turner is particularly interested in feedback in these areas: youth and early learning, technology access, community engagement, Seattle culture and history, and re-imagined spaces (not sure what this means, but sounds interesting). To see when Turner will be at your neighborhood branch, go to spl.org, click on “calendar of events” and search Marcellus.
Open submissions month at Copper Canyon Press: Until Aug. 31, Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press is taking open submissions. If you have a book-length manuscript of poetry you’d like the publisher to consider, go to the press’ submissions page at coppercanyonpress.org to find out how. Copper Canyon publishes some of the world’s finest poets, so if you get your book published through this process, send me a note and tell me that you won the poetry lottery.
Fall classes at Richard Hugo House: Registration is open for fall classes at Richard Hugo House (hugohouse.org), Seattle’s center for writers. Teachers include Ryan Boudinot, Wendy Call, Peter Mountford, Nicole Hardy , Jeff Bender and Carolyne Wright.
APRIL fundraiser: The organization APRIL (Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature) is sponsoring a “Summer Blockbuster” event at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Northwest Film Forum. Readings, video, fabulous prizes and beer from the Naked City Brewery (a trend!) followed by a screening of the movie “Jaws.” For more information go to aprilfestival.com.
Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gwinn appears every Tuesday on TVW’s “Well Read,” discussing books with host Terry Tazioli (go to www.tvw.org/shows/well-read for archived episodes). On Twitter @gwinnma.