Snohomish County Author Events and Poetry Readings


Write on the sound: Registration is now open for this year’s 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

Paula Becker: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “A little book of personal care for those who cry” at 2 p.m. on September 11 via Zoom. Becker will mark the 20th anniversary of September 11. His book is a guide for those still mourning the deadliest terrorist attacks on US soil in US history. Becker is also the author of “A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction,” which was a finalist for the 2020 Washington State Book Award. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link . More information on

Omar El Akkad: Sno-Isle Libraries presents a conference with the author of “What a strange paradise” at 3 p.m. on September 15 via Zoom. Her first novel, “American War,” won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, the Oregon Book Award for Fiction, and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. El Akkad’s follow-up novel is the story of two children who fight their way through a hostile world. This event is part of the Sno-Isle Open Book virtual series. A Zoom link will be emailed after registration. More information on

Lorraine Brown: The Neverending Bookshop presents a talk with the author of “The Parisian connection” at noon on September 25 via Zoom. In the book, Hannah and her boyfriend, Simon, are separated between two robberies on the way to Hannah’s sister’s wedding. At the airport, Hannah meets a man named Leo – who is everything Simon isn’t. Brown was a mentee for Penguin RandomHouse UK’s WriteNow 2018 program. This is the author’s first novel. “Email [email protected] to get the Zoom link. 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.

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

Shannon Kennedy: 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

Carole G. Barton: Its goal is to help 1 million pupils who have difficulty reading. “The adventure of friendship” is the story of a mouse named Bruno who goes on an adventure to make a friend. The chapter book – illustrated by Andre V. Ordonez when he was 12 – is intended to teach struggling readers about friendship, problem solving, emotional intelligence, social skills, and speaking. Barton is a speech language pathologist at Sunnyside Elementary School in Marysville. This is the first book by author Snohomish. More information on

Nova McBee: History is not made, it is calculated. Edmonds author’s first novel “Calculated” is the title track from the new YA label, Wise Wolf Books. Set in Shanghai and Seattle, McBee’s novel is a grainy, modern blend of “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Mission Impossible”. It is about revenge and forgiveness, loss and identity, intelligence over brutality, and the triumph of law over force. More information on

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