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Wednesday
Mar202019

Author Event: March 28, 2019 from 11am to 2pm

Please join us on March 28, 2019 from 11am to 2pm for a book signing with John McCoy author of Concrete Mama.

Journalists John McCoy and Ethan Hoffman spent four months inside the walls of the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla in 1978-'79, just as Washington, once a leader in prison reform, abandoned its focus on reform and rehabilitation and returned to cell time and punishment. It was a brutal transition.

McCoy and Hoffman roamed the maximum-security compound almost at will, observing and befriending prisoners and guards. The result is a striking depiction of a community in which there was little to do, much to fear, and a culture that both mimicked and scorned the outside world. McCoy’s unadorned prose and Hoffman’s stunning black-and-white photographs offer as authentic a portrayal of life in the Big House as “outsiders” are ever likely to experience.

Originally published in 1981, the 128 photos in Concrete Mama revealed a previously unseen stark and complex world of life on the inside, for which it won the Washington State Book Award. Long unavailable yet still relevant, it is revitalized in a second edition with an introduction by scholar Dan Berger that provides historical context for the book’s ongoing resonance, along with several previously unpublished photographs.

JOHN A. MCCOY is the author of A Still and Quiet Conscience, a biography of Seattle Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen. He was a reporter and editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and has taught writing courses at the University of Washington Tacoma and Seattle University.

ETHAN HOFFMAN (1949–1990) was a photographer for the London Sunday Times and Paris Match, and his photo essays appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Esquire, and Life. His photography has been exhibited in several museums, including the Smithsonian.

DAN BERGER is associate professor at the University of Washington Bothell, and an interdisciplinary historian focusing on critical prison studies. He is the author of several books, including Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, and coauthor most recently of Rethinking the American Prison Movement.

Friday
Feb222019

Author Event: March 1, 2019 from 11am to 3pm

Please join us on March 1, 2019 from 11am to 3pm for Vietnam Combat Medic by Ron Donahey.

The 1940s and 50s birthed many new things – including Ron Donahey, a boy raised in a family not quite poor and not quite middle-class. He and his sister were loved and protected by their parents and their tight-knit extended family, and grew to love God with the help of their mother and the church they attended every week.

So when the time came to register for the draft, 20-year-old Ron was already determined to never take a life. Yet, being a soldier was something he looked forward to. The was only one choice he could make: become a combat medic and ship out to Vietnam. 

Vietnam Combat Medic is the true story of one conscientious objector’s journey through the central highlands, everything that brought him to that point, and how it changed his life forever.

Tuesday
Dec112018

Author Event: Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 from 11am to 2pm

Please join us on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 from 11am to 2pm for Alden & Wanda Thompson.

In Reflections on Scripture, Dandelions, and Sparrows, Wanda Thompson brings the power of photography, art, and poetry to our experience of Scripture, and through it, the God of Scripture.

 

In Inspiration Combining history, Scripture, and an understanding of human nature, Dr. Thompson takes on the difficult questions regarding the Bible and inspiration. He goes beyond the question of whether you can trust the Bible to ask whether you can trust yourself as you study.

 

Friday
Dec072018

Author Event: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 from 11am to 3pm

Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 from 11am to 3pm for Loved So Much It Hurts by Rebecca Olmstead.

When Rebecca Olmstead began to ask God for more of Him, the last place she expected to find herself was Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. But answers to prayer rarely look like we expect them to.

Bedridden and helpless, Rebecca had no choice but to give God her undivided attention. Through surgeries, miracles, excruciating pain, and terrifying withdrawals, God began to reveal Himself to Rebecca, teaching her about His sovereignty, love, and grace. He would teach her how to truly trust Him and hear His voice, through dreams and the Holy Spirit. Most importantly, He would show Rebecca that He had a plan for her life, far beyond what she ever could have imagined – if she would only trust and obey.

If you’ve ever doubted God’s love, or wondered if there could possibly be a purpose for your suffering, this book is for you. This is a testimony of God’s transforming love. What He did for Rebecca, He will do for you!

Friday
Nov302018

Author Event: Dec. 8, 2018 from 11am to 3pm

Please join us on Dec. 8, 2018 from 11am to 3pm for author Joe Just featuring The Immigrante & Passover A.D 33.

Joe Just, a hobby fisherman, writer and native of the New York Finger Lakes region who resides in Washington State with his wife, Virginia, has completed his book “The Immigrante”: an engagingly fictionalized biographical novel that draws a vivid portrait of proud new Americans and the eagerness with which they volunteered to serve their country.

 

Sunday
Nov182018

Author Event: Nov. 24, 2018 from 11am to 2pm

Join us on November 24, 2018 from 11am to 2pm for Searing Inspiration by Susan Volland.

Sear, deglaze, enhance, and serve: flavorful dinners can be that simple. In her unique, approachable style, Susan Volland first explains how to skillfully wield a hot skillet to sear entrées, then shows how a sauce can be made quickly in that same hot pan.

In more than 60 enticing recipes for seafood, poultry, meats, vegetables, tofu, and eggs, Volland invites home cooks to adapt her recipes for taste, diet, and ingredient availability. Searing Inspiration gives cooks the confidence to invent their own dishes, reintroducing a classic technique to modern tastes and kitchens.

Tuesday
Nov062018

Author Event: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 11am to 2pm

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 11am to 2pm for author Kate Frey signing her books Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden and The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversit.

Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult, and Kate Frey—expert gardener and designer—makes it easier than ever with her new book, Ground Rules. Frey distills the vital lessons gardening into 100 simple rules that will yield a gorgeous, healthy, and thriving home garden. Discover tips on garden design, care and maintenance, healthy soil, and the best ways to water. You’ll also learn how to create a garden that encourages birds and butterflies, how to choose healthy plants at the garden center, how and when to re-pot a container, and much more. With bite-size chunks of expert information and inspiring photographs, Ground Rules is your new go-to resource.

Wednesday
Oct312018

Author Event: Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11am to 2pm

Please join us on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 11am to 2pm for Beneath Pearl Harbor with Naomi Blinick.

Experience  USS Arizona as  never  before  in  this  collection  of  images  and essays that  bring  the  fallen  World War  II  battleship  to  life.  Explore  the submerged  ship, its  artifacts  and  history  underwater  with  individuals  who have  a  tangible  and  passionate connection  to  the  ship—National  Park Service divers.

Naomi Blinick is an underwater photographer, marine biologist, NPS diver, and former
member of the dive team at the USS Arizona Memorial. She produced the original version of
Beneath Pearl Harbor: USS Arizona with underwater photographer Brett Seymour of the NPS
Submerged Resources Center. After seeing the book's popularity with younger audiences, she
was motivated to make a version for them. She hopes readers enjoy discovering what lies
beneath Pearl Harbor and become enthusiasts and stewards for all national park sites in the
United States.

 

Friday
Oct262018

Author Event: Women Writing the West

Author Event: Women Writing the West

Location: Marcus Whitman Hotel

Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27, 2018

Wednesday
Oct172018

Author Event: Wed. Oct. 24, 2018 at 7pm

Please join us at the Walla Walla Public Library on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7pm for Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick.

Ten years after writing a memoir about her life travelling throughout the American West with her railroad promoter and writer husband, Carrie Strahorn reflects on the truths of her pioneering life that she didn't tell.