Category Archives: Author Events

This Friday Night!! Washington State Poet Laureate Dr. Tod Marshall; Friday. March 31, 2017, 7PM, Lopez Island Library

You are cordially invited to the annual meeting of the Friends of Lopez Library.  Learn about the Friends in a brief intro then enjoy keynote speaker Dr. Tod Marshall, WA State’s current poet laureate. Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York.  He grew up in Wichita, Kansas.  He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Endowed Professor in the Humanities.   From 2016-2018, he will serve as the Washington State Poet Laureate. His work has been published in many journals, including Narrative, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Boulevard, The Colorado Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, Volt, Interim, The Canary, Willow Springs, Cutbank, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.  Refreshments will be available.  This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington, Friends of the Lopez Library, Lopez Bookshop & Shark Reef Literary Magazine.  Free to all!

“On Polar Tides” World Kayaker Nigel Foster, Fri., March 10, 2017 7PM Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

“On Polar Tides” World Kayaker Nigel Foster

Join the Lopez Island Library for an evening with world kayaker Nigel Foster.  In the second program of the Lopez Library’s series Beyond Limits, world-renowned kayaker Nigel Foster presents “On Polar Tides” the story of two trips paddling and surviving the coast of northern Labrador. Born in England, Nigel Foster is an expedition kayaker, kayak designer, instructor and author of numerous books on kayaking. He has led trips to Iceland, arctic Norway and Scotland, and in 1977 along with Geoff Hunter, became the first and youngest person to circumnavigate Iceland by kayak. The library’s evening features the Labrador trips the first in 1981 when he accomplished the first solo crossing by kayak of the Hudson Strait. After crossing the 40-mile wide Strait in howling winds and fighting a 10 knot tide race, he crash-landed on a small island in the dark. He had frostbitten fingers, was 300 miles from the closest village and without a means of communication. Eight days later in a stroke of luck, he caught a ride south on an oil tanker that had taken shelter behind Killiniq Island. He had survived marking one of the most notable solo crossings in history. The trip was described by the editor of the BCU Canoeing Handbook as “arguably the most impressive of any sea kayak adventure in the world.” But the failure to complete the second portion of that trip haunted him and in 2004, accompanied by kayaker Kristin Nelson, he completed the Baffin Island to Labrador part of the expedition by paddling from Kuujjuaq in Ungava Bay to Nain, a distance of over 675 miles of uninhabited coastline.  Kristin Nelson will join Nigel Foster for the Lopez Library program. His new book “On Polar Tides” will be available for sale and signing at the event and is also available as a new addition to the library’s collection.  In this program these two life-affirming trips are brought to the Lopez audience with beautifully shared personal perspectives and images of a vanishing wilderness – polar bears, calving icebergs, wildlife and a rugged coastline. Not to be missed! Sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library and the Ramsey Shirk Fund.  For more information contact Jen Krajack, Lopez Island Library. 468-2265

“A Life on the Edge: Mountaineers Jim Whittaker & Leif Whittaker”, Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 7PM, LCCA

Photo by Ira Spring

In May of 1963 Seattle mountaineer Jim Whittaker stepped into world history by becoming the first American to summit Mount Everest. He was also part of the first American team to summit K2 and fifty years later, he is still regarded highly for his mountaineering, as one of the founders of the outdoor recreation industry, and as a keynote speaker. Jim Whittaker’s son Leif Whittaker reached his first summit when he was 15 years old and since has climbed many of the world’s tallest mountains including Aconacagua, Mount Vinson and Mount Everest twice. He is a passionate mountaineer as well as an avid outdoor enthusiast. His writing and photography has appeared in Powder, Backcountry and The Ski Journal. His first book “My Old Man and the Mountain” was published October of 2016. He is a Climbing Ranger for the US Forest Service. Both Leif Whittaker’s book “My Old Man the Mountain” and Jim Whittaker’s book “A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond” will be available for sale/signing at the event.

This remarkable event launches the Lopez Library’s winter/spring series “Beyond Limits” which celebrates the library’s extensive collection of books on adventure and exploration. The series will also feature World Kayaker Nigel Foster discussing his book “On Polar Tides”, two remarkable kayak trips to north Labrador/Hudson Strait dodging polar bears, storms & calving icebergs; RAAM-Race Across America, a bike race more rugged than the Tour de France & one of the ultra-endurance events held each year (premiering on the Center’s big screen, their new documentary just in time for the Tour de Lopez); Seattle trekking company Mountain Madness discussing their 32 year history & the pursuit of the 7 Summits (Mountain Madness as featured in Jon Krakauer’s bestseller “Into Thin Air”); and our own local climber Gregg Blomberg discussing the first winter ascent of Mt. McKinley in 1967. This exciting series is designed to lift the Lopez community through the last stretch of winter. Presented to you by Friends of the Lopez Library & the Ramsey Shirk Fund. For more information contact Jen Krajack at the Lopez Library 468-2265

Teen Literary Night at the Lopez Library; Friday, April 28th, 7PM, Lopez Library Community Room

Lopez Island Library hosts “Teen Literary Night”.  The evening is for teens only and will feature music, poetry, prose, film – all selected, shared, facilitated by local teens. Snacks will be available.  For more information call Jen at the Lopez Library 468-2265 or Juniper Blomberg 468-3902.

Shark Reef Literary Magazine and Lopez Island Library present award-winning poet Gabriel Jesiolowski; Sunday, April 23rd, 7PM, Lopez Island Library

It’s National Poetry Month and Shark Reef Literary Magazine and Lopez Island Library are proud to present poet Gabriel Jesiolowski, the winner of the 2015 Benjamin Salman Award.  They will be reading from his book of poems “As Burning Leaves”  published April 2017 by Red Hen Press.   We share their bio with you:  “Gabriel Jesiolowski is a queer poet, artist, and curator. Born in the Midwest, they are the child of a textile artist and a psychologist. They work in a research-based practice using installation, photography, painting, performance, printed matter, and text to scuffle within the spaces of language and art. Over the past ten years they have taught art, writing, and gender studies at the university level and curated traveling and pop-up exhibitions. Their work has been shown in galleries such as Dumbo Arts Center, Future Tenants Gallery and the Flux Factory and appeared in print in Crossings: A Counter-Disciplinary Journal, So to Speak, and DIAGRAM, among others. They were the February 2016 writer in residence at The Alice Gallery in Seattle, and they are currently at work on a book of prose poems, an experimental film, and blueprints for a traveling apothecary.” In a month dedicated to poetry we are honored to host this remarkable poet.

“The geography of the body changes; its landmarks temporary; its border shifting,
in Gabriel Jesiolowski’s “As Burning Leaves”, a cartography of new forms, new ways of
being. These poems constitute a healing atlas, a journey of utmost compassion,
marked by both formal elegance and artful eloquence. What a remarkable book; it
will astonish and enchant you.”
—D. A. Powell, author of Lunch and A Guide for Boys

Sharing the Skies Through Navajo Eyes-Dr. Nancy Maryboy of the Indigenous Peoples Institute; Mon. Nov. 21st, 7PM, LCCA


Coyote Tossing the Stars

The Lopez Island Library and the San Juan Islands National Monument are proud to present a beautiful and unique evening celebrating the night sky with Dr. Nancy Maryboy of the Indigenous Peoples Institute. The event is held in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month. Indigenous astronomy is significantly different from western astronomy. In her presentation Dr. Maryboy will discuss the foundations of Navajo astronomy and explore the patterns and cycles of Navajo constellations, sun and moon with images from the Hubble Telescope as backdrop.  Based on 25 years of living on the Navajo Nation and years of direct sky observations, dialogues with medicine people and other family members, as well as working with planetariums and astronomers, Dr. Maryboy has developed a program for all audiences. She is Navajo and Cherokee and has a PhD in Indigenous Science with a focus on native astronomy. She works with NASA and the National Science Foundation, is President of the Indigenous Education Institute and is pleased to share her work with Lopez Island during November, Native American Heritage month. Photographer Chris Teren will also share his breathtaking images of the Northern Lights.  Following the program, weather permitting, the event will feature star gazing with Dr. Maryboy on the lawn of LCCA.  We encourage you to bring your own telescope or share with others.  Hot drinks will be provided. Sharing the Skies Through Navajo Eyes is funded by NASA and UC Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory, Multiverse, the Indigenous Education Institute, the Lopez Island Library and the San Juan Islands National Monument. For more information contact Jen Krajack at Lopez Island Library 468-2265.




Author, Knitter, Teacher, Traveler Cat Bordhi, Sat., Sept., 24th, 2-3PM in the Library

Cat Bordhi

Author & Knitter Cat Bordhi

The Lopez Island Library is thrilled to feature author, traveler & knitting instructor Cat Bordhi.  Cat is the author of eight knitting books, one novel and the creator of a number of single patterns. A devoted traveler, she explores knitting in diverse settings around the world, teaching & learning techniques then sharing them with her readers and students.  Known for her enthusiasm, humor and inventive spirit, her workshops are very popular. She will be leading knitting workshops again this fall & winter in Peru & Iceland and her stories of knitting  from the two countries will be featured in the library’s program. She also regularly conducts knitting retreats in Friday Harbor. You don’t have to be a knitter to attend, but if you do, feel free to bring your work and knit as you listen to Cat.  The library would like to exhibit your knitting in advance of this program.  Have a hat, scarf, socks or mittens you knitted? Drop them at the library for display around the fireplace for a couple of weeks then join us Saturday Sept. 24th for a fun & unique event.  Free to all.  Sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library