Category Archives: Author Events

Feb 23 – Author Reading: Helen Sanders & John Waugh

Lopez Island authors Helen Sanders and John C. Waugh read their recently published books. Sanders will read from Ringmaker, a fantasy novel for adults about a dragon changeling at the center of a political coup. Waugh will read from Treachery in the Sky, a science fiction novel for middle grades about a girl solving an intergalactic murder mystery. The reading will be held at the Lopez Library fireside on Friday, February 23rd at closing (6pm). Snacks and beverages provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library

Wednesday, 7pm, Volcanoes & Climate Change: An Evening with Ian Lange

Unmatched in their power and violence, volcanoes are also beautiful and surprisingly beneficial. As revealed in Ian Lange’s new book “Volcanoes: What’s Hot and What’s Not on Earth and in Our Solar System”, the molten rock beneath our feet continues to shape our world and contributes to the chemistry of life itself. Join geologist and educator Ian Lange for an in-depth look at a topic that has intrigued historians and scientists for millenia, from Plutarch in 44 B.C. to Benjamin Franklin in 1784: Can large volcanic eruptions affect world climate? This presentation will be held on Wednesday, December 13th from 7pm – 8pm at Woodmen Hall and is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.

Friday, December 8th, 4pm – Felicity Green Reading

The Lopez Library welcomes local author Felicity Green for a reading on Friday, December 8th at 4pm in the Community Room from her new inspirational memoir “Who Are You?” (Available now on Amazon and at the Lopez Library). The book tells of the author’s challenges and how she faced them and gained insight into herself. Felicity has written a vulnerable and transparent book to help readers examine their life. Felicity has been practicing yoga since 1962, studied with Swami Radha of the Sivananda tradition, and has produced many instructional books and videos. She has taught workshops internationally and now offers individual sessions on Lopez Island. Felicity says of her book, “My hope is the book will be a tool for readers to create a life they love.”

THIS SATURDAY – The Flying Burgowski Flies Again!

The Lopez Island Library celebrates the release of local author Gretchen K. Wing’s latest Young Adult novel Altitude with a book launch on Saturday, December 2nd at 4pm in the community room.  This is the third and final book in her popular Flying Burgowski series. When she is not writing from her home on the south end of Lopez Island, Gretchen can be found baking at Holly B’s Bakery and performing as a singer/songwriter. Gretchen is a former high school English and history teacher.  The Lopez Island Library caught up with Gretchen to ask her a few questions about her writing process.

LIL: Where did you get your idea for the Flying Burgowski series?

GW: The character of Jocelyn Burgowski, a girl who can fly, simply came to me about a dozen years ago, name and all. I had not planned to write a Young Adult novel–let alone a series–but since my main character was clearly a teen, well…okay then! I’ve long been intrigued with the idea of people with special powers living otherwise normal lives, lives in which their special powers might be as much a curse as a blessing. Even deeper than that, since I was a little girl I’ve longed to fly.

LIL: What is your writing process like?

GW: I’m a morning writer. When I wrote the first book I was still teaching public high school in Tacoma, and I had to leave for work at 6:30. That meant writing very early, like five, which I hated, because I’d just be getting going when it was time to stop. I was thrilled to give that schedule up when we moved to Lopez, and that is also the major reason I did not keep on teaching here. I wanted to honor my writing and give it the time it most wanted, which turns out to be a chunk from around seven or eight to noon. My Muse takes an afternoon nap, so I’m not much good then.

LIL: What do you love about writing Young Adult novels?

GW: What I love about writing Young Adult novels is staying connected with the mind of a teenager. I miss interacting with my students more than anything else about teaching, and my own kids have long since quit being teenagers. Teens are more vibrant and dynamic than your average human. [They’re] also more dramatic and lots of fun for a writer; less so, sometimes, for the teens themselves.

The Lopez Island Library supports local authors. Stay tuned for the library’s 2018 Lopez Writes program, a series of free workshops and events designed to connect and engage local writers at all stages of the writing, editing, and publishing process.


Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth with Researcher & Author David George Gordon; Thurs. July 13, 2017, 7:00PM, Lopez Center for Community & the Arts

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth

Join the Lopez Island Library Thursday, July 13th, 7:00PM at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, as we host author, researcher and Humanities Washington Speaker, David George Gordon discussing Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth. For hundreds of years throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch—a hairy, eight- to ten-foot-tall hominid. Despite eyewitness sightings, some from the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has established the being’s existence. Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth. He is a current Humanities Washington speaker and the author of The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America’s Most Elusive Creature. An accomplished science interpreter, he has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, The Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  He has been interviewed by National Geographic, TimeThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and appeared as a guest on television shows that include The Late Late Show With James Corden, The View, and ABC’s Nightline.  This special evening is sponsored by Friends of the Lopez Library and Humanities Washington.  For more information contact the Lopez Island Library at 360-468-2265.

Desert Writers Read, Friday, June 2nd, 2017 7PM-Lopez Library Community Room

Kate Harris

Kendra Atleework

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers and the Lopez Library will present a literary non-fiction event bringing to the Northwest two celebrated desert writers who have been recognized for excellence by the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers. Reading at the event will be Kate Harris, a writer and adventurer who lives off-grid in Atlin, BC. Named one of Canada’s top modern-day explorers, and past winner of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writer’s Award, her travels edging the limits of nations, endurance, and sanity have taken her to all seven continents. Her first book, Lands of Lost Borders, is forthcoming with Knopf Canada. Also reading at the event is Kendra Atleework, the 2016 recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writer’s Award. Her writing appears in Best American Essays 2015 and elsewhere. She’s at work on a nonfiction book about growing up amid drought and wildfire in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Ellen Meloy Fund supports writers whose work reflects the spirit and passion for the desert embodied in Meloy’s writing and in her commitment to a “deep map of place.” Before her untimely death in 2004, Meloy published four books, numerous articles, and radio commentaries. Her last book, Eating Stone, won the John Burroughs Association Medal for 2007. An earlier work, The Anthropology of Turquoise, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. More information about Ellen Meloy, the Fund for Desert Writers, and the annual award can be found at This very special reading is in memory of the friendship and love between naturalist/writer Ellen Meloy, and longtime Lopez resident Ivaly Hoedemaker. The two met in Utah (husbands Mark Meloy and Steve Rubey tagged along) and shared many adventures on the Colorado Plateau and in the San Juan Islands. For more information on this event please contact Jen Krajack at the Lopez Library. (468-2265)

Celebrando Nuestras Raíces-Celebrating Our Roots; Saturday, May 20, 2017, 6:30PM Grace Episcopal Church

Award-Winning Correo Aereo

Join the Lopez Library for an evening of music, food and community as we celebrate the Americas with music from the award-winning duo of Correo Aereo who will perform the traditional music of Mexico, Venezuela, & Argentina as well as some of their own compositions. Correo Aereo combines a gorgeous array of string and percussive instruments with beautiful vocal harmonies described as “…locked in embrace.” by the Austin Chronicle Correo Aereo is strongly committed to bringing their music into communities and celebrating cultural connections through all ages and ethnicities. Correo Aereo performs at festivals, theaters and music venues throughout the U.S. and abroad including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Austin Music Hall, EMP Seattle & Holland’s Moondive;an international media project/concert produced by VPRO Television-Radio Amsterdam. They have also been featured at Seattle International Children’s Festival, the Knitting Factory in NYC. and on NPR Radio programs; Latino USA, All Things Considered, Splendid Table, and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now. They were selected winner of the prestigious Austin Music Award for ‘Best Traditional Mexican/Latino Act’.  This special musical event will be held in the beautiful acoustics of Grace Episcopal Church and refreshments will follow.  The evening is sponsored by Humanities Washington and Friends of the Lopez Library.  A suggested donation of $5 – $10 dollars is appreciated and benefits the Lopez Island Family Resource Center. For more information contact Jen Krajack at the library.  468-2265