Upcoming Author Events for February

Check out these upcoming events with Livewire’s hosts Hameister and Burbank, open mic readings at the Columbia and Ballard Branches, Phillip H. Hoffman, Director of the Alki History Project, discusses the story of the Town of Alki at the Southwest Library, and Ginger Gaffney discusses their memoir.

The free programs listed below are held at a variety of library locations in February; please check our online Author and Books Events calendar for complete details on these featured events and more.

Writers Read
Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m.
Columbia Branch
Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

Courtenay Hameister and Luke Burbank talk about 'Okay Fine Whatever'Courtenay Hameister and Luke Burbank talk about ‘Okay Fine Whatever’
Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
Central Library
Join us to hear Livewire’s hosts Hameister and Burbank talk about Okay Fine Whatever, Hameister’s hilarious account of facing her fears. Refreshing, relatable, and pee-your-pants funny, Okay Fine Whatever is Courtenay’s hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs. Fear, reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery, and that no matter who you are, it’s possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time.

It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series
Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m.
Ballard Branch
The Ballard Branch welcomes the 364th meeting of the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. This month’s presentation features Carol Levin, Kris Beaver, Jed Myers, and Sandra Yannone on The Writer’s Craft. Between the author readings, open mic time is available for three minutes per person.

Words, Writers, And Southwest Stories
Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m.
Southwest Branch
Town of Alki: Great Hopes, Fountainhead for Tears. Phillip H. Hoffman, Director of the Alki History Project, discusses the story of the Town of Alki. Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ is a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.

Ginger Gaffney discusses 'Half Broke: A Memoir'Ginger Gaffney Discusses ‘Half Broke: A Memoir’
Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Central Library
Join us to hear this top-ranked horse trainer discuss her life-affirming memoir that offers profound insight into the ways both horses and humans seek relationships to survive. Resonant, smart, and beautifully written, Half Broke tears at the heart of what it takes to find wholeness after years of trauma and addiction and offers profound insight on how working with animals can satisfy our universal need for connection.

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