Be our Valentine at the Writers’ Studio Soiree at BARN!
All You Need Is Love . . .
. . .and chocolate
. . .and wine
. . .and amazing local authors reading original works on love
Please join us at BARN for an exclusive evening of literary love, chocolate, and wine. Come eat, drink, laugh and think as six award-winning, local authors read original works created just for this event.
All authors will start with the same first line from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22: “It was love at first sight.”
Six amazing writers, six wildly different perspectives on love and life.
Desserts, wine, music, mingling, and books for purchase and autographing will be available.
Come on your own or bring a sweetie.
A four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for "Bill Nye the Science Guy," Lynn Brunelle has over 25 years experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Previously a classroom science, English and art teacher for kids K-12, an editor, illustrator, and award-winning author of over 45 titles, (Pop Bottle Science, Camp Out! World Almanac Puzzler Decks, Mama’s Little Book of Tricks) Lynn has created, developed and written projects for Chronicle, Workman, National Geographic, Scholastic, Random House, Penguin, A&E, The Discovery Channel, Disney, ABC TV, NBC, NPR, The Annenburg Foundation, World Almanac, Cranium and PBS.
A regular contributor to NBC’s New Day Northwest TV as a family science guru, Martha Stewart Radio as a family activity consultant and a contributor to NPR's Science Friday, she is the creator of the Mama Gone Geek blog and Tabletop Science—videos that make science fun and accessible. She has also written for several children’s and parenting magazines.
She has won five Telly Awards and two CINE awards for her music videos which range in topics from bullying prevention, child protection and the adolescent brain for international curriculums through Committee for Children, to independent projects encouraging science literacy and STEAM.
Her latest book for adults, a memoir called Mama Gone Geek, was released in 2014 and won the Independent Publishing Award Gold Medal. Her latest book for kids, Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science was released October 2016. Her newest book, Turn This Book into a Beehive will be released Spring 2018 from Workman Publishing.
Carol Cassella is a practicing physician and the national bestselling author of three novels, Gemini (2014), Healer (2010), Oxygen (2008). All were Indie Next Picks and have been published in multiple foreign languages. Her books have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award and highlighted as top choices by Library Journal, BookList, Harpers Bazaar, People Magazine, Poets & Writers, Women’s Day, and USA Today, among others. She frequently appears as a speaker and teacher at literary events and conferences throughout the United States.
Carol majored in English Literature at Duke University and worked in publishing before attending medical school. She is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology and wrote for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation prior to her career in fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and other web and print sites. She is a board member of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit supporting literacy in the Pacific Northwest, and has served on medical organizations working in Thailand, Nicaragua, Bhutan, and Cuba. Carol lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and two sets of twins, whom she counts as her grandest works of art. She is currently writing her fourth novel.
Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels.Girlposse.com calls her a “writer of extraordinary talent.” A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.
Her most recent books include the following:
A Drop of Ink, Lake Union Publishing, January 2017, and
The Visitant, Lake Union Publishing, September 2015.
The Veil (Book 3 of the Fianna Trilogy), Skyscape, August 2015; The Web (Book 2 of the Fianna Trilogy) Skyscape, Januaray 2015, and
The Shadows (Book 1 of the Fianna Trilogy), Skyscape, June 2014, are her most recent Young Adult works.
2012 Amazon Editors’ Pick for December
2008 Borders Original Voices pick for June
2006 Booksense pick for Summer
Bridget Foley's debut novel Hugo & Rose was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Bridget attended NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts’ acclaimed Experimental Theater Wing and graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television. In 2016 she was invited to perform her short story “Principles of Flight” for Tedx SnoIsleLibraries. In 2017 her screenplay adaptation for the same work was a semi-finalist for the esteemed Nicholl Fellowship.
Warren Read has been an educator for 26 years, having taught primarily in the 4th and 5th grades. Currently he is an assistant principal on Bainbridge Island, WA. He has been involved with the Puget Sound Writing Project/Consortium since 2008. He is the author of the 2008 memoir, “The Lyncher in Me” (Borealis Books) and the 2017 novel, “Ash Falls” (Ig Publishing). He has published short fiction in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, East Bay Review and Switchback magazines, among others. In 2015, he earned his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop.
Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas.
From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries and languages. According to
Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with “refreshingly honest emotion,” and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is “one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book.” Booklist characterizes her books as “real and true and unforgettable.”
Her novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have captured readers’ hearts around the globe. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award, the highest honor given for a work of romantic fiction. Her recent novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film.
The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.
WA State MAST Certified Server for the evening: Sallie Brown