It was a Dark and Stormy Night… (Online)

  • Friday, October 30, 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • BARN Writers Zoom Room
  • 197


  • All proceeds go to student scholarships.

Registration is closed
**This event will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

BARN’s annual Dark and Stormy Night is creeping up on us again but this year will be a little twisted. Please join us from the comfort and safety of your own place for a few star local authors reading original spooky stories in an online format. You bring your own snacks and cocktails and we will bring the thrills and chills.

Get ready for terrifying tales written and read by:

Garth Stein

Elizabeth George

Megan Chance

Warren Read

Maureen McQuerry

Lynn Brunelle

Bridget Foley

Jim Brunelle

  • This event will be presented via the Zoom video conferencing program. 
  • You only need to register once even if you are going to have other family members in your household participate.
  • All proceeds go to student scholarships.
  • Please watch for this email. 

Author Bios:

Garth Stein is the internationally bestselling author of the contemporary classic, The Art of Racing in the Rain, the story of a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo who teaches us everything we need to know about being human. As a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried, it hit the big screen in 2019.

Raven Stole the Moon—as well as a full-length play, Brother Jones “Brother Jones“, which had its premiere in Los Angeles and was described as “brimming with intensity,” by The Los Angeles Weekly.

The Cloven: Book One, the first of a three-book series, illustrated by Matthew Southworth (Stumptown), published in July 2020 by Seattle's own Fantagraphics Books. 

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor or creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from the Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

She has also written the longtime best selling creative writing book Write Away, has edited two volumes of short stories, and is the executive chair of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which makes grants to poets, emerging playwrights, and unpublished novelists.

Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. Her work has been chosen for Amazon Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices, and Booksense/Indie Next. The Best Reviews says she writes “fascinating historical fiction.” Her novels have been translated into several different languages. She is included in the short story collection Stories for Suffragette City (Henry Holt, October 2020), and her latest novel, A Splendid Ruin, will be released by Lake Union Publishing in January 2021.

Megan is a former television news photographer with a BA in broadcast communications from Western Washington University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.

Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy with 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, Lynn has created, developed, and written projects for Chronicle, Workman, National Geographic, Scholastic, Random House, Penguin, A&E, Discovery Channel, Disney, ABC TV, NBC, NPR, the Annenburg Foundation, World Almanac, Cranium, and PBS.

New Day Northwest 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). Lynn 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.

Mama Gone Geek, was released in 2014 and won the Independent Publishing Award Gold Medal.  Her newest book, Turn This Book into a Beehive was released in 2018.

Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013 and winner of the Westchester Award. Her other novels include the Celtic Mythology duo Beyond the Door and The Telling Stone, and most recently Between Before and After, one of Barnes and Nobles most anticipated historical fictions for 2019. Big Ideas for Little Philosophers, a 4 book series featuring Socrates, Descartes, Aristotle and DeBeauvior, for preschoolers, releases in July 2020 to be followed by Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists.

Warren Read is the author of a memoir, The Lyncher in Me (2009, Borealis Books) and the award-winning novel, Ash Falls (2017, Ig Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine and East Bay Review. He is an assistant principal in Bainbridge Island, WA; in 2015 he received his MFA in from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His latest novel, One Simple Thing, will be released by Ig Publishing in January 2021. Learn more about Warren at

Bridget Foley is originally from Colorado, and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She worked as an actor and screenwriter before becoming a novelist. Her first novel Hugo & Rose was published in 2015.

She now lives a fiercely creative life with her family. Bridget's next novel Just Get Home will be published by MIRA in 2021. 

Jim Brunelle is an award-winning journalist, television host and author. Winner of the New England AP News Executives Association Award for Editorial Writing and Political Reporting, Jim is an inductee to the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. He now makes his home on Bainbridge Island, where he continues to write.

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