Dark and Stormy Night… (Online)

  • Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Conducted virtually via Zoom Room 1, Class Code: WR103021++
  • 232


  • All proceeds go to student scholarships.
  • Give even more youth access to classes!

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**This event will be live streamed via Zoom. Event time is Pacific Time** 

BARN’s annual Dark and Stormy Night is creeping up on us again!  Please join us from the comfort and safety of your own place to see and hear some star local authors reading original spooky stories. 

Get ready for terrifying tales written and read by:

Lynn Brunelle

Megan Chance

Jamie Ford

Dinah Manoff

Maureen McQuerry

Kevin O'Brien

Warren Read

New this year: For added excitement (and to support the youth scholarship fund), you can also bid on having a name of your choice used in one of the stories. You can even bid to name a character in next year's thriller by best selling author Kevin O'Brien! The online auction will run from October 15 to 25. Register to bid here


  • There are two ticket types: a Jack-O-Lantern ticket for $30, and a Wizard ticket for $100. Your Wizard ticket adds even more support for youth scholarships and, as a thank you, we will send you a set of special Wizard coasters to use during the event (or anytime you need to feel the magic!). The coasters are being made by our own wizards in the Electronic and Technical Arts studio.
  • All proceeds go to student scholarships.
  • This event will be presented via the Zoom video conferencing program. A Zoom link to join the event will be emailed to the email address you registered with. Please watch for this email.
  • You only need to register once even if you are going to have other family members in your household participate.

Author Bios:

Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for "Bill Nye the Science Guy," Lynn Brunelle has over 25 years of experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Previously a classroom science, English and art teacher for kids K-12, she is an award-winning author of over 45 titles. A regular contributor to National Geographic, NPR and NBC, she has spoken at the UN about girls and STEM education and thrown out a first pitch at a Mariners/Yankees game to honor our native bees for BEEballday. She was recently named a Bainbridge Island Treasure.

Megan Chance is the bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. Her work has been chosen for Amazon Book of the Month, IndiNext, and the Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice. Booklist calls her writing "provocative and haunting". Her books include A Splendid Ruin, A Drop of Ink, and The Visitant.

Megan lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name Ford, thus confusing countless generations.

His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, went on to win the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and has been optioned for film and stage. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into 35 languages. (He’s still holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it).

His latest novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy will be published May 2022.

When not writing or daydreaming, he can be found tweeting @jamieford and posting on Instagram @jamiefordofficial.

Dinah Manoff is an award-winning actress who was born in New York City to actress Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff.  Her credits include numerous theater roles including a Tony Award-winning performance in “I Ought to Be in Pictures”, in which she starred with Walter Matthau. Her film roles include Grease and Ordinary People

Dinah has also worked as a television director, helming episodes of “Sabrina,” “Movie Stars,” “Brothers,” and numerous episodes of “Empty Nest”. She resides with her family on Bainbridge where she writes, directs  theater and teaches acting. Recently she published her first novel The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold.

Maureen McQuerry is the author of four novels, 2 board book series, and 2 nonfiction books, including: The Peculiars, Beyond The Door, The Telling Stone, Between, Before And After, Big Ideas For Little Philosophers and the forthcoming Big Ideas For Little Environmentalists

Her books have been selected for YALSA best fiction, ALA best book, Bank Street Best Books, and sold in 5 languages. Publisher’s Weekly calls her YA and MG work “evocative of The Dark is Rising and Neil Gaimen.”

Maureen taught for 20 years, specializing in gifted education, and was the McAuliffe fellow for WA state in 2000. She currently lives on an island near Seattle with her husband, a hive full of bees, and four chicken sisters.

Kevin O’Brien
Before his thrillers landed him on the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller lists, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector.  The author of 21 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter is The Night She Disappeared.  He is one of 13 bestselling, award-winning thriller authors contributing to the anthology, Nothing Good Happens After Midnight, edited by Jeffery Deaver. He lives in Seattle, where he is hard at work on his next thriller.

Warren Read juggles his day job as a high school associate principal with his writing life. He is the award-winning author of the novels Ash Falls and the New York Times notable mention One Simple Thing. His short fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback Magazine and East Bay Review. In addition, he has had two short plays directed and produced by Tony winner Dinah Manoff. He and his husband live in the middle of a wonderfully exotic garden in Kingston, WA.  Learn more about Warren at www.warren-read.com

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