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Meet the Author: Ray Bilderback

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Republic Library
Main Room
Join us to hear author Ray Bilderback read from his newest book: The Ordeal of Katherine Krinz and Other Matters.
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A Fierce Language: Falling in Love with Poetry

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ephrata Library
Main Room
As children we are enchanted by the stories, humor, absurdity, and rhyming cadences of nursery rhymes. But as we get older, too often our appreciation for poems dissolves as we struggle to deconstruct their meaning line by line. As a result, many come to believe that poetry is inaccessible and too much like hard work.

Drawing on diverse poets, including the rich contribution of Washington State's poets, poet and performer Judith Adams takes us on a journey to rediscover the music, power, humor, and strength of poetry, showing how it can radically enhance, change, and even save our lives. She'll also discuss the joy of reciting poetry by heart, listen to audience members' experience with poetry, and lead exercises to fire up the poet in all of us.

Judith Adams is an English-born poet who has lived in the United States since 1976. Adams has published four books of poetry and recorded several albums of her work, and her poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Learn more about Judith Adams and her talk here. 

Sponsored by Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau. To learn more, visit www.humanities.org
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Invaders in our Foothills! A Noxious Weeds Presentation

6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Wenatchee Library
Find out how to identify the 15 most noxious weeds that threaten our shrub-steppe plant communities, especially after wildfire, with this free presentation from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. 
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Phone Fraud

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Moses Lake Library
Periodical Area
Ed Allen will present information on Phone Fraud! Join us to find out what you need to know and what to do if it happens to you.
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The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cashmere Library
Great Room
In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.

Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, and when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs.

How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred?

The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 was in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family's 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history. Learn more about Mayumi and her talk here.

Sponsored by Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau. To learn more, visit www.humanities.org.
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Author Dan Gemeinhart's "Good Dog"

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cashmere Library
Come meet author, Dan Gemeinhart and hear about his newest book, Good Dog. Questions are encouraged! 

Brodie was a good dog. And good dogs go to heaven. Except Brodie can't move on. Not just yet. As wonderful as his glimpse of the afterlife is, he can't forget the boy he left behind. The boy he loved, and who loved him in return. The boy who's still in danger. So Brodie breaks the rules of heaven and returns to Earth as a spirit. With the help of two other lost souls - lovable pitfall Tuck and surly housecoat Patsy - he is determined to find his boy and save him. Even if it costs him paradise. Even if he loses his eternal soul. Because it's what a good dog would do.

Book signing and light refreshment will be served following a short presentation.
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Meet the Author: Dan Gemeinhart with his new book!

5:00 PM - 5:03 PM
Cashmere Library
Great Room
Dan Gemeinhart is a pretty happy guy and a great junior author! Come hear about his new book, Good Dog, enjoy a treat, and meet this fun author!
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