The season of festivity is up on us. Before you stock up on wines, come join us at Darvill's Bookstore this Tuesday, Dec. 10, for a reading and wine-tasting of West Coast sustainable wines as Shannon Borg reads from her latest book, The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Susatinable, Organic, and Biodynamic Wine. The reading begins at 6pm, followed by wine-tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
If you love crime fiction, but hate two-dimensional characters...
If you love westerns, but hate the false history of Indian-as-threat and settler-as-hero...
If you love action, but only when it serves a purpose in the plot...
If you love hard-nosed lyricism, but can rarely find it...
...you won't want to miss Bruce Holbet reading from his highly acclaimed first novel, Lonesome Animals, today at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound.
For a preview of Holbert's writing, read his thoughtful and heart-wrenching essay in the New York times about accidentally killing a friend when he was a young man:
Then come to Darvill's to hear the work of a writer who knows violence firsthand, and writes about it not to be sensational but in a quest for redemption of the true history of the west, and redemption of civilization itself. Followed by wine, hors d'eouvres, and open mic. Open and free to the public.
Artsmith Reading Series at Darvill's Bookstore
1 Main Street, Eastsound, WA
6:00 pm, Sunday, October 13, 2013
For those of you planning to attend Diana Abu-Jaber's reading on October 8, the author has had a family emergency and had to cancel. We are looking at possible future dates, so don't despair. Fortunately, we had two readings planned for the month of October, so please join us at Darvill's Bookstore on Sunday, October 13, 6:00 pm to hear the talented Bruce Holbert read from his stunning debut novel, Lonesome Animals. The reading will be followed by wine & hors d'oeuvres and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
Description of Lonesome Animals:
In Lonesome Animals, Russell Strawl, a tormented former lawman,
is called out of retirement to hunt a serial killer with a sense of the
macabre who has been leaving elaborately carved bodies of Native
Americans across three counties. As the pursuit ensues, Strawl’s own
dark and violent history weaves itself into the hunt, shedding light on
the remains of his broken family: one wife taken by the river, one by
his own hand; an adopted Native American son who fancies himself a
Catholic prophet; and a daughter, whose temerity and stoicism contrast
against the romantic notions of how the west was won.
In the vein of True Grit and Blood Meridian, Lonesome Animals
is a western novel reinvented, a detective story inverted for the west.
It contemplates the nature of story and heroism in the face of a
collapsing ethos –not only of Native American culture, but also of the
first wave of white men who, through the battle against the geography
and its indigenous people, guaranteed their own destruction. But it is
also about one man’s urgent, elegiac search for justice amidst the
craven acts committed on the edges of civilization.
Praise for Lonesome Animals:
"From the opening sentence of Holbert's remarkable debut, it is obvious
that we are in the hands of a master storyteller . . . Holbert's prose
is simultaneously roughly hewn and elegant, and recalls Cormac McCarthy
at his best, as do his insights into the relationship between predator
and prey. Call it literary fiction, classic western realism, or
historical noir, Holbert is a writer of formidable skill and this
auspicious debut should have considerable crossover appeal." —Publishers Weekly
unsettling book demands a strong stomach… At the end the reader will
feel relief or satisfaction or some combination, and tip a sweat-stained
hat to Holbert for raising the stakes of the Western genre… Holbert’s
sympathies seem to align with the quality of his prose: the land is
rendered in loving, even exquisite detail, so too the crimes… Holbert
has gone all-in: This book is audacious.” —Kirkus
is an impure marvel. Ths cowboy noir is loaded with lyrical detail,
black humor, and a kind of antic despair. At its center is the
compromised lawman Russell Strawl, a pilgrim making slow progress
through the blasted ruins of Western myth. He turns violence into a kind
of brutal music and provides the weary, stubborn heart of this
astonishing debut." —Max Phillips, Shamus-winning author of Fade to Blonde
Join the celebration this Tuesday, October 8, as we kickoff our 2013-2014 Reading Series with the "witty and entertaining" novelist Diana Abu-Jaber. Named "one of the most notable Arab authors in the United States," Diana's latest novel, Birds of Paradise, has received tremendous praise and has been selected as an Indie Books Pick.
Diana is also the author of the award-winning memoir, The Language of Baklava, plus the best-selling novels Origin and Crescent, the latter of which was awarded the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction and the American Book Award. Her first novel Arabian Jazz won the 1994 Oregon Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Diana teaches at Portland State University.
The reading begins at 6:00 pm at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound, followed by wine & hors d'oeuvres and open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
1 Main Street
Eastsound, WA 98245
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
The 2014 Artsmith Artist Residency and Writer Island retreat are now accepting applications.
The 2014 Artmith Artist Residency will take place January 3-10, 2014, and is open to artists, scholars, naturalists, and writers. Up to five Fellows will be selected by the Artsmith Peer Review Panel. Application deadline is October 15, 2013. Selected Fellows will be announced by November 30, 2013.
Artsmith will also host the second annual Writer Island
weekend writing retreat, January 31 to February 2, 2014, with Martha
Silano and Tina Schumann. The retreat combines contemplative time in
nature with stimulating writing exercises, and evenings gathering around
a cozy fire sharing new work. From Friday afternoon until Sunday
morning, enjoy delicious breakfasts, delectable desserts, and the
supportive company of other serious (but fun) writers as you give
yourself the gift of time devoted to your craft. The 2013 Writer Island sold out a month prior to the event, so reserve your spot now. As of this writing, four rooms are still available.
Learn more about Artsmith's 2014 Artist Residency and Writer Island here.
Join internationally acclaimed chef Christina Orchid for a cookbook signing and tasting of delicious treats from the farm-to-table offerings of Red Rabbit Farm, run by Christina and her husband, Bruce Orchid. Artsmith and Darvill's Bookstore are hosting the event today (June 13, 2013) at 5:00 pm at the bookstore. Christina was the owner and chef of the world-renowned restaurant Christina's. She and her husband Bruce now throw festive, sumptuous dinners at Red Rabbit Farm featuring local meats and seafood, along with organically grown produce fresh from their garden. They are at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement and will be on hand to answer questions about the latest in sustainable agriculture, as well as to inspire you with all manner of deliciousness!
Christina's Cookbook - Signing and Tasting from Red Rabbit Farm
Here she comes! The long-awaited reading from Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, and the grande finale to the 2012-2013 Artsmith Salon Series. Tonight! May 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound. The reading will be followed by an open mic.
Kathleen Flenniken's most recent poetry collection, Plume (University of Washington Press, 2012), contains "nuclear age songs of innocence and experience," based on Flenniken's childhood growing up next door to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation where her father and later Flenniken herself worked. Plutonium from Hanford was used for the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and the site is now the most contaminated nuclear facility in the country. Flenniken's book takes readers from personal and political history to the current environmental disaster of long-term radioactive waste leaching into soil, working its way into the Columbia River, and spreading to downriver populations and eventually contaminating the world's oceans for centuries to come.