April 21 to May 3: Telling Stories of the Great Depression in Spokane

Join the Spokane County Library and Spokane Storytelling League for stories about the difficult, distinct circumstances of the Great Depression. Plus: events with the Washington State Poet Laureate and Speakers Bureau presentations all around the state.

This Week & Next highlights upcoming events and news from Humanities Washington, our many community partners and like-minded organizations around the state.

Look for the latest edition every Monday morning, or check out our full calendar at Humanities.org.

THIS WEEK (April 21-26, 2014)

SPARK PICK

Hope in Hard Times (Tacoma Commons)

Men use a wheelbarrow as a makeshift stove in “Breakfast Outside the Tacoma Commons Mission,” a photo taken by Chapin Bowen in 1930.  photo courtesy the Washington State Historical Society

SPOKANE – Let the Spokane Storytelling League open a window into daily life in the Great Depression, as they share stories, both true and fictional, about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances that tested their perseverance, resilience and ingenuity. Join them Thursday (April 24) at the North Spokane Library. This program is part of the Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression exhibit at the Spokane County Library. [Details]

MONDAY (April 21)

Elizabeth Austen, photo credit John Ulman

Elizabeth Austen

BELLINGHAM – Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for Poetry Night. [Details]

FRIDAY (April 25)

TACOMA – Speakers Bureau’s Amy Rubin, Women Composers: Their Music and Their Stories [Details]

SUNDAY (April 27)

SHELTON – Speakers Bureau’s Antonio Davidson-Gómez, Mapping Latino Musical Migrations [Details]


NEXT WEEK (April 27 to May 3, 2014)

MONDAY (April 28)

Antonio Davidson Gómez

Antonio Davidson Gómez

PUYALLUP – Speakers Bureau’s Antonio Davidson-Gómez, Mapping Latino Musical Migrations [Details]

TUESDAY (April 29)

SEATTLE – Join Humanities Washington the Think & Drink event From Birth of a Nation to Smoke Signals: African Americans and American Indians in Film, held in Greenwood at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse. [Details]

SEATTLE – A reading with Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen [Details]

WEDNESDAY (April 30)

Think & DrinkSEATTLE – Humanities Washington presents our first Think & Drink in South Seattle. From Birth of a Nation to Smoke Signals: African Americans and American Indians in Film will be held and in Columbia City at The Royal Room. [Details]

SPOKANE – Let the Spokane Storytelling League open a window into daily life in the Great Depression, as they share stories, both true and fictional, about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances that tested their perseverance, resilience, and ingenuity. This is part of the exhibit Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression exhibit at the Spokane County Library. [Details]

THURSDAY (May 1)

Harriet Baskas

Harriet Baskas

WENATCHEE – Speakers Bureau’s Julia Harrison, A World of Sweets in Washington State [Details]

VANCOUVER – Speakers Bureau’s Harriet Baskas, Hidden Treasures in Washington’s Museums [Details]

FRIDAY (May 2)

WENATCHEE – Speakers Bureau’s Claudia Rowe, The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What it Means for You [Details]

EASTSOUND – A reading with the Washington State Poet Laureate [Details]

Shawn Wong

Shawn Wong

BELLINGHAM – Speakers Bureau’s Shawn Wong, How to Write a Novel in Only 30 Years [Details]

SATURDAY (May 3)

COUPEVILLE – Speakers Bureau’s Hank Cramer, One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail [Details]

SEATTLE – Speakers Bureau’s Peter Donahue, Washington History and Historical Fiction [Details]

CLINTON – Speakers Bureau’s Hank Cramer, One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail [Details]

FRIDAY HARBOR – A reading with the Washington State Poet Laureate [Details]

TWISP – Speakers Bureau’s Robert Horton, The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film [Details]

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