Sept. 24 to Oct. 6: Bedtime Stories Gala Makes Its Spokane Debut Friday

Acclaimed Northwest authors Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel, with emcee Jess Walter, present new short stories at Humanities Washington’s inaugural Bedtime Stories Spokane event Sept. 28.

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THIS WEEK (Sept. 24-29, 2012)


Bedtime Stories Spokane 2012 authors

2012 Bedtime Stories Spokane authors (left to right): Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray, Nance Van Winckel and emcee Jess Walter.

Humanities Washington’s annual literary gala makes its east side debut with Bedtime Stories Spokane, an evening of food, wine and words Sept. 28 [Details]. Acclaimed Northwest authors Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel debut new short stories, with emcee Jess Walter hosting the event. Check out our interviews with Lynch, Ray, Van Winckel and Walter in anticipation of the event. For more information about the event, including availability of tables and individual tickets, visit the Bedtime Stories Spokane event page.

Congressman Norm Dicks

Congressman Norm Dicks

TUESDAY (Sept. 25)

OLYMPIA – In honor of Congressman Norm Dicks’ nearly four decades of service to the humanities, we are presenting him with the Humanities Washington Award. Join us for a reception in Olympia to honor Rep. Dicks’ work and legacy [Details].

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 26)

SEATTLE – Join Humanities Washington for our latest Think & Drink, Dirty Business: A History of Negative Campaigning [Details]. The conversation, moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, features a panel of experts on the phenomenon of political mudslinging: David Domke, professor and chair of the Communication Department at the University of Washington; Peter Callaghan, a columnist with The News Tribune in Tacoma for 27 years; and Greg Lane, the president and CEO of TVW, Washington’s public-affairs television network.

NEXT WEEK (Sept. 30 to Oct. 6)

FRIDAY (Oct. 5)


Alice Orr presents at last year’s Write on the Sound conference.

EDMONDS – Write on the Sound is a 2-1/2-day writing conference presented by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, offering an affordable experience for writers of all levels. Pre-conference critique sessions and in-depth workshops are offered on Friday. [Details].


EDMONDS – Write on the Sound continues with more than 30 workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a keynote address and manuscript critique appointments. Saturday evening the Edmonds Arts Commission hosts a meet-and-greet reception including a book signing event. Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken presents. [Details]

PORT TOWNSEND – Port Townsend High School drama students present Back to Class, the latest installment of Port Townsend Shorts. The monthly series of free, dramatic literary readings is produced by Key City Public Theatre and sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission. This is a Humanities Washington grant-funded event [Details].

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