Start: 5:30 pm
End: 6:30 pm
Come to an info-session led by Betty Scott to explore ways poetry connects us to personal awareness, to readers, and to the creative spirit. Learn how to tap into memories and bring forth images to share within a community, designed to appreciate poetry's rich landscape and history. We'll play with words, sounds and thoughts and a writing exercise. Please bring paper and a pencil. To register for the weekend retreat visit: https://register.whatcomcommunityed.com/CourseStatus.awp?&course=12F8183057OA Time: Sat., Nov. 17, 9:00 am-3 p.m. and Sun., Nov.18, 1:00-4:00 pm. Location: Whatcom Community College - Foundation 201C Betty Scott's writings have appeared in a dozen regional magazines. Before moving to Bellingham she worked at The Wenatchee World, a daily newspaper, and for five years wrote a column called "Musings by Betty Scott." In May of 2012, she was presented an Empowered Poet Award by World Poetry International of Richmond, Canada, and was featured on their website in August. Recently she co-judged the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest and was a featured writer and workshop presenter at the Chuckanut Writers Conference.
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a fiction writing group on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section and Book Fare Cafe. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6-8pm.
Start: 7:00 pm
Join Village Books and the Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE), for an evening with author Vince Welch, who will talk about his new book, The Last Voyageur: Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West. Amos Burg (1901-1986), a native of Portland, Oregon, was the first to complete transits of the free-flowing, undammed Snake and Columbia Rivers by canoe, and in 1938 he became the first to navigate the length of the Colorado River in a rubber raft. In his daring explorations of waterways from the Southwest up through Canada and into Alaska, Burg is considered to be the only person known to have run all major Western rivers from source to mouth. In The Last Voyageur: Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West author Vince Welch, himself a river guide, weaves a passionate and well-researched narrative using extensive material from Burg’s own rich archives. History buffs, paddlers, and adventure readers alike will delight in this remarkable regional history of the larger-than-life Burg, a quintessential man of the American West and one of the last "voyageurs" of North America's great waterways. Vince Welch was a boatman on Northwest rivers for several years before heading to the Colorado River, where he guided for Grand Canyon Dories and first encountered the legend of Amos Burg. He has since lived and guided all over the West and has written for River magazine, The Utne Reader, Boatman's Quarterly Review, and Mountain Gazette, for which he is a senior correspondent. Welch lives in Portland, Oregon.