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Start: 7:00 pm
Sea Travels tracks two generations of the Christensen family from Puget Sound's pioneer days, to the Alaskan Gold Rush and onto the world's open oceans. Their saga includes hard times and history, taking President Truman salmon fishing on Puget Sound and La Blanca's dynamite-fueled explosion on a Tacoma shore, one of the most dramatic Puget Sound maritime episodes to this day, as well as the high jinks and heroism of rootless and restless men of the sea. For the sake of his wife, Christensen ends his career as a merchant mariner shortly after World War II. The couple went on to own a hardware store and construction company on Bainbridge, then a hotel in Port Townsend. Toward the end of his life Christensen told his nephew, Vaughn Sherman: "Through all those years since 1947, I've kept current on my master's license… There was always the thought in the back of my mind of someday returning to the sea." J. Holger Christensen recorded his life story shortly before he died in 1988, at the request of his nephew, Vaughn Sherman of Edmonds. Sherman transcribed the tapes, giving copies to family, as well as a few local libraries and museums. Nearly three decades later, Sherman decided his uncle's tales merit publishing for their unique details of 20th century culture, business, family life, the Great Depression and World Wars. Vaughn Sherman spent time at sea as a Pacific Northwest fisheries biologist before he was recruited by the CIA. He is author of Sasha Plotkin's Deceit, an espionage novel based on his CIA service and has published three books dealing with the management of non-profit organizations.   Village Books will soon carry copies of Sea Travels. Check back for more information.
Start: 7:00 pm
Join Hanna Neuschwander, author of Left Coast Roast, in conversation with Alexarc Mastema owner of Maniac Roasting, and Edwin Martinez, owner of Onyx Coffee Bar, both in Bellingham, as they talk about where coffee comes from, how it's roasted, and the different roles that roasters and producers play. This free event will take place at Book Fare Café and will feature samples of different coffees. Left Coast Roast is a caffeine-fueled guide to 55 key companies in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, from small artisan roasters like Heart, Coava, and Kuma and history-making icons like Peet's and Starbucks, to rapidly expanding shops like Portland's Stumptown and San Francisco's Blue Bottle. Profiles describe each company's background, roasting history, and style, and explain how to visit and order beans for home brewing. This book is a coffee primer, with notes on lingo, varieties, roasting basics, and how to brew the perfect cup, and it makes an ideal guide for the coffee obsessed. Neuschwander, who began working as a barista and has judged barista competitions, created Left Coast Roast as a guide for the coffee obsessed. Visit her website, leftcoastroast.com. Hanna Neuschwander has written extensively about the quality-based coffee-roasting movement in the Pacific Northwest for publications including Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, Edible Portland, and Barista Magazine. She also writes about food and has produced several travel guides, including Secret Portland and Secret Vancouver. Hanna lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, where they possess an entire kitchen cabinet full of devices for making coffee. She pollutes her morning cup with one sugar and a spoonful of cream, but takes all afternoon espresso neat. About Edwin Martinez: Edwin grew up in Guatemala and is a third generation coffee grower and owner of the award winning Finca Vista Hermosa located in the Highlands of the Huehuetenango region. FVH coffee has placed in the Cup of Excellence and has been selected by the National Guatemalan Coffee Growers Association 4 years in a row to represent the region's terroir to the world. Out of more than 90,000 growers in Guatemala only a few dozen controled all exports for decades and in 2002 Edwin developed a process that paved the way for over 10,000 small producers to begin exporting and selling direct in the global marketplace. Edwin is a Licensed Q Grader and placed 7th in the World Cup Tasting Championship in Copenhagen 2008. He is also author of "Diaries of a Grower" series in Roast Magazine and is the lead representative to the press for the specialty coffee industry for the Burke Museums Coffee exhibit and traveling museum from Jan 2009-July 2012. He is also founder of ONYX COFFEE, a seed to cup consulting firm located in Bellingham.
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