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Chuckanut Radio Hour Featuring Sharma Shields, The Cassandra - Fiction!

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Tue, 02/19/2019 - 7:00pm
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WCC Heiner Theater
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
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*DATE CHANGE* Date changed to February 19!

From the author of Village Books staff fave, The Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac, comes a long-awaited new novel! Local crooner Tim Kraft, will perform Frank Sinatra tunes and will be accompanied on the piano by Cheryl Hodge!

The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.

Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman. Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Mildred is delighted, at first, to be part of something larger than herself after a lifetime spent as an outsider. But her new life takes a dark turn when she starts to have prophetic dreams about what will become of humankind if the project is successful. Inspired by the classic Greek myth, this 20th century reimagining of Cassandra's story is based on a real WWII compound that the author researched meticulously. A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, The Cassandra uses both legend and history to look deep into man's capacity for destruction, and the resolve and compassion it takes to challenge the powerful. 

Sharma Shields holds an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the author of the short story collection Favorite Monster, winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize, and the novel The Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon ReviewThe Iowa ReviewElectric Literature, and more. Shields has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State. She lives in Spokane with her husband and children.


The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy, not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Receive a free ticket with purchase of The Cassandra. The Radio Hour airs every Friday at 7am, Saturday evening at 7pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.  Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza.  

Books: 
The Cassandra: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250197412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 12th, 2019

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781627791991
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 27th, 2015

Favorite Monster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932870589
Availability: Special Order
Published: Autumn House Press - April 2012

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