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Chuckanut Radio Hour Featuring Adrianne Harun and the Bellingham Story Hour!

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Tue, 05/21/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Firehouse Arts & Events Center
1314 Harris Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Join us at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center for an evening of original Americana blending bluegrass, folk, & rock, poetry, comedy, and literature. Dive into isolated PNW mill town Humtown as the Cuban Missile Crisis eases in this novel from Port Townsend author Adrianne Harun! In On the Way to the End of the World, it's 1963, and an eclectic group of characters embark on President Kennedy’s ambitious walking challenge. Her award-winning books include Catch, Release; The King of Limbo; and A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain.

Adrianne will be interviewed by local author Ted O'Connell of the band Cape Flattery and author of K: A Novel.

Doors open and music begins at 6:30pm!

Musical Guest: Cape Flattery

cape: (1) a sleeveless cloak; (2) a headland or promontory; (3) a musical group or arrangement that gains structural integrity by use of guest musicians

Plus, special guest Kamarie Chapman of Bellingham Story Hour!

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don't delay. 


As the Cuban Missile Crisis eases, President Kennedy is casting around for a demonstration of American prowess when one of his Cabinet unearths an old mandate that US Marines be fit enough to walk fifty miles in twenty hours. Perfect! Kennedy decides to throw down the gauntlet to "today's Marines," but before he knows it, he's sparked a wild fad. The entire country has answered the call, it seems, and for a few crazed winter weeks, masses of Americans will embark on their own arduous Big Walks—the "JFK 50-Milers."

Yet in tiny Humtown—an isolated mill town in the Pacific Northwest—not everyone who shows up for a hastily organized Big Walk is motivated by patriotism. Not Helen Hubka, an inveterate gossip; not the suicidal Caroline, who months earlier lost her beloved husband during the Storm of the Century. Not ex-soldier/fisherman Jaspar Goode, nor the unknown man in their midst, a collared priest who seems to shift identities at will. Certainly not Avis, a battered teenager running from her terrifying brother . . . with a stolen town treasure. And when the walkers stumble upon the abandoned car of a missing young mother, they rekindle a mystery that soon reverberates among them, exposing hidden truths, talents, and alliances.

Splendidly imagined, with prose that sings on the page, On the Way to the End of the World is an adventure story riven with secrets, a national fairy tale twisted into a whodunit.

"On the Way to the End of the World is a marvel, a novel as breathtakingly suspenseful as it is beautifully written. Adrianne Harun manages to balance nostalgia, grief, and a growing sense of unease as she tracks her indelible characters on a historic fifty-mile walk that will end a certain kind of American innocence. This is one of the best books I've read in years." -- Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and The Cold Millions

Adrianne Harun is the author of two short story collections, The King of Limbo, a Washington State Book Award finalist, and Catch, Release, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award. Her first novel A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award, a finalist for both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award and the Washington State Book Award and winner of a Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction. A new novel, On the Way to the End of the World, was recently published.

Winner of the Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction, Ted O'Connell is a writer and musician whose creative products have been featured in literary magazines, taverns, and music halls throughout the country. A Bellingham local, he gigs with the Prozac Mountain Boys and Cape Flattery. His debut novel, K, made BuzzFeed News' list of "21 Great Books from Small Presses," and The New York Journal of Books described K as "a mix of Orwell and Borges, with a dash of wide-eyed Kerouac."

Bellingham Story Hour is an event hosted on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at The New Prospect Theatre in which a theme voted on by the audience/participants is offered for storytellers to put their name into a hat. The story order is drawn for the evening and brave members of the community share their personal, true stories with the audience present. It's a much more subdued event than something like The Moth; an effort to not only make performance accessible, but also to bring us together and connect through stories. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets you can visit

Kamarie Chapman is a playwright from the Pacific Northwest currently teaching the craft of play/screenwriting, dramaturgy, and film at Western Washington University where she has been for fourteen years. She multi-tasks being a professor and creator with parenthood. She writes plays (short and long), the occasional musical with a friend, and lots of subpar poetry. She co-chair of KCACTF Region VII for the New Play Program and am the artistic director for a small story telling collective that encourages access to performance and community connection through sharing personal experience. She has be honored as a recipient of The National Paula Vogel Playwriting Award recipient as well as the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award for her 2009 play Deception Pass An American Story. Locals in Whatcom County may have seen numerous ten-minute plays and a space musical titled Ded Reckoning on the local stages and currently she is excited to be the first director of The Storyteller; a stunning new work by playwright Sara Jean Accuardi (premiering on WWU's stages in the winter of 2025).

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 performed by the Chuckanut Radio Players Les Campbell, Tonja Meyers, Lisa Colburn, Dee Robinson, Sarah Hawley, and Robert Muzzy. 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, Tom Robbins, Maria Semple, Christopher McDougall, Erica Bauermeister, and Garrison Keillor, among many others. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available on Eventbrite.The Radio Hour airs Sundays at 7pm on Community Powered KMRE at 88.3FM and Co-sponsored by 12th Street Shoes.

*Online registration closes two hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at the door.

On the Way to the End of the World: A Novel By Adrianne Harun Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946724656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Acre Books - September 15th, 2023

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain By Adrianne Harun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670786107
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2014

Catch, Release (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction) By Adrianne Harun Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421426693
Availability: Not in-stock currently-usually arrives within 1-14 business days
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - November 1st, 2018

The King Of Limbo: Stories By Adrianne Harun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618257973
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 17th, 2002

K: A Novel By Ted O'Connell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733777735
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - May 1st, 2020