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Chuckanut Radio Hour Featuring Nikki McClure, Something About the Sky

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Wed, 04/24/2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
The Hotel Leo Crystal Ballroom
1224 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Join us for an evening of music, comedy, poetry, literature, and beautiful cut-paper art in the Hotel Leo's Crystal Ballroom as we welcome back Nikki McClure with her newest book Something About the Sky!

Village Books and the North Cascades Institute have teamed up once again, to bring you another great event in the Nature of Writing Series!

Doors open and music begins at 6:30pm!

Interviewer: Jessica Gigot

Musical Guest: Andy Bunn

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


Cut-paper wizard Nikki McClure is a brilliant steward for the words of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson in this wondrous ode to clouds. The author of Silent Spring forever changed the way we think about science and progress, and Rachel Carson's shimmering essay—previously unpublished in its entirety—has been adapted to picture book format. This art-meets-science tribute to curiosity and wonder is a gift for daydreamers and nature lovers of all ages.

Nikki McClure is a self-taught cut-paper artist renowned for her calendars and her highly acclaimed picture books for children, including Old Wood Boat. Outspoken about living well and responsibly with the earth, she makes her home in Olympia, Washington.

Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, and coach. She lives on a little sheep farm in the Skagit Valley. Her second book of poems, Feeding Hour, won a Nautilus Award and was a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award. Her memoir, A Little Bit of Land, was published in 2022.

Rachel Carson (1907–1964) spent most of her professional life as a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. By the late 1950s, she had written three lyrical, popular books about the sea, including the best-selling The Sea Around Us, and had become the most respected science writer in America. She completed Silent Spring against formidable personal odds, and with it shaped a powerful social movement that has altered the course of history.

Andy Bunn is a songwriter living in Bellingham WA who writes character-focused songs. Some stick mostly to the facts and some are tall tales. They feel real to him and that’s enough. Andy co-hosts the Neighborhood Songwriter Showcase and plays in the High Mountain String Band. Find his stuff on Bandcamp here!

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.

Something About the Sky By Rachel Carson, Nikki McClure (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachel Carson, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
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Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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Old Wood Boat By Nikki McClure, Nikki McClure (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781536216585
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - May 10th, 2022

Apple: A Board Book By Nikki McClure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419736315
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Waiting for High Tide By Nikki McClure Cover Image
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By Cynthia Rylant, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810983212
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2009