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Lunch with author Maria Semple
Sept. 5, 2018 luncheon
Maria Semple wows crowd
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Semple's latest novel, “Today Will Be Different” takes place over the course of a single day and tells a hilarious and life-affirming story about a woman who wakes up determined to be her best self … until life intervenes. Before devoting herself to fiction, Semple wrote for television, and was nominated for a prime-time Emmy. The film version of her breakthrough novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette will debut in 2019 starring Cate Blanchett. “Today Will Be Different” is in development at HBO, starring and executive-produced by Julia Roberts.
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Trudy Sundberg Lecture featuring Jill Tietjen
May 4 and 5, 2018, Langley and Oak Harbor
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The 2018 Trudy Sundberg Lecture featured Jill Tietjen, co-author with Charlotte Waisman of the award-winning book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women who Changed America. Tietjen, an electrical engineer for 40 years, now focuses professionally on worldwide women's advocacy. She blogs for the Huffington Post, speaks nationally of the accomplishments of women, nominates women for awards, and has written eight books.
An evening with Jacquelyn Mitchard
Nov. 18, 2017, Mukilteo Library
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Jacquelyn Mitchard is a New York Times bestselling author who has written 12 novels for adults. Her book The Deep End of the Ocean was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and was made into a major feature film. She is best known for her family-centered fiction.
The editor of a realistic Young Adult imprint, Merit Press, Mitchard also is the author of seven novels for young adults. Her work has won the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, as well as the UK's Walkabout Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She is a professor of creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and former contributing editor for More magazine. Mitchard grew up in Chicago, and now lives on Cape Cod with her family.
An Evening with Kristin Hannah
A sold-out crowd filled the Marysville Opera House for the Aug. 11, 2017 reception and presentation by Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of 20 novels, including the international blockbuster "The Nightingale."
Kristin is shown here in the center with some new friends. You'll find more smiling faces in our event photos.
Voices raise awareness at climate-action lectures
The voice of experience and the voice of youth came together to speak about climate change at the 2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series. And the voices were in agreement.
"Yes, people are impacting the climate," said 16-year-old Xiuhtezcatl (shoe-TEZ-caht) Martinez, youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe. "But this is not about saving the climate, this is about saving the people."
Martinez, from Boulder, Colo., spoke to packed houses on March 24 at Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center and March 25 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. He was joined by KC Golden, senior policy adviser at Climate Solutions in Seattle and Board Chair at 350.org, a global climate advocacy group.
A TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Xclusive
Supporters of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries turned out Nov. 4, 2016, to meet the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 speakers, hear from the speaker Class of 2015 and get a peek "behind the curtain" to find out how speakers develop their talks.
"We're thankful for the interest and support of this really fantastic event," said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, which hosted the evening program at the Future of Flight at Paine Field in Mukilteo.
The event was billed as "Ideas Worth Celebrating - A TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Xclusive!" and drew more than 100 attendees. Among the highlights was a drawing for an unrestricted ticket from Alaska Airlines, a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries partner. Event photo gallery
Meet the author: J.A. Jance
A great audience joined us at Mukilteo Library on Sept. 23, 2016, for an evening of mystery and intrigue with award-winning author of over 50 novels, J.A. Jance. The evening included delicious appetizers and wine, followed by a presentation by Jance, a lively Q & A session, and a trivia contest.
Hedrick Smith lecture
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, author of "Who Stole the American Dream?" spoke about the growing gap in income and wealth in the United States, and what citizens can do to turn the tide. This May 6, 2016 event at the Whidbey Center for the Arts in Langley, Wash., was the first of two public lectures Smith gave to inaugurate the Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series. Learn more about the event and the series here.
Meet the author: Brian Payton
Brian Payton, author ofthe Whidbey Reads selection "The Wind is Not a River," joined us for wine and appetizers, questions and answers on April 13, 2013 at the Whbidbey Island Nordic Lodge in Coupeville.
An evening with Nancy Leson
Writer, radio personality and cooking instructor Nancy Leson entertained supporters of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation on Oct. 24, 2015 at the new Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds. Nancy talked about her love of food, her knack for getting great deals at Friends of Library book sales, and her plans to write a novel inspired by her mother-in-law's life. She even pulled out her cell phone and called her KPLU "Food for Thought" co-host, Dick Stein.
Aug. 8, 2015. Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series, which is also a Netflix TV series, entertained and answered questions at Mukilteo Library.
On April 24, 2015, Seattle sports personality Bob Whitsitt gave a no-holds barred look at how professional sports really work. "Trader Bob" Whitsitt was named the most influential figure in Northwest professional sports by Washington CEO Magazine, and spent 17 seasons as an NBA president and general manager, building teams in Seattle and Portland that made the playoffs sixteen times. As president of the Seattle Seahawks from 1997 through early 2005, he negotiated the acquisition of the team for Paul Allen, and led a referendum that secured $300 million in public funding for what is now known as CenturyLink Field.
All proceeds benefit the Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series, which will honor one of Whidbey Island's and Washington State's luminaries.
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The Foundation was delighted to host an April 15 reception in Oak Harbor for Daniel James Brown, author of "The Boys on the Boat," as part of Whidbey Reads 2015.
A Halloween celebration of the creepier side of literature. Guests enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert. And they risked the questionable cocktails made of who knows what. They got their scary on with selected readings from Last Leaf Productions, featuring all things frightening, including short stories, poems, and essays from the Sno-Isle collection of terrifying tales.
And some dared and dressed up in their ultimate Halloween garb to stake their place in the first-ever Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Halloween Costume Contest! Everyone was welcomed! And for those that didn't want to dress up? No problem. Everyone could vote for the best costume and take part in all the ghoulish activities.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation hosted another fantastic Western themed event at Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens in August. The event was a huge success, thanks to our many donors and sponsors who support the Foundation!
More than 60 Whidbey Island Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation supporters came together on March 2 to hear Anna Keesey read from her new book and the current Whidbey Reads selection, "Little Century".
The event was held at the beautiful Coupeville Library on Whidbey Island. Guests enjoyed a light buffet with northwest wines provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board. After hearing Ms. Keesey read there was an opportunity for guests to ask questions and a lively discussion ensued! Ms. Keesey then graciously autographed complimentary copies of her novel.
While the event was a sneak peek, many of the attendees had already had the chance to read Little Century, and appreciated Ms. Keesey providing background on Little Century's characters and plot.
On May 10th the Mukilteo Library became a showcase for Sno-Isle's digital collection, extensive catalog of baseball books, amazing auction items, and of course tons of great ballpark food.
Art Thiel entertained the audience with stories of Seattle's illustrious and fascinating baseball history, along with many insights into baseball's future in the region.
Guests enjoyed bidding on a selection of baseball memorabilia, and stepped into "Safeco Field" via a green screen photo booth. All the while enjoying classic ballpark fare of gourmet hot dogs donated by Del Fox Custom Meats of Stanwood, Cracker Jacks and "bunt cake"!
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