Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! Tomorrow is Indie Saturday all over. I’ll be signing books at the Edmonds Bookshop from 3 to 4 (Saturday, Nov 25). Hope you can make it by to say hello! Lots else to do as well. The Holiday market will be going from 10 to 2 in front of the museum. There’s a tree lighting later, and it’s a great time to browse and support small businesses. Check your local book store for events!
In my book, an important fictional character (Quill) is niece to the real chief Chetzemoka. Quill is named after Kwilced, S’Klallam story-teller and elder Elaine Grinnell. Elaine’s grandfather David Prince was Chetzemoka’s grandson, so her stories come from Chetzemoka via her grandfather. I enjoyed hearing her a year ago at the Jamestown Cultural Center in Blynn. Here’s Elaine greeting everyone in the S’Klallam language (about a minute), followed by one of the stories she tells with skill, humor and warmth (about 10 minutes).
Mouse and her Children (about 10 minutes):
I’ve been waiting for a quiet moment to share some news and upcoming events. Also, I’ve added a tab (above) with some great reviews and reader feedback.
“Meet the Author” at Langley Library: November 19, 10 a.m.
I’m excited to be speaking at the Langley Library on Whidbey Island next week on Saturday November 19th at 10 a.m. (Freeland in January). The book contains a lot about settler Isaac Ebey, so I hope locals will enjoy this event. Langley’s a great town for art, coffee, strolling (via a quick Mukilteo ferry ride). You’ll find the library on the main street. They will be selling my books in the back and have been welcoming and helpful. I’m so grateful for librarians!
Thanks to Susan Zwinger for suggesting I contact them. (Susan, you’re a peach.)
“Indie’s First” at Edmonds Bookshop: November 26, 3 to 4 p.m.
I’m honored that the Edmonds bookshop has chosen me as an author for Indie’s First Day. I’ll be signing books from 3 to 4, and sharing some of my favorite reads.
For more about the event and Indie’s First, see My Edmonds News:
Show your library some love, gift a book
At one of my events, a person bought a book to donate to the local library, which seems like a wonderful idea. Why not show love to your class, school or local library by gifting a book? You can buy in person at the above events, or here online. I’d be happy to send a signed copy to you or mail straight to the location. If the library is nearby, I might be able to hand deliver.
Cradle in the Waves has been approved by local teachers for historical fiction (particularly middle grades), and officially by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Every time I get daunted, I seem to receive just what’s needed. So many of you have shown up, sent notes, or let me know how much you loved the book and its characters. I’m so grateful!
Let us join, this Thanksgiving, in calling out the good, standing with the fragile, offering help to others in whatever small way we can. I am so thankful when I think of how much you have all offered yourselves to help me.
It keeps me going, even if you may think your offering is small. Happy Thanksgiving!