Writers Read at the Ballard Library

Last night I was lucky enough to participate in the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series at the Ballard Library. A small but attentive audience came inside on a gorgeous Seattle evening and were treated to a smorgasbord of readers/speakers.

First up was Donna Miscolta, author of WHEN THE DE LA CRUZ FAMILY DANCED, who gave a Writer’s Craft lecture on plotting.

After a brief open-mic reading, I read two scenes from FLYAWAY and talked about the inspirations behind the novel.

A few more open-mic readings followed, and then Steve Hersch (not pictured) read a moving selection from his novel-in-progress about his late wife’s struggle with both Alzheimer’s and cancer. Last up was Mitsu Sundvall, who brought me to tears with her essay about the regret she and her sisters feel for not taking their mother to the March on Washington.

All in all, it was a great evening, and I encourage any writer who has an opportunity to take part in the series to go for it!

I’m on a bit of a library blitz these days. See you Monday at 7 p.m. at the downtown library in Everett!

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2 Responses to “Writers Read at the Ballard Library”

  1. Jan Maher says:

    I’m helping to put together an event you may be interested in, and in conjunction with that event, have a favor to ask.
    Members of a writing group that Mitsu Sundvall was a member of for some years are putting together a gathering this Sunday, Aug. 7, 3-5 pm in memory of Mitsu and her writing. I’m compiling a Powerpoint of images, captions, and music as part of this, and came across your photo of Mitsu reading at the Ballard Library. May I use the photo in the Powerpoint? And may I quote your words about how moved you were by her story as the caption?
    If you’re interested in attending, here are the details:
    A celebration of the writing of
    Mitsu Akiyama Sundvall (1937-2015)
    August 7, 2016 3:00 – 5:00 pm
    Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple
    1427 S Main St, Seattle, WA
    Parking available in rear

    • Helen says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that Mitsu has passed away. Yes, you may certainly use my photo and my words about her.I’m sorry that I’ll be unable to attend your celebration, but I hope it goes well.

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