Author offers talk, widows/widowers workshop
Author Alice Derry will present her contribution to the book “Widow’s Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, The First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between,” at 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Peninsula College’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.
As sources for her essay, Derry drew on the journal she kept at the time of her husband’s death and on C.S. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed.” This slim volume gave her unexpected comfort during the first years of her grief as she found that Lewis’ path matched her own. Derry will discuss and read excerpts from her own essay and from others in the book.
In a 90-minute workshop after the lecture, Derry welcomes widows and widowers, as well as those grieving the loss of an important person in their lives. Using ideas provided by Derry, participants will write prose or poetry to express or accompany their grief. Participants will also have a chance to share their work with the group. The event is free and open to the public, and limited to the first 15 people who sign up. To participate, contact Dr. Kate Reavey at email@example.com or 360-417-6268.
Quartet comes to Elks Lodge
The Jonathan Doyle Quartet plays a jazz and swing-inspired concert and dance at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 413 Port Williams Road, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Cost is $10, $8 for Elks members.
Doyle is from Port Townsend and travels across the country playing for top bands, touring with the Willie Nelson (and playing clarinet on the Grammy-nominated “Willie and the Wheel” album). In Sequim he’ll be joined by Jen Hodge on bass and Josh Roberts on guitar, both from Vancouver, B.C., and Seattle’s Mike Daugherty on drums.
Book group to consider ‘Good Pilot’
The Second Saturday Book Discussion Group meets to talk about “The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse” by Alexander McCall Smith at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
The book follows Val Eliot, a land girl working on an English farm during World War II, who finds herself in charge of protecting a rescued border collie named Peter Woodhouse from the owner who mistreated him.
To participate, simply read the book and attend the discussion; no reservations are needed and drop-ins are welcome.
Copies of the title are available in various formats including regular print, large print, audiobook on CD and downloadable eBook; request them online at www.nols.org. A limited number of copies of each book discussion selection are available at the library the month prior to each meeting.
Author is guest speaker at next mushroom meeting
Steve Trudell, co-author of “Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest,” speaks at the next Olympic Peninsula Mycological Society meeting set for 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.
This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.
His topic will be “The Symbiotic Relationship Between Trees and Mushrooms.”
Trudell is an affiliate professor at the College of Forest Resources and lecturer in the biology department of University of Washington. He has been studying and photographing mushrooms for more than 40 years.
Club members will have mushroom ID-ers on hand; attendees are encouraged to bring specimens to be identified.
Authors set open mic
Local authors are invited to read from their writings at a free event set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at One of a Kind Gallery, located in the lower level of the Landings Mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.
Hosted by Olympic Peninsula Authors, the occasion will feature performances of five-minute readings of poetry, stories, essays, excerpts from longer works and more.
Participants are asked rehearse in advance, as performances will be timed. Arrive by 2 p.m. to sign in; readings begin at 2:15 p.m. Participants are asked to refrain from speaking on politics or from proselytizing.
St. Luke’s bazaar back
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, who 63 years ago held the first bazaar on the Olympic Peninsula. brings back the traditional event set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The bazaar features handmade crafts and items, plus a hot lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, cheesecake and a beverage for $10.
The church is at 525 N. Fifth Ave.
For more information, call 360-683-4862.
Country hits at grange
The Buck Ellard Band plays country favorites and more from 5:30-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. Cost is $10 and includes dinner.
Join the Big Library Read
Alongside thousands of readers worldwide, North Olympic Library System patrons can take part in Big Library Read, the largest global digital book club. Through Nov. 18, book lovers can borrow, read and discuss Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones’ “I’m Not Dying with You Tonight” eBook from the Washington Anytime Library (or Libby app) with no waitlists or holds.
Readers can also join an online discussion about the book through the Big Library Read website.
More than 19,000 libraries around the world are participating.
To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read eBooks and download Libby, visit www.biglibraryread.com. Join the discussion on social media by using #BigLibraryRead.