Orca Books is proud to welcome poet Don Freas to the store on this October evening. Don will be reading from his new collection, "Swallowing the World: New and Selected Poems."
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Orca Books is delighted to welcome geologist Dave Tucker to the store on this July evening. Tucker will be talking about his new book "Geology Underfoot in Western Washington," a popular field guide to 22 geologic sites, including the Mima Mounds, Rainbow Falls State Park, and others near Olympia.
Orca Books is delighted to welcome author, botanist and Evergreen professor Frederica Bowcutt to the store on this September afternoon. Frederica will be discussing her new book The Tanoak Tree: An Environmental History of a Pacific Coast Hardwood.
Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) is a resilient and common hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon. People’s radically different perceptions of it have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and abuse for nearly twenty years, botanist Frederica Bowcutt uncovers a complex history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree’s fate.
Still valued by indigenous communities for its nutritious acorn nut, the tree has also been a source of raw resources for a variety of industries since white settlement of western North America. Despite ongoing protests, tanoaks are now commonly killed with herbicides in industrial forests in favor of more commercially valuable coast redwood and Douglas-fir. As one nontoxic alternative, many foresters and communities promote locally controlled, third-party certified sustainable hardwood production using tanoak, which doesn’t depend on clearcutting and herbicide use.
Today tanoaks are experiencing massive die-offs due to sudden oak death, an introduced disease. Bowcutt examines the complex set of factors that set the stage for the tree’s current ecological crisis. The end of the book focuses on hopeful changes including reintroduction of low-intensity burning to reduce conifer competition for tanoaks, emerging disease resistance in some trees, and new partnerships among tanoak defenders, including botanists, foresters, Native Americans, and plant pathologists.
Frederica Bowcutt teaches botany in interdisciplinary programs at The Evergreen State College. She specializes in floristics and plant-centric environmental history.
To purchase a copy of The Tanoak Tree ($35), please call our store at (360) 352-0123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orca Books is delighted to welcome author Franklin Veaux back to the store on this Autumn evening. Franklin is the co-author (with Eve Rickert) of the book More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory. Franklin will be talking about his new book, Game Changer: A Memoir of Disruptive Love.
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Orca Books is pleased to welcome Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh to the store on this May evening. Dr. Kanaaneh will read from his book, “Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee.”
Orca is delighted to welcome poet Collier Nogues back to the store on this August afternoon. Collier's new book is "The Ground I Stand on Is Not My Ground," winner of the Drunken Boat Poetry Contest for 2014. Joining Collier this time is fellow poet Lisa Ciccarello, whose excellent debut collection, "At Night", was just released in April 2015.
Orca Books is delighted to welcome journalist David Neiwert to the store on this June afternoon. David will be talking about his new book, "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us."
Orca is delighted to welcome novelist Michael B. Koep to the store on this April afternoon. Michael is here to talk about his new book, "Leaves of Fire," Part 2 of the Newirth Mythology.
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Orca is delighted to welcome author and mental health counselor Ann R. Howie to the store on this May afternoon. Ann will be talking about her new book, Teaming with Your Therapy Dog ( New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond ).
Today’s therapy-dog handlers recognize the need to be teammates with their dogs. Teaming with one’s dog involves unobtrusively providing physical and emotional support as well as respectful guidance in what to do. Being a teammate requires attention to our own behavior, not just our dog’s. This book reminds all handlers that being conscious of what we do with our dogs helps them do their best work, and also can increase the effectiveness of our visits.
"Teaming with Your Therapy Dog" teaches the STEPs of Teamwork and how those STEPs fit with the Therapy Dog’s Bill of Rights. These general principles free handlers to apply them in their own way to their therapy dog’s individual personality and work, and to everyday life at home!
Ann R. Howie began integrating animals into her counseling practice in 1987. Combining her master's degree with a national certificate in canine learning and training, Howie is uniquely qualified to work with both people and animals, specializing in animal-assisted therapy and therapy dog training.