Poetry Reading by David Rowe

David Rowe's work has appeared in such publications as Exquisite Corpse, The North American Review, the Cortland Review, and Big Bridge and he has been featured on The Moe Green Poetry Show and Susan Larson’s The Reading Life. Along with publisher Peter Anderson, David will be stopping at Orca on his tour from San Diego to Seattle, bringing life to the words called, “beautiful and chaotic and sexy and sonorous.”

Watch the video from the Verna Press Kickstarter campaign for more info about David and the Unsolicited Poetry Tour.


Double Zine Release!! Basic Paper Airplane #5 and Ilse Content #10

Come celebrate the release of new zines from Joshua James and Alexis Wolf, who will be doing readings from their respective projects.

Joshua James Amberson is an author, musician, and performance artist based out of Olympia, Wa. His zine, Basic Paper Airplane, is a mix of essays and vignettes dealing with family, ghosts, and the future of paper media. The newest issue, #5, deals with the current state of the United States as seen from car windows and historical oddities of Americana. He is author of the poetry chapbook, Notes From a Brickfactory and The Prince Zine, a biographical study of the artist currently known as Prince. Former co-owner of the non-profit publishing company, SSO Press, he currently co-runs the online store of independent media, Ms. Valerie Park Distro. He has worked at Orca Books for the last 7 years and spends a part of every year touring with the bands Letters and Eleanor Murray & Co.

Alexis Wolf has been adding her voice to the vibrant creative community of the Pacific Northwest since 2004. She has done readings spanning the West Coast, appearing in libr
aries, bookstores, secret cafes and community showcases. Alexis has curated 2 multimedia compilation projects, distributing the writing of others through her involvement with SSO Press, as well as with the collective endeavor Use Your Words Press, both based out of Olympia, WA. In 2007 Alexis toured the United Kingdom, teaching independent press workshops with Neely Chestnut of the zine 'Mend My Dress'. Alexis' project 'Hyena in Petticoats: A Mary Wollstonecraft Zine' is a historical exploration of the life of the famous 18th century proto-feminist and blends literary history with modern travel writing. Her ongoing project, 'Ilse Content', is in it's 10th issue, which focuses on themes of Home, and can be found in libraries across both the United States and England.

Meet author GREGG SAPP Noon-2pm

Come meet Olympia author Gregg Sapp as he signs copies of his debut novel Dollarapalooza, a book the Library Journal has called "too good to miss!"

"The dysfunctional Carp family seems to be at its best during times of trouble, and if trouble doesn't find them, they make their own. When milkman Milt Carp retires from his daily route and fulfills his lifelong dream of opening a dollar store, he infuriates his wife, who has wanted for years to retire to Florida. Most of the family supports her, except for Vonn, their ne'er-do-well son, who joins Milt in his venture. But beset with family discontent, declining revenues, and the looming threat of a new Wow-Mart SuperbCenter being built across the street, Milt scraps his dream, leaving Vonn to run the store.  Despite a lifelong loser mentality, Vonn rises to the occasion, adopts a down-home business model designed to make a difference in people's lives "one dollar at a time," fights Wow-Mart with innovative programming and pricing, and gradually wins the family (except for Mamma) to his way of thinking.

"VERDICT This debut by librarian and longtime "LJ" reviewer Sapp is a fun-filled fantasy in which the little guy wins through chutzpah, luck, and great good humor. Mix in large helpings of homey philosophy, common sense, and truth, lavishly documented with footnotes, and you have an outside-the-box tale too good to miss."  -- Library Journal

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ISBN: 9780875806464
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Published: Northern Illinois University Press - May 24th, 2011

Meet author KEITH DAHLBERG noon-2pm

KEITH DAHLBERG is a doctor who for fifty years has practiced family medicine in the United States and among the hill tribes of Southeast Asia. He is the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction, among them Access to Medical Care: Common Sense for Doctors, Patients and the Public; Bridge Ahead: A Medical Memoir; and The Samana Incident: A Crime Novel of Papua New Guinea.


He lives with his wife in Kellogg, Idaho.

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Wendy Call / Midge Raymond "Global Perspectives, Local Stories" tour

Global Perspectives, Local Stories:

Authors, teachers and travelers Wendy Call and Midge Raymond will read from and discuss their books, in which native landscapes are defended or abandoned, and border-crossings both literal and figurative change lives.


Wendy Call has written an insightful, empathetic, knowing book in No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (University of Nebraska Press). "A terrific read. wendy imgWendy Call has reported passionately and written sensitively about the people of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—one of Mexico's great cultural repositories—at a crossroads in their history. That there are no easy answers to the dilemmas of modernity and cultural authenticity is the painful conclusion she draws us to, in one engaging episode after another." – Alma Guillermprieto. "Fascinating. Beautifully written. Deeply researched. With sensitivity and respect, Wendy Call has written about the modernization of centuries-old community. It's a story happening everywhere, including our own backyard. This is a book written with humility, bravery, and wisdom, and honors those who trusted the writer with their incredible stories." – Sandra Cisneros.  Midge img


Midge Raymond's Forgetting English explores the indelible imprint of home upon the self and the ways in which new frontiers both defy and confirm who we are. Including new stories, Forgetting English takes us around the world, from the stark, icy moonscape of Antarctica to the lonely islands of the South Pacific, introducing us to characters who have abandoned their native landscapes only to find that, once separated from the ordinary, they must confront new interpretations of who they are, and who they are meant to be.

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Published: Press 53 - March 22nd, 2011

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Published: University of Nebraska Press - June 1st, 2011

Karl Friedrich "Wings: A Novel of WWII Flygirls"

Based on the true World War II stories of America’s first female military pilots, this historic novel follows the story of a young woman from a dirt-poor farm family. Sally Ketchum has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer named Tex teaches her to fly and to dare to love. But when Tex dies in a freak accident, Sally must make her own way in the world. She enrolls in the U.S. military’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program at a special school known as Avenger, where she learns to fly the biggest, fastest, meanest planes. She also reluctantly becomes involved with Beau Bayard, a flight instructor and aspiring writer who seems to offer her everything she could want. Despite her obvious mastery of flying, many members of the military are unable to accept that a “skirt” has any place in a cockpit. Soon Sally finds herself struggling against a high-powered Washington lawyer that wants to close down Avenger once and for all.
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Published: McBooks Press - April 1st, 2011

Paul Lindholdt: "In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau"

Whether the subject is the plants that grow there, the animals that live there, the rivers that run there, or the people he has known there, Paul Lindholdt’s "In Earshot of Water" illuminates the Pacific Northwest in vivid detail. Lindholdt writes with the precision of a naturalist, the critical eye of an ecologist, the affection of an apologist, and the self-revelation and self-awareness of a personal essayist in the manner of Annie Dillard, Loren Eiseley, Derrick Jensen, John McPhee, Robert Michael Pyle, and Kathleen Dean Moore.


Exploring both the literal and literary sense of place, with particular emphasis on environmental issues and politics in the far Northwest, Lindholdt weds passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark, the log of Captain James Cook, the novelized memoir of Theodore Winthrop, and Bureau of Reclamation records growing from the paintings that the agency commissioned to publicize its dams in the 1960s and 1970s, to tell ecological and personal histories of the region he knows and loves. In Lindholdt’s beautiful prose, America’s environmental legacies—those inherited from his blood relatives as well as those from the influences of mass culture—and illuminations of the hazards of neglecting nature’s warning signs blur and merge and reemerge in new forms.


     Themes of fathers and sons layer the book, as well—the narrator as father and as son—interwoven with a call to responsible social activism with appeals to reason and emotion. Like water itself, "In Earshot of Water" cascades across boundaries and blends genres, at once learned and literary. “To read 'In Earshot of Water' is to enter the mind of a first-rate naturalist, a devoted father, and a keen observer of all the confounding ways people find to live in place. To read this book is to learn again how to listen, how to forgive, and ultimately, how to love life that is sometimes as cruel as it is beautiful.” —Kathleen Dean Moore, author, Wild Comfort

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Published: University of Iowa Press - February 16th, 2011

Wednesday, February 29th @7:00PM: Politics of the Possible

JoinPolitics of the Possible cover us in welcoming Mary Ellen McCaffree and Anne McNamee Corbett to the store on this February evening for a discussion of politics past and present.

Using the lens of a citizen who entered politics to secure better funding for her children's schools, Mary Ellen McCaffree journeys through one dynamic decade that transformed Washington state. We witness the inner workings of a government overhaul, led by citizens and politicians who enter at the bottom of the legislative heap and rise to become leaders of a sweeping program of bi-partisan reforms, culminating in the most productive legislative session in their state's history... and perhaps of all time. This 1960's government success story impels newer generations to take a more active citizen role - first by understanding how our government is designed, then by entering the process to problem-solve ever new challenges. The engaging narrative about real people, and the actual relationships required to legislate complex change, demystifies the gears of governing and empowers 'ordinary citizens' to speak up and take part in our governmental process.

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Published: McCaffree Publishing - August 1st, 2011

Saturday, July 21st, 1:00PM - 4:00PM -- Meet Neil Lynn Wise, author of "The Lost Warrior"

Orca is delighted to welcome fantasy novelist Neil Lynn Wise back to the store for a signing and meet and greet this July afternoon.

Neil Lynn Wise makes his daily bread as an attorney in Olympia; by night, and perhaps for one Saturday afternoon, he is known as the author of fantasy fiction, in this case the Return of the Lucca trilogy. This here is epic stuff.

A veteran warrior, Morgan Caeda faces the deadliest challenge of his career. The Mhoul, an unholy mingling of human and alien, seek to unleash an ancient terror upon  upon the world of Kalnaroag. After surviving a massacre that slaughtered his entire Legion, Morgan leaves his mountain sanctuary to search for the truth about the Mhoul plot.

During his journey he is reunited with old comrades in arms, Maximilian, reputed to serve death herself, and Taurus, captain of the warship Windrider. He also meets the beautiful Princess Celestine, whom he could love, if he just had the time.

Hunted by Mhoul agents, Morgam and his companions encounter the Ha'ashtari, fierce nomads of the high plains, and the reclusive Centaurs.  Caught up in a titanic conflict that will determine the fate of their world, they discover that faith, honor and courage are still the best weapons of all.