Saturday, October 22nd, 7:00PM: David Price, Weaponizing Anthropology

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Orca is happy to welcome back to the store David Price, Professor of Anthropology at St. Martin's University and author of the new book Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State. Building on his previous books and research, Weaponizing Anthropology outlines the ethical implications of appropriating this traditional academic discourse for use by embedded, militarized research teams.

"David Price once again proves that he is one of America’s most important engaged scholars and insightful public intellectuals. Weaponizing Anthropology is a brilliant analyses of not only how the social sciences are increasingly becoming an integral part of the warfare state but also how knowledge and culture are subject to new modes of militarization, organized in multiple new ways for the production of state violence. This may be one of the most important books written in the last few decades on the merging of the military and intelligence agencies with the academy. Beautifully written and rigorously argued, Weaponizing Anthropology is a must read for students, educators, and anyone else concerned about the fate of the academy, the corruption of anthropology, the militarization of politics, and the future of democracy.”–Henry Giroux, author of University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex

Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State (Counterpunch) By David H. Price Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849350631
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Published: AK Press - August 16th, 2011

Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the Fbi's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists By David H. Price Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822333388
Published: Duke University Press - April 1st, 2004

Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War By David H. Price Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822342373
Published: Duke University Press - June 1st, 2008

Friday, September 30th, 6:00PM: Therese Ambrosi Smith Reads from Her Novel, Wax

Wax CoverOrca Books is excited to welcome Therese Ambrosi Smith as she reads from her debut novel Wax, a story about young women coming of age during the tumult of WWII.

Pearl Harbor is attacked, and three young women take jobs in industry. Before the war ends, one will lose a nephew to combat, one will receive a mysterious inheritance, and one will refuse a marriage proposal, after admitting that she’s never been attracted to men. They’ll forge lifelong bonds, and discover a shared past. When the war ends, they’ll reject aprons and heels. Wax is a story of strong female friendship, sexual discovery, and long-held secrets, set in the 1940’s, as the seeds of the civil rights and feminists movements are sown -- along with victory gardens. It’s fiction inspired by the real lives of “Rosies” who came of age during WWII. The women in Wax struggle to break their mothers’ molds; they ultimately find happiness through self awareness and acceptance.

Tuesday, September 27th, 6:00PM: S R "Rudy" Martin Reads from His Book "Seaside Stories"

Join us as Rudy Martin, one of the founding faculty members of The Evergreen State College, reads from his new collection of short fiction Seaside Stories.  Martin's previous works include the family memoir On the Move: A Black Family's Western Saga and the novel Natural-Born Proud: A Revery, and Orca is proud to have him back to celebrate his newest publication.

Tom Grissom, in a review of Seaside Stories, said the following about this powerful new work:

These are truly stories from the heart about “the human heart in conflict with itself.” Creating a set of vivid and memorable characters, centered on Carter Hankerson and his family in northern California, S.R. Martin, Jr. presents a compact cycle of indelible vignettes about growing up black in middle-class America in the mid-twentieth century. Taken all together, they paint a portrait of a larger community and of the irrepressible human spirit at work as it struggles to realize and express itself.

Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 7:00PM: Jason Skipper and Melinda Moustakis

Jason SkipperMelinda MoustakisOrca Books is proud to host two gifted young storytellers for a couple of hours this September evening. 


Jason Skipper, a novelist and short story writer, will read from his debut novel Hustle. Set in Texas, Hustle is about an alcoholic ex-con man grandfather, his restless, philandering seafood salesman son, and his hopeful musician grandson who struggle to make up for their past and somehow set course for the future. In the past, the grandfather hasHustle, by Jason Skipper hustled for money; now he’s hustling for redemption. The son has hustled for women; now he’s hustling for love of a different sort. His son, Chris, is hustling to be a famous musician with enough money to solve his family’s unsolvable problems. Chris’s coming-of-age story explores the ways people struggle to fulfill their wants and desires—and what they are willing to sacrifice to feel free.


Jason will be joined by Melinda Moustakis, a short story writer and winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Prize. In her debut collection, Moustakis brings to life a rough-and-tumble family of Alaskan homesteaders through a series of linked stories. Born in Bear Down, Bear North, by Melinda MoustakisAlaska herself to a family with a homesteading legacy, Moustakis examines the near-mythological accounts of the Alaskan wilderness that are her inheritance and probes the question of what it means to live up to larger-than-life expectations for toughness and survival. The characters in Bear Down, Bear North are salt-tongued fishermen, fisherwomen, and hunters, scrappy storytellers who put themselves in the path of destruction—sometimes a harsh snowstorm, sometimes each other—and live to tell the tale. While backtrolling for kings on the Kenai River or filleting the catch of the Halibut Hellion with marvelous speed, these characters recount the gamble they took that didn’t pay off, or they expound on how not only does Uncle Too-Soon need a girlfriend, the whole state of Alaska needs a girlfriend. A story like “The Mannequin at Soldotna” takes snapshots: a doctor tends to an injured fisherman, a man covets another man’s green fishing lure, a girl is found in the river with a bullet in her head. Another story offers an easy moment with a difficult mother, when she reaches out to touch a breaching whale.

Hustle By Jason Skipper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935708346
Published: Press 53 - May 25th, 2011

Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories By Melinda Moustakis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820338934
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2011

Saturday, September 3rd, 6:00pm: An Evening of Poetry with Collier Nogues

Orca is proud to host poet Collier Nogues as she reads from her debut collection, On the Other Side, Blue

Publisher's Weekly writes: Nogues's debut quietly but squarely takes on death, family, place, landscape, history, love, marriage, though grief ties them all together, providing not only identity but also genealogy and community throughout the book.

Nogues has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Ucross Foundation Resident, and was recently the Fishtrap Writer-in-Residence for two years in Enterprise, Oregon. Her poems were a special feature of the Spring 2010 issue of Pleiades, and other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Blackbird, and The Pinch, among other journals. She's a graduate of UC Irvine's MFA Program in Poetry, and lives in Long Beach.

Here's what reviewers are saying about Nogues's first book:

Stephen Burt's review in the San Francisco Chronicle, July 2011:

"...Nogues covers familiar landmarks of modern mourning: the hospital, the funeral, the awkward, belated scattering of ashes. But her poems, sentence by sentence, are much stranger, hence truer, than summary implies: She shows us quirks, ironies, bits that we cannot expect."

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review, February 2011:

"...Nogues's observation of loss gives way to connection with landscape and the natural world; in her best moments, Nogues counterbalances elegy with trust in plainspoken description, yielding nothing short of wisdom.... In careful lines and with a particular, wry Western twang, Nogues works her way out of mourning and back into a world of living things."

Craig Morgan Teicher writes in the spring 2010 issue of Pleiades:

"Collier Nogues is a rare poet in the contemporary landscape....
A poet is, among other things, a protector of thoughts, a kind 
of police officer of the inner world. Nogues...makes it a little 
safer to think, a little less frightening and lonely."


On the Other Side, Blue (Stahlecker Selections) By Collier Nogues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935536079
Published: Four Way Books - March 8th, 2011

Sunday, Oct. 2nd: Poetry Reading by Bill Yake, Followed By EastBay Walking Tour with OlyWalks Tours

Join us at 3:00pm Sunday for an afternoon of poetry with Olympia poet Bill Yake.  

Bill has authored 2 books of poetry.  He received Alligator Juniper’s national poetry prize in 2003, Fine Madness’ inaugural James Snydal prize in 2004, and has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes. His poems appear internationally in anthologies, environmental publications and literary magazines.

At 4:00pm, Immediately following the reading, local guide Dixie Havlak will lead a walking tour of Olympia's EastBay waterfront.  The tour will feature the new WET Science Center, Public Plaza, the new Hands On Children's Museum, Eastbay path and Boatworks, with historical, wildlife, and cultural highlights.  The tour is 1.25 hours and about 1/2 mile -- dress for weather, but no umbrellas please.

The poetry reading is free to the public -- the walking tour is $10 per person, and is limited to 15 people.

You can call OlyWalks at 943-0956 if you'd like to pre-register for the walking tour.

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

Dollarapalooza or The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus By Gregg Sapp Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875806464
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Published: Switchgrass Books - 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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