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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"It's Devil's Night in Olympia, WA- and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare.
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.
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Science Café meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Orca Books.
The topic for the May Science Café will be "Why are the sea stars dying?"
Join Dr. Lahner, the veterinarian at the Seattle Aquarium, for an in-depth discussion on Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD). SSWD has killed millions of sea stars along the west coast of North America since the summer of 2013 and continues to be one of the largest marine die-offs ever recorded. The disease and what is known will be discussed as well as the Seattle Aquarium's contribution to understanding this unusual mortality event.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Lesanna Lahner grew up on a farm in Minnesota surrounded by horses, and started working with a local veterinarian and volunteering on wildlife rehabilitation projects before she could even drive. She has two dogs and a horse of her own, but from an early age her professional interests always tended towards more exotic patients. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College and a DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She has pursued externships in such places as the Honolulu wildlife health center and the Tufts wildlife center where she had the opportunity to participate in clinical research as well as conservation medicine with a focus on stress and pain reduction in exotic species including birds, reptiles, and fish. She has been the veterinarian at the Seattle Aquarium since 2011.
When: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Where: Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, Phone 360.352.0123)
Speaker: Dr Larry Wood on "The Last of the Genus Homo"
The Fireside Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 7pm at Orca Books. New members are always welcome. Orca offers a 10% discount on new copies of book group titles.
At the May 7th meeting, they will discuss Tom Franklin's novel "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter".
Orca Books is delighted to welcome Olympia author Mary Gentry back to the store on this May afternoon. Mary was here in October promoting her first book "Quite Contrary." Her new book, "Too Far from the Tree," is a collection of humorous personal essays on the theme of family.
Orca Books is thrilled to welcome Northwest author Alec Clayton back to the store on this May evening. Alec will be reading from "Visual Liberties," the final book in his Freedom Trilogy. He'll be joined by actors Michael Christopher and Heather Christopher, who will be reading various scenes from the book.
Orca Books is delighted to welcome Mary Frances Carney back to the store on this April afternoon. Mary will be reading from her new novel, A Parish Near Ebbets Field.
Orca Books is delighted to welcome authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya and Leah Horlick to the store on this April afternoon.
Join award-winning queer authors Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick on their Where The Mountains End Tour! Exploring survival, myth, sex and magic all the way down the West Coast, these three bring a literary cabaret of their newest work: