Saturday, May 16th, 3:00pm -- Ann R. Howie

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.


Teaming with Your Therapy Dog (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781557537034
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Purdue University Press - March 15th, 2015

Science Café at Orca Books: "Why Are the Sea Stars Dying?"

Photo credit: Laura James

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.

Fireside Book Group: Tim Franklin's "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter"

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".

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060594671
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2011

Friday, May 1st, 7:00pm -- Alec Clayton

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.

Visual Liberties Cover Image
ISBN: 9781508734727
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 10th, 2015

Saturday, April 11th, 3:00pm -- Amber Dawn, Vivek Shraya, and Leah Horlick: April 2015 book tour!

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: