2015 Speaker Series

February 27, 2016  |  7PM - 8PM  |  Bainbridge Brewing  |  9415 Coppertop Loop, Suite 104, Bainbridge Island

An Intimate Conversation with Rebecca Laclair

Author of Radio Head: a novel

Rebecca Laclair describes the way music speaks to us, changes us, and validates us in a way that any music lover immediately recognizes.

Rebecca used to think writing was an impossible dream. A Liberal Arts major and graphic design grad, Rebecca rode a motorcycle from an engineering job to owning a wine label design company before discovering that drama is lot more interesting when it’s on the page. Rebecca has always been fascinated by the concept of turning life’s obstacles into gifts, finding ways to upgrade the mundane to the magical.

A magazine editor, Rebecca has short stories published in Gravel, Wordhaus, and Mixtape Methodology, and blogs about writing. She also mentors teen writers. Never further than a walk from the Pacific Ocean, Rebecca migrated to the West Coast, living in Vancouver, Canada, then San Diego and Orange County, California, landing on a forested island in the Pacific Northwest where she is at work on her next novel.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Shelby Rey can hear you like a song. With one touch, she’s in tune with your every hope, every secret. When a celebrity psychiatrist takes an interest in her case, Shelby comes face-to-face with Zac Wyatt, the lead singer of the world-famous rock band, Grounder. For Zac, success isn’t enough though. He wants a shot at his first solo album, fame above and beyond Grounder.But the genius behind every one of Grounder’s hits is Stanford Lysandre, their heroin-addicted, self-taught lead guitarist. Zac is so jealous he could kill him. Determined to win, Zac realizes that Shelby can do what he can’t—hear the music inside him, uncover his feelings, and help him create his own singular style.

As Shelby gets closer to the band, she discovers Stanford’s secret to writing his music. It’s a power very familiar to her, but life-affirming and not destructive. Can Shelby hide her connection to Zac’s enemy?

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Email: writerrlaclair@gmail     Website: http://rebeccalaclair.com/
Twitter: @writerrlaclair         Facebook: writerrebeccalaclair

Join us for an intimate conversation with Laclair, led by Bainbridge Island author Anne Clermont!

March 15, 2016  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library

Julie Christine Johnson

Author of In Another Life

Julie Christine Johnson is the author of the novels In Another Life (February 2016, Sourcebooks Landmark) and The Crows of Beara (September 2017, Ashland Creek Press). Her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal, Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt, the anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss, and featured on the flash fiction podcast, No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and Psychology and a Master’s in International Affairs. A runner, hiker, and wine geek, Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state with her husband. In Another Life is her first novel.

Told in dual past and present-day narration, In Another Life is the story of Lia Carrer, a brokenhearted historian who becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder. The story is steeped in the rich history and romantic landscape of rural France, intertwined with Lia's modern quest to uncover the truth of an ancient murder and free a man haunted by ghosts from his past, resulting in a suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think. 

Advance Praise for In Another Life:
"Debut author Johnson handles what could be an overwhelming amount of historical details with skill, presenting a fascinating mystery grounded in historical fact. Her lyrical, sensuous style is beguiling in its own singularly seductive way. Readers can practically taste the ever-present wine and feel the winter wind. Lia is a dream of a narrator, one whom readers will root for." — Library Journal Starred Review **

"In Another Life is beautifully written. It centers around Lia and her return to France, moving seamlessly between present and past, blending mystery, romance and rich history together. Johnson brings the 800-year-old Cathar religious persecution to life with vibrant characters who appear to be reincarnated in the men surrounding Lia in the present day." — RT Book Review

 "Delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical, In Another Life is a novel with an extraordinary sense of place.” — Greer Macallister, author of The Magician's Lie.

web: www.juliechristinejohnson.com
blog: chalkthesun.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliechristinejohnson/

April 12, 2016  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Free Event

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Author of Two If By Sea

Jacquelyn MitchardWhen Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published almost twenty years ago, it captured the hearts of book lovers everywhere, including Oprah Winfrey, who made it her very first book club selection, and Michele Pfeiffer, who starred in the movie adaptation.  Now, Mitchard is poised to enthrall readers once again with Two If By Sea (Simon & Schuster; March 15, 2016; $25.99), an epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart.
Two if by Sea

Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car. Without quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the boy home to the Midwestern farm where he grew up where Frank begins to suspect that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift. As Frank struggles to start over, training horses as his father and grandfather did before him, he meets Claudia, a champion equestrian and someone with whom he can share his life—and his fears for Ian. Both of them know that it will be impossible to keep Ian’s gift a secret forever.  

The fight to keep Ian safe from a sinister group who want him back takes readers from the ravaged shores of Brisbane to the middle of America to a quaint English village. Even as Frank and Claudia dare to hope for new love, it becomes clear that they can never let Ian go, no matter what the cost. A suspenseful novel on a grand scale, Two If By Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life.