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AAUW Writers' Forum, February 28

In its 8th annual Writer's Forum, the Anacortes branch of the American Association of University Women will be hosting three local authors whose work is inspired by the sea: Reanne Hemingway-Douglass, author of Cape Horn - One Man's Dream One Woman's Nightmare, The Shelburne Escape Line, Exploring the Salish Sea, and numerous West Coast cruising and outdoor guides; Wendy Lynn Clark, author of  San Juan Island Stories Anthology, a collection of romance stories inspired by a ferry ride through the islands; and Sandra Pollard, author of Puget Sound Whales for Sale: The Fight to End Orca Hunting. The Forum will include a panel discussion and Q& A session. It will be held from 1-3pm on Saturday, February 28, in the meeting room at the Anacortes Public Library. Watermark Book Company will be selling books at the event. Attendance is free. Everybody welcome!


Philp Donlay Book Release and Signing

March 3, 2015 4-6 p.m. at Watermark Book Company

Meet author Phillip Donlay and get your signed copy of AFTERSHOCK (Oceanview Publishing $26.95) on the first day it hits the shelves. In Aftershock, Donovan Nash flies headlong into a volcanic nightmare when Stephanie Van Gelder, one of Nash's closest friends, is kidnapped. Nash is forced to join forces with his estranged wife, Dr. Lauren McKenna and race headlong into a world of corruption and deception in lawless Guatamala. Battling the kidnappers, as well as the impending eruption of the nearby volcano, Nash has only one chance to save Stephanie. Amid earthquakes, volcanic ash, and lava, Donovan Nash must find the courage to face a shocking truth he's sought for decades--a truth that will change him forever.



RUBY, by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth, $16.00). The new Oprah Book Club pick! As a young woman, Ruby Bell fled the violence of her hometown of Liberty, East Texas, for the seedy glamor of 1950s New York City. Years later, Ruby returns to Liberty and confronts hate-filled townsfolk determined to destroy her. Witnessing her struggle is Ephram Jennings, a man who has loved Ruby since she was a girl with long braids running through Liberty's dusty streets. Torn between family loyalty, and the possibility of a life with Ruby, Ephram faces a wrenching choice... Utterly transfixing, this is a soaring novel of passion and courage that seems destined to become a modern classic.

LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME, by Alexandra Fuller (Penguin, $26.95). Raised on a farm in southern Africa, Alexandra Fuller wrote about her extraordinary childhood in the now-classic memoir, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Random House, $16.00). In 1994, Fuller moved to Wyoming, and in this new book she continues her story, confronting the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married and eventually divorced, and about the family she left behind in Africa. It's a story full of pain, but Fuller writes, as always, with exceptional wit, grace, and intellect, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest insights as a fully grown woman, wife and mother. Her ultimate revelation, after a lifetime of waiting for someone to show up and save her: in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves. 

SPECIAL DELUXE - A MEMOIR OF LIFE AND CARS, by Neil Young (Blue Rider Press, $32.00) Following on from his first bestselling memoir, Waging Heavy Peace (Penguin, $18.00), Neil Young has fashioned a second work of reminiscences about his Canadian boyhood, his musical influences, the rock and roll life, and one of his deepest and most ebullient passions: cars. Through the framework of the many vehicles he's collected and driven, Young explores both his love for well-crafted vintage automobiles, and the negative environmental impacts of our car-obsessed society. Special Deluxe is an unforgettable amalgam of memories, artwork, and political ponderings from one of the most genuine and enigmatic musicians of our time.


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