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Local poets Kevin Miller and Alice Derry read at King’s Books, Tacoma

Local poets Kevin Miller and Alice Derry will combine for a free reading of old and new work at King’s Books, Tacoma next Thursday.

Derry is the author of four collections of poetry and three chapbooks, including the most recent collection “Tremolo” (Red Hen Press, 2012), for which she received a Washington State GAP grant. A former English and German teacher at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Derry helped conceive and direct the college’s Foothills Writers’ Series from 1980-2009.

Miller is a Tacoma poet known recently for his third collection “Home and Away: the Old Town Poems”

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“Sound South User’s Guide” goes from Kickstarter to physical reality at King’s in Tacoma tomorrow, Orca in Olympia on Tuesday

From an artsy Tacoma idea to a $22,700 Kickstarter project, the “South Sound User’s Guide” is now a flesh-and-blood book (well, paper-and-glue, anyhow) and local supporters are celebrating with launches at Kings Books tomorrow. An Olympia launch will happen Tuesday night at Orca books. The book offers an intimate, locals’-eye perspective to the South Sound, going through its various neighborhoods and locations with tips on eating, recreation, shopping and the arts, accompanied by the pen-and-ink Tolkien-esque illustrations of Tacoma artist and former gallerist Sean Alexander.

Why a tourist guide to the South Sound? Firstly, because there wasn’t one, said editor Ken Miller, the book’s mastermind, back when he was first asking the community for advance financial support on kickstarter.com, the online project fundraising site. It’s also due to the natural beauty of the place, says Ron Swarner in the book’s foreword.

But, he goes on, the real reason is that “there’s a pioneering spirit that draws us all here.” You can see that pioneering spirit in action tomorrow afternoon from 2 p.m. at King’s, as Miller, Alexander and all the local writers who contributed to the book get together with the folks who backed them. The book will be available for claiming (if you backed at that level on Kickstarter) or purchase. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

As art, the Guide is cute enough you’ll want to buy it just to look at it. Read more »


Wayz and Means Letterpress Film Festival celebrates King’s Books Tacoma and the Wayzgoose

It’s hard to believe King’s Books has only been in Tacoma for 12 years. The independent new-and-used bookstore on St. Helens Avenue downtown seems like an institution that’s been around forever, hosting community events from art festivals to Shakespeare, offering a home to Scrabble geeks and book fans, and of course selling a huge range of cheap books. But the bookstore is turning 12 this April with a paper-themed birthday party to match: the Wayz and Means Letterpress Film Festival this Sunday.


The festival’s also a fundraiser for the store’s annual letterpress get-together, the Wayzgoose, held this year

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