Monday, May 30, 2016

June bookstore events!

YA = young adult
MG = middle grade

ER = easy reader
PB = picture book
NF = nonfiction
GN = graphic novel

June 4, 5PM
Marissa Meyer and Lesley Watson, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Bad Ass Girls, (YA)
University Book Store, Tacoma

June 7, 7PM
Michele Bacon, Life Before (YA)
Secret Garden Books

June 8, 7PM
Karen Cushman, Grayling’s Secret (MG), Susan Hill, The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonley Princess, A Foundling Girl, a Scheming King, and a Pick Pocket Squirrel (MG)
Secret Garden Books

June 9, 6PM
Children’s and YA Author Extravaganza
Featuring Kevan Atteberry, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Tara Dairman, Janet Fox, Christine Hayes, Lindsey Lane, Megan Wagner Lloyd, Megan Morrison, Dan Richards, Laurie Ann Thompson, and Conrad Wesselhoeft
University Book Store, Bellevue 

June 9, 7PM
Mo Willems, The Thank You Book (PB)
Elliott Bay Book Company
For more information: email or call 206-624-6600.

June 10, 7PM
David Levithan and Nina LaCour, You Know Me Well (YA)
University Book Store, U-District

June 11, 3PM
SPECIAL STORYTIME: Sara Jensen, Be Glad Your Dad (Is Not an Octopus) (PB)
University Book Store, U-District

 June 13, 7PM 
Dani Hoots, Endangered Daughters of Hades (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

June 14, 11AM
SPECIAL STORYTIME: Keith Negley, My Dad Used to be So Cool (PB)
University Book Store, U-District

June 17, 10AM
Lolly Hopwood and YoYo Kusters, MOVE (PB)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

June 17, 3PM
Lolly Hopwood and YoYo Kusters, MOVE (PB)

Secret Garden Books

June 19, 3PM
Sherman Alexie, Thunder Boy, Jr. (PB)
Elliott Bay Book Company

June 20, 7PM 
Laura Moe, Breakfast with Neruda (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

June 22, 6PM
Ben Canton, It Came in the Mail (PB)
University Book Store, U-District

June 23 7PM 
Stephanie Campisi, The Ugly Dumpling (PB)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

June 24, 7PM
Ksenia Anske, The Badlings (YA)
University Book Store, U-District

June 25, 6:30PM
Rachel Barnard (Donuts In an Empty Field), and Ksenia Anske (The Badlings) (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

June 28, 7PM
Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels (YA)
University Book Store, U-District

Friday, May 20, 2016

Raise a glass to Rori on SUNDAY!

 Books...and WINE! Two great reasons to celebrate!
Please join Rori Shay for a book launch party to celebrate the release of PERFECTED, the last novel in the YA Elected Series trilogy. 

Sunday May 22
Matthews Winery
16116 140th Pl NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

Wine samples will be free for the first 100 people, plus…live music, food, desserts, book-themed costumes, and favors for the kids!  

The party is open to the public and is kid friendly, so feel free to bring family members, friends, etc.  Feel free to contact Rori through her website for any additional info:

The Elected Series is the story of an eighteen-year-old girl who masquerades as a boy to take her country’s presidential role in a futuristic America. It delves into themes of technology dependence, gender identity, and environmentalism.

Summer is HERE! Let's HANG OUT!

Yep, they're all scheduled! We'd love to see you during the summer months! Please mark your calendars and plan on meeting up with your kidlit peeps for doodling and fun (drinking NOT required!). Hope to see you at least once, at one of the following events. Please note: All Kid Lit Drink Nights run from 6:30–9ishpm (or beyond––stay tuned for exact times closer to the events).




Racial equity in the literary arts: free workshop

Crystal Kite Awards announced

In case you haven't heard through the grapevine, this year's Crystal Kite Awards were announced this week.

In the West (WA/OR/AK/ID/MT/ND/SD), the winner was Elise Parsley's IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON'T!

For a a complete list of winners, CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to all of our chapter's nominees and finalists! And to all the winners!

SATURDAY = Scholastic's Summer Reading Road Trip!

This Saturday (YES, the 21st!), Third Place Books is THE place to be. Not just because the NEW LOCATION is opening in Seward Park, but the Lake Forest Park is going to be bringing down the house with its


From 11am–2pm, a whole smorgasbord of authors will read from their books and get you geared up for summer, including: Matthew Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Martha Brockenbrough, Kirby Larson, Sundee Frazier, Lisa Schroeder, and Megan Morrison.

For all the times and specific appearance details, please click HERE!

WHEN: Saturday, May 21 from 11am–2pm
WHERE: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
WHAT: A summer reading roundup that can't get any better than THIS!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kevan! Kevan! Kevan!




The man. The ears. The picture-book master!

Join the giddy romp to celebrate the  launch of
Kevan Atteberry's new picture book


Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm (please note updated time!)
University Book Store, Bellevue

Free tickets. Sherman Alexie. 'Nuff said!

This is author Sherman Alexie.

He has written his first picture book, THUNDER BOY, JR. 

Here's an article about why he wrote it.

He's an acclaimed novelist and poet.

He won the coveted Printz Award for

He's kindly offering SCBWI-WWA folks FREE TICKETS 
to his appearance at University Temple
across from University Book Store in Seattle.

 Come to our meeting tomorrow for a chance to get in on this action.



Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Submit to SCBWI-WWA Illustrator Show

SCBWI-Western Washington's Illustrator Show is set for July–September, 2016!

Calling all illustrators: Don’t miss this opportunity to exhibit your work! 

For the second time, SCBWI members in the state of Washington have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle and we want YOU to participate. 

The exhibit will run from July 1–September 29, with member events TBD. The application period for this juried opportunity will be from May 14–30. Participants must be a current member of SCBWI to exhibit their work.

The selected artwork must be delivered to the Convention Center on June 29 and picked up on September 30, and must be conventionally framed. For all the details and to apply click HERE.

Questions? Email Tina Hoggatt at 


Monday, May 9, 2016

SCBWI Season Finale! And even more!

ALL IN ONE AND ONE FOR ALL: Writing and Illustrating Picture Books

(Sigh.... Together At Last!)


We’re counting the minutes before we see you for our FINAL monthly meeting of the season!

WHERE: Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18 (to reiterate!), at 7pm (get there early for snacks and chat!)

First: The Illustrating
Who better to actually SHOW and tell us than Doug “Boomer” Keith and Jessixa Bagley? We start by viewing brief videos shot at the illustrators’ studios and then we get to grill them in person. No question too personal or invasive. Doug, who’s been illustrating for longer than most people have been alive and has more than 15 picture books under his belt, will give us the skinny on The Storybook Prince, his first outing as both author AND illustrator. Jessixa, author/illustrator of three (and counting) picture books, will not only tell us how to pronounce her name, but show us the process for illustrating her Golden Kite-winning Boats for Papa.

Then: The Writing
Brianna Caplan Sayres presents, “Writing Words that Beg for Pictures: Tips for Authors Who Want to Write Picture Books.” Brianna is the author of the wildly popular Where Do Diggers Sleep At Night?, Tiara Saurus Rex and her newest Where Do Steam Trains Sleep At Night? She obviously knows what kids love, so listen up and learn the elements needed for a picture book manuscript that kids will, well, dig! 


Kid Lit Drink Night: Thursday, May 12, starting at 6:30 pm. Queen Anne Beer Hall, 203 W. Thomas St, Seattle 98119. 
Why? To mix and mingle with your peeps, of course! Alcoholic beverages NOT a requirement!

Why? Click HERE for details about how to submit and why you DON’T want to miss out on this opportunity!

Many thanks,
Dana Arnim and Dana Sullivan
Co-Regional Advisors, SCBWI Western Washington

Sunday, May 8, 2016

JUMP for joy! Jen's book is here!

Jennifer K. Mann proudly welcomes her latest picture book, SAM AND JUMP, to the world this coming Tuesday, May 10 AND next Sunday, May 15! Come one, come all––both sides of Elliott Bay are ready for this new dynamic duo!

Jennifer K. Mann

1) WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm
    WHERE: Secret Garden Books


2) WHEN: Sunday, May 15 at 1pm
    WHERE: Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island