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National Ambassador for Kid’s Lit. Kate DiCamillo Visiting BI This Week

It’s not everyday that Bainbridge Island hosts an ambassador. But this Thursday, February 26, Kate DiCamillo, who is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be paying a visit to Bainbridge to give an evening presentation to the public. Earlier in the day, DiCamillo will meet with more than 250 fourth graders from the public schools….

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Revised Fundamentals

Filming Starts Today for Local Author Jonathan Evison’s ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’

Bainbridge author Jonathan Evison says his book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is semiautobiographical in that he shares some of the experiences of a number of his main characters, including the protagonist Ben. In the forthcoming movie of Evison’s book, actor Paul Rudd is playing Ben. Evison is pleased with the choice. “Yeah, it’s great,” he…

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fallen tree by Rene Hackl

Photo and Poems of the Day: Near Miss at Courthouse, Mouse, & ‘Disaster’

As we seek to control our circumstances with greater and greater exactitude and tell ourselves most days that we are immune to nature’s caprices, Robert Burns’s words from his 1785 poem “To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough” still resonate: “The best laid plans of mice and men /…

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Alaska Airlines Magazine Visits Dave Guterson’s Bainbridge Island

An article in the December 2014 issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine takes a good long look at Bainbridge Island through the lens of local author Dave Guterson’s best-selling 1994 novel Snow Falling on Cedars. Featuring a photograph of our local Fairy Dell Trail by Paul Brians that first appeared on Inside Bainbridge, the article’s author…

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Bulwer Lytton

Bainbridge Islander Wins National Award for Best Bad Sentence

It takes a certain kind of genius to write badly—very very badly—but in a nevertheless entertainingly bad way. This is no job for the sophomoric college sophomore, the bombastic buffoon, the platitudinous politician, or the tired and uninspired local reporter. Bainbridge-based writer Elizabeth (Betsy) Dorfman has been perfecting her purple prosody for quite some time,…

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Luminaries Gather to Celebrate 52 Years of Community Ownership of the Bainbridge Library

Fifty-two years after the opening of the Bainbridge Public Library, dozens of mostly quinquagenarians and up, who over the years contributed their time and creativity and skills by serving on the board of directors, gathered in the library to celebrate what they had wrought. The celebration, held on November 2, was called The Library That…

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The Bees and Wiggs

Bainbridge Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs Hosts Montana Book Group for Dream Visit

Eight Montanans, including three librarians, gathered yesterday evening (October 19) around a table topped with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the beach by the home of award-winning and The New York Times #1 bestselling author Susan Wiggs. The sun was setting, Mount Rainier was out, the ferry was lumbering past, and these women were having…

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Islander Talks About Her Depression and Her Friend’s New YA Novel, ‘Crazy’

With last week being Mental Illness Awareness Week, it seemed like the perfect time to meet with Patsy Reed, an Islander living with clinical depression, to talk about her role in Oregon writer Linda Phillips’s new young adult novel Crazy, which is a Junior Library Guild selection. Phillips, who will be giving a reading at Eagle…

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Bob McAllister

Beloved Teacher and Poet, Bob McAllister, ‘The Mad Priest of Bainbridge,’ Takes His Leave

It is hard to find a life on this island untouched in some way by Bob McAllister, who died August 18, surrounded by his family. He was a beloved teacher, a poet, an actor, a director, a carpenter and home builder, a father and husband, a well-loved friend, a lover of classic cars, and a…

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woman reading Poetry Corners poem

What Is This Woman Doing?

The Bainbridge Arts & Humanities Council is doing it again: getting people to read poetry. What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to plaster locally grown poems all over downtown for passersby to peek at and peruse? Do not be afraid: They’re everywhere, from the library to the ferry terminal to Winslow windows…

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In Season

Bainbridge Chef Greg Atkinson’s New Book Is a Romance

Restaurant Marché owner and prolific food writer Greg Atkinson’s latest reissued book In Season (Sasquatch Books, 1997, 2014) is about food and is full of recipes, but it could just as easily be classified as a romance. I don’t mean the kind of romance in which two star-crossed lovers battle societal mores or cross oceans to…

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Paul Brians

Islander Releases New Addition of the “Common Errors in English Usage” Maid by You

Irregardless of how you feel about English usage, your curiosity will be peaked by the reissue of Islander Paul Brians’ book Common Errors in English Usage. Imagine the abject joy I felt to discover that Brians, who is my neighbor, has sold over 45,000 copies of the book and attracted no less than 15,000,000 visitors to…

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Producer of Twilight Films Buys Rights to Book Set on Bainbridge Island

Matt K. Turner found the inspiration for his eBook, Genesis, when he first rode the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island to visit his father and stepmother after they moved here in 2012. First rights to the story, set in Seattle and Bainbridge, have been bought by Mark Morgan, producer of the popular Twilight movie…

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Population One

Bainbridge High Grad Talks About Life with Autism, Bullying, and His New Book

Like a lot of 19 year olds, Tyler McNamer likes to write, listen to music, and dance. But unlike most, he has published a book, and even more unlikely, he wrote his book through the particular lens of his own autism: Population: ONE—Autism, Adversity, and the Will to Succeed. By McNamer’s own description, people with autism…

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New ‘Walks on Bainbridge’ Makes a Soleful Gift

What could be better than sharing a walk with a friend or family member, especially on beautiful Bainbridge Island where excellent walks are plentiful? And a great way to share walking is to give the new edition of Dave & Alice Shorbett’s Walks on Bainbridge, a comprehensive and engaging collection of the many trail and…

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Bainbridge Abuzz over Library’s Adult Spelling Bee

Whether you’re a word whiz or just someone who likes to watch others spell publicly, this is your night. The Bainbridge Public Library (BPL) is holding its premiere spelling bee for adults. Spelling mavens can form a team of three to compete. And the rest of us can join the audience to get buzzed watching the…

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purple flower in rain

Photos of the Day: “The Rain to the Wind Said”

The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt. —Robert Frost from his poem “The Rain to the Wind”                        …

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Bainbridge Author Fred Moody Takes on the Catholic Church in His New Memoir

Bainbridge Islander and former Seattle Weekly journalist Fred Moody has published a number of books—including Seattle and the Demons of Ambition: A Love Story and I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year with Microsoft on the Multimedia Frontier—with Random House, Sasquatch, and St. Martin’s Press, among others. But despite his success and reputation, he couldn’t…

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Rolling Bay Little Free Library

More Little Free Libraries Bookmark Locations Around Bainbridge

Only two Bainbridge Island Little Free Libraries are shown on the official Little Free Library (LFL) website map, but by my count there are now seven LFLs here, with the newest one at Bay Hay & Feed outside in the grassy area next to Rolling Bay Cafe (featured photo). There also is now one in Northwest Bainbridge, on…

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Business Fail

Local Author Uses Local Biz Success & Fail Examples in New Book: Launch Event Tonight

You may find yourself or someone you know in Bainbridge Islander Carol Tice’s new book The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business on a Shoestring (Allworth Press). The book mentions by name local success stories such as Treehouse Café. But it also refers more obliquely to some local epic fails. Tice says that…

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