Originally published Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Lit Life

Northwest Bookfest: Alive and well in Kirkland

Karl Marlantes, Ivan Doig, Jonathan Evison, Jim Lynch, Cherie Priest, Richelle Mead and many other local authors will appear at the 2011 Northwest Bookfest, which has migrated east to the city of Kirkland. It takes place Oct. 1 and 2 in several venues. Also: Plan ahead for Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.

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That faint glow on Lake Washington's eastern shore isn't a backyard barbecue gone bad — it's the organizers of the 2011 Northwest Bookfest working late to put the finishing touches on their event, set for the weekend of Oct. 1 and 2.

Bookfest, a regional celebration of books and authors which migrated around the city of Seattle for several years (most recently in Columbia City in 2009), has been revived and is moving to Kirkland, thanks to support from the city of Kirkland, the King County Library System and several area sponsors, including Book Publishers Northwest. Events will be geared toward writers and readers, including children and young adults.

The lineup thus far features mostly local authors, but it's a deep bench. Best-selling Woodinville author Karl Marlantes ("Matterhorn," "What It Is Like to Go to War") will discuss "Writing the War: Vietnam" with Seattle novelist Matt Briggs (Oct. 1). And Northwest icon Ivan Doig will discuss creating the "literary" novel with Jonathan Evison, Nancy Horan, Jim Lynch and Indu Sundaresan (Oct. 2).

There's a panel of Northwest thriller writers, including Robert Dugoni, Mike Lawson, Boyd Morrison and Kevin O'Brien (Oct. 1). Regional urban fantasy/steampunk authors Kat Richardson, Cherie Priest, Mark Henry and Mark Teppo will discuss the genre(s) (Oct. 1). In a ticketed event ($10), tea will be served with regional romance novelists Elizabeth Boyle, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Mallery and Susan Wiggs (Oct. 2, Parkplace Books in Kirkland, 425-828-6546). Popular young adult/paranormal author Richelle Mead will appear on a "Smart Chicks" event Oct. 2. Book-It Repertory Theater and the Bushwick Book Club, both performing groups that derive their inspiration from books, will make appearances.

Panels will run from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. The programming encompasses several locations — for details and updates go to or call 425-483-3040. The event is free, but donations are suggested; $5 for individuals, $10 for families.

Another signature event

Back this year for the 24th year: the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair takes place Oct. 8 and 9 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. This is a must-go event for lovers of old and rare books, maps, photographs and ephemera (love that word). Tickets are $5 and cover both days: for more information go to

Mary Ann Gwinn: 206-464-2357 or

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