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Curl Up With Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland This Weekend

Plenty of best-selling Northwest authors will speak and sign books at a two-day free festival in downtown Kirkland.

If you find nothing quite so nice as curling up with a good book, you’ll probably want to check out the host of literary giants who will be participating in this weekend’s Northwest Bookfest in downtown Kirkland.

More than 150 authors will be on hand for the event Saturday and Sunday spread across Peter Kirk Park (202 3rd Street) and surrounding locations, with all events free and open to the public.

Well-known Northwest authors attending include thriller writer J.A. Jance, novelist David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars), nature writer and novelist Brenda Peterson, Knute ‘Skip’ Berger of “Mossback” fame and Robert Dugoni, a mystery/thriller writer, and Yasmine Galenorn, an urban fantasy writer.

They’ll be participating in panel discussions, critique groups, workshops, booking signings and more.

“It’s important to connect readers and writers,” said Deborah Schneider of King County Libraries, the event coordinator. “One of the unique components about this Bookfest is that it has a writing component, which is very cool.”

Northwest Bookfest, in its second year in Kirkland, will feature writing workshops, with topics including digital marketing, mysteries, electronic rights, blogging, travel writing, young adult fiction and historical nonfiction.

The festival will include all genres of fiction and nonfiction, with author
panels on fantasy, thrillers, mystery, Northwest cooking, travel, nature, women’s fiction, children’s books and romance. A “Queens of Romance Tea” will be held Sunday at Parkplace Books.

It will also be heavy on children’s features, including Cenerentola: The Italian
Cinderella by the Carter Family Puppets, and a performance by Recess Monkey that explores the wacky and witty world of words and music. In addition, children’s authors will be reading all weekend long in the Story Tent.

Last year about 3,000 people attended, and organizers this year are hoping for 6,000.

“We hear increasingly that people don’t read,” said Schneider. “But in our area we do. Books are just so important here, with the literary climate we have. We are very fortunate to have all these writers in the Seattle area.”

Event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For more details and the full schedule, see the Northwest Bookfest website.

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