The University Place Pierce County Library recently reopened at 3609 Market Pl. West, after a lengthy renovation. The library now has 3000 square feet of additional space. They are celebrating with a series of events featuring best-selling authors. All events are held at the library, and are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by Friends of the University Place Library and Pierce County Library Foundation.
Books by the featured authors can be purchased at the events from Tacoma’s illustrious King’s Books. A portion of the proceeds will go to the University Place Library Campaign, which has been raising funds from individuals and organizations to add innovative features and technology to the new library.
Saturday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.
Mystery writer Mary Daheim has written 27 books in the Bed-and-Breakfast series, and the 22nd book in her Emma Lord series will be published in March.
Saturday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
Fantasy author Terry Brooks has published dozens of novels, including three series: Word & Void, Landover, and Shannara.
There will also be a Family Concert, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.
Award-winning musician Aaron Nigel Smith will have the whole family dancing and singing along with his fun, inspired and lively show. Music CDs will be available for sale.
Part of Tacoma’s ongoing renaissance involves a strong commitment to the arts–especially efforts to promote and attract independent artists of all kinds to this area. Tacoma’s affordable rents, vibrant youth culture, and a city government that actively endorses arts endeavors, all add up to a city increasingly noteworthy for its growing art scene. To name only a very few bright spots among many, we have the third Thursday Artwalk with free museum admission and open galleries, the recent Spaceworks exhibits, which make use of empty storefronts, TAM’s outstanding programming, and small independent art and letterpresses like Beautiful Angle and Anagram Press.
Many of our faculty are leaders in local arts culture, including Professor and former Tacoma Poet Laureate Bill Kupinse, who send us this update about his not-for-profit literary press, Exquisite Disarray Publishing, created in 2009.
Professor Kupinse writes,
Initially created to publish In Tahoma’s Shadow, an anthology of Tacoma-area poets, Exquisite Disarray is in the process of judging the entries for its first-book contest. (Sorry poets: our reading period for the contest is now closed, though we do hope to run it again next year). Supported by a grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, the first book contest will allow a previously unpublished Washington State poet to see his or her first book in print. We’ll host a book launch Monday November 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the downtown branch of the Tacoma Public library, which will feature a reading and book signing by the winning poet; there will also be an award given for “best Tacoma poem” and some free book giveaways. For more details about Exquisite Disarray, check out our website (www.exquisitedisarray.org) or join our Facebook group.
We’re eager to see the results of this contest, and wish Exquisite Disarray and long and productive existence. And if we’ve inadvertently overlooked your favorite Tacoma arts organization, larger or small, feel free to email us an update for inclusion here!