Seattle's Cheryl Strayed won't be in Bellingham until February to talk about her book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail," as the 2014 featured author in the Whatcom Reads! program, but there are a few events happening in conjunction with her visit that are coming right up.
The Whatcom Writes! fifth annual writing contest is seeking writers to submit poetry, fiction or nonfiction with the theme of "Journeys" by Nov. 15. Accepted authors will be invited to read Feb. 9 at Village Books.
If you like to quilt, Fourth Corner Quilts is sponsoring a challenge in which quilters of all ages are encouraged to read "Wild" and create a quilt that reflects the themes, issues and locations presented in the book. Deadline is Jan. 16. Quilts will be displayed at Whatcom Reads! partner organizations in February. Call Julie Menkee at 360-714-0070 for requirements.
WRITERS FOR PEACE GATHER NOV. 9
Carla Shafer, organizer of the monthly Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater open mic events, is thrilled that Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville made an official proclamation that Saturday, Nov. 9, is officially International Poets and Writers Read-In! Write-On! Day.
Whatcom County writers' organizations are sponsoring a Poets and Writers for Peace gathering from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St.
Participants have already been scheduled and include writers and musicians from Whatcom County and British Columbia. There's a special time for young people from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event is free, and light snacks will be served.
For the mayor's proclamation, go to cob.org and search for "proclamation."
For more on Carla's organization, go to chuckanutsandstone.blogspot.com.
MUSICIANS TO HONOR VETERANS
The ever-active Mark Kuntz is once again directing the Musical Salute to Veterans, now in its ninth year, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
Jim Pace, a longtime advocate for veterans, says this year's event is in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War for the U.S.
Musical participants include the Mt. Baker Toppers, Joe Young & the Starlighters, Geof Morgan, Bobby Lee & the New Originals, and Double Deuce.
The salute is free for members in uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard. For others, tickets are $15 to $24, at mountbakertheatre.com or 360-734-6080.
PROFILER OF ELLIOTT SMITH TO READ AT SHAKEDOWN
If you're a fan of the late musician Elliott Smith, here's a joint event cosponsored by Village Books, 1200 11th St. Author William Todd Schultz reads from his recently published book, "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," Saturday, Nov. 9, at The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St.
Cover for the event, which is for those 21 and older, is $5. Doors open at 9 p.m. No doubt songs, as well as words, will be featured.
FOLKSINGER LINDA ALLEN RETURNS FOR CONCERT
Folksinger and songwriter Linda Allen, who left Bellingham with her husband, Scott Slaba, a couple of years ago for remote Holden Village on Lake Chelan, comes back to town for a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Bellingham First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave.
Allen says she'll "be coming down from the mountains of the North Cascades to tell a story of Holden Village using songs, poems and images to tell a story of the work being done to remediate the destruction caused by decades of mining in the Railroad Creek Valley."
She adds that "it's a call for compassionate activism as we face the challenges of our planet at risk." Details about Linda at lindasongs.com.
READINGS HONOR POET IN ENGLISH AND ITALIAN
An unusual poetry event takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Village Books. Author and translator Michael Daley will read from his recent translation of "Alter Mundus," poems by Lucia Gazzino.
He will be accompanied by Alipio Terenzi, who will read Gazzino's original poems in Italian. For more about her, go to pleasureboatstudio.com and search for Lucia Gazzino on the list of poets.
TEDX BELLINGHAM TO BE WEBCAST
The long-anticipated TEDX Bellingham event, "Here by Choice," on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Pickford Film Center, is sold out, but it will be webcast worldwide and there are numerous places around town where the program can be viewed.
The lineup of speakers includes Swil Kanim, Dustin Morrow, The Gallus Brothers, Galen Emanuele, Colleen Haggerty and Scott Sonnon. Details: tedxbellingham.com, facebook.com/Tedxbellingham and http://twitter.com/tedxbellingham.
BR'ER RABBIT KICKSTARTING FOR ALBUM
Bellingham's Br'er Rabbit, an award-winning folk-roots band, is running a Kickstarter campaign through November while the band is on a West Coast tour to help fund their first full-length album. Details: brerrabbitmusic.com.