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Angela Day, Village Books

Angela Day shares her book, "Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Village Books, 1200 11th St.


Angela Day shares her book, "Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

"Red Light" documents the tragic 1989 event that stunned the world, recounts regional and national history, and explains how oil titans came to be entrusted with a spectacular, fragile ecosystem. It discusses the disaster's environmental consequences as well as ineffective governmental and public policy decisions.

Angela Day lives in Snohomish with her husband, Bobby Day. A native of Cordova, Alaska, he was in a hotel room waiting for the herring season to open when the spill happened. His story lends a local perspective and conveys the damage suffered by individuals and the fishing industry.

In the end, the 10,000 fishers affected by the spill spent nearly 20 years in litigation and received little compensation for their losses. Despite a massive cleanup effort, oil remains on the beaches and continues to impact marine life.


Adventurer, artist and mother, Hannah Viano spent much of her childhood living on a boat along the Maine coastline before her travels brought her to the Northwest, where Seattle won her heart.

The paper-cut artist will present her new children's book, "S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet," at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book pairs beautiful prints of local wildlife and plants cut from black paper with informative captions about each figure.

Aside from talking about of the adventures that inspired her artwork, Viano will bring real-life versions of items featured in the book, and some that aren't.

"I have a collection of specimens and treasures I have been bringing along, one of which is a big hit: it's an octopus in a big gallon jar," she says.

The event is free and open to all ages. More on her art:


Families are invited to a free showing of the hit animated film "Frozen," at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the fireplace room of the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham.

The movie follows the tale of ice princess Anna as she sets out to save her kingdom, which is stuck in an eternal winter.

Seating in the fireplace room is limited to about 45 people, so plan to arrive early. Details: 360-778-7200.

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