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orcalitfest landscape type only (1)This is the last week for early bird sales of Orcas Island Lit Fest weekend passes. If the lineup of featured artists hasn’t already inspired you to spend April 5-7 on Orcas Island, the list of panels and panelists definitely will send you to the OILF website to buy tickets.

More than fifty authors from the Pacific Northwest and beyond will be in conversation on a wide range of topics. For example:

  • For the Love of Orca Whales
  • Two Countries—U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents
  • Poetry in Place
  • My Body, My Voice
  • Like Life: The Short Story
  • Bringing Stories from the Page to the Screen.

Some of the panels run concurrently, and I know it’ll be tough to decide which one to attend. On Friday, though, everyone can partake of the panel that runs from 5-6 pm at Seaview Theater.

“Delicious Writing” will be the appetizer for this weekend of literary feasting. Poems, essays, restaurant reviews, profiles, novels, and, of course, cookbooks—they all find a wide audience when they’re about food and drink. They entice us to try new cuisines and techniques; give us glimpses into the worlds of restaurants, sustainable agriculture, and locavorism; and help us decide how and where to sate our palates and fill our cupboards. Feast with this panel of experts as they share stories, wisdom, and dreams about how their writing whets our appetites.

I have the honor of moderating the “Delicious Writing” panel that includes:

Kim Bast, co-author of BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community

Joe Ray, author of Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest

Jessica Gigot, poet, farmer, teacher, musician, and author of Flood Patterns

J Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

Tickets to this weekend of fun and literary pleasure are just a click away. Buy yours now and save! I hope to see you there.

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