Does it seem to you that Island Books holds a monopoly on cool local events? It’s starting to feel that way to us, because we have yet another special treat to share. On Thursday, June 2nd, a high-ranking literary celebrity will be paying a visit to our fair shores, someone so exalted that we’re co-sponsoring with the Mercer Island Arts Council to infuse the occasion with the proper sense of ceremony. OK, we’re hyperbolizing a little, but there aren’t too many official laureates out there and it’s not often that one comes to Mercer Island.
Tod Marshall was appointed to a two-year term as the fourth-ever Washington State Poet Laureate at the beginning of 2016, filling a role intended to build awareness and appreciation of poetry—including the state’s legacy of poetry—through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities throughout the state, including ours. His June 2nd visit will include an early-afternoon workshop at the community center, an open conversation about poetry at Island Books at 4:00 p.m., and a reading and autograph session back at the community center in the evening. More details are available on our website ... continued