You’re invited to attend one of my upcoming readings and booksignings.

Actually, you’re invited to come to all of them, if you want. I won’t try to stop you.

Oh, and if you come to the first one… you’ll get a free Cyndere’s Midnight/Auralia’s Colors bookmark!

Cyndere’s Midnight
reading / booksigning
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park (Seattle), WA
7 p.m.
September 25, 2008.

Cyndere’s Midnight
reading / booksigning
Village Books, Bellingham, WA
November 20, 2008.


On Sunday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m., join me for an Auralia’s Colors party at one of my favorite coffee shops!

At Hotwire Internet Espresso Cafe (North), I’ll be reading from Auralia’s Colors, providing signed copies (just in time for Christmas gifts), and answering questions.

And you’ll enjoy Hotwire’s menu of fabulous coffee drinks, including their spicy new Mexican Mocha, which is just about the perfect drink for a blustery November afternoon.

Hotwire Internet Espresso Cafe (North) is located at 17551 15th Ave NE, in Shoreline, Washington… about five minutes from my house.

I’d love to see you there!

(The next opportunity will be up in Bellingham, Washington, on Wednesday, November 28th.)

Did you miss the Auralia’s Colors release parties?

I’ll be reading from the book at the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library:

6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24th
206-684-4084 • 731 N. 35th St. •

Missed the Auralia’s Colors readings?

Here’s another chance:

I will be reading from Auralia’s Colors, and paying tribute to the great Madeleine L’Engle, at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington on Wendesday, November 28. The fun begins at 7 p.m.!

So, come to the land of Luci Shaw… the festival in Fairhaven… and let’s be thankful for fairy tales. Thanksgiving will last a little longer this year.

[This was first posted late Saturday night at]

I’m weary, and it’s late, but I need to take a moment and thank everyone who came to tonight’s Third Place Books “release party” for Auralia’s Colors.

It was so great to see so many of you. Even my landlords came! Tommy and Vivian Fong sat right in the front. And I owe them so many thanks for giving Anne and me such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Auralia grew up under their watchful care.

Thanks to Michael Demkowicz, my teacher and friend, for making the trip all the way from Portland, Oregon. And to Doug Carver who came from Alberquerque, New Mexico for this occasion!

Thanks to so many who showed up from my church, including Pastor Michael and Sandy Kelly. And to those from Seattle Pacific, including Luke Reinsma, Linda Wagner, Frank Kline.

Thanks to Cheryl McKeon and Adam Walter for helping me get the event set up… and to Steve for that gracious introduction. It was a pleasure to be introduced by Steve, who has worked in both of Seattle’s best bookstores since before I started writing Auralia’s Colors. (I remember seeing him at the Philip Pullman reading for The Golden Compass when it first came out, and there weren’t very many people there.)

The store sold out of Auralia’s Colors, so it was a good thing we’d brought an extra box full of copies! Everybody who wanted one got one (or two, or three).

There were so many more. I’d thank you all if I wasn’t falling asleep right now.

Thanks, of course, to Anne, for putting up with me while I stressed a little about getting ready in time.

It all went perfectly, and I had a blast. Two weeks, and two unforgettable book events. I could get used to this.


You can now peruse a gallery of images from Saturday night’s reading and booksigning for Auralia’s Colors at Third Place Books in Seattle.

And you can read a couple of reports from the front lines here (by Jennifer Staab) and here (by Jen Zug).

Auralia likes to party.

September 18, 2007

Many, many thanks to the crowd that filled all available chairs in The Next Chapter bookstore last Saturday night.

Many thanks to John and Sharon Connell for being such generous, gracious hosts there.

Thanks to all who listened while I shared the story behind Auralia’s Colors, and read Chapter One.

Thanks to the heckler who stood across the street from the store and shouted at me.

Thanks to my parents for driving all the way from Portland, Oregon. And for teaching me to read and write. And for burying me in books.

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Auralia’s Colors there. I’m getting better and better at signatures all the time, thanks to all of that practice.

Thanks to everyone who attended The Kindlings Muse last night, where I talked with Dick Staub, Greg Wright, and Jennie Spohr about fantasy, faith, and imagination. (The podcast will be posted soon!)

Thanks to everyone who attended, wined, dined, and asked questions after the discussion.

Thanks to Dick Staub and Jennie Spohr for organizing such a stimulating event.

Thanks to everyone who purchased books there as well. It was a pleasure to meet you all.

Now… on to the biggest event of all… the Third Place Books release party for Auralia’s Colors, this Saturday at 6:30 p.m., in the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre in north Seattle.

I hope I’ll see you there!

Would you like an evening with…

-great ale

-good company

-and a lot of stimulating discussion about the power of fairy tales and myth?

Would you like to gather with kindred spirits (and some rather tasty spirits… of the beverage kind) to toast the career of Madeleine L’Engle?

You’re invited to join Dick Staub, Greg Wright, and me on Monday night in Seattle.

Here’s the announcement from The Kindlings Muse:

Monday, September 17

Fantasy & Myth: Christian Contributions & Consumption*

With author & film critic Jeffrey Overstreet** and Senior Editor of, Greg Wright.

Hales Ales Brewery (4301 Leary Way NW) is located at the center of the universe in Seattle’s Fremont District. Join us in the live audience for The Kindlings Muse the third Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30PM. Doors open at 6:15PM. Space is limited to 55 people per week and reservations are required. $5 cover (students free)

*And speaking of “consumption,” Hales serves great food too!

** I’ll have copies of Auralia’s Colors and Through a Screen Darkly available too.