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November 12, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
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Hands on History: Local History Writers' Panel

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you have a local story that you're just dying to share with the world? Have you ever considered publishing a book or writing articles about local history? The Northwest Room is bringing together a panel of published local authors - from graphic novelists, to article writers, to textbook authors, to historical fiction aficionados - to tell you about their experiences getting their ideas on paper, online, and out to their readers. Come prepared with your questions; this will be an interactive event where exchanges of ideas are encouraged,

Participants (this list will be updated as authors confirm):

Steve K. Bertrand* is an award-winning poet, historian and photographer. For over thirty-five years, he has also worked as a free-lance photojournalist. His poems, stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, Steve has had a long career as a teacher/coach in the Everett School District. Steve has been very involved in lectures and poetry readings throughout the Pacific Northwest. The author of twenty-seven books, Steve lives in Mukilteo, Washington. In his free time, he enjoys family, friends and the wonders of Washington.

Gene Fosheim*, an Everett resident throughout his life, is a founding member of Historic Everett, past president of the Everett Museum of History, and former chair of the Everett Historic Commission. Gene is a retired college professor with a Master of Science degree in Workforce Education and a Master of Humanities. "Mill Town Boy," a biography of his father and early history of Everett, was his first book, followed by "Leonardo, Harryhausen, and Hollywood." He is currently writing his first novel.

Deborah A. Fox is an award-winning visual effects artist, commercial director, writer, and painter. EVERETT MASSACRE is her first graphic novel.  Fox grew up in Los Angeles, California and drew comics as a kid.  She attended Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and started her career as a storyboard illustrator for movies, music videos and commercials. She quickly moved into the digital arts realm by creating title graphics and visual effects, earning her 2 Emmy nominations.  In 2000, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to continue her career in commercial writing and directing.  Fox currently is a member of the Visual Effects Society and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is currently working on her second graphic novel, "The Man Who Beat Death Valley".   Fox enjoys Tai Chi, hiking, biking and shares a love of history with her husband. 

JD Howard* Malstrom Award winning author JD Howard was born in West Seattle, raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School in 1973. He has published 3 novels; Both Sides of The Wish (2013) Sawdust Empire (2016) and The Pride of Monte Cristo (2019).

Aileen M. Langhans* was raised in Seattle, and happened upon Everett when she was hired as a Medical Sonographer at Everett General Hospital and landed in the Historic Bayside Neighborhood, surrounded by a living outdoor museum of architectural wonder.  She immediately fell in love with her adopted hometown, becoming involved in several organizations, such as Bayside, Save the Everett Theater, Save Maggie’s Park, Everett’s Centennial Celebrations, etc.  As a board member of Historic Everett, she researched Everett’s convoluted past for its newsletter.  After accumulating piles of facts and stories, she decided to create a unique history book, which she has used as a fundraiser in support of the NW Room, in grateful recognition of its amazing inventory of historical documents and publications, photographs, and oral histories. 

Jack O’Donnell was born and raised in Everett and has spent most of his life here.  A retired educator he has a deep interest in local history and is an ardent supporter of historic preservation in Everett as well.  An author, he has been involved in several book projects and has written historical pieces for the Everett Herald.

Denise Ohio is a writer/filmmaker who has credits that include feature documentary Verona: The Story of the Everett Massacre (Virgil Entertainment, 2017), as well as novels, books, articles, essays, and other projects. Ohio is currently working on a long-form fiction piece, A Thousand Faces, and nonfiction long-form piece, The Annotated Everett Massacre. She lives with her spouse outside of Monroe, where they raise lavender and honey bees.

Les Parks is a lifetime member of the Tulalip Tribes and has spent a successful 15 years serving as one of the elected Tulalip Leaders. Les is passionate about the Tulalip history and in particular, his family history within the Tulalip history realm. Native Americans being primarily an oral people, historical fact-finding has its own unique set of challenges of which Les has set out to solve.

Richard Porter* is a freelance writer, as well as a regular contributor to the "Live in Everett" blog and Snohomish County tourism website. His self-published books explore stories of the Pacific Northwest.

Margaret Riddle worked as a Historian in the Everett Public Library's NW Room for 30+ years, co-writing publications on historic buildings and sites and other local history topics. With David Dilgard she co-edited and wrote for the Journal of Everett and Snohomish County History and was producer of a Everett: A Picture Postcard History by Jack O'Donnell.  She is currently a Staff Historian with the Online Encyclopedia of Washington History where she has authored 131 articles.  Margaret has also published articles as a freelance writer, including Perspective on the Past, a Senior Services publication.

*Marked authors will have books available for purchase at this event.

Schedule of events:

5:30-6:00 PM - author book selling
6:00-7:30 PM - panel discussion/audience questions
7:30-7:45 PM - author book selling

This event is part of the Hands on History series led by Northwest Room Staff. Hands on History meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Main Library Auditorium. This special event is also part of the Everett Public Library's observance of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).