On Friday, Nov. 3, poet Susan Erickson will travel south from Bellingham, and prose writer Judith Works will head north from Edmonds to read with Lopez poet Erika Davis at Lopez Bookshop. The event begins at 7 p.m.
Erickson will read from her poetry collection, “Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine.” The poems’ narrators range from Lady Godiva and Lucy Audubon to Janis Joplin and Marilyn Monroe, giving voice to the critical moments of women’s lives and dramatizing the silence many women still face today. Through the poems, Erickson hopes “…readers realize that their voices are important.” A visual artist as well as a poet, Erickson will gift one of her collage cards with each purchase of her book.
For Works, a law degree and two stints working for the UN in Rome provided ample material for two books. Her novel, “City of Illusions,” is about expatriates in Rome. “The many happy and sometimes fraught experiences” of her UN days and travels are the subjects of her latest book, “Coins in the Fountain,” a memoir.
“When I’m in Rome,” Judith says, “I always toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to make sure I’ll return.”
Davis, a Lopez resident since 2009, has been writing poetry and prose since she learned to write, though until recently, only for herself. An avid photographer, her Lopez Island photo calendar is available at the bookshop. The focus of Davis’ thinking, writing and photography, she says, is on “how to get through each day, with all the grief and joy, randomness and ritual, holding on and letting go, the chaos and stillness and beauty.”
Lopez Bookshop owners Beth St. George and Karen Barringer enjoy hosting these events.
“Audiences always enjoy hearing writers from Lopez,” St. George says.
Barringer adds, “And they love to discover others from the area they might not have read before.”
For more information about this free event, visit http://www.lopezbookshop.com or the bookshop’s Facebook page.