Poets, authors come to Auburn Ave for weekend program

Literary Adventures snuggles into the Auburn Avenue Theater as part of Auburn Good Ol' Days this weekend.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:40pm
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Literary Adventures snuggles into the Auburn Avenue Theater as part of Auburn Good Ol’ Days this weekend.

Joining the adventurers will be some of the areas most sought-after authors, poets and small press publishers. They will read from the stage and autograph copies of their work.

Literary Adventures opens at 10 a.m. Saturday with Open Mic Poetry – an opportunity for poets to grab the microphone and enjoy some fame.

Adventurers breaks at noon to join Poets On Parade. The audience is invited to march down Main Street in a show of support for poetry.

Following the parade, Michael Schein will take center stage to talk about his book, “Bones Beneath Our Feet,” a breathtaking historical novel about the Indian wars along the Puget Sound with a chapter about Auburn’s own Lt. Slaughter. He is followed by Gerry Bradley, author and the “Chit Chat Guy” on KLAY Radio 1180 AM.

Bring the kids to see Chellis S. Jensen, author and voice of “Mrs. Annathena Gilly Gully from Puddle Rumple Tilly Willy.”

Local author Robert Blevins will present three slideshows detailing his recent book, “Into the Blast – the True Story of D.B. Cooper.” Slideshow times are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon Sunday at the theater.

Blevins co-wrote the book with New York City private investigator Skipp Porteous. It alleges that Christiansen – a former employee of Northwest Orient Airlines and a U.S. Army paratrooper – was the famous fugitive who hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 727-100 passenger jet and parachuted out of the plane over Southwest Washington with $200,000 in ransom.

The slideshow falls a few months shy of the 40th anniversary of D.B. Cooper’s hijacking on Nov. 24, 1971.

A giveaway of a limited number of free books, some on Cooper, and others for children or science-fiction fans from the Adventure Books catalog follows the slideshows.

Questions from the audience are welcome and cameras are allowed in the theatre.

Literary Adventures returns at 10 a.m. Sunday with a free poetry workshop by the mother-daughter team of Marjorie

Rommel and Emilie Rommel Shimkus. Rommel, a longtime local newspaper reporter, was an Espy Foundation resident in

poetry and received the Adam Family White Bridge Traveling Fellowship. Shikmus is a published poet and an actress who appeared in several South Sound stages and other area productions. She is the lead singer for the dance-cover band, Igneous Rocks.

Participants also will have the opportunity to read their poems as time allows.

Following the workshop, the afternoon will be filled with poetic readings by some of the area’s most engaging poets.

Literary Adventures will close with an Open Mic Poetry Contest from 3-5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Literary Adventures is sponsored by Auburn Good Ol’ Days.

For more information, visit www.auburngoodoldays.com.

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