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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Friday, April 30, at Camalli: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism

Join us Friday, April 30, when author Eileen Garvin visits Camalli Book Company at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her her new memoir, How to be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism.

Eileen Garvin's older sister, Margaret, was diagnosed with severe autism at age three. Growing up alongside Margaret wasn't easy: Eileen often found herself in situations that were simultaneously awkward, hilarious, and heartbreaking. For example, losing a blue plastic hairbrush could leave Margaret inconsolable for hours, and a quiet Sunday Mass might provoke an outburst of laughter, swearing, or dancing.

How to be a Sister begins when Eileen, after several years in New Mexico, has just moved back to the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. Being 1,600 miles away had allowed Eileen to avoid the question that has dogged her since birth: What is she going to do about Margaret? Now, Eileen must grapple with this question once again as she tentatively tries to reconnect with Margaret. How can she have a relationship with someone who can't drive, send email, or telephone? What role will Eileen play in Margaret's life as their parents age, and after they die? Will she remain in Margaret's life, or walk away?

A deeply felt, impeccably written memoir, How to be a Sister will speak to siblings, parents, friends, and teachers of people with autism — and to anyone who sometimes struggles to connect with someone difficult or different.

Author Eileen Garvin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. The youngest of five children, she has always been close to her sister Margaret. She completed her B.A. in English at Seattle University, and her M.A. in English at the University of New Mexico. She writes for newspapers, magazines, and Web sites from Hood River, Oregon, where she lives with her husband.

Join us Wednesday, 4/28, 5:00 - 7:00

Join us tonight, April 28, as we get ready to celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Come by the store between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and we'll help you create an illustrated poem. The poem can be an original of yours, or it can be copied from one of the many book we have on hand. Put your poem to paper, get some tips on illustrating it from zine artist Rachel Lee-Carman, and then we'll make a photo copy for you. The idea: on April 29 you'll have a poem to put in a pocket!

National Poem in Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each year since 2002.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Three Writers Rock Camalli Book Co. Thursday Night!

Come out to listen to Will Akin, Suzanne Burns and Tony Topoleski WOW the audience with their mad writing skills this Thursday (April 22) at 7:00 p.m.

Suzanne will be reading from her newly released poetry chapbook, The Widow, in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Tony will read the kind of poems that make Auden just a tad bit jealous.

Will will be reading hybrid prose. If you don't know what that means, then you have to come listen. It is beautiful.

And Camalli will provide complimentary refreshments ... and there's even talk of Suzanne baking cupcakes! Literature and cupcakes? Who can pass this up?