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Friday, September 21, 2012

Northwest Bookfest is this weekend!

In addition to flying, remodeling my house, writing books, enjoying my family, I’m a proponent of supporting literacy, and part of the  

This weekend the WNBA is part of something spectacular.

Join Seattle Chapter WNBA members along with thousands of book lovers to celebrate the literary arts at Northwest Bookfest, where readers, writers, publishers and authors connect for a jam-packed weekend of workshops, panels, classes and author readings. This year’s festival will be held:

September 22-23, 2012 in Kirkland, Washington. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

See the schedule and details at

Several of the women involved with planning and overseeing Bookfest are also members of the Seattle WNBA Chapter, and many are on the program for the weekend, including:  

How Much Truth Is In Fiction? – Sunday, September 23, 2:30 – 4pm

I, Karlene Petitt will be joining authors, Linda Gray, and LouiseMarley, moderated by librarian Judy Solberg, to discuss truth in fiction. We'll have quite the interesting discussion and hope you can join us.

How much truth is in Flight For Control? How much truth do readers expect? Where do our responsibilities lay as authors, and how much responsibility does the reader have in knowing the difference?

Louise has been writing a variety of genres. You will have the chance to meet her along with many other local authors.... like one of my favorites: Robert Dugoni.

Additional workshops by Seattle WNBA include:

Sheryn Hara who will be offering two workshops:
  • Covers That Sell -- Saturday, September 22, 11:30am – 1pm
  • Exploring Publishing Options – Saturday, September 22, 2:30 – 4pm
Barbara Kindness is offering a workshop for authors on how to publicize their work:
  • Breaking Out of Your Cocoon -- Sunday, September 23, 10 – 11:30am
Louise Marley is a panel focused on fantasy novels:
  •  Living in a Fantasy World -- Saturday, September 22, 10 – 11:30am

Drop by bookfest, and support the love of reading.  

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene


  1. I'll be there with red ribbons :))

  2. Looks like a fun-filled workshop! Have a great time and please share your experiences. As for me, I am waiting on the information for my writing class. I will keep you posted. As for FFC, I have decided to take it up for a 5th flight until Flight For Safety is published. I need a review before November as every time I read it, there is always something new that I want to mention. Great books have that effect on people!


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