This week at King’s Books (218 St. Helens Ave.)


Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
Distinguished Writer Series with Marjorie Rommel

MarjorieThis monthly event features a distinguished writer followed by an open mic for all poets. Sign-up is at 6:45 p.m. This month features poet Marjorie Rommell. She was appointed Auburn’s poet laureate in January 2015 and, in this honorary role, she represents the poetic heart of her community. She co-founded in 1975 and is currently president of, The Northwest Renaissance coalition of poets, which is dedicated to promoting the writing and performance of poetry and encouraging an audience for poetry. She is a graduate from Pacific Lutheran University (2007) with a master of fine arts degree in creative writing/poetry. Her work has appeared in more than a hundred commercial and literary publications. Admission is free. The event occurs monthly the second Friday of every month at King’s Books.

LGBTSept. 9, 11 a.m.
Tacoma LGBTQ Book Club

Join the Tacoma LGBTQ Book Club reading both fiction and nonfiction. The book club is open to everyone. September’s pick is “God in Pink” by Hasan Namir, books are available for purchase at King’s Book. We meet the second Saturday of every month at the Rainbow Center: 2215 Pacific Ave.

sword and laserSept. 10, 1 p.m.
Sword and Laser Book Discussion

This Tacoma group is a locally-organized, real-life offshoot of the online Sword and Laser community. Each month, Sword and Laser picks either a fantasy or a science fiction book to read and discuss. This month, we discuss “The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1)” by Stephen King. Note that we meet on the second Sunday this month due to Labor Day. Location: King’s Books

Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
Writers Resist Writing Night

Please join members of Tacoma Writers Resist for an hour of community and writing. We will gather to support each other in our writing, but also to hold space together as we endeavor toward justice, community, resilience and strength. No formal program is planned. Hot tea and time to think and write will be provided. A short period of sharing our writing or other offerings will be held at the end of the hour. Location: King’s Books

classicsSept. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Classics Book Club

The Classics Book Club has been meeting in Tacoma since 1994. We read a variety of classic works, from the ancient to modern. September’s discussion is on “The Man Who Would Be King” by Rudyard Kipling. We meet the second Wednesday of every month at King’s Books.

buddhismSept. 14, 7 p.m.
Buddhism Today Reading Group

Join this new group focused on discussing writings about Buddhism in the modern world, as well as Buddhist views on contemporary issues. The group is non-sectarian and open to everyone. We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Kings Books. September’s read is “Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation” by Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah. The group is co-sponsored by the Tacoma Buddhist Temple.

Jesse JohnsonSept. 14, 7 p.m.
Jesse Johnson Author Event

Join King’s Books as it celebrates the release of “Yearbook,” the debut young adult novel by Jesse Edward Johnson, featuring the wise-cracking underachiever Lester Smith, class of ‘97, as he muddles through his senior year. It’s 1996, and his senior year of high school has just begun, and he is at a total loss.Instead of studying and making plans for life after graduation, he wanders the back roads of his small town on the Puget Sound. When he runs afoul of the school’s insufferable interim principal, he comes up with a plan to create an “underground yearbook.”

To add to the fun, bring a copy of your (or your parent’s) yearbook or class photo to impress and/or horrify others.

Johnson is a writer and artist based in the Pacific Northwest. He has a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, where he taught literature for five years. He has taught at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and at San Quentin Prison. “Yearbook” is his first novel.

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