Culture Corner


Author Panio Gianopoulos comes to Tacoma

Do you want to know how to get into our house and where we keep the money? If so, join Panio Gianopoulos at Kings Books on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. He will be reading from and discussing his debut collection of short stories, “How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money.”

Fittingly for a collection of stories with this title, local novelist and our Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will introduce Gianopoulus. Lindquist is the author of the Northwest bestsellers “The King of Methlehem” and “Never Mind Nirvana.” Lindquist will also introduce Garth Stein, author of The New York Times bestseller “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Stein, who is known for his lively public presentations, will be engaging in a dialogue with Gianopoulos about his stories, the writer’s life, and the state of literature in 2018.

Kirkus Book Reviews called Gianopoulos’ book, “A wonderful collection of nine stories combining wry humor, engaging characters, and shrewd psychological insight … Witty, discerning, and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Gianopoulus lives in New York with his wife, actress Molly Ringwald, and their three children. His stories, essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications.

“Tacoma has a thriving literary scene,” said Lindquist. “We are hoping for more proof of this at Panio’s event. Everyone is welcome. Including Seattle people.”

You can learn more about Gianopoulos at his website:

Great moments in medical history

Karpeles Manuscript Library, 407 S. G St., Tacoma

The Karpeles Manuscript Library, across the street from Wright Park’s W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, just opened a new exhibit of documents that pertain to breakthroughs in the history of medicine.

Who invented the airplane? Who invented the telephone? Who provided us with the electric light? Most of us know the answer to these questions.

So why don’t we know the answer to these:

Who discovered a cure for diphtheria?

Who discovered vitamins?

Who discovered penicillin?

Karpeles’ inspirational medical archives recognize the contributions of great individuals in medicine whose contribution to society has been taken for granted. Documents include significant primary documentation of scientific breakthroughs, pages from laboratory note books  and letters of individuals who have extended and improved the quality of our lives.

Included are original manuscripts by Royal Physician William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of blood in 1628; Benjamin Franklin, who founded America’s first incorporated hospital; Clara Barton’s announcement of the formation of the Red Cross; a Louis Pasteur archive on rabies; An Edward Jenner archive on vaccines and the original manuscript of the “Elephant Man.”

The exhibit runs through April 30. For more visit

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