Oak Harbor Library Blog

Monday, June 23, 2008


...and the reading is easy. Summer reading for kids, teens and adults kicks off this week in Oak Harbor. Children can pick up a bookbag and reading log, and sign up to receive prizes including a free book once they meet their contract.
Teens have it sweet this year - their book reviews are all submitted online. Each review constitutes one entry for a laptop computer, to be given to a lucky Sno-Isle teen at the end of the summer. Oak Harbor teens who submit at least eight reviews are also eligible to win an I-Pod Shuffle. Prizes, programs and refreshments are compliments of the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
Here are some of Nancy Pearl's summer reading recommendations for adults - check them out at the library!
Bangkok 8, by John Burdett
An Infamous Army, by Georgette Heyer
The Thin Place, by Kathryn Davis
The Prince of FrogTown, by Rick Bragg

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

William Dietrich on Whidbey June 19

Pulitzer Prize winning author William Dietrich will speak at the Oak Harbor Library at 3pm on Thursday, June 19. Bill Dietrich brings history to life through his well-researched fiction featuring vivid characters and compelling stories. In his latest thriller, The Rosetta Key, Dietrich returns to the story of Napoleon Bonaparte and the battles, escapes, villains and ancient mysteries experienced by hero Ethan Gage in the Holy Land of 1799.
An environmental writer and faculty member at Western Washington University, Dietrich writes history as it happens. He was one of four Seattle Times journalists who shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and his work appears regularly in the Seattle Times Pacific Magazine. Dietrich's historical fiction combines his eye for detail and painstaking research with a talent for telling a great story within the context of historical events. As Dietrich says, "history is wackier than anything I could make up."
Books will be available for sale at the author presentation and signing event, which will be repeated at the Coupeville Library at 7pm.

More books by William Dietrich:

Napoleon's pyramids : a novel / William Dietrich. New York : HarperCollins, 2007.

The scourge of God / William Dietrich. New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2005.

Hadrian's Wall : a novel / William Dietrich. New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2004.

Natural grace : the charm, wonder, and lessons of Pacific Northwest animals and plants / William Dietrich ; drawings by Brenda Cunningham. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2003.