Events

01/17/2018 - 7:00pm

Join us at BookPeople for a reading, Q&A, and signing with Sara Zaske, author of Achtung Baby

Achtung Baby is an entertaining and enlightening look at the art of raising self-reliant, independent children based on Zaske's experiences in Germany

When Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be challenging, especially when she became pregnant with her second child. She was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom—much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents did not share her fears, and their children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what she intended, which was to raise capable children? Why was parenting culture so different in the States?

Through her own family’s often funny experiences as well as interviews with other parents, teachers, and experts, Zaske shares the many unexpected parenting lessons she learned from living in Germany. Achtung Baby reveals that today's Germans know something that American parents don't (or have perhaps forgotten) about raising kids with “selbstandigkeit” (self-reliance), and provides practical examples American parents can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults.

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Zaske lived in Berlin for six and a half years. Her articles on her family's experiences in Germany have appeared on Time.com, The New York Times, and Germany's largest Sunday paper, Bild am Sontag. She now lives in Moscow with her husband and two children.

 


 

02/17/2018 - 7:30pm

Join us at BookPeople for a dual reading and conversation from authors Meagan Macvie and Mary Clearman Blew.

Blew, a former mentor of Macvie's at the University of Idaho, is an award-winning author of multiple titles, the most recent one being This Is Not the Ivy League: a Memoir. Macvie's debut young adult novel The Ocean in My Ears was published in November and has been named one of Kirkus's best young adult books of 2017. They will discuss their shared experience of being from rural places, and how these formative experiences have shaped their thinking and writing.

Meagan Macvie was born and raised in Alaska. She received her MFA in fiction from Pacific Lutheran University. Her work has appeared in Narrative, Fugue, and Barrelhouse, as well as the short story anthology, Timberland Writes Together. Meagan lives with her husband and daughter in Washington State.

Mary Clearman Blew has written or edited thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction. Her short fiction collection, Runaway, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, as did her memoir All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family. A novel, Jackalope Dreams, won the Western Heritage Award. Her most recent book is This Is Not the Ivy League: a Memoir.

Mary Clearman Blew



 

04/05/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

BookPeople will be hosting PCEI's Science After Hours on Thursday April 5th, from 7-9pm. 

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