The Willows Inn Book Event


The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, WA is one of the hottest “destination” dining experiences in the world, racking up incredible reviews from Bon Apetit, Gourmet, The Wall Street Journal, etc. They were even featured in last month’s issue of Outside Magazine. The main hook? They’ve taken the locavore concept to the extreme–everything they serve is foraged, grown or caught on tiny Lummi Island or the surrounding waters, then prepared with impeccable technique and care by star chef Blaine Wetzel and his talented crew of sous chefs.

So it’s seriously humbling to be reading from and talking about Closer to the Ground at The Willows Inn, on May 14th and 15th, as part of their literary series. This is going to be really fun–we’ll have a talk/reading in the afternoon, share a great dinner and then do a little garden and forest foraging the next morning with some of the restaurant crew. I’m stoked!

Many thanks to The Willows Inn and Village Books, in Bellingham, for putting this together. For more information or to reserve a spot, call The Willows Inn at 360.758.2620 or visit their event page at:  A copy of Closer to the Ground is included with reservations, but if you’d like an extra copy or seven (joking) or just want the book, the good folks at Village Books are happy to ship: If you can make it, come on out to Lummi Island for a great overnight getaway in a gorgeous setting, with amazing food and some book talk as well. I think we’ll have a great time.

Upcoming Book Events


We pause now, for a brief commercial break: I’m stoked to announce a series of events with the Kitsap Regional Library system this spring. If you live nearby or happen to be in the area, come on out. It will be great to meet you in person. The library events will be readings and talks, with hopefully some good question/answer and discussion afterward. We’ll also have books for sale and of course, I’m more than happy to inscribe and sign. Details:

Poulsbo, WA Library:  Saturday, April 6th, 2:00pm

Silverdale, WA Library:  Monday, April 8th, 6:00pm

Downtown Bremerton, WA Library:  Monday, April 15th, 6:00pm

Little Boston, WA Library:  Monday, April 22nd, 6:00pm

Manchester, WA Library:  Monday, April 29th, 6:00pm

Seattle-to-Bainbridge Ferry:  Thursday, June 27th, 4:40pm sailing

If you want more information about the book or to check the “official” event schedule, please visit my website HERE. (If you got here from the website, well then, you already know where it is.)

Also, while we’re taking care of book biz, some kind words from the Washington State Parks System HERE. We will now return you to regularly scheduled programming. Thanks!