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Trio of Kitsap writers to read at Local Author Sunday

Island author Kenneth G. Bennett is one of three local authors, along with Larry Weiner and Cathy Cuenin, set to visit Eagle Harbor Book Company in downtown Winslow Sunday, July 27 for a special local author reading event.   - Photo courtesy of Kenneth G. Bennett
Island author Kenneth G. Bennett is one of three local authors, along with Larry Weiner and Cathy Cuenin, set to visit Eagle Harbor Book Company in downtown Winslow Sunday, July 27 for a special local author reading event.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Kenneth G. Bennett

The actual distance that the three authors set to speak at an upcoming reading event at Eagle Harbor Book Company have to travel to be there isn’t very far.

For some, it’s just down the street.

That being said, any one of them will tell you that it was a much longer journey than you’d think to get here.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done a reading,” admitted Kenneth Bennett. “I’m a little bit nervous about it.”

Bennett, plus fellow island author Larry Weiner and Kitsap-based wordsmith Cathy Cuenin, are the featured writers at the upcoming Local Author Sunday reading event to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Eagle Harbor Book Company in downtown Winslow.

Bennett will read from his latest book “Exodus 2022,” a work of dystopian science fiction set in the Pacific Northwest.

This, the author’s first novel intended solely for mature readers, relates the tale of Joe Stanton who, unable to contain his grief over the loss of his daughter, loses control and causes a scene at a hotel. The plot thickens as the reader discovers Stanton has no daughter — he never did — and now others up and down the Pacific Coast are suffering similar unexplainable mental breakdowns.

Bennett is the author of the previously published young adult novels “The Gaia Wars” and “Battle For Cascadia,” both of which have been featured as top 100 bestsellers in teen literature and fiction on Amazon.com.

Weiner will present a selection from his debut novel “Paradise Rot.”

The macabre satire relates the tale of a former ad man Kyle Brightman, who takes a job as art director at a mysterious new resort in the Caribbean only to find that his newfound paradise is actually a madcap Gonzo-esque nightmare full of unpredictable events and crazy characters — including a seductive jungle assassin and her partially paralyzed talking Chihuahua, an Ivy League Rastafarian seaplane captain, a former Haliburton mercenary and a French tavern owner with a fondness for goats.

Oh, and there are zombies, too.

Cuenin’s memoir, “The Way I Walk: From Tugboat to Transplant,” takes readers on a trip to the waterways and mist-covered mountains in Alaska to share the author’s dramatic journey from her adventurous early years aboard a tugboat with her young family to her later years when she is diagnosed with a terminal untreatable disease.

Both Weiner and Bennett, long-time Bainbridge residents, acknowledged the support of other island authors, editors and businesses with enabling their literary successes.

“Field’s End is a great organization and the authors I’ve gotten to know are very supportive,” Bennett said. “There are many who are far more established than I am. I’m kind of a newcomer.”

Weiner agreed, saying that as a stay-at-home dad in a sometimes raucous home, he has often relied on local coffee shops for a quiet place where he could write.

“I spend a great deal of time at Roosters Cafe,” Weiner laughed. “Being summer — I have two kids — so when I’m not being a taxi driver, I find an hour here or an hour there to sit down and write.”

Love of local business is a theme in Weiner’s work and lifestyle.

His editor, Jim Thomsen, is a Bainbridge native and, although Amazon was instrumental in getting his debut novel published, he said that independent bookstores remain an irreplaceable aspect of the industry.

“I love Eagle Harbor [Books],” he said. “I try to throw as much money as I can at those guys. They’ve got a great selection and they’re a local business. Often when I go in, I end up buying something else [too]. Amazon has been a big help for me, but I don’t use Amazon. I use the [Bainbridge] distillery, book store, coffee shops. I shop at T&C.”

The Bainbridge Island page of Wikipedia.com lists more than a dozen authors under the “Notable People” section, and that is surely only the tip of Kitsap’s literary iceberg. Although these three authors could not be more different in their styles, they share a common love of language and the telling of stories, making Local Author Sunday an exciting venue for local readers searching for their next favorite book.

You don’t even have to go very far.

Three authors

What: Local Author Sunday reading event.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

Where: Eagle Harbor Book Company (157 Winslow Way East).

Admission: Free, limited seating.

 

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