Find a new Harry Potter adventure with locally penned book

July 21, 2009

author-villaluz-20090700If walking through walls in a London train station or battling an evil wizard wasn’t enough for you, then you might be interested in traveling through J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series again — but this time, with some help.

Local first-time author Nancy Solon Villaluz is hoping you’ll let her be your guide through your next read with “Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons?”

In three new books, designed as a literary commentary on the “Harry Potter” series, Villaluz explores the depths of Rowling’s series and hidden critical elements she thinks “Harry Potter” fans should know.

“This ‘Harry Potter’ commentary is meant, like Harry, to challenge the reader to walk through what appears to be a wall into belief in what they can’t see and to walk in love when things get hard,” she said, of Rowling’s deeper plot. “That message is always relevant and necessary in society, and Rowling tackles it in spades.”

Villaluz said she couldn’t be happier to see more than five years of researching and writing come to fruition.

Local author Nancy Solon Villaluz wrote a companion guide to the popular ‘Harry Potter’ series. By Greg Farrar

Local author Nancy Solon Villaluz wrote a companion guide to the popular ‘Harry Potter’ series. By Greg Farrar

“To me, this is a pursuit of passion,” she said. “My journey of discovery delighted me and my book is written as a journey of delight for readers who want to know more about J.K. Rowling and Harry.”

Like some people, Villaluz admitted she was a “Harry Potter” avoider when the books took the world by storm, partly because she was a busy mother of two and partly because she believed the book series was filled with dark messages, she said. Read more

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Issaquah boy extends his range with Northwest Boychoir

May 26, 2009

Benjamin Richardson, wearing the shirt with a stripe across the front, rehearses “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the Northwest Boychoir, directed by Joseph Crnko, right. By Warren Kagarise

Benjamin Richardson, wearing the shirt with a stripe across the front, rehearses “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the Northwest Boychoir, directed by Joseph Crnko, right. By Warren Kagarise

Aspiring musicians yearn for a chance to play Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony or perform alongside Grammy-nominated vocalists.

Benjamin Richardson, 10, has accomplished all of the above.

A member of the prestigious Northwest Boychoir, Benjamin and his fellow pint-sized performers frequent concert halls and other venues across the Puget Sound region and throughout the state.

He also plays gigs closer to his Issaquah home: Benjamin and his mother perform at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

“You can put your emotion into music,” Benjamin said. “I enjoy knowing that I’m giving people joy.”

His mother, Rochelle Pearson, plays viola in the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Pearson also teaches viola and violin. Her pianist husband, Harry Richardson, is the music director at Seattle First Presbyterian Church, where the family also worships. Benjamin took to music at an early age. Read more

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Students walk to stock library shelves

April 21, 2009

 

Liberty High School students are hoping you’ll support their addiction to books. Read more

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