Meet author J.A. Jance at Issaquah Library today

September 10, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2013

Meet bestselling author J. A. Jance, who will discuss her 21st mystery featuring Seattle detective J. P. Beaumont, at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Issaquah Library.

The library is at 10 W. Sunset Way. Jance will sign books, and copies of her latest book will be for sale at the event.

In “Second Watch,” Beaumont is finally getting around to having his knee replacement surgery, but he’s in for more than that.

A series of dreams bring him back first to his early days on the force at Seattle Police Department and then, even earlier, to his days in Vietnam.

Drug induced hallucinations? Maybe. But his haunting visitors from the past lead him into current complications where the dead bodies from the “Second Watch” won’t stay buried.

 

Local celebrities offer election information

October 23, 2012

King County Elections turned to a lineup of boldface names — Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian, mystery writer J.A. Jance and sports announcer Kevin Calabro — to share important tips for voters as the Election Day ballot deadline approaches.

Adrian, Jance and Calabro joined a regional voter education campaign featuring radio, TV and online ads to educate residents about the voting process. See the spots at the elections office website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/news/psa/2012.

Sponsored by elections departments from King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and the Office of the Secretary of State, the ads remind voters to sign return ballot envelopes and get ballots back on time.

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Local celebrities join voter education campaign

October 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 19, 2012

King County Elections turned to a lineup of boldface names — Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian, mystery writer J.A. Jance and sports announcer Kevin Calabro — to share important tips for voters as the Election Day ballot deadline approaches.

Adrian, Jance and Calabro joined a regional voter education campaign featuring radio, TV and online ads to educate residents about the voting process.

Local elections officials started the voter education campaign before the August primary. The initial round of spots featured renowned chef Tom Douglas, travel guru Rick Steves and Seattle Storm players. The celebrities involved in the campaign agreed to donate time for the effort.

“Everyone can be a voting champion,” Adrian said in a statement. “Don’t wait til the last second. Go for the gold by following the directions and getting your ballot back early.”

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Meet mystery author J.A. Jance at Sammamish Library

February 7, 2012

J.A.Jance

The author J.A. Jance, a regular on The New York Times Best Seller List, is beloved by fans for taut plotlines and relatable characters.

The journey from concept to novel is almost a science for the long-established author.

“I usually start with somebody dead and I spend the rest of the book trying to figure out who killed that person and how come,” she said. “That’s the process.”

Jance’s latest novel, “Left for Dead,” dropped Feb. 7. Fans can meet the author at the Sammamish Library on Feb. 16.

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Feast your eyes on this literary cookbook

August 11, 2009

literary-feast-book-2009070Ever wonder what dinner with your favorite author may be like?

Well, you may not dine with them, but you can cook what they’d cook for themselves, thanks to the King County Library Foundation’s new book, “Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook.”

“The uniqueness of it makes it a wonderful gift for readers, for cooks and for people interested in both,” said Jeanne Thorsen, foundation director. “I think it is something people will really enjoy and at the same time, help support literacy in our community, which people feel very strongly about.”

The book includes nearly 100 drink, food and dessert recipes from authors and includes 92 author profiles with their personal perspectives.

The book includes recipes from the kitchens of famous local authors, like Deb Caletti, who has five fiction novels based in and around Issaquah.

“It was just such an easy thing, because I’m the ultimate library lover. The library, to me, is my sanctuary and the King County Library System is a sanctuary, plus one of the best library systems in the country. How can you not want to support it?” Caletti said. “And I owe them forever for my endless usage. I spend more hours there than anywhere else, besides my home. If I’m lost, my family knows I’m in one of the libraries.”

Caletti included her favorite sugar cookie recipe, handed down from her grandmother, to her mother and to her.

“The recipe has been in my family for a long time,” she said. “It’s one of those that are stained and messy, because it’s always out. It’s also a dangerous recipe, because it has every bit of fat and sugar for those times when you need every bit of fat and sugar.”

The recipe calls for two types of sugar and plenty of butter, making it nearly a shortbread cookie, she added.

But the concoctions you can cook up don’t just come from local authors. See what nationally acclaimed authors, like J.A. Jance, David Baldacci, Peg Kehret and Nancy Leson, are cooking up in their kitchens, as well as local chef Tom Douglas, Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of the “South Beach Diet”) and Greg Atkinson, author of the “Atkinson Diet.”

“I was really pleased, one, with the number of authors who wanted to participate — in fact, we’re starting a file for volume No. 2 — but also that other than a cookbook with someone’s name and their favorite recipe, the book talks about the authors themselves and their recipes, which really personalizes it,” Thorsen said.

It’s an easy book to cook your way through, which is what one of the library’s employees is doing now, she said.

“I would have never imagined that a cookbook about top writers would be so illuminating and entertaining,” Terry LaBrue, project author and local writer, said in a press release. It “gave me a chance to peer over their shoulders and into their lives.”

The book costs $22.95, plus tax and shipping, but proceeds benefit programs sponsored by the library foundation, like an eight-week Spanish literature seminar series, Study Zone tutoring help, Global Reading Challenge and Summer Reading programs for students.

Get the book

Order ‘Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook’ through the King County Library System Foundation link at www.thrifbooks.com/kclsf or call 369-3448 to reserve a copy that you can pick up at the library’s service center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Grandma-Mom’s Sugar Cookies

By Issaquah author Deb Caletti

Cream together:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup butter

Add:

1 cup oil

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Roll into small balls. Press with cookie press or glass bottom   dipped in sugar.

Bake in a

350-degree oven

for 10-12 minutes.

Serves 1-12.

Get the book
Order ‘Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook’ through the King County Library System Foundation link at www.thrifbooks.com/kclsf or call 369-3448 to reserve a copy that you can pick up at the library’s service center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.