Two college planning workshops scheduled this month

July 8, 2014

Local high-school students and their families are invited to attend a pair of college-planning events July 16 and 29.

The “Are You College Ready?” workshop will be from 6-8:30 p.m. July 16 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. A follow-up workshop is from 6-8:30 p.m. July 29 at the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. S.E.

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Sammamish Library hosts Star Wars Reads Day

October 15, 2013

The Sammamish Library presents Star Wars Reads Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19.

Have your photo taken with “Star Wars” characters, attend a show with Charlie Williams (The Noiseguy) and participate in Lego-building stations with Bricks 4 Kidz. All events are free.

Join costumed members of Alpha Base, a chapter of the Rebel Legion, and Garrison Titan, of the 501st Legion, for photos during the first hour. Please bring your own camera. Lego 4 Kidz will have Lego stations for building your own creations.

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Business strategist develops plan for first fiction novel

September 17, 2013

Robert Harken is far from being crowned the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, but the Sammamish resident has found a modest level of success after the publication of his first novel.

Harken’s self-published debut, “Life on Nubis,” hit library and online shelves in January. The 44-year-old, who works full-time developing business strategies for a technology firm, had never tried his hand at writing until recent years.

The 18-month writing process, which included several major revisions, ended with the publication of a short story, “Snow Falls,” last November, followed by “Life on Nubis” two months later.

Since then, some strong reviews have bolstered Harken’s sales figures. The Library Review, which Harken calls “one of the top-five review publications,” compared his novel to works from long-established science-fiction writers like Ben Bova and Kim Stanley Robinson.

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