Author Info


Lonny Kaneko (1939—2017) has received both national and local awards for his poetry, fiction, and play––including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for poetry. Stories, poems and essays appear in anthologies such as An Ear to the Ground, Daily Fare, The Big AIIIEEEEE, Asian American Literature, and The Seattle Review.  He lived on Vashon Island in Washington state.


Ann Combs, a former columnist for the Seattle P-I, is the author of a number of titles for adults including Smith College Never Taught Me How to Salute; We’ll Laugh About This, Someday; and the beloved children’s book How Old is Old. She lives on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, Washington.


Artis Palmer, a former freelance writer for Seattle Magazine, in this charming memoir humorously and tenderly chronicles the challenges faced by her family during the Great Depression. Eccentric characters and unexpected adventures are entertainingly bound by the force of place and community. From bootlegging in Seattle to gold mining in Nome, Alaska, There’s No Place Like Nome reveals the courage and resilience of the human spirit in tough times. 


Jean Davies Okimoto is an author and playwright whose books and short stories have been translated into Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Danish, Korean, German, French and Hebrew. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Smithsonian Notable Book, the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the International Reading Association Reader’s Choice Award, the Parent’s Choice Award, and the Green Earth Book Award. Her picture book Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat was adapted by Shelley Duvall for the HBO and Showtime television series Bedtime Stories. Her short stories have appeared in Dell’s anthologies Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults and she has had plays produced in Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, New York and Vashon Island, Washington. She has appeared on the Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN. She is the co-founder of the Seattle Reading Awards for Highest Reading Improvement and served as its co-chair since from 1986 until 2016. (Complete Bio)