If you live in Seattle you’ve been enjoying the gorgeousness that is spring in the Pacific Northwest. It won’t last, of course, but it will be back, and in two months we’ll be in the glorious beginnings of summer.

Now imagine that gloriousness in a peaceful place with farm-to-table organic food, mountain lakes so quiet you can hear the rustle of a swan’s feather, and inns dedicated to your comfort. Add a relaxing, forget-everything ferry ride, and top it all with a weekend of books, books, and more books, and you have the Orcas Island Lit Fest.

After a two-year absence, OILF is returning June 3-4, 2022. Please join me and other writers and readers and book lovers for a celebration of literature and community in a place of gorgeous natural beauty. Seriously, I love Orcas: the food is incredible, and the scenery is stunning—mountains, lake, forest, and beaches. Lovely. Peaceful. The minute I get on that ferry I start to breathe more deeply and my shoulders go down.

This is the fourth year I’ve been scheduled to be one of the festival headliners. In 2019 I had to cancel to go to my father’s funeral. In 2020 I cancelled because of Covid then the whole ting was scrubbed. Nothing happened in 2021 because of the pandemic. But now, finally, it’s on!

I’ll be there to hang out and talk and sign books, I’ll be doing a reading, being interviewed before an audience, and taking part in a panel, Hidden in History: Uncovering Women’s Untold Stories. It’s going to be a spectacular weekend.

Watch this video and get a sense of what’s on offer:

You have 2 more days to get an Early Bird ticket: $5 off festival passes between now and March 30. More info and tickets at EventBrite.

I hope to see you there!