Please join us to celebrate the publication of Vicinity/Memoryall, a play written by Christine Deavel and J.W. (John) Marshall, the former owners of Open Books. Vicinity/Memoryall follows two characters as they move through a disorientingly changing urban landscape, seeking a memorial to an act of violence that stained their culture. They share the stage with a character whose quirky personal stories speak lyrically to their effort. Christine and John will read from their play and read pieces of other plays they admire. They will discuss the process that brought the play to life and to completion and hope to take questions and not be sorry they did. Vicinity/Memoryall is published by the cherished gem Entre Rios Books and this event will include a viewing of a short film by Sarah Lintakoon, winner of the press’s 2018 Emerging Visions Filmmaker Award. Her film, Olive, draws on themes in Vicnity/Memoryall while wholly being a product of her own vision.
Christine Deavel is employed as a Patient-and-Family Liaison at Harborview Medical Center. In 1995 she collaborated with J.W. Marshall, opening Open Books: A Poem Emporium which they ran until 2016. She has published poetry and prose in countless magazines and journals. Her full-length poetry collection, Woodnote, was published by Bear Star Press and won the Washington State Book Award for Poetry.
J.W. Marshall originally started Open Books as a small general bookstore in 1987. The store was moved to its current location when it was converted to poetry-only. After selling the store to current owner Billie Swift in 2016 he has kept house and happily found more time for reading and writing. Poetry and prose of his has been published in a wide variety of magazines and journals. His full-length poetry collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and was published by Oberlin College Press. Christine and John co-wrote a chapbook of poetry, Work Together, in 2014. They hope to see their play produced in 2019, bringing new layers of collaboration into their creative process.