Next Open Book guests take on autism and regional history

Sno-Isle Libraries has lined up two interesting authors for November’s Open Book online author event series. 

Middle-grade readers will meet author Sarah Kapit at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. She has a longstanding involvement in disability rights and neurodiversity movements and serves as chairperson for the Association for Autistic Community. Please register in advance for this Zoom webinar. 

Kapit’s first book, “Get A Grip, Vivy Cohen!” features 11-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism. Vivy becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League Baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class. The book won the Washington State Book Award for 2021. 

Kapit’s follow-up is “The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family,” published in 2021. Two sisters start a detective agency and solve a series of everyday mysteries about themselves and their family. 

Kapit lives in Bellevue with her husband and their goofy orange cat.  

Fans of Puget Sound-area history, nature and geology, will want to hear David B. Williams talk about his deep dives into the region at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Please register in advance for this Zoom webinar. 

Williams is an author, naturalist, tour guide, and Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. He’ll talk about his latest book, “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound,” which tells the long story of the Sound, tracing human history from the earliest records more than 12,500 years ago to present.  

Along the way, Williams discusses Native people, the arrival of European explorers and settlers, and how the various inhabitants adapted to place. He also weaves in stories of the natural world, covering often-overlooked species such as Olympia oysters, rockfish, geoduck, kelp, and herring, as well as the influence of salmon and orca on the Sound. 

Williams is also the author of the award-winning book “Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography,” as well as “Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City” and “Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology.” 

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