Author William Mash and events around our area | Bookends

A local author, William Mash of Poulsbo, wrote a book called “The Magical Pen.” The book is a collection of 18 short stories based on the magical journey of the first fountain pen. As the pen is passed on from one person to another, it has a profound effect on the lives of those that find it.

After the sudden loss of his wife of 47 years to cancer, Mash chose to write this book and bring happiness to those that read it. Barnes & Noble wrote this of “The Magical Pen”: “This is a book of positive stories meant to ignite your imagination and bring hope that good things can happen even if you suffer unimaginable loss.”

Mash supported his family as a sculptor, illustrator, graphics designer, technical illustrator, art director, product designer, display designer, package designer, structure designer, advertising manager, and painter.

This book’s illustrations certainly enhance the stories. Find “The Magical Pen” on Amazon.

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Upcoming book events for you to put on your calendar.

March 2: The Bainbridge Library is planning a major rejuvenation of its interior, and to start the process they are removing and replacing furnishings. A one-day sale will be held of some of the furniture from the meeting room. This sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2. The items for sale are mostly tables, cabinets, and miscellaneous items like chairs, and small and large book cases, but there is even a refrigerator and a Wurlitzer piano. Payment may be cash, check, or credit card. All purchased furniture must be taken away that day.

Also on March 2: At 6 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Books in Bainbridge, a presentation of the book, “Just a Little More Time: Love and Loss.” The introduction will be by Dr. Sharon Stanley, and then the discussion will be led by Elizabeth Coplan.

March 5: From 2-3 p.m. at Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, Deborah F. Mosher will present “Hootie, A Native American Tale.” This is her new children’s book, and for an added bit of excitement a person from West Sound Animal Shelter will also be here with a trained cedar redtail hawk. This will be an interesting and fun event.

March 17 to April 9: The Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo will present “The Crossing,” based on the book by Bainbridge Island-based playwright Paul Lewis. Story of the book/play: It’s 1932 and Amelia Earhart is planning her first trans-Atlantic crossing. She desperately seeks the advice of meteorologist Ray Spencer, an aviation specialist haunted by the loss of his daughter. As he searches for the elusive scientific breakthrough which will make long-distance flight safer, he finds he must first take on the ghosts of the past. A soaring chamber musical, “The Crossing” encompasses loss, love, and the bravery to face each.

Lewis is also a playwright and composer whose staged work includes musicals, plays, a children’s opera and a choral requiem. His recent projects include his musical adaptation of the children’s literature classic, “Caps for Sale” (Boston Children’s Theatre); the full-length play “Oblivion” (Driftwood Players, the Raven Players, and HRC Showcase Theatre); and “The Hours of Life, A Musical” (Theatre22). His one-act and 10-minute plays have been staged at play festivals across the country, winning Best of Festival awards at many of these. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and BMI.

On April 1, Lewis will attend Jewel Box Theater’s 7:30 p.m. showing. He will be staying after the play to talk to the audience and answer any questions they might have about this remarkable story. I’ll remind you when this date gets closer.

And … don’t forget to go to your local library and pick up a schedule of events. They are so diverse in their offerings, I’m just sure you will find something of interest. There are book clubs, writing lessons, tax preparation information, and book sales coming up, just to name a few.

Maybe I’ll see you at one of the events I mentioned … be sure to say hello.

— Donna Lee Anderson teaches writing and is the author of two novels and a reference book for writers. Contact her at

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