Woodard’s funny and touching stories of her dog Kona combine to give a portrait not only of crazy Kona, but of Marcia, her husband and their extended Basenji family. With full-color photographs to showcase the beauty of this ancient African hound breed, “Collected Kona” is for new acquaintances as well as old friends of the famous “barkless dog.”
The public is invited to join Woodard in celebrating the publication of her book when she gives a reading at ArtWorks in downtown Edmonds (201 2nd Ave. S.) on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
Several of the essays in this limited-edition book previously appeared in Woodard’s column in the AKC Gazette, the flagship magazine of the American Kennel Club. Woodard’s writing about her Basenjis has been recognized with award nominations from the Dog Writers Association of America and the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers.
“Collected Kona” is 6 x 6 inches in size and sells for $10 plus shipping. It is available at the Edmonds Bookshop, or signed copies can be purchased directly from the author at no additional charge.
Also reading Friday night is the publisher of Teeny Tiny Press, Amanda Laughtland, whose collection of poetry, “Postcards to Box 464,” was published earlier this year.
Woodard and Laughtland are colleagues at Edmonds Community College, where they teach English and where Laughtland currently serves as faculty adviser to the literary/arts magazine, Between the Lines. Both hold B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Washington, in addition to being Edmonds CC alums themselves.
For more information, visit the “Collected Kona” Facebook page.