Scriber Lake High students release another book

Book release Feb. 16, with more events scheduled
By Jim Blossey | Feb 12, 2019
Courtesy of: Chris Rogstad Representatives of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club presented a check to Scriber Lake High School teacher Marjie Bowker, originator of the Scriber Lake book project. From left: Daybreaker Brad Thomas, student author Jenna Jensen, Bowker, student author Joey Walker, Daybreaker Jim Blossey.

Seven years, seven books. And every one of them a success.

In 2011, Scriber Lake High School teacher Marjie Bowker began what was to be a one-time experiment. She and her writing class decided to publish a paperback book of 14 student-written autobiographical stories.

It wasn’t easy. Every one of the young authors had background problems such as depression, anxiety, failure, addiction, sexual abuse,and even suicide, and – as hard as it was – they wrote about their experiences for all the world to see.

In the cover notes of that first book, Bowker said, “By writing and sharing their stories, they are coping with their past and seizing their future.

“They are also reaching out to other teenagers – to let them know that they are not alone and that … they have the power within themselves to make it better.”

The seventh in the series is out now, titled “Listen: Young Writers Reflect on Chaos, Clarity, Action, Balance.”

There will be a book release event 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Edmonds Lutheran Church, 23535 84th Ave. W. 7 pm. Students will read from their works, and there will be music by local musicians Scarlet Parke and Dimiter Yordanov.

A release at Café Louve, 250 Fifth Ave. S., is 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

In addition, the students will be part of a theatrical presentation of their stories 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the Phoenix Theatre in Firdale Village

Brad Thomas, the Youth Services chair for the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club, said, “The Daybreakers have contributed to the presentation of every one of the books. It is one of the most worthwhile things we do.”

A recent donation of $1,000 will help with the Phoenix Theatre presentation.

James Blossey is a member of the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club.

 

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