Published in Thurston Talk

WHEN:June 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WHERE:Browsers Bookshop

107 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501


CONTACT: Browsers Bookshop
Event website


Browsers Bookstore in Olympia is excited to host an “Interactive Evening” with Author Ned Hayes, featuring notable local actors performing scenes from his bestselling novel The Eagle Tree.

The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes (Little A) was a # 1 Kindle bestseller in Young Adult when it made its eBook debut in April 2016. The highly praised novel will be in broad release at bookstores nationwide on July 5. The novel has already received accolades from autistic advocate Temple Grandin and New York Times bestseller Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes.

Actors featured in this bookstore preview performance include Amy Shephard, who has been seen on stage at Harlequin Productions, Olympia Family Theater, and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Clarke Hallum, recently seen as “Wilbur” in Olympia Family Theater’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” and well known for his starring role in “A Christmas Story” at 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle. Also appearing in this “Interactive Evening” will be U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologist and expert in Northwest forest ecosystems, Emily Teachout.

Hayes was inspired to write the novel from his experiences teaching autistic children.

“How often do you see an autistic kid as the hero of a story?” Hayes said. “From working with these kids, I know they, and their parents, are uncelebrated heroes, and they each have a story. I wanted to tell a story about a different kind of hero.”

Readers who enjoyed Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime or Jim Lynch’s The Highest Tide will enjoy this unusual and insightful coming-of-age novel, which is set in Olympia and features a number of Olympia landmarks and experiences. Olympia attendees at the “Interactive Evening” will recognize many local personalities and local reference.