Arts & Culture

King’s Books turns 15 with an artsy, literary party

King’s Books, the used bookstore on St. Helens Avenue and also is the venue for many of Tacoma’s arts groups, celebrates 15 years on April 4 with an artsy, literary birthday bash featuring local writers, artists and hands-on activities.

The Day Carnival features local artists and performers both day and night. A Tacoma is for Lovers craft fair will be spread throughout the store, photographer Scott Haydon will take pictures in a photo booth, the Cartoonists’ League of Absurd Washingtonians (CLAW) will offer caricatures, nonprofit writing group Write@253 will have typewriters available for writing stories, Tacoma Book Artists will show how to make your own book, and the store’s own books will be at a 15 percent discount.

The performance schedule includes a sing-along at 12:30 p.m., story-time at 1:30 p.m., craft activities with paper artist Laurie Cinotto from 2-4 p.m., and “Listen and Draw” with author Chris Britt at 2:30 p.m. From 7-11 p.m., the party will feature authors including Mark Lindquist, poets Connie Walle and Kevin Miller, book clubs, trivia contests, and music from DJ Lil Bito and DJ Spud.