Port Townsend author to discuss book

PORT TOWNSEND — Ward Serrill, a Port Townsend-based filmmaker, dancer and writer, will introduce his new book, “To Crack the World Open: Solitude, Alaska, and a Dog Named Woody,” online Thursday evening.

Just released from Girl Friday Books, Serrill’s work is a memoir of his flight from corporate America up to a chilly cabin in Alaska.

There, he faces a troubled past and a lonely present, all with Woody, his ebullient Labrador retriever, serving as his own kind of guide dog.

The Port Townsend Library is hosting Serrill’s talk at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is free and the Zoom link can be found at ptpubliclibrary.org.

Serrill also will give an in-person reading, onstage interview and book signing at the Starlight Room, upstairs from the Rose Theatre, at 235 Taylor St., at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Tickets, $18 including a signed copy of the book, are available at Rosetheatre.com.

The author is known for directing, among other films, “The Bowmakers,” the documentary about Jefferson County’s cadre of internationally known musical instrument bow craftspeople, and “The Heart of the Game,” about the Roughriders basketball team of Roosevelt High School in Seattle.

His fourth feature, “Dancing with the Dead: the Life and Times of Red Pine,” is in production.

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Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected] news.com.

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