BOOKS

LIFE AS ART: Duane Pasco & Barbara Winther

CARTER CRAB, RALPH'S DREAM, THE JAGUAR DANCES, THE LEOPARD SINGS, THE TIGER DRUMS,
LET IT GO, LOUIE, THE TIME OF THE KACHINAS and NOBODY BUT THE WIND by Barbara Winther
are available at Amazon.com and at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island or at your local book store.

LET IT GO, LOUIE and THEY LIKE NOBLE CAUSES
are available at the Bainbridge Island Historical Society.

NEW RELEASE!
Carter Crab, July 2017
Illustrated by Chuck Galvin

Carter Crab is a fantasy book about a bored crab, who in spite of warnings, leaves his easy life and searches for adventure. As Carter takes off, he makes friends with a shrimp family and very long eel. Together they explore beyond the wavy-weed forest.
The ocean is warming up. Food is getting scarce. The sky appears to be a sea full of food if they could only reach it. Perhaps they should visit the delicious-smelling pots that hang down from the surface of the water. Sam Shark swims around in the shadoes, looking for a good meal. How does Carter survive?

Ralph's Dream, February 2016

Ralphs’s Dream is a fictional story with fictional characters but a real setting. It tells what can happen when people in a small community are faced with life-altering changes. Ralph Lopez, a Hispanic plumber from Seattle, has failed to realize any of his big dreams. In what he believes is a final effort, he buys 22 acres on Bainbridge Island, determined to create a refuge for native plants and wildlife. Every Saturday, he ferries over from Seattle to work on his secret project. Besides Ralph there are four other voices whose views and actions propel this turmoil–filled story: Agnes, an island old timer, who lives in a cottage next to Ralph’s property; J. Lewis McArthur, a wealthy stockbroker, who owns the mansion across the street; Arnold Swenson, the duty-bound yet freedom-loving code-enforcement officer; and Ruby, Ralph’s wife, who doesn’t know why her husband disappears every Saturday and feels her marriage disintegrating.

NOBODY BUT THE WIND

When Ken Reede and his family move from San Francisco to a cabin in the Central Sierras, he is faced with a new way of life. He finds a hiking buddy, makes some new friends, and soon set out on a backpacking trip to remote Warren Lake.
Illustrated by Mikael Johnson
Our son, Dave, died in 2003, and this book is dedicated to him.

THE TIME OF THE KACHINAS

This book takes you to a Hopi Indian village in Northeastern Arizona to follow a ceremonial Kachina year through the eyes of two Hopi children. Included are 28 of my pen and ink drawings based on the Kachina dolls in our collection and water-colored by my friend Lynn Cooper. One, Aholi, appears on the cover.

The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff will feature the book
in their Gift Shop. The book is suitable for all ages and is available at Eagle Harbor Books and Amazon.com. You can learn more about the book, by searching for "Barbara Winther" at Amazon.com.

KIRKUS REVIEW (excerpt): The Hopi people of Northeastern Arizona regard kachinas as the bearers of fruitful harvests, and from December through July, they hold dances and ceremonies celebrating the spirits’ arrival. The Hopis regard the kachinas with reverence and respect, and they take great measures
to satisfy them.

Although many of the children’s experiences are culturally specific, the coming-of-age lessons are universal, and... children of a similar age may appreciate them. Older readers may also find themselves engaged by the unique traditions and stories. Winther offers vibrant, colored pen-and-ink drawings of the different kachina spirits, and the book is sensitively designed, right down to the soft, matte cover.

Winther provides a rich, culturally sensitive glimpse of Hopi life.
A beautiful, short book for children ages 7-12, as well as older audiences interested in learning about Native American culture.

LIFE AS ART: Duane Pasco
Released Spring 2013
Jay Hawk Institute, produced by Marquand Press
and distributed by the University of Washington Press.

See the Seattle Times Review by Michael Upchurch
Sunday, September 1, 2013

This book, written by Duane Pasco and Barbara Winther, tells the artist's life story and vividly displays his art. As both artist and teacher, Pasco was instrumental in the rebirth of
Northwest Coast Indian art.


THE TIGER DRUMS

San Francisco attorney Chelsea Jarvis thinks her assignment in Tokyo is only to negotiate a contract with Hayashi, head of a corporation,but the main reason for her presence is to bring back to her client a thick, wax-sealed envelope.

Meanwhile, she becomes romantically involved with Yoshi Moore, Professor of English Literature, visiting Japan to explore his Japanese roots. Because of the explosive nature of the envelope’s contents, the couple is forced to take refuge with Yoshi’s relatives as they flee though a minefield of situations, attempting to escape vicious underworld predators.

In The Cat Trio,the collective name of Barbara Winther’s three thrillers,the cat takes on many guises while it pads silently beneath the people who move across the pages.


THE JAGUAR DANCES
Excerpt from KIRKUS REVIEW

In Winther’s thriller, a vacation goes perilously awry when two friends encounter danger and intrigue in the exotic resorts and mountain villages of Peru. Winther nicely ramps up the suspense and tension from page to page,and her details of Peru’s landscape, natives and locales pull readers into a lush South American realm.

Colorful characters pepper the narrative and create a well-rounded cast. An ultimately fulfilling thriller with plenty of treachery, villains and heroes to go around.

THE LEOPARD SINGS
Excerpt from KIRKUS REVIEW, April 2012

An African safari might be just the ticket to get Allison Warner’s life back on track. She’s struggling to recover from the death of her teenage son a year ago, as her husband Burke grows increasingly distant, finding solace in his law practice. The couple embarks on an exciting safari along with a rather diverse and bizarre group of tourists. Winther’s well-done descriptions of [the Serengeti landscape] create a lush, vibrant setting.

A superb thriller with enough action and suspense to keep readers well-satisfied.

THEY LIKE NOBLE CAUSES
How a Community Built a Library

"The story of  the library on Bainbridge Island can be compared to a drama in which dedicated people appeared...to play necessary roles. Thus, the concept for this book was born as a mix of scenes,narratives and soliloquies in five acts.

By necessity the dialogue of the past is what might have been said. However, the characters and settings are real, the events true, and the quotations in the narrative are based on oral interviews." 

LET IT GO, LOUIE: Croatian Immigrants on Puget Sound

"With over 200 pictures, this book tells the story of early Croatian immigrants on Puget Sound. The focus is on Bainbridge Island as representative of other communities that border the waters of the Pacific Northwest. In the book are tales of how Croatian immigrants helped each other survive and succeed.

The families bought boats together and fished together, not only in local waters but up north in the dangerous Bering Sea and down south along the California coast."

HOPITU—A Collection of Kachina Dolls of the Hopi Indians

In 1984, the Jesse Peter Memorial Museum in Santa Rosa, California, mounted an extensive Hopi Indian exhibit, using artifacts borrowed from the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and featuring the kachina doll collection of Grant and Barbara Winther. This book was created to accompany the exhibit.
Presently, the book is out of print, but may be reprinted.

© 2017 Barbara Winther
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