26 Apr 2016

I’m a book lover. I love books. I love collecting books—the real ones that you can display on a shelf and hold in your hands. I love getting books as gifts and I love giving them. I love rare books, antique books, unknown books, and out-of-print books. I love books tha...

8 Jan 2015

Tonight is the last night films will be shown at Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit Theater. I attended a film there last weekend and said goodbye to one of my favorite Seattle theaters. 


The historic brick building constructed in 1925 by the Woman’s Century Club has bee...

18 Jul 2014

I wasn’t planning to attend Little Accidents when it screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. With 450 films from which to choose, a film about a coal mining disaster sounded depressing. However, when I was sent a free pass from SIFF, I went anyway. 



18 Jul 2014

I attended the world premier of Layover at the Seattle International Film Festival after receiving a personal invitation via social media from the star of the film, Karl E. Lander, an astonishingly beautiful Frenchman making his American feature film debut.

I nearly wal...

11 Jul 2014

Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower celebrates 100 years on July 4, 2014. The Smith Tower, originally named the L.C. Smith Building, was Seattle’s first skyscraper, and was, at the time it was built, the world’s fourth tallest building. It was the tallest building west of Chi...

29 Jun 2014

Want to get away this summer, but only have a day? North Puget Sound has many wonderful places that can be enjoyed in a day. Whether you’re a retired couple or a family with young kids, there is a day trip for you. 


La Conner – The oldest town in Skagit County, La Conn...

21 Jun 2014

I attended the world premier of 4 Minute Mile, directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud, at the Seattle International Film Festival. I chose to see the film, not only because it was filmed in Seattle, but also because the storyline sounded compelling. The film proved to be...

21 Jun 2014

In The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKeller, a big city doctor finds himself out of his element in a remote Newfoundland village that is filled with unusual characters. One might expect such a film to be a cross between Northern Exposure and The Shipping News, but...

21 Jun 2014

What does a film festival, a Twitter follow, and book review have to do with becoming a freelance writer? It runs along the lines of an Agent Dale Cooper quote, “When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object of inquiry, we must pay strict...

11 Jun 2014

Last February, while browsing the massive book fair at the Seattle AWP conference, one book at the University of Washington Press booth caught my eye. In its provisional pre-publication proof state, the cover of Skookum Summer:  A Novel of the Pacific Northwest looked...

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Mary Senter writes in a cabin in the woods on the shores of Puget Sound. She holds certificates in literary fiction writing from the University of Washington and writes literary and historical fiction with a little nonfiction throw in. She loves the Northwest lit scene, real books, arts and culture, travel, graphic design, photography, film, baseball, and pretty much anything historic.

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