Published on September 10th, 2015 | by Editorial Staff0
Happy Birthday, Frank Herbert
This year author Frank Herbert would have turned 95. This brilliant, passionate Northwest writer continues to have a growing influence on literature, environmental stewardship, and the identity of the City of Tacoma. See, as Erik Hanberg reminded us in 2013, Frank Herbert is a Tacoman – he was born here October 8, 1920. The author of the catalyzing science fiction masterpiece Dune is slowly but surely becoming a reason to celebrate annually in Tacoma.
More and more businesses and organizations are coming together in late September/early October, hosting events large and small in honor of Frank Herbert, and maybe – just maybe – we are moving toward something a little more cohesive. Dare I say, festivalesque?
We are pleased to welcome The Folio Society, our first international partner, who has graciously donated a stunning, illustrated, 50th anniversary limited edition of Dune for one lucky participant to win.
So here is the dedicated internet space for capturing the latest in Frank Herbert festivities.
Feeling like getting in on the action? Just send me an email and I’ll make sure to include your activities. Let’s get in the spirit, Tacoma; happy birthday, Frank Herbert!
Expect more events and details as we finalize but until then, mark your calendars!
September 30, 6:45 pm
A special Science on Screen event featuring a showing of David Lynch’s Dune – a cult adaptation of the novel.
Before the film screening, Dr. Erica Cline, a professor from the University of Washington Tacoma, will present her talk ‘Restoration of the Sediment Plateau after Removal of the Elwha Dam.’
October 5, 7 pm
A roundtable panel discussion with local thinkers, fans, and personalities exploring Frank Herbert’s history in Tacoma and beyond, and the literary and environmental impact of his work and vision.
October 8, 7 – 10 pm
Join Post Defiance, Hilltop Kitchen, author Erik Hanberg, and King’s Books as we raise a lovingly concocted cocktail to Frank Herbert.
The evening features all seven of Chris Langston Keil’s Dune-inspired cocktails, as well as games, prizes, and books available for purchase to enhance your science fiction collection. Arrakis-inspired costumes and accoutrements encouraged
*Enter to win the Folio Society edition of Dune at these events.
Want to get into the spirit but don’t know much about Frank Herbert or Dune? Here are some good reading material to get you started:
- The book Dune and any other Frank Herbert books that tickle your fancy.
- Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world by Hari Kunzru
- Time to talk about Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune,’ our slag heap by Matt Driscoll
- Son of Tacoma, Father of Dune by Erik Hanberg
- To save California, read ‘Dune’ by Andrew Leonard
- Stillsuit Cocktails: the annual toast to Frank Herbert by Katy Evans
- ‘Dune’ endures by Jon Michaud