Double Header: LLyn De Danaan and Peter Stockwell


We are delighted to bring you two regional authors Nov. 17! Silverdale author Peter Stockwell will talk about his suspense novel Motive. And writer and anthropologist Llyn De Danaan will talk about her important new book, Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay.

At 3pm Stockwell will begin:  What motive does a young mother and wife have to commit the ultimate sin of suicide? What motive does a father and husband have for killing his wife? Mary Waite's death presents a conundrum; is it suicide or murder? Detective Marc Jefferson has motive to figure out the answer, but his motive could ruin his own marriage. Marc receives the call on a Sunday which is his family day. He leaves a disappointed wife to uncover a mystery which has unsettling consequences. Can he solve Mary's death and keep his family life intact?

We will then introduce De Danaan: A gravestone, a mention in local archives, stories still handed down around Oyster Bay: the outline of a woman begins to emerge and with her the world she inhabited, so rich in tradition, so shaken by violent change. Katie Kettle Gale was born into a Salish community in Puget Sound in the 1850s, just as settlers were migrating into what would become Washington State. With her people forced out of their accustomed hunting and fishing grounds into ill-provisioned island camps and reservations, Katie Gale sought her fortune in Oyster Bay. In that early outpost of multiculturalism—where Native Americans and immigrants from the eastern United States, Europe, and Asia vied for economic, social, political, and legal power—a woman like Gale could make her way.

As LLyn De Danaan mines the historical record, we begin to see Gale, a strong-willed Native woman who cofounded a successful oyster business, then wrested it away from her Euro-American husband, a man with whom she raised children and who ultimately made her life unbearable. Steeped in sadness—with a lost home and a broken marriage, children dying in their teens, and tuberculosis claiming her at forty-three—Katie Gale’s story is also one of remarkable pluck, a tale of hard work and ingenuity, gritty initiative and bad luck that is, ultimately, essentially American.



Peter Stockwell is a retired public middle school teacher who shaped young minds to become model citizens as adults. Although he may not have been successful all of the time he gained enough ideas to begin a new career as an author. Motive is his debut book. He lives with his wife in Silverdale, Washington. An avid reader, Peter attends writing conferences to learn the craft of writing for the marketplace and has met some of the premier writers in the industry, who give generously of their time to help new writers become successful authors.


LLyn De Danaan is a writer and an anthropologist. She contributed to the book Vashon Island Archaeology: A View from Burton Acres Shell Midden, and her articles have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, and Oregon Historical Quarterly.


Event date: 
Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
157 Winslow Way E.
98110 Bainbridge Island
Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803237872
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2013

Motive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988647107
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Published: Westridge Art - April 10th, 2013