Friday Harbor author to talk at Orcas Island Lit Fest

San Juan Island writer Cere Demuth will be featured at the Orcas Island Lit Fest as a panelist on Saturday, April 6. She will join “Heart Berries” memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot, Nicole Chung, author of “All You Can Ever Know” and “Kickflip Boys” author Neal Thompson on the Orcas Center Main Stage at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday.

“I am thrilled to be participating in the Orcas Lit Fest with a long list of incredibly talented and insightful writers,” Demuth commented. “The panel I’m participating in on Saturday, ‘The Ties that Bind: Memoirists Writing About Family’ will surely be an engaging, powerful and emotional conversation. I’m honored to be included.”

Demuth is a Friday Harbor-based writer and practicing psychotherapist who specializes in treating trauma, addiction and attachment issues. Her memoir, The Way We Stay, tells the story of her son’s addiction, as well as her own personal journey, rooted in her upbringing in the ‘60s in “The Summer of Love” to hippie parents who became briefly members of the infamous Weather Underground.

Lit Fest President Jule Treneer added, “Providing a Platform for San Juan County artists is a key part of the Lit Fest mission. We’re really excited to be showcasing Cere and her excellent work.”

With an award-winning lineup of 60 artists, OILF provides an opportunity to engage with local, regional and nationally renowned authors and their work in an intimate, inclusive setting that welcomes everyone who loves books.

OILF tickets and schedule are now available at

This program is made possible, in part, by the support of the Washington State Arts Commission and the San Juan County Lodging Tax Facilities Grant Program.