Railroad memorabilia (closes Fri., Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. MDT). Auction Catalog 80 features more than 500 individual lots. This is the auction that serious railroad buffs watch for – but gift givers, home decorators and others will find plenty of great stuff too. Full money-back guarantee for authenticity and customer satisfaction. Railroad Memories, Railroadmemories.com
Fine press books. August sale: 20 percent off. Great books about books. Oak Knoll Books and Press, Oakknoll.com
Newly acquired books. Rare and fine illustrated books and first editions – definitely not for the hospital used-book table crowd. Some incredibly beautiful editions are featured. Check out my personal fave: “The Works of Edgar Allan Poe” (1903), with more than 50 full-page illustrations: 10 volumes limited to 1,000 sets, for $2,750. David Brass Rare Books, Davidbrassrarebooks.com
19th Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest (Sat. and Sun., Aug. 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.): Celebrating Tacoma’s maritime heritage, the Maritime Fest has merged with the Clean Green Boating Festival. At Thea’s Park (535 E. Dock St., Tacoma) and the Foss Waterway Seaport. Free Commencement Bay boat tours aboard the Good Time II, beer garden (must be 21 or older), free Tacoma Rail train rides, street performers, live bands, tours of the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, Native arts and crafts, activities for the kiddies and lots more! Free shuttle bus service. Visit Maritimefest.org and Fosswaterwayseaport.org.
- Bill Sienkiewicz, Eisner award–winning and Emmy-nominated artist (Marvel Comics’ “Elektra: Assassin,” “Stray Toasters”).
- Tony Moore, artist (“Venom,” “Fear Agent,” “The Walking Dead”).
- Brian Clevinger (writer) and Scott Wegener (artist), co-creators of the Eisner-nominated series “Atomic Robo.”
- Dennis Calero, artist on Marvel Comics’ Noir books (“Luke Cage,” “X-Men,” “Mark of Cain,” “Weapon X,” “Spider-Man Noir,” “Punisher”) as well as “X-Factor,” “The Phantom,” “Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom,” “Dark Tower,” “Elric” and others.