Upcoming Robert Rubinstein appearances

Robert RubinsteinRobert Rubenstein, the storyteller, actor and writer, has a series of performances lined up in the Eugene area in October.

He plays the part of the inspector in two benefit performances of “Murder Weighs In”
at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Springfield Elks Lodge, 440 Tiffany St., and at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the River Road Park and Recreation District, 1400 Tiffany St., Eugene.

He will also give a talk on “Monster Folklore” at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and a performance of “Tales for Halloween” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Ave., Eugene.


Christine Colasurdo teaches new class

Author Christine Colasurdo is teaching a new class called “Reading and
Writing about Oregon.” The 10-week class begins October 3 at the
Multnomah Arts Center and runs fall term from 10 a.m. to noon on
It’s for writers as well as readers. Students will look at the
works of Oregon authors and have some fun talking about landscape, how a
sense of place develops, favorite reads, literary technique, and fun
facts about Oregon. You can register online at


David Oates teaching course at Sitka

david_oates_portraitDavid Oates teaches “Honing the Very Short Personal Essay” at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Sept. 7 and 8 in Otis, Oregon.

Oates will help you craft two short, polished essays in the two-day workshop. Writers will draw inspiration from their own lives in addition to learning from examples read together and observations made during walks about the Sitka Center.

Cost is $235.


Poet Nancy Flynn to read in Seattle

Portland poet Nancy Flynn will be among the poets and writers reading from their work at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle on Sept. 12 to celebrate the Raven Chronicle’s latest journal, “Sound Tracks.”

The celebration will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the $9 magazine will be on sale.

“Everyone’s life has its own “soundtrack”—certain sounds or songs that whenever they’re heard reawaken a memory. Music plays this role for many. But it could be the sound of a waterfall, or traffic noises, or nightly arguments on the other side of the wall; the wailing of sirens, the music of bird song. Whatever the memory there’s a story connected to it, or perhaps a poem, or a painting.”


Critique group seeks new member

Small critique group is looking for one more member who is committed to moving steadily forward with a novel. We meet every week, during the daytime at my home. We concentrate on prose fiction. Within that genre, we’re an eclectic bunch. We have romance, mystery and science fiction, so far.

If you’re interested, please contact Marlene Hill at 503-353-6666 or


New Releases: “A Question of Mortality”

Susan Clayton-Goldner announces the publication of her latest book, a collection of poems released by Wellstone Press.

“A Question of Mortality takes us, step by step, through the difficult terrain of family history–its griefs, its losses, its regrets–offering up image-rich lines that “go by foot/into celebration or sadness….” This collection is the child of memory, its poems rising from that place where recollection does its epiphanic work. In the quotidian, Susan Clayton-Goldner’s voice seeks and finds the mystery that restores both the poet and the reader.

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate


New Releases: “When Patty Went Away”

Jeannie BurtWhen Patty Went AwayJeannie Burt’s new novel, When Patty Went Away, is a family drama set in the mid-1970s. It plays out in a remote farming community in the Northwest when rebellious and nasty fifteen-year-old Patty Pugh disappears.

Jack McIntyre, a quiet farmer, and his beloved daughter, seem to be the only ones who care. No one looks for the girl, yet Jack cannot let her go, and a search will require him to rise against his own wife and against the customs and traditions of his community.

In a quest reminiscent of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Jack sets out on an uncertain journey which lands him in the underbelly of Montreal, where he encounters a world he could never imagine.

Midwest Book Review called the novel a “…minor literary masterpiece.”

“A deftly written novel showcasing the quiet struggle of farmer and his family within the framework of a deftly written mystery.”