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.”


New Releases: “The Lanvin Murders”

lanvinmurders_800x572_cvr-214x300 Angela M. Sanders just published her first mystery novel, The Lanvin Murders. Angela’s goal with The Lanvin Murders was to mash-up Portlandia and Agatha Christie, with a few dozen vintage dresses tossed into the mix. In The Lanvin Murders, all Portland, Oregon, vintage clothing store owner Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies. But when Joanna finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. She must find a very real—and present day—killer before she becomes his next victim.

Angela also sends out a monthly newsletter filled with the sorts of things the book’s heroine likes. Past newsletters have included old cocktail recipes, dating advice from Zsa Zsa Gabor, profiles of women mystery novelists, a drag queen’s makeup tips, and more.  The Lanvin Murders is $3.99 on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. A trade paperback, $12.95, will be available for order in bookstores or online the week of June 23.


Daniel H. Wilson featured on Authors Road series

Science fiction writer Daniel H. Wilson describes how someone with a PhD in robotics became a best-selling author in an engaging LookingDown-altWbLgvideo interview that is sure to inspire writers of all genres.

Wilson, the author of Robopocalypse, Robogenesis, and How to Survive a Robot Uprising, says writing about what you love is essential.  “Only write what you are really interested in,” he says in a wide-ranging interview that explores what inspires and motivates him.

“I’m a dork. I’ve always loved robots… that gives it a certain veracity.  There’s no faking it. If you really enjoy it, it shows.  People can tell.”

Wilson wraps up by describing his latest project – an interactive story experience for an iPhone.  “Human beings communicate through stories,” he says.  “Any technology that pops up, we’ll use it to tell stories.”



New Releases: “Water”

Emily Pittman NewberryEmily Pittman Newberry announces the creation of the artists’ book Water in collaboration with Portland artist Shu-Ju Wang.  This hand-made, limited edition book contains two poems by Emily under the title “Water Suite,” along with Shu-Ju’s evocative art.  The main poem is a meditation on water as it transitions through rain and snow, and the way that the rest of nature interacts with these ever changing forms.

The whole set of 40 books will be on display in August at the Waterstone Gallery, 424 N.W. 12th Ave.  In addition there will be an artists’ talk and poetry performance at 11 a.m. Sunday Aug. 17.    Other talks and performances will be at the John Wilson Special Collections, Multnomah County Library,  810 S.W. 10th Ave., at 6 p.m. Sept. 10, and at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 S.W. Corbett Ave., at 7 p.m. Dec. 11.


New Releases: “Sparked by Love”

Sparked by Love coverSparked By Love, the first book in Peggy Bird’s “Holiday For Romance” series, will be released by Crimson Romance on June 16.

Glass blower Leo Wilson meets Shannon Morgan when his glass fireworks installation is accepted for the Fourth of July celebration in Vancouver, Washington and she’s the person who has to approve permits for him to get the work up. Sparks fly—the wrong kind at first—then the right kind burst into flame. But when Shannon’s father and ex-boyfriend complicate her life, Leo’s left wondering if the sparks they generate are enough to hold her.


Camille Cole teaches June 21 workshop

Camille-Cole-largeCamille Cole will teac a June 21 daylong workshop on memoir writing in downtown Portland. The workshop covers how to search, where to look and how to put it all together in an historical narrative that reads like a novel. Camille is the author of “The Brass Bell,” and two books for classroom teachers.

The workshop costs $275 and includes a signed copy of “The Brass Bell,” a list of resource references and feedback on your project.  The class is for writers of historical fiction and non-fiction as well as memoirists.

Space is limited and the registration deadline is June 13.


Jack Estes publishes essay

Jack Estes wrote a guest column for The Oregonian about the meaning of Memorial Day. His parents, who both served in World War II, are buried in Willamette National Cemetery. Estes himself served in Southeast Asia and recalls how little he thought of Memorial Day when he was an 18-year-old Marine trying to stay alive long enough to return home. The passing years have made the meaning more important he says, as “those boys, who perished, are back with me again.”

Estes is the author of the Vietnam memoir, “A Field of Innocence.”


New Releases: Rending the Garment

RendingtheGarment-CoverWilla Schneberg’s new poetry collection Rending the Garment has just been released from Mudfish/Box Turtle Press, NYC.

Rending the Garment is a narrative tapestry encompassing persona poems, prose poems, flash fiction, imagined meetings with historical figures, ancestral appearances, and ephemera. It is a series of linked poems exploring the life and times of one Jewish family.

headshot “Rending the Garment tells a familiar tale: the Jewish immigrant family romance, but with an important difference. Using shifting points of view and narrative interruptions, biographical essays, scolding notes from school principals, diary entries, not to mention a cast of characters as lively as a Borscht Belt revue, Willa Schneberg tells her story from the inside, where grief and love live side by side in bed ‘neither old nor young,’ bodies outside of time… A fresh, original and moving addition to our literature.” Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Failure.