New Releases: “Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon”

9781454908913_p0_v1_s260x420Author Susan Blackaby and illustrator Carolyn Conahan have a merry picture book collaboration hot off the press. “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon” pairs Conahan’s artwork with a blast of geography, history, science, folklore, and—of course—snowboarding as two goofy cousins take a holiday romp around the state.

From Publishers Weekly: “In this addition to the Twelve Days of Christmas in America series, a boy named Damon visits his Oregonian cousin Liz, who gives him a crash course in all that the state has to offer. Opposite an Oregon-themed version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (from “12 crabbers crabbing” to “a meadowlark in a fir tree”), Damon’s letters home to his parents reveal how much he’s learning about Oregon.

“Blackaby packs an impressive amount of information into these missives, including a few holiday-appropriate tidbits (the cousins camp near the Donner und Blitzen River, “which comes from the German words for ‘thunder’ and ‘lightning,’ ” Damon recounts). Conahan’s spirited watercolors are full of humorous asides and details to examine, culminating in a cozy holiday campfire on the beach. …Ages 5–up.”

Mark your calendars and come to one of various events: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Annie Bloom’s Books: 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at Barnes & Noble Bridgeport (with SANTA), Noon on Dec. 6 at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at Klindt’s in The Dalles. Appearing Dec. 7 at the OHS Holiday Cheer book gala and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Green Bean Books in Portland.


David D. Levine sells three novels to Tor

David-by-Janna-Silverstein-November-20121-140x140David D. Levine’s “Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure” novel “Arabella of Mars” has sold to science fiction publisher Tor as part of a three-book deal. The first volume will be published
in late 2015 or early 2016, with two sequels to follow at yearly

Arabella Ashby is a Patrick O’Brian girl in a Jane Austen world ¬¬–
born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where
she’s stifled by England’s gravity, climate, and attitudes toward
women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother
and inherit the family fortune, she joins the crew of an
interplanetary clipper ship in order to beat him to Mars. But
privateers, mutiny, and insurrection stand in her way. Will she arrive
in time?

Levine has published more than 50 short stories in major
markets. His stories have won the Hugo, have been nominated for the
Nebula, and have appeared in five Year’s Best anthologies, among many
other honors, and his collection “Space Magic”won the Endeavour Award
for the year’s best F/SF book by a Pacific Northwest writer.


Don Colburn’s poetry presented on stage

Don ColburnDon Colburn’s newest collection of poems, “Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues,” will be performed on stage this weekend in Springfield and Corvallis.

Three actors directed by Leigh Matthews Bock will present all the poetic monologues in the book, telling the story of Brenda Arrieta Killian, who faced cancer while pregnant — a story Colburn reported in The Oregonian newspaper.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at the Wildish Theater in Springfield and at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.


New release: Raw Faith

Marilyn SewellThe Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian Universalist minister and writer, leader, activist, and speaker, announces her new memoir, “Raw Faith: Following the Thread,” is out now in digital, print and audio formats.

She is also an adjunct fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland that is a haven for writers and artists.


Second in Crazy Cat Lady Mystery Series

Cat’s Eyes, the second mystery in Mollie Hunt’s Crazy Cat Lady series, will be published by Amazon in print and electronic form in December.

What if a retired cat-lady found a stolen 68-carat chunk of trouble in her Portland back yard pond?

Lynley Cannon is the crazy cat lady, but she’s not quite crazy yet, even though a bizarre connection to a bumbled heist and two murders has got her wondering. The cops think she’s the killer, but the real killer targets Lynley, herself.


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 Fridays.

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 Multnomah Arts Center