New Releases: “Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction”

51PHErhWKpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Just in time for Halloween: “Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction,” including Oregon Writer’s Colony member Mollie Hunt’s Crazy Cat Lady short story, “Cat’s Cradle.”

“From magic to murder, from felines to faeries, the authors spin thirteen tales featuring those sometimes aloof and occasionally dangerous but always adorable creatures we know and love as cats. Whether it’s mystery, fantasy, historical, or romance, these cat tales provide plenty of entertainment and thrills.”

Available on Amazon and Smashwords October 2.


T. L. Cooper New Book Released

T. L. Cooper released her fifth book of poetry, Vulnerability in Silhouette: Poems, in September. Available in both trade paperback and ebook.

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Book Description:

Vulnerability’s reputation often causes it to be maligned. Vulnerability creates insecurity and destroys confidence. Delve into the human experience of balancing vulnerability and strength while finding one’s place in the world. Explore the strength in vulnerability and the vulnerability in strength through soul-searching poems that travel the full spectrum o f vulnerability from weakness to silhouette.


Cindy Brown Book Launch Party



cindy-brownBook Launch Party!

Join OWC Member Cindy Brown, Annie Blooms Books, and local actors Cyndi McGean, Bruce Miles, Brian Tennison and Jennifer Zubernick as they launch The Sound of Murder, a new mystery from the award-winning Henery Press. The free festivities will be held Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR. It’ll be an evening of comedy, mystery, and a few silly songs (plus a cash bar and free cake)!

Cindy Brown is the author of the Ivy Meadows theater mysteries.  Reach Cindy at


Class on writing about Portland cemeteries

Christine Colasurdo is teaching a class this fall entitled “Reading and Writing about Portland’s Cemeteries at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland.

The class begins Oct. 2 and meets 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Writing exercises will focus on life, love and loss, and the class will take three field trips to historic cemeteries.

For more information, see the Fall 2015 catalogue.


Christine Colasurdo’s new chapbook part of exhibit

Christine Colasurdo
is one of 11 artists participating in the exhibit “Rain” during October at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River.

She is launching her new chapbook celebrating rain as part of the exhibit. The exhibit opens with a gallery reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. Copies of Christine’s chapbook will be for sale.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through October 31.


Randall Platt’s novel sold to Skyhorse

Randall Platt announces that her novel, “The Arab of Warsaw,” the searchadventures of a teenage Jewish girl posing as a boy and living on the streets of Nazi occupied Warsaw, has been sold to Julie Matysik at Skyhorse, for publication in Spring 2017.

“I am so proud of this book and can’t wait to start working with my fantastic editor to knock it out of the ball park,” Platt says. “Thank you to my agent, Andy Ross, for believing in this story of survival, courage, and stepping up!”


Library Writers Project solicits self-published material

LWP_webpageThe Multnomah County Library is embarking on a new project to build a collection of self-published works by local authors. They are soliciting self-published authors who are also library members to submit their work for consideration.

The Library Writers Project is an opportunity for writers of fiction to get their self-published books into the hands of the most avid readers around – library patrons.

Self-publish your work through Smashwords for free. (You must hold all the rights to the work.) Library staff readers will review submissions and choose a number of e-books to purchase from Smashwords and make available to library patrons through the Overdrive e-book platform.

Still need to build your writing chops? Multnomah County Library will offer a wide range of free classes and workshops through the fall. Get inspired. Learn and practice the craft of writing. And get your books into the hands of your future fans. Find more details about how to submit and the class offerings here.


Constructing A Story – An Author’s Method

Aug-15Oregonian George Byron Wright will use his sixth novel, “In the Wake of our Misdeed,” to describe how he goes about creating a work of fiction at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Conversations with Writers at the Hillsboro Library Main Branch, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway.

Wright began fulfilling his boyhood desire to write When he retired. His novels are set in the towns of his youth: “Baker City 1948,” his first novel, was followed by “Tillamook 1952,” and “Roseburg 1959.” Wright then moved on to contemporary fiction with the novels, “Driving to Vernonia,” “Newport Blues,” and “A Salesman’s Lament.”

Host Fred Melden says that dissecting the seemingly mysterious creative process seems illusory, and maybe it is, but Wright will tell how arriving at that floating island of creativity requires him to first deal in a host absolutes, and how these free him to swim with the figures of his imagination.

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us better understand the craft of writing.



Exhibitors’ Tables Available for Stumptown Lit

We want small presses, booksellers, writers’ organizations, editors, book designers, cover artists, indexers, website designers, and other literary or arts groups to be part of the celebration of the literary community at Stumptown Lit, October 19, 2014, in the World Forestry Center.

During the book fair portion of the day, from noon to 5 p.m. exhibitors at tables around the hall will be able to meet and share their message with fair-goers. Oregon writers will be reading throughout the afternoon, and coffee and snacks will be available for purchase.

The book fair is part of a full day of activities, beginning with a publishing workshop and children’s story hour in the morning and ending with a gala reception honoring Jean Auel in the evening.

You may rent one of a limited number of tables for your organization. They will be available until Sept. 24, if they aren’t all reserved before that.

Thanks for Your Interest

Registration is closed for the OWC exhibitors’ tables at Stumptown Lit 2014.

But be sure to come by and browse the tables and exhibits, listen to our Oregon authors reading their works, and enjoy a fall afternoon of literary camaraderie.

See you there.