Multnomah County Library Wants Your Ebooks


From now until December 15, 2016, the Multnomah County Library is accepting ebooks from local authors to add to the library’s ebook collection.

They’re looking for fiction for adults, teens and children. No nonfiction or erotica.

Getting your book into a library can be a great way of connecting with new readers, leading to future sales.

To learn more about how to get your book into the Multnomah County Library program, visit The Library Writers Project.

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Cat’s Paw Launch Party, featuring Mollie Hunt

Cat's PawMollie Hunt will be at Cat’s Paw Launch Party, at 7 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2016. The Cat’s Paw Launch Party happens at Another Read Through Bookstore, 3932 N Mississippi Ave., Portland.

I’m excited to announce my third Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, Cat’s Paw. Come join me at our wonderful Portland independent bookstore, Another Read Through, for reading, signing, questions, and fun. It’s a celebration, so of course Champagne and cake will be served.


Yoga & Writing Workshop, featuring Phyllis Thompson

Manzanita Dunes

Phyllis Thompson will lead a workshop titled Yoga & Writing: Refreshing Body, Mind, and Community, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016. The workshop happens at Tranquil Treasure beach house, P.O. Box 1091, Manzanita, Oregon.

The price is $110, due October 11. A $25 deposit reserves a place.

Phyllis Thompson, writer, and Theresa Hanks, yoga, offer a one-day workshop to renew visions that connect your purpose and the world. A unique blend of private, playful writing with quiet, joyful yoga in lovely spaces can nourish the spirit.

No experience required. For information, call Theresa Hanks at (503) 521-6148 or email


September Literary Lounge to feature short fiction

The September Literary Lounge will feature its second annual evening short, short story readings, snacks, beverages and fun.

The event happens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N. Albina, in Portland.

Moderator Ed Goldberg will keep the program going as several writers read from their current work and will also read from his work. Ed Goldberg is a Shamus Award-winning author and on-air host of All Classical radio at KQAC-FM. He produces radio shows, conducts author interviews, and reviews films. He has been a regular emcee for Oregon Writers Colony events, where he brings his trademark humor to the proceedings.

Readers are:

Katherine Boyer is an author and speaker. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has been published in Inspire Me Today, New Connexion, Street Roots, The Willamette Writer, and Portland Family magazine, and the VoiceCatcher journal. Her book, Mending the Net, outlines methods to heal yourself, even if you grew up in a dysfunctional family.

Karen Alexander-Brown first honed her authorial skills by writing as a pastime while on tours as a professional dancer. She’s the author and producer of several short plays and a musical for the Fertile Ground Festival, has written several published academic articles, and currently writes both fiction and creative non-fiction.

Rosemary Lombard, a musicologist intrigued by the behavior of pet turtles, returned to school in her 40s to become an animal behaviorist/ethologist. Her work in progress, Diode’s Experiment: A Box Turtle Investigates the Human World, is about the relationships between the turtles and humans and the turtles’ quest to communicate with them. She has won prizes in nonfiction and poetry, the latter published most recently in The Poeming Pigeon and Nature Writing. Her chapbook, Turtles All the Way: Poems, is in production at Finishing Line Press.

Emily Pittman Newberry’s writing explores the challenges of living as spiritual beings in a material world. OneSpirit Press published two of her books. She wrote the poetry for the artist Shu-Ju Wang’s artist’s book Water, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. She co-facilitates art therapy workshops for LGBTQ senior citizens and can’t believe how blessed she is to watch her two sons blossom.

Stephen Whitney, takes a strong approach to his creativity and has a genuine desire to write. He loves experimenting with form and technique and has a wide variety of work known for its irony and satire. His poems, stories and essays have been recognized and accepted by various anthologies, magazines, and journals that include Third World Communications, The Black Scholar, African American Review, USA Today, Willamette Week, Timberline Review, Poetry Corners, Exhibition, Reed, The Owl and L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future.

Margaret Van See Wolf has always loved writing, but put it aside for many years while she raised a family. Now she writes romance, light sci-fi, and fantasy. Her newest book, Dragonfly World, will be released soon. Watch for it on Amazon Kindle.


Launch Party Scheduled for D’Norgia Price’s New Book, Seedlings

The official launch party for D’Norgia Price’s new novel, Seedlings, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Another Read Through Bookstore, 3932 N. Mississippi Avenue
Portland, Oregon.


How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal, featuring Maggie Stuckey

Maggie StuckeyMaggie Stuckey will present Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Book Proposals But Didn’t Know Who to Ask: How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6. The event happens at St Helens Library, 375 S 18th St., St Helens, Oregon.

In this free workshop, Portland author Maggie Stuckey will describe the purpose of the proposal and the in-house reviewing process, explain the standard proposal format, and detail each element and all the necessary nuts and bolts. Maggie is the author of 11 books under her own name and 20-some others as ghostwriter or collaborator. All are nonfiction and most were published by one of the big-name New York houses. Lots of handouts, plentiful Q&A.


Changing the World Through Fiction, featuring Mollie Hunt

Mollie HuntMollie Hunt will present Changing the World Through Fiction: Introducing altruism without using soapbox rhetoric (or putting your reader to sleep), at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The event happens at Reedville Presbyterian Church, 2785 SW 209th Avenue, Aloha.

Reading, questions, and discussion: As an animal rescue advocate, I raise awareness of our companion animals and the ways we can help them. As a fiction writer, I create an engaging and entertaining story. By introducing characters and situations involving animal welfare into my cat mysteries, my readers come away with something beyond a pleasant read.


Halloween Treat: The Haunting of Colonyhouse


Do you love to be scared? Were you weaned on Alfred Hitchcock? Is Edgar Allan Poe your alter ego? Are you fascinated by all things that go bump in the night?

If so, please join Queen of Halloween, Becky Kjelstrom, and Empress of Terror, D’Norgia Taylor, for a weekend of fearsomely delicious food and writerly exploration of the sinister and macabre.


  • Colonyhouse in eerie finery
  • Discussions on what scares us and how to develop petrifying ideas
  • Workshop “It Wasn’t a Dark and Stormy Night: Moving beyond the Clichés”
  • Evening readings
  • Friday, share a favorite frightening story or short bit
  • Saturday, share your story in progress
  • Gentle critique
  • Time to write
  • Food: Witch Fingers, Graveyard Brownies, Death by Veggies, Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers, Bloody Puddin’, Putrefied Punch and more. (Vegetarian and gluten-free available on request)

The Haunting of Colonyhouse happens the weekend of October 28-30 at Colonyhouse, Rockaway Beach, Oregon. The cost: $125 double occupancy ($165 for nonmembers, which includes a year of membership in OWC). The price includes Halloween-themed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, drinks, and desserts.

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Halloween at Colonyhouse 2016

It's Halloween at Colonyhouse. Join us for a weekend of reading, writing, and spooky fun.
  • We probably won't need to call you, but just in case we need to reach you for an emergency.

Conversations with Writers, featuring Fred Melden and Leanne Grabel

Fred Melden will be at Conversations With Writers, at 7 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2016. Conversations With Writers happens at the Hillsboro Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy., Hillsboro.

Leanne GrabelWhat Should (and What Can) We Hide From Our Young?

Leanne Grabel, poet, memoirist, and illustrator, has written and produced numerous spoken-word shows, including The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression and Anger: The Musical. Her books include Brontosaurus, Lonesome and Very Quarrelsome Heroes, and Short Poems by a Short Poet.

Leanne will mix art forms to illuminate the question of keeping books, poetry and other means of expression from our children in the age of social media. The event is free.


Counterbalance, by Fred Melden

Counterbalance, by Fred MeldenFred Melden is the author of a new book, Counterbalance, a novel of eco-activism published by CreateSpace.

CounterbalanceFred Melden, author of five poetry chapbooks and a non-fiction work on education, announces the publication of his first novel.

Science mixes with mysticism. Technology joins with ancient culture. In Counterbalance we meet Esther and her old friends, some new friends, a mystic, perhaps a killer or two. And perhaps there are some secrets about herself she needs to learn.

Readings in the Portland area will be held, but none scheduled at this time.
Counterbalance is available at Amazon.

Buy Counterbalance