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.”


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. 15, if they aren’t all reserved before that.

The tables are 8 feet long and cost $100 for the day. The name of each organization and a brief description will be included in the program. Exhibitors may buy lunches, which will be available at 11 a.m. for $15 each.

Use the form below to pay online through Paypal. You will be charged $100 for the table plus your optional purchase of lunches.

Or you may download the Stumptown Lit Exhibitor Form and make your payment by check.


Get Your Book on the OWC Authors Tables at Stumptown Lit

OWC members will have an opportunity to promote their books at Stumptown Lit, the festival for readers and writers happening Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cheatham Hall in the World Forestry Center in Portland.

Along with carts of coffee and snacks, readings from Oregon authors, and tables of publishers, booksellers and other supporters of the literary arts, the afternoon book fair, from noon to 5 p.m. will feature tables displaying books by OWC members.

Space considerations confine the books to one per author, but you may also display a small stack of business cards with contact information, information about yourself or information about your books, in whatever proportions you choose.

Authors who have registered a book will also be able to sell as many of their titles as they wish through Another Read Through bookstore, which has agreed to  offer these books for sale on a 50-percent consignment basis.

How to Participate

Deadline for registering is Sept. 15, 2014.

You must be a member to have your book included. Join here.

Registration costs $15. One-book limit for display on the Authors Tables. You may sell more titles through the Another Read Through bookstore onsite.

Register your book using the form below. You will be taken to Paypal, where you can use a credit or debit card.

If you would prefer to pay by check, download the registration form here and then mail it in with your check to arrive before September 15.

You will receive instructions to get your books included in the Another Read Through bookstore at the book fair after your registration.


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