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Don Colburn’s poetry presented on stage

mugDon 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.

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New releases: Raw Faith

photo_Marilyn_forest_11The 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.

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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.

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Last Call for Stumptown Lunches

Participants in Stumptown Lit — authors, readers, exhibitors, volunteers, and workshop participants — may order lunch for the event through Friday, Oct. 3.

The lunches will be available only by advance order. They will be served at 11 a.m.

Each lunch consists of sandwich, salad, fruit, cookie, and beverage.

To pay by check, Stumptown lunch form (PDF) and mail it in.

Or use the form below to use credit or debit card on Paypal.


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Get Ready for NaNoWriMo with OWC!

Oregon Writers Colony has plans to make your 2014 National Novel Writing Month a success.

Whether you need time away, a few hours of uninterrupted work to get you started, or some advice putting it all together, you’ll find it in our fall events.

Write at Colonyhouse, weekends in November
NaNoWriMo Open House, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Literary Lounge, featuring Elizabeth Lyon, 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Check out the event links for more information.

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Noted Oregon Authors to Read at Stumptown Lit Book Fair

If you’re a fan of Oregon’s top authors, in genres ranging from poetry to science fiction, you won’t want to miss a chance to hear your favorite read from his or her works at the Stumptown Lit Book Fair.

Stumptown Lit happens Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Cheatham Hall of the World Forestry Center. The Book Fair runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Stumptown Lit Readers

Here are the authors scheduled to read during the book fair:

Stevan Allred

Stevan Allred

Stevan Allred is the author of A Simplified Map of the Real World, Multnomah County Library’s Pageturners selection for the fall of 2014.

C.B. Bernard

C.B. Bernard

C.B. Bernard is the author of Chasing Alaska, a Publishers Weekly and National Geographic top-10 pick and finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award in nonfiction.

Barbara Drake

Barbara Drake

Barbara Drake’s newest collection of essays, Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life, was published by Oregon State University Press, Fall 2014.

Ed Edmo

Ed Edmo

Ed Edmo, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, is a poet, performer, playwright, and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture and a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

Elizabeth Enslin

Elizabeth Enslin

Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, received an Oregon Arts Commission fellowship and lives in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Susan Clayton-Goldner

Susan Clayton-Goldner

Susan Clayton-Goldner’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first collection of poems, A Question of Mortality, was just released from Wellstone Press.

Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes‘ most recent thriller, Gun Metal Heart, the fourth in its series, was released from St. Martin’s Press in August. A career journalist, he is communications director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

Phillip Margolin

Phil Margolin

Phil Margolin writes award-winning and best-selling legal thrillers. Two of his books have been made into movies, and two of his short stories have been included in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry is author of middle-grade novels Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, and Written in Stone, which recently won the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West.

Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press in 2013.

Mark Pomeroy

Mark Pomeroy

Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he was born in 1969. The Brightwood Stillness is his first novel.

Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis. He holds a Ph.D. in robotics and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Other Stumptown Lit Attractions

Aside from listening to the readings at the Book Fair, you’ll be able to browse the OWC Authors’ Books Table and learn more about your favorite publishers, bookstores, and other literary services among the exhibitors. Enjoy a coffee and a snack as you broaden your knowledge and catch up with old friends.

The Book Fair is just part of an all-day event. The morning begins with a publishing workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Happening concurrently is a Children’s Story Hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

After the book fair will be a gala reception honoring best-selling author Jean Auel. You’ll be able to get your copies of Clan of the Cave Bear (and others in the Earth’s Children series) autographed, as well as listening to the two winners of the OWC writing contest read their winning entries. That happens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn more about Stumptown Lit and reserve your space for the workshop, the Authors’ Books Table, and the gala Reception honoring Jean Auel.

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Stumptown Lit registration deadlines extended to Sept. 24

Because delivery of the Colonygram newsletters was delayed, we have extended the registration deadlines for Mary Rosenblum’s Publishing Today workshop, the OWC Authors tables, and the Exhibitors Tables at Stumptown Lit to Wednesday, Sept. 24.  We encourage use of paypal for registration, but if you prefer to send a check, please send us an email so we know it’s coming. We need the names of OWC Authors and Exhibitors by Sept. 24 to be listed in the printed program. Please send an email to Executive Director Holly Franko: hollyfranko@oregonwriterscolony.org. Thanks! We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 19!

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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.