Dan Berne and Don Weston will read at the March 20, 2014, Rain or Shine Reading Series.
The series features writers reading published or unpublished works in an intimate coffee house setting.
Readings are Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rain or Shine Coffee House, 5941 S.E. Division St., in Portland.
Dan Berne grew up in a working-class family in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked in his way through college, with jobs in drugstores, warehouses, U-bolt factories, and cement plants. He moved to the west coast in 1979, settling in the Portland area in 1990. He has been an active member of a select writing workshop led by author Karen Karbo for ten years. His short stories and poetry have been published in literary magazines and has won a literary award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Dan owns a market strategy consultancy and is currently writing a book on market transformation. He lives with his wife Aliza in Portland, Oregon. The Gods of Second Chances is his debut novel. More can be found at his website danberne.com.
Don Weston is the Author of the new Billie Bly, P.I. series about a hard boiled, albeit sometimes humorous, P.I. of the feminine persuasion, based in Portland. Don also published an 11,000-word short story, “Death Fits Like A Glove,” on Kindle and other e-readers, a good primer to start the Billie Bly series.
Don is the coordinator of the annual Willamette Writer’s Conference, and has chaired OWC workshops with authors April Henry and Larry Brooks, He grew up reading Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a host of others crime writers. In college, he says he took courses in American Literature and read some masterful artists, but nothing that can compare with a simple elegant mystery.