Amber Michelle Cook and Barry W. Kennedy will read at the May 29, 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The series features writers reading published or unpublished works in an intimate coffee house setting.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.
Amber Michelle Cook is the author of two novellas, and two forthcoming novels. The novellas are both urban fairy tales; one of the novels is a modern adaptation of Through the Looking Glass with an adult Alice set at a Wonderland version of the McMenamin’s Edgefield, and the other is Night of the Victorian Dead, Book 1: Welcome to Romero Park, a paranormal/gothic novel laced with sly humor.
Partly raised in Germany, she went to an international school for high-school, majored in linguistics, loves literature and period pieces. She’s also a photography/graphic arts artist of color and wonder living in the great Northwest.
Aside from words and stories, she adores dogs and is fascinated by any and everything aquatic. Especially cephalopods.
Barry W. Kennedy was an electrical engineer with the Bonneville Power Administration for 31 years. There he developed the Power System Efficiency Program that included several Guidebooks. He has written several published technical articles. Since retiring in 1999 he has become a published poet, artist, author of two books published by McGraw-Hill, contributing editor for Electrical World, and freelance writer for various magazines. While a full time caregiver of his now deceased wife of 50 years he discovered he was a highly sensitive person and is writing a book that contains his poetry, prose, and paintings describing his journey as a caregiver and widower entitled “Pinot Like Me: Self-Discovery Journey Through the Oregon Wine Country.” He will share excerpts from his new book.