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Entries in Book Festivals (6)


Best books of 2017

I'm finally back at my writing desk, with the dust of 38 cities on my suitcase, and a bit of glitter in my hair.

I'm staring at the outline and early pages of a new book. So weird to be sitting down, going back to Storyland.

But, before I disappear, I'm delighted to share that Library Journal named LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES as one of their best historical fictions novels of the year. Also on the list was LILI DE JONG by Janet Benton, which I loved and have raved about. But, my favorite book of the year by far was LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng.

If you can buy two books, I hope one of them is mine, but if you had to choose only one, I'd say buy Celeste's. I'm still basking in the strenuous, maddening, heart-rending, infuriating afterglow of that story. 

In fact, next March I'll be back at the Tucson Festival of Books, sharing the stage with Celeste and Tom Perrotta. I can't wait. 


Give someone a signed book. Because no one wants a signed fruitcake

'Tis the season for Seattle 7 Writers annual Holiday Book Signing. Held at the beautiful Phinney Neighborhood Center, the event features readings, book signing, and mingling with beloved and bestselling Northwest authors: Jim Lynch, Erik Larson, Garth Stein, Erica Bauermeister, Stephanie Kallos, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Carol Cassella, Randy Sue Coburn, Laurie Frankel,  Bob Dugoni, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Lynn Brunnelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Boyd Morrison, Bernadette Pajer, Bharti Kirchner, William Dietrich, Mike Lawson, Tara Austen Weaver, Kaya McLaren, Clare Meeker, Peter Mountford...and yours truly.

Books will be available for purchase onsite from Santoro’s Books, and all authors on hand to sign and personalize them for holiday gifts. Plus there will be fresh baked goods by Seattle7Writers’ members, and author readings every fifteen minutes.

Proceeds support TeamReads and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Also, please bring your gently used books to donate for our pocket library program.  Your books will go to food banks, homeless shelters and juvenile detention centers, where they are deeply appreciated!

Seattle 7 Holiday Book Signing: November 17, 3-6pm @ Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA


39 sold-out performances, 26 amazing actors, 1 humbled author

Pardon me while a pause as the curtain falls on Book-It Theatre's run of Hotel on the Corner of You Know What. Kudos to Annie Lareau for directing her heart out and to the amazing cast. Not to mention lighting, set design, music, costuming, and dozens of crew and volunteers who made this happen. I could not be prouder of these guys.

In other news, the NEW BOOK still doesn't have a title but I'm allllmoooost done with edits. Look for a new hardback in January 2014. Sorry for the wait. And now I'm off to the Vegas Valley Book Festival.


Get Lit at the Beach

Paranor? The Oregon coast? See for yourself.I'm currently in Seattle for the Wing Luke Art Auction (a few tickets are still available, by the way) but it's definitely worth mentioning another noble endeavor—next month's Get Lit at the Beach.

When asked to participate I immediately said, "YES! PLEASE! OH, PLEASE TAKE ME! TAKE ME NOW!!"

That's because I'm a huge fan of Terry Brooks, who will be there along with authors Elizabeth George, Susan Wiggs, and others. And the aforementioned beach is none other than Cannon Beach, and I love the Oregon coast. In summer, in winter—all year long, the Oregon coast is vast, brooding, evocative, and gorgeous. This is a unique event in a very unique place.

I hope to see you there, walking through the mist...