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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


Another Hotel, now open for business

Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices went on sale yesterday. This collaborative novel, written in front of a live audience over six days was the brainchild of the Seattle 7 Writers, with proceeds going toward literacy projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Each chapter was helmed by a differnt author, including Garth Stein, Jennie Shortridge, Erik Larsen, Stephanie Kallos, and yours truly (Chap. 32). The final product is an intriguing study in authorly voice—do check it out.

And if you're in the Seattle area, the launch party is at the Richard Hugo House @ 5:00. The party is free. Books will be for sale, and the bar will be wide open.


Another Hotel

No, not that hotel. This is the Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices. This collaborative novel was written by three dozen authors, including Erik Larson, Stephanie Kallos, Garth Stein (and yours truly), in front of a live viewing audience over one crazy, yet memorable week last year.

The eBook is available for pre-order through most of your favorite eBookeries as well as from the publisher, OpenRoad Media.

And if you're in the Seattle area, everyone is invited to the launch party at the Richard Hugo House on May 4th.


From the Halls of Literary Justice

A question that kept popping up on this last round of book events (13 in 9 days) was, “Did you ever imagine you’d be traveling this much?” The answer, “Not even if I were on the run from the law…”

My event schedule is somewhere between a traveling salesman and a drug mule. I checked into a hotel for the third time and half expected to find my dirty socks under the bed. (They weren’t there, I looked).

From the Halls of Literary Justice (otherwise known as Garth Stein's house). But I did have time for a few special moments, not the least of which was a gathering of Seattle7Writers and related authors. I think there were 22 of us? No spouses or kids, just a gathering of writers: Garth Stein, Jennie Shortridge, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larson, Kaya McLaren, Boyd Morrison—the list goes on and on. (Not counting Jess Walters, Tom Robbins, Elizabeth George, Jim Lynch, Mary Guterson and others that couldn’t make it). The evening felt like a gathering of the Justice League—or at least the SuperFriends, with more wine and fewer capes.

And later I spoke to a gathering of teachers during an in-service day. I didn’t realize the extent of the program, which included a presentation by Tom Ikeda and the Densho Foundation as well as a tour of the Wing Luke Museum and the Panama Hotel. The thought of Henry and Keiko sparking such interest still amazes me.

Speaking of amazing, Unca Harlan called yesterday. Evidently the New York Times has sent a reporter to spend a week with him for some unknown, “Harlan Ellison piece.” All I can say is—about time. Write about him now, while he’s still spitting fire, rather than eulogize him decades later. Kudos to the Times.

And on an unrelated note, I bought Nelly tickets for Rissa's 15th birthday. The mega-selling rapper is appearing in Helena, Montana of all places, which speaks volumes about our current economy. Oops, gotta run, The Rolling Stones are playing the vacant hayfield behind my neighbor's barn.

Admission is a bag of zucchini.