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Come see me at 3pm at Phinney Ridge, or 7pm at the Costco in Tukwila: 400 COSTCO DR. SUITE 150 :: TUKWILA WA  98188
LOCAL AUTHORS THROW HOLIDAY BOOK SIGNING CELEBRATION

Seattle7Writers presents its first annual Holiday Book Signing Celebration on Saturday, November 20th, 3:00-6:00 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue North on Phinney Ridge.

Come meet the Northwests most beloved authors including Garth Stein, Stephanie Kallos, Jim Lynch, Erica Bauermeister, Erik Larsen, Carol Cassella, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Elizabeth George, Randy Sue Coburn, Kit Bakke, Maria Dahvana Headley, Bob Dugoni, Sean Beaudoin, Kathleen Alcala, Suzanne Selfors and Susan Wiggs.

These authors books will be available for purchase from Santoros Books, and all authors on hand to sign and personalize them for holiday gifts. Also on hand: fresh baked cookies by Seattle7Writers members, and author readings every half hour. Proceeds from each purchase support Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Seattle7Writers began in 2006, when two Northwest authors, Garth Stein and Jennie Shortridge, got together over coffee to talk shop. Over the next two years, the group expanded and they realized their collective energies could be used not only to promote their own books but to energize their reading communities. They pledged to undertake several community outreach initiatives including pocket libraries in unconventional places, and events designed to support independent bookstores and raise money for literacy and writing programs. Now with 29 authors, Seattle7Writers encourages and promotes Northwest literature with the rallying cry of “Read Local.”

PLEASE say you’ll join in the fun. We need you, all of you, near and far! The Novel: Live! is about to launch:

T-shirts now available! All profits benefit the good works of www.826Seattle.org
Link to buy: http://thenovellive.org/merch.php

Now taking suggestions for The Novel: Live! You are cordially invited to send in any ideas for plot, character, setting . . . anything at all! We will seriously consider each and every suggestion. Send all suggestions to: suggestions, or take in person to Queen Anne Books in Seattle.

Kick-off Party next Sunday, Oct. 10 6pm at Elliott Bay Books! All welcome! Drinks! Music! T-shirts! and Nancy Pearl auctioning off naming rights for the protagonist, love interest, murder victim, and pet! More public brainstorming! All fun and for a good cause, Writers in the Schools.

Here you go, a Seattle flash mob performance in three locations. Fun!

Picture the most elegant waterfront restaurant on Puget Sound, with an adorable waitress serving you a brunch of sourdough macadamia nut pancakes and Dungeness crab hash. As you watch the boats coming in and out of the marina, you talk about the books you’re reading, and what’s on your TBR pile, and which novels you’re really looking forward to reading, and then you talk about your kids and you laugh a lot you know you’re doing something right when eating and shopping are your business for the day. I’m not saying every day is like this for a writer, but
as I indulged in that lucky-author feeling, I remembered an old story. A writer came home one day to discover her house burned down, her car vandalized, all her treasured possessions gone or stolen. “We’re so sorry, ma’am,” said the emergency workers. “But at least we know who the culprit was–your literary agent.”
The writer staggered in shock. “You’re kidding. No way!”
“I’m afraid so, ma’am.”

“Wow,” said the writer, shaking her head in disbelief. “My agent came to me house…”

Picture the most fabulous waterfront restaurant on Puget Sound, with an adorable waitress serving you a brunch of sourdough macadamia nut pancakes and Dungeness crab hash. As you watch the boats coming in and out of the marina, you talk about the books you’re reading, and what’s on your TBR pile, and which novels you’re really looking forward to reading, and then you talk about your kids and you laugh a lot.

After brunch, you head out to a gallery and then to a landmark bookstore, shopping and talking the whole time.

And then it dawns on you. Your girlfriend also happens to be your literary agent, aka the woman in charge of the three-ring circus that is your career. This is a business meeting. You are “at work.”

You know you’re doing something right when eating and shopping are your business for the day. I’m not saying every day is like this for a writer, but
as I indulged in that lucky-author feeling, I remembered an old story. A writer came home one day to discover her house burned down, her car vandalized, all her treasured possessions gone or stolen. She stood there in horror as one of the emergency workers said, “We’re so sorry, ma’am. But at least we know who the culprit was–your literary agent.”
     The writer staggered in shock. “You’re kidding. My agent? No way!”
     “I’m afraid so, ma’am.”
     “Wow,” said the writer, shaking her head in disbelief. “My agent actually came to my house…”

A hard day at work for my agent and me. 🙂

So this is a first, not just for me but for the ENTIRE FREAKIN FERRY SYSTEM. I’m having a booksigning on the ferry Thursday, on the 4:40pm Seattle/Bainbridge run. 

Come to a booksigning aboard a Washington State Ferry!
Come to a booksigning aboard a Washington State Ferry!

I’m known for doing signings in unusual places. This one is to celebrate the publication of JUST BREATHE, and because there will be ads for the book on the ferry. Enter a drawing to win a gift basket filled with gourmet treats, a signed book and a certificate for an oxygen facial. There’s a nice article about the event in Shelf Awareness here.

All this scenery and a new book to read, too. You can’t beat that!

A propos of nothing writing-related, I have a fabulous condo for sale in the ultra-hip neighborhood of Queen Anne.

the Space Needle, Seattle Center and downtown

the Space Needle, Key Arena, Seattle Center and downtown - photographed from the balcony

It’s an adorable one-bedroom in The Apollo, a converted midcentury modern building. This has a million-dollar view of the Sound, ferries, Mount Rainier and the Emerald City.

Click this link for a slide show of the property and neighborhood.
a galley kitchen

a galley kitchen

hardwood floors and a long balcony

hardwood floors and a long balcony

 

*** CALENDAR ALERT ***SAVE THE DATE

WRITING IN THE GARDEN OF THE GODS
Field’s End Writers’ Conference 2008Photo by s.j. luke, onsetimagery

WHO: This year’s line-up of authors and speakers includes: Roy Blount, Jr. (keynote speaker), Stephanie Kallos (opening speaker), Knute Berger, Alice Acheson, Lyall Bush, Laura Kalpakian, Thomas Kohnstamm, Rosina Lippi aka Sara Donati, Jennifer Louden, Nancy Pagh, George Shannon, Charley Pavlosky, Sheila Rabe aka Sheila Roberts, Suzanne Selfors, David Wagoner, and Timothy Egan (closing speaker). Professional actor Ron Milton will be on hand for the Page One sessions.

WHAT: Third annual Field’s End Writers’ Conference, “Writing in the Garden of the Gods.”

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Kiana Lodge
14976 Sandy Hook Rd. NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370

DETAILS: This one-day conference, held at the spectacularly beautiful Kiana Lodge near Bainbridge Island, is a combination of lectures and breakout sessions presented by an eclectic group of people in the literary world.

The day offers three groupings of breakout sessions. Guests will select three workshops to attend according to their interest (literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screen writing, dialogue, genre, travel writing, editing, journalism, historical fiction, and commercial fiction). Each breakout session will also offer a Page One workshop, where conference guests can anonymously submit the first page of something they’ve written for possible live reading and critique by the guest authors.

Lunch is provided and there will be an early evening wine and cheese reception and book signing providing conference guests, authors, and speakers a chance to mingle. Shuttle buses will be available to carry walk-on ferry passengers to and from Kiana Lodge.

Registration begins February 1, 2008. Early registration is recommended as the conference is limited to 250 guests and has sold out in the past. Cost to attend is $135 if you register before February 28, 2008 and $150 after March 1, 2008. Groups of 5 or more can register for $130/person. To register for the 2008 Field’s End Writers’ Conference, visit http://www.fieldsend.org.

Founded in 2002, Field’s End is a writers’ community whose mission is to inspire writers and nurture the written word through lectures, workshops, and instruction in the art and craft of writing. Located across the Puget Sound from Seattle on beautiful Bainbridge Island, Field’s End is an affiliate of the nonprofit Bainbridge Public Library, which is located at 1270 Madison Avenue on Bainbridge Island. For more information, call (206) 842-4162 or visit http://www.fieldsend.org.

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