Writers Faire 2004 Celebrates the Vibrant Northwest Literary Scene

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Opporutnities to meet major authors like Jean Auel, Molly Gloss, Larry Brooks, Elizabeth Engstrom, April Henry, Phil Margolin, and many others are available through Writers Faire 2004 in Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, October 5th. The faire offers opportunies to meet authors, buy books, meet local agents and publishers, and winners in a meet-the-author raffle win private sessions with authors like Jean Auel.

Opporutnities to meet major authors like Jean Auel, Molly Gloss, Larry Brooks, Elizabeth Engstrom, April Henry, Phil Margolin, and many others are available through Writers Faire 2004 in Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, October 5th. The faire offers opportunies to buy books written by members of Willamette Writers and Oregon Writers Colony, meet local agents and publishers, plus winners in a meet-the-author raffle can arrange private sessions with authors like Jean Auel.

Writers Faire is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Kliever National Guard Armory, 10000 NE 33rd Drive (near Marine Drive) in Portland. Entrance to the event is free, but books and raffle tickets will be offered for sale.

Willamette Writers and Oregon Writers Colony have teamed up to organize this event, which showcases regional writers and their books. This is a great opportunity to meet local authors who will personally sign their books, stock up on books for holiday gift giving, network with other book lovers over refreshments, and affirm Portland’s love affair with books.

New this year is the “Meet the Author” Raffle. Two-dozen authors in 15 categories have signed up to spend an hour with lucky winners. Mike Rich, Whitney Otto, Larry Brooks, Phil Margolin, and Molly Gloss are just a few of these authors. For the full list, please go to http://www.oregonwriterscolony.org/writersfaire2004.htm.

The new Armory venue is larger, more conveniently located and has more parking than last year’s location, so the event will have even more authors and activities. We expect over 50 tables of authors and other presenters such as writing groups, publishers, writing-related businesses, agents and editors.

Attendees are encouraged to bring used books in good shape or purchase extra books for Willamette Writers “Book for Kids” drive. For more information about Books for Kids, please go to http://www.willamettewriters.com/books-for-kids.htm.

With the sad demise of Northwest BookFest in Seattle this year, the fledgling Portland Writers’ Faire has become just about the only general-interest book faire in the Pacific Northwest. Presenters — authors, publishers, agents, editors, writers’ organizations etc. — have until September 27, 2004 to sign up. Tables are free for Willamette Writers and Oregon Writers Colony members; $25 for others. Sign-up forms are available at the OWC website, http://www.oregonwriterscolony.org/writersfaire2004.htm.

About Willamette Writers: Willamette Writers is the largest writer’s organization in Oregon and one of the largest in the United States. Founded in Portland in 1965, it has grown to over 1,100 members with branches in Eugene and Medford. Willamette Writers presents a conference each August, and has several writing awards programs, most notably the Kay Snow Awards and the Kate Herzog Scholarship Program. It serves youth through its Young Willamette Writers and Books for Kids programs. For more information, please go to http://www.willamettewriters.com or call 503-452-1592.

About Oregon Writers Colony

Oregon Writers Colony, which was founded for the express purpose of supporting writers and establishing a permanent writers retreat on the Oregon coast, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2004. In 1989, OWC found a lovely log home on a ridge in Rockaway Beach, which they purchased and dubbed “Colonyhouse.” In addition to the retreat for its members, OWC also offers workshops and retreats such as the “Writers in Residence” program. This volunteer organization now has over 300 members, and was awarded the Pacific NW Writers Association’s 2004 Open Book Award, which honors individuals and groups for their support of writers in the region. For more information, please go to http://www.oregonwriterscolony.org

Contact: Jan Paeth            

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503-655-3365

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