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Jennifer Brownell Book Launch June 8th, PDX

Monday, June 8 7-8:30 pm, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC (6948 SW Capitol Hwy in Portland). Book launch party for Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath by Jennifer Garrison Brownell. More details at

Deb Mohr Reads from Great Day in the Morning, May 31st, Eugene

Deb Mohr’s Great Day in the Morning is now available through Amazon and Kindle. She will read from her novel at Tsunami Books, SUNDAY, MAY 31, 5:00 P.M. Forgotten and perhaps unknown by some is the epic struggle black people and a number of white people living in mid-century Mississippi fought to obtain voting and public transportation rights…

Steven Blair Wheeler at Annie Bloom’s June 4th

Steven Blair Wheeler will read from his latest novel Behind Enemy Lines: A Novel of the Battle of the Bulge at Annie Bloom’s Books on Thursday, June 4th. Meet the author in a venue that every bookstore aspires to in the heart of Multnomah Village. Visit for more information.

Courtney Pierce & Leigh Goodison at Jan’s Paperbacks

WW members Courtney Pierce and Leight Goodison will be among many authors at Jan’s Paperbacks in Aloha on May 16th. The ‘Shop Local, Read Local BOGO Sale’ will offer a free used book with every new local author book purchased. Jan’s Paperbacks has a long standing tradition of offering ample shelf space for new and…

Alaina Smith Celebrates New Anthology May 11th at Powell’s Book Store

Alaina Smith is pleased to share that her story, “Finding My Family,” is part of the new anthology Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience. The book, edited by Samantha Waltz, contains essays by many Portland-area writers and Willamette Writers members. You are invited to join Alaina, Samantha, and a dozen of Blended’s contributors at a…

Samantha Waltz on OPB’s Think Out Loud

Tune to “Think Out Loud,” Oregon Public Radio Friday May 8th about 12:30 to 12:40 to hear Allison Frost interview Samantha Waltz joined by Gigi Rosenberg and James Bernard Frost discussing Blended: Writers On The Stepfamily Experience.

First guest of Eastern Oregon University Reading Series

Member Evan Morgan Williams, award-winning fiction writer, is the first guest of the Ars Poetica Reading Series at Eastern Oregon University. The reading will be held at 7:30pm Wednesday, April 22. Williams will share selections from his latest collection of short stories, “Thorn,” which won the 2014 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for short fiction. Williams’ stories…

Native Oregonian Janet Fisher sells historical novel

Congratulations to member Janet Fisher on the sale of her second book,The Shifting Winds, a historical novel of early Oregon, slated for release next April. Her agent Rita Rosenkranz closed the deal with Globe Pequot Press/TwoDot, publisher of Janet’s first book, a biographical history A Place of Her Own. The new novel portrays reluctant pioneer Jennie Haviland, a…

Buzz for Member H.W. “Buzz” Bernard

H. W. “Buzz” Bernard is one of the featured interviewees in this month’s edition of The Big Thrill, International Thriller Writers online magazine. “Bernard delivers a thriller that will tumble over you like an avalanche,” the magazine writes of Bernard’s latest novel, BLIZZARD. Bernard is a best-selling, award-winning novelist. His debut novel, Eyewall, which one reviewer called a “perfect summer read,”…