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Thursday Readings: October 2, 2014

On October 2nd, Rain or Shine opens the 2014-2015 season with Martta Karol and Kate Dyer-Seeley.

Martta KarolMartta Karol describes herself as at last ripe for writing in the wake of varied pursuits, adventures and misadventures potentially yummy for the soup of storytelling. For added zest, she has a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is working on her first novel, writing short stories, essays, and articles, just beginning to submit pieces for publication, and recently launched a new website/blog, MarttaKarol.com. After years lived in fascinating cities—Minneapolis, San Francisco, New York, Paris and Portland–Martta now happily resides in Vancouver, WA.

Kate Dyer-Seeley Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first book in the series, SCENE OF THE CLIMB, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, The Oregonian, Portland Family Magazine, Seattle Backpacker Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three. Find her online at www.katedyerseeley.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/katedyerseeley, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katedyerseeleyauthor.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm.

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Thursday Readings, May 15, 2014

On May 15th, we welcome two veterans of the Rain or Shine Reading Series, Lisa Alber and Lori Lake.

Lisa Alber is the author of KilmoonA County Clare Mystery, which has been called “poetic,” “moody”, and “a stirring debut.” Ever distractible, you may find her staring out windows, fooling around online, or drinking red wine with her friends. Ireland, books, animals, photography, and blogging at Lisa Alber’s Words at Play round out her distractions. She’s currently working on her second novel in the series. Visit her at www.lisaalber.com.

Lori L. Lake is the author of ten published novels (so far) and two books of short stories and the editor of two anthologies. She’s known for her enjoyment of teaching and for sharing writing resources with both aspiring and published writers. Her 2013 mystery, “Jump the Gun,” recently won a Rainbow Award. She received the Ann Bannon Award for “Snow Moon Rising,” Golden Crown Goldies for “Buyer’s Remorse” and “Snow Moon Rising,” and was honored with the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award. Her work has been a Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category. Lori lived in Minnesota for 26 years, but re-located to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. When she’s not writing, she’s at the local cinema, watching her beloved nieces in sports, theater, and musical events, or curled up in a chair reading. She’s currently working on a comic romance that will be out July 1st. She loves to hear from readers. Her website: www.LoriLLake.com.

The event begins at 6:30pm.

Thursday Readings: May 8, 2014

On May 8th, we welcome Jack Estes and Christian Piatt.

Jack Estes is the author of the critically acclaimed Vietnam memoir A Field of Innocence. His articles and essays have been published in Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, The Oregonian and many other publications. He has won writing awards in both fiction and non fiction as well as screenwriting. He has just now re-released A Field of Innocence and will be publishing his new novel A Soldier’s Son later this year.

A Field of Innocence is available through Powells, Annie Blooms, Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel, Indiebound or Ingram.

Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist. He cofounded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, in 2004. Currently he serves as the Director of Acquisitions and Author Development for ChrowdScribed.com, and as the Director of Growth and Development for First Christian Church (DOC) in Portland, OR.

Christian is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible, Banned Questions About Jesus and Banned Questions About Christians. He co-created and co-edited the WTF: Where’s the Faith? young adult series with Chalice Press, for which he also co-edited the book Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics, and contributed a chapter to Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!: Young Adults Speak Out About Sexuality and Christianity.

Christian has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date. His first book for Jericho Books, called postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care? comes out in hardback in August, 2014.

Thursday Readings: April 10, 2014

This week we welcome Jill Kelly and Stephanie Sarver.

A freelance editor and former professor of literature, Jill Kelly has been writing and publishing since 2002. “Fog of Dead Souls,” her first thriller, was recently released by Skyhorse Publishing. Her memoir, “Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman,” was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of “Sober Play: Using Creativity for a More Joyful Recovery” and “The Color of Longing,” a romance. When she’s not offering creativity workshops and leading writing retreats around the country, she’s usually in her Portland, Oregon studio, where she creates deep-color pastels.

Stephanie Sarver is a Portland writer with roots in a California town known for surfing and serial murders. She has worked as a corporate manager, college professor, bureaucrat, editor, and occasional ghost writer. These days she writes fiction and edits Colonygram – the Oregon Writers Colony newsletter. Stephanie’s writing has appeared in Travellers Tales, Terra Nova, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and several academic journals. Her book of literary scholarship, Uneven Land, was published by the University of Nebraska Press.

All readings are scheduled to start at 6:30pm. We may sometimes start a little later to allow for guests to place orders and get settled.