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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.

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Thursday Readings: April 3, 2014

On April 3rd, we welcome Dave GarlockEliot Olingrad, Robert Benefiel, and C.I. DeMann.

Dave Garlock grew up among the redwoods of Mill Valley, California. After graduating from Tamalpais High School, he moved to Portland to attend Reed College. He’s lived there, mostly living the working-in-food-service-while-writing-a-novel cliché, ever since. His interests include hiking, camping, photographing and foraging in the spectacular wilderness of the Northwest, bicycling, gardening, collecting records and rooting for the Timbers in Portland, and traveling in the rest of the world. Dave will be reading from Fillings, a literary mystery. Learn more at davegarlock.tumblr.com.

Eliot Olingrad is a long-term member of The People’s Ink. He writes speculative fiction (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, surrealism) that contains what he calls ‘dangerous ideas’ — ideas that challenge the status quo, imagine dystopian futures and explore new definitions of what it means to be human. Eliot is raising money via kickstarter.com for intense, surreal artwork for a print version of Lucretia’s Love until December 30th, 2013. His next two novels, psychological and philosophical sci-fi thrillers—New Shenzen and The Heralds of Devastation—will be available in 2014. Eliot will be reading from Lucretia’s Love, an existential horror. Learn more at eliotolingrad.com.

Robert Benefiel will be reading from Vote No For President, a poetry collection, and other works.

Robert was born in 1970 in Santa Monica, California. He was first published when he was 17 years old. His first book, Easy Battles For Lazy Armies, was released when he was 27. The author currently lives in Oregon and continues to write and release new works of poetry and fiction, with several volumes slated for later release. Learn more at Smashwords.

C.I. DeMann will be reading from A Punk Rock Love Song, a young adult novel.

C.I. DeMann isn’t actually a person. He’s a robot, sent from the future to write fiction. His stories are designed to prevent a future war between humans and robots.

Wait. No. Reverse that. His stories are designed to CAUSE a future war between…

Wait, no that’s wrong, too. Dammit. This time travel stuff can get confusing. Give me a second.

Okay, I think I’ve got it.

His stories are about unicorns. Learn more at C.I. DeMann’s Facebook page.


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.