[Libs-Or] FW: Summer Reading Programs

BOGART Debra S debra.s.bogart at ci.eugene.or.us
Tue May 19 16:57:58 PDT 2009

Another new author is Rosanne Parry, who wrote The Heart of a Shepherd, set in eastern Oregon. This middle grade novel has just received a starred review in Horn Book, and I highly recommend it.

Here is info she sent me about a group of authors who want to present programs FOR FREE:

As a co-president of the Class of 2K9 (our 
> website is below) we are trying very hard to be of service to 
> booksellers, librarians, and teachers. One part or our initiative is 
> the Authors-To-Go program which aims to make free author visits to 
> schools and libraries possible through the use of chat rooms and SKYP.
Contact is: www.classof2K9.com

Hope this helps,

Youth Services
Eugene Public Library

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A couple of ideas for Oregon authors who write good fiction but since they are such new authors, I'm unsure of their speaking skills.  :-)

Emily Chenoweth is from Portland and just published HELLO GOODBYE, a novel that is receiving exceptional reviews.  

Another noteworthy new novel is THE CRYING TREE by Naseem Rahka, who is from Silverton.  This has also been receiving stellar reviews and a lot of buzz.

EVERY LAST CUCKOO by Kate Maloy has been very popular with patrons and author is from the Oregon Coast.

Other ideas for authors who have published in the last year:

Cai Emmons, Eugene (good speaker)
Nicole Mones, Portland (she spoke at OLA/WLA and did a great job)
Chelsea Cain, Portland (crime writer who has also written a memoir and satire on Nancy Drew; she is a fun speaker)
Cathy Lamb, Portland
Diane Hammond, Bend
Alison Clement, Corvallis
Marc Acito, Portland (one word as a speaker:  Hilarious)
Lisa Jackson, Portland area (romantic suspense)
Nancy Bush, Portland area (mystery and romantic suspense, and sister of Lisa Jackson)
Phil Margolin, Portland (legal thrillers and always a fun speaker)
Mary Rosenblum, Clackamas (sci fic and mysteries)
Rick Steber
Mark Schorr, Portland (crime)
Bill Cameron, Portland (crime)
Willy Vlautin, Portland (fiction and spare but moving novels, also a musician)
Peter Rock, Portland (My Abandonment is his latest and it is excellent)
Craig Lesley

I could probably come with more but that's all I can think of at the moment.  I could also work on getting publicist contacts at publishing companies if it is needed.  They are always anxious to help and I'll be at the book expo in NYC next week so could ask reps from Random House, Hachette, etc.


Robin Beerbower
Outreach/Homebound Services
Salem Public Library
PO Box 14810 (97309)
585 Liberty SE (97301)
Salem, OR  

>>> Leah Griffith <leah.griffith at ci.newberg.or.us> 5/18/2009 1:54 PM >>>
Hi everyone,
As you know, we recently had a great OPB connection with Lauren Kessler, spoke on Think Out Loud for Oregon Reads.    Emily Harris, the host of Think Out Loud, would like to do a "summer reading" series on her show and she'd like the help of Oregon Librarians.   Below is the e-mail I received from her with the details.
Think Out Loud is planning a series of interviews with Northwest authors over the summer. I wonder if you might be able to help me get some suggestions from librarians around the state.

Here's what we're looking for:

-Authors of fiction or poetry. Great writing!
-Some Pacific Northwest connection - ideally they live here, or they're from here, or at least their work is set here.
-We are looking for geographic diversity - we want to talk with authors from a variety of places. We'll lean toward Oregon/SW Washington connections, and certainly look around the state, but would reach to the greater Pacific NW as well.
-We are also looking for diversity of voice, style and experience.
-If anything is known about the author's backstory or personal story, that would be great to know.
I would add that it would be good to know if they are good speakers or not ;-)
So... if you have an author you would like to suggest to Emily, please e-mail her direct at EHarris at opb.org<mailto:EHarris at opb.org>, perhaps putting "library summer reading idea" in the subject.  I would also suggest, if you have an adult summer reading program at your library, that you mention that as well as I suggested she might add that tidbit of info as they are doing this series.   This is yet another opportunity for librarians to share their readers advisory skills with the world!
Leah M. Griffith
Director,   Newberg Public Library
P Think Green - Only print message if needed and then recycle!

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