Library Writers Project (Multnomah County)

Are you an author? Do you have an e-book? Want to see it gain readership in the county library?

From the webpage:

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Multnomah County Library wants to read your book

From October 17 to December 17, the library will be accepting submissions from local authors who would like to see their work added to the library’s collection. Here’s how it works:

  1. Publish your e-book on one of the following self-publishing sites * :
    1. Smashwords
    2. Draft2Digital
    3. Kobo Writing Life
  2. Fill out a submission form telling us about your work.
  3. The library will purchase a review copy of each submission and library staff members will review them.
  4. After library staff review submissions, they will add the best ones to the library’s e-book collection on the OverDrive platform, visited by over 5000 MCL patrons every single day.

For this round of submissions, the library will accept memoirs as well as works of fiction, for adults, teens and children. Due to the agreement between OverDrive and the self-publishing sites, the library will not consider submissions of erotica.

Work submitted after the December deadline will not be reviewed during this round of submissions. The library may consider additional local e-books in the future.

Your work will be reviewed by library staff with a wide range of reading interests. Each work will be reviewed independently by two staff members.

Multnomah County Library has no direct relationship with Smashwords, Draft2Digital, or Kobo Writing Life. The library is not party to any agreement between the author and these web sites. The library will buy the selected titles that are published on these sites through its e-book vendor, OverDrive.

Read the best of the Library Writers Project on OverDrive

 

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Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Hillsdale Library will Sisters Olive and Donnaproudly host Portland’s own Sister Olive and Sister Donna, presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Sister Olive and Sister Donna will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a craft or maybe a dance party!

Oct 23, 2018  5:00-6:00 at the Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Boulevard)

Hope to see you there!

Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Hollywood Library will Carla Rossiproudly host Portland’s own Ms Carla Rossi presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Carla Rossi will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a craft or maybe a dance party!  This particular event will have a Halloween theme. Also, free tickets will be available 15 minutes in advance.

Oct 20, 2018  1:00-2:00 at the Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook Street)

 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale on October 26-29 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Inn (1000 NE Multnomah St). While it’s a “Used Book Sale”, there will be books, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, audiobooks, maps, and much more.

Here’s the schedule:

Members only pre-sale

Friday, October 26, 6pm-9pm  (Become a member ahead of time online or at the door for discounts and early entry to book sales events and for discounts at the Friends of the Library store, as well as online sales!)

General Sale

Saturday, Oct 27, 9am-9pm  – Literary Trivia and Bar 6pm-9pm
Sunday, Oct 28, 11am-5pm – 50% off with Educator ID
Monday, Oct 29, 9am-3pm – 50% EVERYTHING

The Lloyd Center Doubletree is easy to get to by MAX and bus.

Teen Read Week

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It’s Teen Read Week!

I read a lot of “books for teens” when I was in middle and junior high school. I had lots of questions about being a teenager and about the world around me. I didn’t know many older kids, certainly not well enough to ask difficult questions, and there was no way I was taking my questions to any adults – too embarrassing! I read books like “To Take a Dare” (Paul Zindel) and “Go Ask Alice” (Beatrice Sparks) and almost everything by Paula Danziger and Judy Blume (but not the ‘teen romances’ – I never could get into them), trying to figure out this Being a Teenager thing. I don’t know how much those books helped me figure out how to be a teenager, but I do know I read about a lot of things that I decided I didn’t need to live through firsthand. Reading about them was plenty enough.

 

I read almost everything by Madeline L’Engle and CS Lewis, and several books by John Christopher. I don’t read much SciFi these days though. I read some rather heavy stuff, too, like “My Side of the Mountain” (Jean Craighead George), “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” (Jean Kerr) and “The Endless Steppe” (Esther Hautzig). Sometime during my early teen years, my mom found an abridged copy of The Arabian Nights, which we read both as a family and each of us on our own. I was also re-reading the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series, and had started reading more adult works, like Ken Follett and James Clavell, and a lot of ‘true crime’ books.

 

As an adult, I’ve read a number of YA books like “The Golden Compass” (Philip Pullman), “Mockingbird” (Kathryn Erskine) and “Time Stops for No Mouse” (Michael Hoeye). I can’t say that I’ve read any Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books – I just can’t bring myself to fall in line when something is *that* ridiculously popular – though I have seen some of the Harry Potter movies and two Percy Jackson movies, mostly because I watched them with someone who was a big fan of the books. I finally made it through the rest of the Philip Pullman “Compass” series and am re-reading a Nancy Drew book.

 

Reading YA books is definitely not taking a break from reading adult works. “Young Adult” does not equal “fluff”. Some YA is fluff, sure, but then so is a great deal of adult writing. The themes are definitely as heavy or light as adult works. Well-written YA works are well-written literature, just as well-written adult works are.

 

I was a middle schooler and high schooler as YA saw a rise in “teen issues” as themes. The generation that followed me saw more manga and graphic novels – including classical literature in graphic novel form. The generation that followed them, they’re the group that came up with the first electronic books, reading them on desktops and on the early hand-held devices. For more about the history of YA literature, you might check out this Wikipedia entry.

What did you read in middle and high school? How did it affect who you are now?

Wordstock!

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Wordstock is coming!  Portland’s Festival of Words, November 10, 2018, is a day full of workshops, author presentations, book fairs, entertainment, vendors, and more. Since 2005, Portland has been celebrating the joy of words spoken, written or sung. There is a workshop track for K-12 teachers, a poetry slam, a literary ball, open-mic nights, author presentations and panels all over town, publishers and distributors looking for the next literary sensation, a short story contest, an area with activities and storytime just for kids, tables of books for sale, and tables of books for free.

The Festival will take place on the South Park Blocks in and around the Portland Art Museum, with additional stages at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, The Old ChurchOregon Historical Society, and Portland’5: the Brunish Theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Sellwood-Moreland Library will proudly host Portland’s own *diva* Ms Poison Waters presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Poison Waters will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a craft or maybe a dance party!Poison Waters

Sept 29, 2018  11:00-12:00 at the Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Avenue)

Hope to see you there!

Drag Queen Story Hour!

It’s coming time once again for Drag Queen Story Hour!  The Fairview-Columbia Library will proudly host Portland’s own *diva* Ms Poison Waters presenting an hour of kid-friendly drag! Poison Waters will read stories with children 2-6 years old, followed by a Poison Waterscraft or maybe a dance party!

Sept 24, 2018  6:30-7:30 at the Fairview-Columbia Library (1520 NE Village Street)

Hope to see you there!

Wordstock? Portland Book Festival!

The internationally-famous Wordstock has had a makeover, and has become the Portland Book Festival!

The 2018 Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will feature 100+ authors presenting on 9 stagespop-up readings throughout the Portland Art Museum galleries, and 13 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 80+ vendorslocal food trucks, and partner events all weekend long.

The festival will also feature LitCrawl Portland.  Check out the schedule as it gets updated on Facebook or Twitter.

Get your tickets ahead of time – this event often sells out!