Main Street Writers Movement: In rural Oregon, a tiny writing festival steps into the big leagues

by Emily Grosvenor I’ve always understood why cities become hotbeds of literary life. Creativity happens when ideas rub up against each other and give birth to something new, when inspiration dings around like a pinball in a pinball machine, with just enough momentum to hit some sounds, brighten some lights, and cause a minor raucous. […]

Main Street: The Story of Chicago’s Publishing Cocktails Series

by Laura Stanfill Keir Graff and Javier Ramirez co-host Publishing Cocktails, an every-other-month industry get-together that rotates to bars around Chicago. Keir is Booklist’s executive editor, and Javier is the manager of the Book Table in Oak Park, Ill., and a longtime independent bookseller. “There’s always value in making connections in person,” Keir said. “You […]

Main Street: Kate Ristau on Building Writer Relationships

Take the pledge to build literary community at the local level and you’ll receive the Main Street Writers Movement newsletter once a month. We’re also featuring authors and publishing professionals who are doing good work in their communities here on the Forest Avenue website. Remember to use the hashtag #mainstreetwriters so other Main Street members can find your […]