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Shasta Kearns Moore autographs her essay in Brave on the Page. The publisher/author will be one of our booth volunteers this year.

Shasta Kearns Moore autographs her essay in Brave on the Page. The publisher/author will be one of our booth volunteers this year.

Portland’s revered literary festival begins this week, and culminates in a two-day extravaganza of readings, panels, classes, and booths at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Forest Avenue Press’ booth is #1110, just to the left of the main entrance, and across from Ooligan Press, so please come find us and say hello! Publisher Laura Stanfill will be there most of the weekend, when she’s not speaking, and the following authors have volunteered to make special appearances:

Saturday, Oct. 5

10 to 12:30: Stevan Allred, author of A Simplified Map of the Real World

10:30 to 11:30: Novelist Dian Greenwood, a contributor to Brave on the Page

1 to 2 p.m.: Kim Cooper Findling, author of Chance of Sun (Nestucca Spit Press)

2:15 to 4:15: Dan Berne, author of The Gods of Second Chances, forthcoming from Forest Avenue Press in March, and Christi Krug, author of Burn Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Creative Breakthrough and a contributor to Brave on the Page

4:30 to 6: Stevan Allred

Sunday, Oct. 6

12:15 to 2:15: Kate Gray, author of Skin Drag, forthcoming from Forest Avenue Press in September 2014, and Shasta Kearns Moore, founder of S.K.M. Publishing and the author of the novella A Twist of Fate and the children’s book Dark & Light: A Love Story in Black and White.

4 to 6 p.m.: Stevan Allred

Stevan’s Wordstock appearances will be focused on Saturday, since he has been invited to speak at the Celebration of Authors during the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association tradeshow on Sunday. We’ll have autographed copies in the booth while he’s unavailable.

In addition to the booth appearances, a number of Forest Avenue Press community members will be speaking at Wordstock:

Saturday, Oct. 5

1 p.m. Stevan Allred reading with Eliot Treichel, author of Close Is Fine (Ooligan)

1 p.m. Lauren Kessler, author of Counterclockwise (and interviewed in Brave on the Page), panel discussion, The Business and Art of Magazine Writing

3 p.m. Stevan Allred, panel discussion, Literature Online: Publishing New Fiction on the Web

4 p.m. Lauren Kessler, reading with Stacy Bolt

Sunday, Oct. 6

1 p.m. Christi Krug, Laura Stanfill, and Sage Cohen, panel discussion, Writing Guides: Help and Inspiration for Your Journey

5 p.m. Kate Gray, author of Skin Drag (forthcoming in September 2014), who won the Readers’ Choice award, reads with the other Sledgehammer winners

Wordstock begins on Thursday night, with Oprah’s 2.0 Book Club Vanguards Ayana Mathis and Cheryl Strayed appearing at The Mission Theater. Doors open at 6; show at 7:30. Tickets are $25 advance, or $30 at the door. Tickets include author-signed copies of Twelve Tribes and Wild. Ages 21 and up.

Forest Avenue supporter Kathleen Lane, a Wordstock author committee member, helped organize Wordstock Rocks Songcraft, slated for Friday, Oct. 4, at The Mission Theater with Tanya Donelly, Jolie Holland, Michael Heart and Rick Moody. Doors open at 7; show begins at 8:30. General admission $15 advance, $20 door. Ages 21 and up.

There’s so much more, of course! You can find the whole printed schedule at Wordstock, or neighborhood bookstores, or learn more at the Wordstock website. We hope to see you there.

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