Ashland Book Festival

Saturday October 3, 10 am - 4 pm

 

All events are free and open to the public.

TIME

EVENT

CATEGORY

ALL DAY

Exhibit Table Fair
First & Second Floors
Authors, publishers, booksellers, and other organizations.

BOOK SALE

SIGNINGS

Special Collections Open House
Second Floor, Bailey Area
Tour Hannon Library’s rare and historic books, including Shakespeare’s historic Second and Fourth Folios.

RARE BOOKS

Kids Corner
Third Floor, Atrium
Activities for children, led by Jackson County Library Services.

CHILDREN

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Ridiculous True Life Stories
Third Floor, Alcove
Heiland Hoff makes the absurd digestible. (That last line is from Jeff Golden. I thought it was high praise from a Jedi Master, and he said I could use it.)

STORYTELLING

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

HUMOR

11:00 am – 11:20 am

The SOLA Also Rises:
Introducing the Southern Oregon Literary Alliance
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Introducing the Southern Oregon Literary Alliance — the newest addition to the Rogue Valley literary scene. In this presentation, SOLA members will introduce the organization, take questions and suggestions from the community, and invite participation in a raffle to win books from local publishers.

PRESENTATION

RAFFLE

Translating Kafka
Third Floor, Alcove
Thor Polson will discuss the difficulties involved in refining a translation for publication.

PRESENTATION

LITERATURE

TRANSLATION

Truths of Imagination: The Importance of Story
Third Floor, Room #329
Stories are who we are. How do we form them? How do they form us? Can they change the world? Can we change the story? Presented by Tod Davies.

PRESENTATION

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

FICTION

WRITING

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Creating Lively and Engaging Non-Fiction
First Floor, Room #117
Can you be taught to be a compelling, dramatic storyteller without compromising the integrity of the facts and conclusions you want to convey? With this workshop, led by Victoria C. Leo, you surely can!

WORKSHOP

NONFICTION

WRITING

Spiritual Memoir Writing Workshop
Second Floor, Room #206
Ana Ramana will begin with a guided meditation to lure you more deeply into your heart, offering writing suggestions, the fruits of which will be shared, followed by gentle, constructive feedback.

WORKSHOP

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

NONFICTION

HEALTH & GUIDANCE

The Worlds of Women
Third Floor, Meese Room
Panel discussion featuring authors and educators from Southern Oregon University, explores women’s narratives from multicultural perspectives. Collaboration with the SOU Women’s Resource Center. Speakers include Alma Rosa Alvarez, Amanda Singh Bans, Marianne Golding, and Precious Yamaguchi.

PANEL

GENDER ISSUES

HISTORY

CULTURES & TRAVEL

11:30 am – 11:50 am

A Reading
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Readings by local writer and poet, Melissa Matthewson.

READING

Author Reading
Third Floor, Alcove
Lee Baldwin, author of Next History: The Girl Who Hacked Tomorrow, reads from one of his novels.

READING

FICTION

Writing About Place: A Journey for Readers & Writers
Third Floor, Room #329
Midge Raymond reads excerpts from her fiction, set in places from Argentina to Antarctica, and offer tips for turning your own journeys into compelling stories.

READING

FICTION

WRITING

CULTURES & TRAVEL

12:00 am – 12:20 pm

Poetry Reading
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Amy Miller, reading from a recent chapbook and newer work.

READING

POETRY

Publishing Your Story Collection with a Small Press
Third Floor, Room #329
Small presses are a viable outlet for a short story collection or a first novel. Many small presses sponsor an annual book contest. Evan Morgan Williams won the 2013 Chandra Prize at BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City) for his book of stories, Thorn, which also made the final round at several other contests. Come hear his strategy and tactics for winning a small-press book prize.

PRESENTATION

PUBLISHING

12:30 am – 12:50 am

Behind the Waterfall/Behind the Scenes
Third Floor, Alcove
Molly Tinsley reads from Behind the Waterfall, her debut middle-grade novel featuring twins, and talk a little about its crafting in consultation with twins.

READING

FICTION

CHILDREN/YA

FANTASY/SCI-FI

The Making of the Ashland Books
Third Floor, Room #329
Barbara Tricarico discusses the inspiration and production of three photography books compiled for Schiffer Publishing: Quilts of Virginia 1609-1899; Ashland, OR; Ashland, OR Day Trips.

PRESENTATION

PUBLISHING

ART & CRAFTS

PHOTOGRAPHY

REGIONAL

Poetry Reading
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Patty Wixon will read from her most recent book Dear Spoon, a collection of poems and recipes from five generations of family cooks.

READING

POETRY

CULINARY

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Description and Dialogue Techniques for Compelling Storytelling
First Floor, Room #117
How to craft “experiential description” and “dynamic dialogue” to make a story, fiction or memoir, a compelling read. Ray Rhamey, editor and author of “Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling”, coaches you on description and dialogue techniques pros use to deliver the experience of a story and make it come alive in a reader’s mind. You’ll be invited to write an “experiential description” of a scene and then a short scene using dialogue “beats.”

WORKSHOP

WRITING

I’ve Decided to Self-Publish – Now What?
Introduction to Self-Publishing with CreateSpace
Second Floor, Room #206
Amazon’s print on demand arm, CreateSpace, offers many useful tools for authors on its site, some free, some requiring payment. Luminare Press publisher Patricia Marshall will offer tricks and tips for authors choosing to publish through CreateSpace. This talk will lead you through the basics of using the site, from setting up an account to uploading files, and focus on the best, most cost-effective way to make CreateSpace work for you.

WORKSHOP

PUBLISHING

Killer Crime
Third Floor, Meese Room
Panel discussion on writing mystery, crime, and noir fiction. Speakers include Carol Beers, Sharon Dean, Michael Niemann, Clive Rosengren, and Tim Wohlforth.

PANEL

FICTION

WRITING

MYSTERY/THRILLER

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Environmental Activism in Fiction
Third Floor, Room #329
John Yunker gives a short reading from his novel The Tourist Trail, with a question and answer session about environmental fiction in the age of climate change.

READING

FICTION

MYSTERY/THRILLER

NATURE

Poetry from the Cascade-Siskiyou—and from the Sky
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Ashland poet Pepper Trail will read selections from his recent collections Cascade-Siskiyou and Flight Time.

READING

POETRY

NATURE

REGIONAL

Sorry About That
Third Floor, Alcove
Ed Battistella gives a short reading from and question and answer session on Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology, and a preview of new material in the paperback edition.

READING

NONFICTION

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Animal Tales
Third Floor, Alcove
Diana Coogle gives readings about nature and living without electricity.

READING

NONFICTION

NATURE

Banish Writer's Block
Third Floor, Room #329
You don't have to wait for writer's block to strike. You can prevent it by understanding the three drivers and proactively using self-diagnosis and other techniques to stop yours before it starts. Presented by Victoria C. Leo.

PRESENTATION

WRITING

Poetry Reading
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Amy MacLennan will be reading from her chapbooks Weathering and The Fragile Day along with new work.

READING

POETRY

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

 

Plotting Your Three-Act Mystery
First Floor, Room #117
(A modern mystery indeed.) For writers hustling to get that third novel out this year, by Lee Baldwin, who thinks that Ashland is the primo place to be unknown.

WORKSHOP

FICTION

WRITING

MYSTERY/THRILLER

That Was Then, This is Now: Connection, Reflection and Self-Care
Third Floor, Room #329
Workshop with Rosemary Dunn Dalton explores personal and professional vignettes, initiating discussion, and personal sharing.

PRESENTATION

HEALTH & GUIDANCE

It's Not Supposed To Be This Way
Third Floor, Alcove
Dale Vidmar reads from his black humor novel about postmodern America that intertwines social reality with driving, baseball, relationships, and the delicate balance of life held together by a thread.

READING

FICTION

HUMOR

Coleman’s Coastal Caper
First Floor, Digital Media Gallery
Colleen MacDonald reads from her children’s book, based on a true story.

READING

FICTION

CHILDREN/YA

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Publishing But Were Afraid To Ask (So Ask!)
Third Floor, Meese Room
A highly interactive hour with a lively group of local independent publishers. Speakers include Tod Davies, Midge Raymond, Molly Tinsley, and John Yunker. Moderated by Ed Battistella.

PANEL

PUBLISHING

Letting the Monsters Loose: How to Strike Fear in the Hearts of Your Audience
Second Floor, Room #206
Join author & illustrator Katy Towell for a workshop on creating scary characters and worlds for middle grade to teen fiction well as to discuss the interplay between story and illustration to make the characters and setting come alive for readers.

WORKSHOP

FICTION

ART & CRAFTS

CHILDREN/YA

HORROR

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Legitimate Business
Third Floor, Alcove
Michael Niemann gives a short reading from Legitimate Business and a discussion of gun smuggling.

READING

FICTION

MYSTERY/THRILLER

The Healing Power of Memoir and Life Review
Third Floor, Room #329
The focus on writing about one's life often has profound therapeutic qualities. Presented by Gaea Yudron.

PRESENTATION

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

HEALTH & GUIDANCE

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Author Reading
Third Floor, Room #329
Marc Ratner, author of Crossings, reads from his autobiography.

READING

AUTOBIOGRAPHY