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The North Coast Squid Celebration–December 7

on November 26, 2013

On the evening of December 7, I’ll be doing a reading of “Dead Body” which is an excerpt from my memoir in progress, Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention. The piece is being published in the third edition of the North Coast Squid literary magazine which will be released on Dec 7, 2013 at a special event held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita, Oregon. The event begins at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.

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Here’s a bit from the Hoffman Center blog about the North Coast Squid:

The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are pleased to unveil the newly revamped magazine.  “We’re grateful to our many donors and business sponsors—especially to the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition for a grant—to help us redesign the publication,” said Vera Wildauer co-founder of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  In previous years, the North Coast Citizen handled the printing.  “They helped us get the publication off the ground,” added Wildauer.

The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.  Eighty-five writers and artists submitted nearly 200 works for consideration.  “There are so many talented people in our community and we are delighted to be able to offer this way to see their work in print,” said Kathie Hightower, co-founder of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  Submissions were juried by authors outside the community. Brian Doyle, author of Mink River and editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, judged fiction.  Karen Karbo, author famous for her Kick Ass Women series, the latest of which is Julia Child Rules, judged nonfiction.  Stephanie Lenox, author of Congress of Strange People and creative writing teacher at Willamette University, judged poetry.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!—and a drawing for door prizes at the end of the evening.  Prizes include tuition to a Hoffman Center workshop, tickets to a Manzanita Writers’ Series event and a Film Series showing, plus time in the popular Clay Studio.

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2014.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $5 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

This is a great opportunity to come out and support the Northern Oregon coast literary community. The winter is beautiful on the coast and there are a lot of great places to stay at off season prices in both Manzanita and Cannon  Beach.  If you’re making a weekend of it, Saturday, December 7 in Cannon Beach there are plenty of Haystack Holiday activities to do including: wreath decorating, a tea at the library, and the lighting of the lamp in Sandpiper Square. You can find all the details from Haystack Holidays here.

See you at the coast!

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