After losing both his twin and his father in a brutal, unexpected snowstorm, Matt Lawson must take over the family ranch. As his mother disappears into grief, Matt learns the hardest lesson the west has to teach: he is on his own. The necessity of work stabilizes young Matt against the pitfalls of first love with Wendy, the daughter of a local grocer, and their ragged end will sent Matt on a journey across the county, leaving Wendy to tend the ranch with local schoolteacher Linda Jefferson and her unwieldy son Lucky. It will take decades for Matt to learn his way back home, and that long journey will have great impact on all of those around him.
Invoking the same beautiful landscape and language of his critically-acclaimed debut, The Hour of Lead is a wider, more expansive novel, less violent but just as affecting, another important contribution to the literature of the west. Please join us for a reading by the author, with Q&A.
'Now Name Them reminds us once again that Laura Winter is, at heart, equal parts poet and musician. Read these poems. Read them out loud. Hear the music.' --Ce Rosenow, Mountains and Rivers Press
From the publisher: 'Laura Winter's poetry conveys in short lines and loaded words a world of familiar things rendered strange in theirisolation and placement in spare settings. This world contains movement, a progression from moment to moment toward an unknown state. Emotions and compassion hang in mid-air. Things pause and reveal themselves and then continue into the universal flow. There is a feeling not of resolution but of a temporary coming together. Poignant moments set apart and placed in relationships natural yet tenuous.' Join us for a reading and conversation with the author.
Laura Winter’s most recent book of poetry, Now Name Them, was released spring 2014 from Bare Bone Books. Winter’s love for improvised music informs how she hears language and performs her poetry. Winter also performs her poetry with jazz musicians and improvisers in the US and Europe. Laura’s work has been widely published, translated and composed for art song series. She currently publishes the occasional TAKE OUT, a bag-a-zine of art, writing and music that features powerful voices from around the globe. She is a Vice President for The Oregon Community Foundation.
Everyone told you writing a book would be like birthing a baby. Except...once it's written, you have to sell it! Whether you choose traditional publishing, self-publishing, or craft publishing, you will encounter costs, industry standards, terminology, and more that may make you wish you had taken a college course before starting your project. Knowing them can help you choose your best path to print, and make the most of it once your book is published. For an author who has invested weeks or years of labour, there's a lot at stake. But there's help for you!
Book trade veteran and St. Johns Books owner Nena Rawdah demystifies the economics of producing and selling books. What is a break point? What is an 'advance against royalties?' How does print-on-demand compare to bulk production? What does wholesale mean? When can retailers and other 'middlemen' help you connect your book with its audience? Nena shares her 19 years of industry experience to help you evaluate your choices and give your book its best chance of success.
NOTE: This workshop is focused on print books. It does not cover ebooks, but handouts will include resources for becoming more informed about them, and the role they can play in your success.
Attendance is limited to 20 people. You can call or visit, or use the online option below to make your reservation! Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice required for refund. Minimum enrollment of 8. If class is cancelled by St. Johns Books for any reason, full refunds will be issued in the original method of payment. Waitlist policy: Reservations are first-come, first-served. In case of cancellation, the reopened slot will be offered to the next person in order of reservation date.
Half unicorn, half octopus, half confused. (A book for anyone who's ever felt a little different.)
Created by Kevin Diller and St. Johns illustrator Justin Lowe, Hello, My Name is Octicorn is the funny, odd and charming story of an Octicorn trying to find his place in the world. Being part unicorn, part octopus means Octi doesn’t quite seem to fit in anywhere. He’s different and he knows it and while he struggles with that, in the end Octi comes to understand that we all feel different now and then. And that sometimes it’s better to stand out than to fit in.
Octi loves cupcakes and friends, so please join us for a celebration with...cupcakes and friends, and a reading by Frankie Diller (author Kevin's daughter)!
Looking for the perfect gluten-free and grain-free recipes to keep you healthy while your family and friends keep asking
for more? Jam-packed with recipes that don't skimp on nutrition or
taste, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook is your one-stop destination for
delicious Paleo fare.
Arsy Vartanian's delicious and nutritious recipes range from modern twists on traditional dishes to a wide range of ethnic influences from both her Armenian background and her culinary curiosity. With 120 tried-and-true recipes, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook includes Salmon Ceviche with Mango and Cucumber, Sun-Dried-Tomato-And Fennel-Braised Short Ribs and Wine-Braised Duck Legs, among other culinary delights.
In The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey Trescott provides a resource for those looking to embark on the Autoimmune Protocol--a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers and healing the gut. Research shows there is a clear connection between diet and autoimmune disease, and many, including the author, have used these principles to heal their bodies from these debilitating conditoins and their accompanying symptoms. With the information and recipes in this book, you can embark on this process for yourself--without suffering through bland and tasteless 'allergen-free' meals. Instead, with all of the incredible food you will be enjoying, you may forget that you are achieving better wellness! ..
In her book Beloved, Toni Morrison describes the whip scars on a former slave's back as a tree sprouting from her flesh. Walidah Imarisha's first poetic collection invokes this same process of alchemy, transforming both individual and collective scars into North Stars, guideposts that center us and keep us moving in the right direction. Scars/Stars reminds us that even in ravaged earth, something beautiful can still grow.
A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, sci-fi scholar, organizer and spoke word artist. Walidah was an editor of the first 9/11 anthology Another World Is Possible, founding editor of AWOL Magazine, and served as Culture Editor for Left Turn Magazine. She is the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements.
As one half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista, Walidah's work has appeared in Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Letters From Young Activists, Daddy Can I Tell You Something, Word Warriors, The Quotable Rebel, Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer, and Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency.
She has taught in Portland State University's Black Studies department, Oregon State University's Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, and Southern New Hampshire University's English and Literature departments.