Sunday, February 18, 2018

Willy Vlautin at Broadway Books March 7th

We are thrilled to welcome Willy Vlautin back to Broadway Books, reading from his fifth novel, Don't Skip Out on Me, on Wednesday, March 7th, at 7 pm.
The novel tells the story of Horace Hopper, of half-Paiute, half-Irish heritage, who has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese, the aging ranchers who took him in after his parents abandoned him, treat him like the son they always wanted. But Horace feels as if he doesn’t truly belong on the ranch, or anywhere. Believing that he needs to make a name for himself, Horace leaves behind the only loving home he has ever known for Tucson, where he aims to prove his worth as a championship boxer.
Horace struggles to adapt to his new life in the city and grows more and more isolated, withdrawing into himself as he struggles with the pain of his boxing injuries and his loneliness. An instrumental soundtrack by Richmond Fontaine, which perfectly evokes the spirit and setting of this stunning and heartbreaking new novel, will be available for download.

Vlautin is both writer and musician. His previous books all tell stories of hard-scrabble characters presented with heart and generosity by the author.
He is the author of four previous novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete (which won both the Oregon Book Award for Fiction and the Reader's Choice Award) and The Free (which was a finalist for the OBA Fiction prize and won the Reader's Choice Award).
Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. Now retired, the band achieved critical acclaim at home and across the UK and Europe. In 2014 he formed The Delines with singer Amy Boone. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he now lives in Scappoose, Oregon.
 This event is open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Author Susan Hill Long Speaks to Willamette Writers PDX Chapter

Willamette Writers Portland Chapter

On March 6th (doors at 6:30), author Susan Hill Long will be joining the Portland Chapter.

About Susan Hill Long

Susan Hill Long is a children’s book author. Her recent books include THE MAGIC MIRROR: CONCERNING A LONELY PRINCESS, A FOUNDLING GIRL, A SCHEMING KING, AND A PICKPOCKET SQUIRREL (available May 10, 2016), and middle grade novel WHISTLE IN THE DARK. Her awards include Bank Street Best Books, Oregon Book Award–the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature, and the Katherine Paterson Prize. You can find out more about her at

About the Portland Chapter

We invite you to join our Portland chapter meeting to find your community, develop your craft and expand your career.
Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.
Our Portland speaker meetings have 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for grades 5 to 10 takes place in an adjacent room.
The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation.

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Speaker schedules can change and we do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email