On Mon., June 4, 2018, I had the fun honor of sitting in for a YouTube Live author chat, hosted at Eugene local bookstore Tsunami Books. Write Now is a weekly live discussion with three writers: Joanna Bartlett, Valerie Ihsan, and Julie Dawn. Joanna was out of town, and they graciously asked if I would sit in (though I must say, I knew there was no way I could replace Joanna’s Nigella Lawson-ish tones).
At the heart of our discussion was a simple question: Where do book ideas come from? Do we have to search them out? Is it a matter of paying attention to the wider world? Can you run with multiple ideas at the same time? And how do you go from initial idea to a fully developed piece of writing?
Check out our discussion. Please leave your thoughts in the comments, and subscribe so you don’t miss future Write Now chats.
Over 50 events from over a dozen Eugene/Springfield breweries. Along with the local craft beer scene, Eugene Beer Week has grown so much over the past few years. If you are in the area, or just want an example of what an awesome local, small business-minded, life-loving culture looks like, Eugene Beer Week is a great snapshot.
Eugene Beer Week events
I’ve been following Manifest through all its ups and downs over the years, from its original incarnation, to two tumultuous moves to, finally, landing in a sweet space in downtown Eugene.
The beers are excellent, and the location is awesome. I’m hoping it’s a sign of good things ahead not just for Manifest, but downtown Eugene overall. This was such a fun article to work on, and I hope you like it too.
One thing I love about living in Eugene is that you are about an hour from the Cascade Mountains to the east, and an hour from the Pacific Ocean to the west. Florence, OR, is a nice spot for a weekend getaway to the coast, and I had a lot of fun breaking down some things to do and see while there for the Spring 2018 issue of Eugene Magazine.
The May issue of the Oregon Beer Growler is out! The full issue is available in print and digital, and you can also find many articles online.
For my story in this issue, a Eugene brewery has had lots of twists and turns, but now seems to have found a good location for their excellent beer: Third Time’s the Charm for Manifest Beer.
This story is really fascinating: North of Eugene, Oregon’s capitol of Salem has a new brewery that’s inspired by Central America. I’m looking forward to learning more about Xicha Brewing (that’s “chee-chah”): Easy-to-Like Latin Flavors, Hard to Pronounce.
Check out the Oregon Beer Growler
Many of my fondest memories involve a good library. When I was a kid, being dropped off at the local library or the wee library in my elementary school meant escaping into my imagination and exploring whatever my mind was hungry for.
As an adult, that’s not changed much. Each week, my kids and I go to the Eugene Public Library, one of my favorite places in town. It’s light, airy, and has a wonderful children’s section. My wife and I consider it essential that we raise lifelong learners, and as far as I’m concerned, lifelong learning starts at the local library.
That’s why I’m hoping that during National Library Week you’ll try, explore, and celebrate your local library. Maybe check out a program or event. And be sure to see what all they have. Today’s library isn’t just books. At EPL, for example, we regularly check out DVDs, borrow e-books on our Kindles, read magazines on our iPads, and bring home special kits for the kids. We go to talks, presentations, and children’s story times.
The library is a fertile field for a yearning imagination. Here’s to your library, and don’t be surprised if you find me in the stacks.
Learn more about Library Week
Eugene Magazine is a lifestyle quarterly that I have written for regularly for a few years now. The Spring 2018 issue just came out, and I have an articles in there on traveling to Florence, a nearby city on the beautiful Oregon Coast.
Check out the spring issue
Image: The Register-Guard
A hopefully-changing rarity in the guy-dominated craft beer industry, two women are at the helm of this 6-year-old Eugene brewery. Claim 52 has been ahead of the curve on trends such as kölsch and hazy IPA, and now they’re about to open a downtown taproom/restaurant. I was so happy to get to talk beer and business with the owners and their head brewer, especially about the big change they have coming to downtown Eugene this year.
Heya fans and readers, I’ve got 2 new events on the calendar. Please check them out, spread the word, and I hope to see you there!
You know how sometimes things come together in the most unexpected ways?
Earlier this year I made arrangements to attend a writer business workshop in late October in Lincoln City, Oregon. A few weeks ago, Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library emailed me. They saw my interview in Library Journal and invited me to give a talk as part of their Dark & Stormy Nights Author Program. And the date? Right when I’m already in town. Funny ole world.
Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017: Dark & Stormy Nights at Driftwood Public Library
On the stormy Oregon coast, join author and freelance writer Anthony St. Clair for insights on how travel, beer, and an outlook for the world have come together in his ongoing Rucksack Universe series. Anthony discusses his craft, how he writes while raising 2 children, and his ongoing journey as an author-publisher. Sponsored by the Driftwood Library Foundation, this is the 14th year Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library has presented their Dark and Stormy Night author program.
Dark & Stormy Nights – Facebook Event
Driftwood Public Library, Lincoln City, OR
Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018: Mid-Valley Willamette Writers Author Talk, Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon
6:30-7:00 p.m. Social Time and Refreshments
7:00-7:15 p.m. News, Upcoming Events, and Member Announcements
7:15-8:30 p.m. Author Talk by Anthony St. Clair
8:30 p.m. Drawing for Free Gift
8:30-9:00 p.m. Questions and Book Signing
Free to Willamette Writers members or $10 general public. You can also join Willamette Writers at the door.
Mid-Valley Willamette Writers Author Talk – Facebook Event
As a member of the Lane Literary Guild, I love that Eugene has so much happening in its poetry and literary scene. Each month at the Eugene Public Library, featured poets and authors share their works with the public as part of the FREE Windfall Reading Series.
2015-2016 Windfall Readings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30–7 p.m. The Eugene Public Library is at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.
Windfall Readers: May 17, 2016
The Windfall project is made possible with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. Other Windfall sponsors are the Lane Literary Guild, Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation.