On Thursday, Oct, 29, at 6 p.m. the Friends of the Seaside Library host the “Crazy Eights Author Tour.” The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales and signings by Beach Books.
The “Crazy Eights Author Tour,” founded in 2012, hits the road this fall for its second edition. Oregon author George Byron Wright said the idea came to him while on a road trip doing research for his next novel. Wright had been considering ways to stimulate more interest in Oregon’s writing and publishing communities by connecting them with readers, booksellers and libraries in an invigorating new way.
Once the idea jelled, he was able to interest 28 of Oregon’s award-winning authors, eight independent bookstores, and a number of libraries, to participate in an author tour that would bring eight authors at a time to eight separate venues across the state from mid-September to mid-November.
The event format will be something akin to speed dating only with authors. Each author will have eight minutes to address the audience about their life as a writer and introduce a featured book. It will be a fast-paced literary slam. A mixer, wherein the authors will interact one-on-one with members of the audience to discuss their work and personally sign books, will follow the rapid-fire presentations.
Authors coming to the Seaside Public Library are: Dan DeWeese (Oregon Book Award fiction nominee “You Don’t Love This Man”); Jane Kirkpatrick (Oregon Book Award finalist, “A Light in the Wilderness,” new work “The Memory Weaver”); Molly Gloss (Oregon Book Award winner, most recent, “Falling From Horses,” PNBA winner), Lauren Kessler (Oregon Book Awards, on David Letterman twice, newest, “Raising the Barre”); Craig Lesley (Oregon Book Award, Pulitzer nominee for “Storm Riders” & “Sky Fisherman”); Susan Hill Long (Oregon Book Awards winner YA novel “Whistle in the Dark”); Barbara Corrado Pope (historical novelist, “Cezanne’s Quarry” Oregon Book Award finalist);Karen Speaker Zacharias (Winner of the Weatherford Award “Mother of Rain” new “Burdy”); with emcee: George Byron Wright (noted for Oregon-based novels: “In the Wake of Our Misdeed”).