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Clover, A Literary Rag ~ January 24 Reading at Village Books

The creative team of Mary Gillilan and Norman Green, editors of Clover, A Literary Rag,  will host a unique reading by authors of the popular lit journal on Sunday, January 24, at 4 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven WA. This reading celebrates Clover‘s #10 issue, since launching in 2011.


Clover, A Literary Rag is published twice a year by the Independent Writers’ Studio and publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.  To subscribe or submit to Clover, visit the IWS site.

Authors James Bertolino, Anita Boyle, Susan Chase-Foster, Larry Crist, Victoria Doerper, Susan Erickson, Paul Hunter, Ramon Ledesma, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Jim Milstead, John James Reid, Karen Vande Bossche, and Laurel Leigh will read at this event.

Hope to see you there!


What Off Earth Made me Write my First Novel?

Stamey-Wild Card1-200x300It’s been fun to revisit my early writing, as www.BookViewCafé.com  releases new editions (with new covers!) of my early science fiction novels originally published by Berkley/Ace/Putnam. Publishers Weekly: “Stamey puts feeling into this tale of the prodigal daughter.”(Now available also in audio, print, and ebook from Amazon)

I wrote my first novel while finishing my undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing, a science fiction tale originally titled Homeworld Stranger. After sending the manuscript to a few publishers and receiving rejections, among them a note that the story contained “too much emotion for science fiction,” I tossed it into a box and went traveling. When my partner later urged me to try again, I’d forgotten where I’d already sent it. With my usual failure to “do things the right way,” I ended up sending it to Berkley/Ace again, and this time they accepted it, changing the title to Wild Card Run.
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Member Book Release – HAWKINS LANE by Judith Kirscht

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Member, Judith Kirscht, announces the release of her fourth novel, HAWKINS LANE (New Libri Press), available in e-book and paperback. Set in the Northern Cascades, this novel is, according to Chanticleer Reviews, “An engrossing story of the influence of family in our lives, and of the struggle by two people to triumph over tragedy. You’ll be captivated from the first page!”

Son of a murderer, Ned Hawkins has resigned himself to an outsider’s existence until he meets Erica Romano, daughter of the town’s new doctor. Their love of the mountains overcomes their dissonant background, and they fall in love and create a life for themselves as forest rangers in the North Cascades—until the release of Ned’s father from prison disrupts the harmony. Ned’s renewed fatalism sets off a chain of disasters that bring both face-to-face with the destructive power of their pasts and throw their future into doubt.

She has previously published NOWHERE ELSE TO GO (Florida Academic Press, 2011), THE INHERITORS (New Libri Press, 2012), and HOME FIRES (New Libri Press 2013). HOME FIRES was a finalist for the Nancy Pearl Award, given by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the best mainstream novel published in 2013 and finalists for the Readers Favorite Review 2014Awards in the general and realistic fiction categories. HAWKINS LANE is available at independent bookstores, area libraries, or at Amazon. For more about the novel itself and reviews, go to

Book Release: Beyond the Main, 12th Book in Regional Series

Front_Cover_BTM_smA new book in the series ‘Coastal British Columbia Stories’ has been
released by Powell River Books. Local author, Wayne Lutz, introduced this series with ‘Up the Lake’ in 2005, followed annually by additional titles that feature the Powell River region. All of the
books focus on the people and places along BC’s Sunshine Coast.
Using a travelogue memoir format, Lutz has tackled a variety of topics involving our local region, where everything is affected by the rugged geography. In the latest book in this series, ‘Beyond the Main,’ Powell River serves as the focal point for exploration of our area’s backcountry.

“I’ve concentrated on capturing the lifestyles of our locality,
where people tend to be particularly self-reliant,” says Lutz. “My
latest book continues in that theme. When you travel the streets of
Powell River, it’s a common sight to see quads in pickup trucks or
loaded on a trailer, headed out of town. Where are all of these
all-terrain vehicles going? And what is the attraction of this intense
recreational sport? In the spirit of traveling off the beaten track,
local residents return again and again to the sublime beauty of places where the mountains drop into the sea.”

‘Beyond the Main’ will be available at local bookstores on May 24th.
Electronic-book versions, including Kobo and Kindle, are already
available online.