Vintage Books

Writers’ Workshop with Barbara Herkert: Creating Picture Book Biographies

Vintage Books invites you to join us for a mini writers’ workshop with author Barbara Herkert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, where she’ll be discussing “Crafting a Life: The Art of Writing Picture Book Biographies.” Herkert’s newest title, “A Boy, a Mouse and a Spider,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo, is a biography about E.B. White. The book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies. She’s also the author of “Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist,” and “Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter.”

Herkert has been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. She currently writes picture book biographies. She loves the research and finding hidden gems about a person’s life that will appeal to young readers. She received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in writing for children from Hamline University. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and has taught art appreciation at local schools. She lives on the wet and windy Oregon coast with her family. She also spends creative time in a log house in central Oregon. You can learn more about Herkert’s work by visiting her website at www.barbaraherkert.com.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., in the Safeway shopping center in the Heights area of Vancouver. Ample free parking is available on-site.

Bonneville Lock and Dam: Book Signing at Vintage Books

Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, is hosting local author Pat Barry for a special book reading and signing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Barry, a master storyteller with 27 years of experience as Ranger Supervisor of the Bonneville Visitor Center, will discuss his new pictorial history of the Bonneville Dam. In the book, Barry has put together a compelling visual and written history of the building and the inner workings of the dam—a book that, for Barry, is truly is a labor of love. Barry will be sharing stories, answering questions, and signing copies of his book, “Bonneville Lock and Dam.”

The event is free and open to the public. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, near the Safeway shopping center. Ample free parking is available on site. While you’re there, you’ll want to be sure to say hello to the bookstore’s resident cat (because every bookstore needs a cat) and to visit both the extensive used book section and the thoughtfully curated new releases. Vintage Books also has an excellent children’s section—as well as a delightful variety of book-related gifts and one-of-a-kind products made my local artists. (Note from the editor: I find great Christmas presents there every year!) To learn more, or to search for a book online, visit www.vintage-books.net.

Writers’ Workshop with Barbara Herkert: Picture Book Biographies

Vintage Books invites you to join us for a mini writers’ workshop with author Barbara Herkert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, where she’ll be discussing “Crafting a Life: The Art of Writing Picture Book Biographies.” Herkert’s newest title, “A Boy, a Mouse and a Spider,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo, is a biography about E.B. White. The book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies. She’s also the author of “Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist,” and “Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter.”

Herkert has been creating stories and illustrating them since the first grade. She currently writes picture book biographies. She loves the research and finding hidden gems about a person’s life that will appeal to young readers. She received a biology degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in writing for children from Hamline University. She studied art and art history at Oregon State University, and has taught art appreciation at local schools. She lives on the wet and windy Oregon coast with her family. She also spends creative time in a log house in central Oregon. You can learn more about Herkert’s work by visiting her website at www.barbaraherkert.com.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd., in the Safeway shopping center in the Heights area of Vancouver. Ample free parking is available on-site.

A Visual History of Bonneville Dam: Book Signing at Vintage Books

Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore, is hosting local author Pat Barry for a special book reading and signing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Barry, a master storyteller with 27 years of experience as Ranger Supervisor of the Bonneville Visitor Center, will discuss his new pictorial history of the Bonneville Dam. In the book, Barry has put together a compelling visual and written history of the building and the inner workings of the dam—a book that, for Barry, is truly is a labor of love. Barry will be sharing stories, answering questions, and signing copies of his book, “Bonneville Lock and Dam.”

The event is free and open to the public. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, near the Safeway shopping center. Ample free parking is available on site. While you’re there, you’ll want to be sure to say hello to the bookstore’s resident cat (because every bookstore needs a cat) and to visit both the extensive used book section and the thoughtfully curated new releases. Vintage Books also has an excellent children’s section—as well as a delightful variety of book-related gifts and one-of-a-kind products made my local artists. (Note from the editor: I find great Christmas presents there every year!) To learn more, or to search for a book online, visit www.vintage-books.net.

Jane Kirkpatrick Book Signing at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, widely-known and well-loved historical novelist Jane Kirkpatrick will be discussing stories and characters of the Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about Kirkpatrick and her many other novels by following her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theauthorjanekirkpatrick or visiting her website at jkbooks.com.

In Kirkpatrick’s most recent novel, lead character Jennie Pickett Parrish is a natural healer, but her dream to become a doctor in 1870s Oregon puts her at odds with the world around her. As she struggles to keep her dream alive, she finds that the road to fulfillment winds past love, heartache, and plenty of surprises along the way.

Following the presentation at 1 p.m., Kirkpatrick will sign copies of her most recent book, All She Left Behind, which will be available for sale at the Friends of Fort Vancouver book store in the Visitor Center. This event, which is free to attend, is hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver and Vintage Books, in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver.

Bigfoot, Butterflies, Monsters & Humans at Vintage Books

There’s a lot going on this weekend at Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore. First off is the book release party for Laurel Gale’s new middle grade novel, “Monster, Human, Other,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Gale will be reading from the book, discussing it, and answering questions. She’ll be available to sign books as well—and, conveniently enough, books will be on-site for you to buy! This novel is just right for kids ages 8-12. Gale’s first middle grade novel, “Dead Boy,” will also be available. The Kirkus Review says “Sympathetic and winning, Isaac and Wren star in alternating, fast-paced chapters until they come together for the exciting conclusion.”

Then, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, Vintage Books and Clark County Green Neighbors Program welcome Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, a lifelong ecologist and renowned lepidopterist. Pyle has written about everything from monarch butterflies to Bigfoot and is the founder of the Xerxes Society for invertebrate conservation. We will be celebrating the re-release of his bestseller, “Where Bigfoot Walks,” and discussing his explorations into the Dark Divide, the space between Mount St. Helens and Mt. Adams. “Where Bigfoot Walks” is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that wildness remains as well. The re-released version has a brand-new chapter and updated information that brings the Northwest legend of Bigfoot into the new century. Books will naturally be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights area of Vancouver. Free parking is available just outside the door.

Sheryl Scarborough Hosts Writers Workshop at Vintage Books

The North Bank’s favorite indie bookshop, Vintage Books, offers a monthly writers’ group and mini-workshop called Sunday Sessions, held at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. The group offers a chance to get together with other writers, share stories, ideas, and inspiration, and a chance to improve your craft with tips and insights from professional writers. Sunday Sessions is completely free and open to anyone, whether a writer or not.

June’s Sunday Session on June 11 features young adult author Sheryl Scarborough, who will lead a writers’ workshop on “The Art of the Details: Facts vs. Flavor.” Scarborough is an award-winning writer for children’s television. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, lives in Washington state, and has always had an obsession with forensics. When she was twelve, her home was the target of a Peeping Tom. Sheryl diligently photographed his footprints and collected the candy wrappers he left behind. Unfortunately, he was never caught. But the desire to use evidence to solve a great mystery was sparked inside Scarborough all the same. “To Catch a Killer” is her debut novel, and it is available for purchase at Vintage Books.

Come with your questions, a passion for writing, and something to take notes with—and by all means, bring your writer friends. Questions about Sunday Sessions can be directed to vbwritersgroupinfo@gmail.com. If you’re interested in being a presenter, or if you know a writer who could give an engaging 30-minute talk about the craft and art of writing, contact Candace or Debbie at vbwritersgroup@gmail.com. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the Heights neighborhood of Vancouver.

Not the Usual Suspects: Mystery Authors Fair at Vintage Books

Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—invites readers to come and meet some of their favorite mystery authors at “Not the Usual Suspects,” a mystery author event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Local authors including Angela Sanders (a.k.a. Clover Tate), Cindy Brown, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley (a.k.a. Ellie Alexander) and Kelly Garrett will be on site to chat about their stories and characters, to answer questions, and to sign copies of their books.

All the authors’ books will be available for sale. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. To find out more about events and happenings at Vintage Books—everything from book readings to writers’ groups—visit https://www.vintage-books.net/.

Not the Usual Suspects: Mystery Authors Fair

Vintage Books—Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore—invites readers to come and meet some of their favorite mystery authors at “Not the Usual Suspects,” a mystery author event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Local authors including Angela Sanders (a.k.a. Clover Tate), Cindy Brown, Hannah Dennison, Kate Dyer-Seeley (a.k.a. Ellie Alexander) and Kelly Garrett will be on site to chat about their stories and characters, to answer questions, and to sign copies of their books.

All the authors’ books will be available for sale. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. To find out more about events and happenings at Vintage Books—everything from book readings to writers’ groups—visit https://www.vintage-books.net/.

Kim Dinan, Author of The Yellow Envelope, at Vintage Books

Kim Dinan, author of The Yellow Envelope, will be at Vintage Books at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Readers are invited to meet the author and get books signed (and Vintage will have plenty of copies for sale at the event). Dinan will also read from The Yellow Envelope and her new book, The Gift that Changed Everything, and answering questions from the audience. If you haven’t heard of The Yellow Envelope, the story is quite compelling:

Plagued by anxiety and panic attacks in her late twenties, Dinan and her husband, Brian, decided to quit their jobs and set out on a trip around the world. They knew their lives were going to change. What they didn’t count on is that they would be in a position to change the lives of the people they met on their journey. On the eve of their departure, the couple was given an unusual going-away gift: a yellow envelope containing a check for $1,000 and simple instructions for giving the money away to those they encountered during their travels. Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Dinan and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As Dinan distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way, she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving—of ourselves—is transformational.

Dinan is a freelance writer and blogger whose travel blog, So Many Places, was selected by USA Today as one of the 2014 Best Hiking and Outdoor Travel blogs. Her writing has appeared in OnTrak magazine and Northwest Travel & Life, among others, and she undertook a speaking tour for Backpacker magazine.

This event is free and open to the public. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in The Heights area of Vancouver.

Kim Dinan, Author of The Yellow Envelope, at Vintage Books

Kim Dinan, author of The Yellow Envelope, will be at Vintage Books at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Readers are invited to meet the author and get books signed (and Vintage will have plenty of copies for sale at the event). Dinan will also read from The Yellow Envelope and her new book, The Gift that Changed Everything, and answering questions from the audience. If you haven’t heard of The Yellow Envelope, the story is quite compelling:

51+Re8EgbKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Plagued by anxiety and panic attacks in her late twenties, Dinan and her husband, Brian, decided to quit their jobs and set out on a trip around the world. They knew their lives were going to change. What they didn’t count on is that they would be in a position to change the lives of the people they met on their journey. On the eve of their departure, the couple was given an unusual going-away gift: a yellow envelope containing a check for $1,000 and simple instructions for giving the money away to those they encountered during their travels. Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Dinan and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As Dinan distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way, she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving—of ourselves—is transformational.

Dinan is a freelance writer and blogger whose travel blog, So Many Places, was selected by USA Today as one of the 2014 Best Hiking and Outdoor Travel blogs. Her writing has appeared in OnTrak magazine and Northwest Travel & Life, among others, and she undertook a speaking tour for Backpacker magazine.

This event is free and open to the public. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in The Heights area of Vancouver.

Sunday Sessions Writers’ Workshop at Vintage Books: Social Media

The North Bank’s favorite indie bookshop, Vintage Books, offers a monthly writers’ group and mini-workshop called Sunday Sessions, held at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. The group offers a chance to get together with other writers, share stories, ideas, and inspiration, and a chance to improve your craft with tips and insights from professional writers. Sunday Sessions is completely free and open to anyone, whether a writer or not.

The March 12 workshop features Kelly Garrett and Candace Robinson with practical tips and productive insights on “Social Media 101: How to Build Your Online Presence as an Author.” This workshop will cover website content, how to take advantage of different social media platforms and how to build your audience on the internet. Garrett is a writer based whose YA thriller, The Last to Die, will be published by Poisoned Pen Press in April 2017. Robinson is a freelance publicist who works with authors and publishers. She helps authors develop their brand, create the social platforms and promote their books. She’s also a bookseller, social media manager, and event planner at Vintage Books.

Come with your questions, a passion for writing, and something to take notes with—and by all means, bring your writer friends. Questions about Sunday Sessions can be directed to vbwritersgroupinfo@gmail.com. If you’re interested in being a presenter, or if you know a writer who could give an engaging 30-minute talk about the craft and art of writing, send an email to vbwritersgroup@gmail.com. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

Writers Workshop at Vintage Books: Social Media

The North Bank’s favorite indie bookshop, Vintage Books, offers a monthly writers’ group and mini-workshop called Sunday Sessions, held at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. The group offers a chance to get together with other writers, share stories, ideas, and inspiration, and a chance to improve your craft with tips and insights from professional writers. Sunday Sessions is completely free and open to anyone, whether a writer or not.

The March 12 workshop features Kelly Garrett and Candace Robinson with practical tips and productive insights on “Social Media 101: How to Build Your Online Presence as an Author.” This workshop will cover website content, how to take advantage of different social media platforms and how to build your audience on the internet. Garrett is a writer based whose YA thriller, The Last to Die, will be published by Poisoned Pen Press in April 2017. Robinson is a freelance publicist who works with authors and publishers. She helps authors develop their brand, create the social platforms and promote their books. She’s also a bookseller, social media manager, and event planner at Vintage Books.

Come with your questions, a passion for writing, and something to take notes with—and by all means, bring your writer friends. Questions about Sunday Sessions can be directed to vbwritersgroupinfo@gmail.com. If you’re interested in being a presenter, or if you know a writer who could give an engaging 30-minute talk about the craft and art of writing, send an email to vbwritersgroup@gmail.com. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

“Cats for the Genius” Book Signing at Vintage Books

Ramona Marek, author of “Cats for the Genius,” is celebrating the release of her new book by holding a reading and book-signing event at Vintage Books, Clark County’s largest independent book store (and a North Bank Now fave!). Come to Vintage Books at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, to meet the author, hear her read from the book, and sign copies (available in the store to purchase). Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver.

“Cats for the Genius” is witten with the clever wit and in an easy-to-read conversational style of the “For the Genius” series. The book serves as the comprehensive owner’s guide to everything feline—so if you’re thinking about becoming a cat owner (pardon: “staff”), this is the book for you. If cats have already cast their magical spell on you and you own one, two, or many, you’ll find valuable information for you and your feline friends.

Marek—who lives in Vancouver—is an award-winning freelance writer, member and former director of the Cat Writers’ Association, member of the American Association of Feline PractitionersCat Friendly Practice Advisory Council, non-veterinarian member of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and former member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She’s a contributing writer for many national and international print and digital magazines, including Cat Fancy, Animal Wellness magazine, the Tufts University Catnip newsletter, Cornell University’s CatWatch and DogWatch, the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Cat Talk, and Pet Product News International. Marek has written about various topics, including the role and symbolism of the cat in fine arts, animal health and welfare, and the pet industry.

“Cats for the Genius” at Vintage Books

2d_webRamona Marek, author of “Cats for the Genius,” is celebrating the release of her new book by holding a reading and book-signing event at Vintage Books, Clark County’s largest independent book store (and a North Bank Now fave!). Come to Vintage Books at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, to meet the author, hear her read from the book, and sign copies (available in the store to purchase). Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver.

“Cats for the Genius” is witten with the clever wit and in an easy-to-read conversational style of the “For the Genius” series. The book serves as the comprehensive owner’s guide to everything feline—so if you’re thinking about becoming a cat owner (pardon: “staff”), this is the book for you. If cats have already cast their magical spell on you and you own one, two, or many, you’ll find valuable information for you and your feline friends.

Marek—who lives in Vancouver—is an award-winning freelance writer, member and former director of the Cat Writers’ Association, member of the American Association of Feline PractitionersCat Friendly Practice Advisory Council, non-veterinarian member of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and former member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She’s a contributing writer for many national and international print and digital magazines, including Cat Fancy, Animal Wellness magazine, the Tufts University Catnip newsletter, Cornell University’s CatWatch and DogWatch, the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Cat Talk, and Pet Product News International. Marek has written about various topics, including the role and symbolism of the cat in fine arts, animal health and welfare, and the pet industry.

Sci-Fi & Steampunk Booksigning at Vintage Books

Vintage Books is hosting a fantasy and science fiction “double feature” with book signings by two breakout authors, Curtis C. Chen and Alexis Radcliff. Drop by any time after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, to meet Chen and Radcliff, chat about their books, and discover their writerly inspirations. They’ll answer your questions and sign copies of their books—which, if you don’t already own copies, will be available for sale in the bookstore.

Chen is the author of Waypoint Kangaroo, a high-octane, sci-fi spy thriller and Chen’s debut novel. Chen has cultivated an extraordinary network of connections to prominent science fiction authors, and has studied under John Scalzi, James Patrick Kelly, and the legendary Ursula K. LeGuin. Chen’s novel, predictably, has received outstanding reviews and the hardcover sequel, Kangaroo Too, will be released this summer.

Radcliff is the author of the fantasy A Vanishing Glow, a steampunk fantasy novel. She is an author, gamer, unashamed geek, and history junkie. A Vanishing Glow, her debut novel, is the opening book in her Mystech Arcanum series, an exciting blend of steampunk and flintlock fantasy with mature themes.

Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.vintage-books.net.

Sci-Fi & Steampunk at Vintage Books

9781250081780Vintage Books is hosting a fantasy and science fiction “double feature” with book signings by two breakout authors, Curtis C. Chen and Alexis Radcliff. Drop by any time after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, to meet Chen and Radcliff, chat about their books, and discover their writerly inspirations. They’ll answer your questions and sign copies of their books—which, if you don’t already own copies, will be available for sale in the bookstore.

Chen is the author of Waypoint Kangaroo, a high-octane, sci-fi spy thriller and Chen’s debut novel. Chen has cultivated an extraordinary network of connections to prominent science fiction authors, and has studied under John Scalzi, James Patrick Kelly, and the legendary Ursula K. LeGuin. Chen’s novel, predictably, has received outstanding reviews and the hardcover sequel, Kangaroo Too, will be released this summer.

26631848Radcliff is the author of the fantasy A Vanishing Glow, a steampunk fantasy novel. She is an author, gamer, unashamed geek, and history junkie. A Vanishing Glow, her debut novel, is the opening book in her Mystech Arcanum series, an exciting blend of steampunk and flintlock fantasy with mature themes.

Vintage Books is located at 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.vintage-books.net.

Free Writers’ Workshop: Researching Historical Fiction with Dan Strawn

Editor’s note: this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., due to the icy weather on Jan. 8

Dan Strawn is the author of numerous works of historical novels, as well as award-winning short fiction and essays. His stories have appeared in Idaho Magazine and Trail Blazer Magazine, and his books (and there are a lot of them) can be found in bookstores around the Northwest. He’s also an active member of the Western Writers of America, as well as a past member of the board of directors of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation. On occasion, he teaches courses for Clark College’s Mature Learning division—and on Sunday, Jan. 8, he’s going to share his extensive knowledge about researching historical fiction with aspiring writers at Vintage Books.

Strawn will present a mini-workshop at Vintage Books’ Sunday Sessions, a monthly writers’ group where attendees learn how to perfect their craft with tips and insights from noted local authors—although you don’t have to be a writer to attend; sometimes people come just because the subject or the speaker is interesting! The workshops are free and open to anyone. Strawn’s presentation, “Researching for Historical Fiction: Pitfalls and Strategies for New Writers,” will offer listeners sage advice on what to do—and what not to do—when gathering background information and historical details for novels based around true events.

Participants should come with questions and something to take notes with. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Free Writers’ Workshop: Researching Historical Fiction with Dan Strawn

Editor’s note: this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., due to the icy weather on Jan. 8

Dan Strawn is the author of numerous works of historical novels, as well as award-winning short fiction and essays. His stories have appeared in Idaho Magazine and Trail Blazer Magazine, and his books (and there are a lot of them) can be found in bookstores around the Northwest. He’s also an active member of the Western Writers of America, as well as a past member of the board of directors of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation. On occasion, he teaches courses for Clark College’s Mature Learning division—and on Sunday, Jan. 8, he’s going to share his extensive knowledge about researching historical fiction with aspiring writers at Vintage Books.

Strawn will present a mini-workshop at Vintage Books’ Sunday Sessions, a monthly writers’ group where attendees learn how to perfect their craft with tips and insights from noted local authors—although you don’t have to be a writer to attend; sometimes people come just because the subject or the speaker is interesting! The workshops are free and open to anyone. Strawn’s presentation, “Researching for Historical Fiction: Pitfalls and Strategies for New Writers,” will offer listeners sage advice on what to do—and what not to do—when gathering background information and historical details for novels based around true events.

Participants should come with questions and something to take notes with. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Researching Historical Fiction with Dan Strawn

Editor’s note: this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., due to the icy weather on Jan. 8

Dan Strawn is the author of numerous works of historical novels, as well as award-winning short fiction and essays. His stories have appeared in Idaho Magazine and Trail Blazer Magazine, and his books (and there are a lot of them) can be found in bookstores around the Northwest. He’s also an active member of the Western Writers of America, as well as a past member of the board of directors of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation. On occasion, he teaches courses for Clark College’s Mature Learning division—and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, he’s going to share his extensive knowledge about researching historical fiction with aspiring writers at Vintage Books.

Strawn will present a mini-workshop at Vintage Books’ Sunday Sessions, a monthly writers’ group where attendees learn how to perfect their craft with tips and insights from noted local authors—although you don’t have to be a writer to attend; sometimes people come just because the subject or the speaker is interesting! The workshops are free and open to anyone. Strawn’s presentation, “Researching for Historical Fiction: Pitfalls and Strategies for New Writers,” will offer listeners sage advice on what to do—and what not to do—when gathering background information and historical details for novels based around true events.

Participants should come with questions and something to take notes with. Vintage Books is located at 6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase and signing.