books

Chautauqua Poets & Writers

Just the TITLES of Brian Doyle's book entice you to learn more; works like "The Wet Engine: Exploring the Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart," and "Bin Laden's Bald Spot & Other Stories."

And those are just the tip of a very large iceberg.  Doyle is not just a prolific writer, he is the editor of the well-regarded Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. 

And he visits the Rogue Valley for an appearance on Monday night (Jan. 22) at Ashland High School. 

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Have you heard the one about books disappearing from civilization?  Maybe we're waiting for the flying cars to take them all away. 

Snark aside, the publishing industry has had its share of troubles. 

But it also enjoys widespread support, as demonstrated next weekend (October 3rd) by the annual Ashland Book And Author Festival

The fest includes a new entity this year, the Southern Oregon Literary Alliance

Caravel Books

A truck driver walks into a diner. Not a joke setup, but the first scene in James Anderson's debut novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner.

Anderson calls Ashland home for part of the year, and he can call his novel a success, at least judging by some of the reviews of it.

Anderson's own story--logger, truck driver, car salesman, book publisher--is at least as interesting as the tale of his tractor-trailer driving protagonist.

Celebrating Books And Authors (And Readers)

Sep 15, 2014
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Maybe books on paper are becoming passé, but people still love to read. 

Witness the voter creation of a special district to keep libraries open in Jackson County earlier this year. 

Another library, the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, celebrates books and their makers with its third Ashland Book and Author Festival

Successful Authors Explain The Success

Mar 4, 2014
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Maybe we'll read them on glowing screens, but books--in whatever form--are not going away.

There's still a thirst for a good read, and more than enough authors working to slake the thirst.