It's warm, it's light late into the evening, and we have a little spare time. 

That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading.  Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment returns for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

Bloomsbury Books in Ashland starts off the weekly series.  Sheila Burns from Bloomsbury drops by to drop some book titles.  And she's bringing Eileen Bobek, the owner of Jacksonville's new bookstore, Rebel Heart Books with her. 

Andre Dubus III worked a lot of jobs, from office cleaner to teacher to private investigator.  He seems most at home writing, and a large audience appreciates his work. 

Dubus's House of Sand and Fog was an Oprah Book Club selection and was made into a movie. 

And there's been plenty of writing since that work. 

Chautauqua Poets & Writers brings the author to town for a session in Ashland (Monday, October 23rd). 

Random House

It happens to us all the time: one little slip on the keyboard, and a "protector" becomes a "protestor." 

Typographical errors are not fun for the committer, perhaps, but they can be highly entertaining for the rest of us. 

Scottish editor and author Drummond Moir proved the point with his book of some truly classical typing gaffes, called Just My Typo.

Evgeniy Isaev, CC BY 2.0,

What books have you chosen to read this summer? 

Philosophy?  Classics of fiction?  Comic Books? 

The long, warm days lend themselves to reading, and we'll spend the summer getting advice on WHAT to read from some of our local bookstores. 

J. Michaels Books in Eugene checks in with the latest installment of "Summer Reads".

You thought Steven King was a prolific author, with more than 50 novels to his credit? 

Multiply by SIX to get the output of David Robbins, who calls Rogue River home. 

At last count, Robbins had written 321 (correction: 322) books, mostly novels, under a handful of different names.  And three of his books were adapted from Hollywood movies.

His most successful works are in the "Endworld" series, depicting a post-Apocalypse Earth. 

Whence comes all these stories? 

David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0,

Jonathan Lethem is well-known for his own writing; books like A Gambler's Anatomy and Motherless Brooklyn

But he also has a keen eye for the work of other writers.  And we get to see his writing about their writing in a book of critical essays by Lethem called More Alive and Less Lonely

Christopher Boucher edited the collection. 

A fiction piece in a recent edition of The New Yorker described a town that sounds very much like Ashland. 

And it should: author Victor Lodato lives in Ashland for part of the year.   He is both author and playwright, with an award to show for a previous novel. 

His latest novel, Edgar and Lucy, is drawing praise from critics. 

Inside the Writing Mind Of Brian Doyle

Feb 19, 2016
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. 

Books And Fans Gather In Ashland

Sep 25, 2015

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

Ashland Author Drives To A Debut Novel

Aug 18, 2015
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

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

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.