WordFest launches fall season on Tuesday

Local judge and storyteller Ed Putka will kick off WordFest’s fall season next Tuesday, September 12, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse. A WordFest favorite, Ed has been compared to Garrison Keillor for his popular Cleveland stories, set in the Polish neighborhood of his youth. Once again combining memory and humor, Ed will share another tale of how […]

July WordFest highlights Downton Abbey-like murder mystery

At the next WordFest event on Tuesday, July 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m., British-born author Hannah Dennison will read from her latest mystery, Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall. Hannah is the author of The Vicky Hill Mysteries (Constable Crime) as well as the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries (Minotaur), both series set in the wilds of the Devonshire countryside. […]

June WordFest: Powerful memoir of teaching in the still-segregated south

At the next WordFest event on Tuesday, June 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m., University of Oregon instructor Michael Copperman will read from his memoir, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, at Cassava Coffeeshop. Michael left Stanford University for the Mississippi Delta in 2002, to join Teach for America, imagining that he would lift underprivileged children from the […]

May WordFest presents “When writing is murder”

Two writers of YA (Young Adult) mysteries will be reading from their debut novels at the next WordFest event on Tuesday, May 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Cassava Coffeeshop.   Kelly Garrett will read from her novel, The Last To Die, published by Poisoned Pen Press in April 2017. Harper is no saint, but she doesn’t deserve […]

April WordFest welcomes Portland author and publisher

M. Allen Cunningham will be reading from a selection of his works and speaking about his path to becoming a writer at the next WordFest event on Tuesday, April 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Cassava Coffeeshop. Mark is the author of six books, including The Green Age of Asher Witherow, named a #1 Indie Next selection by the […]

Murder, mayhem and mysteries abound at March WordFest

Two popular and delightful mystery writers will join WordFest next Tuesday, March 14, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Cassava Coffee shop in Longview. Kate Dyer-Seeley is a Vancouver author who writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series. Her intrepid young journalist Meg Reed discovers murder wherever she goes–on Mt. Hood (Slayed on the Slopes,) while windsurfing in the Columbia […]

Fantasy, WWII history, and detective fiction at February WordFest

WordFest offers a variety of storytelling next Tuesday, February 14, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Cassava Coffee shop in Longview. Kate Ristau is a Portland folklorist and author of young adult and middle grade fiction. She read from her first novel, Shadowgirl, (published in 2015) at last September’s WordFest. On Tuesday, she will be reading from her new novel, […]

Folklore and tall tales at January WordFest

Portland author Jamie Duclos-Jourdon will be reading from his debut novel at the first WordFest gathering of the year, next Tuesday, January 10, 6:00-8:00 pm. at Cassava. Froelich’s Ladder, published by Forest Avenue Press, is a tall tale about a tall ladder and the two German immigrant brothers who built it. Set in the Pacific […]

December WordFest gets weird

In recent years Forest Avenue Press, a small, independent publisher in Portland has brought out a number of noteworthy books by talented authors, like Dan Berne’s Gods of Second Chances, and Ellen Urbani’s Landfall. In October, it published an anthology of thirty “otherworldly tales” based in Portland. On Tuesday, December 13, the editor of City […]

November WordFest offers plays and poems

On Tuesday, November 8, WordFest will offer plays and poetry at Cassava Coffee shop, 1333 Broadway Avenue in Longview. In 1891, Washington state was two years old. That year homesteaders were staking claims and loggers were cutting trees along the north fork of the Lewis River, and four people were lynched, including two in nearby Pacific […]