WordFest begins year with launch of three books by local writers

Steve Anderson

On Tuesday, January 7, WordFest kicks off the new year with three recently published books by local authors.

Steve Anderson will be reading from his novel, Book of Hours: The Beguilement of Brother Aphaios, about a cloistered monk from Italy who comes to the U.S. to restore a badly damaged Book of Hours. In the process he becomes beguiled by both its fifteenth century illuminator and by the richly layered chaos of a modern American city.


Kelley Jacquez will be presenting her book, Holding Woman and Other Stories of Acceptable Madness, a collection of darkly comic tales about the residents of a small New Mexico town.



Janet Rubert

Janet Bray Rubert will read from her novel, ‘Til Summer’s End, about a woman working on her doctoral dissertation in Ghana who is pregnant and recently abandoned by her husband.


Copies of their books will be available for purchase and autographing.


WordFest is a monthly gathering of readers and writers who meet the first Tuesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm. In January, we will meet at Cassava, on the corner of Broadway and 14th Avenue, in Longview. The restaurant offers a dinner menu for those who wish to enjoy a meal with the readings, as well as local wines and brews.

The events are free and open to the public. There is an open mic period following the presentations.