April WordFest focuses on poets and presidents

Next Tuesday, April 9, WordFest will celebrate poetry as a performance art and also will play with the idea of choosing the U.S. president by lottery. The event begins at 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. Poet Karen Bonaudi will introduce and demonstrate the “poetry slam” as a popular way to […]

March WordFest explores grief and loss through prose and poetry

Retired judge and short story writer Ed Putka hosts the March WordFest next Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. Throughout the centuries, grief and personal loss have found expression and healing through prose and poetry. Two local writers will be sharing their unique personal experiences of this universal […]

February WordFest features two new novels set in the Pacific Northwest

Two new novels explore different moments in history at WordFest next Tuesday, February 12, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. One of the more recent books published by Portland’s Forest Avenue Press, Julia Stoops’ Parts Per Million is a tale of civic activism, loss and transformation during the buildup to the […]

January WordFest welcomes 2019 with prose and poetry

WordFest celebrates the new year’s arrival with local prose and poetry next Tuesday, January 8, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. David Martin will be reading from the final volume in his six-book series, The Adventures of Sugar Dog. Written for middle grade and older readers, the series is about 12-year-old […]

December WordFest celebrates National Novel Writing Month

Aspiring novelists who took the writing challenge in November will read from their works at the next WordFest on Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. (Note: WordFest occurs on the first Tuesday in December.) During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), people across the country commit to writing a […]

Naturalist Robert Michael Pyle reads from his first novel at November WordFest

  Ever popular Bob Pyle returns to WordFest to discuss and read from his first novel, Magdalena Mountain, on Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. Bob​ is the author of nineteen  books, including Wintergreen, Rambles in a Ravaged Land, Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, Sky Time in Grays River, and a poetry […]

At October WordFest murder and humor, she wrote

Humorist Jan Bono returns to WordFest with the third book in her Sylvia Avery Mystery Series on Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview. Crab Bait, like the two earlier novels, Bottom Feeders and Starfish, is set on the Long Beach Peninsula.  In the new mystery, the Merry Widows […]

September WordFest begins fall season with two taut tales of suspense

Following its summer break, WordFest’s monthly series of readings resumes on Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview.   R.A. Long High School graduate Jon Gosch will read from his newest novel, Deep Fire Rise, a murder mystery set in southwest Washington at the time of the Mount St. Helens eruption.  […]

Last WordFest event before August break

A variety of literary forms will be presented at the next WordFest on Tuesday, July 10, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview.   William L. Alton earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has published a novel, Flesh and Bone (2015), two […]

June WordFest features a poet, a playwright, and a novelist

A variety of literary forms will be presented at the next WordFest on Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview.  Poet Janice Haupt will be reading from her most recent book of poems, Searching for Water. She describes the collection as “a journey through my lifetime.” In it, she […]