April WordFest: An Evening of First Chapters

Popular storyteller Leslie Slape will be the Guest Reviewer at the next WordFest gathering on Tuesday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 pm. Leslie, a writer, performer, and reporter for The Daily News, will be providing feedback to three writers that evening:

Paul Meyers, a wildlife biologist from Cathlamet, will be reading the first chapter from his novel in progress. He says that it’s about “a kid who drops out of college and moves to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player. It touches on themes of addiction, moral struggle, and the price of pursuing a dream.” Though having published articles in scientific journals, this is Paul’s first foray into fiction.

PUD Commissioner Ned Piper will also be reading the first chapter from his novel in progress, which he has titled Life at a Minimum. Only eight chapters into it, he says he’s not yet sure what it’s about.

Ruth Thompson will be changing roles that evening–from editor to writer–as she reads from the memoir she has started about her mother’s life. Ruth has edited inspirational children’s books, as well as novels for adults, and a biography on Buckminster Fuller. In 1999, she received an award for Best Editor from the Northwest Association of Book Publishers.

 Following the three presenters, there will be an open mic time when people can read their own material.

 The Brits owner Alice Dietz will offer a select menu for those who wish to enjoy dinner during the readings. The restaurant opens at 5:30 pm.

Writers are encouraged to sign up to present at the May WordFest.

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