Words and Wine in Ashland

Not only do we have art and wine on the first Friday of every month in Ashland — now we have Words & Wine, on the third or fourth Friday, at Ashland’s Weisinger’s Winery.

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This month, Molly Best Tinsley read from her new book, Broken Angels, a sequel to her spy thriller Satan’s Chamber, written with Karetta Hubbard.

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Weisinger’s is a lovely spot for a gathering, and especially a literary one on a summer evening. Guests gathered on the patio with wine and nibbles as Molly read excerpts of Broken Angels and answered questions.

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For all of you who’d like to join Words & Wine, events are free and open to the public; food and wine are available for purchase. Here’s what’s coming up over the next few months: M.J. Daspit will read from Lucy Lied September 19; Mary Z. Maher and Alan Armstrong will present Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story on October 17; and Tim Wohlforth will read from Chameleon on November 21.

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Visit the Weisinger website for more information and to keep an eye on future readings.

 

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John Wood speaks at Chautauqua about The Names of Things

Author and anthropologist John Colman Wood’s novel, The Names of Things, was a finalist for the 2013 Chautauqua Prize, and John was later invited to present at the Chautauqua Institution‘s annual summer author series.

Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t be there, one of John’s presentations was recorded. Enjoy!

For more about The Names of Things, click here.

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State of the Press: August 2014

We send out periodic updates to our authors about what’s new at Ashland Creek Press, and because we have a lot going on this year, I wanted to share some of this news from our State of the Press Address.

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First of all, I want to share a few highlights from the past six months:

  • JoeAnn Hart’s novel Float won second prize in the International Rubery Book Award, and first place in fiction.
  • John Colman Wood, whose novel The Names of Things was a Chautauqua award finalist, will be speaking at Chautauqua on August 14.
  • Jean Ryan’s collection Survival Skills was a Lambda Literary Award finalist (general fiction category).
  • Olivia Chadha’s novel Balance of Fragile Things has been adopted as part of the University of California San Diego Muir College Writing Program.

Congratulations to all!

We, along with our authors, continue to promote books long after their publication dates, and these achievements show that book marketing is a marathon, not a sprint, and that it’s never too late for new readers to discover a book, no matter when it was published.

The Publishing Landscape and the ACP Store
It’s hard to be a writer or a reader and not know about the Hachette/Amazon dispute and how it’s affecting publishers large and small. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the situation, as are all publishers.

In order to make our books as accessible as they can possibly be, we now offer direct sales of both print and eBooks from our website (you can order directly from any book page on the site). For print books, we offer free US shipping for orders over $50, and our eBooks are available for immediate download and are free of DRM restrictions. Please feel free to let readers know that they have this option to buy online and to support small presses!

Looking Ahead
We launched the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Writing this year. There are two months left before the deadline and we’re excited to have Karen Joy Fowler as our final judge. Her novel We are Completely Beside Ourselves won the PEN Faulkner award and has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Feel free to share the award information; the deadline is coming up on September 30.

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As always, we’re glad to be doing the work we do as a small press in a rapidly changing landscape, where far more doors are opening than closing for today’s authors (and readers). Stay tuned for our next State of the Press Address, in which we’ll announce what’s coming up in early 2015!

 

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Literary Provisions in the garden…

Thanks to Ginger Beringer for sending along this photo of our Literary Provisions as they helped her and author Ray Keifetz (author of “Miriam’s Lantern” in AMONG ANIMALS) stay hydrated in their beautiful garden!

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For those of you writerly types who also need hydration this summer, check out our water bottles at LitProv.com … where you’ll also find literary (okay, and maybe slightly geeky) T-shirts and vintage typewriter notecards.

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Art & Wine in Ashland

This weekend in Ashland, First Friday kicked off a three-month exhibit of local artist Pegi Smith‘s beautiful new paintings — at our favorite wine bar, no less: Liquid Assets.

You may already be familiar with Pegi’s work as the cover artist for Olivia Chadha’s novel Balance of Fragile Things.

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Pegi’s new exhibit, in the warm and cozy setting of Liquid Assets, offers more of the same rich, lovely images…

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As always, Pegi’s art infuses magnificent colors with natural images, often mixing human and animal forms awash in vibrant backgrounds.

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Be sure to stop by Liquid Assets (at 96 North Main Street) during the next three months to see Pegi’s new work.

And, speaking of our favorite wine bar, Liquid Assets has just completed a renovation that has expanded its seating area, so it’s a great time to visit. Not to mention its daily happy hour, during which all wine by the glass, beer, and food is $2 off.

And while we’re still on the subject of wine and art, save the date for next month’s First Friday, which opens a solo show and exhibit by local artist Dana Feagin on September 5, with a wine tasting by Belle Fiore Estate & Winery at Art & Soul Gallery at 247 East Main Street.

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