Book Bin Reading Challenge 2016

Were happy to announce the Book Bin Reading Challenge 2016! Challenge yourself to read more, find new writers and subjects to enjoy. And earn prizes, too!

Interested? Come by the Book Bin, ask for a challenge form and get started, or print a challenge form out at home and start reading!

The first raffle drawing will be April 30 on National Independent Bookstore Day, and any book you’ve read so far this year may be applied toward the challenge.

There are two challenge forms: one for adults and young adults, and one for readers of picture and chapter books. More instructions are on the challenge form, and if you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Nathan Carson with The Willows

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Algernon Blackwood was a prolific English ghost story writer and a grandfather of today’s Weird Fiction scene; The Willows is remembered as one of his greatest contributions to dark, atmospheric literature. Writer Nathan Carson’s thoughtful retelling reverently preserves the plot while breathing character-driven depth into this all-time classic. Two adventurous women, one British, one Swedish, encounter strange horrors in the Hungarian wilderness of 1907. What they discover on that crumbling sandbar makes them question their sanity, fear for their lives, and revel in otherworldly strangeness.

Nathan Carson is a musician, writer, and Moth StorySlam champion from Portland, OR. He is widely known as co-founder and drummer of the internationally touring doom metal band Witch Mountain, host of the XRAY FM radio show The Heavy Metal Sewïng Cïrcle, and owner of the boutique music booking agency Nanotear. His byline can be found in the Willamette Week and the Oregonian. A regular on the weird fiction convention circuit, he has published many short stories and novelettes in critically acclaimed horror anthologies. His first standalone novella, Starr Creek, was recently released by Lazy Fascist Press and currently sits at #1 on the Goodreads list of “Books Like Stranger Things.”

Nathan Carson with The Willows

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Indies First Day at The Book Bin!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

On November 25th, small business Saturday, the Book Bin will be celebrating Indies First day. On a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods, independent bookstores will host authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First, to help handsell their favorite titles, sign books, and give readings. The Book Bin will be hosting, a number of local authors. A full schedule of events will be announced soon. This event is free and open to all. Come join us.

Indies First Day at The Book Bin!

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Last Friday Poetry Group Presents David Barker

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

David Barker is a widely published poet and author of short stories, novels and non-fiction. He was involved in the Southern California small press poetry scene of the 1970s, which he described in his 1982 memoir, Charles Bukowski Spit in My Face. David’s writing has appeared in many chapbooks, small press magazines and anthologies since the 1970s. His latest poetry chapbooks are Opal’s Trails and Paris Poems . In addition to his mainstream poetry, David has written horror genre poetry and fiction since the 1980s. He collaborated with W. H. Pugmire on two books of horror fiction: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales both published by Dark Renaissance Books. Their collaborative horror novel Witches in Dreamland is forthcoming from Hippocampus Press. In collaboration with Jordan Hofer, David has written two nonfiction books about UFOs: Little Gray Bastards and Unidentifiable Flying Objects . David and his wife, Judy, live in Salem, Oregon.

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Last Friday Poetry Group Presents David Barker

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Meet Crazy Horse Family Members & Author W. Matson

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle along with author William Matson discuss and sign their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy based on the family’s oral history. The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.

Meet Crazy Horse Family Members & Author W. Matson

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Last Friday Poetry Group Presents Charles Castle

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Charles R. Castle, Jr was born in Maine in 1951 and has lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1978. His heart is in Oregon. His roots are deep in colonial New England. He worked 27 years in healthcare education and public affairs, with a few years spent in the building trades. He was published as a young writer in Hanging Loose. He returned to poetry and prose writing after retiring in 2015, publishing three books of poems; Living with Patriarchs and the Twelve Poems of Goodwin Hatch, A Season’s Second Coming, and A Good-night in America. His work is included in Poems on Poetry and Poets 2016 anthology and Oregon Poetry Association’s 2017 Verseweavers anthology. Don’t forget to bring your own poetry to read!

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Truman Price

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Truman Price at Book Bin Salem

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Truman Price has played oldtime fiddle for over 50 years. He has played in many styles but is known for his Appalachian fiddle, learned when living in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. He added a few Scandinavian tunes when living in Northern Minnesota. Study of Pa Ingalls’s repertoire (Little House on the Prairie) led to development of an Oregon Trail program, which he has given on over a hundred occasions for the Oregon Historical Society and other groups; he has also taught traditional old-time dances to 14,000 students in Oregon. Meanwhile he and his wife Suzanne, an elementary teacher, raised five children. He plays every year for the traditional danzas done in honor of La Senora de Guadelupe by the Mexican community of Independence, and performs in the Northwest. Canora: Notes from an Old-Time Fiddler is his first book-length work.

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Ashley Dioses / Adam Boliver / Audient Void #4 Release

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

It’s a celebration of the weird! Ashley Dioses and Adam Bolivar celebrating the release of their respective books of poetry. We’ll also be celebrating the release of Salem’s own journal of weird poetry and fiction, The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy. Please join us for a night of eerie fun!

Ashley Dioses / Adam Boliver / Audient Void #4

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Last Friday Poetry Group Presents Stephanie Lenox

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Stephanie Lenox is the author of The Business, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Congress of Strange People. She is co-author of Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. She lives in Salem, Oregon, where she writes and teaches. This event is free and open to all. Don’t forget to bring your own poetry to read!

Last Friday Poetry Group featuring Stephanie Lenox

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Last Friday Poetry Group presents A. Molotkov

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Our poet this month will be A. Molotkov. Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. Published by Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Cincinnati Review, Tampa Review, Raleigh Review, Cider Press Review, Pif, 2 River and elsewhere, Molotkov is the winner of several short fiction and poetry contests and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review. Molotkov’s translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series. He plays the Armenian duduk and is better at tennis than most other Portland writers. This event is free and open to all. Don’t forget to bring your poetry to read!

Last Friday Poetry Group featuring A. Molotkov

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Emily Lloyd-Jones

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. She now splits her time between writing and working at a bookstore. Emily’s latest book is Hearts We Sold. When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil–her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life–she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.

Emily Lloyd-Jones

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