Book Bin Reading Challenge 2018

The Book Bin Reading Challenge enters it’s third year! Challenge yourself to read more, find new writers and subjects to enjoy. And earn prizes while you’re at it!

Interested? Come by the Book Bin, ask for a challenge form and get started. Built into the challenge are opportunities to pick up prizes and raffle tickets. There will be three raffle drawings in 2018: April 28th, August 31st, and December 29th.

We have challenge forms for adults and young adults, middle readers, and readers of picture and chapter books. Each form comes with it’s own set of instructions. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

Elena Passarello with Animals Strike Curious Poses

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and will be reprinted in Germany, Italy, and the UK. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world recently appeared in Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the New York Times, as well as the anthologies Little Boxes: Twelve Writers on Television and Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. A recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she teaches at Oregon State University.

Elena Passarello

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Last Friday Poetry Group presents Jon Boisvert

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Jon Boisvert was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and now lives in Oregon. He studied poetry at Oregon State University and the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. You can sometimes see new writing and art at www.jonboisvert.com. BORN is his first book. Open-mic ready to follow, so please bring your poetry to share.

Last Friday Poetry Group presents Jon Boisvert

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Michael Strelow with Some Assembly Required

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Michael Strelow has a Ph.D in Literature, and has published poetry, short stories, and non-fiction essays in literary and commercial magazines. He hosts creative writing workshops in universities and writing groups, and his 2005 novel The Greening of Ben Brown was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Novel Award. Michael lives in Salem, Oregon, USA. His latest novel, Some Assembly Required, explores artificial intelligence mental illness, and, maybe, the end of the world.

Michael Strelow with Some Assembly Required

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Durable Goods Poetry Reading

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Durable Goods contains six thoughtful and insightful essays by Erik Muller in which he explores the work of six Oregon poets: Richard Dankleff, Barbara Drake, Kenneth O. Hanson, Paulann Petersen, Clemens Starck, and Lex Runciman. Four of the poets featured in the book, Drake, Peterson, Runciman, and Starck will read their poems, and the book’s author, Erik Muller, will lead a discussion with them. Please join us for an evening celebrating the poetry of Oregon.

Durable Goods Poetry Reading

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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.

Truman Price

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