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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Pam Levy

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Pamela Lindholm-Levy is a South Salem High School graduate who moved from Oregon to Denver after graduating from the University of Oregon. She worked as a medical microbiologist and as a medical technologist at Saint Joseph Hospital, then at National Jewish Hospital (now National Jewish Health). After a stint of four decades — during which she raised two children, earned a master’s degree from University of Colorado, divorced, remarried, returned to and settled in Portland — she got to work on Count the Mountains. Her creativity and work meshed at last, and the book’s initial inspiration that had germinated since the mid-1960s became reality in late-2015.

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Dave Butler and Christopher Husberg

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

D.J. (Dave) Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, and a corporate trainer. He now lives in Utah with his wife and three children in a house where one of the 20th century’s biggest bestsellers was written. When he isn’t writing fantasy novels, he plays guitar.

Christopher Husberg grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, where he had plenty of time to play Warcraft and read fantasy novels. He got an MFA in Creative Writing from BYU where he studied with Brandon Sanderson. He currently lives in Provo, Utah with his wife and daughter.

DJ Butler and Christopher Husberg

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Last Friday Poetry Group with Penina Taesali

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Samoan writer, poet, educator, and cultural arts activist Penina Ava Taesali is the author of Sourcing Siapo. For nine years, she worked as artistic director for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), where she founded the Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership, Talking Roots Art Collective, a youth arts education organization. Taesali earned an MFA in writing from Mills College and currently lives in Salem, Oregon.

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Angie Brenner

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Angie Brenner is a former independent bookstore owner, and career journalist. She met her co-writer in the small resort town of Kalkan, Turkey on the Mediterranean Coast where they discovered a shared love of history, literature, cooking and local food traditions. Returning to their respective American kitchens, they recreated the flavors of Anatolia as a culinary souvenir and incorporated that sensibility into the food they cook every day for themselves and their families and friends. Tree of Life not only features more than 100 accessible and delicious recipes, it also tells a larger story about culture, immigrants, traders, and the domestication of such ingredients as chickpeas, wheat and pomegranates.

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Leonide Martin

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Leonide Martin is a retired California State University professor, an award winning author and Maya researcher who lives in Silverton, Oregon. Her latest book, Sak K’uk of Palenque, continues the saga of four Mayan Queens with Sak K’uk, the strong-willed daughter of Yohl Ik’nal, as she faces rebellious nobles and spiritual crisis following a devastating enemy attack.

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Paul Allen Dage

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Paul Allen Dage is the author of Trout Kill and Trout Run, the first two novels of the Eddy Trout Series. He is a prize-winning fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in a number of publications. A native Oregonian and retired high school English teacher, he lives on the McKenzie River with this artist wife, Debra Meadow.

Robin Cody and Brian Friesen

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Last Friday Poetry Group with Penelope Schott

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

Last Friday Poetry Group with Penelope Schott

Penelope Scambly Schott has sold cosmetics at Macy’s Herald Square, made donuts in a cider mill, written texts for career guidance software, bathed people as a home health aide, posed as an artist’s model, and, mostly, impersonated a literature professor. She currently hosts a poetry series called White Dog Poetry Salon. Her verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received an Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Recent books include Crow Mercies, winner of the Sarah Lantz Memorial Award from Calyx; Lillie Was a Goddess, Lillie Was a Whore, a verse study of prostitution; Lovesong for Dufur, tribute to her small town in Central Oregon; and How I Became an Historian, poems of world and personal history. New in 2017 are Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic and Bailing the River. Wife, mother, grandmother, and dog person, Penelope lives in Portland and Dufur, Oregon where she teaches an annual poetry workshop.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Marc Waszkiewicz and Lea Jones

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Marc C. Waszkiewicz, a Marine Corps three-combat-tour veteran of the Vietnam war, is creator, director, and co-producer of Vietnam: An Inner View, a four piece multimedia documentary project. This project is a first hand memoir account of life in a battle zone, and 1000 Yard Stare is the print component of that project. Shortly after his arrival in Vietnam, Marc won a 35mm camera in a poker game. Consequently, he amassed over 4000 photographs and hours of 8mm movie footage. Since the beginning of the decade, Marc has been aided by Lea Jones to bring this very personal project to fruition.

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Marc Waszkiewicz and Lea Jones

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Robin Cody and Brian Friesen

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

Robin Cody is a freelance writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and a winner of the Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for short nonfiction. In 1995, he won the Oregon Book Award for Voyage of a Summer Sun. Ricochet River was selected as one of top 100 literary works produced in Oregon in the last two hundred years. He’ll be joining us with the 25th Anniversary edition of Ricochet River.

Brian Friesen is an author from Portland, Oregon. His novel At the Waterline was published by Ooligan Press in the spring of 2017.

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Hannah Dennison

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Author Signings | 0 comments

While working as a flight attendant, Hannah Dennison had a chance to talk to Steven Spielberg. He asked her if she had any dreams. She had always wanted to be a writer. He told her if she was really serious about writing, then she must act on it and not just talk about it and let life drift on by. From there she determined to do just that. She moved to Los Angeles worked for various film studios and learned her craft. Out of all of this comes her Honeychurch Hall series of mysteries. She will join us to discuss her newest mystery, Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall.

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Hannah Dennison

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