Willamette Writers Authors at Wordstock

Willamette Writers authors will sign their books at Wordstock, and a free raffle for three days attendance at the Willamette Writers writing conference August 5-7th will be held.

(PRWEB) April 14, 2005 -- Willamette Writers authors will sign their books at Wordstock, a book festival held in Portland, Oregon, April 23rd and 24th. Authors signing books include Bill Johnson, Joe Jablonski, Connie Crooker, Cheryl Coon, and Elaura Niles.

Willamette Writers also will hold a free raffle that offers attendance at the Willamette Writers writing conference August 5-7th. Prizes include three, two and one day of attendance. First prize includes 2 nights at the Embassy Suites Airport Hotel in Portland during the conference. Filling out a raffle ticket at the WW booths is required.

The Willamette Writers booths at Wordstock also offer information about Willamette Writers various programs, including Books for Kids (distributing 20,000 new and used books annually), Young Willamette Writers, the Kate Herzog Writing Scholarship, and the Kay Snow Writing Contest.

Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night and The Executioner’s Song), John Irving (The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules), Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones), and Russell Banks (Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter) are some of the many prominent national authors descending on Portland to participate in Wordstock. In addition to speaking to large groups at the Keller Auditorium and the Oregon Convention Center, authors will participate in special receptions, readings at coffee and book shops around town.

Tickets for the Keller Auditorium and Oregon Convention Center lectures and readings, featuring Mailer, Irving, Sebold, and Banks as well as Christian writer Philip Yancey, Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, which was later made into the movie Adaptation), and health writer Dr. Andrew Weil, are on sale thru Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, search word “Wordstock”).

The mission of Wordstock is to create and host an annual literary and cultural event of regional and national impact, inspire readers and writers, enable the public to celebrate the vast power of the written word, and to support Community of Writers Inc., a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing student writing achievement by improving the quality of writing instruction in Portland area schools. For more information about Wordstock, please visit www.wordstockfestival.com or call 503-546-1013.

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