Upcoming Fall Events ~ Oregon

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As I come across upcoming events, either for Booksellers or Authors, I’m going feature them here so if you live in the area you may be able to take time and attend.  This won’t be a regular feature, just random events for your information.  With that said the first set of events I am featuring are at Klindt’s Booksellers who are located at 315 E 2nd St, The Dalles, OR 97058.

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Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Roland Smith‘s ‘The Edge’ Launch Party
Meet the Author and book signing event
Free and open to the public at 5:00pm

Saturday, October 24th 2015
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys Book Signing Event
Kendare Blake, April Genevieve Tucholke and McCormick Templeman
Free and open to the public at 5:00pm

Saturday, October 24th 2015
Haunted Gathering
Authors Kendare Blake, April Genevieve Tucholke and McCormick Templeman
will be our guides as we commune with spirits
Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the horror short story compliation
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys

Saturday, November 7th 2015
Northwest Author Festival
Ten authors, who represent a variety of genres, will gather in the store to sign books and meet the readers. From history and fiction to YA and children’s books, there is sure to be something for everyone on your holiday list. Signed books are always great gifts!
Be sure to check with Klindt’s for a line up of the Authors attending.
Free and open to the public from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

For further information about any of these events please contact Klindt’s Booksellers on 541-296-3355.

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Write a Review. Just Saying.

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What’s Wrong with Independent Writers?

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Since starting my review blog I have received a great deal of email from independent writers asking me to review their books, and I am always more than happy to do so; so what is wrong with the independent writer?  Nothing at all.

As readers we can lean towards being very elitist and snobbish when it comes to what we spend our time on, and this is often to the detriment of this hard writing group of people.  I understand we all have our favourites, and there is nothing wrong in that; I have a couple of best-selling Authors I thoroughly enjoy, but when we lean towards them and dismiss the self-published indie writer as being a hack we are not only doing ourselves a disservice, we are  undermining the time and effort these Authors have invested into their work and possibly deterring them from pursuing something they are really rather good at.

I have to state here that these are just my opinions and musings on this subject and not all reading this will agree, but if you are one of those readers who will only pick up a book that has been given mega stars on Goodreads and stellar reviews in The New York Times or The Guardian newspapers, let me say you are missing out on a whole new experience.  Personally I never read reviews or other people’s opinions on a book I’m interested in until after I have finished it and reviewed it myself, after all I assumed that was why books have a synopsis on the back cover or fly-leaf.

In my experience indie writers are a humble bunch of folks, they take constructive criticism well and do not play the diva card when it comes to reviews.  They are grateful for any readership they can get, as they know that with this readership comes word of mouth, more people reviewing their work and maybe, just maybe they will come to the notice of a reputable publishing house.  Indie writers do not get bent out of shape when their book is given less than the three star review they think it deserves, and truly understand that what they write may not be to everyone’s taste.  So why are readers so quick to dismiss them?

I think there will never be a hard and fast answer to this question, but feel that the way the world is has a great deal to do with it.  we now live in a society where everyone wants it NOW, and if they have just read a great book in a series, they don’t want to hang around waiting for the next.  Anticipation seems to have died in this day and age; I love the anticipation of the next one in the series and, as I did recently with one indie Author, did not begin reading their trilogy until I had all three books firmly in my possession.  Books are meant to be savoured and enjoyed; they are worlds that have been loving constructed and developed by their creators; they are meant to be strolled through, not driven through at a 100 mph pace. The Indie Author has a better grasp on this than the best-selling Author, in my opinion, as they strive to make each new work better than their last; the best sellers are almost akin to production line items and after a while tend to take on the personality and characteristics from previous novels.

As much as I love indie writers there is one failing that majority of them seem to fall into, and that is with their book covers. I understand that for the most part they are funding the publication of their work themselves, but for a lot of readers the cover art is what make them want to read the synopsis, and then the book as a whole; my thing is book covers, if I love a cover the synopsis will be read, if the cover doesn’t appeal to me I will probably put down what might have being an outstanding read.  So what is it about the covers that I personally dislike?  I dislike the stock photo covers, in fact I’m not a big fan of photographic covers at all unless they are part of a montage that relates to the contents.  Covers that reach out to me are artwork (if that is the correct term to use) in themselves, if not they are usually something that I’ve not seen on a cover before, and that leads me to read the summary.  I can often scroll through Amazon and see several indie books with the same cover, and none of them will get looked at further.

Yes, I guess this makes me an elitist snob with regards to the cover art of books I read, but when it comes to the contents Indie writers have as much need to be read as those up in the best-selling charts and, for this reader they are more often than not a lot more palatable.

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Notes on Unreadable Books ~ Form Versus Function

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I was browsing the digital highways this afternoon when I came across this article on unreadable books.  We have all deemed a book as such at some point in our reading lives, adn I though this view on the subject was interesting enough to share.  I hope you enjoy.

Form Versus Function.

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Summer Schedule

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As always when summer comes around, our schedules tend to change so we can all enjoy the nice weather more, this is no different for the Book Nut Hut.  Starting on Monday, July 20th the posting schedule will be changing for the duration of the summer, up until the end of September.

The Wednesday Poem will remain a constant throughout the summertime but, after falling over my TBR stack I realise I need to make serious inroads into clearing it.  With this in mind I will only be posting book reviews as I finish a book, rather than having 2 or 3 on the go at one time.  Any Authors that have submitted their books to me directly for review; if for some reason I do not finish them, I will email you directly giving you a personal account of why I was unable to finish it rather than post it in the Hut review section.

Have a wonderful summer everyone, and thank you as always for your continued support.  If you have any books you would like me to read and review, that you have particularly enjoyed, or not, just get in touch via the Contact Me page.

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Joël Champetier 1957 ~ 2015

220px-Joel_ChampetierCanadian author and editor Joël Champetier died on May 30. Champetier’s first story, “Le chemin des fleurs” appeared in Solaris in 1981 and his first novel, “La mer au fond du monde” appeared in 1990. In 1983, he helped organize the first Boréal Congress and was on the board of directors for several years. Beginning in 1990, he held various positions at Solaris and was managing editor at the time of his death.

His other works included  ” The Dragon’s Eye”, “La taupe et le dragon: Roman” and “La mémoire du lac”.

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Reading Challenges ~ Love them or Hate them?

So we are at the beginning of a whole new year and, as is their usual practice, Goodreads are encouraging users to join their Reading Challenge.  As much as I like reading challenges, this one is beginning to feel a little stale, so I started looking for something that would be more of a challenge while at the same time opening me up to new reading experiences.  Scouring the internet I came across the challenge below that I thought I would share with you, and hopefully inspire you to open up to new reading experiences as we progress through this year.  I know that reading a book from the second category on the list is really going to be a challenge for me!
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