It rained a little bit the evening the Crazy 8s Author Tour visited the beautiful Beaverton City Library. But the bluster outdoors did nothing to dampen the spirits of the authors who settled in for our seventh event. An attentive audience was presented with the gift...read more
In Seaside Public Library’s great room, the audience for the Crazy 8s authors was a mix of fascinated locals counterbalanced by folks who drove in the rain from Salem and Portland. The made the trek because they’d either heard of Crazy 8s or had already attended an...read more
What a delightful time it was. The Crazy 8s authors must have been feeling the pull the emerging moon on a beautiful fall evening in Stayton. They were full good well and happy to be appearing in the community room of the wonderful Stayton Public Library. And from the...read more
And so people gathered in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library in anticipation of something they’d never witnessed before. With the books arrayed by Grass Roots Books & Music, and lemonade and cookies offered on a back table, our authors sat quietly on the front...read more
An accidental Oregon idea redux
A unique Oregon author tour originally hit the road in the fall of 2012 under the banner of “Crazy Eights Author Tour.” Oregon author George Byron Wright said the idea came to him while on a road trip. The intention was to stimulate more interest in Oregon’s writing and publishing communities by connecting them with readers, booksellers and libraries in an exciting new way.
Once the idea jelled, Wright was able to interest 28 of Oregon’s award winning authors, eight independent bookstores and a number of community libraries, to participate in an author tour that brought eight authors at a time to eight separate venues across the state. Sort of speed dating with words, each author was allowed to speak for a mere five minutes* about their writing life. It was fast and furious and audiences loved it, as did the authors. “The tour is totally volunteer,” said Wright. “It has been the generosity of the authors along with the eagerness of booksellers and librarians that has made it work. Our authors are passionate about supporting independent bookstores, libraries and our communities of readers.”
The 2015 edition of the Crazy Eights Author Tour kicks off this fall. A pool of 28 award winning authors will converge in groups of eight on new selection of communities that have been invited to participate and all enthusiastically signed on. They are: Albany, Beaverton, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Eugene, Salem, Seaside and Stayton.
Here we go! Check back often for news and updates.
*For 2015 authors will have eight minutes to speak.