Our third Crazy 8s event was held Thursday evening in the Salem Public Library’s gorgeous auditorium. From a chatty get-acquainted dinner together beforehand, to spirited presentations on center stage, the Crazies were spirited, full of humor, and even a bit prankish...read more
Our second Crazy 8s event was held Friday evening in the Cottage Grove Public Library. In the intimate setting of the library community meeting room, our cast of authors shown brightly as they shared the inside “stuff” on the writing life. They were at the top of...read more
Our very first event of the 2015 Crazy 8s tour was held last Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., in the spectacular Eugene Pubic Library. In spite of a 90-degree day and many anticipating a major Oregon Ducks game on TV at 5:00 p.m., “125 very happy people” (as host...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.