Portland Writing News That Makes Me Happy

Scott Sparling’s debut novel, WIRE TO WIRE, is racking up more wonderful reviews, including this piece touting its thrills and dark humor in Sunday’s Oregonian. That adds to the novel’s other excellent publicity, including raves from Kirkus, Playboy and a starred review and a Pick of the Week designation by Publishers Weekly.

WIRE TO WIRE was published this month by Tin House Books.

Although we never sat around the Pinewood Table together, Scott and I belong to the same wonderful community of writers here in Oregon. His success is so exciting and inspiring for all of us.

If you’re a Portland resident, don’t miss his reading at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday at the downtown Powell’s. Either way, go buy a copy of WIRE TO WIRE. I purchased mine yesterday (at the lovely downtown Powell’s, in fact) and I can’t wait to start reading.

This brings me to my second piece of happy news. My fellow writing group member Jackie Shannon Hollis has been interviewed on Writer Spotlight, Paula Kay McLaughlin’s interview series. The post features Jackie’s lovely novel, AT THE WHEAT LINE. In her interview, she mentions how much she enjoyed WIRE TO WIRE.

All this to say–once again–how lucky I am to be part of a thriving writing community here in Portland, Oregon. If you’re a local, too, remember to keep tabs on Liz Prato’s informative site, Write in Portland, for the latest author-oriented classes, readings and happenings in the community.

As Paula says in Jackie’s interview, “Yes, another writer in the spotlight from Oregon. Apparently they grow writers there along with wheat and alfalfa.”

About Laura Stanfill

Publisher, Forest Avenue Press
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2 Responses to Portland Writing News That Makes Me Happy

  1. Wow, what a lot of happy news! Congrats to Jackie on her interview. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Laura. And I think I’ll show up at Scott’s reading tomorrow night. His novel sounds wonderful.

    • Oh excellent! I’m glad you’ll be able to make it, Leanne. I heard Scott speak at a grange in Estacada this spring and I was riveted by what he read from Wire to Wire.

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