Writers’ Series Presents Special Event: Author Megan Kruse and Hawthorne Books Publisher Rhonda Hughes

Megan Kruse (left) and Rhonda Hughes celebrate publication of Call Me Home

Megan Kruse (left) and Rhonda Hughes celebrate publication of Call Me Home

The Manzanita Writers’ Series sponsors a special event : “Inside the Publisher/Author Relationship,” with an author reading and conversation between  Megan Kruse and Hawthorne Books publisher Rhonda Hughes , at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Kruse will also conduct a writing workshop during the day.

Call Me Home is Kruse’s debut novel, released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book won the 2015 Rainbow Award for Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Kruse will read from her novel. Then she and Hughes will talk about how to get published and the editing process that follows, an inside view into the publisher/author relationship.

Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.

Rhonda Hughes is the publisher at Hawthorne Books in Portland, Oregon. Now in its 14th year, Hawthorne has published literary fiction and nonfiction to consistent critical acclaim and numerous awards. Film options and publishing rights to Hawthorne’s works have been sold worldwide. “If we specialize in anything, it’s in finding superb writing which might be overlooked by larger houses, and giving it the attention it deserves.” The Manzanita Writers’ Series has hosted other Hawthorne authors including Lidia Yuknavitch, Ariel Gore and Karen Karbo.

Prior to founding Hawthorne, Ms. Hughes had an extensive career in book production and printing. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and completed the Yale Publishing Course.

There will be no Open Mic session for this special event.

Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Kruse will present a writing workshop during the day on “Crafting Emotion.”

Learn how to use object potential and transcendent details to create work that resonates deeply with the reader. Megan Kruse will help students understand the craft tools that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic. Useful to all genres.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3:30 pm on July 16. The fee is $30; register here.