The Long Beach Peninsula is known for many things – one of the best kept secrets of this serene area is the draw it has for outstanding, local, and regional writers.
|Writers to know on the Long Beach Peninsula:|
|Also known as Sydney of Oysterville, author and historian. Sydney’s published works include textbooks, non-fiction books, magazine and newspaper articles. Check out her latest book: Legendary Locals of the Long Beach Peninsula|
|Birdie Etchison has sold 21 books ranging from juvenile fiction to nonfiction, romance, and historical fiction. A past president of OCW, she has taught for Writer’s Digest School for 22 years. Check out her latest book: Christmas Calling|
|Known for her poetry, including haiku, which is frequently published in literary magazines. Patty has three published books: Devil In Her Arms, a romance novel, Welcome Home, a collection of stories from Vietnam veterans and Merry Christmas, Murphy, a children’s picture book.|
Robert Michael Pyle
|The author of 17 books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal, Robert is a Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow.|
Randall Beth Platt
|Randall Beth Platt is an award-winning writer of fiction for adults and young adults and for those who don’t own up to being either; a generally genial person with a rabid dedication to character and story. Check out her latest book, Liberty’s Christmas
While there are a number of writers who call the Long Beach Peninsula their home, there are also some big name author’s who seek out the Peninsula for it’s inspiring and nurturing environment.
Charles Cross is a rock music journalist and author based in Seattle. He is the founder of Backstreets Magazine, a periodical for fans of Bruce Springsteen, editor of “Springsteen: the Man and His Music,” a compilation of Backstreets articles, and is also author of a biography of Kurt Cobain, titled “Heavier Than Heaven.” His most recent release is entitled “Room Full Of Mirrors – A Biography Of Jimi Hendrix.”
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide – she too looks to the Peninsula for inspiration.
Reading is a favorite past time that can be enjoyed any day – rain or shine! Nearly every town on our Peninsula has a bookstore! Head on over to Time Enough Books, located at the Port of Ilwaco, for a great selection of reads. Go and relax by their fireplace, watch the harbor activity and browse their selection of new and used books, gifts, and more! If you are in downtown Long Beach and looking for some literature, check out Banana Books and sip some coffee on their deck and take in their eclectic stock of gently used pop-fiction, sci-fi, cult classics and more! If your travels take you up North on our Peninsula, then a stop at Adelaide’s in Ocean Park is in order! Their bookstore not only houses an impressive stock, but also has a delightful coffee shop and is set inside the Historic Taylor Hotel building from 1887.
Upcoming Literary Events:
The Hero’s Journey: a Story Workshop with Stevan Allred. Come and learn a powerful writing model to help you get started whether you are a seasoned writer or just starting out. This is a two-part workshop that will take place on January 25 and February 1, 2014 from noon to 5 pm. Reservations are required for attendance and can be made through Time Enough Books.
Author Signing & Discussion
Meet Stevan Allred, author of the acclaimed debut A Simplified Map of the Real World. The signing will take place at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.
Columbia-Pacific Authors Gathering
Come and meet regional authors, shop, and enjoy regional wine and cheese at the reception from 4-5 pm. This event will take place on March 8, 2014 from noon to 4 pm at Super 8 Motel in Long Beach.
Events on the Horizon
Windless Kite Festival – Long Beach, January 17-19, 2014
Beach Cleanup Day – Peninsula-Wide, January 18, 2014
Annual Crab Feed – Long Beach, January 18, 2014
Polar Bear Plunge – Ilwaco, January 19, 2014
Asian New Year Kite Celebration – Long Beach, February 1-2, 2014